Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Riggins Benjamin

I realize its been almost a year since I've blogged last......oh dear.  So much has happened this last year.  Riggs was born 2 days early on June 12, 2012. He was 8 lbs 14 oz. 22 inches. He flew to Children's Mercy in kc due to 2 holes in his heart and a very fast heart rate.  Needless to say I was excited to hold him a few days later when he and Ben came home and met me in the hospital. There has been so much adjusting in our lives to a family if five but I can't imagine it differently. He is a joy and I love being his mom and watching him learn. He is 7 months old and just cut his first two teeth. 

And so here I am a mother of 3. I love my kiddos so much it hurts sometimes but I am learning to accept a lot of grace from a big God especially on days I feel worn out and my heart feels a little tattered.  I am glad God knows I'm insufficient.  Our lives are full right now, with life group and relationships and activities. But we're trying to trust God each day and when we struggle to do it with his energy because it powerfully rests in us.  (Colossians 1:29) Our joy comes from him, our rest comes from him. 

I read a blog today called Finding Joy and she said today you are the perfect mom for your kids. I thought that was such a good quote in a world where we have facebook and pintrest telling us what the perfect mom looks like. Its to easy to compare and  I challenge every mom reading this not to compare ourselves with each other, but for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus to each other.  Today I am thankful for Ben who knows my heart and loves me well. I am thankful for my kiddos through the fits and mountains of laundry and dishes I choose Joy because the dishes and laundry are signs of them in our house.

Blessings today,

Kristin for the Duell 5

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pumpkin Patch at Britts

We had a hayrack ride at Britts farm and we had hot dogs and smores and it was such a fun night! The kids had so much fun and got so dirty!

Trick or Treat in aggiville

We took the kiddos trick or treating this fall to aggiville and the loved it as well as the parade!!!
Tucker was Thomas the Train Engine.
This was our sweet little witch.....
loved the candy....

tuck is 2!

opening presents! after cake!
dirt cake! yummy! grandma evelyn's recipe!!

blowing out the candles!!

2 sweet little people!

We had a bob the builder party complete with construction tape and black and yellow balloons. For favors we passed out buckets! I made Tuck a dirt cake from Bens moms cookbook and I put little construction vehicles on it. Very fun!

jaiyas birthday - tangled party..she is 4!

playing pin the ray on the sun
tangled cake with a tower made out of a pringles can that dad made with parsley to look like vines

out to eat at chilis with nana

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Tuck was petting the baby cow!
At the zoo the kids were feeding the peacock.
This is my favorite picture of them at the zoo, I think it was at the petting zoo.

Jaiya even got some feathers!

New Project

My newest project. We found this dresser for 12 bucks at the Timbercreek garage sales and Ben and I sprayed painted it black and he distressed the edges and now it is a buffet. It makes for some extra counter space!!!