Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy Birthday AnaLise!

Happy 15th birthday AnaLise!

AnaLise has been such a great sister through the years. What a blessing it is to have her as a role-modle. AnaLise has such a loving heart for children. She is always ready for a challenge in some sort of sport. Her talents for music, crafts, sports, and cooking have been very apparent. She plays the violin, mandolin, guitar, and picking up a few other instruments. Her bright voice is a great blessing to our band.

Happy Birthday AnaLise!

Love, Tessa

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree!

I love this picture!
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches!

Nikolai stepped off the plane into a winter wonderland, and absolutely loves the snow! He loves to play in it, to throw it, to climb it, and to eat it! He also is excited about Christmas. To think that probably never had a real Christmas tree and real Christmas presents blows me away. So in order to give him the 'full' affect, we waited till he came to go chop down our tree from our woods in the back.

Isaac carried the tree all the way back home in the blizzard, it didn't help that the wind was blowing the opposite direction down the hill when we were going up it, and that the huge tree acted like a sail to his disadvantage! :P

All of us gathered around the tree in the pine tree forest behind our house owned by our neighbor. He has wonderful trees for wonderful prices at a wonderful distance! :) (My snow pants do NOT normally look like that!! That was totally the light of the me. :)

Dad and Lucas took turns pulling Nikolai in the sled. The snow was so deep that it would have taken a year to get him there and back, so we found the perfect solution...a sled!

The not quite finished product! (Photo complements of Nikolai ;)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Adoption Benifit Concert

About two weeks ago we did our fourth benefit concert for the adoption. We were so amazed at what the Lord did that night. To GOD be the glory! Our friends the Garms family graciously agreed to put on a double concert with us, and did a fabulous job! We had around 400 people show up for the fundraiser...what an answer to prayer. Along with the concerts there was a huge silent auction. Mom, Tessa and I had been soliciting donations from local businesses for the past month, and it really paid off. We are so thankful to all the companies, businesses, and friends who so generously donated; what a blessing!

To save time, I would like you to visit the blog of our friends the Armour family, who came to our concert. Their daughter, and my dear friend, Hannah, did a great job of taking pictures and then tried to send them to us, but the attachment files were having problems. The Armours put up a really nice post about the benefit concert, so visit their blog at, scroll down to the November 30th post entitled The Alzen Family's Adoption Concert, and just pretend I posted about it! :P Or go to the Garm family's blog at at check out their November 23 post called Alzen Adoption Fundraiser as well!

We are so grateful to all of you who helped out, either by donating, performing, cleaning, cooking, announcing, or just attending, for you are playing a big role in bringing our two little boys home. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!


AnaLise for the Alzen family

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Vist from the Kenneys

Our new D.V.D is now released all because of Hannah Kenney's filming and editing talents, and her determination. We were hoping to have it finished by our fundraiser this Friday, so last week Hannah and part of her family stopped at our house on the way to fix Hannah's harp. Their family greatly blessed us with their helpfulness in preparing for our fundraiser. A week later we found a box on our doorstep the day of the fundraiser all ready to go! So if you need someone to get the job done well and fast, ask Day Star Productions!

Hannah at the computer desk

Playing outside in the fresh snow.



Tessa showing of our, ahem, beautiful sled. =P

Our (lame) sledding hill. :)

Thank you for all the wonderful cooking and hard work!

Live D.V.D

Live D.V.D coming soon!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 your enemies! :)

Psalm 148

Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD from the heavens,
praise him in the hights above.
Praise him, all his angels,
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for he commanded and they were created.
-Psalm 148:1-5

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Christmas Memories

You're probably wondering why I bring up Christmas in October...well it just so happens that my Sr. High Writing class wanted us to write a Christmas letter this week. So with Dec. 25th on my mind, trying to chose some photos to blog about and I came across these! :) Some of these Christmas photos were from 2004 all the way up to 2008, (below.) Even though we still have two months, I decided to put these up just because it's so much fun to look at old pictures...enjoy!!!

Christmas 2008 at our house! This picture is of us with our Wormuth cousins.

Wow do we look tiny! This was about 8 or 9 years ago at our Grandma's house. We ended up using this picture, (or one like this,) for our Chrismas newsletter.

My Mom's side all gathered around the table at my Aunts house.

Time to open presents! This was always the highlight of the day when we gave and recived gifts. (Boy, are we a photogenic family or what!)

Almost every year we go to a Christmas party that a company we bought from puts on. It was always a blast because of the huge banquet, fun presents and games, and most of all the unlimited free characatures we brought home!

Getting ready to cut and bring home our christmas tree from our neighbor who sells beautiful pine trees from the woods behind our house. We often would play hide and go seek in his pine tree forest because the huge trees were perfect hiding places right in our back yard! We miss our exchange student "sister" Luba, who now lives in Moscow, Russia.

It was always so exiting to wake up and find our huge stockings stuffed full of odds and ends, even if we knew who really filled them! :)

Tessa and I were always some of the first ones up on Christmas morning because we had to look, shake and guess at our Christmas presents and wake everyone else up so we could open them up. The reason we probably look so sleepy is because I came up with the interesting scheme of setting the alarm off in the middle of the night, so we could pretend what it was like to be Santa Clause (we didn't believe in him,) and put out all of our presents under the Christmas tree and surprise everyone in the morning....the result? Sleep deprivation! :P

An anuall tradition that we did at Christmas was that anyone that played instruments would play Chrismas songs at the gathering.

Here we are at the stocking stuffer party that our Grandma gives us every year. We meet with our cousins and open the stocking with our name on it...sorta like a second Christmas! The girl standing in the back, however, was not our cousin but our exange student, Luba, from Tadjikistan who now lives in Moscow, Russia. She was with us for the school year in 2005 or 2006 and went to St. Croix Central High School in our district. She spoke very little English and we didn't know Russian very well, but she became just like an older sister to us.
Taking orders for the deserts and drinks was our special job that our cousins and us still do. :)

This picture totally cracks me up because I remember exactly what happened. We were in Florida for Christmas break, at Disney World. It was so weird it to see Christmas trees and decorations with no snow in the middle of hot weather! We were walking through a section of Disney World that was all litt up for Christmas, it was late at night and almost closing time. Two 'elves' that were goofing off and acting crazy invited us to come talk to Santa. So we walked over to the North Pole and stopped inside. None of us kids really wanted to talk to him, but I did because I wanted candy. :) After Lucas, Tessa and I sat on his lap and got our presents, we started to leave, but the crazy elves who were pretty much done with their jobs anyway, decided that 16 year old Isaac needed to sit on Santa's lap and talk to him too! So they pushed and prodded the extreemly reluctent and embarresed Isaac to Santa's side and procceded to take a picture of him and ask him what he wanted for Christmas and if he had been a good boy in front of giggiling children. It was hillarious! Of course looking at Isaac's bright red face, he didn't think so!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Story Book Lodge

Storybook lodge is a camp up North that we go with our church and also our home school organization called T.E.A.C.H, that Isaac graduated with. (See graduation post from 2009.) It is a really interesting place, not only because of it's ministry, but also it's theme. Almost every cabin is a different place from a story! This post is when we went up with our church, Normandale baptist, this last weekend.

Emily and Tessa

My friend Amanda and I

They are right on a beautiful lake, so in the Fall when we go with our church we can go kayaking, cameoing, and if the weather permits, (which it didn't this year,) swimming. With T.E.A.C.H we go in the Winter so we get a whole different experience with the lake; we play broom ball, hockey and sled onto it, so fun!

Here is one of the cutest cabins, although I'm not sure what particular story book it came from. =)

Story Book is completely surrounded by woods and in the fall it is truly a beautiful sight. It reminded me of the verse,

'As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people, from this time on and forever more.'

Psalm 125:2

This is the room/cabin we were staying in called the Oasis.

The windmill that actually fits a bed in it!

Ize with some of his friends, after coming back from a caneoing trip.

'Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.'

Psalm 127: 4-5

If you read the post on family camp, you'll probably know what this is all about. Dad and another man from church, Mr. Hall, put on the game called, "the Mighty Mighty, Super Duper, Noodle Scoop Challenge!" (The only part of the name that has to do with the game is the Noodle part. :) It's like a kick off of capture the flag except way more fun.

Don't we look scary! (The face paint is to tell the teams apart. There was a red team and a blue team, I was on the blue team and the blue team won!!!)