Sunday, September 21, 2014

A first...

A first in the Hintz house...

A homecoming dance...

The boys were blessed to spend the evening with these two friends from church youth group at the local high school's homecoming...


Caleb and Katie:) Katie has a heart for missions too... Such a sweet young lady with a very strong faith:)


Louis and Elissa:) Elissa's parents were at the sem with us, so we have known for quite a while... She has been a blessing to the boys since we moved here, always including them in in fun activities:) 


We had some good discussion when they came home... It is a different world than the one I grew up in:) As long as we can keep the talking going, that is a good thing!:) 
They had a great time, and we loved hearing about it:)

I am SO thankful for these two boys and the friends God has put in their lives:) 

Where has the time gone??  How can my two little guys be so grown up?  They make my heart happy!

Monday, September 15, 2014

My little sweeties... all of them...



Just the other day while I was doing some home school lessons with Anna and Jo... 

The littles ventured up from the basement... They had completed spilled the stuffed animal container and came up with their arms full of the stuffed animals we received at Samuel's baby shower...

Levi has taken to sleeping with one every night:)

It is hard but interesting at times the road of life with a child in heaven... 
My arms are so full these days... and I love these two sweeties sooooo much... I couldn't imagine our life without them... not even for a second...

But I still can't help but wish that Samuel was right here in the mix of things with the youngest 3... 
Samuel and Hopie, both in Kindergarten... I know if he had lived Hope probably wouldn't have been ours... but in my mind I like to believe that God could have worked it all out for us to have them all if that had been HIS plan... 

Just the other day while out for a walk with our neighbor we were talking about a pregnant friend of ours... and Jojo blurts out, "If this baby lives, will dad baptize it?"  The neighbor looked right at me, eyes big... hard but true, these kids know not all babies live when they are growing... not all brothers and sisters get to come home with you... It wasn't even odd, it just flowed right out of him with the most innocent questioning heart... My sweet Jojo...

I love that Samuel is still a part of our everyday life... I love that Samuel has made the reality of Heaven a part of our everyday life, even for the kids... I love that the little kids include Samuel in their song at bedtime... I love that He is a part of us forever... But I still miss that sweet little pudgy faced, dark fuzzy headed little sweetie soooo much... Yet so incredibly thankful...  The sacred dance of grief and joy....


God is good through it all...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

So not crafty...


Anna and I completed our homemade jewelry holders...

They couldn't be more hodge podge...

Literally, the wood cut and screwed by jo...
Painted by Anna...
Hanging necklace nails pounded by me...
Screened attached ...
Wall hangers attached by Greg...

And there she was ... Completed... And I love it!!!

I love being able to see my treasures given over time or collected from the streets  and people of Uganda... 

I am so thankful to finally have a little orgAnization to the accessory scene:) I am blessed by the littlest of things some days:)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

First official teen driver in the house!!


I am so proud of this boy...
For so many reasons...

While he is wildly funny...
Extremely messy...
Insanely passionate about missions and caring for orphans...
Sweetly loving to the littles in the house...

He is now officially licensed by the state of Illinois to be safe alone on the roads...

He even passed in the 12 passenger can!! Way to go Lou!   

You are growing up WAY too fast! I am so thankful God chose me to be your momma!  You are a gift!

All ready to go!!  Lincense in one hand... Africa Keychain in the other!! :):)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

How do they...

How do they go from this....

To this in the blink I an eye??


Treasuring my littles and my bigs because I know the moments move so quickly!!

Thankful for dear friends and the gift of technology and Skype where we can connect so often... My heart is so thankful for like minded and special friends for my boys... Even though the distance may be far... It is a precious gift!!

Getting ready to take my sweet Anna to the city for a girls weekend with my sister and mama...  

Something we have never done before... 
Thankful...

Girls weekend...

There is a first for everything...

This weekend Anna and I are hanging with the girls... My mom, my sister and her daughter, in the city...

We have had beautiful weather today while we did tons of walking around town... 

Sadly I missed lunch with Anna at American girl... I was sicker than a dog, with a migraine:( 

Praise God I slept it off and we were able to hit the town tonight and head down to Navy Pier for Venetian night and fireworks...  

I am so very blessed to have this opportunity to spend time with these special ladies in my life:)  It is a gift!

The girls on michigan avenue:)


The bean:) Love that place!  Love these girls... Love the fun of the city even though I am totally NOT  a city girl... Love the pillow at the hotel... Love sleeping through the night... MISS my babies:)

Back to reality tomorrow:)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

FLYING BY....

DAYS ARE FULL...
MY HEAD IS SPINNING...
TAKING IN THE LAST BITS OF SUMMER...
EXCITED FOR THE SCHOOL... YET... I THINK I AM STILL A BIT IN DENIAL THAT THE SCHOOL YEAR IS UPON US:)



HE IS SO DELISH!  SERIOUSLY, HOW DID WE GET SO BLESSED??


SHE HAS HAD A GREAT FIRST WEEK AT ST. PETER LUTHERAN SCHOOL STARTING KINDERGARTEN... WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF HER... SHE HAS BEEN EXHAUSTED AT NIGHT AND IT SHOWS... BUT WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THAT... :)


LAST NIGHT WE DID THE CHEESEBURGER CHALLENGE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS... LEVI'S BIOLOGICAL DAD PASSED AWAY FROM CF IN 2008... WE WANTED TO HONOR HIS MEMORY AND THE MEMORY OF A SWEET MISSION HEARTED FRIEND, ALICIA HALPENEY, WHO WENT TO AFRICA WITH US IN 2013, AND WHO ALSO LOST HER BATTLE WITH CF JUST LAST NOVEMBER :(  THANKFUL FOR HEAVEN:)

GO TO
http://fightcf.cff.org/goto/cfcc2014 TO DONATE:)

WASN'T ALICIA PRECIOUS?

THE DAYS ARE FLYING BY AND THE BIG FESTIVAL IN TOWN STARTS IN JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS... 

LIVING THESE BUSY DAYS IN A FLURRY OF ACTIVITY...
LIVING THESE BUSY DAYS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART...

THE 2014 HOMESCHOOL YEAR OFFICIALLY STARTS NEXT TUESDAY:)   READY... SET... GO!:)