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Three cheers for forty years and a little touching of base with you all to start the week <3


I was looking back through all the photos posted over the years here on the Journey for something that summed us up…and this seemed as good as any.

We celebrated our 40th anniversary this weekend and like many of the others over the years, we spent it at the ball park.

These two had their end of season tournament…
PC/Rachel Maxwell

They also turned a year older in the past week and I think this growing up so fast nonsense needs to stop.

We sat in yard chairs and sweated and laughed remembering many an anniversary dinner from the concession stand when our three were all playing ball around the area back in the day.

Now we get to see our girl cheer her kids on…

and we bow low to thank God for the gift of years He has given us.

We do not take it for granted that we have been given much and marvel at the gift of time we have been given.

Rachel arranged for a secret notice to go out on Facebook and surprised us with cards from around the country..

Please note the letter opener/saber in Emmett’s hands…he is being a pirate…because…well…why not?

So sweet and touching to read all these kind words from friends and family. I may have cried. A lot.

It made me realize how much a card can mean to people and inspired me to do better at sending notes again!!

We ended it all with a little dinner at a small place nearby and then sitting out on the patio with a fire and s’mores…

all and all…

best. forty years. ever <3
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To end the Merry Month of May

Just a quick hello this morning as we had a wonderfully full weekend that ended with an overnight last night. 

Summer kick off is well underway, even if the weather is acting more like early spring with all its gray skies and cooler temps. 

So here are a few snapshots of life from the weekend and then we will do the end of May look back tomorrow…and hopefully touch on Nehemiah to finish out the week. That’s the plan anyway, but as you know..things rarely go according to plan here on the Journey. 

The above is a blurry version of the kids getting ready to race their mom to the corner, which is a traditional farewell that involves a slow exit so the kids can win…every time.

We weren’t sure how Miss Thing would do with out her mom, but it seems as long as we have….

Gwaham….all is right in the world and she soldiered through more than a few mishaps and spills.

Because girlfriend goes wherever the band of brothers go…

Thankfully mom remembered to pack the waders, because…

ain’t no river wide enough.

Papi had loads of help getting the fire started for supper…

We ate all the food groups: hot dogs, chips, Mac and cheese and of course…


and then…

s’more s’mores….

all on festive Memorial Day plates I found in the cupboard…

Because party planning is my jam.

There were fireworks on the driveway that were further enhanced by three boys on roller blades.

No pictures…too busy cringing and hollering out “BEEEEEE CAREFUL!!!!!”

And now we are up and at ’em…full of donut holes and waffles and gearing up for a visit to the local nature center.

I may need a thermos of coffee and a hammock nap…see ya tomorrow <3

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Easter Monday <3

Easter Monday…the grave is still empty, my heart is so full.

We got to see all but one of our favorite people…and we talked to him for quite a while so that helped.

First stop was early church and brunch with this bunch of cuties…

and when I checked the photo, I may have had a moment when I realized…


Rachel said I probably won’t be standing behind him for photos much longer and soon he will be standing behind me…what in the real world is going on here…how did this happen????

It was like yesterday when we were …

Anywho, that’s where we are.

And someone got to sneak in a photo shoot with this little one who is sweeter than a whole bag of jelly beans…

Next stop was to see the actual faces of these two ….

no masks…and we got to hug them and everything which was the first time in a year.

Also I would be remiss if I did not add that after we checked the photo to make sure we were all smiling and Sarah hadn’t pulled one of her goofy looks, she mentioned that it looked like Jack must have had a really good idea…take a minute…think about it.

Not to be left out, I also got a selfie with this handsome fellow…

So that was our day and now we are taking some time to really celebrate someone’s retirement.

Hope you had a happy Easter.

It has been a rough year and we are not out of the water yet by any stretch, but in the midst there are sweet moments and for those we are so grateful.

Have a happy Monday and don’t eat too many leftover peeps…

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