This week was all about friends and family and the slower pace of summer. Looking back on the group pictures and the babies makes me feel so incredibly blessed.
It was also a week of some highly frustrating times with the big boys but with small victories woven in.
It was failing, wishing for an easy button and experiencing God's mercy and love up close and personal.
The day Aiden's been looking forward to finally arrived...he turned 5! We had fun celebrating our special guy.
He was up early the next morning, digging into his new legos.
We went to a friend's pool party and there were about 15 little kids, so I'm not sure how this is the only picture I came away with. But she sure is sweet. :)
Kids being crazy.
It had been a year since we'd seen Allie and Levi. They are up from Texas for a couple weeks and it was SO good to see them and the kids had a blast hanging out.
We dropped R off in RI and met my brother for a few minutes in between their appointments so we could all meet the baby. She's just over 6 lbs and it looks like I'm holding a flat blanket. She's tiny, tiny and was a good sport about getting passed around to very excited cousins. New life!!
We've been friends since high school and I'm so grateful for her life. There's never been any demands or expectations for our relationship, just lots of love, understanding and space.
Shaun's family is pretty small (he has just three first cousins) until you get up into the older generations, who all do a pretty good job of staying in touch and getting together. At a family reunion last summer, Nathan reconnected with someone from our generation and Nathan thought it'd be great for "the kids" to get together, now that they've moved back into the area.
Shaun's mom and their dad are first cousins, so I guess that makes these boys second cousins? First cousins once removed? It'd been 25 years since Shaun and the older brother had seen each other, and I'd never met him. We all connected immediately, as only family can, and had such fun talking, laughing and getting to know each other and eating really yummy food.
Current quote on our chalkboard:
Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. ~C.S. Lewis