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Summer Days and New Things

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Dusting off the ole blog tonight with a zillion photos of Summer from Roger’s Park to Belfast and a few places in between. Summer 2017 you’ve been alright. We celebrated six years of marriage, flew to Ireland, spent time with family and friends, moved homes again and had some fun visitors along the way.

And yet as our warm Summer days are starting to turn into cooler Autumn ones, I’m looking forward to getting into a new rhythm and starting something new…

Miss Summer will be starting play school three mornings a week (next week!!) and I’ve been excitedly planning some preschool homeschooling for our girl who is so eager to learn all about life. With our classroom not only at our kitchen table but also at the park, the zoo, library, new nearby beaches, hopping around this colorful city and breathing in some fresh city air, we’re excited!

I’m in the process of collecting some new books and making a little corner just for our mini-lessons at home but am ready to dive in, pulling some ideas and inspiration from different sources. The Kindergarten toolkit, the Peaceful Preschool curriculum and Exploring Nature with Children to name a few. Hope to post a little here and there of how we get on and would LOVE to hear any good resources or ideas out there!

I know being able to stay at home and be with my girls is such a privilege and blessing and as the girls get older the responsibility to steward these blessings well feels that bit heavier. Ultimately we are praying that as we spend these early years together our girls will come to know and love their Creator, that as we explore and play and get our hands dirty together they will experience and respond to God’s creativity and artistry and power that can be seen all around.

So here goes! Week One. Letter A.

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Dublin

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.

 

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Catch Up

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A little catch up to prove I’m still here… October has been jam-packed and I finally got round to uploading pics from our camera (like all 6 months of them!). Anyways, I am kinda excited that it’s November because that means next month is Christmas!! Which I kinda LOVE. Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. x

P.S Fully aware that I am that mum who over shares photos of her child…but that smile, gets me every time and I really can’t think of anything cuter than a chubby-cheeked baby face. I’ve been trying, but I just can’t.

 

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