The Bell Family

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First Day of School Pics – August 2015


Just wanted to put up some updated pics of the kids while we slowly work on getting some more in-depth updates ready.
Clockwise, starting from the top left:
Miriam (1st grade)
Josiah (Preschool)
Heaven (2nd grade)
Ariana (4th grade)
Victoria (Pre-K)
Aiden (Preschool)
Esther (2nd grade)
Liam (5th grade)


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Halloween 2012

Well, Halloween was certainly a different experience this year.  As usual, we did the whole costumes and trick-or-treating shebang.  The curveball and semi-letdown came from the fact that apparently our neighborhood doesn’t really participate in the T-or-T festivities.  Despite the fact that there are a ton of kids on our street, they must have gone somewhere else because we didn’t see most of them that night.  Most folks either weren’t home or didn’t have candy to give out, so the kids were a bit disappointed because it wasn’t like previous years.  My best guess is that it’s because we’re now in a lower income neighborhood, though I’m not entirely sure.  Through a quick google search, I found I’m not the only one with that theory.

BUT Court had the idea to pile in the van to go to one of the T-or-T events nearby.  We went to a mall on the eastside.  By the time we arrived, some store owners had already run out of candy, but the kids still thought it was a lot of fun.  Besides, the whole goal really isn’t to get as much candy as possible.  It’s certainly one of the goals, but not the whole one.  😉

Anyway, on to the pictures:

Miriam the Ladybug

Esther the Ballerina Princess

Ariana the Candy Corn

Liam the Iron Man

The whole gang (the two littles stayed home with me while Courtney took the others around the neighborhood)

Trick or treating


Ariana Turned Four!

Our oldest daughter turned four at the beginning of November and loves it.  In fact the moment she woke up she was already asking how soon she would be five and when she would become older than Liam, which really sums up Ariana’s personality a bit.  This child was born with a desire to be a mommy, and she loves playing mama hen with all her siblings, including her older one.  Though obviously this can quickly turn into bossing, her little heart is soft and compassionate.  She is like her mommy and is a sympathetic cryer, not able to handle sorrow displayed by others well.  In fact, there have been several times her sympathy has undone training-in-progress with our other children.  For instance, when our babies are able to sign or talk, we require them to communicate in this way instead of crying for what they want.  I can recall several times when I was trying to get a hard-hearted little one to say “cup” instead of screaming for the cup, only to notice soon afterward that they suddenly had a cup.  Ariana would be so sad that they were crying that she would “bless” them by providing the cup for them, not understanding how mommy could be so cold to her children.  🙂

Ariana is full of happiness and energy.  Her smile is huge, gorgeous, and almost always displayed.  She runs (read “bounces”) everywhere she goes and is a full-time dancer and dress-up queen.  On days I am bedridden with a flare-up, this child can make me smile and laugh in spite of any hardships with her perpetual giggling and hugs.  I am often challenged by her joy and servant’s heart.  We are thankful for the sweetness she brings to our family and humbled by the fact that God gave her to us.  We love our little Ariana and love celebrating her and all our children. 



Yep, still trying to get caught up.  Here are pics of all the kids in their costumes.  Liam was a dragon.  Our good friend and neighbor, Jeanie, made it for him simply out of love.  🙂  I made everyone else’s.  Ariana was a flower fairy, Esther a fairy princess, and Miriam was a unicorn.  We had a great and cold night.  Our favorite part of trick-or-treating is getting to see neighbors we haven’t seen in a while and meeting new ones.  We love this night!