Tuesday, December 30, 2008

just for laughs

video

It's just the sweetest sound in the world! Can't get enough of it!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

To my baby girl


Cradle song

by Sandi Patty


I watch beside your cradle
Your face touched by the moon
My heart just aches and trembles
With all my love for you
Your eyes shine like your Father's
That nose looks just like me
I stare in awe and wonder
At such a mystery
How God can touch the love of a man and wife
And blossom it into the breath of life
Just look at this life

Our eyes are filled with dreaming
We want so much for you
But we might fail you often
Before your life is through
Only your Heavenly Father
Can hear your every prayer
When we are just a memory
Your Lord will still be there

So on our knees we pray this cradle song
That you'll always know the Lord will keep you strong
We want you to understand
You rest in His loving hands
For you are Jesus' little lamb

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas pictures







Earlier this week we got the opportunity to get some Christmas pictures taken of Hannah and of us as a family. I work with a gal and Kev and I have become good friends with her and her husband. Her husband has a passion for photography and we were his willing guinea pigs! He captured some wonderful moments and I thought I'd post some of them here. Hope you all enjoy!








Hannah sitting in my lap


Chewing away, as usual



Hannah and her Daddy




sitting in front of the tree


Daddy's favorite

A note from my heart

Every other Friday I go and join a group of wonderful women for a time of prayer. Our sole purpose for meeting together is to pray for our nation. We are living in a time of change. I wish I could say that this change is all for the better but I fear that it is not. What have we done to this gift that we've been given? This country was founded on God. Our money still says "In God we Trust" and yet we try and leave Him out of every decision made when He is the One that should be consulted first! I'd love to say this is a new epidemic sweeping our nation, but it's not. Abraham Lincoln was quoted saying
"Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us"
The situation may have been different in his time, but the end result was still the same. We as Christians have a responsibility to lift our country up in prayer. There are so many of us nation wide, why are we so silent?
There is a Christian radio station in our area that I listen to on a regular basis. This time of year they play Christmas music and the other day while driving along I heard this song. It's by a group called Casting Crowns, the song is called "While You Were Sleeping". I've posted the Lyrics here.
Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you’re lying in the dark
There shines an everlasting light
For the King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight, tonight
Oh Bethlehem,
what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh Bethlehem,
you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only Son
The Way, the Truth, the Life had come
But there was no room for Him
in the world He came to save
Jerusalem,
what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world
is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem,
you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping
United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we’re lying in the dark
There’s a shout heard ‘cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night,
in the night
America,
what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America,
will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping?Will we be sleeping?
United States of America
Looks like another silent night
This is still a country with a purpose and a calling, I pray that we as a country would remember on whom this place was founded. We serve an awesome God and He is worthy to be praised.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My love, my husband



Yesterday Kevin and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary. Well, kind of. Truthfully we did more of the celebrating on Monday because we knew that Hannah had a Drs appt on our special day that would involve several vaccinations. Since she had such a hard time with her first set we decided that she probably wouldn't be up for much that day, so we got to spend the evening together as a family.



It's hard to believe that it's been 2 years already! At times it seems like just yesterday I was walking down the isle toward my best friend, then there are other times when it seems like we've been together forever! I couldn't ask for a better partner to go through life with. He's a wonderful husband, attentive father, and a great friend. Kev has a wonderfully annoying habit of putting everyone else before himself. He's the kindest person I know.



We've been through a lot together these past 2 years, both good and bad. We've gone from a family of 2 to a family of 3. We've gone on trips, made good friends and built a home together. All in 2 years!!! So being part of the blogging world, I couldn't let this momentous occasion pass without a word or two.

Kevin, I love you very much. You have given me the most precious of gifts. A true friend, unconditional love, and a beautiful baby girl. I cannot and do not want to imagine my life without you in it. I thank the Lord for you every day and pray that He continues to watch over you and our family. I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for us in the years to come!



I love you, bear.


~Annika

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Christmas program





I wanted to post a little blog about the Christmas program that I took Hannah to last Sunday. Her cousins, Carrson and Briea, participated in their school's Christmas program. Carrson and Briea go to a Christian daycare center and every year the teachers work with the kids and put on a wonderful Christmas program for their families. This year both Carrson and Briea had speaking parts and were up on the stage for the entire show.


They both did wonderfully! We were a little worried about Carrson as he developed a small case of stage fright right before the program was supposed to start. However, our worry was in vain. Once he got out there he did wonderfully! His class started out the show with a little poem to welcome everyone. Each child was a letter that spelled out welcome, Briea was the E and Carrson was the '!' at the end. However, after he ended the poem and welcomed everyone, he decided to place himself next to his good friend Shaun so they spelled "WELCO!ME". It's things like that that make those programs so precious.


Both Carrson and Briea new all the words and motions to the songs. They did a wonderful job and we couldn't be more proud.



I'd like to add a special note that Briea was wearing a beautiful sparkly dress that twirled fabulously with matching sparkly shoes, which she pulled off fabulously. ( we all know that sparkles can't be pulled off by just anybody). Carrie, thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of such a wonderful day. I can't wait til it's Hannah up there in her sparkly, twirly dress.

To end this blog I've posted the lyrics to one of the songs that the kids sang. I'm not sure who wrote the song, all the lyric sites I found simply said that the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir performed it. A truly wonderful reminder of what Christmas is all about.



Happy birthday Jesus
I'm so glad it's Christmas
All the tinsel and lights
And the presents are nice
But the real gift is You.

Happy birthday Jesus
I'm so glad it's Christmas
All the carols and bells
Make the holiday swell
And it's all about You
Happy birthday Jesus

Jesus I love You!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas is coming!

The holiday season is now in full swing and I'm loving every minute of it! It's my favorite time of year, but I have to admit this year is different. We have a little one in the home, and although years from now I know she won't remember her first Christmas, I will. Along with many families this year, our Christmas will be sparce in the present department. Kev's Christmas present to me this year was an extra 6 weeks home with my baby. It's the best present I could ask for, but calls for some extra care in the finance department as these 6 weeks we are living on one income instead of two.
I've been watching on the news how our economy is suffering and what an awful Christmas this is going to be. While the troubled economy affects us all in one way or another, it shouldn't have an impact on celebrating Christmas! One of the things I want to make sure Hannah knows is that Christmas is a celebration of the Savior's birth. It is not about the gifts she may find under the tree. The true gift is Jesus! When I think of all the traditions I want to pass on to my baby girl, I want to make sure she understands and LOVES the true meaning of Christmas. That's something a suffering economy has no impact on.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not parish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

Monday, December 1, 2008

Give Thanks!


Alice, Riley, Hannah and Kevin


I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This year has been a whirlwind and full of many blessings for the Hoffmann family. Among the many blessings we find ourselves so thankful for is, of course, family.

This Thanksgiving was spent at my Aunt and Uncle's home in Davis. A great time was had by all! Hannah got to meet her 2nd cousin Riley, who is about 8 months old. It was amazing to see this little guy sitting on his blanket playing with toys and interacting with everyone. I just kept looking at Hannah thinking, "that's going to be you soon!" Hard to believe how quickly they grow.

My prayer is that this holiday season finds you all healthy and happy. I hope that you all take the time daily to count your own blessings and think of all the ways the Lord has blessed your lives.



"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”

~Edward Sandford Martin