Family Currents

photo credit: Nathan

The highlight of our week was, hands-down, Isabel’s birthday! She has grown up so much this year! She is always so calm and unassuming. She’s our constant – but when it comes to her birthday…Lookout! She brings us so much joy, as God works in her to make her his own : )

photo credit: Nathan

Damaris has been reading this book with the girls for the last couple of months. It has been a special treat for the little women of the house in the quiet afternoons. They’ve all enjoyed it, especially the 7, 5, and 3 year old. Not only is the reading enjoyable, but the illustrations are beautiful and draw the little ones in.

I’m a fortunate husband, because for the last 15 years Damaris has been practicing the art of creating a welcoming home. She won’t admit it, but I think she’s mastered it : ) Candles are one of her signature brush strokes. As unassuming as they are, she uses them to set a mood, create an atmosphere…and even cover some smells, I suppose ; ) She told me this candle is one of her new faves. “What makes a favorite candle”, you ask? Well, as I have been informed – it lasts super long, it smells great of course, and it looks classy. What she didn’t say was that it’s from World Market…she pretty much loves everything from them!

All I need is a long and wide front porch, a gentile straw hat, and a rocking chair. Sipping Damaris’ iced tea on a hot, muggy July day makes me think I’m in Savannah. What else is there to do in the mid-day heat, but take it easy?? She actually mixes half of this Tazo with half chamomile for her special brew : )

some thoughts, Nathan

Family Currents

Haying time marks exciting days at the farm! The boys worked hard to store the bales behind the great barn doors. Grilled brats and sleeping on the hay wagon helped restore some sore muscles.

Isn’t it hard to find grown up hair accessories? This week I found my new favorite! This chunky circle hair clip requires a large amount of hair for it to stay in place, but using a couple inconspicuous bobby pins does the trick. I have been wearing it everyday!

Our third-born William Dean’s 9th birthday was just a couple of days ago. He’s a birth story junkie (really, all the kids are), but we’ll spare you the details. William was born on the perfect summer Sunday. We welcomed him early in the morning on Father’s Day.

My parents visit was the most delightful event! So many fun activities planned that I will have share in a post all its own. We were sad to let them go back to Spain, but we’re thankful we don’t have to let go of the memories.

with love. Damaris