Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wherever You Are

My DH doesn't understand why I constantly take pictures of the kids when they are sleeping in funny places. I just like to capture the moments when they are quiet and peaceful. And when I've had a day when they're driving me nuts, I go back and look at their angelic faces and remember the reasons why I love being a mom. 

One of my favorite stories to read to them is by Nancy Tillman called 'Wherever You Are'. Watching them sleep reminds me of this book. 

"I wanted you more
than you will ever know,
so I sent love to follow
wherever you go.
It's high as you wish it.
It's quick as an elf.
You'll never outgrow it... 
it stretches itself!
So climb any mountain...
climb up to the sky!
My love will find you.
My love can fly!
Make a big splash! 
Go out on a limb!
My love will find you.
My love can swim!
It never gets lost, 
never fades, never ends...
if you're working or playing
or sitting with friends.
You can dance 'til you're dizzy...
paint 'til you're blue...
There's no place, not one,
that my love can't find you.
And if someday you're lonely,
or someday you're sad,
or you strike out at baseball,
or think you've been bad...

just lift up your face,
feel the wind in your hair.
That's me, my sweet baby, 
my love is right there. 
In the green of the grass...
in the smell of the sea...
in the clouds floating by...
at the top of a tree...
in the sound crickets make
at the end of the day...
'You are loved. You are loved. You are loved,'
they all say.
My love is so high,
and so wide
and so deep, 
it's always right there,
even when you're asleep.
So hold your head high
and don't be afraid
to march to the front
 of your own parade.
 If you're still my small babe
or you're all the way grown,
my promise to you
is you're never alone. 
You are my angel,
my darling,
my star...
and my love will find you,
wherever you are."

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ayres Family Reunion

The second weekend we were at the lake we held the Ayres family reunion. We had missed the reunion six years earlier due to a wedding, so this was the first time Eric had met some of that (distant) side of the family. My cousins were both there, which was so fun since we don't get to see them often. Mary is quite a photographer, and she captured some great moments from the weekend (I would love to take credit for the photos below, but if you compare them to my normal pictures you can clearly tell that I didn't take them!) My cousin Kathy, her husband George, and their two daughters, Julia (9) and Clara (6) were also there. Ainsley gets 99% of her wardrobe passed down from these two beauties, and she is always excited when she can spend time with them. Clara and Ainsley hit it off especially well, being so close in age, while Julia played mom to the kids and babysitter to Parker.  What a fun weekend!

The girls looked for 'buried treasure' in the rocks.

Dixie (left) and Lila (right) - two peas in a pod (or, more appropriately, two dogs in a lake).

Beautiful view through the woods to the lake.

Roasting marshmallows!

Ainsley was so excited to have some swimming buddies!

Our little heart breaker. 

Mom and Dad had a tent set up by the lake - a beautiful setting on a gorgeous day!

The girls finally convinced someone to take them out in the row boat. 

Friday night dinner with my aunt, uncle, and cousins

Another great fireworks show by my DH.

One more Ranger ride!

Our little water bug

Kitchen helpers.


Entertaining Dixie with rocks.

 Yummy lunch!

It's hard to keep track of this many people...

You never know what'll show up at a family reunion!

A much-needed break.

Our immediate family (minus Parker, who was napping)