Tuesday, March 18, 2014


It just so happened that I was hanging out at the beach with them and their whole family was together and the sun was just right and no one was melting down quite yet and when I said "throw your arms up and be silly!" they all did just that (except for dad who had permission to simply stand there looking cool) and the result was this. Just this. One of my favorite family portraits ever.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

that the world might be saved

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." John 3:16-17

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

a box of books

library book sale
Every year we go to the local library book sale, held in an old dark church gymnasium. If we show up on the first day as soon as it opens we manage some great finds.
Shawn once mentioned that we could save a lot of weight when we move by getting rid of some books. He may as well have suggested we leave a couple kids in storage. It hasn't come up again.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

hawaii on our minds

gulls in a big big sky
It's a good thing we like the beach because soon we're going to be spending a lot more time there.
Like all the time.
Ask Katie why and she'll tell you, "We're moving way out into the sea!"
That's right, the Marine Corps is moving us to Hawaii. We will be living on a very tiny island in a great big ocean and we're actually pretty excited about that. We're also a little overwhelmed by all that has to happen in a couple of short months. We're sad about leaving behind close friends here and being so very far from family there. We're a tiny bit worried about island fever and one. single. season. all. the. time. OK that one might only apply to me. Mostly, we're thrilled. The kids are talking surf boards and no more socks and swimming with turtles. Tristan is reading the Oahu guide books right along with me, marking pages and making plans.
Moving is bittersweet every time.
It's also an adventure every time.
And we can't imagine doing life any other way.

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