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First Fourth

July 5, 2018

Celebrating his independence for the first time. 

#Glowing #FirstFourth #LoveHim



Happy Birthday, America. 

Our family is what it is today, thanks to your open doors…

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free! Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me!”


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Michigan Memories ♥

July 3, 2018

Summer Vacation ~ Northern Michigan

We’ve been running around non-stop these past few months. So, we really needed this week-long trip away from it all. It was our way of hitting the “RESET” button on our family.  And it felt so good.

We made so many treasured memories this past week exploring one of our favorite states.  They say that the further north you travel in Michigan, the more beautiful it becomes.  So far, based on our many adventures through that state, we have found that to be true.

Incredibly grateful to Bryan’s boss for giving us her beautiful, spacious condo at Boyne Mountain.  Funding vacations for a family our size isn’t easy…especially since we’re still recovering (financially) from River’s adoption expenses. So, her generous gift to us was such a blessing. 

#NorthernMichigan #Mountains #Beaches #BoyneCity #Petoskey #Charlevoix




June 30, 2018
Well, that’s a wrap!
And 214 is the magic number!


Sidney and Grace’s softball seasons aren’t over yet, but their “Pitch with a Purpose” project is. Over these past couple of months, they’ve chalked up 214 strikeouts in 103 innings pitched, in Haven’s honor. So, now it’s time for all of you awesome sponsors out there to send your pledges over to the children at the Agape Family Life House in China. I know they will be thrilled to accept the $21.40 pledges from all of you Dime Donors out there, and the $214.00 pledges from all of you Dollar Donors out there. We did the math, and if all sponsors follow through with their pledges, the children at Agape who have brittle bone disease (just like Haven) will be receiving a grand total of $2,017.40!!! Incredible!!! All you need to do to make your donation is click on the link below and then click on the yellow “donate” button at the bottom of the page. It’s super easy, and will only take a minute of your time. The girls can’t thank you all enough for supporting them (and Haven) in this project, and they are already starting to talk about who/what they want to pitch for next spring, as they try to continue to pitch with a purpose. Again, we thank you all so much. We truly believe that it is through giving that we receive. So, we have no doubt that God will bless each and every one of you for your generous gifts toward these precious kiddos on the other side of the world!

Making Promises ♥

June 30, 2018

This was the scene at my cousin’s wedding reception last weekend in Plainfield. Full rainbow overhead as all of the first dances were taking place underneath the tent.

Weddings are about making promises and keeping them. Rainbows are, too. So cool to see those two things collide tonight into one beautiful scene! 


Almost 17 years ago, this girl walked down the aisle in my wedding as my flower girl. Last weekend, I got to see her walk down the aisle as a bride.

So happy for you, Kourtni!  Welcome to the family, Logan!  Love you both!



Daddy’s New Puzzle

June 30, 2018

Tourney Champions! 
Morganne’s softball team went undefeated in both the regular season and tourney this year. Not a bad way for her to begin her softball career. So proud of her, her teammates, and her coaches (including her daddy). She was bummed that she had to miss the championship game, due to a postponement that interfered with our family vacation. But, she was able to drown her sorrows on a warm, beautiful beach, and she was pretty happy when we told her that she has some new hardware to look forward to when we get back home. So, it’s all good. Last week, after her final game, she gave Bryan a fire flame puzzle (since her team name was “Fire Flames”), as a gift for coaching her this season. I’m sure that puzzle will always hold a special place in his heart…


Dino Date Night

June 21, 2018

Jurassic World, here we come!!
Jackson is about to burst. Totally excited. Totally nervous, too. (Because he knows that he’s going to jump out of his chair a time or two.) He’s been waiting a looong time for this, and been talking about it non-stop. As usual, his excitement is contagious. So, I’m totally excited, too!  

#Premiere #FallenKingdom #DateNight


Husband. Daddy. Hero.

June 18, 2018

My husband.

Their daddy.

Our hero.


He loves and leads our family so well.

Hope he knows how much we appreciate him not just on Father’s Day, but every day!