Right now Jace and I are in California with my parents, niece and nephew. We’re having a lot of fun playing with 2nd cousins…
Jace & Cannon, just a month apart.
Dressing up like Cinderella…
Leah (my cousin’s daughter) and Cami (my niece) modeling the dresses my aunt made for them.
Taking cousin pictures…
And swimming in Great Grandpa’s pool
Jace LOVES the water!
I’ve also been busy having my blog hijacked. Thank you so much for all your sweet comments. I had no clue Nolan was doing it. I only discovered it when I received an email notification for a comment and was all worried and panicked that somehow my blog was hacked. It brought me to tears and I’m going to refer back to that post over and over again. And since I saw several people comment about how they wish their husband would do or say something like that, I want to make sure no bitterness develops toward all the other men of the world.
Nolan’s words, gift and post are treasures to me. He doesn’t normally do or say anything like that. He expresses his love to me through acts of service—he does all the dishes in our house, helps clean, cares for Jace and provides for our family. But words of affirmation are not his thing. Compliments are few and far between. It was hard early in our marriage because I crave affirmation (maybe that’s why I like blogging so much?), but over the years I’ve come to recognize and appreciate the other ways he shows me how much he loves me. So when he writes precious words like those in his blog post, it fills my cup and will continue to do so for a very long time.
And an amazing gift like a camera? I could have never even dreamed of it. Nolan and I live a very budgeted life. Every penny is accounted for. Every purchase discussed. We each get fun money every month, and it’s not uncommon for Nolan to use some of his fun money to buy me a nicer birthday or Christmas gift. This is how he shows me love—he makes his own personal sacrifices for something he knows I will love. But to buy something like a DSLR camera that I thought was a very distant, unrealistic dream? Unimaginable. I am just blown away. And I can’t wait to get it in my hands and start playing!
So I say all this not to criticize my husband, but to simply show why what he did means so much to me (beyond the obvious). And I also just wanted to make sure that no husband out there is being held up next to mine and being seen as falling short because of it.
And now to get back to vacationing! We have more swimming and playing to do!