Monday, February 25, 2013


While scrolling through the archives of my posts in the search for an old post containing the recipe for oatbars, to send to my Mom-in-law, I came across this old post that, evidently, I created and then never posted. In addition to the enjoyment of looking at summer pictures in the middle of a long, cold February, it's warmed my heart to think about some friends that I love dearly. This now comes months after the fact, but I'd still like to share this.


The reality that we're almost at Thanksgiving jolts me into wanting record and remember a few more things from this past summer.

At the end of our time in California, we spent close to a week with our dear friends, Ed and Kim Lopez. Their home is a most welcoming, beautiful place. And we were so thankful for them, for their open hearts and their open home that they extended to us.

After three years since both our families moved away from New York, this was such a blessed opportunity to see them and fellowship with them.

To my two little backyardless-boys, this backyard was such a fun and peaceful place.

Boys played while parents talked. 

S'mores, pretty awesome. A bouncy water slide? Even awesomer!
The children (and Kim!) had a blast!

Ed and Kim's home is marked by many things, but one that stands out is such a commitment to Christ and to God's word. I loved walking through their home and having my heart pointed to Christ in so many different ways.

Unbelievably, in the five nights that we were there, I never took a picture of our families together. I guess that just means that we'll have to plan another visit one day.

We are so thankful for the love, kindness and hospitality of this dear family. This was such a restful and enjoyable part of our summer vacation.

We love you and miss you, Lopez Family!