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For our Christmas present, Porter made us this lovely tea light holder at school:

Porter's Tea-Light Holder

Porter's Handmade Present

December 25, 2015

May we joyfully celebrate the One who came as a baby and will return as the King!

Porter Christmas 2015

Here's wishing a very blessed and merry Christmas to you and yours! 

Stella Christmas 2015
These digital scrapbook creations were made possible by Melissa Bennett's "Deck the Rooftop" quick pages.

Christmas Blessings

Stella is all ready for Christmas Eve dinner at Grandma Bev's. She's even accessorized for the occasion!

Stella Bella

Accessorized for Dinner

December 24, 2015

What an amazing day here in Ohio. It's sunny, bright and warm. I could get used to winters like this!

Stella Outside

Sunny, Bright and Warm

It's surprising how well Stella will sit to get her hair curled. Although, truth be known, getting to play on her mom's phone while they set is a significant help!

Stella in Rollers

Curly Curls

Making polymer clay robots is Porter's new favorite pastime. At the rate he's going, we're going to have a decent-size army of these little guys soon!

Porter's Clay Robot

Polymer Clay Robots

December 23, 2015

After our adventure at the Arcade, we headed to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium for yet some more fun.

Our Visit to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium

The aquarium was actually pretty calm today, so the kids loved being able to run around like their little crazy selves!

Running through the Aquarium

Stella always enjoys seeing the tortoises. In fact, I think she likes them WAY more than the fish!

Stella and the Tortoises

But she does like to look at the fish (a little)...

Stella Looking at Fish

Thankfully, Porter is a bit more into this whole aquarium thing than his sis. 

Porter Looking at Fish

Here's Porter waiting for a stingray to pass by...

Porter and the Stingrays

Overall, we had a great trip to the aquarium today. Check out the video below to meet our new octopus friend:

Tuesday at the Aquarium

December 22, 2015

On our way up the Cleveland this morning, we thought it would be fun to stop at the Arcade for a quick walk around. The incredible architecture of this place always moves us to awe.

Cleveland's Arcade

The Arcade Cleveland

Taking pictures of Stella is a bit of a challenge. She avoids the camera at all costs (not sure where she gets that from), so getting photos of anything other than the back of her head proves rather difficult. When I do happen to get a picture of her smiling face, it just makes my day.

Smiling Stella

Taking Pictures of Stella

Of the family, Porter is the most fun to photograph...


Photogenic Porter

December 13, 2015

With today's unusually warm winter weather, we thought it would be fun to get out of the house and go for a stroll in Ohio's Historic Zoar Village.

Zoar Store

What a great place! The village is well-preserved, and it's history is rich and fascinating. Below you can see a photo of Bimeler Cabin, the oldest home still standing in Zoar that was erected in 1817. Simply amazing!

Bimeler Cabin

Historic Zoar Village

"May the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,
so that you may overflow
with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
Romans 15:13 NIV

Joyful Stella

Blessing for Today

December 12, 2015

This morning, the kids and I headed to the Wayne County Humane Society in Wooster to donate a few supplies to the organization. Both Porter and Stella LOVE to play with the kitties!

Playing with the Kitties

Wayne County Humane Society

Watch out world... Stella has an idea!

Stella's Great Idea

December 9, 2015

With these two, silliness follows no matter where we go...

Silliness at Panera

December 6, 2015

Thanks to Tiny Prints, our 2015 Christmas card was a success:

Christmas Card 2015

2015 Christmas Card

December 5, 2015

Not much has been going on today, but I did manage to capture a few photos of my sweet Porter.

My Boy

Just a Wednesday Afternoon

December 2, 2015

Daddy and Porter worked hard to create the most festive lilac shrub in all of Orrville!

Festive Lilac Shrub

Festive Shrub

December 1, 2015

While we were in Lexington, Kentucky, Grandma Bev was kind enough to watch our dog for us. Although it was just for a couple of days, we were all so happy to get our baby Blu back!

Missing Our Blu

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Welcome to our blog! Here you will find the adventures of Brian, Autumn, Porter and Stella. Together, we are THE STEPHEN CLAN, a family who loves the great outdoors, exploring new places, rough housing, dinners out, and discovering God's fingerprints on our daily lives.


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