Wednesday, June 30, 2010

First word!!!

Josie said her first word!!!! I can't believe how fast she is growing!!!
Josie and Dada snuggling!

Daddy was so happy Josie's first word was "Dada"!
All our love!

Rowan's Warmth!

Is this not the cutest little hat ever!?!?!  You need to check out Rowan's Warmth on facebook...go here!!/pages/Rowans-Warmth/141297082548470?ref=ts  Make sure you read up on the story behind this wonderful project!  Let's help keep Rowan's memory alive through these hats!
I got this hat for Kayla's baby; due Aug. 24th.

 All our love!

Wonderful Wednesday!

Don't you just love the squeals of little babies?!?!

Can't you just hear Josie squealing?!?!?!

All our love!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Scripture Sunday

I'm a day late! I pray you are just as encouraged as I am!

For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
(2 Corinthians 3:17 NLT)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Kayla's Baby Shower

The spread!

Josie's sweet smile!
The boys playing the bottle game!
Nate enjoying one of the appetizers

Today was my girlfriend Kayla's baby shower.  We had it at a local park so the kids could play!  I had the privilege of making the cake! Overall we had a great time at Kayla's baby shower!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Flashback Friday!

James Cummings and Patti Klindt......taken January 2004....

....wait until next week's post :)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Blueberries & Oatmeal

Yummy! Mealtime has become another adventure around our house! Josie has done great so far with all of the foods she's tried! She'll be chasing her brothers before I know it!

All our love!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I took the kiddos to a movie today.  One of our local theaters is charging $2.75/person over the age of 2 for a kid's movie and popcorn.  That means all 4 of us saw the movie for $5.50!  Score!!! We saw "How to Train Your Dragon".  It was good......the last 1/2 hour or so the boys finally got bored.  But we made it to the end!

Would you join me in prayer?

Our good friends the Elsaessers (as pictured below) would love to know you're praying for them! Visit their blog and catch up on their story. God is using them in big and small ways!

They are dear to me and I love you for joining with me in prayer! God is good all the time!

All our love :)

Wonderful Wednesday

We had a wonderful delivery to our house tonight....the CD with pictures from our family picture shoot a few weeks ago! Enjoy my new favorite photos!

A girl's gotta have great shoes!

Our family

Ray of sunshine

The eyes!

King of the Mountain

Welcome to the gun show

Such a little man

Relaxing on the swing

Cute little pink tongue

Walking with Mama


Sweet girl


Pop Break

Daddy's girl

Mama and Nate

Climbing up the slide

All our love!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesday's Tip

1/4 cup baking soda + a couple cups of vinegar down the garbage disposal drain = a fresh garbage disposal.

This has a been a life-saver for us. Our disposal starts to smell about once a month. I do a little baking soda and vinegar and voila! No more smell! You could also put some fresh lemon juice also for less of a vinegar smell.

All our love!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Scripture Sunday

I need more reminders of God's love for me and thought you might too. Scripture Sunday may just be the encouragement that we need.

Proverbs 23: 22-25, The Message

Listen with respect to the father who raised you,
and when your mother grows old, don't neglect her.
Buy truth—don't sell it for love or money;
buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight.
Parents rejoice when their children turn out well;
wise children become proud parents.
So make your father happy!
Make your mother proud!

Happy Father's Day!

All our love!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Triple Berry Pie

I'm on a new adventure***

Fresh Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackberry Pie!

I'm hoping it was yummy!!!

***A couple of friends have asked and trusted me to start making a few meals for their family on a semi-regular basis. I'm praying and seeking God to see if this may be a way that I can help our family financially from home. Would you join me? Thanks friends!

All our love!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Flashback Friday!

Remember when...?

We look so happy and innocent! We had no idea what would be happening to our little family of 2 turning 3....did we!?!?!

Benjamin Michael Bertram came into this world as easy as any first-time mom could have dreamed of!

October 19, 2006 I was 38 weeks along. I had mild Braxton hicks contractions throughout the day-totally sporadic and nothing that was really needing timed. I spent the day working along like nothing was really happening. In fact, I don't even really remember telling James about them, because I was afraid he would go into "first-time dad freak-out mode"!

I had my 38 week appt. scheduled for 4:00 thatt afternoon. James and I headed to our appt. expecting to just get weighed and told that we probably wouldn't be meeting Benjamin nearly as soon as we wanted to!

Jullie, my OB's assistant did the checking that they do and surprisingly said, "Wow, you're already 5 cm dilated! Oh wow, I can feel the baby's head! You're 100% effaced! I thought for sure you'd be going late! I'm going to send my nurse in to hook you up to the monitors and we'll observe your contractions for a while."

During my 40 minutes of being observed I definitely was having contractions. They really were nothing more than Braxton Hicks contractions as far as I could tell (on the pain scale I was imagining!). Jullie decided to send us home to get our hospital bags and then get to the hospital. She wanted the labor & delivery nurses to make the final decision. We got very excited, anxious and nervous in about 1 1/2 seconds! We asked Jullie if we could take our time so that we could call our family before heading to Methodist. She said of course!

So there we were at home getting our bags, calling our family, and stopping long enough for a banana and granola bar! It was all kind of a daze as we were so excited to finally get to meet Benjamin. We spent about an hour at home taking our sweet time.

By the time we arrived at Methodist, around 6:30 p.m., I had already progressed to a 6 1/2. The nurses decided that I was really in labor and that I needed to stay! Wow! They get me all set up and relaxed. I really was VERY comfortable. Honestly, didn't feel a single contraction. So they hooked me up to pitocin to make my contractions more regular and stronger (what the heck!?!). About 12:15 the doctor that happened to be on the floor came in and broke my hour and one minute later...

Our sweet Benjamin entered this world. He came fast and easy! I can definitely say that the last 3 1/2 years has gone fast...but it hasn't always been easy. But God is good! Benjamin has been a great blessing to our family! He is my joy! I can't wait to see what God has in store for him in the years to come!

Why don't you add flashback friday to your blog too!!!

All our love!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

We have an Einstein on our hands.... least the hair anyway!

Bath time is always fun!

All our love !

Strawberry Jam!!!

Yum Yum Yum!!!

I am definitely going to be making more jam in the future. So easy and so good!!!


Washed and Prepped

Mashed and Smashed

The following 2 photos courtesy of Benjamin Cummings Photography ;)

Measuring the mashed berries


2 lbs. fresh strawberries, 4 cups sugar (I will reduce by at least 1 cup next time) and 1/4 cup lemon juice!

Canned and ready to eat!

Yummy, sweet, red, jam!

All our love!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Very Berry!!!

We had a blast today with our friends Lindsey, Lyla, Evie and our newest friend Brian. We all headed out to the Roca Berry Farm just south of Lincoln. We spent about an hour and a half picking berries. Mr. Brian did most of the work for us. The kiddos just wanted to run and play-which was great, they got all of their squirmies out :) Here are some of my favorite shots!!


Sitting pretty amongst the berries


So sweet!


Nate's favorite spot of the day!

Strawberry fields

Ben and Lyla played a lot of chase through the fields

Red faced and loving it!

Told you it was Nate's favorite spot!

Look at all the strawberry juice on his pants! He ate A LOT of strawberries!

Playing chase

Lyla hiding from Ben

Ben hiding from Lyla

Nate showing his strawberry

Nate's 2nd favorite spot (although it looks the same, it was a different spot!)

Nate amongst the berry rows

Can you see how stained Nate's skin is?!?

A clear Nebraska day!

I love how the blue sky looked as a backdrop to the berry fields!

Ben, Nate and Josie posing at the end of the day!

All our love,