Beautiful Birthday Weekend

Another year has come and gone for me. I’m big into goal-setting and planning so milestones like birthdays always cause me to pause and reflect. I think I almost reached my goal of getting 30 children sponsored this year through World Vision. (If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for sponsorship there is still time! Sign up today! You won’t regret it.)

Overall though, I feel like this past year involved a lot of stretching. We had no idea cancer would be part of this year’s story or that a move was around the corner or that our wait time would extend even longer. Still, God knew, and he walked us through each of those things, growing and stretching our faith.  All in all, I am so thankful for another year of life. I feel immensely fortunate for my family, friends, and faith. Life really is just a vapor, gone so fast. I’m trying my best to enjoy these moments I have and to live in a way that honors God.

“Yet you do not knowwhat your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” James 4:14

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.’” Ephesians 5:1

This past weekend was an example of just really trying to count God’s gifts in my life and it started with the best gift of all; a newborn nephew! This cute little boy was born to my brother and his wife. We love them dearly and know they will be great parents.

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Then we headed up north where my first-born planned a birthday party for me, complete with food, decorations, gifts, and games. She knows me well and bought me a Starbucks gift card. I love her!

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We enjoyed all the cabin has to offer including, fishing, sunset cruises, tubing, trampoline time, kayaks, bonfires, bike ride, and lots of card games.

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A good time was had by all, but we came home EXHAUSTED! Then this week was VBS, so we are still trying to catch up on rest. Some of us are better at that then others ;)

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Just what the Doctor ordered

It has been a long winter. And I mean long. I’d like to think I handled it well, but near the end it wasn’t so pretty.

I have been itching to get away, but our spring calendar was booked and it was making me claustrophobic. However, this past weekend was mostly free and I pulled the Mother’s day card and convinced my family to go up North. It was well worth it and exactly what we needed.

We got to the cabin in time to watch the sun set over the still iced lake. This is my happy place.

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The next morning we had pancakes and card games in PJs. MissE has become a skilled card player, which makes us both so proud. Card playing is how my family communicates, so I’m glad she is learning the language. Junior was our Monopoly Deal banker.

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By Saturday afternoon the ice was off the lake and the water was a beautiful blue.

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In the afternoon we made a trip to the candy store. Frog gummy’s for Junior and turtle fudge for the adults.

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For dinner we visited the famous local Mexican restaurant.  YUM!

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Sunday morning the lake was like glass and clear as can be.

IMG_1745We celebrated Mother’s day with a bonfire and s’mores.

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I enjoyed my coffee in my new tumbler, the exact one I wanted. My husband knows me well! Too bad the gift came a few days late, after I managed to spill an entire cup on our computer keyboard while answering student emails. That wasn’t my favorite morning. This one was, though.

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It can’t be a weekend at the lake without BEAN BAGS! Junior kept saying, “I love this place!”

 

 

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We bought my mom some pretty flowers for her to enjoy when she makes the trip down.

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All in all, the weekend was exactly what we needed. We left refreshed and recharged and enjoyed each moment as a family.

Labor Day Weekend

We made one last trek to my parents’ cabin to officially end the summer season. We celebrated Junior’s birthday and another wonderful summer of weekends at the lake.

The morning cabin tradition is coffee, homemade breakfast, and reading the newspaper. MissE is learning to embrace this slow start to the day by checking the weather.

This is what the adults do when we finally make it down to the beach (and when I say finally, I mean 9:00 am).

Then there were sand castles and

soaking up the last bits of summer sun and

fishing and

rescuing or capturing (it depends on your point of view) a baby snapper turtle.

The next day we had birthday cupcakes.

They look like a baseballs, right? (Please don’t contact Cake Wrecks!)

Presents included a Junior-sized bean bag toss game to match Grandpa’s.

and a giant bean bag for relaxing.

We ended it all with one last clown sunday.

Now it is back to reality and back to school.

We love you Summer! Come again soon!

Making a Splash

30 has turned out to be just swell.

Ha, look at my kids in the background. They are so proud of their mom.

Sun + water + big trampoline = good for the soul.

We had dinner at Compańeros. There is room in the cart for another little one! Praying against all odds that next summer we have three littles posing for pictures.

Wait, who had a birthday?

Just hanging around at Grandma and Grandpa’s cabin.

We had a really wonderful weekend and it was difficult to pack our bags to come home. Especially knowing that in coming home we have to say goodbye to some really great friends and neighbors.

Last days of June

We spent the last hot days of June at the cabin. My sister, Renae, and family were there along with my brother, Ryan and his wife, Katie.

MissE bravely attempted to ski. She would have had more success if her mother would have dropped the rope when she went down. Instead she clung to the rope (just as her mother did) and was dragged a distance under the water. She survived, but decided to try tubing instead.

Tubing is more fun. You don’t face plant in the water and you get to have a cousin by your side.

This is the creepy one-eyed owl that guards our dock all summer. He is practically family.

Junior had a touch of the flu while we were there, but that didn’t stop him from playing bean bag toss all day long. He is singular in vision.

Kicking off the Cabin Season

We spent Memorial weekend at my parent’s lake cabin way up north. The weather was a bit chilly but it did not stop MissE from braving the waters for a swim.

We had a fun time playing games, enjoying good food, and catching up with one another. Ryan and Katie made grilled pizza (this was brave considering some in my family are pizza snobs. cough cough. Rob). It turned out super yummy and I just might grill some up tonight.

It was fun to watch the kids interact with baby Alaina. Junior kept saying, “She cute!”