The Fourth

The fourth of July is always so magical. 2020 didn’t disappoint! The Henrys had a great few days of partying with family and friends. Happy Birthday, America!

Kindergarten’s a Wrap!

My girl has graduated from Kindergarten! What a year. From the start, 2019-2020 has been a wild ride, and for Evie, it was no different. The abrupt date change of the first day of school, losing her first tooth on her 6th birthday, getting a mysterious rash all over her body, being brand new at mom’s school, her birthday party… and all that happened within the first week! Ha.

Aside from all the crazy, Evie has been stretched this year in many ways. I’ve seen her blossom emotionally this year. Spiritually, she chose to follow Jesus this year (!!)! I’ve seen her branch out from her comfort zone in friendships this year. I’ve seen her confidence build this year. I’ve seen independence grow in her this year. It’s been a challenge, but I sure am glad to see my baby girl grow. There is still much to be learned, but she is eager to do so. Evie has loved her experience at school, and for that I am so grateful.

Mrs. Trimmell, thank you for being Evie’s kindergarten teacher! You love your students so fiercely! Thank you for loving Evie unconditionally and working tirelessly to give her every opportunity for success in such a pivotal time in her life. Thank you for the encouragement and advice for me along the way as well. You are a gem!

Evie, I am incredibly proud to be your mom! Keep on shining, girl. You are smart and funny and cute and lovable and huggable and kissable and squeezable and… muah!

Congratulations on finishing year one! No matter what life brings, I love you, my sweet Eva!

Mother’s Day Hike

I am a hiker. My husband is a biker (and I’m talking more of a motorcycle biker…). So we don’t jive the greatest when it comes to taking nature walks. But this year, my Mother’s Day gift was for one free hike!

So! I cashed in my coupon on the most perfect evening when the wind was barely breezing, the sun was fully shining, the air was just above jacket worthy, and the kids were looking for an adventure.

We went out to the Marty Bender Nature Area, and I’ll tell ya what! We were so impressed! It was a lovely 2.8 mile trail leading me through places I would not have pictured in Kansas. We both were reminded of our various places we’ve been: Konza, our St. Louis hike (minus the complaining children!) and even the Texas wilderness. The trail takes you through prairie land, as well as through wooded areas nestled along the Smoky Hill River. We climbed some hills. We looked over cliffs. We ate our picnic dinner on the highest point overlooking several shining ponds and farmland. It was a perfect night.

One of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts yet!

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