Oli Boo

Oli Boo

Summertime

Summertime

The boys enjoying the sunshine.

The Whole Gang...

The Whole Gang...

This was quite a group we had here this week!  It was so much fun to all be together.  That doesnt happen often enough!

Dancing Fool....

Dancing Fool....

Halle danced and danced and danced at the wedding.  She kept telling me 'more dancing'.  It was a blast!

Welcome Baby Kate!

Welcome Baby Kate!

Well.... this isnt exactly a great close up of baby Kate... I didnt have my camera.  She was born Monday night after a quick delivery.  Sean, Christy and Lane are all doing great!

Gram & Pop Merk

Gram & Pop Merk

Gram & Pop Merk were troopers to make it here for the wedding...

The Girls + Nick

The Girls + Nick

My cousin Joe got married this last weekend here in CDA.  Welcome to the family Amy!

FAITH

FAITH

Its hard to imagine that Faith would be 5 today.  Sometimes it feels like that was just yesterday.  Its hard to understand why she didnt get to spend time here with us, but we know and trust that God is taking better care of her than we ever could have imagined to.  We lean not on our own understanding but trust in HIM!  Somedays we have to remind ourselves of that. 

 

We miss you baby girl.  But not one day goes by that I dont think of you!  You will always be part of our family.  Somtimes I wonder what you would be like... whether you would be ornery like your sister or if you would like to play outside as much as she does or lick out of the dog water.   All I know is that we really would have loved to watch you grow up.  You would have made a wonderful big sister.  We love you. 

 

happy birthday.

 

 

 

 

Note from the little longwell

Note from the little longwell

Well considering I'm not being very productive with my studying at the moment, I figured I use my time a more wisely and post a little update. I completed my midterms about 2 weeks ago and already tests are popping up again. One tomorrow and two next week. Then the first week of August is finals week. I can't believe it is almost August! I am also currently deciding on where I'd like to go for my two 5-month internships over the next 2 years. There are a lot of places to choose from and it has been somewhat amusing to watch my classmates become very protective over the ones they want so that no one else will put it on their list. I'm trying my hardest to stay out of the whole mess and just go from what I want to get out of the internship.

Outside of the classroom I've been enjoying the warm weather of North Carolina...although I realize now how lucky I've been to have spent every summer on a gorgeous lake. Definitely looking forward to some time on the dock in August.  I've had to put the knitting needles down for awhile since I've managed to damage a nerve at my elbow. Sounds so silly, I know. I've been doing my best to rest it but it is difficult. I am a awful PT patient.

In other news, Darin is coming to visit this weekend and I couldn't be more excited. I live for these weekends together. Wish they could happen more often.

Looking forward to being home for a week in August. Hope everyone is doing well. Can't wait to see some super cute pictures from Halle's birthday...(hint, hint).

Love, Kristin

PS: I didn't have a recent picture to post, so I thought you all might enjoy this old one.

Fourth of July in Boston

Fourth of July in Boston

About to watch the fireworks over the Charles River in Boston. I love the look on Darin's face. So excited.

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