Summer Happenings.

Summer vacation is winding down around here. I always have good intentions of updating this space through summer but it just doesn't ever seem to happen. We're too occupied swimming, boating, lounging, doing jobs, working on house projects and taking little trips to sit down and really spend time writing. Combine that with the symptoms of early pregnancy and you've got yourself a recipe for tiredness. That's right, in case you missed the announcement last week, we're expecting a little one in early January and are just so happy about it. Babies are an incredible gift and I feel so thankful for the opportunity to be a mother to another sweet spirit.

We've also been busy getting things ready to pick up our exchange student tomorrow. Pia is coming from Germany and we can't wait to spend this school year with her. Pia's aunt Svenja lived for a year in this very house with Ryan's family when he was a boy so she already feels like family. We've been preparing for Pia for months and months, it's hard to believe that in just a few hours she'll be boarding her flight to come to the United States. All of the children are on pins and needles- they just can't wait to finally meet her!

I hope your summers have been happy. I've loved ours but to be completely honest, this is about the time of year I begin craving our routine. I'm sure in a few weeks I'll be day dreaming about these lazy days…isn't that the way it always goes?


  1. I want to mail you something. Will you email me your address? (I'm not a scary stalker; I'm a nice former RSP in the Boston area!)

  2. What happy news! That is one lucky baby to be born to your family! Congratulations!

    Loved the update. When you are not blogging you are providing constant inspiration through instagram. Thank you for that! I really benefit from your perspective and it helps me see the beauty in my life too. :)

  3. I am so happy for you and your family! I am a young mom of five and I find you very inspiring!

  4. Hey Dandee!! Just wanted to say that I love your blog so much and you really inspires me... You're a SUPERMOM!! I'm mom of 4 and sometimes is so hard for me to put it all together and run the household smoothly... So you're really my role model!! Lots of love , Golda from Israel

  5. Wonderful wonderful!!! Many congratulations!!

  6. Wow. cool post. I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real hard work to make a great article… but I put things off too much and never seem to get started. Thanks though.
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