Puppy News

Well it has been one week since we brought Cider home (this name won the vote by a landslide).  He is doing great.  He was crate trained in only two days and sleeps great at night.  He only cried one night.  He is laid back and loves playing with the kids.  He seems to take our family’s chaos in stride.  We are really enjoying him!

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Puppy news – good and bad

Well, the bad news is that our pup, little Rosie, got really sick.  We decided to go with a different breeder and found a really sweet couple south of Champagne that breeds golden doodles for only slightly more than we were going to pay for the cockapoo.  A golden doodle was our first choice of breed anyway and this breeder happened to have a litter ready next week.  Even better, there was a puppy with a curly coat and the exact color we were wanting!  He is a red color.  We are picking him up next Wednesday.  Here is the only pic i have of him so far and it’s not very good quality, but you can see his color and how stinking cute he is!!  This was two or three weeks ago I think.


Now to agree on a name….again.  PLEASE HELP!  HEre is the list.  Feel free to leave comment and vote!

Peter Parker (Pete for short) – after Peter Parker since he’s red like spiderman


Herbie (after Gpa Piercey)


Cider (because we got him in fall and he’s’ the color of apple cider)



So far, Cider is winning.  What is your vote??!!


First Day of School!

On Sept 2, the kids started school.  Josie is entering 8th, Eliza 5th, Evangeline 2nd, and Abe will be in his last year of PreK.  He goes half day in the afternoons and asks me all morning (“is it time to go to school yet?”)  Evie cried the first day but has done great ever since.  Josie isn’t thrilled about the hours of homework she has had this week but is loving seeing her friends everyday.  Eliza typically loves school and this year is no different.  Tuesday night as I was tucking her into bed, she said she wished she didn’t have to go to sleep and could go back to school right then!!  ha!

Here are some pics from the first day of school:

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A pic of Abe with his two teachers (on right) and teacher’s aid (on left).


Josie and Eliza both expressed interest in getting baptized this past year.  Our church, Soul City Church, here in Chicago announced that they would be doing a church service on the beach and a baptism service in Lake Michigan on Aug 31st so the girls went to a class to find out more about it.  In the class, our church’s youth director, Katie, went over what baptism is and why we as Christians should be baptized.  After the class, both girls signed up.  Luckily it was a beautiful day in Chicago for the baptism and Katie (our youth director) baptized them both.  It was such a cool thing to witness and be a part of!


There is nothing better than seeing your children following Jesus!!!  Praise God! What a blessed day and so much to celebrate!


Evangeline is 7!!!

Evangeline and her best buddy, Sophie, have birthdays 6 days apart and they are both obsessed with Frozen and they both have the same friends at school so Sophie’s mom, Asia, and I combined their parties and had one huge party for them both.  We had 16 kids in our apartment.  haha!  It was crazy but it was fun.  I’m so thankful for Evangeline’s friends. Here are some pics.


“Do you want to build a snowman?”  In the pic above, my friend Asia and I are handing out supplies for the kids to make their own Olaf out of Marshmallows, pretzels, mini chic chips and a candy corn for the nose.

The party was on the 24th.  So on her actual birthday, Aug 31 we celebrated at home.  My parents were in town, too.  We had donuts for breakfast (her choice) and then she got to open her gifts.


We got her an Elsa castle and she LOVES the Elsa dress she got from Grandma Betty, Papa, and the Rumpfs!!

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We love our very tall, lovely, girly, delightful, and smart seven-year-old!!!

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JUST what we need……..

……another living thing to feed, clean up after, and keep healthy and alive.  haha.  I know we are crazy but my kids (and Darrel for that matter) continue to be obsessed with having a dog.  Eliza’s allergies are really under control now and we found a breed that is hypoallergenic (as much as a dog can be), non shedding, and super cute and apartment sized.  It’s a cockapoo.  We found a breeder and put a deposit down on a sweet little puppy girl last week.  We pick her up Sept 21.  Here is a pic of her at 4 weeks.  Now we just need a name.  Any suggestions?


Eliza’s 11!!!

We were in Michigan over Eliza’s bday so we celebrated there.  We played games going along with her theme – she chose Jesus as her theme.  This girl is so sweet.  Anyway, she opted for a lion cake (since Jesus is the lion of Judah).  I think it turned out really cute!  We also played a “fishers of men” game and a “let the children come to me game”.  She said those are her two favorite things about Jesus.