Friday, November 27, 2009


Thanksgiving table at Uncle John (Bied's brother) and aunt Lisa's house.

Brian reading to the kids just before dinner.

Cousin Braysen. Keith and Sharon's (Brian's sister) son.

Ami, Benjamin, cousin Breanna and Alli baby.

Cousin McKenna and Allison.

Cousin Breanna.

Aunt Sharon with the kiddos in the backyard.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Looking good after 9 years...

Today we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Texas with Brian's brother and sister and their families. What a blessing to be able to spend time with our family. We haven't seen them for three years.

I am really thankful to God for blessing me with my husband. We celebrated nine years of marriage today. Truly God is gracious! B, I love you more and more each day. I am thankful for the way you lead us and the way you tenderly care for and love me.

We had a fun anniversary celebration night last week, since today is Thanksgiving. We spent the night in a hotel near Disneyland. We went to dinner and watched the fireworks. Our very dear friends took on the brave task of handling three out of four Biedebachs overnight. Allison came with us because she is still nursing, but Dave Bayne's parents watched her until 11pm so that we could be out together. We haven't done that in ages. It was so fun to just be the two of us. Hey B, did I tell you, "I love you?" Just checking...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kiddo Nicknames

Ami - Skinny rat, madam fluff, punky lunky,

Bradley - B-rad, Braa Braa

Benjamin- Boo Boo, Benja, Schnofie Loffie,

Allison - Alli baby, Alli mae, Allisinna, Alli cat

Crazy I know, they call each other by these names too.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

'Alles op sy plek'

Ami had collected quite a few shells while we were down at Sunset Beach. I went outside one evening and this is how I found her shell collection :) All in order.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sunset Beach

We had a blessed time this past weekend with friends from Seal Beach and then also spent some time together as a family at Sunset Beach. It was relaxing and we wish we could've stayed longer. The days were glorious. Where in the world can you sit on the beach in autumn and really enjoy it? Probably Durbs and Sunset Beach...
Me and my bucket.
These two are good friends :)

This was a gleeful scream.
Splashing around in the icy Pacific.

We noticed a seagull pecking at something. The kids ran to check what it was. Can you see it at the end of the shovel? A starfish.
Alli baby also getting her dose of the CA sunshine.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Doctor Visits

So for those of you who have been asking, here is what is happening with my funny aches and pains. I still am experiencing vertigo and hope to see the ENT doc again on Dec 4th. I have had two CT scans for the pains in my back and lower right abdomen. They have found no kidney stones. Praise the Lord, but they have found an inflamed, retro cecal appendix which will probably have to be removed before we head back to Africa. I see the surgeon on Dec 3rd. Thanks to those who have been praying. Much appreciated.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ferris Wheel

A friend from church put this huge wheel together in one evening. Dad and Ami put on the finishing touches and then guess who destroyed it? None other than BENJA the REVENJA!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

40 today.

Brian has hit the big 4-0! So thankful that the Lord has allowed him these 40 years. We woke him up with the traditional cupcake and singing in bed and then we had a lunch on Sunday. It was great fun!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

All I want for Christmas...

...are my TWO front teeth :)
Ami has lost her top two in two weeks. Here she is with her toothless friend, Ethan.

Allison's first tooth popped out at 4 1/2 months. Couldn't get a tooth pic, but got the drool that goes along with the teething process. Sweet girl :) Still not sleeping through again-we've been here almost a month.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Action Alli

Brian's action packers coming in handy as a baby seat for Allison. I knew those were a good investment.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sunny California

The weather in sunny CA has been gorgeous. Not too hot and certainly not cold. Warm enough to have the kids get hold of the hose in the yard.