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!

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Warm Houses on Cold Days…

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Reading in the “house” with Daddy~

Here in Ohio it has been very cold lately. The girls have been sick and we haven’t been able to play outside much. So Samson made the girls a “house” or “tent” today in the living room. Then he read some books to the girls in the house! This afternoon after naps I told Fiona we could make a bed for her to sleep in while they play. She is really looking forward to playing in her house! šŸ™‚ Samson is such a great daddy!!

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“Riding on Daddy’s back is super fun!!”

Four Years Ago Today…

…I married the man who has become my very best friend! He has shown me true love and tenderness. He has cried with me in the tough times and laughed with me in the good. Through his unconditional love for me he has shown me how Christ loves His bride, the church. I am most honored to be married to this wonderful man!

Gazing into each other's eyes...

Gazing into each other’s eyes…

Celebrating 4 wonderful years of marriage...

Celebrating 4 wonderful years of marriage…

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… šŸ™‚

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~

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 šŸ™‚ 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 šŸ˜‰ )

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?! šŸ™‚

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!

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas from the Dubina's!

Merry Christmas from the Dubina’s!

My goodness! I didn’t realize I hadn’t updated my blog since Thanksgiving!! Where has the time gone?! Perhaps going on three trips in the past month, celebrating Christmas andĀ having a friendĀ from Japan come for a visit for nearly a weekĀ would explain my absensence around here…

God has been so good to us… despite being sick on one of our trips and having Kenzie teething at the same time (making for very little sleep for both parents!) and having to wash clothes only to pack them into the suitcase again… He has kept us safe and given us much to be grateful for in our wanderings across North America! We didn’t miss any of our flights and none of our luggage ended up in the wrong place; my sister Rachel came with us on one of our trips enabling us girls to go do some site-seeing while Samson was training; I was able to feebly share the gospel with our friend from Japan through taking notes during a Sunday sermon; our vehicles areĀ running well;Ā and our girls are getting bigger by the day and delight us with their new discoveries! I am a blessed woman!

Kenzie having fun!

Kenzie having fun!

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~Reading to my girls~

~Reading to my girls~

Fiona's first tea party with my Mom, sister and sister-in-laws!

Fiona’s first tea party with my Mom, sister and sister-in-laws!

Red Rock Canyon, NV

Red Rock Canyon, NV

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Yep! We were in the desert!

Yep! We were in the desert!

Valley of Fire, NV

Valley of Fire, NV

Indian petroglyphs at the Valley of Fire... I really found them interesting!

Indian petroglyphs at the Valley of Fire… I found them really interesting!

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A rugged beauty

Rugged beauty

Letting my sick little one sleep on me for a bit...

Letting my sick little one sleep on me for a bit…

Sick wee ones, but they sure looked cute in their almost matching outfits!

Sick wee ones, but they sure looked cute in their almost matching outfits!

Mount Charleston, NV

Mount Charleston, NV

In TN with my beautiful sister, Rachel! (And did you notice the deer in the background?!)

In TN with my beautiful sister, Rachel! (And did you notice the deer in the background?!)

At Traveler's Rest, a home built in 1799.

At Traveler’s Rest, a home built in 1799.

What a blessing it was to have Rachel with us!

What a blessing it was to have Rachel with us!

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Me and my girls!

Me and my girls!

Fiona having fun in the hotel!

~Fiona having fun in the hotel~

At the Nashville Zoo!

At the Nashville Zoo

Fiona enjoyed the animals once we explained that they weren't scary and couldn't get out of their cages!

Fiona enjoyed the animals once we explained that they weren’t scary and couldn’t get out of their cages!

Flamingos!

Flamingos!

Rachel is very industirous- she brought a scarf to knit while on our trip!

Rachel is very industriousĀ – she brought a beautiful scarf to knit while on our trip!

Long-horned cattle

Long-horned cattle

Samson and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary last week! We wentĀ to a Japanese restaurant and then an ice cream parlorĀ a few days before our anniversary, and then on our anniversary my sister, Rachel, watched the girls while we went to a steakhouse. I love spending time with my man!! I am so honored to be his wife and I thank God for bringing us together!! He was worth waiting for šŸ˜€

Even though we were on a trip, he bought me flowers! He is so thoughtful!!

Even though we were on a trip, he bought me flowers! He is so thoughtful!!

I love my beloved!

I love my beloved!

Postcards from Canada

After nearly 11 hours of driving, Fiona didn’t want to look at the camera!

Fiona loves playing with all the new toys at the house where we are staying.

Daddy and Fiona (with the Parliment buildings in Ottawa, Ontario, in the background)

Daddy showing Fiona how to touch the water! She was scared to try it herself.

Fiona likes Kenzie laying on her back~ they are getting to be such good friends!

Getting a tour of the back of an ambulance from our paramedic friend, Matt, and his brother Tim and soon to be sister-in-law, Galina!

The girls love the swings in the backyard!

Kenzie is 4 months old now!

First time playing in the sand box… she didn’t want to come in she was having so much fun!

Kenzie enjoying her thumb while Fiona played at the park.

A squiggly slide at the park!

Enjoying the fall colors at Pink Lake in Gatineau Park, Quebec…

Daddy and his girls!

~The four of us~

Recent pictures…

Fiona looks at the deer at Rolling Ridge Ranch in Amish Country.

Safe in daddy’s arms, watching the animals at the ranch!

Family photo!

Sweet little Kenzie! (watch out for those horns, Mama!)

My brothers, Martin and Justin helped Samson paint our backyard fence.Ā We so appreciated theirĀ help!!

Playing putt-putt golf with Martin and Justin after they painted with Samson!

My handsome brother, Nathan, at the orchestra.

Meeting Uncle Jonathan for the second time!

Aunt Chrissy is so nice!

Happy Birthday Samson!

Happy Birthday to my best friend, my dearly beloved husband and much loved father of our girls, Samson!

I am so glad God blessed our world with your life. Your love of the Lord and your desire to please Him spur me on to love our great God and Savior more deeply. I appreciate you taking the time to wash me with the water of the Word each day. Watching you play with our girls gives me more pleasure than you know! They love their “daddy time”! Thank you for providing for your family so well- you work so hard. I am honored to be your wife!

~I love you~

Enjoying a birthday walk at the park.

Poor little rabbit- what happened to your ears?!

Fiona was keeping her eyes on the cake šŸ™‚

The birthday cheesecake!

The cheesecake was delicious (if I may say so myself!)! I used this recipe from All Recipes.com… you should try it sometime!