Jenna Grace

Transient

Jenna is our first blessing, making us parents in 2007.  Her name means 'sweet', and that she is.  She seeks affirmation and gets genuine joy out of helping others.  She's our guarded one,  and although she loves cautiously, she loves fiercely.  Her repentant heart seeks forgiveness for even the smallest wrong-doing, and she is quick to offer that same forgiveness to those who've hurt her.  One of her greatest challenges is going to be learning to control her emotions and convey them appropriately. She loves to be the best at what she does, and losing is NOT acceptable to her.  And she's a stickler for the rules.  So family game night can be a very dramatic event for us -- full of 'teachable moments.' :) God is doing great things in her heart.  She is SUCH a joy and a pleasure to love!       

Caleb

Transient

Gosh, I just love him.  Not more than my other kids or anything, it's just a sweeter love because he has been by FAR the most challenging.  Anyone who's known Caleb since he was born will tell you he was perfection.  Never cried.  Never whined.  Slept when he was supposed to.  And then he turned 10 months old.  Since then, he has tested every boundary known to man.  Disciplining him at times can feel fruitless.  I often find myself thinking, "WHAT in the WORLD possessed you to do this (again, and again, and again), son?"  Caleb is the definition of stubborn.  He may be my hardest nut to crack, but man, he loves like no one else.  He welcomes a kiss (or several), and he's the first to say a random, "I just love you, Mommy."  He is unique in that he is grateful for simple things.  He thanks me for washing his underwear and fixing him lunch.  I'm telling you...his wife is going to be one lucky woman!  He is HILARIOUS and very, very smart.  He has a photographic memory that enables him to remember pretty much anything he sees.  He would destroy any grown man in a game of Star Wars trivia :).  He's the spitting image of his Daddy and he has all the qualities that will some day make a great man.  He has a special relationship with Chris that I will never be able to compete with...they understand each other VERY WELL ;).

Luke

Transient

What can I say?  He's a stud.  And he knows it.  He joined our family over 3 weeks early and came out a fighter.  Fighting to breathe, fighting to grow...now he's just one tough kid.  No one would ever know of his rocky start based on his appearance; he's more like a line-backer than a preemie.  We get lots of "WHO does he look like??" when we go out as a family, because he does not favor me nor Chris.  I credit my mom's side of the family for his adorableness.  One thing that sets Luke apart is that he is equally sensitive as he is stubborn.  He falls apart when corrected, but he will continue doing whatever it is he was disciplined for, just to make a point.  He's recently discovered the joy in apologizing and he revels in the praise he gets when he shares.  He works tirelessly and persistently to get what he wants. He loves to dance, jump, climb, wrestle, and most of all -- EAT.  He's a man of few words, but his baby blues say it all :).