Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Lazy Day

Welcome to the Koeppel Clan Blog

We are the Koeppel Family and we live in Kansas. This is my husband Chris and I at our wedding vow renewal ceremony in August 2008. After 7 1/2 years of marriage and 8 years of being together we thought it was time to renew our love and committment to one another. Ironically, our original idea was to take the girls to Vegas and renew our vows with an Elvis impersonator (Wow Mama - sorry inside joke), then we were decided and had it all planned to go to Chris' mom and dad's in Idaho. This way Mary and Ted could be with us, because they weren't able to make it when we first got married of a month later when we had a "family ceremony" at my aunt and uncle's home. Ted is a disabled veteran and his health hasn't always been the best, so we planned to renew our vows in their backyard. However, they told us that they wanted more of our friends and family to be able to celebrate with us, so after some rearranging and changing of dates and times, we renewed our vows August 5, 2008 at Westside Church of the Nazarene. When you first get married you think you have a good idea about love, but in truth it isn't until things get tough and you survive them that you discover the depth of love. Sadly, in our world today most people never make it past the worst time that they promise to stay together through. We've faced a lot of challenges - deployment, a special needs diagnosis of our daughter Elizabeth, gaining custody of Sarah (our daughter from Chris' first marriage), re-integrating Chris back into our family after his deployment, and several other obstacles, we are still married and very much in love and it is getting deeper with time.
This is our Rebekah - she is our youngest. We thought we were done, but God had other plans, so we welcomed her with great joy April 30, 2007.

Being her parents has been a lot of fun, because she is always happy and smiley. Okay most of the time, although lately she's become quite opinionated and vocal in her displeasure with things, we take it all with great joy and abandon.

This is Elizabeth. She is seven years old and cracks us up daily. She is a total goofball. The other day she told me was sick - she had the flute. It has only recently changed that she no longer talks about herself in 3rd person tense. I used to tease her that she was Regis Phillbin. May 2006 she was diagnosed with autism and pervasive devolopmental disorder and it was devestating at the time (at least it was for me). Now she is succeeding in school and she has made huge gains and we couldn't be prouder of her.

This is our oldest daughter, Sarah. She joined our family July 2, 2005. She is in eigth grade and is doing marvelously well. She has come so far since then - she is no longer the gangly, awkward young girl who was so unsure of herself and felt like she was always a victim. Now she can stand up for herself and is very kind and compassionate. We are so proud of her - I think she will be able to do anything she sets her mind to.

And last, but not least - this is our puppy dog, Sofie. She is a little over a year old and we've had
for six weeks now. By the way - she looks like quite the different dog now - and so we will be posting new photos soon. She is doing much better - she was hit by a car a few days after we got her, fracturing her pelvis and she had matted fur when we first got her. Now she looks like a different dog, she is short haired and no more mats, with a lot of spunk. I got her to help all of us, (okay, to help me) while Chris is deployed this time. She is so small and loveable - in fact, she is currently curled up beside me snuggling and getting petted between keystrokes.

This is the final photos. This is Chris and I at our Wedding Vow Renewal. We did it August 5, 2008 this year and it was wonderful, but we decided to only renew our honeymoon from now on. It's less expensive and time consuming. LOL! And a lot more fun. I hope you all have a good week and I'll keep this updated as often as possible.
In Christ,