Five Year Anniversary and pictures of life these days…

~Five Years Ago my beloved and I were married~

~Five Years Ago my beloved and I were married~

Yesterday Samson and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary! Life has been exciting with Samson and I look forward to what the future holds for us. I have grown in the past year in my admiration for all the hard work Samson does to provide for us. He coaches many hours in our basement and often has office work to keep up with on top of coaching. He does this all without complaining! He gets up early to get all his work done, but also to make sure he spends time reading God’s Word before he starts his day. He leads our family in devotions and is helping the girls learn a children’s catechism. He doesn’t get tired of me telling him all the funny (or naughty) things the children do while he is coaching and he listens to me late at night when I need to just talk. He has loved me unconditionally and I am so blessed to be his wife!

Today he is coaching in Pittsburgh and had some beautiful flowers delivered… he spoils me!
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I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for us as a couple!

And since I haven’t updated my blog in a while I thought I’d throw in a few other pictures…

Papa Dubina reading to the girls.

Papa Dubina reading to the girls.

Look who joined me for breakfast a few weeks ago... a lovely princess and a cute unicorn!

Look who joined me for breakfast a few weeks ago… a lovely princess and a cute unicorn!

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Reading together~

Reading together~

The threesome

The threesome

Titus the cute little man!

Titus, our cute little man!

Silly grin~

Silly grin~

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All ready to go play in the snow!

All ready to go play in the snow!

Apple Muffin Recipe

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I’ve tried a new muffin recipe over the past several months from a dear lady at church who made these for us after Titus was born. I had a staple muffin recipe that I grew up making, but I think I’ve replaced it with this new one! The original recipe was for blueberry muffins, but I made them with apples twice and they are just as delicious with apples as they are with blueberries! Now on to the recipe…

Apple or Blueberry Muffins

1/2 c. water
1/2 c. oats
3/4 c. whole wheat flour
3/4 c. white flour
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. baking soda
1 1/4 t. baking powder
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 c. canola oil
1-2 apples, chopped or 1 c. blueberries (fresh or frozen)
(1 t. cinnamon if making apple muffins)
cinnamon sugar

1) Mix water and oats with a spoon.
2) Add remaining dry ingredients, mix to combine.
3) Add egg and oil, mix until just combined.
4) Add apples or blueberries.
5) Pour into muffin tin and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Bake at 425 degrees for 18 minutes.
Makes 1 dozen

Summer Picnic…

Today the girls and I enjoyed a summer picnic in our backyard! Their faces tell of the excitement of eating lunch outside… πŸ˜€

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So excited to eat outside!

Fiona was so excited!!

Fiona was so excited!!

~Yummy food~

~Yummy food~

Eating cherries~ Fiona was our photographer :)

Eating cherries~ Fiona was our photographer πŸ™‚

Titus was sleeping while we ate, but because he is so cute, I thought I'd post this picture of him practicing his growl (well, he was really yawning, but we pretended it was a growl!).

Titus was sleeping while we ate, but because he is so cute, I thought I’d post this picture of him practicing his growl (well, he was really yawning, but we pretended it was a growl!).

Winter fun…

A few weeks ago we got more than six inches of snow, so the girls enjoyed playing in the snow for a while.

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The girls ready to go outside and play… Kenzie wasn’t sure if she was supposed to smile…

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Smile, Kenzie!

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Fiona enjoyed putting snow in her pail.

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Kenzie had fun walking in the deep snow and falling down in it!

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“Cheese!”

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~Snow fun~

And just for fun I thought I’d put in a picture of our newest baker, Kenzie!

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Kenzie loves helping in the kitchen and here she is helping me make muffins! Fiona was napping at the time so it was easy to include her in my baking efforts.

The past couple of months in pictures…

On October 1 we went to the same place Samson proposed to me four years ago... a beautiful bed and breakfast~ and I said yes all over again!!

On October 1 we went to the same place Samson proposed to me four years ago… a beautiful bed and breakfast~ and I said yes all over again!!

~The delicious breakfast~

~The delicious breakfast~

Kenzie came along with us on our overnight... here she is enjoying standing in the shower!

Kenzie came along with us on our overnight… here she is enjoying standing in the shower!

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A new hiding/play place!

A new hiding/play place!

Both girls love getting inside the cupboard!

Both girls love getting inside the cupboard!

~My kitchen helpers~

~My kitchen helpers~

On a trip in October my sister, Rachel, snapped this picture.

On a trip in October my sister, Rachel, snapped this picture.

Kenzie had a few bumps on the head during this trip...

Kenzie had a few bumps on the head during this trip…

Loving the slide!

Loving the slide!

~Fiona and Kenzie~

~Fiona and Kenzie~

A picture I took of Fiona before her 3rd birthday~ such a sweetie!

A picture I took of Fiona before her 3rd birthday~ such a sweetie!

Birthday girl with her cupcake!

Birthday girl with her cupcake!

Funny faces!!

Funny faces!!

My helper in training... :)

My helper in training… πŸ™‚

Kenzie helping with the laundry...

Kenzie helping with the laundry…

Carving a pumpkin with Daddy on a "Daddy/Daughters Date!"

Carving a pumpkin with Daddy on a “Daddy/Daughter Date!”

Hard at work...

Hard at work…

The finished product!

The finished product!

Fiona took this picture... I love the angle!

Fiona took this picture… I love the angle!

Story-time with Daddy!

Story-time with Daddy!

~Daddy and his Fiona-girl~

~Daddy and his “Noni”-girl~

A Good Reminder for Me…

The Countless Lowly Ministries of the Every-days

(by J.R.Miller, “Help for the Day”)

“She has done what she could!”

Mark 14:8

It is in the everyday of life, that nearly all the world’s

best work is done.

The tall mountain-peaks lift their glittering crests into

the clouds, and win attention and admiration. But it is in the great

valleys and broad plains, that the harvests grow and the

fruits ripen, on which the millions of earth feed their hunger.

In the same way, it is not from the few great and conspicuous

deeds of life that the blessings chiefly come which make the world

better, sweeter, holier–but from the

countless lowly ministries of the every-days, the little

faithfulnesses that fill long years.

“Well done, good servant, because you have

Β been faithful in a very little thing”

Luke 19:17

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~Tea Party~

For those of you who don’t know me very well, I really like tea parties! When I was a girl they weren’t very fancy, but as I grew older my Mom started reading about what to serve at a tea party and the delicacies and finery grew! πŸ™‚ This afternoon the girls and I enjoyed a tea party with some girls and their mother from church. We’ve been planning on this event for a few months and as we had to cancel once before we were so excited it finally happened today!! I kept the spread somewhat simple since we had several younger ladies, but it tasted wonderful nonetheless. The girls enjoyed putting on hats and scarves before the tea and played together so nicely after the tea was done. We can’t wait to have them over again, or to invite more of our lady friends for tea!

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Recent Happenings…

We’ve been on two trips recently, one you can read about on my sister’s blog here, and the other you can see pictures of below. We are also enjoying the July summer days. I don’t really have time to write much, but I’ll try to keep my blog updated with pictures as I’m able πŸ™‚ My family comes first, so sometimes I’m just enjoying them and I don’t have time to post…

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Going on a date riding in a 1920’s Model T touring car… boy was it fun!

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We had to hand crank it to get it started!! (just kidding πŸ˜‰ )

The old and the new...

The old and the new…

Enjoying the ride!

Enjoying the ride!

Family Vacation with Samson's family in Temagami, Canada!

Family Vacation with Samson’s family in Temagami, Canada!

~Kenzie's first boat ride~

~Kenzie’s first boat ride~

Paddle boat Father/Daughter Date... Fiona loved having her own seat and being with Daddy!

Paddle boat Father/Daughter Date… Fiona loved having her own seat and being with Daddy!

Story time with Uncle Samson (Caleb pictured)

Story time with Uncle Samson (Caleb pictured)

Great Grandma D. holding our cute nephew, Tristan.

Great Grandma D. holding our cute nephew, Tristan.

Tristan's beautiful mommy, Amanda~

Tristan’s beautiful mommy, ~Amanda~

Waiting on the dock, Caleb, Josh and Judah...

Waiting on the dock, Caleb, Josh and Judah…

~Fun with the cousins in the water~

~Fun with the cousins in the water~

It is so peaceful and serene up there.

It is so peaceful and serene up there.

Enjoying a close-up of God's natural beauty

Enjoying a close-up of God’s creation

See the bee?!

See the bee?!

Story-time with Grandma in the trailer was a highlight for the grandkids!

Story-time with Grandma was a highlight for the grandkids!

Cute Kenzie!

Cute Kenzie!

Great Grandma and Grandpa- together for over 60 years!

Great Grandma and Grandpa- married for over 60 years!

See our fun spouts?! :-)

See our fun spouts?! πŸ™‚

Celebrating Samson's birthday- he turned 30 this year! Wow!!

Celebrating Samson’s birthday- he turned 30 this year! Wow!!

Fiona likes to go out in the rain now... this morning she needed an umbrella~

Fiona likes to go out in the rain now… this morning she needed an umbrella~

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"Hello, I'm walking now!"

“Hello, I’m walking now!”

Kenzie walks now! She loves walking all over the house and likes to carry things in her hands as she walks.

She loves walking all over the house!

~Cute pigtails~

~Cute pigtails~

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~”reading”~

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My brother, Stephen, arrived home recently after living in Saudi Arabia for a year!

Needless to say, we were excited to see him!

Needless to say, we were excited to see him!

My brother, Stephen, arrived home recently after living in Saudi Arabia for a year!

Nothing like a hug from Dad!!

Kenzie loves eating, and her blueberries were so good she decided to smear them on her face the other day!

Kenzie loves eating, and her blueberries were so good she decided to smear them on her face the other day!

Hope you enjoyed this pictorial update of our recent happenings!