Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December 23, 2015

Celebrating our family Christmas…what a great day!

December 22, 2015

An afternoon hike with friends and each other. Love my girls. :)

December 21, 2015

Decorating their new jewelry boxes. :)

December 20, 2015

There were many things that felt off at my family's Christmas celebration this year and hearts were heavy. But it was still a cozy day with family and these two made us smile often, especially as they had fun in the new skirts Aunt Jenna made them!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

December 19, 2015

Reuben and his little girls before our fun date day to the Nutcracker!

December 18, 2015

A small glimpse of a much-needed cozy, cheerful night of Christmas singing with our small group.

December 17, 2015

This girl is officially on Christmas break, and has her school made cute ornament to show for it! :)

December 16, 2015

This is literally out the back door of my office through the hall. #lunchtimerun

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015

Nora and cousin Mya exploring the beautiful train garden at yet another visit to the Gardens!

December 14, 2015

My mom made Christmas skirts for the girls out of my old homecoming court dress! 
They were dancing to the Nutcracker music all evening long. :)

December 13, 2015

These silly sisters had fun with us checking out the Gardens at one of their holiday parties! 

December 12, 2015

It's that time of year again! What a lovely night with friends celebrating the Christmas season!

December 11, 2015

I'm always amazed how timely devotionals are with the words God wants me to hear in hard times.

December 10, 2015

Today was a really hard day… but my girls loving on me and caring for me by wrapping me in their blankies, piling me with stuffed animals, and later dimming the lights and putting their worship music on for me was a blessing that is hard to put into words. Alena even went on to try to make dinner for me. God distinctly cared for me through my children. So cool.

December 9, 2015

The girls have arranged their new ornaments of the year by each other. #sosweet

December 8, 2015

Intently working on puzzles. :)

December 7, 2015

Bedtime books and snuggles.

December 6, 2015

This is December and we are loving it!

December 5, 2015

Showering Jenna and her baby boy!

December 4, 2015

This girl had plenty of treats on her Daddy-Nora date. :)

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December 3, 2015

Sweet time with Marguerite and her beautiful new babe Samuel tonight!

December 2, 2015

Thankful for coffee & conversation with Brooke tonight.

December 1, 2015

Our little trooper at therapy and with more testing. She's looking so old...

November 30, 2015

It's fun when old toys are rediscovered.

November 29, 2015

Annual Christmas baking day!

November 28, 2015

What a fun family day, complete with decorating our tree!

November 27, 2015

Celebrating with the Bonnema family…. missing Grandpa this year.

November 26, 2015

A warm, hearty Thanksgiving.

November 25, 2015

Seeing Alena praise God through dance at our Thanksgiving Eve service at church was such a blessing!

November 24, 2015

Done with school and ready for Thanksgiving break!

November 23, 2015

Piggyback rides to bed for this sweet girl. :)

November 22, 2015

First snow fun!

November 21, 2015

Autumn meets winter.

November 20, 2015

Quite the nice lunch break today.

November 19, 2015

This year's thankfulness board in progress. :)

November 18, 2015

Breakfast food fun.

November 17, 2015

Blessed to have a my mom help me organize and purge stuff at home today followed by treats at Hall Street Bakery!

November 16, 2015

All lined up for the show.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November 15, 2015

I pulled out the good camera to capture some pictures of my little loves on the beautiful day. Parenting is really hard work, but they sure do bring me so much joy and I wouldn't trade it for a thing.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

November 14, 2015

A rejuvinating day filled with sunshine, a retreat, and a run. 

November 13, 2015

I can't think of the last time I laughed so hard I cried. Such a great night with my Madison Mamas. :)

November 12, 2015

I had no idea when I went to a gathering at Alena's school about racial unity that I'd have the privilege of hearing Latasha Morrison speak and sit at her table! #bethebridge

November 11, 2015

Thankful for this school and the privilege to read to Alena's class during my lunch break today!

November 10, 2015

Some splurging at the outlet mall.

November 9, 2015

The first day ever that I've been able to go for a run during lunch on a work day!

November 8, 2015

After a hard parenting weekend, this family walk in the nature preserve on a brilliant Sunday afternoon was a blessing for all of us. :)

November 7, 2015

Back in East Lansing at a conference with a great friend and this great food, just like old times. 

November 6, 2015

Nora was excited for her first day at daycare "preschool!" :)

November 5, 2015

Our two girlies had a little watch night to end their dance class, and they loved having Grampie come watch too! They did such a great job!

November 4, 2015

Steak dinner on the deck in November? Yes!