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I’d dreamt of camping in the wild outdoors for a week…you know crickets chirping, marshmallows roasting, river walking, that kind of thing but thankfully Phil knows me better than that and found a rustic, little cottage with all of the above …and A/C and a bath. Who knew Missouri would be H-O-T in August ;) . We left the city skyline and drove 5 hours South, enjoying good conversations and road-tripping snacks, all the healthy stuff! The kids fell asleep in the back of course, mouths wide, heads crooked (well just Summer’s), both blissfully unaware of the drive. The next morning we continued and drove to our home for the week.

And let me tell ya, there’s something about taking your babies 500 miles away to a beautiful little farm in the middle of n-o-w-h-e-r-e, without network coverage or other humans nearby (also known as Hope Springs Farm, Hartville, Missouri). It was so simple and minimal. Pancakes for breakfast, walks to the river, wildflower picking after lunch, sipping peach iced tea on the porch, firefly catching and races outside with Daddy.

If I could have packed up this little cottage, with all it’s vintage charm and beauty and taken it home with me I would have. It was adorable. The perfect place to relax, unplug and spend some quality time together. There are so many sweet memories from this trip.

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OK so I know I’m like a month late…but hey HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2016 over here has gotten off to a pretty good start. I guess I took a little break from the blog/ photo snapping when back at home for Christmas. It wasn’t intentional. Let me tell ya…jet lag with a toddler is NOT FUN. But once again I am drawn back to this this little space of mine. What started as a newlywed diary and has since documented many adventures, a baby, anniversaries, family traditions and huge life changes. To me it’s been such a demonstration of God’s continual faithfulness to this little family. 2015 was the year we were challenged to follow God into new territory and start a new chapter here in Chicago and it’d been filled with such sweet discoveries about Him and ourselves. So we’re looking ahead to 2016 with full hearts (and bigger bellies!!).

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Back at home, we took Summer to visit her Great Nana down in Cork and stopped in Dublin for a day along the way. It’s always such a special thing to share our favorite places in Ireland with S. Here we are in St. Stephens Green feeding the ducks and drinking good, good coffee. Man I love that kid.



To the Beach

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We figured a little get away at the end of our Summer would be most rewarding for us as a family. And it really was. We just got back from a few days at the beach, where we got to play in the sand, swim every morning in the salty sea and enjoy a great ice-cream or two. The weather was kinda perfect. Summer helped her Daddy dig and build castles with that little red shovel and we went through just a few cans of sun spray! It was super fun watching Summer experience her first beach holiday! My 17 months is such a fun stage, Summer’s learning new things all the time and chatting away as sweet toddlers do…

As we got back to Chicago I felt a real sense of gratitude. Feeling at home refreshed and recharged for another semester ahead. It was good to get away and it was good to be home.

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