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Big announcement!

Sorry if I got some of you excited thinking this would truly be an exciting  announcement but I had to get your attention somehow right?

I have a new blog-so you followers out there make sure to go to the following link and follow me there instead now!

I just posted Libby’s first birthday check it out!

http://lana.thekates.us/

you should also go follow the hubs at:

http://justin.thekates.us

Where does time go?

Ok so I definitely fell off the blogging band-wagon…and honestly I keep thinking, “I should go blog!” and then…I just don’t feel like it! I will say part of that is because since school let out in May we have had stuff going on non-stop(all super fun things!) but even though it was all good and fun things I am happy to say that we don’t have anything coming up and since Libby is deciding to take an extra long nap today (thank you Jesus!) I will do a quick catch up post. I mean…blogging is way more important than actually getting  ALL the laundry and cleaning done, right???

SO the last post was Fathers day…wow. Since then we missed posts on Libby’s 11 month pictures, July 4th, our vacation and her birthday! Ahhhhhh. I will do my best not to bore you with pictures but part of the reason I blog is so that I won’t forget things!

At 11 months Libby did not want anything to do with taking a picture for me…she was mostly just rebelling (ok she is a curious 11 month old) again wearing the sticker…so it went to her back after she had crinkled it all up. Good thing she’s cute!

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The major events that happened during this month were…..

*Gaining FOUR new teeth on the top

*Discovering she could climb right on out of the crib on her own. Oh yes she did…and I had a heart attack.

*Took her first cute wobbly steps

*went to all solids-no more puree foods for this girl!

Next up was actually my birthday…and sadly I don’t have any pictures from this but that’s ok. It was a super fun weekend filled with lots of family time since my parents came down for it 🙂 🙂 🙂 Love it when they are here!

After that was July 4th! We went to stay with Justin’s parents the night before and spent all July 4th hanging out with them. We had a great time chatting, eating and swimming. That night some more family and friends came over for my birthday celebration/celebration of freedom. Super fun!

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That night  our cul-de-sac was having a July 4th get together and it was AWESOME! The boys all acted like little kids with fireworks and put on a great show for us. Libby-who I thought would freak out at the fireworks-actually LOVED them.

IMG_5663 IMG_5666Walking home to go to bed….I don’t know how she slept through the rest of the fireworks but she did! Hard little sleeper.

After July 4th our little family of 3 took a road trip to my families cabin in Cuchara, Colorado. (don’t worry we broke it up in 2 days!) Because this is already a VERY long post I won’t go into a lot of detail so here is a quick recap…

We finally arrive (big accomplishment with an 11 month old)-yay us! We hiked. Justin golfed. We hiked some more. Saw Gods amazing creation. Went to the Zoo.  Saw a bear. Drove…a lot. Worth it? YES!

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That’s all for today! Hopefully sooner rather than later I will get Libby’s birthday post up. I still can’t believe she is one!!! If you made it to the end of this without falling asleep I applaud you 🙂

He is faithful

At school my kids line up to leave right next to where my desk is. Above my desk I have a random assortment of things-one of those things being a lot of different favorite verses or quotes scribbled on different pieces of paper that I come across. This week one of the girls on her way out the door said, “Mrs. Kates I like that you write all those things on board above your desk! I like it a lot.” and skipped on out of my room with a smile on her face. First off-I was just impressed that she had read them instead of talking to her friends in line. Secondly I was wondering what exactly had I written? It had been a while since I had actually sat down and re-read the ones I had written up there.

The following two are the two that really stuck out to me and I remember exactly when I wrote them. It brought back to me all the things the Lord was showing me at that point in time and how faithful he has been since then. I didn’t write down where I got these from…probably a devotional I was doing or a blog I was reading at the time…all that said-they spoke to me today in a new way with  a few things that are going on in our country and just life in general.

“Jesus was not afraid to submit to people who were spiritually less than Himself because he knew God’s greater authority would transform injustice to justice.”

“True faith, however, rests in God’s integrity and faithfulness. A person of faith can entrust his calling and gifts to the timing and wisdom of God. True faith rests in God, even when what is promised is not yet seen. It does not strive; it trusts. Abraham’s faith outgrew his ambition because he learned to trust that the Lord was faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)”

By the way-Libby will be 10 months old this weekend? How is that even possible??? Be on the look out for a Mother’s Day post and her 10 month post! Ahh!