{Favorite Things Party}

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Last week I hosted the 8th Annual Favorite Things Party! As always, we had such a great night; awesome gifts, yummy food and great fellowship with some of my dearest friends! 




A recap on how it works:
Everyone took 3 of the same of their favorite things for $10 or less along with an optional favorite appetizer or dessert. 

When it was time for the exchange everyone took turns to show their favorite thing that they brought, and explain to everyone why they like it.
 I then drew names one at a time out of a bowl, once your name was called it was your turn to go up and choose a favorite thing from the table. We did 3 rounds of that so each girl went home with 3 new favorite things!

our favorite things:

Me: Snapware glass food storage containers 

Emily: Tease Me hair product and gold eye mask

Heather: Hilltop products, TJMaxx gift card and tote bag

Lisa: french press

Stefanie: knock knock pads and leather earrings 

Mindy: Foaming hand soap and blanket scarf

Trisha: car vent essentail oils diffuser

Marcie: Leather earrings and Febreeze car vent air freshener

Jessica: leather earrings and peanut butter m&m's 

Lyndsey: French press 

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{2018} Year in Review

Monday, December 31, 2018

January: 

I attend Noonday Collection''s annual conference, SHINE, in Austin, TX

Robb turns 34!

Another great year at WOVEN, an adoptive mom retreat

February:

Trisha and I see the Moxie Matters event with Jen Hatmaker

Another great year at IF: Gathering 

We get 10 chicks!

Rememebering Brenham on his 10th birthday. 

Grayden gets 1st place for his age group in the Cadet's pinewood derby race!

Annual Favorite Things party. 


March:

We see a Charlotte's Web play 

Cultivate Egg Drop


April:

Easter

Robb and I see MercyMe in concert

Spring Break outing to the Indianapolis Children's Museum

Field trip with Sadler to the butterfly gardens

Rend Collective in concert

Sadler turns 7!

Sadler starts baseball!


May:

We celebrate the boys' birthday with a camping party!

tulip time fun!

Grayden turns 9!

Mother's Day

Sadler wraps up indoor soccer clinic. 

Jovie wraps up 3-school with an end of the year playground party. 

Jovie rides in the Memorial Day float with her 3-school class.


June:

The boys finish 3rd and 1st grade 

Father's Day

Family bike tour through Zeeland 

Family trip to Biloxi, Mississippi!

Camping at Hungry Horse


July:

soccer camp 

we celebrate 17 years of dates with dinner in Saugatuck 

A week at a cottage on Minor Lake with the Lubbers

Anne visits from Alabama. 

Hope College play with Grandma and Grandpa 

4th of July at the cottage

Family beach day at Millennium Park.

Jovie starts gymnastics. 

Whitecaps game!

Camp Geneva for the boys!

Fun with the Meiste's at the cottage


August:

Camping at Dunes Harbor. 

Back to school date with Sadler

Back to school date with Grayden. 

Grandpa's ground breaking ceremony for the new Kalamazoo location. 

back to school scavenger hunt with Grandma and Grandpa

Sadler starts Fall soccer, Robb assistant coaches.

Sadler starts 2nd Grade.

Grayden starts 4th Grade. 

back to school date with Jovie. 


Camping at Oak Grove over Labor Day weekend, 


September: 

Labor Day Truck parade

We rent scooters and have a day of fun on my 33rd birthday. 

Jessica Honegger's book tour comes to GR

Jovie starts pre-school!


October:

Celebrate 10 years post kidney-trasnplant with a Caribbean cruise.


We celebrate our 13 year wedding anniversary!


Grayden runs in his first 5k race 

Lubbers annual Hungry Games

annual Right to Life Banquet

Halloween 


November:

Thankgiving 

We join Grayden in the Let Me Run 5k

We spend a week in Disney World. 


December:

We celebrate Jovie's birthday with a Princess Tea Party!

Jovie turns 5!

Grayden had flag duty at school

Grayden attends basketball camp

Escape room with friends!

Fun up north at the Meiste's cabin

Christmas

Date night with the Roelofs for a belated celebration of 10year kidney -versary

New Years Eve at home!


Thank you, Lord for blessing us so richly in 2018.

I thank you for keeping our family safe, I praise you for our health, and for restoring our bodies when we’ve been sick. Thank you for our jobs and for providing all that we need, and more. Thank you for the awesome opportunities we’ve had to travel and see the beauty you’ve created around us. Thank you for our children and blessing us with them.
Thank you for our marriage and for giving us 13 wonderful years together. Thank you for all the fun times we’ve spent this past year with friends and family and for the blessings they are in our lives. 
Lord, I pray for your protection over our family in 2018, and for continued health and happiness. We ask you to guide us in the year to come as we seek your will for our lives. We look forward to what your plan holds for us in the coming year. We know whatever comes our way, you will be there through it all. Help us to live our lives in a way that may please you in the year to come.
Amen


Happy New Year!!



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