Thursday, December 28, 2006

LA's 1st Christmas

Our first Christmas with LA was nothing short of all the right ways. Outstanding time with family. We all got really spoiled, but especially him. We have hundreds of pics, but wanted to keep it short here because you are likely still recovering from our uberlong last post. We hope your Christmas season was as much of a blessing as ours!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

'06 @ a glance -- looking to '07

What a year!

Pluto unbecame a planet. Brangelina brought us Shiloh by way of Africa. George's acceptance rating hit an all time low. Myspace and Youtube became household names. Taylor should not have won. North Korea misbehaved. Rocky returned to the ring...again. Hornish took a third IndyCar title. Wii happened and a lot of things got broken because of it. Ethanol is changing the way we move and exist. We got some seriously good new music (The Fray, Audioslave, John Mayer, Snow Patrol, Phil Wickham, Eliot Morris, etc.) Erik lost the best. Perhaps the world is finally learning that as long as life exists, there will be turmoil around Israel. Yet, one question this the year of the Colts?

A little closer to home...

We started off the year in an airport headed back to Indianapolis from a splendid New Year's Eve in Miami with the Millers. We learned something. When Crystal is pregnant, don't keep her up past 10pm. If you do, sickness will ensue. And, sickness is an unwelcome guest during a full day of air travel. Between the excitement that our lives would forever change and the knowledge that...our lives would forever change, we found ourselves beginning a new year with more than just us. God opted to deliver us a surprise just before the new year that would leave a lasting impression in our ’06 calendar and eternity.

Early in the year, Amos received a promotion after 3 years at the Indy Racing League where he continues to manage the creative end of the IndyCar brand and reach fans with all things INDY.

In other career oriented news, Crystal resigned her associate position at Saks Fifth Avenue to step into a more amazing career -- motherhood and entrepreneurship. Beauty by Crystal, a freelance make-up artistry company, was formed in May along with a manager role in Arbonne International.

With a baby coming into the world, we also needed to make accommodations at home. The office became the nursery. And, the extra room had to finally become the Costa Room (sun room dedicated to our honeymoon location - Costa Rica) it was intended to be. Which will also be the office.

Crystal’s brother Frankie moved to our lovely city early in the year. It wasn’t too long before he got a great job offer at a local hospital, which is all of a 6 minute drive from his place. It’s been awesome to have him here with us.

Finally! After 10 months of anticipation, a little boy (for those who’ve forgotten, we opted not to find out gender) came into our land. Outside of accepting Grace and our wedding day, Friday, August 11th 2006 was the best most amazing awe-inspiring humbling awkwardly beautiful day of lives. We have such outstanding memories of that weekend spent at St V Women’s. And, the moments keep piling on every day. Being parents is…well, it’s really difficult to explain. But, it really makes us think much more of Christmas this year and of what He meant here.

As if August wasn’t a big enough month, we had quite the dramatic September weekend. Out and about for their first walk in the stroller on the Monon, Crystal and LA arrived back to the Xterra to find that it had been broken into. Crystal’s wallet was stolen and the passenger side front window was busted in. While we have faced some financial loss, and legal proceedings still in progress, we are so joyous that it was nothing more severe and that wife and baby were safe and healthy. But, the real joy of September was our finding out that our beloved friends, Ty and Rachel, were expecting their first. They actually found out themselves the day Crystal went into labor with our LA! How cool is that?! Baby Miller is expected 4/17/07…give or take.

Another highlight of the month was the opportunity for Amos and Crystal to whimsically renew their vows with hundreds of others during a weekend service at Northview Christian Life Church. And, LA got to be right in the middle of them while they committed vows all over again.

The autumn month of October brought us much travel as LA was old enough that we finally felt comfortable getting him out and about. His first pumpkin was purchased by Papa during a beautiful Saturday down in Brown County. Amos also greatly enjoyed the opportunity to share with his son one of his favorite family traditions…the Turner bonfire/hayride on a farm in central Indiana.

November brought Crystal and LA a unique opportunity to tag along with Amos to New York City for a business trip. It was a fantastic time that could have been an otherwise very lonely 5 days for Amos. LA was awesome on the plane and we got to see a lot. Did you know New York City is pretty big?

The Thanksgiving holiday was especially precious this year as we spent time with family that we haven’t seen for ages and got to show off our son even more!

In addition to the anticipation of sharing our first Christmas with our baby boy, and all the joys that come along with loving/giving to your own child, December brought us the opportunity to dedicate LA at our church and enjoy a wonderful weekend with family that weekend. We are so blessed with so much this Christmas season! Indeed, a pivotal and wonderful year.

Looking ahead...

While we won’t pretend to try and predict what our path holds for 2007, we do have some things to very much look forward to.

A bittersweet junction in the direction Amos and Crystal’s ministry has come to pass. We reflect on the amazing moments and everlasting impact Northview Christian Life Church has had on us and through us, while looking forward to all the amazing things that The Well will mean in our lives. The Well is a church plant that we are heavily involved in. With the support of Northview Christian Life, many others in the Church and God, we aim to minister to the Fishers area as a missional community of Christ-followers.

In other fine news, we will be Uncle Amos, Aunt Crystal and Cousin LA twice over as Frankie will become a father next summer! In other family news, it is highly likely that Papa and Nana (Crystal’s parents) will be departing their home in Valparaiso for one closer to us kids/grandkid(s).

Schedules have finally all aligned and we’ll be taking our first family vacation with Amie (Crystal's sister), Todd (the husband) and Christian (the cute little man -- LA's only cousin as of now) when we go house boating with Crystal’s side of the family in late July.

And, Crystal starts nannying two 3 1/2 year old twin boys for a close friend of hers a few times a week in January. I’m sure there will be plenty of stories told in this space regarding their interaction with LA in the coming months.

Heck, maybe Crystal will even have another baby inside of her before we close the new year! 2007, friends, is upon us. Have a Blessed and wonderful Christmas season!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

creating a Christmas card

LA enjoyed posing for his dedicated half of the Christmas card design the other day. And, there's a more than slight chance that Crystal enjoyed taking 40+ pictures to find just the right one. We're pretty sure the top photo here took home the winning prize.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Flippin' the Christmas switch!

Our family tradition of going to the Circle of Lights (lighting of the monument in the circle downtown) was continued this year with some added special guests. Amos, Crystal and LA were joined by Ostrich, "Grandma", cousins Brady and Jen & cousins Mike and Kim. We had a lovely start of the holiday season!

LA's first Thanksgiving

We had such a great time with family and friends over a nice long Thanksgiving weekend. That boy of ours got plenty of attention too!

Friday, November 17, 2006

LA's baby dedication -- coming soon

Why dedicate our son?:

"God brought our little guy into this world through Crystal and me to make a difference in our surrounding communities. To reach into places that aren't necessarily safe with the heart of eternal Love. To reach our 'troubled land.'" (thehaffnerhome blog 8/21/06)

We feel that publicly dedicating LA to a life after Christ is just as much about us as it is him. Crystal and I will stand amongst our church community and pledge to raise our son with Love written in his heart. It's a public parental promise to a community that will hold us accountable before God, ourselves and LA. It is also a forum whereby Crystal and I can acknowledge that we are stewards of LA's life, not controllers...that we are putting ourselves aside to allow God to use LA how He needs.

"Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that's in you, love him with all you've got! Write these commandments that I've given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates." -Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (MSG)

Sunday, November 12, 2006

NYC Business Trip

Our first family "vaca" (well, not really). We had a great time making the best of a IndyCar business trip to the Big Apple. We saw all the fun tourist stuff.....Time Square, Statue of Liberty,
Radio City Music Hall, took the subway, Central Park and had fabulous sushi. Amos did work
at Grand Central Station each day. Landon was incredible....he didn't even cry on the plane...praise God! We are excited to be home, it was a couple days too long.
It was fun to be with Daddy while he was working. We would of missed him for 6 days!!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Second round of baby shots!

I think Landon received an extra dose of cute today. Ha! Yes, our sweet baby got his second round of shots and they were not fun! But...for some reason he is even more snuggley than normal, so I haven't put him down! :)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Our sweet little pumpkin!

Landon attended his first Turner Bonfire/Hayride in his pumpkin costume (from Nana). It was a beautiful fall day at the farm. The first pic of the snowman, Amos and Landon....well, Amos used to sleep with that snowman and his grandparents still have it in their barn. How cute? Thanks for hosting Grandma and Grandpa Turner! Amos has great memories growing up at the farm.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Brown County trip w/Papa and Nana

We headed south to see the leaves. We had a beautiful day to walk around and enjoy the crafts of Nashville. Ha! We did make some big purchases in Nashville......taffy apple, peanut butter fudge, carmel corn, and water! Then we headed to Brown County park to check out the trees. We did stop to take some pics. And the last stop of the day was "Farm fest." Papa bought Landon his first pumpkin! And Landon loved sitting on his first tractor with Dad! We had such a great time!! Thanks for a wonderful, relaxing day Papa and Nana!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

first All-Family walk

We got out for our first all-family walk/run on a beautiful October day earlier this week! It was much fun. Chloe was quite beat after a brisk run by Amos. She hadn't done that in a while. But, evidentally she was alert enough to still watch birds during family portrait time. Landon absolutely loved his walk. Yeah, we took more than just his legs and right arm along, but you wouldn't know from the picture. He looked around and coo'ed and looked around and fell asleep and slept some more and woke up and looked around and coo'ed. Great times! Crystal has gotten out twice more this week as well (LA in tow). Having slipped out of the pocket you currently see it in, she managed to lose her cell phone on Wednesday afternoon. Awesome.

Monday, October 02, 2006

A Caps Tournament for the Ages

The best games of the weekend did not take place on any 100 yard fields, but rather 3 seven foot courses. To the Ostrich go the spoils. Thrice-time Champion. Also, looks like someone else won't ever be playing caps again. Ever.

Full writeup available here.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Landon's 6wk photo shoot!

We are having so much fun at home! Landon is laughing and smiling all the time. And the best part is he is only getting up for a 3:30 we are sleeping 5 hours and then another 3.5. YEAH!