I love every moment with my precious girl. #JA #PeytonReese

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Daddy daughter lunch date! I love her so much! #JA

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small group gets bigger... again!

posted on facebook today, but didn't want to forget this special moment in time...

about 5 years ago josh and i joined a bible study/small group thru our church that met on monday nights.  we were pretty sure we were nuts because we had seemingly NO TIME to be doing anything "extra" in our lives. (HA, that's a joke. we officially know what "no time" really means now... well, until we have less time, one day.) anyway, little did i know that meeting with these 10-12 people each and every monday night would bring us the most amazing, grounded, encouraging, uplifting friendships we'd experienced in our lives. but more than anything, we've been given this incredible opportunity to deeply and personally see God move in our own lives and in the lives of our friends.  i am beyond blessed by this BLESSING He presented us with, and LOVE being reminded of this awesome journey as we walk with our friends through joys, heartbreaks, pregnancies, failed adoptions, successful adoptions, job changes, parenting joys and challenges, fears and anxieties, prayer life growth, spiritual growth, "baby butt rashes" (thank you, francis chan), infertility, relocations, vacations and getaways, sick loved ones, miscarriages, drained hopes, fulfilled dreams, deeper gospel understanding, knowledge sharing, loving one another, answered prayers, pending answered prayers, answered prayers that went God's way and not our way, and miracles, miracles, miracles. joyful to be celebrating the newest member of our small group family today.....welcome, little precious caleb gash! and from last week, welcome baby micah! linds, you're up, girl!


Longing for another vacation with these two! #JA

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The whole family after our 5k this morning. I love hanging with these two so much!. #JA

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Who's that mouse?!

Peyton, you just turned 2! What are you going to do to celebrate? She's going to Disneyland!!!  Ok, so we didn't really go to Disneyland FOR her birthday, but the line was fitting.  A couple of weeks ago Aunt Jacqui helped broker a deal with some friends so we could take Peyton to Disneyland for the day.  Aunt Jacqui has been dying for an opportunity to take her to Disneyland and since it was her first time, Geeg and I wanted to be there to share in the excitement.  

For a couple of days leading up we would ask her if she knew what Disneyland was and she would say, "On the TV!" I'm pretty sure she had no concept that Disney was anything other than a TV station where she watches a few shows.  She didn't really understand that there was a place we could go to see all of the characters she sees on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse right up close, but could tell that she was fairly excited to go "see Mickey".  

Almost as soon as we walked in we saw Pluto...

But she didn't want to get too close.

Then we turned around and saw Minnie Mouse!

But, again, she didn't feel like getting too close.

I wonder if she'll do any better with Goofy…


Oh well, let's see what else there is to do here.

How about the Tea Cups?

Success!!!  Peyton loved those Tea Cups!! Gigi?  Not so much.  There was too much spinning for her tastes.  Almost as soon as the ride was over Peyton wanted to ride it again, though.  The line was short enough so we did.  This time Aunt Jacqui took Mama's place…

Off to Small World!

Then to Toon Town to meet Mickey and Minnie…But first a quick detour to see Pluto again… this time we got a little closer.

Okay, lets capitalize on this success and head over to Mickey's house to say hello...

Not quite as comfortable as she was with Pluto but she still loved it (more than the picture seems to indicate!)

How about Minnie Mouse? The line was a little longer, but at least we had some fun…

Then we got close enough to see Minnie!

There she is Peyton!

No fear this time!! 

Alright, lets find another ride…Dumbo sounds fun! 

Aunt Jacqui bought her a set of ears to commemorate the day…

Then we head over to Jungle Cruise.

A few tickles and laughs while we wait in line.

She was amazed by all the "animals" on the ride…

It was such a great day!!!  She had a BLAST and did great throughout the whole day.  Thank you so much to Doug Farmer for helping us get into the park and to Aunt Jacqui for helping us make such great memories!!!  I can't wait to do it again throughout the years.