in the Netherlands

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Walking. Praying. Admiring the flowers and bicycles. 20160708_13191320160708_132935
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Headlines

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“What God does in the tiny corners of our day-to-day lives is stunning and gorgeous and headline-making, but we have a bad habit of saving the headlines for the grotesque and scary.” -Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines

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Today I’m thankful for the best everyday headlines in my own life.

In Sports: “TEE TIME: FRIENDS COMPETE IN BACKYARD WIFFLE BALL COMPETITION.”
Living: “CHOO CHOO, MARTIN IS TWO: FRIENDS AND FAMILY CELEBRATE” and “SPRING FORWARD: ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY FEAST CAME EARLY THIS YEAR.”
Food: “TEA TIME: FRIENDS GATHER FOR CONVERSATION” and “NO TRAIN WRECK: LOCAL BAKER CREATES MAGNIFICENT CAKE.”
Technology: “BROTHER’S INSTAGRAM VIDEO MAKES SISTER LAUGH.”
Outdoors: “FIVE BALD EAGLES SPOTTED ALONG PLATTE RIVER.”
Science: “SWEET TOOTH? RESEARCHERS INVESTIGATE POSSIBLE GENETIC COMPONENT.”

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the rest of December

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Two Texas girls experience sledding for the first time!

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After a super long day of work, I took myself to Panera to celebrate surviving the crazy month of caregiving. The server walked carefully so as not to disturb the smiley face in my soup. It made my day!

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Martin and Fran-Fran and Sadie!! Having so much fun! 20151221_175919 - Copy

Customized this tag for a certain brother. 😉

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A whirl of celebration and fun, exhaustion and long hours on the road, hope that grows and disappointment that shrivels. I did not expect parts of it to be so wonderful, and other parts to be so hard. It’s tempting at times to try the “Kevin McCallister” option: “I made my family disappear…” but ultimately, I would miss them! So, we hang in there. We forgive, we give grace, we love, we try again. We don’t give up.

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Sunset at Dad’s house.

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When brothers steal your phone.

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Yes. Crashed on a couch between these two after a long travel day. Eli and I were wearing matching shirts I made for Christmas Eve a few years ago.

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Snow in Omaha before I left!

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Caiden wearing my boots, holding my chapstick.

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Oh Leo, you poor elegant gentleman.

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I call this one: “Happy New Year?”

December so far

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Late nights, early mornings, and everything in between / Yes, I did put Santa hats on all my owls / Delicious flavor / Reindeer antlers / Great joy / WORKING so much / Sitting still and resting / Highly entertaining toddlers and puppies / Sugar high / Christmas lights / Candles / Favorite ornaments / The time of cozy socks & blankets has arrived.

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Scottsbluff National Monument

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I want to share a few more photos from a sibling adventure back in October.
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Jacob took this one of Joe leading the way on his motorcycle.
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J and I posing, with varying degrees of coolness.
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Yay siblings!!!
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Enjoying the view like respectable people.
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If you said, “I bet that didn’t last long…” congratulations, you perceptive person!
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I’ve been making lots of poorly executed memes lately. Hahahahahaha.
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Whyyy does he always look like a model?
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I have the same problem?
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It was cold and windy, but overall a really great day!
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