Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy 13th Birthday, Lisa!



(Lisa's birthday was on December 7th)

About Lisa:
-She really enjoys doing crafts (making cards, crocheting, etc)
-She is the youngest in our family, and just joined the "teens and up" crowd
-She is very sociable, and loves getting together with friends

This is an extra picture, included because Lisa always has a specific cake decoration request for her birthday. :)
 
Happy Birthday, Lisa!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Kimberly & Joshua - Engaged!

 We are very excited to announce that Kimberly and Joshua Palazzolo are engaged as of
November 27th!
This picture was taken just shortly after they got engaged.

The Story in a Nutshell

Joshua and Kimberly went out for a walk around downtown Naperville, even though it was only about 30 degrees out. (For some reason, Joshua seemed to have his heart set on this particular outing and nothing was going to deter him!) Then, when they decided they were getting chilly, they went to a chocolate shop to warm up with some hot chocolate. After a couple hours of most enjoyable conversation and just spending time together, they made ready to leave, but stopped for a picture first. Joshua then said that he had something for Kimberly, but she had to close her eyes to receive it. When she opened them, he was down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. She said yes. :)

The Ring
  

They have such good times together!
Another view of the ring and the roses.
"You're pretty great." :)

Joshua and Kimberly began officially courting on December 26, 2014.
Here are some snapshots from the past year or so as their courtship has progressed:

Some of the roses that made their way to our house over the past year. :)

Nothing like a cuppa tea together!
Fireworks with our family on the 4th of July
They seem to really enjoy doing music related things together!
They clearly enjoy each others' company! :)
Saying goodbyes at the airport.
Our families have known each other for a number of years, but have enjoyed getting to know each other better over the past year or so.  Joshua is 23, the oldest of seven children, and Kimberly is 21, the sixth of ten children.
Kimberly with Joshua's siblings: Anna and Benjamin
Kimberly with Joshua's sisters: Adelina, Olivia, and Anna
Kimberly and Benjamin
Joshua and Lisa
We enjoyed having Joshua with us for New Year's last year when all of the married kids come to celebrate Christmas together at Nana and Papa's house.
Abigail loves Uncle Josh!
Actually most of the nieces and nephews seem to be quite comfortable with him. :)

A verse that has become very special to Josh and Kim is Psalm 118:23,
"This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes."

 We look forward to seeing what God has in store for these two in the future!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Happy 21st Birthday, Kimberly!

(Kimberly's birthday was on October 26)

About Kimberly:
-She is an excellent harpist and pianist
-She is very observant and incredibly intuitive
-She is one of the quieter ones in our family
Happy Birthday, Kimberly!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015