By Ralph Waldo Emerson
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
This post is a tribute to brothers having brothers. I don’t think there is a greater gift God could have given Kalen, than his brother Brayden (and vise versa). These photos depict just one of their backyard adventures. They decided to build a lean-to in one of the corners of our backyard. After they had made the lean-to, they went and found this big log in the woods to have as a seat in their hideout. I snuck up on them to take these photos.
Most of the time, they get along so well. They have their moments of disgust with one another. They can get so silly, totally playing off one another. Kalen and Brayden love their brother, Julian, but the closeness they share is unique and set apart from their own bonds with Julian.
We took our kids to Homecoming at Elon on Saturday. We were able to meet some folks that Scott is now working alongside. It was a beautiful fall day. It was kind of surreal realizing that now this is part of who we are. We are extremely thankful for Scott’s teaching job and look forward to the many Elon events and happenings we can take our family to there.
Each October, for several years now, we meet up with our friends at the beach for an extended weekend. This has come to be something we really look forward to and count on each year. It is a refreshing time that we just get to stop our real lives here and enter a dreamworld of sorts.
This year we had 15 of us, 3 families; 6 adults and 9 kids. We cooked and ate together with our friends, never going out, except for groceries of course. We played and played again. We talked, laughed, and played games. We enjoyed the ocean, sand and sun. The weather was gorgeous!
Here are several of my favorite photos from our trip.