Once upon a time....

Flash back to 1999, we were a family of four. Happy in our new roomy house and comfortable in our ways. A few years later, the Lord blessed us with an additional little package, little boy #3. Now we were a family of five and sure that would be the end. As time moved on, so did we. The Lord used the time that passed to open our eyes to His will. Several years ago, Bob and I individually heard the call to adoption. It has been a long "pregnancy", but during this incubation time, the Lord has brought us to where He wants us to be. Spring 2010, we traveled to Ethiopia where two little angels were waiting for the Lord's timing - to become our children. Now we are home and can't imagine life any differently! What a blessing to be in His will.

Galatians 4:5 says "God sent Christ to buy freedom for us, who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as his very own children." We are just following his model. A Perfect picture of salvation.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

You gotta see this....

This is what happens when children get to use the camera.....

Good times!

Water Play

Spraygrounds Rock!  With our Picnic in hand and towels for drying off, we  met up with some friends at a local Sprayground.  We had a great time!  When I attempted to describe the park to the girls as sprinklers, they were not sooooo excited about going.....however, when we arrived, they were way impressed!  We stayed for two hours!  Of course, the Sprayground event was followed by two more hours at "Grama Pat's" pool!

Wow is winter going to be disappointing!
Wait for it......
Splash down!

Beti's turn...

Now try it sitting.....look out Beti here it comes!

Hey Levi!!!

Hi Marshall!

So much fun!

Happy Father's Day!

I have to tell you that Bob was pretty ill with a crazy bad case of strep throat on Father's Day, but he was a real trooper and put on his Happy Father's Day face!  Kudos to you Dad!  What precious blessings you have!!!

We also made these cutsie little brownies for dessert.  They were intended to look like food on the grill...  Aren't they fun??

Friday, June 18, 2010

Look Mom - no swimming vest!

Tonight at our swim...Beti asked to try swimming without her swimming vest.  Within 5 minutes, she was swimming ...  Really swimming!  Now she uses a mask with a nose covering most of the time, but the girl was really going to town!  She was so pleased with herself.  She was jumping into the pool from the deck and making it all of the way across the pool!  Here are some pics of her adventure!  Not to be outdone, Nardos made sure to make her own splash.  She had Alex throwing her into the air for a pint-sized cannon ball.  She has also made great strides in that she will put her face into the water and open her eyes!  She has even figured out how to hold her breath so that she doesn't come up sputtering!  Did I mention that they have only been swimming for two and a half weeks?
I know you can't hear it, but she is squealing the whole time!!!!
Jumpin in!
So happy to swim without a vest!
I'm not tired, Momma!
So Tired!
You will notice - in the blur - that Marshall's tongue is out!
What? Time to go?????

Dino Dig!

Today we really packed out our day!  We went to Union Station in Kansas City to play at Science City and see the Dino Dig.  It was fun!  We rounded out the day with a two hour swim at Grama Pat's.  Everyone crashed hard tonight!

Sunday, June 13, 2010


We have taken to a traditional summer-time activity!  Catching fireflies.  We have three jars (yes, there are holes punched in the lids) and we fill them as much as possible.  Then after everyone is bathed, PJ-ed and teeth are brushed, we all file out onto the deck - in the dark - and set them free.  Tonight was a special night.  We went over to our friends' house and caught at least 100 fireflies in the field behind their house.  It was crazy fun!  We then participated in the little known firefly relocation program ~ we brought them home to finish the nightly ritual!  

It makes me think of the story in the Bible...when Jesus is born and all of these strangers are coming in to worship the newborn King...the scripture says that "Mary treasured these things in her heart".  This summer, as we all assimilate into one big family of seven, I am treasuring these events and feelings and observations in my heart.  Thank you Jesus for such a pure experience ~ catching fireflies!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Where do I begin???

Summer has hit.  New rules and regulations to explain and enforce.  Should be fun.  Enjoy the pictures of the Koning family...
Nardos on the slide!  "Catch me Daddy"
Blowing up balloons for Alex's birthday.
Alex is now 14!
Jump Nardos!
Marshall - perfect cannonball form!
Crazy Alex!
Smile Beti!
Nice tube Nardos
Blow Nardos!
Hello Nardos
Beti loves swimming!
Cousin Ciera gets Alex!