About Us

This picture was taken after church one Sunday... after much playground playing by the little boys -- which explains their expressions!  And we were all hungry too!  :)
back - Dana with Nehemiah, Sam, Molly, Caleb, Jennifer with Landon, Luke
middle - MaryVance, Elijah, Tony, Joseph, Matt
front left - Isaac

Thanks for visiting our blog, the (almost) daily journal of our lives.

Meet Our Children

Caleb Rains

Our firstborn.  Our 'practice child'... lol.  Caleb is such a blessing.  It's a strange yet amazing feeling, as a mom, to watch a child grow into a man. Caleb's hobbies are
  • Astronomy, he got a telescope several years ago and really enjoys studying God's creation in the stars and planets
  • Woodworking
  • Reading... that should say READING!
  • Chickens
  • Researching and studying intently subjects that interest him
  • Running
Caleb has always been more of a serious child, he thinks deeply and he thinks through things throughly.  He is not rash and does not make 'spur of the minute' decisions.  He does, however, have a fun and goofy side :)
Caleb was named for the Old Testament Caleb and his middle name is for my grandfather, Robert Marshall Rains.  Grandaddy was the only son in his family and he only had one child (my mother).  We wanted to honor him by continuing his family name.  Grandaddy passed away when I was in early pregnancy with Caleb.  Caleb means "loyal"  and "faithful" and those are certainly true of our Caleb.

                                Molly Elizabeth

Molly Elizabeth... our first Jewel!  Molly is such a delight, she is easy-going and fun has such a peaceful contenance.  She is a joyful young lady and is very helpful.  Molly has a knack for organizing and planning and helps greatly with keeping things running smoothly in our home.
Molly is named for my best friend from college.  Elizabeth is for the New Testament Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist and Elizabeth is also a family name for several generations on my side of the family.
Molly loves photography!  You can view her work at the website she and Sam share.  Samolly Photography

                                 Samuel Locke

We should have named him "Smiley"!  Sam always has a smile on his face.  He is my "go-to" guy for any project.  Sam always has a willing heart and hands eager to help.  His current passions are birds and nature photography.  He has built over twenty bird houses, bird feeders, bird waterers and loves to feed the birds.  Sam loves the outdoors and that plays nicely into his love of nature photography.  You can see some of his photographs on the Samolly Photography page.
Sam has always had such a good disposition, even as a toddler.  He is fun and happy and loves to make others smile. He's never passed a mud puddle he didn't jump in or a flower he didn't stop to smell.

                                 Luke Anthony
Luke, our shining light!  Luke loves to build things, he enjoys Legos and other building toys.  He has always had an incredible diligence and patience with tiny things since he was a little tyke.  Nothing is too tedious for Luke.  He is an avid reader and is often found rereading books.  I'll say "Luke, haven't you read that already?" and he will say "I'm just rereading my favorite chapters." LOL Luke is a walking miracle and testimony to the faithfulness of God and prayers from around the world.

                                   Mary Vance

Mary Vance (usually written as 'MaryVance'), our second jewel.  She is the 'leader', 'guide' and 'mother hen' to the four little boys.  :)  MaryVance loves art and craft projects.  She also loves to write and is writing a story that you can read on the children's blog.  MaryVance is very loving and affectionate and is always ready for a snuggle.  She loves to make things for people and she is also an avid reader.  MaryVance enjoys schoolwork and is a good scholar.  I am very thankful for her, she is a real joy in my life.

 Mary Vance is named for my favorite great aunt, Mary Louise and my grandmother, Martha Vance.  I knew from the very beginning of my pregnancy that she was a girl.  Her 'Mary' is also for the mother of Jesus.  Vance is a family name, my mother also has the middle name Vance.

                                  Elijah Jack

Elijah... is energetic and intense.  He is a first-born in a sixth-born's body!  He is definitely the 'leader' of the four pack.  He loves to read, loves to play dress up, loves to be outside, love to build things, loves to draw. He is very creative.
Elijah Jack is named for the Old Testament Elijah and my daddy, Jack.  My brother is also Jack and has red hair, just like Elijah.  Elijah was our first homeborn child -- what a precious time that was.

                                  Isaac Jonathan

Isaac... my sweet Ike!  He is such a loving, affectionate child.  Isaac has a very tender heart and is really thoughful.  He is learning to read and is a very good student.  He is a peacemaker and likes to keep everyone happy.  Isaac means 'laughter' and he certainly brings much joy and laughter to our home.
Isaac Jonathan is named for the Isaac in the Old Testament.  I was praying about his name and the Lord gave "Isaac" to me.  His middle name, Jonathan, is for a very special son of our dear friends.  More on that the homebirth page.

                                 Joseph Timothy

Joseph is, well, full speed ahead.  All the time.  Loud, happy, joyful, full of life and laughter.  He reminds me a lot of Sam now.  Joey loves to snuggle and loves to be read to.  He enjoys playing dress up and being one of 'the boys'.  Joseph loves Legos and Playmobil people.  He is a good big brother to 'Minah'.
Joseph Timothy is named for my brother Joseph who passed from the womb straight to the glory of heaven and for the Old Testament Joseph who was so faithfully obedient to the Lord. His middle name, Timothy, is the name of Jonathan's father. The S family is very dear to us and we wanted to honor their family by naming our son for his "Uncle Tim".

                              Nehemiah Nissley

Nehemiah is such a joy!  He was a very easy and happy baby and is a delightful toddler.  He is such a blessing to us!  I often say he's so good he should have been twins!  :)  Landon christened him "Minah" which he called himself until he changed it to Doomimah... and now he says Nehemiah.  Sometimes.  Sometimes he is still Doomimah.  :)  When asked what his name is his most often reply is "Doomimah Nisney Woois".  Ya gotta love that!  I just love this little fella!
Nehemiah is named for the Old Testament Nehemiah and two dear men, brothers named Nissley, who are family to us.

        Matt & Jennifer, Landon, Michael & Ivy

In January of 2009 the Lord blessed us with two more children -- and we became instant grandparents!  Matt and Jennifer are such a blessing to us and we are very grateful to the Lord for sharing them with us!