For the Fourth

Oh say! The Fourth of July is always so nostalgic. I love it. This year proved to be filled with wonder for my kids, and we just had a dazzlingly good time.

We Henrys decided to host a funnel cake partay with our Grow Group on Tuesday night and shoot off some works in our finally-coming-together backyard. I fried up 20 cakes and we had some great toppings supplied and meaningful conversations throughout the evening. WOO! It was so fun! Thank you for appeasing my party planning brain and joining us, friends!

On the real holiday, we woke up and sped on out to the in-laws’ house to play with their new batch of seven kittens for the morning. That Evie is in love with those kittens. Olie even warmed up to them and was wanting to pick them up (and forcibly set them down too…). We had a great time! Annual kid photos too. Such a pretty, festive place y’all have, Janine!

We had a lazy afternoon waiting for the evening. Evie and I played Pictureka and giggled a lot. She learned that America is 242 years old, and I think it finally sank in that the Fourth of July is a birthday party for the whole country. I learned that she is quite partial to “Party in the U.S.A”. We listened to it on repeat for like two hours. It really just left me wondering what Britney song was on at the club that night.

After naps, we hit up a friend party for a teensy little bit, and then landed for dinner at my parents’ place. Too much food. Homemade ice cream. Lots of peeps. Lots of pops and bangs. Glow sticks were an amazing hit with little kids. Both of our tikes stayed up until 10:30 (a first for Olan!). Both of them also slept until 7:30, which may sound horrible to you pansies out there, but I was praisin’ the Laud.

Here’s to the land of the free!

Cousins of 2018

Our annual cousin photos… here are a few of the highlights! They’ve come a long way since 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017!

Numbering Our Days

Logan,

“So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom.” [Psalm 90:12]

Year ten has rushed to meet us at the door, and we’ve gladly answered it. For ten years, we have worked passionately alongside each other in our ministry. It’s been ten years that we’ve been setting goals and celebrating the work God has done in and around our lives. Ten years of holidays. Ten years of adventuresome mileage on our vehicles. Ten years worth of winters, springs, summers, and falls.

Today, we celebrate 3,390 days of being married. Today, I’ve been a Henry for 3,390 days. Today, I’m thanking God for the 3,390th time that He made something good come from two broken people.

We’ve now spent 5,259,492 married minutes together. Is someone blowing a warp whistle or something? 5,259,492 minutes of cooking, washing, working, playing, laughing, lounging, praying, hosting, sleeping, fixing, cleaning, driving, coming, going, watching, listening, reading, doing, studying, writing, sharing, and loving. What a blessing and an honor it has been to spend millions of precious minutes with you as your wife.

The years, the days, and the minutes have gone by, and I’m still a Henry. We’re still married. I’m still thanking God that He’s made something good come from us, and that He’ll continue working through our brokenness to shine light into the darkness of this world. I’m sure looking forward to lighting up another ten years worth of time together with you.

Happiest anniversary, Logan! I’m glad I chose you to walk this life with. Never looking back, my dearest!

Love,

Shauna

 

 

 

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