Tuesday, March 15

So Much to Do ... So Little Time!

Like it surely is for most of you, life around the Kinnan house has been pretty busy! Here are some pics from weeks ago that we've not shared yet ... then we'll get to what's happening this week! :)

At the end of February, David had his last weekend of "Bowl for Kids' Sake" so Hayden and I went to my folks Saturday and Sunday. It was lots of fun and we got to visit Aunt Lara and Uncle Ryan and see Cousin Liz! Hayden had so much fun cuddling with Grandma and going for walks outside with Grandpa! Uncle Pete let him drive his truck (just kidding), and Uncle Kurt came home from KU so we got to see him, too! :) It was a great weekend and we're excited to see them again over spring break! This picture is hilarious because Hayden is playing "Peek-A-Boo" but he ALWAYS peeks to make sure you're still paying attention to him! HaHa!

Hayden has spent so much time watching Daddy play basketball that he's decided it's time for him to start shooting some hoops ... Daddy's giving him a little help but soon he'll be dunking them all by himself! :) He could seriously spend the ENTIRE day outside and it's a battle getting him back inside the house!

During our visit to Grandma and Grandpa Kinnan's in early March we got to see Ailee on her 2nd Birthday! She got a little tricycle and was so nice and let Hayden take it for a spin, too!

As you can see, we've been keeping ourselves busy but God is strengthining us and encouraging us through our journey of life. David's job at Big Brothers Big Sisters is going well and is finally beginning to slow down a little. He had the opportunity to preach last Sunday and has been encouraged by the response of the people in the congregation through their affirmations ... it was a moving sermon and I am proud of him for opening his heart up to what God touched his heart with to preach ... he listened to what God was prompting him to speak and the Lord has blessed so many through the words ... including us! I am so proud and thankful of and for the man of God that I get to share and enjoy my life with! Speaking of which ... our ANNIVERSARY was today and although we didn't get to spend the entire day together, it was great to get to be together at our very first evening of the new Bible Study at RLC, Biblican Concepts in Counseling ... which David and I are co-leading with another couple in our church, Barb and Tony. It is an amazing study on life and relationships and if you haven't heard of it before ASK US AND WE'LL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT IT ... IT'S LIFE CHANGING!

For me, the semester has become pretty overwhelming just because the lesson planning + teaching + classroom management for seniors anxious to graduate + resume writing and sending + interviewing + KSU portfolio completetion = a seemingly stressful situation ... but I wasn't stressed long! Robin, our pastor's wife shared her translation of Philippians 4:6 ... "Don't be anxious, but take time to pray and be thankful, tell God what you need and you will feel better than you can even imagine, right in the middle of all this stress." Praise the Lord for Robin and the word of God that she shared with me. He has lifted the burden of stress and renewed my spirit and reminded me of my excitement and passion for teaching ... as well as my real mission for being there or anywhere, which is to love and encourage with His love and light. He has also blessed me through our RLC women's Bible Study on Wednesday evenings where we're covering the Fruits of the Spirit. "Grandma" Jean is leading it and she and the other ladies have really been an encouragement and inspiration to me ... I can't wait to go tomorrow!

Hayden is the happiest little guy in the world ... and the smartest ... he has gotten to the stage where he is an expert at almost ... nearly ... so close to touching something he knows he's not supposed to without actually touching it ... with his little tongue sticking out and all! Time-outs are still the norm and are working well ... he's really an easy going little guy and we are blessed to have such a playful and independent little man! We're enjoying every second of him and now that the weather has been nice (well it was until this week!) we've been spending a lot more family time outside ... playing basketball, of course! Last night we were sitting in the living room just hanging out and talking when he said "A-B-C-D-E!!!!!!!" We didn't know for sure if that's what he said but then he started saying it again ... how exciting! I asked Miss Gwen today if they'd been going over the alphabet a lot at her house during the days and she said no, so he must be picking it up from just the one or two times a night we say the "ABC's" in the bathtub ... pretty smart little guy, huh?! He's so spirited and so excited about learning and doing new things and, of course, testing the boundaries! We continue to pray for strength and guidance as we raise our little miracle!

Spring Break is next week!!!

How are you doing? Let us know! We want to hear about what's going on in your life!

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