Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Michigan, Part TWO.

Sorry for the delay, the rest of our pictures were from Dad's camera and saved somewhere on our Mac....which confuses me at times:) But, I found them!
Christmas continues...

Reading to the kiddos.
Rick, Julie & Evan.
[with ridiculously good looking parents, it's
no wonder why we have the cutest nephews, ever!]
LOVE this one! Sweet baby Truett.
It was cold. We were going to go sledding.
Jim tried on his dad's carhartts.
...just a smidge too big.
Love this one too! Kris, James & Faith.
Playing cars, under the kitchen table, of course.
Reading, and holding cars:)

We are so blessed to have such incredible and supportive families.
Thanks for the laughter and good times...
We can't wait to see everyone again in April!

much love.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Michigan Recap!

It is so sweet for my soul to be surrounded by family and friends,
and this trip home was no different.

There is something so sweet about going back to our roots. maybe it has something to do with the comfort, security and memories of our past and dreams for our future.

Whatever the reason, being back in GR brought us great joy.
We spent countless hours laughing, catching up, reading to our ridiculously adorable nephews and snuggling with them, and just "being" with those we love.

Here are a few priceless pictures of our time home.

Our attempt at a family Christmas photo:
Take ONE.
[a real glimpse into family life!]

Take Two.
[dog escapes]

Take Three.
by this time I couldn't stop laughing!
We surprised my parents with
tickets to FL...
because, it's been way too long.
[and because they're amazing & we love them so.]
Evan & Uncle Jim.
I'm smitten.
Sisters & best friends.
[who coordinate well]
so blessed.

More pictures of the Hapner Christmas party to come!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bye, Bent.

While in Michigan our beloved canine, Bentley, passed away unexpectedly.
We are adjusting to life without him...

We miss him terribly.
Life just isn't the same.

He caused me moments of grief and yet taught me so much.
He was Jim's best friend
and forever loyal.

He brought us much joy over the last 2 1/2 years.
We're grateful for all the memories.

Bent's first day home.

my helper.

first time at the park.

one of my favorites.
celebrating my 25th birthday
best buds.
Blowing Rock, NC
Bath time.

J0hnson Lake, our favorite place to go on
hikes with Bentley

Hapner Family, Christmas 2010

excited for a playmate!

oh, how he loved the snow!

farewell, friend.