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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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Missouri

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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365 Days of Summer

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Yesterday our first little arrow turned one (like for real this time!).

I don’t know how this year flew by so quickly. I remember Summer’s arrival like it was yesterday! And yet so much has happened since then and February 25th is here and gone and our baby is ONE. We’ve been Mama and Dada for a whole year now! WOW and look…she’s still breathing! and healthy! and super happy! and oh my so so beautiful.

Dear sweet Summer, thank you for bringing so much joy into this family of ours, your first year has been one beautiful, scary, challenging adventure and you have been amazzzzz-ing. From Ireland to China, to America and a few other countries in-between. You’ve taught me so much already, new things about myself, about my Saviour and the things that matter most. I’m so thankful, privileged I get to spend my days by your side and watch you grow into that sweet little girl I see.

With all our love. Happy Birthday baby girl! x

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