Monday, August 29, 2011

In Daddy's Shoes (or Cleats)

I'm not sure who was more excited to visit Dick's Sporting Goods to purchase cleats, shin guards, socks, shorts, and a soccer ball: the tall blonde or the small one. Reed has just started his first season of soccer, and both he and Tim are giddy with the excitement. I'm pretty happy to finally earn the title "soccer mom" and watch Reed enter this new sport with such enthusiasm.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

First Day Fun

When the late nights and leisurely days come to an end, it's a huge blessing when your boys can approach a new school year with grins like these. Here are the boys on the first day of the 2011-2012 year.

Here's one proud papa with his fourth grader and seventh grader. All smiles (though Tim looks like he's sharing a bit of my back-to-school emotion)!

Sunday, August 21, 2011


To say I love books just doesn't seem to express my sentiment completely. To say I love story is perhaps a more apt description. So, I find myself immersed the pages of a book (or two or three) at most times. I'm thankful that I have a husband who also shares this interest (so he doesn't begrudge my book-buying habit).

Since our nightstands, bookshelves, and most every level surface in our home holds stacks of books that are in process, I thought it would be fun to track what we read in this new year. I'll only list a book once we've finished it cover-to-cover. Hopefully this list will inspire you to read one of these titles (or to finish that book resting on your nightstand).
  1. Julia Child by Laura Shapiro
  2. The Guinea Pig Diaries by A.J. Jacobs
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  4. The Fiddler's Gun by A.S. Peterson
  5. The Fiddler's Green by A.S. Peterson (Oh my, so good! Please go to to order The Fiddler's Gun and this incredible continuation of Fin Button's adventures!)
  6. Turn My Mourning Into Dancing by Henri Nouwen
  7. Love and War by John and Stasi Eldredge
  8. Looking for Alaska by John Green (Yes, John Green of Nerdfighters fame. If you're not familiar with Nerdfighters, watch this clip. Hope you enjoy a nice laugh!)
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (How am I just reading this classic? After all, it was voted the best novel of the 20th century - and I seem to remember taking a course in college titled "20th Century Novels." How was this omitted from the syllabus?!)
  10. Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne
  11. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  12. Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst
  13. Radical by David Platt
  14. Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
  15. Sabbath by Dan Allender
  16. Operating Instructions by Anne LaMott
  17. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  18. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  19. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  20. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  21. Spiritual Direction by Henri Nouwen
  22. SoulTalk by Larry Crabb
  23. Beautiful Outlaw by John Eldredge
  24. How To Be Good by Nick Hornsby
  25. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Monday, August 8, 2011

Great in Grayton

Our summer-time tradition continued this August with the 12th annual Dunham-Tucker-Nelson Beach Trip. Our Grayton Beach house and its accompanying golf cart gets Reed's seal (or grin) of approval.

Once we hit the beach, the boys begin to dig. This year the big boys got in on the fun, digging deep enough to bury both boys neck deep in sand.

On Tuesday afternoon we rented a kayak to venture out into the surf. Here Tim and the boys prepare to paddle. A little later Tim and Barry paddled out far enough to approach a passing-by pod of dolphins.

We were fortunate to enjoy sunny weather nearly every day. Beach service (with a nice big umbrella to provide plenty of shade) made a day at the beach a...well, a day at the beach.

Unfortunately Tim had to leave mid-week to return home to work. We neglected to get our annual family shot while he was still around, so here's our 2011 family photo, minus one.

After ice cream at a nearby creamery (yum, the lemon frozen yogurt), we made an evening visit to the shore for Reed to enjoy some final digging. We enjoyed a stunning sunset on our final evening at the beach.