And me on the left!
Afterwards we stayed to talk and dance some more (you can never get enough of both those activities!). We also got a family picture with our special "adopted" sister, Lindsey!
And Hope is here!!!
Thus began one hilarious and awesome few days!
After a late movie night (okay, so every night was late), we were up the next morning for a good run. A few of us plan to run a 5K, so Hope started training us. And the rest is history. Painful history. (Seriously, I so sore!)
It is a cousin tradition--we grew up swimming together at Grandma's House. Special memories!
Hope used to do figure skating, so she showed us her fancy moves and taught me how to skate backwards (something I have wanted to learn for quite a while).
Or something like that...
Actually I don't know if I know what he is doing...
Hope put together an impromptu photoshoot. Unfortunately I was our photographer and I really don't have a knack for that sort of thing. However, with a little editing from Shiloh, I kind of impressed myself!
So when do you want me to take photos for your special event? Oh wait. I probably should push it.
The light was so brilliant it almost put a glare in some of the pictures...
Hope had me teach her some Irish Ceili Dance steps a couple days in advance... she practiced every moment she had and her fancy footwork sure paid off!
Love this picture! Judah and Cecily A. jamming with their Bodhrans.
And that was a very late night--or should I say, very early morning?
Despite the severe lack of sleep from a crazy past few days, we all were up bright and early the next morning to drop Hope off at the airport. It was so sad saying goodbye. :(
We love you, Hope!!!
(Don't we look exhausted? But it was totally worth it!)
Here is a video Elanee S. took of us dancing the Haymaker's Jig with Yours Truly calling it:
We love and miss all our cousins and hope that this blog post has encouraged them to come join us for a while... (hint, hint.)
This was such a special time and the Lord blessed us all with love, laughter, and life.
"The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." ~Numbers 6:24-26