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If you asked either of us years ago, we never would have thought life would be like this!

This blog is the story of our family; as Dad leads, loves, pastors and points to Jesus, as Mom nurtures and supports, as our children follow and grow into men and women after God's own heart.
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The epic story of Mark the Dad, Barbie the Mama, their two Pickles Jack and Emmet, and their beautiful girls Paige, Jessie and Ruth.


Just made it out of the rain! #daddywalks #rainstorm

Just made it out of the rain! #daddywalks #rainstorm

Listening to the girls pull all the diaper wipes out of the container in the living room… But I am going to sit and enjoy this moment

Listening to the girls pull all the diaper wipes out of the container in the living room… But I am going to sit and enjoy this moment

Morning flower

Morning flower

Despite terrible morning sickness this awesome lady is still willing to  come over at 8am and have 5 kids tackle her while holding a baby :) @robinenns

Despite terrible morning sickness this awesome lady is still willing to come over at 8am and have 5 kids tackle her while holding a baby :) @robinenns

Anna’s watermelon quilt made by the sweetest friend #jessicadymentquilts

Anna’s watermelon quilt made by the sweetest friend #jessicadymentquilts

The cutest tootsies

The cutest tootsies

Registering our baby girl 

Anna Marigold Grace 

Before Anna was born we couldn’t decide on giving Anna the middle name Marigold (because it’s a flower and makes us smile ) and Grace (because we felt like every family needs a little - or a lot! of Grace):) When the dr delivered her Mark turned to me when we first saw her and said 
“Barb! Marigold or Grace?” I looked at her beautiful healthy pudgy face and fair hair and bright blue eyes and said “Marigold because she looks like sunshine and makes me smile” - This past week I was wrestling with wether she was actually an Anna Grace instead because God has given us so much grace that we wanted to remember that everytime we think of our little Anna. As I was snuggling Anna today and Mark was registering her, he quietly handed me her health card and said “Just make sure everything on the card is right” - Mark had already given Anna her middle names Marigold Grace when we were in the hospital and I think it’s perfect :-) 
Our little flower who reminds me of sunshine and the Grace that God has mercifully given us.
May our Anna point everyone to the grace God has given us and in doing so make them smile :D

Registering our baby girl

Anna Marigold Grace

Before Anna was born we couldn’t decide on giving Anna the middle name Marigold (because it’s a flower and makes us smile ) and Grace (because we felt like every family needs a little - or a lot! of Grace):) When the dr delivered her Mark turned to me when we first saw her and said
“Barb! Marigold or Grace?” I looked at her beautiful healthy pudgy face and fair hair and bright blue eyes and said “Marigold because she looks like sunshine and makes me smile” - This past week I was wrestling with wether she was actually an Anna Grace instead because God has given us so much grace that we wanted to remember that everytime we think of our little Anna. As I was snuggling Anna today and Mark was registering her, he quietly handed me her health card and said “Just make sure everything on the card is right” - Mark had already given Anna her middle names Marigold Grace when we were in the hospital and I think it’s perfect :-) Our little flower who reminds me of sunshine and the Grace that God has mercifully given us. May our Anna point everyone to the grace God has given us and in doing so make them smile :D

Ready for action! Jessie and Paige :-)

Ready for action! Jessie and Paige :-)

#lips #cheeks #bumchin

#lips #cheeks #bumchin

Taking a breather #marathon - marks still going #besthusband

Taking a breather #marathon - marks still going #besthusband

Waiting for Anna to wake up :)

Waiting for Anna to wake up :)

#annamarigold

#annamarigold

Love you baby girl :)

Love you baby girl :)

Bringing you home Baby Flower

Bringing you home Baby Flower

#annamarigold Going home today to meet her big sisters and brothers 
#snugglefest #coldfalldaysnuggles #hugskissesandgiggles :-)

#annamarigold Going home today to meet her big sisters and brothers
#snugglefest #coldfalldaysnuggles #hugskissesandgiggles :-)


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