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This summer has been so full. Full of joy, full of love, full of God’s grace and mercy. The sun calles me out of doors everytime it shines. The drizzly days have been full of happy craftiness, giving my home the deep cleaning it deserves, and discovering more and more of God’s gentle love between the covers of my favorite book. That has become the most joyous part of my day. Basking in the glow of God’s love and faithfulness. Its like sunshine times a million. I wish you all a summer full of God’s glorious “sonshine!”

P.S. Just so you know about the pictures, Rob made our Sunday afternoon lunch and has officially been crowned the master salmon griller of the world:)

Sunny Sunday

Originally uploaded by Andreabeth


Some of my favorite results from this weekend:


My grandmother is second in from the left.


My great grandparents.


We never did find out who these two were, but isn’t the picture stunning!


What a weekend we had.  Five of my moms six remaining aunts and uncles showed up to talk with us and look at pictures.  I think only one of them was under 90.  Aunt Elmira, who hosted the event, made us lunch complete with homemade doughnuts, buns, and egg salad.  I hope I’m that spunky when I’m 94! 

I think my favorite part of the whole day was when she explained to me that now a days 94 really isn’t that old.  I’m so glad we went and she was so kind to share all her pictures with us:)

On other news, if you haven’t stopped by this lovely lady’s blog yet, you should.  Today is her birthday and she is doing a birthday give away!   She was one of the very first bloggy friends I made a few years back when I started on this adventure.  I think all the time how it lights up my day to stop around to all my sweet bloggy friends’ sites and see how their days are going.  Chelle’s site will now doubt light up your day.  I’m sure you will become a frequent visitor like the rest of us after just one peak! Enjoy and HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHELLE!

is this face.


This week he:

*Laid in bed with me all evening after supper one night because I had a headache.

*Hauled out the trash all the way “up” the driveway and to the dumpster (its a long ways, trust me).

*I told him thank you for doing something for me and he looked me right in the eyes and said, “you’re worth it.” And I just knew he meant it.

*Helped me finish dinner when I was running behind even though he worked like 13 hours that day.

*Suggested that we spend Saturday night snuggling up on the couch with popcorn and a movie.


I love my family!

These are the remnants of Rob’s weekend away.  I have officially eaten an entire pizza by myself, watched three chick flicks, and drank tea in very large quantities.  Truth be told, it was kind of fun staying up late and just vegging out.  I don’t think I’ve done that since I got married.

Alas, not only was Rob gone, but my mother spent the week up in Canada teaching VBS in a remote town way up north.  I never realized how much I depend on the people I love for advice and just a happy conversation during the day. 

The other happy part of the week was going to our state fair to see Casting Crowns in concert!

They were soooo good! If you have never heard it, their CD called Lifesong is amazing!

Goodness gracious, could it really have been that long since I wrote last?  We’ve certainly kept busy at our house lately.  I’ve spent the last month:



lounging at the lake

making curtains

eating bagels on Saturday morning with the hubby

cooking yummy summer food (I loooovvvee salads)


celebrating milestones




spending time with friends and family

walking through the park on sunny days

knitting tiny sweaters

attending kindergarden graduations and five year old birthday parties

reading, reading, reading, and reading

doing laundry

soaking up the sun

and last but not least working

And I will leave you with a few pictures:)

(aren’t I such a fun aunt?)

I hope you all had a lovely easter.  We sure did:) Heres a peak.

catie under dog bed

girls on easter

cami and daniela easter

They look just like their moma:)

easter table eating

The ground-dog, however cute he may be, was unfortunately incorrect about the coming of spring.  But it was through no fault of his own, it was entirely user error, or perhaps wish-full thinking.  We never have 50 degree weather in February… It was just a little teaser though.  It is currently 18 degrees and we have a Thursday forcasted high of 7… But we certainly enjoyed it while it lasted:)

chaucer sun bed cute

…for the puppy.  And we use the term puppy loosly around here (he is 3 1/2).  We took Chaucer in to get his teeth cleaned today and he wound up getting one of his molars extracted.  He was certainly sleepy when he got home (he almost fell asleep standing on my lap.  Think that guy nodding his head in class trying his hardest to stay awake.)  But he is finally safe at home sleeping under the covers and he is a better puppy because of it. Or at least he has better breath for the time being:)