Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in review!

If I were to type a "Christmas" letter, this is what it would say!

This past year has been one full of excitement!

First we welcomed Carl Victor into the world on Jan. 10th.  He was born at 11:33 PM and weighed in at 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 20 inches long..

About a month and half later, March 5, Josiah's sister, Lydia got married to Douglas Caudill!  They are now expecting a little one almost any time now!

Doug and Lydia's wedding pictures!

In May Josiah's dad had a heart attack.  But praise God that he got the help he needed and at the right time so he is still with us.

A couple weeks later (May 28) Josiah's brother Noah got married to Mary June Velie. Josiah was a usher and he had to wear a suit and tie.  I think he look pretty nice in it.  Here is a picture that Josiah's aunt took of us.
They are also expecting a little one in April 2012.  

Noah and Mary's wedding pics!

In the beginning of August we went to North Dakota to help Josiah's parent's fix up their farm house that they had just moved into!  We really enjoyed it there-the quiet was the one thing that stood out to me.  I guess living in the city I am used to noise all the time.  It was literally a breath of fresh air to be out in the country for days and not hear the constant hum of cars going by.

Our North Dakota pictures!

On September 6, my sister Alicia and her husband Rick welcomed Lillian Ruth Stelling into this world!

Lillian Ruth Stelling

And at the end of Sept. Josiah enlisted in the National Guard.  He leaves in just a few days for OSUT for 4 months.  We are really going to miss him, but we are also happy that he can do this as it was his childhood dream to be a solider.  We know that we will have some rough days without him, but we will make the most of it and keep busy and before we know it, we will be going to go pick him up!  We are already looking forward to that day, and we have a countdown notebook that we made where we rip out one page a day with the numbers of days on it until we get to see him again!  We are proud of him!

We had 2 Thanksgiving meals this year.  One at my Dad and Mom's.  And then Josiah's parents came from North Dakota and all the Brainard's had a meal together.  Both were really good times.

Thanksgiving at Whittakers

We went over to my sister Alicia's for Christmas this year and we all had a really good time.


God blessed us richly this year and 2012 promises to be a busy also with Josiah going to Basic Training, and also with 2 little bundles of joy expected, plus the unknown.  I look forward to the coming year and pray that God draws us all closer to him and that we glorify Him all that we do.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

We are still alive!

Just a quick post to let you all know that we are all well.  Life has just been pretty crazy lately.  I have actually start quite a few posts, but not finished them yet.  I plan to though.  It is hard to find time to sit and type out every thing that I want to when I have 3 little ones in the house.

Last Thursday I had the privilege of going to my sister Esther's house and baking with her and my sister Abby for a bake sale that she (Esther) was having to raise money for adoption costs.

Saturday was my sister-in-law Lydia's baby shower.  We had a great time and we are getting more and more excited.  I cannot wait to meet my newest niece or nephew.  It will the first one for me on the Brainard side.

Sunday was Family Day at RSP for the National Guard.  It was great meeting every one that Josiah talks about all the time and watching him do his PT.  I took Carl with and left Ivan and Ursula with Rachel.  As usual every one fell in love with Carl.

Last night our church had a special meeting about the Haiti trip that a group of people from our church and a couple others went on in November.  That was a great reminder to me as to how much we have here in America, but yet we take it for granted.

Tonight is Josiah's work Christmas party.  We are leaving the kids at Grandpa Dale and Grandma Jackie's house.

I have been busy thinking about projects for the kids and I to do while Josiah is gone.  I want to keep busy so that I do not miss him so much.

It is hard to believe that he is leaving so soon.  Some days I feel like I will be just fine when we watch him leave the airport, and other days I feel like I am going to be an emotional wreck.  But I know that God is with us and he will be with my sweetheart and we will be looking forward to the day in April when we will be reunited.

Well, I must run as my little ones are waking up and I need to get them ready to go to my parents' house.

God bless!!!