The Morning Mango

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The morning sun illuminates my breakfast while I write letters today.
{{kefir (half almond milk kefir half cows milk kefir) mango with the healthy skins on and two gluten free homemade muffins gifted from a friend back home}}

We have had a WHIRLWIND of a week.
I know our life is crazy blessed when we have so many gatherings and fun times throughout the week that we can’t even give highlights..

Yesterday though, was marvelous and I’ll choose that as our highlight.

Mama & Papa, Mom & Dad & Brothers, Gram & Gramp K, Hoeve Fam, Gram & Gramp T, and Us… One big gathering, a whole lotta food.
Everybody brought marvelous, delicious treats and sides and wow were we ever blessed with the most gorgeous of days–75 and pure sun.
Grilled burgers from the happy cow of our friend back on the east side,
cooked ham,
there was pasta salad, roasted beet & quinoa salad (topped with oranges), cauliflower mash, buffalo cauliflower, fruit and veggies, kale pesto, jello delight (fruit and nuts mixed in), and for dessert: decadent brownies, cinnamon rolls, baget (dutch treat), and rum cake.
Drink up some pomegranate, pineapple punch and sit in the sun  with your family!

Counting my blessings this morning as I am faced with reality once again; the love that has been wrapped around Mi Amor and I is so unique and such an undeserved gift.

Thoughtful Walk

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My outing after work.

Explore the world around you through a lens–capture still life in your area.
You don’t have to be good at photography, because I definitely am not–I just love taking pictures with the mindset of capturing moments. No editing, just life.

An Engagement Trek

The Day It All Changed

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

His Enchantment

He gave me spring before it was even here. 

Cameron got out of work early and had picked me up for a surpise date–which turned out to be the Frederick Meijer Gardens.
We updated each other on our lives, because he had gone back to his parent’s house for the weekend. {which was when he went to ask my dad’s permission and blessing}
At this point, the sky was overcast and gloomy.
We walked the butterfly gardens, spotted our favorites, laughed and turned into big kids. I really needed the refreshment of this ‘indoor spring’ to brighten my spirits. It rejuvinated me and I was having a great time. I was enchanted by the butterflies and flowers, and of course, being with my best friend completed it all. 

Cameron suggested we take a walk outside to the children’s sculpture park.
At this point, the clouds were still heavy with gray.
We climbed on the tree house and read the plaques, listening for birds and reading about the trees…he made me laugh and smile so much…

Cameron lead me down the boardwalk where we paused to overlook the frozen water, suddenly the sun shone brightly for a window of about ten minutes.
He, of course, took the opportunity to say, “Sarah, I have a question for you.”
I was in a day dreaming moment with my eyes closed, face to the sun, “Mmmhmm” I responded.
{We always play the question game, so I didn’t think anything of it}
“It’s a big one…”
He dropped to one knee and I was tearing up and smiling so much I couldn’t see.
“Sarah, Will you marry me?”

I was already having a perfect day because he practically handed me spring and now this?!
I took his face in my hands and responded, “Every day of my life; yes”

I then spent the next five minutes laughing and saying, “Really!?” “No Way…” “Are you serious?!”

The sky then returned to gloom, it snowed huge flakes, and began hailing by the time we got to the car. God’s surely got His hand in this.
I am convinced that ten minutes of sunshine was for our moment.

Even as I type this, it seems like I’m just that little girl, planning her dream wedding.
In all reality, I can’t believe he chose me. 

Shake it Up!

shakin it up

shakin it up

beginning the evening

watercolor and Mi Amor’s homemade canvas

 

What a wonderful St. Patty’s day yesterday! It was encompassed with sunshine, Mi Amor, and visiting.

We made breakfast together, then headed out to church, talked with some friends and then off to his grandparents we went. Lunch was delicious and we chatted, catching up with each other. Mi Amor’s cousin came over, I bought some chocolate from her, to help get her to Alaska, then all five of us played “Extreme Uno”. In my opinion, it was an awesome game, one in which we played so many rounds and it was already 4 o’clock! After cherry cheesecake we lost our chocolate seller to her youth group. The two of us stayed to look at a few scrapbook calendar years, which I fully enjoyed.
Off into the sunshine we drove, coming back to an evening of art and irish music!

When Rizo came back from work, I had just won our game of Egyptian Ratscrew. [whoop whoop!]
As planned, homemade shakes and Lord of The Rings topped off the night.

Yeah, its always a good day to be alive.