Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Morning Coffee

Hey everyone!  Did you all have a good weekend?

Mine was so good & filled with so much love & laughter. I look back at pasts coffee times shared with you & it seems my weekends are always so full, so packed with life!  Even those weekends that we really just hang around the house & do much of nothing.

It has made me are, once again, how blessed my life is. Whether it's good or bad or busy or bland, I am surrounded by a family that truly loves me and makes my life full!

This became evident to me again this weekend as we celebrated the marriage of my oldest nephew & his beautiful bride. 

Our weekend started with our youngest son coming home with his pup, for the weekend. Sadly, his beautiful bride was still in Seattle, but he had a short 2 1/2 drive to come home. I had made up a big stock pot of chicken noodle soup when our older daughter-in-law texted, asking if we wanted to come over for grilled cheeseburgers. So we combined the soup and their burgers and feasted together. We hung around, just chatting and spending time together until S2 showed up with the pup. 

Just hanging around together, doing nothing really, the guys were playing video games and my DIL & I just talking baby stuff. Our Little G is growing leaps & bounds & is being very active in his momma, and the doctor's are very pleased at the progression.  Five months down - four to go.

Saturday dawned as a cool, but outstanding - a perfect fall day! I spent the morning delivering photo packages before going home to get ready for the big event.

The ceremony was sweet and I have not seen my nephew smile that much in a very long time. I know my mom & dad were smiling down on him as well - being the 1st born grandchild.

Then came the reception. All of our kids were sitting together at one table and Dream Boy & I were joined by my little sister, brother-in-law, and family members from my older brother-in-law's family. We had a wonderful dinner and a great time getting caught up with each other.

My heart was overflowing all night, especially when I would watch all the cousins  joking around together and laughing constantly with each other. Having our youngest living back in the Mitten is a special blessing and we can't wait for his bride to be back this week too.
The bride & groom are all cuddled up there in the back, while the rest of the clan is ....... not. My oldest on the left there, is cheesing it up pretty good. This was about halfway through our night, and let's just say there had been many laughs already & even more to come.
I can't even begin to explain we'll just leave it at that.

Sunday was even more beautiful than Saturday - the temps were amazing and the colors in our area, though not as vibrant as they've been in the past, but still beautiful.  We spent the morning with our kids, cooking breakfast together and lazing around on the deck, playing with the dogs & just enjoying the sunshine. 

It became evident very quickly that the boys needed naps, so Dream Boy & I headed home, packed up Lucy and LtWD, changed our clothes & headed out to the State Campground to take some pictures for our yearly Christmas card. 
Again, as I look at this photo, I am at a loss for words, truly lost at how to describe or express how thankful I am. God has given me so many riches in my life & there are 2 of them right here.

Have a wonderful week everyone. I hope you take time to step back and realize all that you have, big or small, find the good in all that surrounds you. It's there, you just need to look.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

For the Love of Fall

She wanted a fall wedding. Always dreamed of that day. The cooler temps, the colors changing, an aisle lined with pumpkins & mums.

Her day finally arrived and it was her dream come true. The temps were predicted to be in the low 70s, and partly sunny
It was all she could do not to run down the path to her awaiting groom.
So she headed down the aisle with grandpa towards her awaiting prince.....

.....leaving the golden slippers behind.

Her fairytale wedding is bound to have a very happy ending!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Morning Coffee

I'm back. Have you missed me?

I've been extremely busy photographing seniors and a wedding and also school, always school. I just can't seem to get into a routine this fall. But I haven't given up, I just keep swimming....swimming....swimming.

I wish. 

Fall has finally arrived it seems, and the temps are much cooler & the days are much shorter.
The colors are starting to turn and the apples & pumpkins are ready for picking.

Two weeks ago today, Dream Boy flew out to Seattle and spent 2 days helping the kiddo's pack up. He & S2 spent 3 days in a car, with a dog, traveling across the expanse of the northern region, moving them back to the Mitten.  D2 stayed behind to finish out the season with her current job and will be making the trek here in about 2 weeks with her dad-d-o in her car. Poor girl is living in their apartment with bare bones survival mode housing. But soon the 2, or shall I say 3, will be reunited and not have to spend that much time apart again......hopefully ever.

So yes, this mama has her chick-a-dee's back into a region that is drivable in a day & able to spend time with them more. This mama has a happy heart.

The night that Dream Boy & S2 arrived back home, we spent about an hour together before heading over to S&D1's home for a "big" reveal party!! Yep, in case you've missed the news, we're going to be grammi & poppi next March! So we gathered with family for pizza and then they cut the cake..........
.....and he's a thumb sucker!!!

We are over the moon with excitement about this new blessing that will soon be added to our lives. It is so surreal to us right now, not quite seeming real, but yet very real when I look at momma's baby belly.

While Dream Boy was crossing the country we celebrated 36 years of marriage and he surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of sunshine - delivering it to me at school.
It brought such joy to my heart when they were brought into my classroom. Then to hear my students reaction was even more priceless. A few of my girls were standing next to my desk when I opened the card and both went, "awwww, it's so sweet!  I want to get married and live happily ever after for 36 years too." 

So last weekend we spent the day in Detroit with S2 unloading his car, and exploring the area around their new living quarters. It is a big adjustment for them to be back here, but slowly they are getting there. It will all come into place once our daughter-in-law is back here with him though. She was so excited the day we found this apartment and the area that it's in, so when they are reunited - it will become their happy place together, I'm sure.

I ended up coming down mid-week with the bad cold that is going around school. I am still fighting it & ready, so ready, for the battle to end. I muddled through this weekend, resting when I could, but spending all of Saturday outside on a beautiful fall day, with 2 Taylor's. I had 2 senior shoots, one in the morning & one in the afternoon - each a Taylor - different schools.
One was into climbing trees & playing her guitar, and the other was into reaching for the sky via the rooftop of a parking structure. Both are all about their senior year, having fun, loving life and moving forward with their future plans.

Sunday we went to church in the morning, and then after having breakfast to celebrate a sweet girl's birthday, we headed home. Dream Boy jumped on his bike and I headed out to the patio to sit in the sunshine for about a 1/2 hour before taking off on another senior session.

So between school and clicking away with Lucy, life is crazy busy and I'm a very thankful & grateful lady.

Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Once Upon A Time.... a land of Dutch people, I met a boy.

We went on our 1st date on October 6, 1978.

For me, it was love on the 1st date - and I knew without a doubt that I would marry him.

Him? Not fully convinced. But within a few months, he had fallen as well.

Thirty six years ago today I awoke to a soft rain after spending the night on the couch in my parents living room. Struggling to sleep the night before due to the slippery, velvety, wildly flowered couch I was sleeping on, the chatter of my mom & our Wisconsin family in the kitchen next to me and the excitement of finally getting to marry the guy of my dreams!

I had a 7am hair appointment with my 2 best friends from my childhood and then a church to get to as our wedding was at 11:30 that Saturday morning. Why I felt the need to have my hairdresser do my "bobbed" haircut I don't know, but I guess it was an excuse to feel special? All it took was a wash, blow dry & curling it under for it to look as it did on any other day that I did it myself. But the memory remains and it is part of my wedding day revelry.

Today, my Dream Boy is in Seattle. As far west and away from the Mitten as could possibly be. But, he is helping the 2nd son pack up their apartment to bring them back to the Mitten by the end of the week. Our D2 will be staying on to finish out the season with her current job & will be joining S2 by the end of the month. 

My DIL & I spent last Tuesday together in Detroit looking for a place for them to live once they move back. After a very long day and many, many apartments & rental houses later and lots of driving and checking out the area, we successfully found a place that they will call home for the next year at least. It is close to the lake and in a community that seems to be very family oriented. 

But back to this day - and the celebration of having spent 36 years married to a man that has been my rock through thick & thin.

We have faced many, many trials and triumphs through our life and I can't imagine my life with anyone else. He is my quiet strength. He is my voice of reason and the one who can make me laugh until I snort and then almost pass out because I start to hyperventilate.

He has loved me as unconditionally as any human possibly can - through it all he has been my strongest supporter, my biggest cheerleader and the greatest example to me & our family of what a Godly man is.

Dream Boy - near or far, the miles cannot separate us from each other as the connection we have with each other has grown so strong in our life together. Thank you for who you are and who we've become.

I am so looking forward to another 36+ years with you. Hey - your aunt & uncle did it, why can't we???

I love you.