Tuesday, November 15, 2011

more MI pics.

love reading to my nephews. 

Thanksgiving (a little early!)
complete with games with the neighbors :)

and...another wedding picture with cousin Brian.

good times, indeed.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Kristin is MARRIED!

Kristin & James tied the night on Friday.
The wedding was beautiful and the reception was a rockin' good time!
Congratulations newlyweds!
with, much love.

James, Kristin, Faith & us! 



The Bonthuis Fam 
(nice smile, sar!)

(a slightly blurry picture) with the beautiful bride!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

lovely people.

A few pictures from our trip home!
 {Chicago Marathon}
 {dinner at Amy's}
 {two of a kind}
 {breakfast at Real Food Cafe}
 {love them}
{downtown holland}

Saturday, October 15, 2011

family matters.

We're so blessed
to call you friends
but, the truth is...
you're {family}

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

thank you, pinterest.

We're staying busy over here--and enjoying every minute of it!  My dad has spent the past month with us in Raleigh.  It's been a joy and such a blessing to have him here.  We've accomplished much around the house {& if I didn't leave my camera in Michigan I would have pictures to prove it!}

I've been inspired by Pinterest....
(click on the picture to take you to the source and more info!)
Once my camera is back I'll post pictures of our new headboard, jewelry frame and artwork!  

I'm excited that October is right around the corner.
I'm so ready for sweaters, pumpkin lattes, and cooler weather!
(I'm counting down the days until I can experience all the above in Michigan--we'll be there soon!)
much love,

Sunday, September 11, 2011

three weeks.

Mom, It's been three weeks since you left this earth and went home to be with Jesus. Some nights I find myself dreaming of what heaven is like and what you're doing.  I hope heaven has a porch--a huge white wrap around porch--with glorious rocking chairs. If so,  you're probably sitting in a rocking chair next to Jim's mom, loving on babies  and enjoying a cup of coffee. I can only imagine the encompassing smile that graces your face doing so.  Or, maybe there's a party tonight and you're laughing and dancing with Amy's dad and Kristin's dad. If so, I can only imagine the joy you're experiencing and your new found dance moves.  Or, maybe you're talking with grandpa and embracing him in a hug that you've longed to do for so long. We're rejoicing that you're healed, but hurting so bad that you're no longer here. I miss you, Mom....I miss and love you so much.
I long for the day we're reunited.
with all my love, em

Friday, August 5, 2011

before & after: kitchen

When we purchased our humble abode 22 months ago, the kitchen needed help.
a lot of help.

We started tackling the project in May and we put the finishing knobs in place last weekend.

A HUGE thanks to Mom, Dad & Sar for your help.

We LOVE the much needed face lift!



bon appetit!

Monday, July 18, 2011

the simple life.

We went camping in the mountains for four days. Just the two of us. 
We spent our days hiking and our nights around the campfire-fingers sticky with the 
remnants of roasted marshmallows and chocolate and doughboys and crumbs of graham crackers.
We cooked over the fire and celebrated life with oberon in hand. 
We walked through downtown Blowing Rock.
Sat at the park {got ice cream} and watched life go by.
We simply enjoyed the presence of life with one another and the great outdoors.

It was good for our souls & for our marriage.
life was simple & filled with thoughtful conversation and laughter.

it was the perfect vacation, indeed.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


It's been four incredible years.
As we celebrated our anniversary last night,
we reflected on life....

...how far we've come,
and how different our lives are now.

We laughed {a lot} as we reflected on each of the past four years--the good, the bad and the unique challenges each one brought.

We've learned so much--
and despite the changes, one thing remains forever true....

we're a pretty sweet team.

we went out for dinner.
and on a walk.

and bought incredible desserts.
and came home to enjoy them.

AND, did you know the the "traditional" anniversary gift for 4 years is fruit?!
soooo, my hubby bought me a bottle of sangria.

ah, he knows me well :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

we're still here...

....staying busy and enjoying our summer to the fullest!
Here are a few pictures of what we have been up to!

Birthday parties!

Kitchen remodels!

delectable GiGi's cupcakes...

 A weekend getaway to Virgina Beach with dear friends....

a good time, indeed!

My family also visited for 10 days and we accomplished much around the house {more pics to come!}.  It was great to spend some much needed time with family.  

hooray for summer!