Friday, August 27

Happy 1st Birthday, Hayden!

On August 26, 2003 we welcomed a precious gift from God into our family, Hayden Thomas Kinnan ... one year and many, many diapers later we celebrated his 1st Birthday! We spent a quiet day at home ... Hayden played with his new toys and even shared them with Abby :), and then enjoyed his first ever encounter with chocolate cake. Mommy made it with white and red frosting to look like a baseball.

Hayden had his favorite, macaroni and cheese with cinnamon apples for his birthday meal, and showed off how well he feeds himself!

The Real Life Church members have been so amazing this week ... and have taken turns bringing meals over this week.

The Menu:

Monday the Schlegel's brought chicken kabobs, made-from-scratch biscuits (yum!), corn, and COCONUT CREAM PIE!

Tuesday the Norris' made spaghetti with the most delicious sauce in the world with chocolate-candy cookies.

Wednesday the McFall's brought ham with scalloped potatoes and chocolate-chip cookies.

Last night the Zvonik's brought KFC extra-crispy chicken and all the "fixins" and we had a great evening of food and laughs. Alli, their little girl is two, and is so adorable. Hayden loves to play with her ... when he can keep up!

Tonight the Neely's are coming over with dinner and a movie :), and tomorrow the Butcher's and Botter's are. We are so thankful for the love and support from our close-knit church family, and are honored and grateful that God has put these giving and selfless people in our lives. They truly extend His arms of love in so many thoughtful ways!

David is starting to get cabin-fever, and we went for a long drive yesterday just to get out of the house. Heather and Jeff gave us a Blockbuster gift card, and we've been using it all week ... and will probably make a trip there today. The pain has decreased, but obviously there is a lot of discomfort ... but he is really doing remarkably well ... his patience and willingness to rest even though he doesn't want to his much greater than mine would be ... and he'll heal much faster! :)

School is going well ... but busy. This is my last semester on campus, and on May 11th I'll graduate from college after only 5 years and way too much money spent. I have four reaction papers due on Monday on reading that I am finally beginning to read. It's so great to be back in class, even if it's just two days a week. I'm excited to be studying what I came to college for, not just gen ed blah blah blah. :)

We love you all and are so thankful for your prayers and support. We are receiving patience and strength that can only be explained by God's power.

We know about these things because God has sent his Spirit to tell us, and his Spirit searches out and shows us all of God's deepest secrets. 1 Corinthians 2:10

"While we read the Word, its message saturates our hearts, whether we are conscious of what is happening or not. The Word with all its mysterious power touches our lives and gives us its power. - Billy Graham

Blessings to You!

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