Last Monday night, Steve and I did a concert at a local restaurant as part of a Concert Series that raises money for the area food bank.

Truthfully?  I don’t normally enjoy those kinds of concerts. We had performed as part of this series two summers ago and during most of the time we were singing, people were talking and eating and ignoring us. I do understand that when there is music in a restaurant, people are supposed to eat and talk; it’s just not my favorite kind of venue.

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A Video

Yesterday Sarah made a video demonstrating the best way to dunk an Oreo and at the same time, achieve perfect Oreo soakiness.   Steve was the camera man as well as the appreciative audience.  (Music by Glenn Miller.)

Try to watch this without smiling.


 Also, does anyone remember this big occasion?


 Can you believe Nathan and Meagan celebrated THREE years of marriage yesterday?

I wanted to share with you what they wrote to each other on Facebook yesterday; it was so very sweet.

Here is what Nathan wrote to Meagan:

3 year anniversary today. Cant believe we have been married that long. I’m just trying to figure out how I got so lucky to get you all that time ago. Meagan, I wouldn’t want to spend my life with anyone else and I believe we are made for each other. We have faced some of the challenges that life can bring and we have overcome them. Thank you for being the joy, strength, and the encouragement that I have needed. You are beautiful and hilarious. I love you. Happy Anniversary! 

And here is what Meagan wrote to Nathan:

To my husband, my love, my baby daddy, my best friend, my main squeeze, the answer to my dreams, the head of our home, my spiritual leader, the one who knows just when I need a laugh…let’s be honest…the past three years have been hard work. BUT, they have been so fun. I have learned so much with you and I thank God I have the chance to walk this journey with YOU. You make my heart smile on a regular basis. As I said in our vows “I eagerly anticipate getting to love you a little more every day” Thanks for all you do for our family! I love  you Nathan and I honor you today on our 3rd anniversary! 
Happy a anniversary to our sweet, sweet kids.

I heard a woman speak at a conference a long time ago who said, “There are people waiting for you on the other side of your pain.”

That line took root in my heart and has never left. Whenever I am in the middle of something incredibly difficult, the one small consolation I have is that when I come out on the other side, I will be able to use that pain to help someone who is going through the same thing.

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An Odd Question

July 17, 2014 — 17 Comments

(Note: All invitations have been spoken for.)

I haven’t done a Lovely Scenery Post in a while so I thought it might be time!  (Also, don’t miss the Odd Question at the end of the post.)

This picture was actually taken on a different day than the ones below but I wanted to include it because it makes me feel peaceful.

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Just because I think Mondays need to start with a smile, here are a few Noah photos. I love how he is lined up with his two sweet cousins just like a big boy—although I have a suspicion that the straw is more of a prop than an actual usable drinking device.  (By the way, Noah is now crawling!  I got to see him on Skype the day he started.)

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Last week, a somber occurrence took place at the Smith House.

Sarah grew up.

Now I understand that growing up generally consists of a process– a process made up of life’s subtle shadings that shift slowly from moment to moment, year to year, and season to season. But not in this case. In this case, the growing up happened in just a matter of moments.

And just what could have possibly precipitated this remarkable and particular change? What was the mysterious tipping point that moved my darling daughter past childhood into adulthood?

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Grab the Moments

July 8, 2014 — 14 Comments

Do you all remember this post?  Well, today I’m going to do an update on it.

Here is the picture that was the centerpiece of that post.

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A Few More Family Reunion/Grad Photos

How do you know you have a lot of people in one’s house?  

By the shoe pile, that’s how!  (Actually, this is only a partial pile; there was another pile in a nearby closet.)

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