A Shower for Miss Peanut

This weekend my mom and sister threw me one heck of a baby shower!

It was a whirlwind of a day that was overwhelming in the best of ways. The house was filled with friends and family who are just so excited to meet miss peanut. A sweet friend even flew in to be there! Joy and laughter and love (and delicious food) filled my mom’s house.

After the shower had ended and the car was being packed up- I felt so humbled and filled with gratitude. There was nothing we have done to deserve or earn the privilege of being miss peanut’s mom and dad. We are so grateful for this little girl and the anticipation of holding her in our arms. We are so thankful for all of you who are excitedly awaiting her arrival with us!

Opening sister's gift... She knocked it out of the park and this is us sharing that moment :)

Opening sister’s gift… She knocked it out of the park and this is us sharing that moment :)

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A house just jam- packed with love

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Sweet treats by the talented Sulkas!

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I’ll always be your YL kid Lora :)

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Miss Peanut’s first Leotard! Thanks Mom!

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Sweet Kalyani loved playing in all the tissue paper

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Amazing to have you visit Jeanie!

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Me and the party planning committee

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Miss Peanut’s biggest fans

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More cuteness a la Sulka!

*Deeper thoughts from Scott: As Scott and I looked over all the diapers we received: I said, “That’s a lot of diapers!” He said, “That’s a lot of poop!”

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Two Concerts and a Race

Family

As a family we certainly love each other, we even like each other-  And I am really grateful for that.

It has been awesome to be back in new england near these crazy cats that are my fam.

A few highlights from the past month:

Iron and Wine in Portland, ME

We wandered around downtown in and out of coffee shops and thrift stores, ate amazing food and saw a truly talented group. We laughed really hard together. Oh yeah, and Iron & Wine was fantastic!

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Arabica Coffee: Pre concert caffeine

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Sam Beam: Iron & Wine

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Mom, Meg and I heading to the concert

Dave Matthews- Throwback Fans

A few weeks later, Meg and I were totally stoked to get tickets to Dave from a friend! We hopped in the car to nostalgia- ville and saw a great show. The icing on the cake was being there with such fun people and catching a drum stick at the end of the show! WHAAT?!

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Food and drinks in the VIP tent!

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So talented! Throwback to high school favorites.

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We caught a drum stick that was thrown into the crowd! We were super jazzed about it.

The Triathlon Father’s Day

As of last year, it has become a family tradition to do a relay triathlon on father’s day. It was a way to re-invent what we did on father’s day now that dad was no longer with us. We race in his honor and spend time together outdoors.

It was an amazing day! Team Evan (.5 mi swim & 13 mi bike) and Meg (5K run) came in first in the male/female relay group and Team Marcia (13 mi bike) , Abby (5K run), Zach (.5 mi swim) came in third! Yes, The dana teams crushed the competition.

Then we went to moms, hung out with family, ate steak and did some varsity level napping.

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Pre-Race

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Meg, Evan and Zach running in with me to the finish!

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Fighting Fit: The Post- Race Picture. (PS- don’t mess with mom)

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Miles, and lots of smack talk later, WE DID IT!

A picture post

These past months have been filled with great times with great people. Here are those things represented in pics…

A wedding.

A move.

Beaches.

A celebration.

A rooftop.

A reunion.

I am looking forward to the months to come!

Remember

July has gone whirring by filled with tearful goodbyes, travel, families, boxes (of books) and a new place to call home.

Today I find myself unwrapping pictures and dwelling on the memories and people they captured. I am so grateful for the past and how it witnesses to the Lords graceful and perfect provision.

I put pictures in their respective homes to gather dust and let me know that here too we will find community and make ourselves a home.

The future can be so overwhelming with the what ifs and the unknowns. The Lord continually calls his people to remember what he has done to bolster their faith for what lies ahead.

Today, I am grateful for the peace that comes with remembering the sovereignty and goodness of the Lord.

“It is well with my soul”

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A long goodbye

It has been a busy month. A few words on the last few weeks:

A season of saying good bye.

Preparing for what is next.

Visiting NYC and all the places we love one last time.

Cookouts, take out and cleaning out.

More to come when things settle down and we are moved into our new place in early July.

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Momma D

(Sorry this is so overdue, mom. I know your b-day and mother’s day are already past. But I figured since you celebrate May as your Birthday month, that I am not too late)

Oh, the things I could say about my mom!

She is:

  • kind
  • generous
  • courageous
  • athletic
  • beautiful
  • creative
  • supportive
  • (super) outgoing
  • wonderful cook
  • great listener

…just to name a few.

She is also a prankster and has no problem being goofy. She taught me at a young impressionable age how to short sheet a bed. She began with tails of triumph and then explained with enthusiasm how to pull it off. She even explained the tricky business of short sheeting a sleeping bag! Remembering back I recall the passing along of this information as if it was a family heirloom to be passed on through generations (don’t’ worry mom, it will be some day).

She has a great sense of humor and never takes herself too seriously. She would lovingly laugh on April fools day when I ‘got’ her good by putting a rubber-band on the sink spray hose- a classic (seriously, if you have a spray hose on your sink you should try this one*)! She appreciated (and encouraged) a good harmless prank.

I could write a book about all the things you taught us. For now, I want to Thank you for encouraging silliness and laugher in all your kids.

Oh, and she is an amazing cyclist. no post about mom would be complete with out mentioning this fact.

*Attempt at your own risk. I am not responsible for your actions or retaliation that may happen. 

Big Brother, Big Birthday

Happy Birthday to my big brother! Here is a list of thanks, I hope you will enjoy:

  • Thanks for your “patience” and driving me to school when we were in high school together.
  • Thanks for trying to help me with my homework and offering advice even when I was (ahem, am, too stubborn to listen well).
  • Thanks for going after your dreams and showing how much determination and hard work can do. (riding across the country on your bike for bike and build and countless 1/2 irons and crazy athletic events and marathons).
  • Thanks for always reminding me that I am, indeed, short.
  • Thanks for opening up your apartment whenever we come into the city.
  • Thanks for being such a caring person.
  • Thanks for making sure that we were all at Epcot in time so we didn’t have to wait in lines.
  • Thanks for handing down your oversized-90’s UMBRO shorts and tees to me when we were kids- my fashion choices as a 10 year old just would not have been the same with a big sister.
  • Thanks for making homemade Weird-Al music videos as a young lad. Really, there could be no better blackmail than those tapes.
  • Thanks for trying to teach me how to snowboard
  • Thanks for sharing the screwdriver when dad brought home old adding machines for us to take apart
  • Thanks for continuing the tradition of Christmas morning scavenger hunts even when Meg and I make serious threats for making us go outside in the freezing weather.

Thanks for so many things Ev! I hope your birthday is just FANTASTIC!

Happy Birthday EVAN!!!

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