First off, I want to do a post of misc pictures from our visit with Hannah. What a wonderful time we had with her!!! The almost two weeks that she was here went by far to fast and she left last Thursday. Hannah being here also helped pass the last bit of time before daddy's return most pleasantly. Below are a lot of pictures of just SOME of the many things we did!!!
We celebrated daddy's birthday over FaceTime!
We had hidden some cards and gifts for him to find in our German house before we left and I also made a birthday slide show for him. He was very surprised about everything and it was a special time!
We all went into town a few days before daddy arrived home and purchased flowers and potting soil. We wanted the area around the house to look very pretty for daddy's homecoming. We had flowers poked everywhere!! With nine of us in the van and all the flowers there wasn't much room left!!
One day we were able to set up a Skype call with Hannah's family back home and also wish Mary (one of her sisters) a happy birthday!! That was such a special time - it was wonderful to visit with you all!! We look forward to the day we can all visit in person. :)
Mary, this picture is for you - Shenandoah said she made this special cake "For Mary to play with for her birthday." :)
I don't normally check the weather on my phone, but when I pulled it up last week I discovered that the last time I had checked the weather was when we were going to Paris!! It seems like ages ago now!
One day while Hannah was here we went into town to do some errands and were also able to get dinner out! What a special time of fellowship we had together - I am so blessed by her encouragement.
The yard work is underway!!
I love flowers!! Aren't they beautiful?!
Hannah was such a huge help with the whole process!!
Great work everyone!!
Stasia and Hannah playing "Tally-Ho!"
Hannah had a card making day with Sabrina, Sienna, Stasia, Seth, Sayer and even Shenandoah was able to "make cards" - what a lovely time they had - I know they all enjoyed it very much!!
Hannah and Shenandoah
Daisy, our dog, is scared of loud noises. So, during the days on and around the 4th when fireworks were going off she was terrified. At one point we opened up the back door because she was jumping up on it and it seemed as if she was going to break the glass!! Daisy ended up running inside the house and our dogs Samson and Dandy decided that they better do the same thing!! Poor dogs! After much effort we finally got them settled down. It wouldn't be the Cochran house without at least a little excitement. :)
This was supposed to be for Dandy, but Samson and Daisy decided it was for them instead. You can't see Daisy, but she is crammed in there along with Sampson!:)
We made a very large bowl of salsa!!
Hannah, Sabrina, and Sienna helped make meals for a family at church.
Stasia and Sayer made "Beetles in a Rug" (lettuce with peanut butter and raisins - similar to "Ants on a Log" - but lettuce instead of celery! :)
Break time for lunch!!
Hannah made bread making day extra fun and showed us how to make some special new loaves - including cinnamon raisin bread!!! Yum!!!
Shenandoah got to make her own special roll
This is only some of the wonderful creations!
Seth made another castle!!
Many hands make light work
Shenandoah had braids for the first time - she was quite excited about them!!
We canned green beans!
It's so fun to see all the food in the jars at the end of a canning day :)
I couldn't resist getting a couple sky pictures one day - it was so pretty
Cute little sister
Hannah taught us some new hairstyles - thank you, Hannah!!
It looks so nice!!
Hannah and Stasia
Bagel making time!!
Hannah gave us the idea for cheddar dill bagels - you should make them sometime - they're great!!!
Sabrina and Shenandoah making pita bread. The last day Hannah was here, we tried to re-create Doner - there are more pictures of this down below!
A last Cherry Berry run
When we got home we had a special box waiting for us - a surprise box full of special goodies from the Harris family!!
Upon opening the box, we were greeted by the cutest little face!! :) Thank you so much, dear Harris family, for everything!!
We all enjoyed sitting around to read their cards.
Shenandoah loves "Moosie" very much!!
And of course Hannah's time here wouldn't be complete without introducing her to a game of Aggravation!!
It was a good game
Putting the finishing touches on Doner
All the toppings
It tasted delicious and wasn't bad for a first time re-creation. Although it wasn't quite the same and we're still on the hunt for the "real" thing!! :)
Our dryer went out that day, so we had a laundry hanging party that night!!
Ha ha :)
And then came time to say goodbye. Wow, that almost two weeks went by VERY fast! What a blessed time of fellowship was had by all and so many special memories made!!! The late night talks were some of my favorite. We're all so thankful for the time we had with Hannah. Thank you so much for coming Hannah and thank you Harris family for letting her stay for so long -it was truly a blessing to us!!!!
We love you, Hannah!!! You all are always welcome here and we look forward to the next time we're all together!!!
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