Category Archives: Family

Come for the warm weather: Stay for the cute cowgirls

Since the winter in MN this year never seemed to end: snow on Easter, you get the picture. We had alot of visitors for the start of the summer. Needless to say this coincided with the arrival of our newest family member Carter Joy White. We were so blessed to have so many visitors, thank you for all you did. You know who you are.

First came Grammie and Papa: needless to say someone(Crosby) was thrilled to spend some time with them


A visit from Grammie wouldn’t be complete w/o some songs


Papa loves to spend time with his girls..

DSC_0637Thanks Grammie and Papa

Up next making the long 17hr drive from Minnesota: Grandma Lonna, Uncle Ross and Aunt Karly


lovely purple group!

She loves the water: Thanks Uncle and Auntie


Swim Buddies

We celebrated Crosby’s birthday for a week when we had guests in town. More on that later. Do you think she knows this is for her?


For the record she licks off the icing then isn’t interested in the rest of the cupcake

Crosby’s new kitchen would not be complete without some food to cook: Thanks Grandma!


She loves all the little pieces: especially the 25 pringles chips.

Last but certainly not least was Grandpa Tim and Deb: also driving from MN to the warm weather of TX!


Close your mouth Crosby.

I’ve never heard anyone beg for more tickles: AGAIN!


Just give her: MORE TICKLES!

We had some surprise visitors while Grandpa Tim was here: Danielle’s Aunt Betty and Cousin Kaley from Arkansas


No you can’t take her home!

On Sunday June 16th we had Carter Dedicated at our Church. We are so blessed for all of you who came to visit and who will support us in raising Carter to be a child and woman of God. (ps: can you find Crosby?)


One last time: Thank you so much for all your prayers and for coming to love on our little girls!

Carter Joy: Welcome to the Family!

May 27, 2013 We were blessed yet again as our daughter Carter Joy decided she wanted to enter the world. I will leave the labor and birth story to mommy’s blog for another day. I want to tell the world how much we love her and let you share some pictures of our time together so far. Disclaimer: daddy is getting carried away with his camera lately so there are alot of pictures.

Our newest little bundle of joy!


Thought we might have caught a smile: who doesn’t think their kids are awesome


She did awesome on her first photo shoot!


The big moment: our girls meeting for the first time!


Just checking her out….


Up Close: She doesn’t bite but she still looks skeptical


Being a really good big sister: She is so attentive!


She couldn’t wait and didn’t want to stop giving kisses!


Yes: we get to keep her…


Daddy and his girls…


Talking to your new sister!


Everybody gets a hospital bracelet


One Last look at the bundle of joy!


Definitely more to come later!!!!

Christmas 2012

So it’s almost Valentines day which means it’s about time for post/video about Christmas. This was an exciting year for our family. We were blessed to spend this special time of year with the ones we love. Crosby was a tornado of activity this year and we/she loved every minute of it. She could not/would not be contained. We had some laughs. She had some cries. She was/is learning the word obey. It takes time.

We were fortunate enough to see all of our families and spend time with them as you will see in the video/slideshow. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas season and shared the wonderful love and hope that Christ’s birth story stirs within all of us.

On with the show….

15 months: Time I learned to type…

Hi everyone mommy and daddy are busy making dinner so I wanted to let you know all the fun I have been having lately. I haven’t had a chance to write much because we have been on many interesting adventures lately.

I really like to go to the football games with mommy and daddy there is so much room to run around. One of these metal things has a ramp and I like to run down it and scare mommy when I go fast. Did I mention I like to run!

Grandma Lonna came to visit and we went to the park where I, you guessed it, ran around. Did you know slides are as much fun to climb up as go down!

I consider myself an outdoors person and will share my findings with you so pay attention. I only share for a little while then…

I am probably going to taste it.

I’ve got quite the head of hair, mom keeps threatening to cut it but she loves it to. I also have quite a mouthful of teeth. I love to tear my food before I chew it, who knew eating was so much fun.

I went to the doctors in Sept for my 15 month checkup and I am growing big. I am 22lbs 5oz(60%) and 32″(95%)

These are some things I like to do know:

Sign: please, sleepy, milk,


Hide the remotes from daddy(they are in my toy bag silly)

Eat: Chipotle, cheese, black beans, hot dogs, corn, bananas, quesadillas, spaghetti, mac-n-cheese

Dance to music

Drink gallons of water

Play with my new neighbor

Greet and dismiss friends from the nursery at church

Give high-5’s


Sitting on my princess car just to hear it make noise

Tickle fights


Spaghetti Squash (c’mon mom and dad: really)

Shots(had to get 3 this time. Dad said I was brave)

Not being able to play by the elliptical machine(c’mon mom!)

People sticking their fingers in my mouth to feel my molars(be warned: i know how to use the rest of my teeth!)

Being held (did i mention I liked RUNNING)

This one was just my style

I’m gonna be out there some day

Who likes my PIGtails? We got to see the animals at Ovilla Heritage Days.




In my classes I talk about writing for authentic audiences other than each other and the teacher. I need to practice what I preach. So this will be baptism by fire in more than one way.

Obedience is a word interpreted totally based on the attitude of the person who is up to the task. With a cheerful heart and willingness to be lead it can be a wonderful experience for all the people involved. If you don’t by in it will feel forced, painful and not something you will enjoy.

I have been in church my whole life. I don’t remember many Sundays were we didn’t attend as a family at a number of wonderful church locations and church families. I was baptized as a child and have pictures to prove it. In Junior High I gave my life to Christ at a rally before our yearly pray at the pole rally. I was excited and just at the right age to understand that Jesus died for my sins and my life was committed to introducing people to him. My parents, family, friends, and church family were there to show/live out these lessons in my life for which I am forever grateful.

My church experience with baptism was always one where babies were baptized and dedicated at a very early age. It wasn’t until I went to college and tried a number of different churches I saw people being baptized as adults. I came to my own assumption that they weren’t baptized as children and were making this decision as adults. Every time i saw someone being baptized I revisited this assumption, wrongly as I would later discover, and felt secure in my baptism as a child being sufficient. But then something started to happen. I began to think about it more and more each time. It would gnaw at me longer and longer each time a baptism was held at church or I was aware of family/friends/students/colleagues being baptized. The Holy Spirit was doing his work in me.

In August of this year I heard a sermon on baptism preached in a way that I had never heard before. The pastor made two points that stuck with me. Every other time I saw a baptism in service I was being prepared to hear this. 1. Baptism as a child is for your parents and is a symbol of them dedicating you into church family. For this I am forever grateful my parents were wise and faithful to raise me in accordance to the biblical principles they were living. They set a great example which we were blessed to continue with our daughter this past spring. 2. We are called to be baptized in the water by Jesus. It should be our desire to obey him in this to demonstrate our committent to live as he calls us.

I was floored by this. My heart and head was being worked on this whole time and this made me stand up in church, go down to the front sign up and commit to being baptized. August 26th was the day. I am so thankful to my Lord for leading to this moment in my life where he can be glorified by my obedience.

I want to thank my wife, Danielle, for being there to support me. She is my rock and my best friend. Her strength and confidence in me allow me to lead our family in the path the Lord has laid out for us.

I want to thank my parents, Chris and Fran, for choosing very early to dedicate their family and all they do to the glory of the Lord. This example is impacting hundreds, if not thousands of people all over the country and world. Your faith is evident in the way you do everything and the way you treat everyone.

I want to thank my sisters for being a wonderful example of how to live your faith out loud so it impacts the whole world around them. I don’t say it to them enough, but they inspire me to be a better christian.

Thank you to everyone who came to support me on Sunday. Thank you: Scott, Raymond, Justin, Kyra, Aaron, Melissa, Dennis, Jacquie, Ava, Eddie, Maddie, Logan, Scout, Pierce, Gentry, Bradley, Deanne, Chad, Charles, Jennea, and I know I am missing someone so thank you everyone.

“Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words” -St. Francis of Assisi