Lately

We’ve been busy around here livin’ up the last days of summer.  Ahhh, what a wonderful summer it has been.  This is the first summer we’ve had in 8 years that all of our children are walking.  I can’t begin to tell you the difference it made!  We’ve had a newborn or a crawler every summer since 2004.  This summer has been pure bliss.  
Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to lately:
  
Addy did a theater camp a couple weeks ago and LOVED it.  She sang a little solo and did a great job.  She wasn’t even nervous!  

Our friends Curtis and Sara had their first big fundraiser to bring their son Porter home from Eastern Europe.  It was a dream come true for us to be able to help and support them in person!  They’re rescuing Porter from the place so dear to our hearts.  Visit their blog here and follow their journey!  
Daddy and Mommy are coming for you Porter!!  🙂
  
We also went to church camp at Triangle Lake.  That was great fun!  I was too busy chasing Seth to take any pictures so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

Dad and Maff
 My younger brother came home from New Jersey to visit.  YAY!!!  He also brought his super-amazing girlfriend Leesa home to meet the fam.  Oh the chats, oh the eating, oh the fun!  We crammed a lot of family time into those 5 days.  Oh the eating!  
  
We hiked Silver Creek Falls with all the cousins.   
(To help balance out all the eating…)
Poor Jed had to work, so little bro helped out with the kiddos.  I don’t think he’d quite earned Seth’s trust at this point…
Last night Jed and I went out on the town to celebrate our love for the 80’s.  Our friends Gavin and Becki had an 80’s dance party fundraiser to help bring their sweet little Pasha home from Eastern Europe.  It was AWESOME!!!!!  We had a blast and a half.  Jed was in rare form.  Check us out!

In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m painfully aware of my husband’s attire.  If you ask Jed to dress for an occasion there’s nothing that can hold him back.  Shocking, blinding, bold, daring….all of those could describe Jed and his shorts.  
Just keep that picture in mind if you ever consider inviting us to a themed party. Hehe. (I’m sure you’re already trying to forget…)  🙂 You can follow Gavin and Becki’s journey at their blog here.
  
What else have we been up to?  Well, we’ve been selling things!
The clock is ticking and we need to get ourselves to Ukraine, so we’ve started clearing out the house.   
Today was a big milestone in the house purge.  Today we sold our dining room set.  It was pretty emotional.  I even cried.
When we started selling things off I felt it was pretty easy.  I’m not really into “stuff” all that much and I thought I didn’t have any attachments to our things.  I guess I was wrong.  As I wiped down the table and chairs for the last time I bawled my eyes out.  I thought of all the memories at that table.  All the birthday songs sung around it, the school work done at it, the cookies decorated on it, the family meals, babies eating their first solid foods, holidays, card games, speed scrabble with Phil Collins Pandora in the background…
Life happened at that table.  We grew as people, we grew to love people around that table.  And now it’s gone.
Today as we ate our Sunday lunch on a blanket spread out on the floor we talked to the kids about changes coming up.  We talked about why the table was gone and what would be leaving us next.  I looked at their sweet faces and my eyes filled with tears again thinking of all the changes our family will go through this year.  Then I remembered that the people who surrounded that table still remain even though the table is gone, and that’s what really matters.
So here’s to all the family and friends who have joined us around the table these past 10 years.  Thanks for loving us and sharing your lives with us.  And thanks in advance for sticking with us as we cry over dining room tables and couches.  This process wouldn’t be nearly as great of an adventure if we didn’t have you to share it with.   
That’s our lately.  🙂
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6 comments

  1. Anonymous · August 27, 2012

    Love the 80's attire! As I've been organizing lately I found pictures of me and my sister in the 80's when we were in high school. Our hair was curly (perms!) and about 12 inches high off our heads (puffed up with lots of hair spray). It looked absolutely ridiculous. I wonder what my Mom thought of it — I don't remember her ever saying anything about how strange it was! Looking back it is so absurd looking and hilarious! I wonder what we're doing now that will seem bizarre in 20 years!Sue H.

  2. Jed and Kimber · August 27, 2012

    Sue! I MUST see a picture! 😉 So many things about the 80's were ridiculous…unfortunately so many of it is coming back into style. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  3. Ben and Melanie · August 27, 2012

    Gasp…. Tears from them shorts and Kim your an 80`s babe… Totally Bitchen Dude! You guys are a RIOT!!!!And then more tears… Oh how we enjoyed our time around that sweet table… And those sweet kids of ya`lls… Emailing you soon my friends!!!

  4. Jed and Kimber · August 27, 2012

    I know! I wanted to cry about those shorts. HA! I sooo wanted to surprise you and bring you the big ol' table when we come visit, but a lady was standing in my house offering cash so I had to say yes. Wouldn't that have been a fun surprise? Ah well….can't wait to see you!!!

  5. Sara · August 28, 2012

    Great post. Thank you for the "shout out"! Whoever said Christian's were boring haven't met our group of friends! Praying for you guys during this transition time.

  6. syc · September 3, 2012

    Oh i would cry over the table too… we might be moving soon too – not moving countries, just changing apartments – maybe… i do tend to throw out lots of stuff whenever we move, more than my husband does, but there are things i will keep forever, such as the 1st item of clothing my husband bought my son… i wish you well for the move & hope to meet when u get to my side of the ocean… oh, & say HI to Becki from me – i didn't realise she was so close to you… she & i shared hearts over her blog… God bless u & your family…

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