Taking a lot of pictures is well worth it when you cram months of living into weeks. Lots of togetherness gets packed into a tight space of time. And the precious moments of knowing he’s home, even if asleep in the next room, are worth documenting.

I treasure each hour of togetherness, and I have learned a sweet letting-go love that involves loving with your whole heart even when you know someone’s slipping through your fingers.

It’s knowing that love still counts, even miles and time and oceans apart.

Beagles January 2018_2.JPGLimelights.JPGIt’s the limelights he helped you plant in the hard, unyielding soil, that you’ve carefully dried and set proudly on display.

Master.JPGLove is that room painted a little darker than I’d like and a lot more feminine than he’d choose because it’s ours.

Beagles January 2018_8.JPGBeagles January 2018_7.JPGBeagles January 2018_4.JPGBeagles January 2018_1.JPGIt’s that pup drifting off on a chilly day on a bright, sun-warmed bed, abiding securely after being surrendered by the last family.

Feb 2018-2.jpgFeb 2018_1.JPGIt’s the safest, most restful place to be.

Beagles January 2018_3.JPGIt’s persevering and choosing to bless when it doesn’t seem to be deserved…

Beagles January 2018_5.JPG… But forgetting all about those faults and loving that bad dog anyway. Beagles January 2018_6.JPGIt makes the domestic and mundane extraordinary. It’s the very best of all.

Snow Day

Mr. S came home for a few weeks before traveling overseas for work. The days were full of sweetness, family, the beagles, visits, and much hustle and bustle.

One of our FAVORITE days was with family in the snow.

Snow Day_3.JPGThis handsome man made the day a lot more fun for our niece and nephews who came to play in the snow.

Snow Day_4.JPGBelieve it or not, this was his FIRST snow angel. Snow Day_5.JPGHe laughed. Snow Day_6.JPGAnd got some unexpected help.
Snow Day_9.JPGWe declared it a success.

Snow Day_14.JPGThis guy had three desires: hit his uncle as much as possible with snowballs, tackle everyone, and go FAST on the sled.

Snow Day_15.JPGWell, I’d be intimidated. How about you?

Snow Day_19.JPGSnow Day_20.JPGThis guy got pegged once or twice… Snow Day_31Snow Day_32Or maybe more than once!

Snow Day_33.JPGSnow Day_35.JPGSnow Day_34.JPGBut I have a funny feeling he didn’t mind.

Snow Day_43.JPGNow, I don’t want to leave you thinking there was only one victim. Snow Day_28.JPGSnow Day_26.JPGSnow Day_22.JPGSnow Day_21.JPGIn fact, everyone got hit (besides me, that is; it pays to stand behind the camera)!

Snow Day_23.JPGSnow Day_2.JPGEven Harley Girl and Lucy Pup got in on the action. Snow Day_37.JPGSometimes, things got a little TOO rough.

Snow Day_38.JPGBut Uncle changed his mind.

Snow Day_16Snow Day_17

Snow Day_27.JPGSpending time with family we love (three of whom are growing up MUCH too quickly) was the best part of the day. Snow Day_36.JPGSo proud of this beauty.

Snow Day_42.JPGSo thankful for this sister.

Snow Day_41.JPGSo much love for this incredible man.

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“And delight reigned.”