Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Our Newsletter for 2015

Dear friends and family,

Hope this finds you all well! 

Here is 2015 in overview:

January - A new neice was born, Adelle Jean Benner, so we made a quick trip up to St. Louis to meet her. Emma also started walking, and Esther started working a few hours a week doing book work for her dad's business.

Febuary - Samuel turned 24, We put a down payment down on a 38 foot 5th wheel RV and started getting rid of stuff preparing to move into it.

March - We moved into the RV, we celebrated our 2nd anniversary, Emma turned one, Esther turned 24, and we had some snow! :)

 April - We found out that we were having a little girl and surprised all the family when we told them! It was also a very wet and rainy spring, so we lived in boots and umbrellas, and I was very thankful for the cooler weather! 

May - Getting ready for Corrie's arrival....and rain, rain and more rain!

June - Samuel started doing EMT school in the evenings(and sometimes all night), Our beautiful Cornelia Grace was born, and we became parents squared! Corrie is named after two very special ladies: my mother and Corrie Ten Boom. 

July - Learning how to be a good mother to two babies.

August - Pretty much more of the same....I am so very thankful for my mother and mother-in-law for helping out with cleaning, grocery shopping, and so many other things while I was recovering and while Sam was in EMT school!!!

September - Samuel finished EMT school and passed the national registry!!!!!!! We went on a weekend camping trip with Mark, Hillary, and Katie in Mineral Wells...So much fun and relaxing! We also flew up to Pennsylvania for Samuel's Cousin's wedding.

October - We went down to Galveston with Esther's family for a long weekend. Emma LOVED the water!!! 

November - Esther was able to witness Hillary's birth of Weldon, We also traveled up to St. Louis for thanksgiving, getting to spend some wonderful time with the Benners

December - We were sick most of the first part of the month, but we still had a wonderful time with family around the holidays. Corrie also started crawling at only 5 1/2 months! She trys so hard to keep up with her big sister! She also is pulling up on things already..... :) Emma is starting to string words together, and loves to sneak up, pounce and tickle us! She also loves reading to Corrie. It's been really fun to watch them together the last few months, as they have started interacting much more, playing chase with each other and having jibber jabber conversations. :)

If there is one thing this 2015 taught me, it's that I am not in control, and I'm learning more and more to fully trust God with what is going to happen, and lean on God for even the little, day-to-day things! :)

I hope you all have a blessed and happy 2016!!!

Love in Christ,

Samuel, Esther, Emma and Corrie

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whoses hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yeilding fruit.
~Jeremiah 17:7-8~

Friday, May 13, 2016

oh there you are.....

....it's been way to long since I posted on here....I know that and I'm sorry! 
So much has happened that I don't really know where to begin!

June 20th, 2015 Sweet Cornelia Grace entered into the world and our hearts.

She is now a very sweet, giggly, lovable 10-month-old that is trying to walk and keep up with her two-year-old sister

My sister, Rachel had a adorable little boy, David Jack, last month
Corrie tried very hard to poke his eyes out on their first meeting.....

My sister Sarah is marrying Cody Helm in two days....so excited for her!

My 'little' brother Daniel is a very adorable courtship with a dear friend Deborah Smith

Samuel is still on the Campbell Volunteer Fire Department as a Lieutenant and Treasurer.
And, he was the Fire Fighter of the year for 2015! :)
(Asst. Chief Wade Prigmore and Chief Pleas McKee giving him the award at the Christmas party)  

Samuel and Emma snuggling and reading a book together

And, as of a little over a year ago, this is our new home! 
We purchased this 38 foot 5th wheel RV last February, and are renting a spot from my dad on one of his rental properties. It's been a bit of an adjustment living in a smaller space, but we've been enjoying it! 

Well, hope you've enjoyed this long over due update....We just got internet hooked up to the trailer, so hopefully I'll be able to update more often! :)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Adele Jean Benner!!!

January 11th at 9:28am
8lbs 11oz

Isn't she a doll? I think now we need to make a trip up north to see her! ;)
Emma loves looking at pictures of her new cousin, and we got to skype with them earlier today! :D


Ok, so catching up...I'm just going to post random pics and put captions on them...

Mark and Hillary had a small party for Mark's 25th birthday

Will and Emma...3 days apart

Some cute pictures of Emma

One morning, we went early to church to Faith, Liz, and Sam could play and sing together before the girls left for SE Asia

The Schattes came to my family's house for lunch and volleyball, and on the way there, we stopped for a picture in the bluebonnets

the one that made the on mantle :)


resting between games
Hannah and Bobby...He loves playing with balls!

I took this picture and then realized Sam looked rather...dead....

...so he did this.... ;)

chatting...one of the things we do best! :)

my niece, Anna

Some Hutchins came later in the evening

Mommy put Emma to sleep

This is one of my all time favorite pictures of Samuel and Emma! :D

Our First Anniversary

I know, this is kind of old news...seeing as it's only a few months til our second one, but I wanted to post about it anyhow! :) One of my New Years resolutions is to do better and catch up on some blogging...

So, for our anniversary, we couldn't go to far, because Emma was already two days over due, but we spend the night at the Hilton on the lake in Rockwall! We were going to go on a boat ride around the lake, but the ride got cancelled, so instead we walked around Bass Pro Shops...the first time either of us had been there. It was really neat! 

Some funny signs we saw...

lets just say we had babies on the brain...although we were both convinced at the time that Emma was going to be a boy....

the animals



the view out over the lake

Then we headed over to the hotel...sorry, this picture refused turn over!

Sunday afternoon, we walked sown to the harbor...it's pretty sad how low the lake is....

us in front of the lighthouse

my handsome husband!

soooo blessed to be married to this guy!

on the way home, this was flying around Dallas....

'twas a rather fun weekend...hope we get to do a lot more of those!!! ;)