Saturday, August 11, 2018


I really should be packing right now, but I wanted to type out a quick post about the past couple of weeks. We're still very much enjoying our summer, and we're moving to our new house this weekend! It's a little daunting to think of all that needs to get done in the next few days. Steve has been fixing up the new house til the wee hours of the morning every night this week. He is the hardest worker I know! Things are coming together, and I'm storing up "before" pictures so someday I can share all the "afters"!

Rewinding back to Steve's birthday:

Nolan and Ephraim chose the dessert they wanted to make for his birthday - S'mores Pie from Mix and Match Mama's "Kids in the Kitchen" cookbook. Nolan has been carrying the cookbook around the house with him for weeks, telling me everything he wants to make in it (all desserts, no real food)!

Steve and his three minis. He had to teach night class on his birthday, so we didn't get to do anything super special, but it was a good day.

Helping Daddy blow out the candles. August was so excited to see the pie!

I caught a beautiful pink sunset one night when I was watering my garden. It's always such an amazing reminder of God's presence.

Out for a walk . . . August was reclined and super relaxed :)

The afternoons are usually pretty hot, and we don't have shade in our yard, so we can't wait to go outside in the evenings and walk around the neighborhood.

This is our container garden, though some of them (the tomatoes) have grown quite a bit since I took this photo. Next step - taking them in the car with me to the new house!

Nothing better than fresh corn, grown less than a mile away!

Ephraim started soccer for the first time! He is so excited! Uncle Phil is his coach, and his cousin Michaela is on his team.

Nolan started his 3rd season of soccer. He didn't know anyone on his team, but he seems to be doing well!

Sometimes blankets make the best toys.

We're on the hunt for the best donuts in the area. These square ones were pretty good!

August is getting into trains!

Blueberry muffins - a summer must.

The boys made these drawings for me on the day Ivy passed away. I wrote a whole post about her here, if you're interested.

We've had four caterpillars turn into four butterflies in our kitchen! Aren't the chrysalises so beautiful??!

He pushed up a chair to the sink so he could do some dishes!

I couldn't get them all to smile, but I love how this photo turned out. :)

I'm going to do a whole post on the butterflies when I get a chance. It has been an amazing experience!

19 months and full of energy and stubbornness and joy!

Hanging out at the pool. I love that little juice-box-drinking face!

A big bouquet of Queen Anne's Lace, picked from the side of the road, and a clean kitchen!

At the end of July, Ephraim turned four-and-a-half now! I put a candle in a pudding cup, and we sang to him, and he thought it was the best day ever!

Happy weekending! Happy moving to us!


  1. The chrysalises are so neat! I've never seen any up close.

  2. Happy new home weekend, Rachel and family!

  3. that picture of them blowing out the candles is so precious!


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