Last Saturday we went to a wedding in Austin for these sweet people...Michael and Kristin Allen.
We had such a great time.
The boys looked snazzy...
At one point in the evening I heard the dance floor chanting, "Go Hayden. Go Hayden."
We turned the corner to see our crazy child in the middle of the dance floor.
It was fun to get dressed up, go to one of our favorite towns and celebrate with people we love.
The next morning was Father's Day. What a sweet daddy we have.
My dad came up to see all of us. It was the perfect day. I swear I own more shirts.
The kids wake up excited to check the gardens. They are quite the tomato pickers. I never want to forget how Laney Rae says tomatoe. Too-mate-oh
lots and lots of swimming. lots and lots of good sleep at night.
Besides a tarantula, this week they became the proud owners of a locust right out of its shell...a gigantic walking stick (like something from Indian Jones) and a rat snake. Right after being captured the rat snake threw up a bird that had been partially digested. Nice. Right after it yacked the bird, the snake died. Even better.
We've been hanging out with the Apels on the farm. Kirby taught me to make the most yummy breakfast this morning. Eggs in a hole, or eggs in a basket. Delicious. We're going to make jelly tomorrow and finally post how we do it (pictures and all.)
As we've been preparing to go to Haiti one of the hardest parts for us is leaving behind family and friends. We've been extra intentional about spending time...quality time with the people we love before we go. It has been a blessing to be out here on the farm with my family...the cousins soaking each other up, laughing every night with one another, cooking dinner with Lynsey and cleaning the kitchen with each other. Makes me wonder why we didn't do this more, why we all don't do it more. I know we'll leave our friends and family here, but I'm thankful that when we come back to the US the time we will spend with one another...that time with family and friends will be rich, real and sweet. There will be time for long talks. Holding sleepy nieces. Sharing the morning with one another. Staying up way too late doing ridiculous things like...
getting Charlie to give us all Sharpie tattoos. Have you ever thought about what you'd want for a tattoo if you got one? Lots of laughter last night as we all thought of ideas. Lynsey started quoting people's facebook statuses as suggestions. Whew! Funny!
And now for my favorite picture of all time...
When we came across this one from the wedding we both laughed out loud. Aaron said, "I bet Ryan has seen these looks from us a lot. I look like I'm saying, "What are you thinking?" and you just look mad at him."
We love you Ryan, even if our faces don't always show it! I'm sure Ryan had just said something totally inappropriate. Aaron was getting on to him, and I was probably pointing out that all my kids just heard what Ryan said...reminding my children to ask permission before repeating things that Mr. Ryan says. Love this. It's a treasure to me.
This week I have been overwhelmed with God's goodness through the gift of real, intense and strong friendships. A piece of heaven. That's what those relationships feel like. What a joy it is to know God and be known by God. What a joy it is to be known by others and to know then well. No hiding or pretending. Sweet. Sweet. Blessings.