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life is good

I am so sorry–I have been a terrible blogger over the last few days.  Life has been busy, and blessed. I’ve had so much on my heart and mind recently.  My Dad and Beth leave us to go home to South Africa tomorrow.  They’ve been here for nearly three months. Having them with us has been amazing.  I don’t know what we would have done without their help in the last few months.  It’s so hard to say goodbye. I hate seeing my family leave. But, I am so thankful for the time we have had with them–and now life must go on for all of us.  We’re all aching and heartbroken that we have to be apart, but trusting that God knows best and works out all things for the good of those who love Him.

The last few days have been full to overflowing. On Saturday I spent the day helping one of my best friends in the world with their yard sale to raise funds for their adoption.  Rachel and her sweet family are adopting the most adorable little angel from China.  Lily needs to come home soon due to a very severe heart defect. We’re trusting they can travel in July. We’re so excited for them. I feel so blessed that I was here to help them and be part of their adoption.

We’ve discovered the sweetest park in our community.  I think it must be fairly new because it was not here when we bought this house five years ago.  It has been fun familiarizing ourselves with this neighborhood.

We’re loving hanging out in the shadey spots on the hot days.

Little boys will climb for hours.

And refuse to cooperate when mom decides she needs a new photo of her boys.  Am I the only one with a strong-willed five year old?  Oh my goodness gracious, I can stand on my head, sing at the top of my lungs, do the silliest things I know to do–and still I get this….

Oh, the joys of parenting.

On Sunday we took a little day trip. We needed time out of the house and time together.  It was so good.

Our journey took us just two hours away to a place that I just adore. I love, love, love it. If I had my way, our house would be positioned right on it.

Any guesses?

The beach…the glorious beach.  Yep, I’m a total beach-loving girl. 

We had the best time.

Three family members saw the ocean for the very first time.  Haven, Hailee and Harper had so much fun. Hailee decided early in the day that God created sea sand to be eaten.

(Yep–Hailee is indeed sitting in the water in a regular ol’ diaper that was totally exploding–I forgot to buy the swimming kind. Oh well.)

Being ON the sand was a much better option for our Haven.  The waves and water were a little too scary.  Whatever makes you happy, sweetheart.

This is way too much fun, Daddy.

When mommy forgets to pack a swimsuit, just swim in your pajamas, sweet boy.  No worries. 

I guess you can tell that most of the time I seriously do not have it all together. 

One little lovey has discovered the absolute joy of flying high.






And away…

This is soooooo much fun…

Touch down!

Could her smile be any sweeter?

More, please, Daddy.  Throw me again.

Her transformation continues to be nothing short of a miracle.

Life is good.

Wow, I have over a hundred questions that you all want answered.  That’ll keep me blogging for the next year.  It was so much fun reading about the things many of you asked. I’ll start with my next post and make my way through all of them.  I can’t wait to open my heart and share my journey, my family, our decisions, our God, our choices, our marriage, and everything else you wanted to know about.

Thank you for journeying with me here on my blog, friends.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.