Thursday, December 29, 2016

Great JOY!

It is with GREAT JOY that we are able to announce the newest Lowman is on his way...his name will be Jacob!

We have called out the prayer warriors on this one and oh! boy!....does he have a story of God providing!

We are loving that he has provided and he was a gift....his paperwork went through on Christmas....December 25th!  HOW COOL IS THAT?

Jacob....our gift....our sweet gift that God moved mountains for him to join our family!  It is time to celebrate....lots of happy tears!

Thank you Lord!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Louisa

Happy Birthday Louisa my bride of 28 years.
Louisa, I am thankful that I get to share your birthday today with you.

You are the love of my life and the mother to our 11 children. 
And soon to be 12 children with the addition of Sara.
Happy Birthday my dear.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Colebrook Railroad



This beautifully restored train was the setting for one of our family adventures .....to say trains are loved in our family is an understatement!  My husband Darrell is an avid train lover and this was a gift to our family ... he was in his glory on this trip.



Here is our gang with the conductors ....these men are all volunteers and love their job!

The coolest thing....we picked up this Santa in a field on the way as he flagged us down with a hearty wave.   The kids were SO excited!  You could feel it in the air and what a gem he was!

Ben and Eli had never made letters to Santa.  Ben thought he was a bit big for it but we just knew he wanted too but Eli grasped it and made a list.  He is so sweet....a lollipop was at the top of his list!

But this Santa took his time with each child.  Even the ones who were reluctant just totally warmed up to him.  He really cared about them and that came shining through.  He even asked Ben if he knew the real reason for the Season and told him about Jesus!



Here is Kiara with Santa....look at the smiles!






Even the big kids loved on Santa!  Jason hugged the guy too!






Devon was in awe.   He did the real Santa test told to him by his cousin, Caris....thanks Caris!  He tugged his beard to see if it was real.....oooppps!   It was real!   How cool was that!





Mike and Santa....Mike just loved him.  Who couldn't?






Brandon was perhaps the most reluctant.  But boy oh, boy did he love this man who sat with him quite awhile chatting with him.





Ben was reserved because he didn't know what to think....but I think he wished he wrote his letter because he talked about it for quite awhile afterwards about never doing that before.

Now this one ...saying Eli loved Santa was an understatement!  He was so over joyed he squealed with great delight!   When we got off the train, Santa was standing there....Eli jumped into his arms and told him thank you!


Joe was excited too and made a letter for him!





Here is some of the crew with Aunt Suzy....



Oma and Eli sat together but we were able to walk around and visit during the ride and many kids had numerous seats on the ride!

What a wonderful morning on a beautifully decorated and restored train....great time!






Saturday, December 3, 2016

And then there were 12!

This sweet little girl holds a special place in our hearts and we haven't even met her!  Let us introduce you to our Sara!

She has an amazing story and where our story collides is even more amazing...story to come later but just know we are excited to be able to call her daughter!

Please pray for us....she ages out in March and we are racing to bring her home!

Santa Shuffle

The girls decided to offer the younger 9 a chance to run in the Santa Shuffle....most jumped at the chance.  Eli was in it for the suit....don't they look fabulous?



We met up with Michaela in Manchester.


It was hysterical seeing thousands of people running around in Santa suits but even funnier seeing them all waiting for the bathroom!


Here are the official cheering crew!


Rebecca braved it out to ask Miss New Hampshire for a photo opp...

The kids all did great and even Eli said running was fun and worth the Santa suit!


Christmas Show

As part of a Christmas gift....we attended a Christmas Show at the Candlelight Theater in Delaware.

We enjoyed Christmas elves and fun during the first half and Carole's and Nativity highlights in the second half.  The kids favorite was the 12 pains of Chrismtas song....they laughed remembering all of the verses.

Dinner was wonderful too....Ben stacked a plate mile high before the buffet closed to snack on while the rest of us grabbed desserts to eat....he has a big appetite.

Hershey

Mmmmmm.....it smells so good....Chocolate World at Hershey....it was a gloomy day outside but beautiful inside....lots and lots of people joined us....it was rather crowded but we added to the crowd and were able to chat away as we went!
A shot of all of as we stood in the lines...

A shot of some of our family in the car behind us when they turned ....and then Santa!


Eli's first time on Santa's lap....he was SO excited.  He asked for a Lollipop!  That's pretty easy.



Devon told him he wanted a real motorcycle and a lollipop....I sense a theme here.

Rebecca wanted a lollipop too.



Joe has other ideas for gifts but enjoyed Santa too.



Here is our crew waiting in line but the house made of KitKat bars...they wanted to know if they could eat their way through.
We then rode through the the Hersehy light display ....holiday music and lots and lots of lights to be seen.

We headed back to the Danekers for yummy pizza with family...Darrell met us there.  He had been to a Flyers game with his sister, Suzy.

Thanksgiving


We travel to Delaware and Pennsylvania for Thanksgiving!  We arrived around 1am and were able to sleep in.  We then headed to a Cracker Barrell to eat dinner with family. It was wonderful to eat yummy food, relax, and focus on family.

We then headed to the Danekers.  The kids played games together, the adults caught up on the latest news and then we ate later in the day.  It was good to be together.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Surgery and Snow


Ben had eye surgery in November.    It was a wonderful experience...well at least as wonderful as it can get for surgery.  We headed up to David's house the night before and they pampered us with a warm meal and lots of wonderfully freshly baked desserts.  We traveled up with Kiara who kept me company while Ben was in surgery.

On his return two week check up....we had snow on we way up.  It sure was pretty.




Ben was eager to take lots of pictures.

When we met with the Doctor, she said his eye was perfect now....can't get better than perfection now, huh?  So thankful for a good experience and outcome!  

Monday, October 31, 2016

Chester Scarecrows

It is fall in New Hampshire....lots to do around here but this past Sunday, we jumped into the car and headed to a neighboring town to see a bit of fun.

In the small town of Chester, they have a scarecrow contest and it has become a big deal over the last few years.
Since there is a lot of history to be found I our state, there were lots of historical characters included ....this cannoneer from the civil war at the town center.
A young boy who is claimed to be the youngest to die in a war is buried here...he was a drummer for the army.

This picture is of a Revolutionary Soldier.

Here is a guy standing at one of the covered bridges.
And let's not forget Uncle Sam.

We saw many other scarecrows but it was so much fun to search for them throughout the town.  It ended up being a fun afternoon!

New Hampshire's Highway

We ventured out a few Saturday's to take  a peak on the Kangamungus highway in northern New Hampshire.  The leaves were a bit past peak but it doesn't matter because it was just as stunning.
There were many lookouts that we were able to get out and stretch our legs but it was crazy crowded....there were people of all nationalities enjoying our beautiful state.
Because of the drought....we were able to climb in the streambed of the river.  It was so slippery because the stones were worn smoothly by the river water.
The kids had an amazing time climbing over all of the rocks.

Ellie went along for the ride too.  She was constantly trying to figure out how to keep up with the kids on the slippery rocks.
They all gathered long enough to snap a photo and then they were off again looking for more to climb.

We did manage to snap a few other rock pictures ....they did not want to leave this spot.  It was amazingly beautiful and the climbing element just added to the excitement.

It was a beautiful day here with some of our sweet treasures!




Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

One Year!

I can't believe it has been one year!  One year since Ben and Eli met some of the Lowman gang!
This week we have been talking about then and now and the boys have shared their hearts....Eli said he loves belonging to a family....there have been many firsts too.  When they think something is quite odd, we just grab their hands and tell them, "Welcome to New Hampshire!"  We have laughed together, cried together, and been on many adventures together....together--the nicest place to be!

To celebrate this week....we did a usual short notice celebration when our plans changed because of some much needed rain.  We went with friends to an all you can eat Asian Buffet....and as usual, the boys had a competition with the all you can eat part....Ben won...no surprise there!  He ate 7 plates....and no that number is not a typo!   These boys can eat!

Above photo was a first shot together picture but I just had to add this recent photo at one of our family favorite things to do....and no....I didn't give anyone any real notice that the picture was coming....can't you tell?  That is the best part ....just living our lives...nothing staged but loving one another and enjoying the adventure of it all!
So glad these boys walked into our lives!