Saturday, March 28, 2009

Meaning in a Name

God has really been teaching Justin and I a lot over the course of this deployment.  Justin has been faithful to memorize several verses of scripture, and one that God has used in both our lives is Philippians 1:20:  "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death."  We are convinced that our lives are not meant to be lived settled and comfortable, but that we have, and will be, called to suffer for His Glory.  We want that to be the desire of our hearts.  We pray earnestly that we will have "sufficient courage" to live (or die) how God leads us. We also pray that same courage for our children, which leads to the name we plan to give our new little girl...Rylie Dawson.  Rylie means "valiant" (possessing sufficient courage).  Dawson is after Dawson Trottman, a man Justin recently read a book about.  The way he lived his life has inspired Justin in the way he wants to live.  I have not read the book, so Justin will have to fill you in more on "Dawson."  

Friday, March 20, 2009


Jordan loves putting anything, socks, hats, pants, shirts...and these bloomers that go with a dress I got for her baby sister.  She was playing in her room for a long time, and then came out looking so proud with these on her head.  I'm not sure if she was trying to be funny, or if she really thought that they go on her head!  Either way, it was way too cute!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Check Up

Jordan had her 18 month check up today.  She is below average in height and weight, but in the 90th percentile in head circumference.  Go figure!  Wonder where she got that big head!?

Running in a Race

Justin ran a race at the base on Tuesday.  This picture is on this website  See if you can find him!  He's only the manliest man out there!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Justin in Iraq

Here are some pictures Justin sent me of his time in Iraq.  
Playing the Wii Justin got for Christmas/Birthday.  A great way to hang out with the guys.
Chapel on Sunday morning.
Justin shaking hands with the tour guide when they visited the City of Ur, Abraham's birthplace.
Terry, Justin, and Andy at the City of Ur.

Justin and some other guys.
Oldest standing archway.
The Ziggarat.  I think it's a temple of some kind.
Justin standing on Abraham's house?

Monday, March 9, 2009

1st Hair Cut

Aunt Kendra cut Jordan's hair while we were celebrating Christmas with the Neill side.  
Before picture.
All the cousins gathered around to watch.
After cute!  It's already grown out a lot since then.

Monkey Face!

Justin taught Jordan how to make a monkey face.  Isn't it hilarious?  

Christmas with the Moody's 2008

We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas morning with Justin's family.  Here are just a few pictures.
Jordan's cousin Madison got some new make up and nail polish for Christmas, so she tried them out on Jordan.  Here, she's painting little toenails...Jordan just sat there letting her do her toes the whole time.Looks like she's pleased with the results!
Her cousin Cayden got a new "ATV" and pulled Jordan around the house for a long time.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Christmas 2008 with the Neills

My sister-in-law Shari is going to have a baby too!  I'm sure her belly is much bigger now, but isn't that a cute baby bump?
Jordan's cousin Jessica (and her sister, Beth) love to carry Jordan around.
Jordan's twin cousin, Hunter!
Three one-year-old cousins wanting the same book.  They were so tiny last year!  There's an earlier post of them together last thanksgiving.  


Going to Grandma and Grandpa's in Iowa.  
Jordan climbed into my suitcase as I was trying to pack.  She thought it was so much fun.Grandma and Jordan.
Jordan and her "twin" cousin Hunter.  

Backing Up to Fall

I never posted pictures from any of the holidays, so here are some from Halloween.  
Jordan decided that it would be funny to put her halloween bucket on her head to play peek-a-boo.
Punk rock drummer!
Drummer #2!