I don't think I took but a picture or two while we were gone, but luckily others did, so I do have a few captured moments. I think now that my arms are full (of 16lbs of handsomeness), I tend to miss moments I normally would catch. Such is the season. At least I have really buff biceps
(*not Barby K. buff, but buff for me:)).
Isabelle had a blast playing with cousins: Samuel, Chloe, Grace, Eli, Luke & Isaiah.
She & Samuel must have run up this hill 100 times that night. Josh & Daddy made the trek up the hill to have a picnic with the kids. Grandma Jackie did the same the next day with Belle & Chloe.
Aron & Josh are 4 months apart. Now they have sons 4 months apart.
Aron's cousin Chanda & his Aunt Martha Kay opened a cafe on the Ohio River. Such a delightful little restaurant filled with charm, delicious home cookin', & Grandma Kirk's sewing masterpieces. One of the highlights of our trip was a leisurely Thursday afternoon lunch followed by a stroll along the river.
Josh & Kim have frequented RiverBreeze Corner Cafe a few times since its opening, but each time Chanda's famous peanut butter pie has been sold out. We are told by Kara & Brian that this pie is better than Fireside's.
So in perfect Kirk fashion, we ordered dessert first so as to ensure we got our peanut butter pie. And every last crumb lived up to the 'hype'. Next time family visits Michigan and asks if we need anything from home...now we know what to say!
Isabelle shopped the store & chose a topsy turvy doll handmade by Grandma to take home as her treasure.
We spent Thursday evening visiting at Aron's parents where most of his siblings were able to drop in for supper, but we missed the few we didn't get to see.
Friday we grilled steaks at my parents with my sister & the Bunn's as the girls played and Aron & I threw a football in the yard. Quiet, simple, joyous.
Saturday we Pancake Saturday'd with Aron's parents & even enjoyed farm fresh eggs from Uncle Ray & Aunt Pam's chickens. Great pancakes, even better conversations.
Then on our way out of town we were so excited to get to have lunch with a bunch of the Kirk cousins who happened to available on the spur of the moment decision.
Quick moments, but precious ones.
Moments ordained & blessed by God,
Held close to our hearts.