Thursday, December 27, 2007

It may not always go as we planned...

Well, we had quite the interesting Christmas. Between spending a few hours in the ER with Tim's little electric scooter incident (a few stitches...he's totally fine!!) :-) and 3 out of 5 of us having the flu on Christmas day...let's just say our christmas went much different than we had planned. However, through it all, we know that nothing escapes God's big picture and we celebrated his son's birth regardless...as the world did thousands of years ago. The twist in our plans are nothing when we remember that Mary & Joseph probably never anticipated their firstborn son, Jesus, being born in a stable amidst many animals with only a manger to lay him in and old cloths to keep him warm. After having 3 children of our own, we cannot even fathom being turned away from a "comfortable" & "safe" place to give birth to them and spending our first moments with them in a cold, smelly stable. Regardless of how our Christmas turned out this year...we are extremely confident that God knows what is best for us & he will use a multitude of incidents & life "twists" to bring our attention to where he wants it focused. Our family, our children, our true purpose in life...are a few of the most important things we're all here for. We are praying for God's guidance, direction & wisdom as we enter a new year...with many new fresh beginnings to look forward to.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

They're in the mail!!!

Well, this is my last blog update until after the holidays. I've been busy for the last few days just getting all caught up with my blog. Not that I was ever behind...but I had wanted to post our holiday activities & family portraits on here...so I had to get them all edited. :-) I had designed my christmas cards back in November after I took the kids' pictures...but I was busy during the beginning of December editing pictures I had taken for families for christmas! :-) So, I finally got my cards all addressed & mailed today!! Some of you have gotten your cards because if I knew I was going to see someone I would bring it along...however, they may or may not get to "you & yours" before christmas. But, at least they are in the mail!! :-) I have also posted some of my favorites from our kids' holiday photo session. What an interesting day that was! It was the day before Thanksgiving & I had seen on the weather that it was going to be like 60 degrees...so I planned it out nicely as we had a beautiful day! Plus, I had another portrait session that afternoon...so I was all pictured out! :-) Enjoy seeing our festivities & again, have a wonderful christmas! Until next post...haha. :-)
 
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The Landis Children Holiday Portraits

One of the many cute shots of the kids together...well at least "standing" together. :-)
 

I love these ones of Makenzie & Madden running together!
 

 

 
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A few pictures of our baby! :-)
 

 

 
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Madden kind of got a little scared of being up on top of the train engine...but it sure makes for a cute picture!!!
 

 
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Madden hanging out on the tracks...
 

Madden not so happy...he wanted to get a snack!!
 

What's behind the doors??
 

The girls together!
 
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Just some fun pics!!
 

 

 

 
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The kids together!! :-)
 

Giggling...why not??
 

 

Just a little something different & unique...
 
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Makenzie giving me a few pretty smiles. In between each of these pictures she was whining that she was done & wanted to take her own pictures...oh my!
 

 

The two beautiful girlies!! What little loves!
 

 
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Madden being extra cooperative here as during our outdoor pictures he would not look at me & was in a whining mood. And I thought he'd enjoy the trains!!!
 

 

 

 
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Amara was in such a serious mood for the outdoor pictures...it was actually very funny how serious she was! But, she decided to smile for us in the end. :-)
 

 

 

 
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These cute kiddies decided to pull out their smiles finally!!! :-)
 

 

Madden & his big sissy!!
 
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