We spent the last week of our summer visiting family in Michigan. And looking back through our pictures, it’s nearly impossible to relive every fun and sweet memory that we shared. But, please bear with me and I’ll do my best to share just a few because they are definitely ones to remember.
- Two of our sweet nephews were baptized and we got to be there to see them. It was so special and we were so proud of them as they shared their testimonies. I’m so incredibly thankful that all of our siblings are raising their kids to love and serve Jesus.
2. Ellee could not get enough cousin time. She absolutely adored helping out with the little ones and it brought a smile to my face every time I saw her with one of them.
3. Christian got the chance to play volleyball with some awesome people from my home church. We all grew up playing volleyball so it was fun to see the tradition continue and more so to see our son having fun with everyone.
4. She may look innocent because she’s the youngest sister, but watch out, she sure can play a fast round of Spit. She just learned it while we were there, but ended up beating every single person she played. Well done, Aunt Sarah!
5. I could not get enough of my sweet nephew David. He’s the youngest of my older sister’s nine and so darling and we had lots of times to rock and cuddle throughout the week.
6. Christian had a great time with his cousins as well. He had an extra week and a half to spend with them since we flew him out early.
7. We enjoyed quite a few rides on Uncle Tim’s boat. While I’m a huge fan of living by the ocean, I did grow up around beautiful lakes and have to say it was nice to be back on one.
8. No matter what was going on, there were always cousins around to play with. The week absolutely flew by and we did our best to spend time with each of my sister’s (combined) fourteen amazing kids.
9. Speaking of sisters, these are mine and I love them. We’ve been through our ups and downs, but I could not be more thankful to have them both in my life. I admire them both for being rockstars as they raise their large families and could not be more amazed at how graciously they do it.
10. Who says kids need to be entertained by electronics? Two decks of cards were all that was needed for fun on this particular night.
11. A fun memory for Ellee and I was joining my sister Sarah’s family for their annual Lewis’ Farm trip. Sarah actually told me that she isn’t a huge fan of visiting the large farm, but since her kids love it, she puts on her bravest face and arms herself with sanitizer and she is good to go. That being said, we had a wonderful morning all together and a fun time down on the farm.
12. Not gonna lie. A bit before this picture was taken, we had what was probably a “too much vacation” meltdown and it wasn’t pretty. But thankfully, we worked through it and with God’s grace, finally got it together. It’s tempting to only write about the pretty side of things, but in the name of real life, it’s good to know that some times are just hard and that’s okay too. Thankfully, sometimes they can be redeemed and commemorated with a little father/son oyster bar action which is exactly what happened here.
13. In addition to time spent with my family, we also got to catch up with Jeremy’s brother’s family in Grand Rapids. We had a great evening all together. I had a beautiful time talking with my sister in law Alicia and was so thankful for her sweet words of encouragement. It’s hard living far from our families, but thankfully we get to make the moments count when we do get to see them.
14. We also got to catch up with my Grandma while we were there. She is 99 years old and doing quite amazingly. We went to visit her in her apartment and we cherished the time and the stories that she shared.
15. This picture just made me laugh. Christian held his cousin for all of five seconds, but thankfully I got a picture and a funny memory to go with it. Babies are not in his comfort zone, and that’s okay.
16. And finally, to wrap up my post, the official Grandkids picture. You wouldn’t believe the challenge it can be to get sixteen kids to mostly smile at you, but we did it. All in all, I’m so thankful for our Michigan memories and thankful for the amazing family that God has blessed us with. Thanks for sharing in our memories as well, heading to bed now because school starts tomorrow!