Thursday, September 11, 2014

10 On 10: September 2014

13 years ago today was an indescribable tragedy.
I will never forget when I heard the news.
I remember exactly where I was.

I can't help but think about all the families who were directly affected by this catastrophic event. 
I can't imagine the pain they still feel.

This morning as I sit and look through my 10 on 10 pictures I took yesterday,
I am feeling an extra dose of thankfulness 
that I get to experience the little joys in the every day.

Each day is a gift.

I am reminded how blessed I am to experience all these little moments with my family.

Early morning prep in our classroom.
I love turning on all our lamps- makes our room feel so cozy.

Baking breakfast muffins.
Sometimes I like letting my girls wake up to the sounds and smells of a yummy breakfast.

First fire of the season

Thankful I get to start each morning in the word of God 
with my girls.

This view

Maggie was struggling with writing the number 3.
Then we got a serious case of the giggles.

Gathering from our garden before the  first frost.

Picking our last bouquet of the season.

I know this is grainy and blurry.
Oh but if you could have heard the giggles  . . .
Thankful for late afternoon dance parties.

I am so blessed.
I am so thankful.

I hope you get a chance to thank the Lord 
for all the little gifts this day brings. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

So Long Summer

Yesterday was our first day of school.

But before we said hello to school books and schedules,
we bid summer a fabulous farewell.

We spent the weekend camping in our favorite neck of the woods.
It truly was the BEST weekend.
Just what our family needed.

 We spent our days reading,



dutch oven cooking,



 (gun safety)
(don't worry mom, it was just a BB-gun)


and lots and lots of priceless, focused, much-needed family time.

Alright 2014-2015 school year,

 let's do this!

Friday, August 15, 2014

It's Always Worth It

Have I mentioned we've had a KA-RAZY summer?
It's been nutty.

ALL wonderful, fun , and meaningful events,
just a bazillion of them squished in a few weeks time frame.

And you know what?
It's ALL worth it. 

All the crazy running around, shopping, packing, laundering, repacking, cake baking . . .
Every little bit of it has been filling my heart to the brim.
Actually, it's overflowing.

So in true Amy style, I shall now bombard you with pictures documenting all the fun.

We have an annual tradition of camping with Josh's sister and her family.
We have only missed 2 summers in the last 10 years.

 We fish, swim, hike, and eat fabulous food.

 It was so fun watching the girls fish with their Uncle Bill.

 And they caught lots of fish!

 These annual trips are so special to our family.

After that fun adventure we had 3 days before we headed on another camping adventure.
And in those three days my college roomie was in town.

So we squished in  some time

Too short but super sweet visit.
I adore my Nicole.

Also in those 3 days we celebrated our Maggie Nicole who turned FIVE! 

How is my baby FIVE???

I'll share more on her birthday celebration in a few days.

So then we headed to Sisters, OR for a family reunion camping trip.

Again we were surrounded by family who we love so so much.

 We went to a fish hatchery and saw ginormous fish.

My Grandpa is so near and dear to my heart.
I don't get to see him nearly enough.

 But oh how I treasure the time we do get to spend together.

 I absolutely adore watching my aunts and uncles love on my kids.

 They swam, boated, star gazed, caught bugs and attempted to catch a snake!

So yes, it was a wee bit exhausting.
But would I do it again?
In a heartbeat.
This is what life is about right?
Spending time with people you love.
Making priceless memories.

I should also mention,

This Mr. Hottie Pants 
turned the big 4-0 while we were camping.
Love him to the moon and back.

So what do I hope you glean from this mile long post?
Make the effort.
Travel to make it happen.
Do whatever it takes to make those special memories with your loved ones.

Now . . . I'm off to wrap presents for yet another birthday celebration.

Friday, August 1, 2014

July Has Been A Marathon Of Fun

Hello Folks!
I'm sitting here, catching my breath, after a fun-FILLED month of July.
We were blessed with lots of company, a family reunion, a special birthday, a wedding celebration, and bits of every day summer fun.

So here's a lil' recap of our adventures:
(you might want to go refill your coffee- LOTS of pictures)
 We started our month celebrating this cute couple.
My grandparents have been married 65 years.
It was an honor and a blessing to witness the renewal of their vows.
 What a beautiful example of commitment.

 It was so fun connecting with all my aunts, uncles and cousins.
I drove this go-cart as a kid.
 So neat to now watch my girls drive it and tow the littles.

The girls finished up their horse lessons.

 We're going to have to figure out a way 
to continue this dream for Clara.

Of course we squeezed in a few fun floats on the river.

 I absolutely LOVE being on the water-
especially surrounded with people I love.

 We were blessed by a visit from Josh's brother and family.

 Floats on the river, hiking, sliding down a mountain . . .
We packed in a lot of fun during their time here.
 We look forward to these visits so much.

This girl 
 celebrated her 9th birthday.
I tried to convince her to stay 8, but she wasn't going for it.

 I love birthdays.
Such a great opportunity to remind someone you love just how much you love them.

We finished up this month with a sweet visit from my parents.

Such a great month.

We have a few more weeks of a packed calendar and then a few weeks of slower days before school begins.

I love summer!