Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pumpkin Picking


One extra warm Sunday afternoon we ventured out to find a pumpkin or two.

 We traipsed and tripped our way through the vines and dirt, picking and choosing.

Miniature furry friends were discovered, finding a haven on those bulbous orange vegetables.

Sitting, listening and hugging were also key in picking out the most perfect pumpkin. 

After much discussing, feeling, sitting and observing, we found a pumpkin each.


What a beautiful day to explore a pumping patch. We just LOVE the fall!!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Turning Two

Dear Macy,

Today you are two. Sometimes it seems like just yesterday that you blasted your way into the world. Sometimes it feels like you are so much older, like you have always been here with us.

You make us laugh every single day. Every night your dad laughs and marvels at the personality that keeps coming through.

You are so silly and love to make jokes and tease your brothers. You like to dance and shake your little hips anytime you hear music. You like to pick on your brothers and do whatever they do. You always want to be included and yell "and Macy, and Macy" for anything that your brothers are doing.

You are our little parrot and repeat everything you hear. If it is not appropriate, your brothers laugh and laugh and you keep repeating whatever you are not supposed to say, hoping for more laughter.

You love your baby and your purse. They come with us everywhere. Every day we get ready to pick up Colin and you bring baby and your purse with you. Into the store, into the school, to soccer practice, they come with you everywhere, usually accompanied by a necklace or sunglasses of sorts.

You like to rock and sing to your baby, putting her to bed like a good little momma. You like to play with my purses,  carrying them everywhere, waving good bye and telling everyone that you are leaving when you exit the room and than come back in and let everyone know you are back.

Your vocabulary is growing by leaps and bounds every day. You say full, complicated sentences all the time. We are continually amazed at your descriptive words and observations. You always want to know what the sound is and where it is coming from.

You are sweet and kind and beautiful and I could not be more proud to be your mother. I don't think your dad will every let you date, as he does not believe there could possibly be any boy that would be good enough for his girl. He loves you fiercely.

So, today, on your second birthday, your dad and I can't wait to snuggle and kiss you and let you know how much you are loved. Your brothers can't wait to eat your birthday cake. You, my little Macy Lu, have brought us so much joy. I am excited to see you grow, to watch your thoughts and ideas unfold and to see how the Lord uses your dynamic life.

Happy Birthday, my Macy girl. As you would say, (which is my very most favorite sentence, by the way) I love you SOOOO MUCH!


Monday, August 31, 2015

Fading Away

The slow, easy days of summer are slowly slipping away. September starts tomorrow and with it, cooler weather, falling leaves and the start of school. 

Summer is fading away.

But yet...

The memories of bright sun, warm rays and easy days are still fresh in mind.

A family canoe trip.

 A high school reunion, fifteen years in the making.

The Atlantic whispering a friendly hello, it's nice to see you again.

Pretty dirty faced babies swinging into the evening.

Fires so warm, protection from your hand is needed.
S'mores so sweet they stick to your hands long after consumption.

Determination to make it across the bar without falling.

Celebrations of little boys turning one.

Glimpses into the future of what this little man will look like.

Tiny flowers being held by up by brown-eyed girls.

Giggly brothers, taking a ride on their little sister's newly given Big Wheel.

These are the moments of summer.

These are the moments that will be remembered as the leaves begin the fall, the air turns crisp and the sun sets early.

These fading days of summer always seem the very sweetest of all.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Five Little Fingers

One whole hand.

That is how old my Colin is today. The big FIVE.

Oh my, this seems so old. So big. So independent. How can my baby boy be 5?!

This boy. He is something. Witty, smart, shy, adventurous, and caring.

He is competitive and loves loves soccer. He gets it. He gets the strategy, the control, the angles. It comes naturally to him.

 Getting to know Colin takes some work. It takes time. It does not come easy. He makes you work for it.

  But when he lets you in, when he befriends you and lets you know him, it makes all that work worth the effort.

He is loving and kind and fiercely defensive and protective. He is our little bulldog and he will fight for those he matter the size or consequence.

He is also naughty and silly and funny and feels ALL the feelings all the time...and when they are bad, you know it.

Colin is detailed and remembers everything. He can travel somewhere once and remember the directions, turn by turn. He reads maps better than his mom! (which is not really that hard to do)

This boy. He has captured my whole heart. We love him so.

Happiest 5th Birthday, my Colin. I couldn't imagine life without you.You make our life SO much better.

Just remember, you promised that you would give me lots of cuddles when you are 5, even when you are 8, and I plan to hold you to those promises! Because Colin snuggles are just the greatest.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


The Fourth of July is always a special time for us. With my oldest having his birthday on the 4th of July, there is always a reason to celebrate just a little bit longer. 
How did you celebrate?

Ours looked a little like this...

Miss Macy, water balloon helper extraordinaire.

Toddlers making great heroic stands on tree stumps.

Girl cousins frolicking towards the woods, hand in hand. 

Freshly water-ballooned boys turning 7 and asking for a flag cake because " It is ALSO America's birthday, so I should get the flag cake."
Mr. Patriotic 7 yr old.

Sometimes you just don't know what to do when everyone is singing and looking at you. 

This was the best picture we could get of the girls. So, yeah... toddlers.

Blue- eyed boys with blue tongues and blue suckers. The perfect summer trifecta.

The annual golf ball hitting on the 4th. Colin's swing is both scary and impressive.

Boats loaded down with kids, anxious to get the sandy strip up river and splash away.

The Muskegon River

Boat rides at dusk,worth the work of rowing.

When do you know that it is time for some fireworks?
When someone puts on her special celebration sassy pants, that's when.

Happy Birthday, Jack!
Happy Birthday, America!

I hope everyone celebrated and enjoyed their Independence Day!