Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!!

I cannot believe it is 2015 already!!!  2014 was a great year for us, but we are looking forward to what 2015 has in store for our family.  :) Below is our Top 10 moments of 2014.


Thursday, April 24, 2014


April is almost over and I wanted to share what we have been up to.  JW and I flew out to Idaho to throw my sister a baby shower, we found out we are having a BOY, and we celebrated Easter!!  It's been a busy month filled with lots of family, fun, and love. 

April 5th-- Baby Shower for my little Sister and her Baby Boy!!

My mom, sister, and me :)

JW helping Auntie Jess with her baby shower gifts. 
April 15th--John and I found out we will be having another little boy!!  We are so excited and so is Big brother, JW!!!  He will be here via C-section Thursday, August 28th @ 8am!!!

We sent a text out to family and friends with a picture of this cookie to reveal the gender!
JW at his preschool Easter party.

JW hunting for Easter eggs.

Easter Sunday!  Our church had an egg hunt after service.  JW found lots of eggs!

My little bunny!  Thanks Auntie Jess for the cute bunny mask!!


Here are a few pictures from March.

JW flying his kite on a windy March day!! 

Mommy and JW

Friday, February 28, 2014

February recap!

Today is February 28th and I just realized I haven't posted a blog in 26 days!!!  February flew by for our family.  Below are some pictures to recap our February.  :-)

My mom "Ma" flew in from Idaho to visit us for a few days!  JW is having fun with her playing Chutes and Ladders!
JW enjoying his Valentine's party at his preschool.  Ma went with him.

Sitting at his seat with his Valentine's box.

JW and Ma came to my classroom to help pass out Valentine's.  He had a great time with my students during our 4th grade Valentine's day party!!
JW became a member of the American Shorthorn Association! 

JW's cow "Miss Daisy" had her first baby.  It is a bull calf and JW named it "Donald" after Donald Duck. :) This is his first baby calf that he owns.  My dad "Pa-Grandpa Porter" bought "Miss Daisy" for him last year. 

The cutest little boy ever! Love him to pieces!!

Auntie Jill and JW celebrating her "Senior Day" at Tiffin.  This was her last game as a college basketball player.  We are so proud of her college career!!

JW and his friends (Brooke & Sage) at an indoor play area. 

JW and Adalyn making cookies.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


On Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 we announced to friends and family that JW is going to be a BIG brother!!!  Baby Adams will be here August 28th, 2014!!! We are all very excited!!!!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

John's B-day 1/20/14

John turned 32 on Monday!  He had a great birthday!  I love this picture of my two boys! 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Book Recommendation and Recipe

On Wednesday night my bible study group finished this book..... was a wonderful book!  I initially started going to the bible study to pick up some parenting tips to use on my 3yr old and it led to much more!!  My pastor started the bible study, but asked me to start leading it due to her having to miss occasionally.  It was neat to see how God used me when I wasn't planning on teaching a bible study.....God is funny like that and will use you when you least expect it!  I have made great friendships through this study and I really enjoyed leading the study.    This book was amazing and I would recommend it to all parents and grandparents!  Understanding your child's love language will help you to have happy and healthy kiddos! A great read and very insightful!!  Happy Reading!! :)
I took this delicious Chili to the bible study to share with everyone.  I doubled the recipe to have enough! It's another recipe from It was a crowd pleaser!!
 Chipotle Beef Chili
 Simple, flavorful, fast and yummy...the perfect busy mom supper.

Shopping List
1 pound of ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 (14 oz) can of stewed tomatoes
1 cup water
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
1 small can of chipotle peppers in adobo (you'll only need 2 or 3 peppers out of the can, chopped)
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
Sour cream, shredded cheese and/or chopped green onions to garnish

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown your ground beef (or substitute with ground chicken or turkey) until crumbly and browned.

In your slow cooker, add in your cooked ground beef and the next 10 ingredients.  Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours.  Remove lid and ladle your chili into bowls.  Garnish with your desired toppings. Enjoy!!