Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tribute to My Visitors...

This deployment has gone by fast of course when I look back on it, but when it was happening, every day, every hour and every minute I felt. To help ease the difficulties and to distract me and the boys we had MANY visitors. We went to some and others came to us. From the second week into the deployment to the last month of it we had people around us. We have been so blessed. Thank you to all that spent the money, time, and especially effort helping me out! Some of the best ways that helped me out; which you probably wouldn't think it was, was putting one of the boys in the carseat when we were going somewhere, picking up Austin when he was crying, having conversation with me, letting run an errand without taking the boys or both of them, and all the other little things! I tried to find pictures of everyone we visited, but I realized I didn't have all of you great people. I am going to try and name them all right now...here is my long speech of Thank Yous...."I want to thank (in no particular order) sister Jillian and Uncle Josh, sister Kelly, brother Kevin, Aunt Jenn and cousin Cody, Grandma and Papa, , sister Chandler, Nana and Grandpa, Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Markin, Aunt Natalie and Uncle Jim, cousin Emily, Aunt Ann and Uncle Steve, cousin Andy, friends Casey and Joe, Molly, Tom and son Jack, Laura and son Brayden, , Kelly, Chuck and daughters Ruby and Hailey, Alissa, Erin, Jenny, Lindsay, Eryn and son Gabe and daughter Elle, Matt and Michelle, Julie, Jamie and Jacklyn, through Skype we saw Great Grandpa Morris and Gigi, ....now of course if I forget someone I feel horrible...there were so many people that we saw in MN! Serioulsy though, if it weren't for all of you and taking that time to see us, this deployment would have been 100 times harder. May the Lord Bless you all!

I tried to get these pictures in order of the visits...

Auntie Jillian visiting in April

April visit


Taking my job...

Nana visited in April and we got soooo much done to the house!

Nana and the boys

Stopping by the beach

Casey came up in May to say hi!!!

Aunt Jenn visited in June!

Logan had a blast wtih Cody

So good to see them! It had bee years!

Visiting Nana and Grandpa in MN!

Playing with Auntie Chandler

Fireworks time!

Good quality time

looking at all the toys

Austin meeting Mike's family for the first time!

Austin with Grandma

"rolling" with Papa

Uncle Kevin...this picture says it all!

checking out the cars

Aunt Kelly!

Uncle Kevin and Logan

Mrs Anderson

Uncle Josh

Kevin's girlfriend Amy helped me out sooo much with the boys!!! And she didn't did have to!

The Great Grandparents Markin

Meeting Austin for the first time

Austin making Great Grandma smile!

Just talking outside!

Aunt Natalie and Uncle Jim

Hanging out with Cousin Emily

Hanging out with friends Matt and Michelle

Hey Jack!

Molly in the background, Logan eating with Ruby and Hailey

Ruby and Austin

Julie and Jamie!

Jacklyn loving on Austin (sorry about the red eye)

Julie being a momma! hehehe

Jamie and Jacklyn and us out for a nature walk! So much fun!

Casey...again:-) and her peanut!

Aunt Kelly came to visit in September!

Quality sister time!

Brayden cutie pie! He came to visit with his mommy in October

Us three back together! Casey (for the third time...maybe fourth) and Laura (Brayden's Mommy)

Us at the pumpkin patch

Auntie Jillina's second visit in October!

Getting out and having fun with Jillian and the boys!



KellY AnN BlaiR said...

Love you Elissa!

ElissaM said...

Kelly...I realized that I didn't "lable" you in the picture! So sorry! Everyone...that is Kelly in the picture with Jack...man, I have got to get better at taking pictures of people!