Sunday, September 20, 2015

Hearts & Prayers

Thank you all for your prayer and love for the Kerrs.

Every heart you posted on Facebook & Instagram & blogs tagged #loveforthekerrs touched my heart deeply.  
To see complete strangers praying around the world 
is a such a blessing to that family.  

Family & friends are spreading the word to pray 
for Shannon & Kyra.

Ria in the Netherlands has posted a heart on her blog 
to encourage others to pray.   
Bloggers Tammy in Kuwiat, 
Sarah in Minnesota, Heather in Tennessee, 
& Theresa in Michigan Instagramed.

Stepping Stones Daycare Facebooked their love.

Thanks to everyone who is spreading their story.
~You are multiplying prayers~
They are being prayed for in other states & even countries.

My friend Mary had her girls make 
hearts to pass along to the Kerrs,
 like the hearts Kyra's 2nd grade class made.

That got us thinking how amazing it would be to 
"shower them with love & prayers"  
They know we are praying but how wonderful would it be to show them how many people are praying.  Hearts from prayer warriors are a tangible way for them to see the prayers.

While we are rejoicing in progress with Kyra she still needs much healing.  It has been 6 days now since the accident & Shannon still has not woken, we are praying that Shannon will begin moving and showing signs of responsiveness.  

May God be glorified through it all.

Tomorrow the kids will pray with their Sunday School classes & ask their little prayer warrior friends to color a heart to pass along to them.  And tomorrow they are going to take hearts to the neighbors to ask them to pray and sign a heart.  
It's so amazing to see kids take action. 

Please feel free to join in and round up 
prayers & hearts to shower them with. 
Any heart.
There's one HERE.

But really the most dearest thing you could do is continue to pray.
Thanks friends.

Thanks for hashtagging #loveforthekerrs it just makes it easier for the family to see the love.

If you round up hearts and prayers it might be nice if the heart was signed and has a town or state name so they can see where love is pouring in from.  Can be on front or back.  
P.S. Would love hearts from all ages!  My kids had never even seen their Dad use crayons before & loved to see their Dad sit down next to them and color a heart.  If you would like to mail some hearts you can email & I will happily give you my address and I'll pass them along.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Please Pray!!!

Our hearts are heavy around here.  

     Bo's classmate Kyra (7) was in a very serious car accident yesterday morning.  She was in the car with her mom, Shannon,  & her little sister, Jaydalin.  Her little sister is doing well.  Kyra is in critical condition and has damage to her lungs, kidney, and pelvis area.    Her mom is in critical condition and is in a coma that is not medically induced.  

Their Caring Bridge link is HERE.   

                                                                 Kyra is in yellow

                 Today Bo's class designed hearts for Kyra 
             to show her their hearts and prayers are with her.  

                     Kyra will get a poster of her friends all
                  holding their hearts to encourage her and let 
                                  her know she is loved.

The family has been asked what we can do for them and her husband said that all they need is prayers.

Please pray.

Another way to show them how covered they are in prayer is to instagram a heart. 

Please hashtag it 
as the whole family needs prayers

Can you imagine how loved they would feel to see people all over the world praying for them?

Any heart would do or you can download and color this heart 


It can have a picture of you or just of a heart.

If you want to cut and paste information 
here is a caption you could use:

Kyra (7) & Shannon Kerr are in critical condition after a serious car accident Monday morning.  The Kerr family would be so grateful if you could cover them in prayer and pass on word to pray.  Please post a heart to show them love and tag it #loveforthekerrs 

Thank you friends!!!

Some friends have put their hearts on Facebook...every heart mean so much!
Thank You!!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Getting Ready...

     I hate getting ready for the first day of school because it means summer is over & that it's time for me to send them off to school, so I always put it off until the very last week.  I don't buy a single supply or uniform until Monday before school starts.  And by's rough.  The stores are cleaned out and I have to run all over town collecting the goodies we need.

This year my friend Beth sent the HUGEST box of school supplies!
She's an honorary auntie to my kids.  
She loves them & they love her.

She made my job soooooo easy!

All that was left was backpacks & tennis shoes.

Annie had been dreaming of this one all summer:

And I had my heart set on this one for the boys:

Can't you picture it with my boy's names on there?
Cute City!!!

My problem is that the particular boy who 
I picked it out for didn't like it.  
He said it wasn't cool enough.  
He said it wasn't cool like this one:

I'm not even kidding.

He wanted it so bad!

Not happening.
I mean the name of it is "Hairball Backpack".

Every time we'd go to Target he would run to it.

It took me awhile to get him to stop making googoo eyes at the kitties. Then, I finally had to explain to him that between the rainbows, bows, and hearts he might get teased, 
and then he might not want to carry it. 
( I didn't even mention the kitties in the pink glasses cause he loved them so)

So, he showed me his 2nd choice.

Poor Kid.

In the end (after 3 stores) 
we finally had to order one off the internet 
to find one he loved.

(I'm a big believer in love your backpack.)

Even though I'm not crazy about their backpacks, 
they are, and everyone is happy.

School starts tomorrow and although we avoided "Hairball" teasing...I can't promise the same for the folders they picked out.

Bless their hearts.

(Please if you see my boys...don't mention the kitty backpack
...I don't ever want them to be embarrassed by what I post.)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Always up to something...

Annie has her eye on a camera:

She has decided she want to be a photographer, and since she borrows my phone to take pictures...I agreed, 
she needs to save up for a camera.  
She's halfway there.

Her latest venture was a rootbeer stand.

Last week she got busy making signs,

washing down the stand,

and after 2 days of prep she opened for business!

It was a REALLY hot day.

For the first hour she waited patiently.

Rocco waved signs and hollered "Rootbeer for sale!"

Her only customer actually WAS Rocco.

After his one free rootbeer he spent 
3 bucks buying everyone another.

Annie was happy to take his money.

And Kit...

well he just drank,

and drank,

and drank rootbeer,

alllll afternoon.

And just when everyone was getting a little discouraged,

The customers started rolling in and everyone perked up.

The next hour she made 32 bucks! 
Thanks to some very very kind & generous tippers.

She's already scheming what she can do next.

And I'm sure she'll have her little Nikon before she knows it.

(Kit was sent in to brush his teeth)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

I Should Have Known...

I have blue eyed kids.






I name my baby Blue & BAM!

Brown eyes.

And they are getting darker everyday.

Guess God had fun with that one!

I've got myself a brown eyed Blue.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Golden Girl

The 3 littlest boys & I just picked up these:

because today is Annie's Golden Birthday.

11 on the 11th.

So the table is set like this:

with her gifts wrapped in gold.

But she's not here.

She's here:

in North Dakota.

Doing this:

with Grandpa Doyle, Aunt Trish, Dad & 2 brothers.

And she's pretty good at it cause here is today's haul:

I won't see her on her birthday, 
so I sent her a birthday video 
& talked to her on the phone.

But it's okay, cause everyday is golden with this girl:

And when they roll into town on the morning train...
we'll be ready.


Sunday, May 3, 2015

Our New Babe

It seemed so far away for so long.
The due date.

And was time.

Monday morning I snapped the last pic of my babe in my belly,
 and got a little teary eyed as we pulled the door shut behind us, knowing that everything was about to change.

I was induced at 7 a.m. & labor couldn't have been better.
Then at 3:53 in the afternoon our babe had arrived & I heard,
"It's a boy."

Then, you know I was bawling my eyes out 
as they placed my beloved boy on my chest,
 and it was love at first sight.

We were meant to be.
He was meant to be.

So new, so fresh, so perfect.

Baby Blue.
That's his name.
Blue Malachi Doyle.

Annie joined us first and she had been crying too.

Kelly thought she cried cause it was another brother,
but, she cried cause fierce love raged inside her too.

One thing for sure.
This little boy is loved.

Grandparents, cousins, aunties, uncles, &
dear friends all rushed in to welcome Blue.

Blue Malachi

Malachi is man of strength and integrity 
and we are blessed to have him in our lives.  
He invests in our children and loves them dearly.

Malachi is always the first cousin to hold the babes.  

And when Malachi is done we passed him around.

Even the littlest cousin (5 months) took a turn.

You can tell Blue loved it.

And at the end of a very long day I was left alone with just Blue.

That's the way I like to do it.

Just the 2 of us
for our first night.

Then, the very next day,
we put on his new hat,

and took our Blue home.

Where he is cuddled and loved,

by lots and lots of big brothers 
& a very proud big sister.

So that's how his story began.
April, 27  2015
7 lbs.  14 oz.
21 inches

(And as I took those pics)