The other day we went on a picnic near the coast. Which is really just about 15 minutes from our house.
Have I mentioned that I love where we live?
So after fully stuffing our bellies with hamburgers and hot dogs, the water beckoned us.
We walked to the coastline to take in the view.
And everyone was most definitely enjoying the day.
When Chris has a long weekend off, everyone is happier.
Especially someone named me.
The kids loved watching the boats. And even more, being close to the water.
At least being as close as we’d let them get to the water.
Seven kids + water can equal utter chaos if you don’t monitor it very, very closely.
So we insisted that everyone keep their distance.
So we could keep our sanity.
Finding just the right rock and then proceeding to hurl it into the water seemed to make up for the fact that we wouldn’t let them get wet.
As did getting a chance to pet the biggest dog on the planet.
We even took a few mementos from our afternoon near the water. To remember the day.
And one day, to remember where we lived.
We’ve lived all over, but never some place quite like this.
And, until it’s time to pack up again, we’re going to enjoy it all we can.
Tina Michelle says
aww, cute pics and looks super fun! Glad you enjoyed.
simply gorgeous! when can i come visit? 🙂 oh, and by the way, vivi is just too precious…
Looks wonderful. What Mama with a camera wouldn't LOVE living there?!
How cute is Vivi's farmer tan. As always, great photos of even greater subjects
Beautiful photos, I wouldn't mind living there.
Jennifer and Greg says
What a nice place to live. Living by the water is always wonderful. Greg and I grew up in Virginia Beach and we miss seeing the ocean on a regular basis. Enjoy it!
Thanks for your nice comments about Daniel. I am just so sad about his loss. He has a strong family and they have a strong faith.
Wow, looks fabulous!
And yes, I think that dog deserves the title!
David and Sarah says
Looks like a wonderful place to live!
Love your crew- such blessings, each and every one of them!
The kids love the water- good job keeping them out of it- that was no small task!!
You live in a beautiful place- what an artist our Lord is!!
a Tonggu Momma says
Oh, wow… reminds me so much of Newport. Love it!
Chasing Dreams Photography says
wow!!! What a beautiful place and your pictures are gorgeous!!!! Your family is so beautiful!!!!
Looks like a beautiful day!!
We haven't made it to the coast yet–but hopefully we will soon. Looks heavenly!! Such beautiful photos, as usual. 🙂
The photo of Vivi and Chris? Melts. my. heart. <3
That photo of your hubby and Vivi is heart stopping cute. better print that one 🙂
What a view! That looks like the perfect day to me.
And please tell that hubby of yours "thank you for your service….Happy Memorial Day"
Just finding your blog (which is gorgeous) and really enjoying your writing – not mention your amazing pics. I'll be back for sure 🙂
WOW! The scenery is almost as gorgeous as the subjects! I too love living near the water … til we pick up and move again!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
Beautiful – We've lived in the same place forever – but I've had TDY's all over – I'm thinking costal GA and Pac coast WA were two of my favs, never had the gulf coast (yet)! But – of all the places on earth (save China) the upper penn of MI was the most beautiful, the great lakes really do have it all over the ocean! I mean who cares how 'big' the water is – if it goes past the horizon!
hugs – aus and co.
Lost and Found says
Gorgeous! Your whole family is beautiful but I guess after following you since before Sophie came home, I get giddy when there is so much of the newest family member. Little Vivi just brings a smile to my face. The group pics are stunning. Are you using LR for post processing?
I love, love, love where you live!!! 🙂
Nicole A. says
Gorgeous! I love love love New England! Would move back in a second, if ever given the chance! I love that you can be anywhere (city-country-water-mountains-wherever!) in no time at all. It's like its own little country! So happy you are enjoying it to its fullest, especially when you're not buried under lots of snow, which happens there, too!
All the best,
Nicole A. in OH (used to be in MA!)
Gorgeous!!! The environment AND the family! 😉
Shirlee McCoy says
I saw these photos when you posted them, then, yesterday, I saw the photo of a little boy who is being relinquished. He looked so familiar that I thought he must be the child of someone I knew. I came back here today (cause I stalk your blog) and looked at the first photo in this series, saw your Shepherd and realized that's who I thought little Isaac was. They're not a matched pair now that I'm comparing the photos, but the shape of the head and the skin tone and shape of the eyes really are similar. Now I can rest easy….the whole thing with thinking I knew the little boy was driving me crazy!
BTW, I love looking at your photos. They tell wonderful stories!
Aus – thank you for making my day! We are moving this summer from New England to the great lakes and I am so heartbroken to leave my salty sea air. Wonderful to know we'll have a new love when we get there!
delucchi family says
Found you on TM blog, you have an amazing family!
Your kiddies are stunning. How do you do it, with so many? I take my hat off to you? I have 4 and they keep me so very busy. Gre up in Cape town, so near a beach too, which I miss so much now that we are in the UK. I will email you about An Orphans Wish, its all very exciting.