Friday, December 22, 2006

Our Cool Cousins

Here's a few pictures of our cousins. We enjoy seeing pictures of them and thought you would too. It helps since we don't see them too often. These pictures were taken in November.

Shots of us Kiddos in November

This is Saraina being adorable!

Here we are playing at home with our new cool toys!

Here's a shot of the Ladybug enjoying french fries at Burger King.

Joshua with his bud Gregory from NJ. They enjoyed their outing at Burger King very much!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

How's this for SCARY????

So... Daddy has this friend who's into graphic design and stuff we don't really understand. Well, anyway, we sent him our family picture with our Christmas letter and he commented on how Daddy and Joshua are really starting to look alike. Daddy and Mommy kinda smiled and politely laughed, knowing full-well that the folks and us kiddos don't look alike at all! Well... we decided to let you all make the decision for yourselves! Do Joshua and Daddy really look alike?

Oh-- here's the picture he's referring to:

Beware... this freaked the folks out a bit...

Actually, Daddy fell on the ground in laughter while Mama lost her bladder.

And then they couldn't stop looking at the picture. They were speechless. Mommy finally said, "Okay, that's enough. That's not my husband!"

And, tah dah....

love, the whitney kiddos

Our Christmas Letter 2006

For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. --Luke 1:49

December 2006

Merry Christmas Family and Friends!

As another Christmas season approaches we wanted to seize this opportunity to extend greetings and provide an update on the happenings in the Whitney family.

Well, if you haven’t heard our third child is expected in mid January, but don’t be surprised if this lil’ one comes before then. Let’s just say Momma is really feeling pressure from the baby and is ready for the arrival sooner rather than later.

Speaking of kiddos – we love ‘em and they are truly an absolute joy. Joshua turned two in November and we are so thankful that he is a kind, wonderful helper and big brother, and keeps us laughing with his super-high energy. Some of his favorite things include the moon and stars, jumping, and motorcycles (just looking at them for now).

And Saraina (or “lady” as we like to call her) turned one in November! She is a sweet, little girl who isn’t afraid to let us know how she really feels – no holds barred. She loves her hair, is an excellent sleeper, is doing well with walking, and likes to repeat words. Forget about eating, however – it’s on her terms or not at all.

For the rest of us, 2006 has been a year of transition in several ways. First, our beloved church has sent us out along with about 80 other families on a “church plant” to Frederick, Maryland. Of course, we have been living in Frederick for the last several years, so this has worked quite advantageously for us as our new church is much closer to home - meeting in a middle school about twenty minutes away. William has had the surprising joy and privilege to play electric guitar with the worship team.

In other news, we officially “sold out” and became a minivan clan. The month of August was very exciting as God allowed us to both sell a poorly purchased Subaru (with high monthly payments) and purchase (in CASH!!) an older model minivan. We are freshly reminded of God’s provision while cruising around, in style, in our 1999 Chevy Venture. And after a trip to Illinois and back, so far so good as the Venture keeps on truckin’.

Speaking of the Land of Lincoln, we are exploring the possibility of re-locating to a suburb of Chicago mainly for the lower cost of housing. We’ve got a sister church out there as well as family not too far away. Certainly, your prayers are appreciated!

So, what are the old folks doing with all their free time? William and Kia have discovered the joy of reading together and are currently wrapped up in a Randy Alcorn mystery/thriller called Deadline. Besides that, we like to eat with passion at the Cheesecake Factory or anywhere that has good food and sizeable portions.

Much grace and peace to you all,

William, Kia, Joshua, Saraina, and Baby #3 in the womb

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

December's almost over?

We've wanted to get a new entry up for a while now but things kept coming up. We're busy kiddos. Yesterday was the day. Mommy finally let us at it and during our major update it happened. Yes, the internet connection was mysteriously lost. How frustrating. So, this update will be brief and since our computer troubles are not quite over, the pictures may or may not make it onto this post.

Okay... here are a few highlights of the last month and a half:

** the Drefko clan came for a visit so we got to hang with Gregory and Joseph. We even got to go for a dip in the pool at their hotel! Joshua was very timid in the water but Saraina loved it.

** we drove to IL through the night for the first time. I thought us kiddos did great. I only flipped out once and ended up crying myself to sleep afterall. Joshua LOVED looking out the window and making random comments about what he saw. You have no idea how that boy FIGHTS sleep!!!!

** we spent Thanksgiving with family, played with our big cousins, aunties, uncles, and grandparents, and Joshua even slept in his first big boy bed. And he only fell off once or twice, I think. We also celebrated Joshua's 2nd b-day as well as my 1st b-day

** daddy drove the ENTIRE 12+ hours home from IL. I think he drank over 48 ounces of coffee. How disgusting is that!?

** we baked cookies as a new Christmas family tradition and delivered them to our neighbors. Mommy even let us eat one!!!! Daddy ate lots of them!!!!

Well, nap time is almost here so, we'll have to add pictures next time!

love, saraina