Small Graces

A weekly reflection inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".

Sometimes they slip by without notice Sometimes they're very hard to see Other times it's all so clear When they're happening to me


1- Cheetah ears and blue eyes. 




2 - Hip Hoppers and the prettiest little ballerina. Plus Mini Man's tough/cool face - this kid is a hoot 😂


3 - Ninja climbing skills.


4 - Nutella grins. 


5 - Sour cherries and plenty of pitting help. 


6 - Sweet corn with the most amazing seasoning. Seriously, if you live by a Trader Joe's you have to try it. 


8 - Local waterfalls. 


9 - Huge frogs and other nature wonders like crayfish, minnows, dragonflies, and natural berries. All which left Mini Man in awe, "Mommy, nature is so amazing!"


10 - Fourth of July decorations. Well, really just any decorations - we like flair in this house. 



 11 - Flowers: the inexpensive Aldi bouquet on my table and the ones that pretty up my neighbors fence.
These are the small graces The little moments when the miracles come These are the small graces Small graces pointing me to the larger ones Small graces Little glimpses of the kingdom come From unexpected places These are the small graces

What I've Been Wearing


It's been awhile since I've written a post about what I've been wearing. Truthfully, it's because Sunday has become the only day I really get 'dressed'. Of course, I put on clothes the other days, but with it being summer I frequently skip the make-up and my hair is almost always in a simple dutch braid. If we aren't swimming in the afternoons we are usually at park or going on a nature hike. Getting all gussied up just doesn't seem worth the effort right now. I actually feel a bit sorry for some my clothes; for the last several weeks I've just been rotating through a few outfits. I have some fun summer dresses that are very neglected.  Do you get 'dressed' during the summer, or does fashion get forgetten in the flurry of warm weather activities.

 
 

Strawberry Picking



This is the second year in a row that we ventured out to Cody's Farm to do a bit of strawberry picking. Last year, just the kiddos and I went, but this year they really wanted Dada to be able to join in on the fun. We got lucky and the weather was a perfect seventy degrees. Strawberry picking can be hot work. Last year, when the weather wasn't so nice, there was a bit of complaining. I'm not sure if Jeremy is lucky or if he's just a lucky charm, but things always seem to go smoother when he's around.





Little Lady probably got the most into strawberry picking. She enjoyed finding unique shaped strawberries. We are also currently reading the book, Strawberry Girland I think she had fun pretending to be the main character, Birdie. I had lots of fun taking her picture - something about the hat and pigtails reminded me of Anne Shirley






BabyZ was a hoot the whole morning. He's always turned his nose up at berries. Picking them, however, must have awoken a new love - the kid went to town! He also thought it was fun to throw them. We all ended up with a bit of strawberry juice on ourselves. In the end, though he got the hang of putting them into the baskets. 






I'm not sure if it was new this year or if we just missed last year, but after we were done strawberry picking we played at a little farm themed playground on the property. It was simple, but had something for everyone. Our family's favorite was probably the plastic culverts they had set up for rolling. It was a dirty activity (honestly, those seem things they enjoy most) but they had a lot of fun taking turns rolling and pushing.





 


Happy for days like these, traditions, and sweet memories.

Lake Egypt and Family


Over Memorial Day weekend Jeremy's aunts were kind enough to host a mini family reunion at their home on Lake Egypt.  All three of Jeremy's sisters were able to come. Which was a blessing; it had been a couple years since we'd all been together. 

I feel fortunate to have in-laws who also value family, and who cover my kiddos with affection and love. As a result, my kiddos eat up any chance they get to spend with them. Times like these are one of the highlights of their year. There was lots of laughter, and we left feeling relaxed and refreshed.

One of Jeremy's sisters has kids close to our kids' age and it's so sweet to see them together. There is something special and magical about cousin love. Our daughters are less than a year apart and it looks like they aren't ever going to get any sisters; so it's nice they can kind of fill that role for each other. 

The house has everything you could possibly need for having a good time at a lake. Jeremy's Aunts' definitely have the gift of generosity and hospitality.  I tried waterboarding for the first time. I was nervous that I would totally biff and fall, but it's not as hard as it looks. It's actually quite relaxing. On our last day Jer and I tried to do some yoga on them...let's just say that didn't turn out too well.  

The kids especially loved fishing and going out on the jet ski. Big Buddy tried hard to convince us to let him ride the jet ski all-by-himself, but for at least the next eleven years he's going to have to be content with just solo driving a kayak.




↓ This picture makes me chuckle. BabyZ has a bit of a shoe obsession; if there is a shoe lying around he will try it on. He's even thrown a couple tantrums because people won't take off their shoes for him. 











↑ The way she looks at him...so much adoration.







↑ BabyZ looks so solemn but I swear he had a good time.







 ↑ Leap-frog!


↓ Big Buddy is not a huge fan of physical affection at the moment. He makes an exception for me though - my heart explodes with happiness every time!



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