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    Summer So Far

    We’ve been back in the States for about two and half weeks for our summer break. Here’s a peek at some of what we’ve been up to…

    Eating fresh berries from Sam’s patch:


    Summer strawberries




    David grilling


    Spending time with two of our favorite people:


    Grandma and Grandpa


    Meeting our niece Claire:


    Dad with Claire


    Hanging out with her brother Jonah and family:


    Jonah sliding into the pond


    We drove to Tennessee for my sister’s wedding (more photos from that soon):




    Seeing my mom’s new property in Arkansas and the progress on her house:


    Mom on her new property


    Enjoying the lake near my mom’s:


    David fishing


    Arkansas Lake Shore


    Meeting up with dear friends from college:


    Heber Springs with friends


    Enjoying a Michigan summer at its finest:


    Deer in a field


    Pond at sunset


    Seeing David’s brother play ball:


    Ben in the Gus Macker


    What are your summer plams?




    Summer Bits & Pieces

    What a blessing this summer has been! Our time at home always flies by too fast.

    As we finish up the last 30 some hours of our break, here are a few bits and pieces and other favorites…


    Oh, deer…


    Oh deer.


    Sam shot this buck last year and got it shoulder mounted. This guy hung out in the living room for a while:


    Deer shoulder mounting


    We celebrated our second anniversary in June. It was my turn to schedule the surprise trip. (Last year David planned a surprise trip to Dollywood.) We stayed at Kara’s Kottages in Kalamazoo and had dinner at Food Dance. We loved it!


    Celebrating our anniversary


    Us with our nephew Jonah at Mooville:


    Us and Jonah


    King Kitty in all his glory:


    King Kitty stretching


    Double rainbow!


    Double rainbow


    Four generations! (David’s maternal grandparents, parents, brother Joe and his wife Brittany, and baby Jonah.)


    Four Generations of Wilcox/Benedict


    Honey bee and Mom’s cone flowers:


    Bee and cone flowers


    Mom made blackberry cobbler in her mom’s pie dish:


    Blackberry cobbler


    My grandma’s cross stitch work on a pillow in my mom’s bedroom:


    My grandma's cross stitch work


    David reading to our other nephew Ethan:


    David and Ethan


    John and Ethan:


    John and Ethan


    A beautiful, sunny day and reflections in the pond:


    Pond reflections


    Fried fish caught from the pond with homemade tarter sauce:


    Fried fish and tarter sauce


    My mom found another typeset drawer when she was cleaning out the basement. More for my collection!


    Typeset drawer


    This is us. Get it?


    Spicy Ginger, Spicy Asian

    Picking Michigan Blueberries

    While we were camping in South Haven, we stopped at DeGrandchamp Farms to pick blueberries! DeGrandchamp had a great you-pick area. They charged $1.75 a pound. After we got our buckets, we headed to the blueberry bushes. I think this was my first time picking blueberries – at least that I can remember!


    Degrandchamp blueberry you-pick


    Blueberry Farm


    Aren’t these berries just beautiful?


    Michigan blueberries


    Ben picking blueberries


    Fallen blueberries


    Blueberries on the bush


    Holding blueberries{shirt}


    Ripening blueberries


    Sam and David picking blueberries


    Our buckets of picked blueberries


    Bucket of blueberries


    DeGrandchamp also has a cute country store with lots of blueberry and cranberry products.

    We picked about 20 pounds of blueberries! We enjoyed snacking on them and made blueberry pancakes the next morning. Yum!



    South Haven, Michigan at Sunset

    We spent 5 days camping last week in Van Buren State Park in South Haven, Michigan with David’s family. South Haven is on the coast of Lake Michigan.


    Southwest Michigan map


    David’s family used their fifth wheel camper, but we had our own private camping suite. The Christmas after we got married, David’s parents gave us camping supplies including a huge 8-person Coleman tent. They also gave us a queen air mattress that takes up about half of the tent. It’s a great set up!

    The first day was really overcast. When we went to check out the water, it was hard to find the horizon! We had some rain the next two days, but it made for good sleeping weather in the morning.


    Foggy day at Lake Michigan


    We spent our days biking, looking at shops in the downtown area, and swimming at the beach. David’s dad had to work during the day, but joined us in the evenings. After we made campfire and RVQ dinners, we’d head into town for ice cream. We ate twice at Captain Nemo’s for their delicious Sherman’s Finest ice cream! (We weren’t as impressed with Kilwins… it was good, but really overpriced.)

    One evening we walked down the South Haven pier to catch the sunset.


    South Haven, Michigan


    South Haven, Michigan


    South Haven, Michigan lighthouse


    We are so spoiled by Michigan beaches! Unsalted and so beautiful!


    Lake Michigan with ducks


    Family on the pier


    We watched the sailboats come into the dock for the night:


    South Haven, Michigan sunset


    South Haven, Michigan Sailboat


    Pure Michigan:


    South Haven, Michigan Sunset



    Oh, haaaaay

    Oh, haaaaay. Well, not actually hay. In the past it was hay, but this year it was straw. (Hay is from alfalfa and straw is from wheat… the things I’ve learned since marrying David!)

    There’s a field on the farm the Benedicts bales every year. After a combine separated the grain, the stalks were left for baling. A tractor pulled the baler, which picked up the straw, compressed it, tied it, then spit it out the back onto the trailer for stacking. I think Grandpa said the baler was 50 years old.


    Baling Straw


    David loves working on the farm. I love seeing him in his element:


    Farmer Dave baling straw


    I was not a baler, but I hung around for moral support. I rode in the Gator with Grandpa to drop off some twine:


    Grandpa on the Gator


    It was dusty, dusty work!


    Baling straw


    Dad on the tractor


    Tractor baling straw


    All ready for auction:


    Straw bale stack




    Detroit Tigers Game

    My dad lives in Georgia but was visiting Michigan for vacation. He invited us to the July 26 Detroit Tigers game. They played the Philadelphia Phillies. David, Mary, Patrick, and I visited with Dad and his family and then headed to Comerica Park.


    Outside Comerica Park


    Outside Comerica Park


    Comerica Park is across the road from Ford Field:


    Ford Field


    We arrived early and got a free fan towel.


    Field at Comerica Park


    The weather was beautiful and it was a sold-out stadium.


    Detroit Tigers vs Philadelphia Phillies


    Pure Michigan:


    Comerica Park at night


    Detroit Tigers July 26, 2013


    Tigers won, 2–1! We had a great time catching up with everyone, especially Dad, my brother Matt, and his wife Anna.


    Family at Detroit Tigers game



    Meeting Baby Kenley!

    Our best friends Vicki and Rusty had their baby! We couldn’t be more thrilled for them! Their daughter arrived early Wednesday morning and they named her Kenley Elizabeth Harris. We got to meet her yesterday. She is absolutely beautiful:




    She is so tiny! We met her when she was just two days old. It’s been a while since I held a newborn. I was nervous I was going to break her. David, on the other hand, was a natural:


    David holding Kenley


    Leah holding Kenley


    I designed birth stats for Kenley with the same owl themed graphics I used for Vicki’s shower invitations:


    Owl themed baby birth stats


    Baby, mom, and dad are doing great. Such a beautiful family!


    The Harris Family


    Vicki and Rusty did a fantastic job with her nursery. Vicki went with gray, coral, and owls for the theme. I got to help with a few things!


    Gray and coral nursery


    I designed two prints of prayers. One was a prayer Vicki’s dad said with her at night. The other she found on Pinterest. Again, these were based on the same graphics as the shower invitation:


    Nursery wall with prayers


    Here’s a close up of one of them:


    Prayer design in nursery


    We’re so glad she arrived before we head back to Turkey. Congrats, Rusty and Vicki! Kenley is the luckiest little girl in the world to have you two as her parents! We are so excited to watch her grow.