18 April 2014

Things We'd Probably Never Have Done if We Weren't Moving

There's something amazingly final about saying, "We're moving." I've let Jonathan say it mostly as he's the hulk of our relationship! Not sure what God has in store for us but we know He is good and in control!!

Here are some things we would probably:
A. Never Have Done
B. Forever put at the back of our minds
C. Have been shocked to see happen
D. Only dreamed might one day happen
if we weren't moving abroad/overseas/to New Zealand.

In no particular order, here we go:
1. Cash in childhood savings bonds (thanks Mom and Dad!)
2. Feel convicted to stop making equivocations (I just learned this word and am glad God is working on my heart on this!). Moving makes me want more than ever to have real, healthy expressions of my heart and relationships,
3. Let friends come over and haul our old plungers to the thrift store. Oh boy.
4. Encourage people to go down in our basement (dungeon) and attic.
5. Take picture of our dog to post on FB. To find him a new home. :(
6. Sell our Yukon. That was a sweet ride.
7. Post questions on an international immigration forum. Seems crazy!
8. Figure out how to use an online forum.
9. Go through every nook and cranny in our house.
10. Count the number of toilet paper rolls and weeks left in our house. 4 rolls, 2.5 weeks. This might not be good.
11. Do a happy dance when visas come in the mail.
12. Fill out paperwork for said visas which required proving Jonathan and I are married for love! Love you, Hubby!
13. Try to eat all the beets in our freezer.
14. Try to pawn off squash, old BB guns, and hair gel on friends, family and the UPS man (okay, not the UPS man but everybody else :)).
15. Realize how precious friends and family are and how much we're going to miss them and then try not to think about it.

01 March 2014

My kind of cow

I thought it pretty awesome.  Last night instead of a nice clean and warm straw pack, this girl was enjoying an evening (1 am) relaxing her big pregnant belly outside in the fresh falling snow.

28 February 2014

Calves and the Cold

You know something must not be quite right with you, when you have just finished checking cows and calves for the last 2.5 hours, and you are walking to the house and see the stars. You stop to gaze in wonder for a while, standing in the -15 degree weather without gloves on just staring and think to yourself, "It is so absolutely lovely out!  The wind is gone...I could just stand here for hours gazing and the stars..."
Then things start working right again, and you realize you have only slept for 2 hours so far tonight, you have a dull headache from lack of sleep lately, and as lovely as the weather is outside, it will be much more lovely laying in your warm bed next to your wife...
Then you realize instead of going to bed you are writing a blog post... maybe you have frostbite of the brain...

16 January 2014

Sweet Winter Blessings

Feeling a sincere lack of gratitude in my heart lately. Ugh! Thank you God for each of these blessings below...
"Lego Man"
Knitted dresses
Blooming chefs
Babies sleeping - doesn't get more precious than this, such peace!
Fun times sent over from a special Aunt
Knitted sweaters  :)
Oh, that smile!
Spunky Enoch
GREAT friends!
Sweet gifts
A pretty old quilt and happy little girl
Lots of this everyday
"Reading" together King Arthur ;)
Fun Daddies

01 December 2013


 Soooo kissable!!!
 Love this crew!!
I love these moments so much!

21 October 2013

Sweet Mercy

We are so blessed to have welcomed our little girl, sweet Mercy Éowyn Shupe into the world early yesterday morning. A girl!?! Yes, what a wild adventure we feel we've begun! Daddy and our midwife caught this sweet bundle at 3:00 am, our 9lb 3oz, 21in ball of joy!
Ohhh, Mercy!

Our courageous little mouse Peepiceek is here!
These boys are in love!

We told the boys they have a big job...that God has called them to protect and watch out for their sister. Abraham asked what that meant. We explained that if some schmuck tries to give her trouble they would need to protect her. Abraham responded, "I would hit him with a bat." Enoch said, "put him outside, bottombutter?" Yes boys, something like that. :)

03 June 2013

Baby Shupe, Affectionately known as Peepiceek!

Look at that sweet little face - so in love!!!!


Can you tell we're smitten:). 

 Lil' toes!