Camping

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A few weekends ago we went camping for the first time in two years. At 27 weeks pregnant, sleeping wasn't too comfortable, but overall, I was reminded how much I enjoy the experience once everything is packed and we get to the camping site. Nothing is as good as camp food over an open flame, sitting around the fire as dusk closes in, hiking new trails, or watercoloring nature finds. Here's some of the memories we captured that weekend:

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Why My Kids Don't Come First

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Remember Everyone loves Raymond? One of my favorite characters, Marie, was the matriarch of the family. Passive aggressive and manipulative, she made sure the lives of her adult children revolved around her. She often made their lives miserable with her meddling, resulting in over-the-top dysfunctional family dynamics.

Although Marie cracked me up with her antics, I wouldn’t pick her as a role model!

She kept a neat house, was a good cook, and devoted herself to her children, but Marie’s priorities were off. She believed she was dedicating herself exclusively to her children even into adulthood, but in reality, she sought her identity in them,  and the result was that she emotionally suffocated them.

So how do we avoid the pitfalls of Marie?

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Faith First

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The door burst open.

Arioch, captain of the king’s guard, filled the doorway with his powerful frame.

“It is hereby decreed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon that all wise men, enchanters, magicians, and astrologers of Babylon are to be taken into custody and destroyed.” Arioch’s voice resonated in the room where Daniel sat studying a roll of parchment with his friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. The friends all looked at each other, startled.

Daniel slowly rose. “What has brought about this decree?” he asked. Arioch sighed. He did not relish the task given to him.

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Sunflowers

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On Sunday we went to a sunflower field not far from where we live to take some last-of-summer pictures.

And to announce the gender of our new babe:

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This little girl is soooo excited to have a sister!

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So are these guys!

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A nice stranger offered to take a family shot of us.

And the boys insisted on "silly faces" from mom and dad. Duncan makes his photography debut in getting this shot of us!

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