Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas in Kansas

Our first Christmas in Kansas & we went out to hunt and chop down our Christmas tree - one of our few traditions in the Ciccone household. When low and behold we brought home a Christmas tree from the tree farm that was shipped there from Michigan! What are the odds?
Here we are: Tim, Caleb, Maria, Laurey Kiehne (our nanny) and Josiah

's highlight of the trip was the Big horse
and Little horse he befriended. Much to Caleb's dismay we kept him on our side of the fence. Caleb was convinced that he could and should go into the field with the horses. He did not learn this from his mom, that's for sure! It felt really good to do something ordinary to kick off our Christmas celebrating.

The boys at our Church's spontaneous Christmas Pageant.

Daddy and Caleb showing off their new
Rattoos according to Caleb! Thanks Lisa...

Josiah showing us his 4 teeth.

Josiah and Gramma Darsie at Gramma Pam's

Monday, December 3, 2007

Here we Kansas

Many of you have been waiting to see exactly "where" we are living in Kansas. Well, our address is 7942 Reinhardt Lane, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208, but more importantly, here are a few pictures of the "little yellow house" God has blessed us with for the time being.

When I, Maria, was in Kansas back in October, looking for where we might live, this house was brought to my attention as a possibility. A woman in the church had passed away and left this house in her estate, to the church, but the person who told us about the house said, "I've been in there and you'd never want to live there". I guess it was pretty run down, but alls I heard was it was 1.8 miles from church!

We were trying to find something rent/lease to own, or just rent until our house in Michigan sold. The Realtor I was with that day, drove Josiah and I over to this house and walked through with us. It has just been remodeled on the inside, since the previous renters moved out & is located 1.8 miles from church. It is in a quiet neighborhood, on the sidewalk side of the street and the neighbors we have met are great. We are very thankful for God's timing in the completion of this house and the open ended time frame we have to stay here. Did I mention it's cheaper than any 1 bedroom apartment in our area? God is certainly amazing and we thank and praise him for giving us such a wonderful gift and opportunity to be close to church, parks, shopping, etc... And always room for visitors - this time it was cousins!

The house has everything we need and enough space to have fun! Super Caleb and Motorin' Josiah have found their favorite places to play and haven't seemed to miss a beat.

See You in Kansas soon, we hope!