Friday, August 31, 2012

shaunavon swim

It was a bit chilly. No one else was there. We had our own personal LifeBecca. And Annie dipped her toes.

take out

Fine dining in Saskatchewan.

prairie girl

This girl has spent half her life in the prairies. She's learned how to combine, eaten many meals in the field, watched the Saskatchewan sunsets, and breathed in thick, dusty air. She's only a month old so "half her life" is easy to say. But we'll do our best to keep taking her back there because that kind of living makes our hearts happy.

And here are the prairie boys with their prairie sister...

Thursday, August 30, 2012


Ireland /  Kaycee / Kansas
Becca / Michelle / Rosella

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


We are here, doing this.

And it's awesome.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

annie and annabelle

Annie received this beautiful hand-knit doll from some friends of the family... her name is Annabelle and I... er... I mean Annie... loves her.

p.s. this is what Annie looks like with her eyes open. Look! She has eyes!

Saturday, August 18, 2012


new hobby

one two three... voila.

ready set go... ta da.

Just a couple of sand sculptures the boys whipped up today at Bronte Harbour. They really have come into their own since Annie was born. Good job, boys.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

annie loves...

... outdoor naps.

henry loves...

... giving Annie smooches. (Annie may not love this back.)

joe loves...

... watching Annie sleep.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

everything nice

Dear Annie,

I heard somewhere that little girls are made of sugar and spice. Is that what that is?


Monday, August 13, 2012

nice to meet you

Hi Grammie and Papa and Matt... thanks for coming to hold me and look at me this weekend.  I'm glad I was born in time to see you. And I am excited to see you and everyone else in Shaunavon soon. 

Hugs and kisses,

Thursday, August 9, 2012

@home with annie

We're enjoying our days, all of us at home. Daddy goes back to work tomorrow so we will miss him and the cacooning we've done as a family. There's been a lot of this going on:

and watching Thomas

We're excited that Grammie and Papa and Matt arrive here tonight - Annie will be so happy to meet them, and we will revel in all the games and stories and love that comes with them. Yippee!!

fun with babies. and bookshelves.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

annie is

Well, we're here, all five of us, at home and settled. The boys are in their beds sleeping, Annie is resting on my arm, and David is lovingly doing my chores. We are so excited to welcome this little girl into our family and the boys are being so gentle... amazing.

So, a few details about our babe...

Annie is... named in honour of our Grandmas, their love and faith and strength. In particular, she carries the name of David's Grandma, Annie Kantor, and my Grandma, Annie Elizabeth Ledingham. We pray she grows up with their vigour, spirit, determination, sense of humour, and faithfulness. What a blessing it will be to see even a piece of their souls in our little girl.

Annie is... hungry. Oh my goodness! She came out wanting to eat. I feel like I have been feeding her ever since.

Annie is... impatient. When she decided to come, she decided to come, doctor or not. The doctor on call basically made it in the room just in time to catch her.

Annie is... a piece of our puzzle. The peaceful piece. We feel like she is coming to settle us down, to temper the activity/craziness of our household, and to slow us to a breathable pace.

Annie is... the smallest of our babies. She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces at birth, and measured 19 inches long. She's also the earliest, arriving 8 days before her due date.

Annie is... a girl, obviously. I really thought I was having another boy. And so did the cashier at the grocery store and the woman in line behind me on Friday. And who am I to argue with them? So what a surprise to find out, the very next day, that - nope - it's a girl!

Annie is... sweet. She smells so good. How do babies come out smelling so good?

Annie is... apparently, a bit jumpy. She is getting squirmy at the sound of my typing.

Annie is... tuckering me out. That's what babies do. So it's time to go to bed. But not before I say...

Annie is... pure love. We are so, so happy.

and here she is

Arriving 5 am on Saturday, August 4. She is beautiful and we are in love. Eight million more pictures to come.