We just went to our first wedding of the season (congratulations, Bryson and Rachel!), and the next few weeks will be filled with many more of the best kinds of celebrations—weddings, birthdays, and get-togethers.
We spent last weekend celebrating Mother's day with his parents. Puppy snuggles are so therapeutic—especially when they want to spend most of the day on someone's lap or in someone's arms. They especially love Nicholas (and I love that).
This picture makes me laugh—I love how all of us managed (accidentally or not) to squeeze into this photo on our way to Grandma and Grandpa DeVries' house.
Friday morning was low-key, since we took the day off for a wedding in the afternoon, so I made a big breakfast—cornbread buttermilk pancakes and farmer's market bacon—so good, with plenty of leftovers to freeze for quick breakfasts.
This weekend, we celebrated the beginning of the wedding week for our dear friends Fleet and Molly. And we've been planning the details of his best man speech! We are so blessed that we get to be a part of so much celebrating (and puppy snuggling).
Starting sometime in the fall, I made a point to be a bit more creative and find new to us trails to hike on and explore. Since then, we have found several new favorites for when we are in the mood for a hike, regardless of the season.
2022: A year in review
Welcome to my annual post of our life in the last year – a review of all the big and little events, travels, habits, heartbreaks, and joys. These posts require a lot of time and energy, in part due to sifting through all the posts I wrote in the last year, but also because these posts spur me to reflect and sit with the previous year for a moment, before stepping into the next one.
2021: A year in review
Every January, I assemble a blog post of sorts that catalogs our year. Largely organized in list-form, I touch on the big and little things, events and thoughts and experiences that shaped our life over the last year. I do find this incredibly helpful as a sort of reflection, a glance back on the Lord's faithfulness, to show me, time and time again, that He is a good God. And with that mindset, I feel less encumbered as we continue on into the new year, more ready to face a full year of new, fresh days, with the heart attitude that regardless of what the days will hold, mundane or exciting, difficult or good, I can walk into the future with hope and trust in Him. Plus, I do enjoy looking back on a lot of the little details of our life, the ones that make me smile or think, Oh, yes! We loved that! What a little joy in our life.