Monday, August 29, 2011


This picture never gets old...
it tells of a story ~

A story filled with substance. 
A story where every chapter has meaning, excitement, lessons, and memories. 
This story gets deeper with each continues to grow and gain more understanding. 

This story is ours. It is one of my greatest gifts.

Happy 8th Anniversary! 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hangin with my Girl

These times don't come a knockin to often so when K asked me to "chaperone" her summer camp field trip, I jumped all over it! Here are some pics of our GREAT adventure at the American History Museum (one of my favs in DC)! 

Two of a Kind!





Miss K - Thanks for the most AWESOME day! I love love loved it! 

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Nolan, Today you are oNe!

Twelve short months ago, you made our family complete!
Your smile, your laugh, your cry, and your joy have captured my heart!
 I love how you welcome me each and every morning with your sparkle, how you rest your head on my shoulder, how you shower me with your "O" kisses, and how you've shown me how to love even deeper! 

Good Morning Ma! 

My very FIRST ice cream cone! 

Need we say more?

Happy Birthday sweet boy! 

How did you grow so big overnight 
How did you get so smart and bright 
Yesterday you were asleep in my arms 
Today you’re growing off the charts 
 I’m so proud of you! 

~ Frances England "you & me"

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Midwest Swing

This post is LONG overdue but I wanted to give those amazing grandparents something to smile about today! 

Part One: St. Louis

We started our midwest swing this year in St. Louis! We went to Jared's cousins BEAUTIFUL wedding and managed to squeeze in precious moments with the family. 

This one makes me grin from cheek to cheek!

and this one too! 

The cousins had a blast together at the wedding - PJ parties were a huge hit! 

Daddy Love:)

Granny and K found something special to always call their own - sewing. Granny has been teaching K her amazing trade and Kennedy truly loved every part of it! 

Raftery smiles...

times two!

We loved our time in STL! As always, wonderful memories!

Part Two: Chicago

Laid Back!

My beautiful Sisters!

Great Grandma Lenke and Kennedy - what a blessing that we have these moments to share! 

One of the biggest highlights of our trip was meeting my sweet niece Leila! She is SO Beautiful and oh SO sweet! Miss K was in "mommy" heaven!

My childhood bike revamped by my most talented padre!

Miss K and Grandma K tested it out - good as new! 

Lemonade anyone?

K adored this time with Grandma K - so much that we've had two lemonade stands since! 


A lover of fountains! 

Paddleboat adventures with Auntie Meaghan!

A True Gentlemen...

walking in his daddy's footsteps. 

ALL my sisters at ONE time - how awesome it was! 

As we continue to experience life away from family, it draws me to a deeper place. A place where I appreciate the small things, a place where time slips away, a place where I treasure the here and now. 

To our amazing family - thank you! Thank you for making our lives that much sweeter! Our cup runneth over!