BC: The End | A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. -Ogden Nash
FC: "Other things change us, be we start and end with family" -Anthony Brandt- | 2010
1: A Year in Review.... Wow it's 2010 already! I can't believe how time flies and that we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year. Reflecting back on the year and realizing what a blessed family we are! We got to enjoy a Florida vacation and celebrated our anniversary for a week in Punta Cana. Some other highlights were Alex turning 10 years old and Kelsey and Kaleb turning eight. Mike and Janice welcomed a little girl- Alia Rose and Mary and Steve welcomed Alana Eve to the family. We also went through the change of selling the place we all grew up in and mom and dad moved to a small cabin they built and Mary and Steve moved into Mark and Sharons home and Marks moved to Mt Hope with Sharons parents. The boys and I enjoyed playing baseball and softball another year, had some camping trips, swimming days, a trip to the zoo, went to Pokey and Joannas wedding, and I turned 30 years old!
2: Alex, I look at you my firstborn son, Filled with pride for all you've become. There you stand and getting so tall, Ten years of memories, we share them all. A mothers love so tender and pure, Will last forever, that's for sure. I nurtured you and held you tight, And soothed your cries into the night. From a tiny infant so meek and mild, To an innocent toddler, cheeky and mild. An now an inquisitive young man finding his way, With always another baseball game to play. You're inspiring, intelligent, and witty too, Easily excelling in all that you do. You're such a good son, and also big brother, You've always made me proud to be your mother. I was blessed the day God gave to me, My new born baby the first of three. Without a doubt, it's plain to see, What a wonderful son you are to me! I LOVE YOU -Mom
3: Kelsey and Kaleb, "It's twins!" the tech told me, giving me quite a fright. "Are you sure?!" I had asked, wondering if I'd heard right. But sure enough, there you were, up there on the screen. And I tried to make sense of what it all would mean. Double the feedings, double the tears, Double the changings and double the fears. Just how would I feed you both at the same time? And how would I choose who to hold if you're both crying? How much would you cost to our family? Diapers, food, college...just the idea was overwhelming. And how would I care for my other dear son, When I've only two arms with which to hold everyone? The future seemed scary or daunting at least. My mind raced with questions, my heart skipped some beats. But then I remembered that you were formed in love That you were two miracles, gifts sent from above. How could I be worried, what gave me the right? We would figure it out, what seemed dark would become light. And soon enough the time came, After nine long months Two bundles of joy were delivered to us at once. We counted your fingers, we counted your toes, They totaled forty on top and forty below. You were both the most perfect little angled we'd seen. And we couldn't believe just how blessed we'd been. Now eight years has flown by, where does the time go? It seems like yesterday we were bringing you home! You couldn't be more different even though you are twins. Though you both love to laugh and discover new things. You're both funny and sweet, you are happy and smiley. And we feel so lucky that you're part of our family. There is two to kiss and two to hug And best of all two to LOVE! I LOVE YOU -MOM
5: Mom and Dad I don't know when it started, oh how it all began. But God created families, as only our Lord can. He was teaching what it means, to Love, Honor, and Obey. He wanted a strong bond, that we don't see too much today. He wanted someone to hold us, And show respect for others. He wanted someone who'd be gentle, and so he made Mothers. He wanted someone strong, a support filled with love, And so he created fathers, sent from heaven up above. Brothers and sister came next, with that, and instant friend. Someone to look up to, someone on who to depend. When he put them all together, he was amazed at what he'd done. He had created a family, mother, father, daughter, son. But look at the family, created by only two, How many we've become, and all because of you. We have a lot to be thankful for, the memories through the years. The many times together, full of laughter, full of tears. I don't know where we'd be today, if it weren't for the two of you.
6: Our visit to Diane Columbus, OH
7: Diane's Apartment
9: Trip to COSI Columbus, OH January 2010
10: Our repo house we bought and fixed up to sell again. It was alot of work but we learned lots of new things! Price- $38,000 | 1271 Chippewa Ave Akron, OH
12: Kate 6 month
17: Valentine's Party Winesburg School 2010
19: ALL BUNDLED UP
20: Gospel Haven Youth Valentines Banquet | XOXO
23: Our Florida Vacation March 2010
24: Fun in the Sun!
25: Always have a blast at the beach!
34: Fun at the Beach!
35: Can never take too many
38: BOAT RIDE
40: GIRlS NIGHT OUT
41: Girls night out to Saint Armands circle for dinner and some shopping. ...good times! | Can you tell which are the | mannequins?
42: We went on a boat ride with Eli, Ruby & their girls and mom went along to. Got a fun boat ride, went to a bird island (can you tell Merle likes birds-he had the camera :) the boat dragged a net in the water and we caught some really cool stuff the kids got to see and hold.
44: SARASOTA FLORIDA
46: Wintertime Boredom...making Indian hats and drinking hot chocolate...:)
48: 10 Year Anniversary Trip
50: Arriving at the Punta Cana airport (after almost missing our flight) | the land | Waiting in the lobby till our room was ready | Our ride to our room
51: Our driver | Our building | The inside of the building | Our room
52: ...getting lazier
53: ...and lazier
55: We took a bus on an excursion to a man made island. We did some snorkeling and saw beautiful fish, swam with nurse sharks and sting rays, held sting rays, got massages, drank smoothies.....lots of fun!
61: The streets of Punta Cana....very poor people. Was told most of the people working at the resort make about $300 a month.
67: We could eat whenever we wanted at 9 different restaurants with our wristbands with any food imaginable!
68: ...all good things must come to an end. :)
69: Punta Cana Airport The airport had a grass roof and was totally open to the outside. We boarded our plane on the outside for our flight back home and back to reality! Great memories...
73: Small Group
74: Clean up Day | BEFORE
76: Memorial Day Parade Mt Eaton OH
78: Home of the free...Because of the Brave
80: AUCTION DAY
81: Tornado in Sugarcreek
84: GO TEAM!
90: Small Group
91: SUMMER OF LOVE
95: Fun at Momy and Doddy's cabin
96: MILLER CAMPING
97: “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” ~Helen Keller | 2010
99: Family | Fun
100: Grace Group Camping 2010
101: Nicki | Catherine | Ashley | Andrew | Leah getting soaked | balloon toss | Anne | Cotton Candy | more cotton candy | Kevin | Betty being a kid | Collin | Julia | Maddie | Ruby-Maddy | Dave
102: Naomi's 30th Birthday Party | Diane threw a big 30th birthday party at her church in Columbus. My family all took a big van and our mini-van and went for the weekend and stayed at a hotel. Marlin & Mary went to.
105: Hip Hip Hooray, It's My Birthday Today
106: Diane even got a balloon man to come. He told a story while making balloons and then the kids all got to pick something for him to make to. They Loved it!
107: Hooray For Birthdays
108: Picnic at the park before we head back home.
110: Happy Birthday | Today Kelsey and Kaleb you are 8 What more can I say, You're becoming more special Each and every day, So blow out your candles One by one Enjoy your birthday Have lots of fun.
114: Dublin Softball Tournament at Diane's apartment and celebrated Kaleb's birthday. Kelsey stayed at home with grandma. -2010-
116: THE MARRIAGE OF | AARON & JOANNA | 9.2010 | TROYER
118: I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER
119: THERE IS ONLY ONE HAPPINESS IN LIFE, TO LOVE AND BE LOVED.
120: "IT ONLY TAKES A SECOND TO SAY 'I LOVE YOU' BUT A LIFETIME TO SHOW IT." ~TERESA COLLINS
122: THE HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE!
126: Birthday Wishes
127: Present Time!
129: The boys passing out Frosty Twin Popsicles
130: SMALL GROUP ZOO OUTING
132: Kendra, Beth and Leah had a blast on their trip to Colorado this summer. Kendra just got her drivers license and was in the mood for a road trip so they all packed up and left for the open road with Colorado in their sights. It was hard to see my little girl drive away, she is an adult now and its time to let her go. I'm glad they had fun and arrived home safe. She'll always be my little girl...
134: WATER RIDE
137: AMUSEMENT PARK
140: A Harvest of Memories
141: Fall...The Colors Leave You Breathless | We took Mom and Dad to Hagerstown, Maryland for a carnival glass auction and on the way we stopped at the Flight 93 crash, and when Mom and Dad were at the auction we took the boys and drove to Gettysburg and toured it. We took Logan because Mary had baby Lanie the same week we left. Kaleb loves Civil War history and just loved Gettysburg! Got to stay at a nice hotel and enjoyed a nice little getaway! October-2010
143: On the road again.....
150: I hope that for every candle on your cake you get a wonderful surprise.
151: Make a Wish! | We had a birthday party for all the kids since they all have birthday in August, September and October.
154: Picture Day
157: Holiday Memories Warm Even The Coldest Of Days | Christmas-2010
158: Christmas Gathering- 2010 We had Christmas at our house in 2010. Had a big lunch, lots of gifts from Grandma and Grandpa, some good settlers games, and Diane helped the kids make soft pretzals. And of course lots of snacks to eat! Before everyone went home we threw some tired lil kids in the bathtub.
160: Dear Santa, I want one of everything
161: Who needs Santa when you have Grandma!
162: A Christmas To Remember...
163: Siblings | Dinner at the fireplace | Opening gifts | Lanie-American Doll | Wii | Wings Tradition
165: Miller Christmas was in Indiana at Duane and Mary's house. Went to Dan and Lenas for supper one evening and a great Christmas meal at Duanes. We spend the nights in a hotel and had a great weekend. | Christmas in Indiana
166: Out With The Old And In With The New...
167: 2010 New Years Eve at Vern and Leahs
170: US God be with us For we are your children Give us your blessing For we ask for your help Help us through perils And that which may come Holding true to oneself And each other as one WIth Love in our hearts Hands holding strong Will never let go Until the journey is done Then guided on wings of the purest white Will arrive in your arms To be reunited as one