Friday, June 20, 2014

Family!

We had the joy of spending this week with my mom (Janet) and sister (Jess) and Jess's two girls, Julia and Caroline.  It was so incredible to have them here.  I saw them last year when Mercy and I flew home for Mother's Day.  The last time the whole family went down to their house was in 2010, when Patrick was here and Tirzah was only a year old.  Obi wasn't even conceived yet, so he had never met them.  The last time Janet was up here to visit was in 2003 just after Zeke was born.  So, yeah, it was overdue.  :)

Here are some pictures (sadly, my lens has taken another tumble and I had no idea that the pictures wouldn't turn out so good...clearly I cannot depend on this lens, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do now):

This is the week that Micah and Eden are serving with the church youth group team in our city, called Operation St. Cloud.  We stole them away for about 3 hours yesterday afternoon, though, so they could visit with us too.
 {Eden and Mamaw}

Obi refused to stand in this picture...so sad...we will tease him about it 10 years from now.


 {Eden and Julia...on a similar note, I can't stop calling Eden "Jess", lol}
 {Jess and Julia}

 {Mercy was pretty shy, but Jess worked on her lots...she said, "If we were here for a few more days, I'd have her."  I know she would.  Mercy was finally starting to warm up.  Caroline is photobombing us...that girl is too cute!}
 Me and Momma
 Me and Jess
 Julia and me and her real-life minecraft creation, lol.
 Finally, a picture with Obi!
Missing Micah and Eden, but here they are tallest to shortest...We switched Caroline and Tirzah around but they are the same height and the yard is slightly inclined.

While they were here, we enjoyed beautiful weather.  We walked, played games, and just sat around and talked.  Janet made amazing food for us and I ate until I was sick.  :)  Janet has taken several missions trips to South America and she had SO MUCH good advice for us as we prepare for Nicaragua.  It was invaluable. I'm so thankful for the time we got to spend together. We didn't "go and do" but we relaxed and enjoyed...at least I did! What a precious time!

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