Sunday, March 30, 2008

BUSY little Bees...and MANY THANKS!

Joe and I have been busy little bees this weekend, putting some MAJOR gifts together! We must thank some wonderful people who are very special to us.

First of all, an anonymous family from church GENEROUSLY donated an activity table to our family! They had heard we were needing one and stepped in to help. Amazing. You know who you are and we just cannot THANK YOU enough! The incredible generosity of the human spirit continues to amaze us every single day. We are blessed beyond words to have such loving people around us. May God bless you and your family.

Once we figured out where we were going to put the table, Joe assembled it in no time. As of now, we have been able to keep everything "quad-related" upstairs which has worked out great. We are constantly re-organizing and moving things around to fit the kiddos needs as they grow.




They looked so cute at their table! LOVED it! Joe and I kept giggling at their tiny little fat legs under the table (if there is such a description)...adorable! Drew, Ethan, Savannah, Ben



I am SOOOOO excited about this table. I cannot tell you how much it is going to help! These activity tables are PERFECT for multiples! Thanks again, big-hearted anonymous family! ;) We appreciate you more than you know.



On to our other project this weekend...as we, mothers of multiples, like to call this stroller:
"THE BEAST"

IT. IS. PHENOMENAL.



Once again, the generosity of the human spirit is overwhelming. Joe and I had been trying to decide if we could afford a Runabout Quad Stroller, and low and behold, several people came through to help us in a BIG way! A HUUUUUGE thanks goes out to the following families:
Bench fam, McDonalds, Hansards, Hursh fam, Armstrongs, Owens, Spelmans, Jennings, Doug, Lynn, Masseys, Wolfes, Harris fam, and the Budas!

You guys are AMAZING and we couldn't thank you enough for this fabulous stroller!



I am so serious when I tell you that this bad boy is incredible! I just took a friendly jog around the neighborhood and it is so freakishly easy to maneuver! Much easier than our double strollers (as crazy as that sounds) and just as long! Don't get me wrong, our double strollers are great when there are two people...but now I can take the kiddos out all by myself and I am SOOOO excited!



As you can see by Ben's face...he is excited TOO! We thank you so much and can't wait for you to get to love on these little ones! Not tooooo much longer! ;)


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85 comments:

Barbara Manatee said...

Wow! What amazing gifts and so great since these things will make your life so much easier! Kudos to all those who have, and continue, to help you and your adorable little ones!

Emily McDonald said...

We are SO glad you enjoy your new stroller!!!
i want to see the babies so bad! Next time yall come down to austin you have to come visit us!

JAMIE'S CREW said...

FABULOUS!!!!!! What HUGE blessings!! Congratulations!
Love ya,
Jamie

Melissa said...

SO COOL!!

The videos are always my favorite. Those little sweeties are just too darn cute! :)


~M

lauren said...

That IS a beast!! I'm so glad you have those two wonderful gifts that I'm sure will make your life so much easier! I loved that video!

.......................Honeycutt Family said...

Wow! How fun! You guys are so blessed with so many wonderful 'helpers'.
:)

Jodi said...

Oh, I just love stories like that! To be able to give that way and desire to do it anonymously... well, I think there is a special place in heaven for folks like that! How wonderful! And you guys are so deserving of the gifts! Yay! Enjoy! And thanks for sharing!

Nancy Hood said...

What you give always comes back to you :) and I'm sure you and Joe have brightened lives as well. God is so awesome, isn't He!! and Ben is just a little chunk!

Ashhog said...

Awesome Gifts! I'm sure those will make your lives so much easier. It's great that you get to take them out by yourself now. Exciting Stuff!!

Jen said...

What wonderful friends and community members you have! Congrats on your new, much needed gifts! :)

Noelle Dixon said...

Hi Steece Clan! You guys don't know me, but a friend of mine told me about your blog and I decided to read it and I was just filled with emotions! I cried some and laughed some! Your family is amazing and you are truly inspirational! Myself and a good friend of mine would love to do something for your family! I own a baby clothes/accessories business and she is a professional photographer! We would love to share our love and passion of clothing and photography with your family! We are both in the Dallas area! Please send me an email! Thanks so much...what a joy your family is!! XOXO Noelle

glamrbaby@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

It looks like the quads love their new table and were waiting for the hand of cards to be dealt....what's the first game they will play?? "Go Fish" or something else?
Daddio

My name is Tammie said...

I am so so glad you have people in your lives that are so wonderfully generous. You guys deserve it!! And those kids are so stinkin' cute!!!!

Courtney said...

That is quite the gift giving...what a blessing! That is so awesome. They are getting just too big too fast! It seems like yesterday (to me) that they were still in the hospital. Wow...so adorable and such happy babies...that multiple table and the stroller have got to be lifesavers!! What a neat thing to be given...

Meredith said...

Suz - I am just a regular lurker and soon to be mom... of just one though, haha!... but I am curious what video camera you use? Looking for something relatively easy and your video quality is great! Thanks!

Summer, Justin, & Blake said...

Those babies are SO cute and they are getting so big!! I have loved watching them grow!! Love your blog!

Harris Boys said...

What amazing people you know. That table is SO cool...I always wanted one, but with only two it didn't seem worth it. Have fun and God Bless.

Harris Boys said...

One more thing, your husband has a very game show host voice, SO cute..just wanted to add that! LOL

Hilary said...

My mom is the director of a daycare/preschool center and when I am home on breaks, I sometimes help out in the infant room. They have one of these tables (although it fits 6) and I also crack up at the little legs dangling beneath the table. Have you found that "the beast" attracts more attention than double strollers? Our neighbors that have triplets had one of these strollers, and I know it attracted a lot of attention for them. Hope you're enjoying your new quad gifts!

Tabaitha Kaye said...

God is good, all the time, God is good!

Tabaitha Kaye said...

God is good, all the time, God is good!

Emily said...

Is this wrong, that I've never met you, but can identify your children without you telling me who they are?! Perhaps. A tad freaky.

God is good and He always provides! What a beautiful family.

PS. I think Ben looks SO much like you!

PPS. I am jealous it's WARM!

Crystal said...

Wow! What wonderful gifts! You are truly blessed.

Jenny said...

Y'all are the CUTEST!!!!! Those legs are too much!

Kelly said...

Isn't it awesome to be a Christian? :o) I am so glad you and Joe have been so blessed. Who woulda thought you'd have four babies when all you prayed for was one!!

ASHENFELTERS said...

God's provision for your family has been so amazing to watch! He is the great provider!!! Celebrating with you....

Collegegirl said...

What awesome gifts you have! People are so amazing sometimes! I cannot believe how big the kiddos are getting. What sweet smiles they have!!!

Anonymous said...

What SWEETHEARTS. Thanks AGAIN for sharing these beauties. What a great start to the day!! :)

Kate said...

I agree with Jodi...I LOVE people who are so generous and giving! What a blessing!

"A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed." Proverbs 11:25

You guys are getting such a GREAT blessing with those amazing gifts, but God will certainly bless those who were so generous to you.

Suz, how adorable are you?! I love how you just had QUADS like 7 months ago and are struttin' your stuff in cute little shorts. You're adorable. : )

Anonymous said...

SUZ!!!!! YEAH
And the blessing keep coming don't they!?! Amazing....I LOVE seeing the kiddos at the table. It is a little surreal. I just can't believe they are almost 8 months old. Please give kisses to all until I can make it over to do it myself.
:-* muah
nurse ashlie

Jonathan said...

Was that activity table a "toddler table?" I ask because my father-in-law was the inventor of those back in the 80's. If it isn't a toddler table it is a knock off....and they are great to have with many kids. In fact when my husband found out I was reading your blog he said, they'll need a 4 seater toddler table.

Heather Holland

Williams' bunch said...

Too cute. I'm sure that table helps out tremendously...that's so great that people helped you out w/that and the stroller. :-) The babies are so cute-as usual!

the schirano triplets said...

wow! that is incredible that so many people were able to pull together to help you guys out. so incredibly generous! and the babies all look like they are enjoying the new stroller as much as mommy does!

Krystyn said...

What awesome people you have in your life!

Amanda said...

The kids look adorable, as usual. And you, my dear, look AMAZING!

courtney said...

Okay, that made me smile so big this morning! Could they be any cuter? I don't think so!! They seem to be such good babies too, I'm sure that's a reflection of their parents :)
thanks 4 sharing with us, your loyal fan club!!

Devin said...

Suz,

What a really cute post. I got such a kick out of the video...especially seeing the legs poking out from under the table! How cute.

It is such a blessing from the Lord how so many people have come together to help you all out! I was blessed just reading about others' generosity....I can't imagine how great it must feel to be the direct recipients of that! Enjoy your two new goodies, as I will continue to look in and enjoy your babies! :-)

Devin in Illinois

Charity Donovan said...

That table rocks! I have to know where you get the adorable bows for your daughter & those awesome socks for the boys....my quads need these!!! SO CUTE!!!!

Lauren said...

I love your blog and your babies are getting so BIG! Thanks for opening your life up to so many people! It is so fun to read about you and your family! :)

Danda said...

I love the pics. I think this is the first time I have seen you in a pic without a matching beaded necklace. (just kidding) I love all of your accesories. You are so blessed!! So thankful that everyone is still so generous. You are always in my prayers.

Danda said...

I love the pics. I think this is the first time I have seen you in a pic without a matching beaded necklace. (just kidding) I love all of your accesories. You are so blessed!! So thankful that everyone is still so generous. You are always in my prayers.

Kristin said...

LOVE that video!! They are too cute :)

Kristi said...

Did you ever think, back in the day, that a 4 seated stroller would make you that happy? I mean, does it even cross your mind? :)

Leah Tomlinson said...

Reading your stories are such an awesome reminder of God's amazing faithfulness. It is so encouraging to read that you have needs and God has provisions for those needs. It really calls me into the reality of who God really is and what He wants to do in our lives.

May you continue to be amazed by God's faithfulness and provision for you and your beautiful family.

Rita Andrews said...

Hi I just found your blog and we are neighbors...I live in Millbrook..have a set of twins almost 19yrs old now....and 4 little girls, 5,5,4,3...

Your angels are just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

You're very lucky to be sorrounded by so many caring people. Enjoy your wonderful gifts. The quads look like they're enjoying them already.

Mommy of five

BoufMom9 said...

WOW! What wonderful blessings to get both of those as gifts! I know I was dying for one of those tables back in the day when my oldest 4 were just 6 months, 2, 2, and 3. They are just AWESOME to have! YEAH you! :)

Laura McIntyre said...

You have an amazing community , both gifts are great and i imagine will help wonderfully

Krystyn said...

I wasn't able to see the video before....I love it.

Sav just lights up when she sees her daddy! And Ben's hair is adorable!

Anonymous said...

Drew's little smile when Joe mentions formula is so cute! Oh my goodness.

Regina said...

Fun, fun, fun, every day of your life with these precious little ones must be such an adventure! I am so thankful that it is getting warmer outside so we can get out there and burn off some energy and calories! :0) You look great, by the way, the Texas sun is a great thing! :)

Sandi said...

Suz & family,
One of your Minnesota relatives introduced me and my co-workers to your blog over a year ago. Our work group at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN have become loyal readers. We've heard that your Minnesota relatives are coming to Texas to visit soon. We are crossing our fingers that Beth and Brad Tracy are included in your blog. Your life, your quads, your faith and your organizational skills are inspiring! Please keep sharing the news of Ben, Ethan, Savannah, and Drew.
Best,
Sandi
Rochester, MN

Lelakay said...

The video is too precious! And what amazing gifts that God gives us through his servants,huh? I'm glad you all have some items that will hopefully at least begin to simplify daily activities as your beauiful babies grow!

Linsey said...

So cute. I Don't know you, but I keep up with you guys through the blog. Janelle told me about your site. Love it! Enjoy those little ones!

lynne uk said...

I keep coming back to look at their lovely little smiles in the video! I think they must like their dad's voice!

Burkett Quad Squad said...

HAPPY 8 MONTHS!!!! YAY! we'll be 8mos in a week! can you believe how fast it's gone?! WOW! they are BEAUTIFUL! we love you guys and man i wish you and i could both get out with our "beast-mobiles" and take the 8 kiddos for a walk...well we can't leave out shiloh and Jasmine...:)

Jenny

Amanda's News said...

Awesome table and stroller! I bet you guys will get some good use out of those items! It is a true blessing to have so many people who care and are willing to help out! You are looking so good too!

Anonymous said...

your kids are so cute....u dont no me but i found ur page and i love looking at it

RossQuads said...

Adorable kids! I know you are super busy but wondered if you and other multiple moms could share some info with me. First: does your quad runabout fit in your suburban or did you get the hitch? Second: do your kids sleep thru the night or do you still feed them in the night? I have 7 month old quads and they have yet to sleep thru the night. Let me know if you have found something that works for you guys. Email any responses to me at rossquads@hotmail.com
Thanks for any tips you can share.

Sooz said...

Congratulations...I love those activity tables. Comes in extremely handy! That stroller is awesome! People are so amazing when God's hand is on them.

Casey's trio said...

The love is pouring down on you and your crew and I think it is awesome:) The video is so cute....Joe sounds like he couls have a career as a radio DJ or t.v host with that deep voice! So glad you are enjoying "the beast."

Hugs!

Casey's trio said...

The love is pouring down on you and your crew and I think it is awesome:) The video is so cute....Joe sounds like he couls have a career as a radio DJ or t.v host with that deep voice! So glad you are enjoying "the beast."

Hugs!

Hello blog buddies! It's me, Crouse! said...

congrats on your new presents! i love love love the idea of an activity table! i would not have thought of that. it looked like they were at sunday school! and you are so pretty, suzanne! kudos to you for going for a run and staying in shape despite having 4 precious babies!!!!! and you always look so happy when you get them out. i dread getting just one out to go do something! i think i get too stressed. you are blessed to be so laid back.

Baylee's Mommy said...

too stinkin funny! The video is hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Love the table! That is perfect for 4 babies. So many people just love your babies so much, they want to help out any way they can. I have a funny story about The Beast. I know a woman who has triplets and has a beast of her own. She was taking her girls for a walk one day and stopped at a little convenience store to buy some water. She happened to have the sun cover over her beast at the time. So she pushes the door open (to the store) with her bottom and starts pulling in the beast with her triplets. The guy at the counter thought she was pulling in an ironing board. LOL!! He was so confused but then saw there were babies under the "ironing board". I crack up just thinking about that story.

Looking at your children just makes my day. Seeing those big smiles makes me smile.

Cathy in Frisco

TONYA said...

What amazing gifts. That table is just fantastic.

You have such a beautiful family I'm in such awe of you. You look so happy in every photo, (and your wedding photos are just gorgeous) not an ounce of stress showing. You are one amazing mummy.

Melissa said...

Hi, my name is Melissa and I am a "lurker" on your blog. :) I am a friend of Amy (Merker) Bunch's and I found your blog through hers. I just wanted to say I think you are an amazing woman for taking on the task of quads. What a blessing too! I have 3 kiddos, and when I think I'm having a crazy day, I think of you--and I'm immediately put back in my place! :) Have a blessed day!

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Jeannie said...

you will LOVE the table..it is the only way to go with multiples!

Anonymous said...

So I just had to add that the last pic of Ben should have a cartoon blurb that reads "ha ha, I got front row!"

Anonymous said...

You look FANTASTIC!
What is your secret?? Besides having 4 children under the age of 1...

molly said...

I have a random question...how are you going to document your pictures for each of the babies? Are you doing scrapbooks or just regular albums? We're currently trying to figure out how we want to do this and I figured you probably have thought about it. So just curious!!

Gen McNulty said...

So glad you put the stroller together. That thing is that best thing that ever happened to us! You look so amazing! .. miss you guys this week.

XOXO
Gen :)

ps: I LOVE that picture of you and big Ben!

Buttafly32681 said...

I just wanted to say how AMAZING I think your Family is. Its such a blessing to have all these babies!

Suzanne said...

molly- a wonderfully incredibly talented woman named jodi who works with my dad, made me a scrapbook while i was on bedrest. she left empty spaces to put pictures and four separate sections each month to write what each quad is doing...or, sorry to say, but the quads probably wouldn't have a baby book! and because there is only one girl, i'm guessing one of these days it will go to savannah.

molly said...

Your so sweet for replying to my question!! We're here in the metroplex too and I like to stay updated on your blog. What a great solution to keeping up with 4 baby books!! Is there room for all of your pictures that you take or do some of them stay on the computer?

Gen McNulty said...

So.. my kids are SLEEPING.. OMG! Anyway, I just got a chance to watch the video... and I had to keep re-playing it... so stinkin cute!!!!!!!!!!!! My gosh Suz.. when did they get so grown up?? The past 8 months have gone by so fast! Big hugs and kisses to you and those four sweet babies!
XOXO
Gen

Gavin's Mommy said...

Where did you get the little hats for the boys? I can only find hats like those for girls...

Suzanne said...

gavin's mommy....the best place on earth! none other than TARGET...or, if you want to class it up, "tarz--schaay" ;)

Goerlich Quadruplets said...

Your darlings are so cute! I am laughing to myself right now cuz I was looking at your Runabout photo and thinking, what are those blue bars across their laps? Ours doesn't have those. But now I am vaguely remembering some spare parts that we were left with after putting it together and I totally remember those things and tossing them aside like who know what the heck these are! (We're not too big on reading instructions apparently) If you don't have the sunshade/side panels accessories - I think they are a huge help to keep the babes well shaded. And the hitch connector for the back of the 'burb is wonderful - I've taken mine to the grocery store all by myself thanks to that gem. Hope you guys are doing awesome - we're excited to get together with you sometime very soon!!

Maureen Arnold said...

Love the pictures! Isn't the stroller awesome. Unfortunetly where we live it has hardly quit snowing enough to take the quads out! I think we have been out just a couple of times. But regardless, love the stroller! IT SPELLS FREEDOM!

Maureen

Perry Quads said...

So cute! We're eventually going to have to get that for our foursome. We just have to figure out where to put it! I can't wait until my littles are as big as yours!
Suz, I'd love it if you would email me some time so we can chat. Perryquads@yahoo.com
- Sophie

Jenny said...

Suz,
Just curious...what is your daily schedule with all those cuties? I'm sure you have to keep things organized and rolling with 4 wee ones. If you already did a blog on this, I can't find it and would just love to know!!!
I read on the Gerwer page that you had all of 'em sleeping through teh night at 4mos. My first was by then too, but I'm struggling with #2. He's 4 1/2 mos. and is still waking twice. I dunno what to do!!!!!

Have a great day!

ACC-mom said...

your family is adorable!!

Rick & Jenn Payne said...

We are sure missing your updates. I know you're busy...isn't life CRAZY! I don't even want to think what its going to be like when mine our 8 months! Just know that we're thinking about you guys and that you're missed! Love, Jenn - momma of the herd.

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