Archive for June, 2014



Evan Trust Dornink!
Born: June 19th at 8:52 p.m.
Stats: 7 lbs 15 oz and 21 in. long

Waiting, …and waiting, at the hospital. =)

We are super excited to announce the arrival of the newest little addition to our family! It’s been 14 years since we’ve had a baby around, and we are enjoying and soaking-in every moment with little Evan! =)

Yummy snacks help pass the time. =)

Dustin and Hannah had planned on having a home birth, but because of complications, they ended up at the hospital with an emergency C-section. Praise the Lord, Hannah is recovering and the baby is doing great!

This is one excited new Grandma!!! =)

The first glimpse of our new nephew/grandchild!!! SO CUTE. =)

Evan was just a few hours short of being born on Dustin’s birthday, what a great present! =)

We are so grateful for everyone’s prayers and for the Lord’s hand of mercy. He is the Giver of this precious new gift of life!

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A Visit from the Hartonos


A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of having part of the Hartono family at our house. They are from Indonesia…So how do we know someone from across the world?
Well, in 2006 Dad and Mom went to Asia (for Dad’s work) and the Hartonos are the ones who hosted them. Then in 2007 Mr. Hartono came to the USA and made a stop at our house, we had a great time…He mentioned he wanted to be a “cowboy”, so we arranged to ride horses one night, it was great.

Benjamin and Mr. Hartono back in 2007

This visit we only had a partial day with them, we visited, tried some dried seaweed they brought (some LOVE it and others,…not so much), we gave a tour of our house, then they got a Model T ride (thanks to Granddad) to where we shot guns. 
In Indonesia it is illegal to own a gun so it was definitely something new for them. 

We started off shooting clay pigeons.
They did great, actually they did better than most of us. ;Dphoto 4(1)

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Then we brought out the cool guns…; D
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Caleb explained…

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…then they unloaded. : )

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After that we went to McGee’s to eat some of the best burgers around.
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Coincidently we both attended the In the Gap close down banquet that night. :D
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Thanks for coming guys! Come see us again!

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“Suffer little children, and forbid them not…


…to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 19:14b

Can you imagine for a minute what life would be like if everyone was grown up and there were no little people? I have a bad feeling we would all tend to be more hard-hearted, selfish, complex thinkers, and, …more grumpy.
God has a way of using children to soften hard hearts, help us learn selflessness, simplify big things, and bring lots of love and smiles into our lives.

It’s fun to have different titles/nicknames and when you’re around certain people, they call you that “special name”. A couple of week ago I was thrilled to have the opportunity to go back to Nashville for the ATI Family conference and be “Miss Abbie” at Children’s Institute for the week!!! =)

During the week I played the piano for the songs, helped with kids who needed a little extra attention, served as the door greeter/guard/kid chaser for any little people who decided to try and escape, and wherever needed at other times.

I have made some really special friends over the 4 years I’ve been there, and LOVE to see my little buddies again every time I go back! You go there hoping to be a blessing and serve, yet are incredibly blessed in return by bright-eyes, contagious smiles, and big hugs. I love it. =)

This little lady was on my small group team 4 years ago and has been there every year since. She is one of my highlights at the conference! =)

Outside games…burning off a little energy before rest time. =)

The Ferraro family is super sweet! Since I didn’t have any of my family members at the conference with me, they adopted me as their “sister for the week”. =)

It was a pleasure to work alongside these ladies once again! =)

I got to spend some one-on-one time with this little guy on the first day – he’s pretty fun. =)

Another highlight from my week was meeting and interacting with some of the younger moms. This was a new and very encouraging opportunity.

2014 Nashville CI team!

We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done…That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born;…That they might set their hope in God…” Psalm 78:4-7a

I am grateful for all the people in my life, but I’m sure glad he didn’t make us all grown-ups! =)

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Little Dornink’s baby shower


Last week, Mrs. Mount hosted a baby shower for Hannah! The theme was “ready to pop”. She was blessed with lots of fun and handy things.

HannahDiaper cakeReady to pop!
Mrs. Mount was so creative and made an adorable diaper cake and put together 2 survival baskets for D and H with things that “pop”!

Dustin and Hannah
Mom, Granny, Hannah, and Abbie. So fun to have Granny be able to come now that she lives so close!

Hannah and I

One of the little kids that Abbie babysits. Can you tell she likes him just a little?!
Maggie's gift
Maggie crocheted this adorable teddy bear for the baby!
Quilt made by a friendWhat's it going to be???
Not knowing what the baby’s gender is, she got both little boy and girl clothes!

Practicing to be aunties :)
At a baby shower there’s enough babies for everyone to hold!

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