Sweet Home {in} Alabama…



I hope you won’t mind a picture heavy couple of posts. In case you missed us last week, we took a much needed trip away from home.  It was a time to regroup, have some fun again, be with friends, and let the boys be boys. 😉


Our first stop was in Northern Alabama to visit some dear friends of ours, Myra and Ernie.  We met years ago through this little thing called blogging and our friendship as families has grown into a beautiful thing. They have loved us so well from afar these past few months that I couldn’t wait to finally hug them all in person after several months apart. It was sooooo fun to be able to spend time together – whether it was in the fixing food in the kitchen, watching our boys get filthy, chats after we put our 6 boys to bed, spending time with their families, learning more about essential oils that are making such a difference for our family, or eating around their table, it was all time well spent.


The boys of course had an absolute BLAST on their family’s property and playing with their 5 year old son Ridley. No toys needed when you have sunshine, dirt, water, and animals to entertain! =) Those beloved cowboy boots got plenty of love on this trip.


Fishing was a highlight for {all} the boys. Although fishing with 6 boys isn’t exactly a relaxing night at the pond.


Thankfully the boys and  the fish cooperated. 😉  


The boys also LOVED their time at the barn with Myra’s parents feeding the animals. This calf, Pockets, quickly became their favorite.


Clark (our critter whisperer) was completely in his element.



We are so grateful for our time in their home, and the way they opened their doors to our family. {We don’t exactly travel light – there’s six of us after all!}


It was a great example to us on hospitality, kindness, and genuine love to be in their sweet home. So grateful for friends that God places in your life for a purpose that is beyond our understanding.


After saying our goodbyes and reluctantly loading the van with four boys who weren’t ready to leave “Boyland” or their buddy, we let them in on a surprise we had been keeping a secret all week.

We weren’t heading home, just yet…