Thursday, May 29, 2008

Happy Birthday & more...

We celebrated O's birthday on Thursday, May 22! He turned 6 years old. We celebrated with Auntie M cousin M on Wednesday. ...then had the Lorenzen tribe come on Thursday for another celebration party!! O has been asking about his birthday party for 4 months. F's bday party was in January so O was itching for his turn!! We had such a great time celebrating our son. He requested rice and fish for lunch and pizza for his special dinner. His papa couldn't be happier about his son's love for pizza! Thursday was a crazy day here in Colorado. As I was cleaning the house, getting lunch ready and thinking about when I was going to make O's cake, my sister who lives in Windsor Colorado called on the phone.

"There's a tornado coming!" sis
"A WHAT?" kt
"A tornado...M and I are going to our neighbor's basement" sis
I looked outside and all looked okay other than a few clouds and a possible storm. I turned on the TV. I thought about where we would go if in fact we needed to take cover. I called Jeff and he suggested we go in the center closet in our house. Mind you our "closet" is more like a cubby. Possibly one of the kids would fit in there, but definitely not all 3 of us. So, I called the Lorenzen's since they have a basement. Laurie hadn't heard a thing about a tornado either. We ended up hunkering down in our friends basement for about an hour just to be safe. Unfortunately, Windsor, the city where my sis lives, was hit hard. Fort Collins was untouched. We got word after 2 hours that my sister and niece were safe and the tornado path missed their house by a mile!! What a day! There are hundreds of people that lost everything. The park where we just celebrated our niece's birthday had most of it's oak trees uprooted! It's hard to fathom the kind of loss these people are experiencing. O and F asked for days if a "Tomato" was coming. So, this was O's birthday.

We still took the rest of the day to celebrate O!

Saturday, May 24, 2008


to everyone who came to the benefit concert for Bethesda Int'l and those of you who helped make it happen!!
What a great night of music...
Thank you Greg Sanders (from Good Shepherd)
Donovan Lorenzen & band
& Thank you to Jason McBride
for keeping all the kids happy
with your fabulous balloon animals!!
& a final THANK YOU to all of you who donated so generously to help Ruth keep her ministry to Uganda's orphans running!!
We raised $1600!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Benefit Concert for UGANDA!!

bring your family...
bring your friends...
for a night of great music and a chance to support Africa!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A load of photos!!

Diggin' the earth!! It's garden time & we're so excited to see all the wonderful veggies grow! We've had garden problems the last 3 years. We finally figured out the problem last year after we tilled the soil last spring. Our backyard is filled with Elm trees, which makes for great shade. One of our elms was looking pretty weak when we first bought our house until we started our garden which happens to be beside it. Last year the elm flourished due to the fact that it sent its roots right into our rich garden soil! As we tilled, we found a dense network of fine red roots that filled the garden. The tree had taken over our garden and strangled all our vegetables last year!!
So, we have now moved on to container gardening...which I am not super excited about but it was either that or cut down our tree.

The Liberians are itching to sleep in the VW camper bus in our back yard!! We popped the top and the kids found themselves their own personal fort with a radio, 2 beds, sink and windows!!
The girls (Fatu and Nyenna Lorenzen) in their matching outfits, ballerina skits and all!! The littlest of the bunch! Fatu and Titus Lorenzen kicking it in the camper.
Osobie's ready to drive! The steering wheel is almost as big as him.
Mackenna's (O and F's cousin) B-day party at the park. They had a pinata, kites, cake and some squirt guns!! What a blast!!
Aksel & Osobie
Osobie's new hair style "Bob Marley"! It took me six hours to twist his hair & he was such a trooper. He's totally mesmerized by video's so we loaded up on some DVDs from the library and we were set. We'll see how they will work out. The good thing is we can always just run the shaver on his head if they get to be too much work.
Osobie, Birthday girl Mackenna, and Fatu
Don't ya just love this shot! Our friends son Aksel and Fatu...just laying in the grass.
Fatu in her Strawberry Shortcake dress-my sister Mekay made for her!
OH BOY...the big wheels are here!! Grandpa B & Grandma B (Jeff's parents) came for a visit from AZ. and brought with them a ton of gifts!! The kids learned how to peddle on the first day and were cruising the neighborhood on their big wheels! Oh to be 4 again!! Actually, they have big wheels for adults now...we looked for them almost a year ago on the net and sure enough..there they were! They were just a bit too pricey!!
Grandpa B. and the kids getting the big wheels assembled.
Went to the Denver Aquarium with the grandparents and saw many beautiful fish, some tigers, and Fatu's favorite "pink fish"!
Grandpa B and O
Grandma B. and F
O, F, and mama
Oh my octopus!!
How cool is this? The divers were cleaning the sand while we were there and the kids just flipped over the man in the water
Finally a family shot! I seriously think this is only number 4. That's pretty sad. We are WAY over due for a family portrait by a professional..(hhmmm...Cierra Lorenzen???)
mama having a blast...being a kid!!
Mother's Day! Jeff & the kids let me sleep in, bought me a nice latte and then made me my favorite...strawberry crepes! What a wonderful first Mother's day! I sat on the front porch while the kids napped that day and just thanked God for all the ways He has filled my life to overflowing. I remember about 7 years ago God continued to bring the scriptures to mind regarding abundant LIFE. "I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full". He would tell me, Katie, in me you will have abundant life. Trust me, believe me, walk with me, follow me. Do I ever? He has given me an abundant life! I have the most amazing, loving, kind, caring, supportive, and fun husband. I also have sweet, lovable, smart, adventurous, affectionate, joy-filled, and awesome kids! And that's just the beginning of a long list of blessings in my life.
We had a great visit with their second cousins, Josh and Harmon.
We all headed to the skate park and Josh & Harmon showed us their awesome skateboarding skills!! Osobie and Fatu had such a great time, they didn't want to leave.
Our first Craig's List purchase of the old school bike trailer for the kids! We used it for the first time today for Bike to Worship and they loved the ride!

Okay, so this is the best. Halloween in MAY!! I was doing some spring cleaning and found a whole crate of dress up costumes. Osobie and Fatu insisted on trying on as many as we would let them. It was 70 degrees out!!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Benefit Concert for Uganda!

Colorado Peeps!
Mark your calendars...we're having a benefit concert for
Ruth Muga & Bethesda International

May 23rd 7pm Everyday Joes Ft. Collins

Most of you already know Ruth story, but if you missed it, please check out my post or Laurie L's post!

It will be an awesome night of music (Greg Sanders & Donovan Lorenzen will be playing), coffee, conversations, and an opportunity to help hundreds of orphans in Uganda!! We would love to see you there!!
Please pass this on to all your friends & family if they are in Ft. Collins! We hope to bless Ruth with an amazing financial gift & help keep her ministry afloat!! Even if you are unable to attend, donations can still be made via the pay pal on our blog or checks, just contact me!!