Friday, March 27, 2009

More from Illinois!

We were sad to be back in Illinois for Great-Grandpa's funeral, but we were very excited to see all of our family!
Grandpa and Grandma have a GREAT rocking chair, and Grandpa loves to give Waveland rides in it. Here she is, sharing her ride with Edwin!
Jonah, Becca, Lenora and Adelia came all the way for the Netherlands. We haven't seen them for a looooong time! Waveland loved "taking care of" Adelia and pushing her around in the stroller.
Lenora and Waveland traded coloring tips.
Waveland got to play with some great dress up clothes that Grandma keeps around.
Lately, Waveland loves taking baths and tells everyone that she is a mermaid! She got this from her older cousin, Lenora, who also happens to be a mermaid. Here are the two mermaids, taking a bath together.
All the Grandkids: Adelia, Lenora, Waveland, and Eddie.
Bawpaw (Grandpa) and Waveland.
Mamaw (Grandma) and Waveland.
Here are Jonah and Becca with Waveland.

Overall, it was a great time to be with the family and to share stories about Great-Grandpa. His first love was for God, his second was for his family. He would have been proud of the way we all came together during this time.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Waveland's Great Grandpa Schupbach

As many of you know, Waveland's Great-Grandpa Schupbach passed away on March 7th. We are thanking God that Waveland got to know him for the nearly 2 years that she has been alive.

Grandpa was a special one for sure! You never knew when he was going to goof around for the camera...
He was a builder. He spent his life designing and building house for people. Houses that became homes. And he built the houses the same way he lived his life. With patience and perseverance, with a strong foundation and with care and attention for the details. When he retired from building houses, his building continued with wagons, small pieces of furniture for his lovely wife and family members, and of course, to birdhouses!

Grandpa was a special friend to Jordan, showing him a constant example of patience, forgiveness, and how to be a Godly man. Rochelle found it easy to love Grandpa and Grandma Schupbach as well, and quickly became one of the family as if she had been born to it.
And Grandpa taught Jordan how to love his family, especially his wife. To his last days...almost to his last hours...he showed his love to his beautiful bride Eunice. It's an example we should all strive to duplicate. And while we hold on to the promise of being reunited for eternity in Heaven...we will miss him.
During our trip back to Illinois for the funeral, Waveland got to spend some quality time with Great-Grandma Schupbach! She quickly decided that she LOVED clementine oranges, and Grandma just happened to have a bunch around!
Grandma even snuck a kiss in there...and Waveland just loved it!
Thanks for the oranges, Grandma! We love you and can't wait to see you in July!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A visit from Wes!

Just last weekend, we had a quick visit from Jordan's cousin Wes! He's an amazing photographer (check out his stuff here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bamawester/) and wanted to get some winter mountain shots. As you can see, Wes lives in a teepee, but fortunately has some modern amenities.
We also met up with some new friends, Bryan and Haley Allen. Haley is also an incredibly creative photographer (see for yourself: http://www.flickr.com/photos/haley_allen/). She and Bryan do not live in a teepee, although they did live in a tent for a while...
I digress. Here's a great shot that Haley took of Waveland. We were bundling up to take a hike in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park. Waveland did great, of course. She LOVES being outside! She just talked and talked about the animals and the mountains, and at one point reported seeing a purple elephant with yellow spots and blue ears. We alerted the rangers.
And here's a shot by Wes. Doesn't Waveland look like her mommy!?
Thanks for the great shots, guys! We're looking forward to spending some more time with you all.