Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ellie Carolina

Our sweet Ellie Carolina was born on September 7, 2017. Originally she was supposed to arrive via a scheduled c-section on September 12, but due to a potential of Hurricane Irma hitting SC on her scheduled due date and some distress she was having during contractions, the doctor decided to take her early.
What a joy this little one has already brought to our lives!! Ellie Carolina, what a great first day of life...you are so loved!
Pre c-section

Mom and Ellie meeting face to face for the first time

First family pic with mom and dad

Proud brother and sister

Our new family of 5

Seeing Ellie for the first time

At the nursery window

Grandad

Mamaw

Nana

Grammy

Eclipse and Blue Hair

This summer we got to witness the eclipse. Apparently it made my kids go crazy and they decided to color their hair blue :) What fun memories!!





Cousin Camp

Brent's parents (Grammy and Grandad) kept all their grandkids for a week for Cousin Camp. The kids got to choose several fun activities to do for the week and they all had a blast. They went to the Pirate Voyage show, Water Park, Trampoline Park, Ropes Course, the pool and the beach. Much thanks to Grammy and Grandad for investing time into your grandkids and spending a whole week with them!!!!
Golf cart ride

Taylor and Henry

Water Park fun

Water Park fun 
Beach buddies


Pirate Show

Arts and Crafts

Rock wall at the trampoline park


Water park

Trampoline Park

Baby Moon

Brent and I had a wonderful little getaway (baby moon) before our sweet little baby girl was born. We went to St. Simons Island, GA for a few nights and had a lovely time. Brent took some "maternity" shots on the water one day and thought I would share a few.
My love





Baby Shower

So we are expecting our 3rd child and the family decided to throw me a surprise baby shower. I am not the easiest person to surprise so they really got me! Kids arrived early in the day to decorate and we all had a fun day celebrating our new baby girl.
Decorating

More decorating

Surprise!!!

What a sweet cake!

Showered with so many sweet gifts!!

What a fun baby shower with a great family!

Reconnecting

We love reconnecting with family when we come Stateside. Since we don't come back but every 2-3 years, it's always a shock to see how much people have changed...especially all of our sweet nieces and nephew. BUT the kids have no problem reconnecting and all the cousins just pick right up where they left off.  Love this family of ours!!
Turner cousins

Turner cousins

Feeding the turtles

Riding rides with Papaw

Who can pass up a "Johnny Rockets"


Nana and Pop

Amanda's brother and sister in law

Family boat ride

Jaiden-our niece

Largest Adirondack chair ever!

Martin Cousins

We made it!!

I know I am a little late posting, but as you will see from other posts we have been quite busy since arriving in the States. We made it to the States in mid-July and will be here until early November most likely. We have enjoyed connecting with some of you already and hope to see many more of  you before we leave.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Fear Factor-Africa Style

Whew!!! It has been such a crazy 2 months. We have literally had volunteers here constantly since the middle of May. As crazy as it has been, God has done such amazing things through these volunteers being the hands and feet of Jesus and serving Him in so many different ways. So many have heard the Good News and many have come to personally know Him. 

One evening we took a little time to play a game of "Fear Factor-Africa Style". Many, many laughs were had that evening. Here's a little glimpse into our evening:

Hula hoop challenge

Balancing a bowl on their head as the ladies here in Africa do every day

Transferring marshmallows across the room via a straw

Who can eat 4 Mopane worms the fastest

Mummy dress up

Guess that taste

Oreo from the forehead to the mouth the fastest

Getting marbles from ice water with your toes 

Popping the other teams balloon first

It got really physical, but the 40 year old woman beat the 20 year old guy

Eating chicken feet

Eating polony
So much fun was had by all...thanks to everyone for being such great sports!!