Our years together

We celebrated our 7th anniversary running this year!  I somehow talked Rob into running the Grand Rapids 1/2 marathon with me!  I was excited about it, but didn't really realize the significance until afterwards.  It was the first time that Rob has run that far (and we don't often get to run together since we usually take turns with watching the kiddos) and the last time that I'll run that far during this pregnancy.  Both of us felt fantastic the whole race!  We have always celebrated our anniversaries, but unlike most of them, we both agreed that this will be an exceptionally memorable one where we will always recall what we did on the day of our anniversary... versus several days and/or weeks earlier or later in order to celebrate it.

I honestly never thought we'd be where we are today, and yet I couldn't be happier!  First of all, I never saw myself as a SAHM and yet, the past two years being home with the kids has changed and blessed my our life more than I could have ever imagined!  Secondly, for years we were certain that we were complete with two children, but God knew all along that he'd change our hearts.  It was almost like the kids always knew, but we just hadn't caught on!  Needless-to-say, the past seven years of my life have been more filling,  rewarding, exciting and unpredictable than I could have dreamed!  I can't wait to experience what God has in store for our eighth and every year beyond!

Here are a few pictures of us from the years past.


Night we got engaged

Wedding (2004)

At Dan & Marriane's wedding a month after we had Madisyn (2005)



Boston (2008)

Dave Matthews Band Concert

Rob's surprise birthday party (2010)
Whitecaps Game
Zeeland Zoom 5k

GR 1/2 marathon, pre-race
GR 1/2 marathon, end of race

We don't get out very often...

And when we do, we always forget to take pictures... but not this time!

The rare picture of the two of us.

Cliff, Bob, Mike & Rob (all co-workers of Robs)

A little golf...

In the backyard (thanks to Aunt Shell) :)

LD & Aunt Shell

Mickey Mouse made by Madisyn

Madisyn & Aunt Shell

Daddy getting in on the game

Landon perfecting his stroke

I am amazed at how much the kiddos LOVE these clubs!

(photograph by Tina Vink, link on picture as well as below)
We are a busy family of five! I enjoy time with my husband and kids, running, being outdoors, shopping for deals, and cuddling. My wonderful husband keeps busy playing with the kiddos, hunting, fishing, exercising and working on projects around the house. Madisyn is six, in 1st grade, loves being outdoors and isn't one bit afraid of bugs or worms! Landon is four, a spitting image of Daddy, and is the sweetest, naughtiest and funniest little boy, all in one! Tinley was born February 24, 2012 and has already blessed us beyond belief! Here's a glimpse into our crazy and wonderful lives... hope you enjoy!

Tiece of Cake

I've finally decided to make a blog (Tiece of cake) dedicated to cakes... as to not consume the family blog.

(photograph by Mindy Leigh Photography, link on picture as well as below)

Madisyn Grace

Madisyn Grace
"Baby" & "M" (photograph by Melissa @ M Design and Photography, link on picture as well as below)

Landon Adrian

Landon Adrian
"LD" & "Bubba" (photograph by Melissa @ M Design and Photography, link on picture as well as below)