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!
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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…
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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.
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The roads to the top of Pikes Peak were a little curvy 😉
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At the top of Pikes Peak!
It was kinda cold. 😉

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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…
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My co-teachers and me with two of our precious kiddos from Tuesday Church ❤
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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…
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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!
-Linda

Cape May, New Jersey

cape-may-beach-31Last 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.
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And now, our favorite part of the day…
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We then headed to Sunset Beach to watch the sunset 🙂
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God definitely has some amazing art skills!
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It was great to go out and enjoy the sunshine and take lots of pictures again 🙂

Hope ya’ll have a wonderful week!
linda thingie

Thousand Islands, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario

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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 🙂

Suzanne and Caleb during the boat tour:
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Heart Island (Boldt Castle)
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Boldt Yacht House
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A cool victorian home 🙂
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The smallest Island on Saint Lawrence river 🙂
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That evening, we headed to Ontario, Canada, to the place where we were staying for the weekend.
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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 😉
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Naomi and Ruth holding their “Shirley Temple” drink’s… maybe that what you do when you’re a fan of Shirley Temple?
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Niagara Falls


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On Saturday and Sunday, we were at Niagara Falls in Canada.
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Fall is our favorite time of year to go on family trips because we get to see the changing leaves 🙂
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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 😉

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Maid of the Mist boat tours
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Journey Behind the Falls
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One of the biggest highlights was the evening when we got to see Niagara at Night.
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Ride across the rapids
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White Water Board Walk
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Back at the cottage that we were staying at. I got to have my own bedroom – so unusual 😉
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Several more pictures of the Falls
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::of days gone by::

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?

Photoshoots

The Shirk Family…
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Ammanah…
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and since she’s also a photographer, she took several pictures of me, too. Here’s one…
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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 🙂
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One her favorite things was wearing the girls dresses. She barely wore her own while she was here :-O
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visiting the chickens…
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…and the sheep 🙂
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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…
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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!
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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.
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There was a beautiful back road there, and when we drove through in the morning, it was foggy and made for a great picture 🙂
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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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P.S. Here are the links to our Instagram accounts if you wish to follow us:
Suzanne: instagram.com/suze_stoltzfus
Linda: instagram.com/lindasrose

 

 

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 🙂

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 😀 ]
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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 🙂
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our favorite… 😉
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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 😛

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!
linda thingie

 

Happy Birthday, Esther!

Today is the birthday of a very special girl. This  girl is an extraordinary one. This girl is one that We’ll never forget.

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When we first met Esther, we clicked right away. Since the day we first met her, we look forward to every chance we can get together with her. 🙂
Esther brings so much laughter and joy into our lives!  For example, Almost every time she comes to our house, she makes my mom cry with laughter. 😉 It’s Her funny little comments and witty sentences that keep us all laughing.
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We’re so Thankful that our paths have crossed. 
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We’re so thankful for you, Esther, and Happy Birthday!

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Autumn and Family

This past Sunday our family went up to Middle Creek wildlife center. We love going to this place every fall because it is an awesome place to go hiking and the fall colors and leaves are just glorious.

So, I thought I would share some of the pictures we took. Enjoy!!

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Kathy with chicken pox and all…october 182

I got to carry this big guy around. He did amazing though, sleeping most of the time we were hiking…october 185

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Well, there you have a little glimpse of what we might do on a beautiful fall day. I hope you all are having an amazing fall. Enjoy it to the fullest because before you know it winter will be here.

Have a fabulous week…

posted by: Suzanne

Kentucky {Creation Museum}

kentucky trip 231After a full day of traveling, we arrived at our destination in KY around ten in the evening. and for a family of 10 traveling in a van, it was a relief to finally get there 🙂
The next day (and the next) we spent at The Creation Museum. It was our first time there, and we had a wonderful time. 🙂 here are a few pictures…
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A walk in the garden…
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doing the job he loves… sucking fingers 😉
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whatever was going on here, it must’ve been rather funny 😀
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This big boy proudly carried one of the bags of popcorn we bought that were almost as big as him 🙂
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photo credits for the six following pictures go to the people who ran off with my camera 🙂
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I love them!
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camel rides…
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Dad and Ben went on the zipline. here’s Ben going off 🙂
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back in the building with Suze and her friends 🙂
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posing with a dinosaur. 
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one last picture with this terrific dinosaur.
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Hope you guys have a wonderful day! 

{ Posted by Linda}

Virginia

Hello again! It’s been a little while since I blogged….

A couple weeks ago we went on a family vacation to Virginia and the Creation Museum in Kentucky. We had been wanting to take a trip to the Creation Museum for a while. This was the longest tip we have ever done all together as a family.  We had originally been planning to visit Faith Mission on our way down, but those plans fell through when my little brother Caleb got the chicken pox a couple days before we left. But then we got to enjoy the view from Skyline Drive. We had such a wonderful time together.

And now here are some of the pictures. I will kinda let them speak for themselves.

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And another family picture by the falls.

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That’s it for now! Part two is coming soon 🙂

Have a wonderful week, folks.

Suzanne