it’s a picture party.

a few noteworthy things..like a warm afternoon..
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and they all fell dowwnnnn.

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we may be fine with the baby pool for one…last…summer. our poor water bill.

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barefoot bathing suit bike riding. this was one of my favorite things, as a little girl. somehow it’s comforting to watch.

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something else that I love…the kiddos spend a good chunk of their backyard play making mud pies, cakes, soups, tea, coffee…(oh man, wouldn’t it be amazing if they could really make coffee??) they spend a good 45 minutes making a cake, then come deliver it to the kitchen door. then I go outside, pretend it’s my birthday, and they sing to me. so, you could say they celebrate my birthday every other day. and they use my old tea set from many years ago. like, 25.

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tea time in the treehouse. I snuck this picture. you know if they’d seen me coming the magic would’ve been broken.

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Mother’s Day campfire. it’s my favorite thing. it’s their favorite thing. win win.

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THIS is called a weekend couple’s retreat to our favorite spot in Georgia, which I’m not telling you about for fear it will be booked solid. and boy was the silence, conversation, naps, and overall rejuvenation needed! in fact, we didn’t see much of each other the week before we left, and three days after we got back I left for a trip to Minnesota for 4 days. such is life! but very thankful for this timely bit of joy.

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wanna know what 3 kids look like who are debating belief in Santa Claus and Jesus Christ?
this:

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and finally…drumroll….let me introduce to you..Natalie Long. Nat. Natters. Natster. NatNat.

the kindergarten graduate.

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this year brought about a lot of changes in you, most of which make me proud, laugh, and wonder what your Heavenly Father has in store.

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you are super creative, imaginative, my out-of-box-thinker, exploding with energy out of nowhere, deeply faithful, understanding, peace maker, and tree climber extraordinaire. I really really love you, and wish I could swaddle you and sing you to sleep one.last.time.
may your feet be beautiful, bringing Good News!

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