Posts Tagged ‘family’

elena’s birthday

Happiest of birthdays to one of my very favorite sisters-in-law! I am so glad you came into our family four years ago. Life has certainly changed because of you, and we are blessed to know you. We wish God's best for you this coming year.

easter at the bay

Sunday afternoon proved to be even more beautiful than Saturday at the golf course. After church and lunch the group of us (minus thr napping Conor and Sadie) headed down to the bay to skip rocks and soak up the sun. It never gets old looking at the serene water. I can't wait to bring out the kayaks, but that may have to wait another month or two! Sasha is the only one who actually ventured into the water. She loved it! I'll have to buy her a new doggie water boomerang so we can play fetch. :) Bill and Sarah were the clear winners at skipping rocks. Conceptually I know it's all in the wrist, but practically I end up chucking each rock speedily into the watery depths. Clearly my skills lie elsewhere.

easter with family

What a beautiful Easter weekend! The sun came out and warmed up the chilly April air. The budding trees provided a great and timely reminder of life after death. Death is conquered, as proved by the empty tomb. Jesus is a living savior! Because he lives, so do I.

friends.

I don't mean to get sappy, but you guys! I got to see Alissa! And Jesse! And Tony! (Obviously I see my brother a little more often, but it's still pretty awesome.) It was like a mini Morris reunion, but with people I actually love. The fact that they (and Ashley) live in different parts of this huge state gives me actual anxiety. How could I move back to MN and choose who to live near?? Can you all please consolidate into one town or city? Thanks. :)

breton bay

Can you believe it? Sixty degrees and sunny! Sarah and I were itching to get out of the house so we took the two dogs down to Breton Bay for some sunshine and exercise. Dogs are so fun! I can't believe Sadie is 16 and Sasha is 10. Where has the time gone?

cultivate conference


Source: Cultivate

The weekend arrived so much faster than I thought it would, and before I knew it, Maura and Sarah showed up at my house to pick me up for the women's conference! Even though it was nearby, Maura booked a hotel room for the three of us. After a late lunch of blackened fish tacos, we headed to the hotel to drop out things off and get a quick workout in at the hotel gym. We had just enough time to get changed and head over to Reston Bible Church for the Friday evening portion of "Cultivate". Cultivate is Kelly Minter's ministry. She was the keynote speaker, and her teaching was phenomenal.

nova nation



It was the day of the Super Bowl: Eagles vs. Patriots (should have been Vikings vs. Patriots… that still stings). But we had a more important game to attend. In Philly no less. What was it? NCAA Mens Basketball: Villanova vs. Seton Hall. This was a special game, not because of who was playing, per se, but because of who was watching. The whole "Jersey Crew" showed up in support of Shanathair's birthday. Shan's alma mater (one of them) was Villanova, the prestigious Catholic university in Philadelphia. 

meanwhile in sea isle

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Ah, New Jersey. How I've missed your salty air, your wonderfully sunny beaches, and your small town charm. It's like coming back home and being greeted with 20 oz. of Wawa coffee. It never gets old. I forgot about your "teacup handle" left turn roadway design. Not impressed. Perhaps we can discuss that later.

happy birthday declan!

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This little goofball turned two! Tully and Megan invited us up for Declan's big birthday bash. And it was big! There were easily 50 people there, at least a third of whom were kids. A lot of family traveled in to make it, plus friends and coworkers with their kids in tow. Brian and I came the night before and helped with setup. In all, the backyard held a tent for shucking oysters, a wildly popular inflatable bouncy house, a cool sandbox house, and Tully's newly licensed and purchased hotdog cart (Hero Dogs). That doesn't even account for the food and drink spread. At first I thought, "why would you go through all this effort" but then I saw the massive windfall of gifts – plus the fun of hosting a party – and my mind totally changed. Big birthday bashes for everyone! :)


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