Happy Wednesday, friends!
Today, it’s an early edition of LET’S LOOK!
Once a month, Erika and I host a link up where we “look” at little aspects of our lives. If you’re a blogger, make sure you blog and link up!
Here’s what we’ve been “looking” at so far this year…
In January, we looked at the coziest spots in our house
In February, we looked at our favorite reads
And today, we’re looking at the people in our family!
I love my family 🙂 . Here’s a little look at them…
Let’s start with my little fam…
Next Wednesday, I will have been married to Andrew Shull for 15 years. We met when we were in college and were married three months to the day after we graduated. After all of these years, he’s still my guy. I cannot imagine being married to anyone else. He’s funny, smart, reliable, loyal, a fantastic father and always has my back. I can truly count on Andrew and that means so much to me.
We have four fantastic kids (seriously, I like them all 😉 ) .
They keep us busy, they keep us laughing and they most definitely keep us on our toes!
Kensington Kate was born September 15, 2008 and is currently in 4th grade. This has been THE BEST year for our oldest girl. She has blossomed academically, in sports (she loves volleyball and dance) and has the sweetest little group of friends. She is sweet, fiercely loyal, kind and a great big sister. Right now, she’s in this sweet stage where she’s still a little girl, but I can have these amazing adult-like conversations with her. You can almost always find her at night in her cozy pjs, wearing one of my blardigans reading a book. She is a very passionate person, and I can’t wait to see how the Lord will use that to shape her as an adult. I’m so proud of my oldest girl!!
This is our Smith William. He rolled into the family 16 months and 3 days after his big sister…and decided from day one to be my easiest. He was an easy baby, an easy toddler (the boy would put himself down for a nap), and he’s really an easy kid. Don’t worry, the girls know he’s easy…that’s why he’s their favorite. Hahahaha! We had to create an actual schedule because the girls cried every night over whose turn it was to sleep in his room. Like, we had to actually assign days (and give him one day sister-free). Smith is easy…but very active. You will likely find him outside either riding his bike, playing with a ball or climbing a tree every day. He also loves to read and plays the violin. He’s sweet, sweet, sweet but also sarcastic and ALWAYS the voice of reason amongst his siblings. Smith has this wiser than his years way of speaking that often catches me off guard. He’s such a special kid, and his place in our family is unique.
Our sweet Ashby London came into our lives on January 4, 2015 as a shy and timid 2.5 year old from Xi’an, China. She looks really sweet and demure, right? She is…she’s also the toughest person I’ve ever met. Ashby was born with Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome which keeps her in pain every single day. Over the last 3 years, she’s had 17 procedures and when I tell you she doesn’t complain, I mean it. She NEVER complains! Ashby is super talkative, always wants to be hanging out with someone, loves her friends, loves playing outside, and always up for a snuggle. She brought a light into our family we didn’t even know we needed. She is everyone’s hero. Ashby loves playing with Barbies, doing puzzles and playing games (she loves card games!). She also loves to sit at the kitchen counter and color and paint. She just bounces from one thing to the next and always with a smile on her face.
Annnnnd this pic sums up our Madeley James. Swagger. This one has swagger. Miss Madeley entered our family on September 11, 2016 and we’ve never been the same. She is funny, she is quick witted, she is smart, she is easy, easy, easy and always makes everyone laugh. Madeley is obsessed with Peppa Pig, loves riding her little bike, wants to build with blocks, color, have books read to her and play outside. She is always so happy when the big kids come home from school and adores their attention. Madeley has been such a surprise! We just needed her. I didn’t know we did until we had her…but we needed her. She is the life of the party, and I cannot imagine not being her mama.
After these peeps, Andrew and I are super blessed to both have amazing sets of parents…
…this is my dad and this…
…is my mom. They’ve been married over 40 years and keep me laughing all the time. My dad is in insurance and my mom is an interior designer. Growing up, they taught me so many wonderful things, but the three most important are to travel as much as you can, to work hard at both your job and your passions and that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Light. They are actually really good friends with…
…Andrew’s mom and dad! That’s Steve and Cheryll and they are FUNNY! Steve is an engineer and Cheryll ran an in-home daycare for years and years. They too have been married over 40 years and let me tell you this, it’s never dull when we’re together. Lots of laughing and always stories to be told. One of my favorite things in life is sitting in their big chair by their fire drinking coffee and watching Hallmark movies. There are so many wonderful things I could say about them, but if you ask anyone to name Cheryll’s biggest accomplishment, EVERYONE would say that she makes the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. I don’t know what she does, but they’re world famous. I’m so thankful for my in-laws!
Here are my kiddos with their cousins Isaiah and Samuel!
My brother, Sean, was the Bachelor on ABC a few years ago and met and married the beautiful Catherine. We tell Catherine all the time, if something happens, we’re keeping her and letting go of Sean. She is SWEET with a capital S! They have these two precious boys who are 2.5 and 9 months. We love this little family of four. They live in Dallas, and we love spoiling those kiddos every chance we get. Funny side note, Samuel loves Andrew. Like loves him a lot. He will FaceTime and/or call all the time JUST to talk to Andrew. It’s the funniest/cutest thing!
So, that’s just a few of our peeps. Andrew has a brother who also has a sweet family, but they’re a little more private, so I won’t go into many details. They also live in Missouri and are raising the sweetest, smartest, most athletic kiddos. I wish we lived closer!!!
One more pic before I call it a day…
…these are my grandparents 🙂 .
I feel so incredibly blessed that I still have three out of four grandparents (plus a bonus granddad!). My dad’s parents on the left have been married for 71 years! YES, 71!!! How crazy cool is that???? They have two daughters (hey Lu, hey Melinda!), five grandkids, 10 great grandkids and even great great grandkids! She’s super funny and a fantastic cook, he’s a Marine and retired pastor who knows the Bible better than anyone I’ve ever met and they’re both amazing. The two on the right? That’s my mom’s mom and her husband Ken. My Grandmother was married for 44 years to my sweet Granddaddy before he passed away of cancer at only 64. A few years later, she married Ken, and he has been one of the best things to ever happen to our family. We love Ken (a.k.a. Papaw) so much. My Grandmother is one of the loveliest people I’ve ever met. She is tough as nails, a cancer survivor, and the strong matriarch our family needed after my Granddaddy’s passing. Besides my dad, she instilled in me a love of travel like no one else. I have never known someone to travel to as many places as she has. She still loves nothing more than to talk about her next trip…I love that about her so much! She has two kiddos…and they’re Irish twins…a fact that always makes her kind of roll her eyes. Ha!
Whew! A little look at my family! I cannot wait to look at your link ups and see your family too. Okay, what’s coming up in April???
Let’s look at…YOUR PANTRY!
That sounds like fun! See you guys back here tomorrow!