Monday, August 31, 2009

They Arrived!!

This is what we had been waiting for all summer. My family to arrive. This, of course, is only a small portion. They arrived one family at a time. Here is my dad with Bailee and below is my mom with Luken, whom she had just met.

The rest of the family would continue to arrive over the next few weeks. Troy and Dannon, I did not forget you. I have lots of pictures of you guys people with see.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

You Are Not Forgotten

I just wanted you all to know I have not forgotten you. Be looking for new posts soon. It has just taken me a while to get all of my pictures organized.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Here are some pictures of our little man. He was so cute this day making smiley faces at me. I tried to get a full smile, but kept missing it.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Girls

These girls were inseparable before Mom and Dad took them to Kenya. When they return for a visit, they stick together like they are glued.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Makayla and Itchiness

Our Makayla has a real issue with itchiness. We have to remove all tags from her clothing because of this. This dress was brought from Kenya by my mom. One of her little girls has taken a liking to the thought of Makayla and she wanted Makayla to have a dress to match her. Makayla appreciated the thought, but not the actual item, as you can see by the look on her face. It was way too itchy.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Baby Shower at Healing Rooms

I have a good friend who I minister with at our local healing rooms. Her name is Jennifer and her son, Judah, was born one day before Luken. In the above picture, she is sitting with her daughter in her lap.

Kathy, the director of the Healing Rooms, gave us a shower together. It was very fun.

Mom Leister

Jennifer's Judah

All three of my daughters took turns taking pictures. Most of these are from them.

The sweater above was given to Jennifer by my mom. It comes from Kenya. Luken was given one also. It has a cute hat that goes over the baby's head.

One lady had just returned from Israel and bought each of the boys a Jewish cap called a Kippah.

These are all the girls.
Bailee, Troy, Mom, Myself, Luken
Sam, Makayla, Dannon

Jennifer and I with our sons

Luken and Judah

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Visit with the Goodmans

We have good friends who had a baby girls three weeks before Luken was due. We had them up for dinner recently. These are some pictures of the girls.

Rosie, Makayla, and Samantha in our "pool".

Troyanna, Bailee, Tessa, and Dannon eating some raspberries from our bushes. Tessa though Bailee was very funny.

Dannon with baby Anna. Our Luken is a stout fellow. Anna Grace, on the other hand, is a lovely, long, slender girl.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Brandi's Girls

It has been about a month since we last saw Brandi and her girls. This is Bailee with Brandi's oldest, ShaeLyne.

This was the first time that Troy and Dannon had met ShaeLyne and Becca. Dannon is holding Becca.

This is Brandi and ShaeLyne.

Aunts and Cousins - Troyanna, ShaeLyne, Dannon, Samantha, Makayla, Bailee

This is Becca. She was two months old in this picture.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Dad and Mom Leister

My parents, current residents of Kenya, have returned for a month long break. Here are just a couple of pictures of them. My two youngest sisters are here with them. I will have pictures of them in coming posts.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Catching Up

Just so you know, I have not forgotten you. My life is very full right now. I have my family from Kenya here and my family from Kansas arrives tomorrow. We are so excited to have an opportunity to be all together again.

We have some great events happening over the next week. I am going to get my hair cut with my sister, Randi, which I am very much looking forward to. We are going to have a full-on family picture - 23 people - ranging in age from 7 weeks to, well, older. Then we have my sister, Brittney's wedding. It will be a full week, but fun.

I am also behind, so I am going to try to get posts in that will let you know what has happened so far. Please stick with me.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

God Print 2009

God Print is our churches Vacation Bible School. It is a wonderful opportunity for kids to pursue the things they enjoy, make new friends, and get to know Jesus better. I am always impressed by the teachers and helpers and the love they have for the kids that participate.

This year's theme was based on the movie UP. Our pastor, Kevin, is an incredible artist and he airbrushed these two characters.

Sam and Makayla had a great time this year. This was Makayla's first year and Sam's second. We were gone last year visiting family in Kansas.

You just never know what face you are going to get from Makayla.

Our kids - Bailee was an Adventure Guide this year. Luken is still too young, but he will get his day.