Below, in italics, is the recap that I wrote about our trip on the way home from Puerto Rico.
Below, in italics, is the recap that I wrote about our trip on the way home from Puerto Rico.
Summer… driving through Lancaster County roads with windows down, hair blowing, and music turned way up; Children giggling, and happily climbing all over you, making you sore for the days ahead; Long distance road trips where the cramped space and kids all talking at once makes one nearly lose its sanity; Stuck in a mud puddle in the middle of nowhere for hours (because those dirt roads out west…); Baby snuggles and the newness of that precious life that somehow has the ability to make one melt into a puddle; connecting with old friends and making new ones; and all those iced coffee’s and frappes… yes please! So, a tribute to you, summer, because you were amazing!
This summer has been the best yet, I believe. It’s also been the craziest one yet. I’m so grateful for the memories that were made, the relationships that were build and the love for each other that grew so much stronger.
Here’s a peek into our summer…
We headed to Colorado for our family vacation this year, and also to check some things out for future reference. On our way, we made this stop in Kansas to see the Chalk Monuments.
The roads to the top of Pikes Peak were a little curvy 😉
At the top of Pikes Peak!
It was kinda cold. 😉
Tunnel Drive, Canon City, Colorado.
Skyline Drive, Colorado
Colorado scenery… so gorgeous!
Several of my photogenic siblings…
back in Pennsylvania…
Lancaster Bible School was a lot of fun. These are two of my beautiful girls…
My co-teachers and me with two of our precious kiddos from Tuesday Church ❤
This darling child joined our family on September 1. Meet Kaylea Grace…
We love this child so very much, and we already can’t imagine our life without all her sweetness.
There were also a lot of other fun experiences that we had this summer… way too many to share on here. It was a really good summer, and I’m looking forward to what the rest of 2017 holds for us 🙂
Hope y’all have a lovely October!
Last week, two of us families decided to do a last minute trip to New Jersey because of the wonderful almost-70-degree weather we were having on Sunday 🙂 I got so many nice pictures that I decided to do a blog post about it 😉 Having weather like this in February is very unusual so we took advantage of it 😉
We first headed to Cape May Zoo (where there were a lot of people- more than there were animals :P) and spent several hours there.
And now, our favorite part of the day…
We then headed to Sunset Beach to watch the sunset 🙂
God definitely has some amazing art skills!
It was great to go out and enjoy the sunshine and take lots of pictures again 🙂
Hope ya’ll have a wonderful week!
This year, for our family vacation, we went to Ontario, Canada to Niagara Falls. On the way up there, we stopped at Alexandria Bay, New York, and took a boat tour of the Thousand Islands on St. Lawrence River. We saw a lot of castles, mansions, and several other unique buildings, including a small general store 🙂
That evening, we headed to Ontario, Canada, to the place where we were staying for the weekend.
We stopped at Swiss Chalet and ate a wonderful dinner there. Suzanne and I shared our meal, because… well, as you can see… There was a lot to eat 😉
Naomi and Ruth holding their “Shirley Temple” drink’s… maybe that what you do when you’re a fan of Shirley Temple?
On Saturday and Sunday, we were at Niagara Falls in Canada.
Fall is our favorite time of year to go on family trips because we get to see the changing leaves 🙂
This skydiving looked super fun! We’ve both been skydiving before and would love to do it again- I think this would be the perfect place to do it 😉
Maid of the Mist boat tours
Journey Behind the Falls
One of the biggest highlights was the evening when we got to see Niagara at Night.
Several more pictures of the Falls
It’s been rather long since you heard from us via blog-land. Please know that we are still alive and we’re all doing well. 😉 If you’ve been following any of our social media’s (mainly Instagram) you already know that we aren’t dead. 😀
Now you know that. So what have we been up to?
The Shirk Family…
and since she’s also a photographer, she took several pictures of me, too. Here’s one…
In August, Emma came from NYC to spend several days with us. She came through the Fresh Air Fund. This was a dream come true for us 🙂
One her favorite things was wearing the girls dresses. She barely wore her own while she was here :-O
visiting the chickens…
…and the sheep 🙂
Having a fresh air child here for nine days was a great experience, and we want to do it again next year 🙂
Several pictures from this past summer…
This past summer, Suzanne bought an English Cream Golden Retriever dog, whom she named Maggie, and I bought a Golden Retriever dog, whom I named Kenya (below). They’ve grown so fast, and are now half-way adult size!
More Recently, We traveled to West Virginia for a baptism. It was great reconnecting with a lot of our friends that we hadn’t seen for a long time.
There was a beautiful back road there, and when we drove through in the morning, it was foggy and made for a great picture 🙂
This past weekend, we traveled to Ontario, Canada, and stopped in at Thousand Islands in New York on our way. In Canada, we visited the Niagara Falls.
But, that’s a post for later…
So stay tuned and have a wonderful weekend!
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Last week, on a bright, sunny day, I had the privilege of meeting and taking pictures of this family. They were great, and it was a pleasure working with them!
Meet the Chelton’s…
Have a wonderful weekend!
Last week, I finally made it to Stoudtburg Village to capture some photos of a wonderful family. My assistants (because Suzanne wasn’t and isn’t here) were Kaitlin and my sister, Naomi.
See, the reason I asked Kaitlin to come with me is because she and I both enjoy photography and we both wanted to go to Stoudtburg Village for a while. So it worked out perfect. And a bonus is that I also got to take pictures of them, too. So if you scroll down an inch or two, you’ll find the pictures I took of them.
What can I say? I have a beautiful sister 🙂
I don’t know what she was doing here… practicing taking a selfie?
Or giving someone a thumbs up?
But nobody was in sight in the direction she was looking.
I should ask her…
And since a fellow photographer was there, I had to get pictures taken of me too.
Have a wonderful rest-of-the-week, people!
As hard as it is to believe baby Davy is not quite so baby anymore!! His birthday was this past Saturday. Linda took his one year pictures and then for dinner that night we had a cake smash for him…
Although this picture might not seem like he is very happy, it is just because he could not understand why someone was telling him to look at a camera when he wanted to enjoy his cake! 🙂
This little boy is such a little charmer and in my opinion the most handsome little guy!
This balloon was fun and he enjoyed playing with it! 🙂
Presenting the cake!
And making a mess… 😉
Well, there you have some glimpses of the youngest child of this tribe! 🙂 It has been so much fun this last year watching him grow and accomplishing milestones. I can’t wait to see what this next year holds for this little guy!
On a totally different note, On Sunday I (Suzanne) will be leaving to work at Handi*Camp for two weeks! I am really looking forward to it and everything I will learn and get to do. If you happen to think of me in these next two weeks I would appreciate you prayers…
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!
We’ve been silent lately, But we haven’t forgotten you!
It seems that since all the warm weather came and the weeds started growing, we’ve been extra busy. And of course, there are a lot of other activities we do… Such things that happen in a large family 🙂
And speaking of family, today I’m sharing with you guys several pictures of this little brother of ours. (these pictures were taken several weeks ago when he turned 11 months old) If you keep scrolling through our blog for a little bit, you’ll see some more pictures of him 😉 He’s a lot of fun to take pictures of [if he stays in the right place and position 😀 ]
Capturing his expressions are one of my goals… and they are hilarious!
And he’s super charming 🙂
our favorite… 😉
David discovered that he loves to climb, so he climbs onto almost everything.
One day, we found him almost at the top of our basement stairs before we saw him. He had climbed the stairs before, but always with someone ready to catch him if he would happen to fall.
Yesterday, he was a the top of another stairs. He was crying because he wanted to get down, and he hasn’t learned yet to crawl back down. This time again, He did it without supervision 😛
He also climbs onto the couches. He love to look out the window, so he stands on the couch and “jumps” up and down while ‘watching the world’. He can climb down from the couch, but he did fall once or twice. [oops]
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
It’s another beautiful morning here, as always 🙂 The green grass and trees with leaves show plainly that spring is here, and I’m very happy about that, because winter gets old and too cold after a while. Y’all probably know what I’m saying 🙂
We girls are really looking forward to the Mommy & Me Sessions on May 3. So if you’re interested in having your pictures taken, the deadline to respond is this Saturday (April 30)!
Here are a few details:
Enjoy your day!