We have had a very busy and fun summer already.  June started off with a visit from Grandma Karen Hostetler and cousin Avery’s 1st birthday! We then had lots of time at playgrounds and the splash park.  We have gone to ride the train at Bellview park and enjoyed time at the library as well.  As a family we got out to hike a couple times in Jefferson County open space parks and have gone camping two weekends.  Ivan and Kara also stay busy with the garden and running in the stroller.  Ivan loves being outside and has been sleeping well with all the exercise and activity.


Here is a short video of our adventures.  https://vimeo.com/173000479


P1240193We spent Memorial Day weekend in Lexington, KY with all of my (Kara’s) extended family on my dad’s side.  My cousin was getting married and it was a great chance for everyone to gather.  Ivan and I flew in a couple days early and met up with my parents and grandparents in Cincinnati.  We all shared a house and were able to spend some quiet time together before everyone came.  Friday night Nick and my brother and his family arrived.  Saturday began with a brunch with other aunts, uncles and cousins and ended with a beautiful celebration of marriage. Sunday morning we got up and toured Keenland Racetrack with my uncle who works there during racing season.  It was fun to watch the horses get their morning exercise.  We then all met at a restaurant for brunch and in the evening gathered again to celebrate my grandparent’s 70th wedding anniversary.  Monday morning early some of us went to a Bourbon tour before leaving town.  It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but Ivan was a trooper traveling and we all had a blast!

Video link: https://vimeo.com/169611471


We were able to have a visit with Nick’s dad and aunt from TX. They came up to help Abby and we went over to hang out quite a bit. The trip ended with a day visit to the Denver Zoo.  Ivan is at a great stage where he really enjoyed seeing the animals that he knows by picture and in books. Nick’s brother has moved to CO so we are now able to enjoy short visits more often. The other weekend he came up and we went on a hike together.  Last of all my request for Mother’s day was a photo shoot with Ivan in the park.  Here’s some pictures of all these events.



Wow, it’s April already and we have had some fun spring family time that I haven’t written about.  Kara and Ivan went down to AZ to visit the Reimer grandparents in March and the Hostetler clan all came out to CO for skiing and spring break.  We have also had the annual MCC relief sale already this April.  Ivan is growing so much and learning so much. Everyone enjoys his smile and wave.

Check out this video below.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/163946779″>2016 spring</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user2415738″>Nicolas Moseley</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>





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Our holiday season was fast and furious, or at least it felt that way.  We began with Thanksgiving with friends in CO.  Then a week later headed to Austin, TX for Nick to photograph a wedding for other friends.  Ivan and Kara then tried to leave CO in a snow storm to go up to MI to see her brother Josh. We celebrated Christmas early with the Reimer side then the Hostetlers drove to CO for a celebration on Christmas Day.  We ended the year with neighbors, a low key dinner and painting new mugs.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2016.


Enjoy the short video below!


Click this link here: https://vimeo.com/150831117


2015 held fewer books, but I still enjoyed many diverse books thanks to my book club.

  1. The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp is a devotional for the Advent season. We read this for the 2014 season but with so many interruptions did not finish it until the New Year. It is however a terrific book to be in tune to the Christmas season.
  2. The Sleep Sense Program: Proven Strategies for Teaching Your Child to Sleep Through the Night by Dana Obleman is an ebook that someone shared with me on baby sleep.
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is a great book of the WW2 erra. He blends two main characters on opposite sides of the war together in a magical way.
  4. Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker is an interesting book of the challenges of modern Christianity. She advocates for something different something better and by the end of the book you hear the story of Austin New Church.
  5. The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a historic fiction book with a modern twist. The story of orphans who were shipped west in the 20s and a modern “orphan” collide when an almost aged out foster girl needs to do community service.
  6. Spiritual Parenting by Michelle Anthony is a great book that we read together. The ideas are about how to parent so that the goal is to teach children to listen and obey God instead of just obeying earthy parents.
  7. Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood by Jim Fay and Charles Fay is a practical way to help parent children.
  8. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a Pulitzer prize winning fiction novel that I didn’t really enjoy. It is a bit of a coming to age story and a bit of a mystery.
  9. Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman seemed to us like a traditional approach to getting Christian’s more involved and motivated.
  10. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a terrific novel. Light and humorous, the story of a scientist trying to find love.
  11. Are You my Mother by Allison Bechdel is a graphic memoir. This is not a book I would have chosen outside of book club, but it is an interesting perspective on life. I did not really enjoy it and finished simply to say I’d finished.
  12. Simplify by Bill Hybels is a pretty traditional “Christianese” book. I read it as part of a Bible study and maybe it will hit others better than it did me. . .
  13. The Whole30: 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom by by Melissa Hartwig and Dallas Hartwig is a great book and resource. I didn’t exactly read this cover to cover but I did read the tips and tricks and we definitely tried and enjoyed some of the recipes. I’d love to get it again and try all the recipes.
  14. Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong is a fabulous cook book. This husband and wife team present quality food in a beautiful way in their first cook book. This is another one I’d love to cook through, but alas I had to return it to the library.
  15. Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple is a terrific light read. I enjoyed it even though I was anticipating a bit of a different twist.
  16. Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is a cute light mystery. It is fun as an 11 year old girl is the narrator and main character and at times completely unbelievable!
  17. Joy Starts Here by E.James Wilder, Edward M Kjouri, Chris M Coursey and Shelia D Sutton is a book that is heavy on brain research and how scripture tie together to discuss joy and transforming people’s lives.
  18. This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett is a book of short nonfiction articles on life. I enjoyed some of the articles more than others as they drew me in. It does intrigue me to read other of her books.
  19. A Gleam of Light: The Trials and Triumphs of a Century of Missionary Work in Morocco by Ila Marie Davis is a story of Gospel Missionary Union’s work in Morocco. It is a reliving of history of the church and the country.
  20. Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin is a how to on expository study of the Bible. Much of the details that Jen brings out are things that I learned in college or even in teaching about general comprehension of literature. So often we forget that we can use these reading comprehension techniques to the Bible.
  21. The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan is a phenomenal book about the little-known story of how the atomic bomb was made for WW2. I really enjoyed the story of these women’s lives as well as the behind the scenes details of how things happened with the scientists and government and decision to make and drop the bomb.
  22. Loving our Kids on Purpose by Danny Silk is a companion to Love and Logic principles with a Christian frame. He posed lots of theology and foundation to the why behind Love and Logic with a few examples. They work well together!
  23. Mindset: the New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. was to me a book that seemed very logical and duh mentality. The premise: people who succeed believe they can grow and change and people who believe they are born with traits and abilities may temporarily have success but if they cannot learn to adapt they will not be as successful.
  24. At Home: A short history of private life by Bill Bryson is an interesting but very long history book. He has a humorous way of writing, but it is very scattered facts that loosely connect about the home and private life. Interesting but it takes a certain mindset to read.
  25. The Other Woman in Your Marriage by H. Norman Wright is an older perspective book written to women about their mothers-in-law. It is written from a traditional Christian perspective by a male psychologist and much of it I thought was very negative. I did like some of the thoughts about mothers to sons, in hope that relationships can be better.
  26. The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah is a great story about two sisters in France during WW2 and their survival during German occupation. I enjoyed this book with a few twists in the plot line and the history of the Belgian woman who helped airmen escape to Spain.
  27. The Bible by God, this year I read the entire Bible aloud to Ivan while we were nursing. Wow, we nursed a lot! It was cool to read aloud to him even though he wasn’t consciously comprehending it, I’d like to think that his Spirit is taking it in.

Ivan turned one year old this November!  He loves to chase the cat, play with friends, wrestle daddy and bear, try different foods, laugh, be around people, and work hard on walking.

Below is a video montage of photos and clips from the past year.

Direct Link to video on Vimeo



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