Then this past Friday, my dad turned 60. He works and plays more like he's 30. Sadly, the following day, Reese, Natasha and Lane had to face a day they never anticipated having to face. Natasha had a sweet celebration for Case on what would have been his first birthday. Her blog is attached to mine, check out her sweet, intimate celebration.
My heart aches because of this loss, but I have a lot of thanksgiving in my heart too. Reese, Natasha and Lane will add a baby girl to their sweet family - this is a huge blessing. Natasha continues to look to God and their sweet family remains faithful and carries on in a brave, determined way. Reese and Natasha are determined to provide a lot of joy and fun for Lane and they share Case's memory in such a wonderful way. Natasha takes good care of herself as she is growing this baby girl.
God is good and there is a lot of joy in this world. I am so grateful for summer break with our kids. 29 days left and I will treasure EACH ONE!
Today, Willem and Merit biked as I pushed Hazel in the jogging stroller. It was hot and we were all a bit uncomfortable, but I brought plenty of water which I poured over the boys' heads and Hazey's feet every 1/2 mile or so. Willem called Hazel a princess a couple of times on our adventure and he called Merit a princess once too. It's funny, the ultimate compliment Willem gives Hazel is calling her a beautiful princess - but when he and Merit are argueing he likes to insult Merit by calling him a princess. Today Willem said to Merit "You are a princess who likes girl ponies!" Geesshhh, he doesn't even know they are called "my little ponies" --- good thing we have a little girl in the house who can someday teach us about these things. :)
I hoped to take a few pictures of the boys last night... but it went something like this:
BTW, that is Merit's "I've just about had it" expression.
Willem and I built his lego fire station this morning. The pretending
that came after the fire station was complete was my favorite part!
Hazel likes to "play kitchen."
summer evenings are my favorite
in our yard, Hazel with just a diaper, I love it
Our pumpkin plants look good... should we already have pumpkins though??
A garden is hardly a garden without pumpkins!
Wishing you sunshine and love...