Daddy with kiddies at the beach.
What an amazing day at An Bang Beach and The An Bang Beach Bakery.
Family vacation shoots giving me life! These guys made the long trip down from Edinburgh only for them all to fall ill for the first few days! They were absolute troopers though ♥️ #andreawhelanphotography
We wrapped up our Texas trip by spending a few days with these beautiful souls in their cozy home. Our time together was filled with heartfelt conversations and creative inspiration. So grateful for friends who are family ❤️
Determined to make some feathered friends, Isla patiently crept closer and closer... then someone startled the pigeons.
There is no greater sound in the world than these two sharing a belly laugh ❤️
One of the highlights of the @thinkeryatx
for Isla was the sewing center. First she practiced her hand stitching and then used the sewing machine- all by herself! I see a new passion developing!
Hmmmm, interesting - this could present a bit of a decorating challenge ... #alsace
This girl cracks herself up- just like her daddy 🙄😂
“Look, there’s a daddy, mama, and a baby shell” 🐚😍 Moments later she threw the “mommy and daddy” shell into the water 😳 😂
Traveling with a kid can be energy-consuming but super worth it!!! 🌏👦🏻❤️
This room was pretty much a giant lite-brite. We were all mesmerized!
Isla is the most curious soul I know. Without a doubt. Her mind never stops, and there is always a twinkle in her eye! She is truly passionate about learning and takes a lot of pride in applying her acquired skills. I feel incredibly grateful that as Isla finds so much joy in discovery, and lives life completely fascinated by the world around her.
Disini, kembali bisa merasakan indahnya kebersamaan dengan keluarga.
We had no idea what to expect when we pulled in that campground. When we woke up the next day, we were shocked. The Pismo Beach Dunes were only 30 seconds away from our site! It was an amazing experience to play, run, slide and dig holes in those dunes. We were completely amazed by how beautiful it was.
Nous n'avions aucune idée à quoi nous attendre lorsque nous sommes arrivés à ce camping. Lorsque nous nous sommes réveillés le lendemain, nous étions sous le choc. Les Dunes de Pismo Beach n'étaient qu'à 30 secondes de notre terrain! C'était une expérience fabuleuse de pouvoir jouer, courir, glisser et creuser des trous dans ces dunes. Nous étions complété abasourdis par la beauté de cet endroit.
Little bubba played hard.
Keeping our family traditions alive even while living abroad. Mireya and I cooked a traditional American Thanksgiving meal (minus the pumpkin pie because we could not find any pumpkin anywhere) mainly from scratch as we would have done back home. Some things tasted exactly the same and others were just a bit different but over all it was a great day.
I have so so many things to be grateful for in my life like my husband and kids and this amazing adventure we are on and of course all of you. I’m super thankful that we are all together and that we have the ability to purchase this food and have a roof over our heads.
We miss our family today but are happy we have technology that allows us to see and talk to them even if it is over the computer. •
#keepingtraditionalive #livingabroad #newzealandthanksgiving #travelingfamily #thanksgivingabroad
Super thankful for our clients!! So nice to get surprises like this!! 💕 Mahalo Jen for the goodies & card! 😘
A year ago I took her to a museum and nursed for one of the last times. I'm grateful for those quiet moments. It's hard right now while the world seems like it's gone crazy to stay mindful and thankful. I wrote a whole blog about the things I think about to stay happy even while the world has gone mad. And you bet your ass my little bug made the top of the list. Link in profile. 🙏🦃♥️ #latergram
Tonight we played tourists in our own backyard, braving crowds & cold to see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade floats. It was an amazing NYC moment and hopefully the start of a new annual tradition.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Let the holiday fun begin!
After visiting my birth daughter for her first birthday I was led to believe that until she turned 18, that was it.
The heaviness of that thought fueled and prolonged the darkness that seemed to press so firmly against me I often couldn’t see past it. I knew my experience with my own biological mother and assumed there was little hope of this precious girl growing up to like me, love me or want to know me.
(Completely relevant side story) I struggled with my broken past, I couldn’t understand why God had allowed me to endure so much at such a young age. Perhaps I wasn’t ready until that exact moment in time but when it clicked it was undeniable. I felt called to student ministry, to love on the unlovable teens, the ones that needed someone to relate.
That was scary, so I tucked the thought away and tried to ignore it ... but I couldn’t. It followed me, for a year I ran and for a year I couldn’t escape the thought.
Finally, out of desperation, I approached our youth pastor at the time and shared with him pieces of my testimony and told him why I felt called into student ministry. The rest, as they say, is history.
Coincidentally, one week after making that commitment I received a phone call from the adoption agency. I remember exactly where I was, what I was doing and who was with me. It was just Taylan and I and we were at the splash pad, I took a call from an unknown number and it changed my life ... The agency was communicating on behalf of my birth daughter and her parents who were requesting a visit!!! Nothing could have wiped the smile from my face that day ... that week ... that month!!!
At that first visit I profusely thanked them for orchestrating it to which her mama replied, “She asked why you hadn’t been visiting and I told her we could ask.” I was floored. I had absolutely no idea that was a possibility. NO ONE COMMUNICATED THAT WITH ME and my birth daughter and her family were left to believe that I just hadn’t wanted to all those years.
I don’t know why some things happen the way that they do and not everything is mine to know this side of heaven but I trust that we met exactly when we were supposed to and what a blessing it has been!
Christmas decorating is done!! Next trip is in a few weeks to Chicago then Costa Rica in January, but for now, enjoying family time at home!
My heart nearly bursts whenever I see our little babes exploring and learning together. We visited the most fabulous children’s museum, @thinkeryatx
, while we were in Austin. It was incredibly engaging, with countless opportunities for hands-on learning. Plus, everything was SO fun! We all played happily for hours and hours!
traveling is fun, but coming home to friends and family is the best. ❤️
Kolejny piękny dzień. Kolejny piknikowy dzień z przyjaciółmi 😃