Showing posts from July, 2012

Visitors from Mexico

This month has been a busy, fun, exhausting, action packed time of year.  Hence the dire lack of blog posts.

{Cece happy to see her little friend again}
This month we have the honor to be able to meet up with some dear friends of ours from Mexico.  They were up in Canada for a few weeks visiting family (My friend Amber is originally from Canada) and they  managed to squeeze a beach day with us into their busy schedule.   

These were the folks we hung out with while we were in Baja this past December, and the friends we met for the first time while we were on staff at an orphanage back in '09.  

It really was great to see them and their adorable kids again, and to catch up on conversation (something we never seem to lack).
My sister in law and nephew have been spending the month with us too.  That's her hiding behind the umbrella post.  Great photography I know.   

We are already dreaming about, and making plans for our next trip down to Baja.   I miss "my" kids! Ser…

Happy 9th Birthday Little Man

Today my boy turned nine years old.    Nine years ago, I held my handsome, perfectly healthy, baby boy in my arms and felt so overwhelmingly blessed.   He had a head full of light brown hair that stood up on end, a dimple in his chin, and a cute little button nose.  
I fell madly in love, in an instant,  and I still feel so blessed to be his mom.
Life with this boy has been exuberant, exciting, and sometimes exhausting. He packs a whole lot of life into 9 short years.

POW! (his shirt pretty much describes him)
He's fiery, adventurous, courageous, affectionate and he has a huge generous heart.   He has grown to be a respectful, helpful, responsible and trustworthy young man.  
The boy who was once my most exhausting toddler and my most strong willed/hyper active preschooler (I wondered sometimes what would become of both of us) now a child who rarely needs more correction than some gentle guidance.  His heart is so soft, quick to repent, and eager to make restitution.  He lo…

I heart summer

Our dietary standards drop to include things like hot dogs and Popsicles.
We spend more time playing with friends.

We get to wear clothes that don't include fleece. 

We squeeze as much camping, marshmallow roasting, beach playing fun into our too short summer as we can.   

One of the best parts of July is the arrival of our 2 extra house hold members.
This is our third summer spent with my husbands only sister and her son.  She lives in Seattle but she will be staying with us for the next month.
I met her via email and phone for the first time 4 1/2 years ago, and then after a year and a half of building a long distance friendship we met in person July 2010...and we've been doing our summers together ever since.  It's been such a blessing to make up for lost years, watch her son grow up, and have them both in our lives. 
We spent this past weekend camping with my husbands brother and his family, and his sister and her son.  It was so great to get all the cousins together …