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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    We set up our Christmas tree last night and put up a few Thanksgiving decorations as well. Some of our friends had us over for dinner this week, and we made some thankful turkeys with them. The stuffed animal is actually a hat. David wore it to school on Wednesday and the kids got a kick out of it.

     

    Thanskgiving in the living room

     

    The pies are made, turkey is in the oven, and soon we’ll be enjoying a feast. I am also so excited to have my mom in Turkey for this Thanksgiving!

    There is so much I am thankful for, it’s hard to even begin! Most of all, I am thankful for my family and friends and the love, mercy, and forgiveness from my God and Savior.

    Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34

     

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    Our Fave Babes

    Our summer at home is coming to a close and we’re in the last couple of days of packing and saying goodbyes. We’re always thankful for our time at home that we get to spend with family and friends.

    We’ve especially loved seeing our nephews and niece and how much they’ve grown!

    Ethan LOVES throwing and kicking balls:

     

    Ethan holding a ball

     

    Can you tell Claire and David are related?

     

    David with Claire

     

    Smiley Jonah:

     

    Smiley Jonah

     

    Kenley is our best friends’ babe. We went to her first birthday party this summer!

     

    Leah and Kenley

     

    We’ll let everyone know when we’re back across the pond.  🙂  Prayers for safe travel are much appreciated!

     

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    Benny’s Arkansas Adventure

    While David’s parents and brother were on a service trip to Haiti, we traveled back to Arkansas and took Benny with us. It was Ben’s first time visiting Arkansas. We drove two cars so we could take one to Mom. One car didn’t have air conditioning, and the day we traveled was one of the hottest days of the summer. Guess who had the car with the AC? (Hint: David is too good to me.)

     

    Arkasans welcome center

     

    Mom’s still working on her house, but her fifth wheel worked well for the four of us. And we took full advantage of the lake! We spent one afternoon at the Heber Springs Dam Site Park, and the boys had a blast jumping off of the cliffs into the water.

     

    Greers Ferry Lake map

     

    We rented a pontoon another afternoon. Mom looked right at home behind the wheel!

     

    Mom driving the pontoon

     

    On the pontoon

     

    Pontoon

     

    Aside from the lake, we all got in some reading:

     

    Reading in the fifth wheel

     

    The weather cooled off later in the week. We saw a lot of beautiful sunsets:

     

    Sunset and mist over Greers Ferry Lake

     

    Ben fishing at sunset

     

    The boys camped one night at Blanchard Springs and Caverns. They explored the caves and caught a few trout!

     

    Blanchard Springs and Caverns

     

    David holding a trout

     

    While the boys were off doing their thing, Mom and I visited my alma mater Harding University. A trip to Searcy wouldn’t be complete without a meal at Doc’s Grill! It was one of the first restaurants we visited back in 2006 during my college visit.

     

    Doc's Grill in Searcy

     

    We stopped by the fountain to see my brick. Mom got it for me as a graduation gift:

     

    My Harding brick

     

    There wasn’t a lot of progress on Mom’s house while we were there, but the builders did deliver the timbers the day before we left:

     

    Mom's house timbers

     

    We had a blast and are so excited to see Mom’s cabin on the lake the next time we’re back in Arkansas.

     

    Family at sonic

     

     

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    My Sister’s Wedding

    I still can’t believe my little sister got hitched! Mary and Patrick got married June 21 in Jackson, Tennessee. David and I drove down from Michigan early to hang out and help with the wedding festivities. (We spent the week at a Chickasaw Chalet with my mom and loved their little getaway cabins!)

    I designed her wedding invitations. Skeleton keys have been a favorite of hers for several years and we used that for their theme:

     

    Wedding invitations skeleton key theme

     

    She had a hair appointment the morning of. Mom and I went with her:

     

    Hair appointment

     

    The chapel was really cute!

     

    Tulip Tree Chapel

     

    Her dress was so beautiful! Her “something borrowed” was my veil:

     

    Mom lacing Mary up

     

    Lacing the back of her dress

     

    beforewedding

     

    And it was a lovely ceremony:

     

    enteringchapel

     

    The ceremony

     

    Lighting the unity candle

     

    The kiss

     

    Mr. and Mrs. Lankford

     

    bouquettoss

     

    Thumbs up

     

    Mary and David

     

    I was honored to be her maid (matron?!) of honor:

     

    Sisters

     

    getawaycar

     

    Congratulations, Mary and Patrick!

     

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    Happy First Birthday to our Nephew Jonah!

    Dear Jonah,

    We can’t believe it’s already your first birthday! We hope you have a very happy day. We can’t wait to see you and meet your little sister this summer. Uncle David and Aunt Leah love you!

     

    Us and Jonah

     

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    Welcome to the World, Claire!

    We’re an aunt and uncle again! Our nephew Jonah got a new sister January 8. Congrats, Joe and Brittany!

    We can’t wait to meet baby Claire this summer! 🙂

    Isn’t she beautiful?!

     

    Baby Claire

     

    Claire Birth Stats

     

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