On another note, our church's Fall Festival is always lots of fun, but we also make sure that we take full advantage of the fact that nearly 2000 people from our community come through our doors. In years past, everyone has received printed gospel materials, as well as a follow-up phone call and invitation to church, but this year (thanks to my multi-talented and technologically-savvy husband), we were able to do something really neat! Over the past couple months, our pastor has been doing a sermon series called "Salvation Stories". Each week we watch a 5 minute video testimony of one of our church members telling their personal story of salvation (all filmed and edited by Luke). Anyway, he compiled all 6 or 8 of them and had them playing continuously on a big screen outside at the front of the church. It could be heard/seen by people in line for registration, as well as through the whole trunk-or-treat and many of the games! Such a cool way to make the most of every opportunity to share the gospel with our community. Oh, and if you're interested in seeing the salvation stories yourself, you can check them out here.
Ok, back to Anna Kate and Caroline! I found Anna Kate's little costume at a yard sale this summer and we checked out a Wizard of Oz picture book at the library to get her ready. She did a great job telling everyone, "There's no place like home!" And Caroline's outfit was pretty simple...black sweatshirt/pants with ears and a tail sewn on, and voila, a Toto costume! And perfect, since she just learned how to make a doggy sound!
Unfortunately, they REFUSED to cooperate for pictures before we left. Anna Kate just wanted to get in the car and go already and Caroline just wanted to eat the grass. This was the best we got.
I did get a cute one of them in the wagon waiting in the registration line!
And a couple of Anna Kate having more fun than she ever thought possible!
Mommy with her big girl!
And since I like to reminisce, here are pictures from the past two years.
(8 months old)
(20 months and 2 weeks)
(Two and a half and 12 months)