Friday, August 29, 2008

Here's to 4 years of Marriage!

Travis and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary on August 28th! We had a dinner date at Creekview Restaurant while our friend Mary watched Ansel. We walked to the restaurant, which is only a couple of blocks from our house, hand in hand on a perfect summer night.
God has deepened our love for one another through circumstances that, while difficult, have brought us more joy in our marriage and more compassion for one another. Blessings have been upon us in a move across the country, an internship, a job search, a heart attack, the birth of our son, a parenthood adventure, a kidney loss, and life-altering decisions as we listened for God's voice.
I am my beloved's and he is mine.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Best Looking Thing to Appear on Our Shelf...

While on the phone with my mom, I discovered our Ansel had found a place of his very own. He had nestled right into our serving tray!
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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Playing the Day Away

Ansel is 11 months old. He is very mobile and strong these days. He cruises all over the place and pulls himself up to standing on anything and everything. He is climbing. He is busy. He loves to flip through the pages of books. His latest discovery--the guitar! He strums the strings on the neck when it catches his eye. We can see the hint of a first tooth that has yet to break through! Ansel is changing by the minute--feeding himself, speedily crawling, and watching the world around him with his intense, deep blue eyes.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ansel at the Door

This morning as Travis was heading out the door, Ansel started crying hysterically. Travis captured this moment.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Our dear friend Lois Stauffer went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, August 7th at 2pm. Lois was an amazing woman of God, who touched the lives of many during her 51 years on this earth.

Many people have detailed stories of the beautiful ways Lois has made her mark on their own heart. Her hospitality spoke volumes to anyone who spent time in their home.
For us, Lois has been a longstanding source of encouragement to both Travis and I in our walk with God, our marriage, and in the challenging endeavor of parenthood. Lois and her husband, Gene, exemplified what God intended for marriage. The relationship that they had with one another was one of love, tenderness, and the most treasured of all of earthly friendships. Gene and Lois have been like parents to Travis during his time at Kettering University, encouraging him in his relationship with Christ, challenging both of us in our pursuit of marriage, and then have become our family away from home since we have moved to Buffalo. We have spent many holidays in their home, which has always been lovingly opened to us by the entire family.

Even to end of her life on this earth, Lois continued to humble herself and lift up others. After she was diagnosed with cancer, she offered us a place in her home for Travis to recover from kidney surgery and continued to invite us to spend time with their family. Lois lit up a room with her smile and her life was characterized by an unwavering faith in the Lord, no matter how difficult the circumstances. Even just a few days before her passing when she was in too much pain to get out of bed or even sleep in the same room as her husband, she was still praying faithfully for everyone she knew.

I find peace in the fact that we will reunite with Lois one day in heaven, but will miss our chats over tea in her front yard, making meals together as a family in her kitchen, her wise advice, her gentle sense of humor, her genuine way of living out her faith, and watching her endearing way of ministering to those around her.

In the celebration of this sweet sister in Christ's life, I am once more challenged to be a blessing to those around me and to let God use me for his eternal purpose. What a blessing that Travis and her son, Andrew, became such good friends in college! Andrew is so much like his mom in the way that he selflessly reaches out to others, his carefree spirit, and wonderful sense of humor. I praise the Lord for bringing Lois into our lives, after knowing her we are forever changed and encouraged to stand out as one of His.

Gene, Lois, Michelle, Travis, Andrew, & Jonathan

Lois and Ansel

Michelle, Lois, and Ansel

Thursday, August 07, 2008


Newsboys rockin' the PAC at Darien Lake

We had a blast at the Newsboys show. Travis could almost touch the stage; he was so close! He followed them from the mainstage to this small stage in the center of the crowd and snapped this photo. We agree that this was by far the best concert we have ever been to and were so encouraged in our walks with God!

Our friend Steve is the producer for a local Christian radio station and got us passes to attend the whole event. Last night we ate dinner with Steve and his family in the VIP tent. It was fun to visit with the Napolis and eat with the bands and roadies.
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Kingdom Bound

We had the privilege of hanging out with Newsboys and Delirious? for interviews before the shows. It is clear that they have a passion and a purpose. It was great to hear them joke around and, let's face it, these guys have some sweet accents!



Us at Darien Lake

Ansel sleeping with ear muffs during the Newsboys show
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Wednesday, August 06, 2008

More photos from the Zoo

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Buffalo Zoo Pictures

Here are more photos from our trip to the zoo.

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Ansel's First Trip to the Zoo

On Sunday we took Ansel to the Buffalo Zoo. We were impressed that our local zoo had so many exciting animals to see. We loved sharing the experience with Ansel. He was entertained by the animals. Here are some of the sights Travis captured.

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

A Walk Through Our Village

On Friday night Ansel and Travis went on a walk together through our village. Here are some photos Travis took on their outing.

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