Watching the sun come up five days a week- all year long- filled my lungs with fresh morning air and my eyes with a different mosaic of color every day.
Winter was stunningly beautiful in 2015.
Lucy offered tons of fun to this goofy grandma.
Charles turned one in May.
And Lucy turned two in January.
Brian and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary at the end of August. Michigan was so cold that we picked blueberries wearing winter jackets!
Brian's flower garden never fails to delight and inspire us.
Allan, who summers in Portland and winters in Uruguay, traveled to Iowa for a visit. Martha is proud of her sons and loves it when they are both visiting her at the same time
We found this Christian church in China and worshiped with believers there. It felt like an epic experience.
Family gatherings offer opportunities for continual friendship building. We love these folks with all we've got. Gifts they are! Those sweet and hilarious babies add a totally new dimension. How can we be gifted so?
If you need a reason to laugh and play or sit quietly to snuggle, Moby and Baxter are the ones to offer the opportunity and deliver companionship. These guys have won my heart. They are my grand-dogs.
Speaking at two women's retreats both stretched and surprised me.
Then Annie arrived. She was the most high highlight of our year!!
Ain't it grand to be a family, ain't it grand???
Brian's mom had to wait until she was well into her 90s but she can finally call herself a great-grandmother. She loves these little ones...and even tells them so!
My youngest love interest.
Brian got away for over three weeks to Patagonia (in South America) for a fishing trip with his brother and three South American friends.
I pieced and quilted another baby quilt, this time for Annie Pearl.
Several meaningful mentoring friendships invited me into deeper intentional relationships of faith and mutual encouragement!
2015 enlightened, challenged, delighted and blessed us. We offer up a monumental shout of thanks to our God!