We LOVE having the young marrieds group from our church over for the 4th. It is so fun to spend time together. We are truly blessed with great friends.
We debated about having the party at our house again this year.
We weren’t sure how we would do with all the kiddos.
It turned out to be a beautiful Kansas day. It wasn’t even too hot.
We were so glad we could spend the evening with so many dear friends.
We made it through another holiday.
Over all the earth
When they posted the winners a few days later I couldn’t believe it.
Jess M…that’s me!!
I actually e-mailed them to make sure I REALLY was the winner. There are a lot of other Jess’ in the world right??
A few days later these pretty white wallflowers arrived on my doorstop. How fun!
I so wished Cora was here. I wanted to rush up to her room and hang them right away. They would have been perfect. It’s funny how even winning something can make me miss Cora.
I think I am going to wait to hang them. If we have another little girl I think I will put them in the nursery. Joel didn’t think they were manly enough for a little boy. So, if we have a boy I will have to find another home for these pretty little flowers.
I’ll let you know where they end up.
Joel and I have led a small group for three years now.
We LOVE our group.
They are like family to us.
They have walked with us through some really tough stuff this year.
Every single one of them showed up at the hospital the night we checked Cora in to encourage and pray with us.
Someone from our group was at the hospital every day.
They are great!
Every summer we try to take a small group trip.
This year we headed to Table Rock Lake.
But this particular Saturday there was no sun.
The girls were too chicken to get in the cold water.
So, we spent the morning on the boats
bundled up in our towels watching the boys brave the lake.
Finally, it was warm enough to get in the water.
The afternoon was beautiful.
It was time to head back to the cabin to get ready for dinner.
And a little shopping for some.
It is a small group tradition now.
They have the BEST guacamole.
We are so thankful for this dear group of friends.
I am so sad for Joel today. I know that today is going to be extra hard for him and there is nothing I can do to make it better. I wish so much that Cora could be here today to celebrate this special day with her daddy.
Cora LOVED her daddy. She was definitely a daddy’s girl. I remember watching Joel interact with Cora and feeling like my heart could just explode. He loved her SO much…it was precious. I have so many sweet memories of Cora and her daddy that I will never forget. I know he won’t either.
I am so glad that the Lord chose Joel just for me and then for Cora too. I couldn’t think of a better daddy for my little girl. And I am so thankful that I will get to see him “feel” like a daddy again in January.
Happy Father’s Day to the daddy of a sweet angel and another one on the way!