Friday, January 4, 2013


ready, set, here we go....52 weeks in the life of the Koceich family 2013 edition! 

This week we had Madison's birthday party.  My sweet girl loves to help others so we designed her party around making a quilt and cards for a widow that goes to our church.  It could not have been a better party.  We blew up 13 balloons and Madison popped the balloons throughout the party to guide us through each activity.  We started with the girls coming over in their pjs and making reindeer pancakes and snowmen donuts served with hot chocolate and juice.  After cleaning up breakfast  we took "before picture" of the girls in their pjs and then began working on Ms. Iva's blanket.  Madison has had this blanket making kit for a long time and we thought it would be the perfect gift for Ms. Iva.  The girls spent a couple of hours tying the felt pieces together and making Ms. Iva homemade cards.  After the blanket was finished Madison opened the gifts from her friends and they enjoyed cake.  Then, the girls spent some time getting dressed up and doing their hair and make-up for the after picture and to look nice for our visit to Ms. Iva.  We, of course, took an after picture of the girls all beautified.  I have to say I learned some hair and make-up, I'm getting old! :)
Then it was time to jump in the car and visit Ms. Iva.  I was so proud of the girls.  They were very respectful and we sat down and chatted with Ms. Iva for a few minutes.  What an incredible lady.  She serves in the toddler area of our children's ministry and has faithfully for years.  She is the only surviving member of her family.  She lives her live with joy and a servant's heart!  I believe she is in her late 90s.  She had just had a birthday on Christmas day.  She asked us what made us chose her and I told her it was the Holy Spirit guiding Madison.  She told us we couldn't imagine what it meant to her.  I believe we were doubly blessed by her!! 

Birthday Questionnaire 2013

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