Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Favorite Pictures of 2014

Apostle Islands Ice Caves
Lani with a family friend

Amy in a ski race

Me and a friend at a scrapbook retreat

Rachel, Cailin, & Andrew
Photo by Emily Hedstrom


Kiah and Dayton


The last of my son's 4 close friends from High School got married. 
(photos by Jake's wedding photographer)

Andrew was the first to get married, Jake was the last

 My son is the giant

He who finds a wife, finds a good thing

Four Generation Picture
My dad, my son, my granddaughter

Anna, Lani, and Amy

Lani on her 16th birthday

Look who turned 18

Erica flew home from Texas for the first weekend in December

And there you have it. 2014 is a wrap. 
Looking forward to what the next year has in store. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Highlights of 2014

After a record low of only nine blog posts in 2014, I have resolved to be more consistent in blogging in 2015. My kids are all gone today so I am thoroughly enjoying peace and quiet and the time to reflect on our last year. 

1.  My mom's funeral
     Hard to say good-bye. Glad she's out of pain. Nice to see family.
(With my siblings and parents two years ago) 

2.  Keith's mom's funeral
Unexpected. Double whammy. Life well-lived. Very loved. Good to see all my kids.

3.  Apostle Island Ice Caves
     Amazing. Beautiful. Unexpected boon for our area - 138,000 visitors came to see them.

4.  Cassaundra's wedding
     My daughter, Kiah's, best friend got married. 
Fun that the girls got married six weeks apart

5.  My dad's visit
    First visit from him in 17 years. 

6.  30th Anniversary
     Thankful for 30 years. Lost in the wedding frenzy. 
Promised to celebrate later. Still haven't. 

7.  Granddaughter Cailin's 1st birthday
      Adults don't change much in a year. Babies change alot! Fun to see her grow.

8.  Kiah & Dayton's Wedding
     Fun. Exhausting. Beautiful. At times overwhelming. 
           Thankful for a good man to love my daughter.        

9.  Vacation in Ontonagon, MI
     Quiet, relaxing, refreshing week enjoying the beach, books, and each other.

10.  House projects
       Checked many things off the to-do list

11.  Whistlestop Race Weekend
        Christina and Anna did a half marathon. Dayton and Lani ran a 10K. 
Glad someone's getting exercise.

12.  Thanksgiving
Ate at Kiah and Dayton's. Yay, the kids can cook. 
Worked myself out of a job. 

Thankful for faith, family, and friends. 
We have been so blessed and continue 
to trust God for the upcoming year.