A Tribute to You, Summer

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 πŸ˜‰
At the top of Pikes Peak!
It was kinda cold. πŸ˜‰

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Tunnel Drive, Canon City, Colorado.
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Skyline Drive, Colorado
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Colorado scenery… so gorgeous!
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Several of my photogenic siblings…
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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…
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We love this child so very much, and we already can’t imagine our life without all her sweetness.
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Beach day…
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 πŸ™‚

Hope y’all have a lovely October!

Little Brother, Little Brother

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜‰ He’sΒ a lot of fun to take pictures of [if he stays in the right place and position πŸ˜€ ]
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Capturing his expressions are one of my goals… and they are hilarious!
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And he’s super charming πŸ™‚
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our favorite… πŸ˜‰
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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 πŸ˜›

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!
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David Austin – Portraits

It’s [almost] spring again, and we’re loving it. It’s the time of year when new life is everywhere. Lambs and kids (baby goats) are being born, the grass is turning greener, the trees [will soon be] budding, the sun stays longer, and the world is just a lot warmer. Yup, This weather is perfect!

Yesterday, I was so inspired to get out my camera again and shoot for great pictures. And I got that accomplished!
These pictures of David were taken yesterday evening… and yes, it was so warm that he could go barefoot πŸ˜‰

So, here’s David, with all his charm and smiles.

I can hardly believe that he’s already nine months old!

The way he crawls makes me laugh. He does it with such passion… like he’s on a mission, which he usually is πŸ™‚
His cute little wave πŸ™‚
Oh, he gets L O T S of these πŸ˜‰

Have a blessed day! (and here is a good-bye from David)
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my little {big} brothers

Several weeks ago, I went outside with David to get his three month old photos taken. He’s growing tooΒ fast!
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And the other evening the lighting was so beautiful out front, so I towed my sisters (to help me) and David (the subject– I know, poor baby is getting a good amount of those times :)) outside to get some pictures. again.
IMG_1092Β AndΒ since Caleb was also hanging around there, I got him in some pictures too!caleb and davidthe bestHe makes me laugh! =)
IMG_1152photo credit (above picture) goes to Naomi.

Birth Announcements

So today I thought I would share the birth announcements that we have done so far… Let us know which one you like the best…
announcement C. 2. announcement D 3. announcement E 4. announcement F 5. birth announcement A. 6. David's announcement 7. postcard So I would really like to know which one of these is your favorite… You can let us know in the comments… And then here is our first family picture with David. It did not turn out the best but for now it will have to do until we can get a better one taken…
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And here is my all time favorite picture of David… This is the first picture we got of him smiling πŸ™‚ IMG_0598 {Linda edited most of these pictures.}