Sunday, January 23, 2011

Carry You

My boys and I participated in the celebration of our church's Sanctity of Life service this morning. The song "I Will Carry You" played as we crossed the church platform, carrying a rose, representing the year we were born, and all the babies taken through abortion that year. It was an incredibly moving experience and I urge you to listen to the song below.
This song was written by a mother who carried her baby full term, though she didn't know if she would survive even a breath or a few minutes outside the womb. The song is accompanied by pictures of the months before her delivery (they took her to Disney World!) and the moments after she was born. I admire their joy and courage so much! If you have some time (and some tissues), I recommend clicking here to read about their journey and their courageous story of faith.

Hope you spend some time today reflecting on how precious life is!

-Team Tonagel

Sunday, January 16, 2011


It's no secret that this little guy loves sports.
It's usually basketball...

But this week, it's football.

He sleeps with this football, eats with this football, and travels with this football.
I wish I made this stuff up!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Memory Lane

I took a quick trip down memory lane this morning and thought some of these precious pictures were worth sharing with you. I LOVE looking at old photos and reminiscing of what a blessed childhood I had. But more importantly, I like teasing my mom for her perm, my dad for his beard, and us kids for our fashion sense :) Here are some of my favorite pics of some of my favorite peeps!

This was our first house in Maryland. It was a great little house in a great neighborhood.
In fourth grade, we moved here. Love love love this house. If I could build my dream house someday, it would probably be just like this one!
How adorable are my three older siblings? So darn cute!

This is where we vacationed when we were kids. Our vacations were made up of visiting grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Here we are at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. We have SO many good memories from this place!
I had just turned 1 this Christmas. Apparently, I wasn't happy about posing for the camera!
Love this one of my dad and Ben. I see both Jace and Will in my brother. Lookin' good, daddy!
And I had to include this one of my mom and show off what a babe she was (well, still is)!

Little Ben.
Here we are on Easter morning showing off our baskets. Our family weimaraner, Jayhawk, is in the corner of the picture. I am sure he just got done eating a dozen hard boiled, decorated eggs. He was infamous for his fondness for eggs.
I REALLY see Will in this bottom picture of me.

We were always coming up with skits/song performances/poems for birthday and holidays. Here we are, I'm guessing, performing in celebration of someone in the family. Don't you love my leotard?!

Love my one-piece, sun-flower, skort/dress thingy above! Here we are below, enjoying our family Thanksgiving dinner at home.
It's always fun to look back at old photos and be able to laugh at yourself!

Enjoy the rest of your week, friends!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Bath Time

We have fun during bath time at our house!
First we get 'em nice and dirty! I am guessing we had spaghetti that night for dinner. Apparently, Jace excused himself from the table without being wiped down first.
Bath time includes a little brotherly love.
Then moves on to a game of "who can open their mouth wider".
Will wins!
Some plain goofiness!
And some not-so brotherly love.
Watch out, lil' bro!
I just adore these two little goof balls. Couldn't imagine life without 'em!
Disclaimer: Warning. Thick layer of soap scum on the shower tiles. Yikes.
These two have really started to interact lately. This has been fun for Greg and I to watch. Can't wait to see their friendship grow!

Have a great weekend, friends!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Happy New Year!

Sorry I've been MIA for a while now. The holidays were crazy busy and now that they are over we seem to be busy with basketball games, fighting sickness in our house, and keeping up with everyday tasks.

We kicked off the Christmas celebration with a visit from my sister and her family! Loved spending a couple days with them! Just wish it could have been longer. Thanks Lauren, Ben, and Morgan for fitting us in to your busy Christmas!

We decided to stay home for Christmas Eve/Day this year and really enjoyed being at home with our little ones. Nana and Papa Tonagel and our best friends, the Clarks, joined us for a Christmas meal which included seven-layer salad, prime rib, mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, rolls, and cheesecake for dessert! It was a great day!

Sadly, these were the only pictures I snapped of our Christmas morning.

Greg and Jace went sledding on our white Christmas day and had a blast! Our little scaredy cat was SO brave and by the end of their outing was flying down the steepest hill all by himself!
Thanks Nana and Papa for your fun visit!!!
Greg had to leave early the 26th for Phoenix, AZ, where his team would later win two big games! So proud of him and the players. We really missed him while he was gone but enjoyed the virtual face to face conversations via Skype. We were glad to get him home New Year's at 1:30 am. I got my kiss (just 1.5 hours late)!

Now, starts the busiest time for Coach and b-ball, where all our remaining games are conference games. That means lots of long nights and a busy/stressed out/distracted baby daddy. Lucky me!

I have just started training for the Indianapolis mini-marathon in May. So far, I have VERY little motivation! Wish me luck! I've started my new year off with a new look. I cut twelve inches off of my hair! Feels good to have healthy hair that I can actually run a comb through!

In other news, my baby is 10 months old today! Can't believe it! Love our sweet William baby!

Have a great week!