Sunday, August 1, 2010

Beach=Joy

The kids and I went camping at Bear Lake on Friday & Saturday for my Cox family reunion (my Mom's side). I'm anxious to dive into all the pictures and do a big post, but for tonight I wanted to post my favorite of each of the kids. They had SO MUCH FUN playing with their cousins at the beach!


We missed Dan, and as I frolicked around taking pictures of the kids, I longed for Dan to be there to see the joy his children were experiencing. So many people have been asking me how I'm doing as a single parent and the truth is that I think I got the long end of the stick on this 13 week separation. Every night when I talk to Dan and hear about his rigorous class schedule and study requirements, I realize that I've got it pretty good here at home with the kids, in the comfort of our little home with the garden and horses and fresh air all around us. Tonight I've been overwhelmed with gratitude for Dan and his sacrifice to provide for our family. The stress of our financial burdens is diminishing and that has freed up a lot of emotional energy for me to focus on our children and remember how much I love them and how truly grateful I am to be their mother.

11 comments:

Hil said...

Looks like the weather was a bit warmer for you this time... :) It never really warmed up until Thursday when we were there. Hence VERYfew lake pictures...

Lori Gerten said...

You are such a great inspiration for how a wife should feel re: her hubby's work. I am amazed at how you handle it and am lucky to call you my friend!

Nice pictures!

The Dragonfly said...

Um, hot in a swimsuit much? Awesome! You deserve it after slaving away at you know what! (dare not mention, since well, you know.) So happy to see you!

Sue said...

What? The reunion quilt I selfishly decided not to give away? It will forever be a symbol of my narcissism. And I feel just fine about it.

Lois Ann said...

I was still shaking sand out of a couple of the towels today, as I began to clean up and put things away for the next time. There was even enough sand to put in a zip-lock to remind me of Lily basking and rolling around in the sand, making sand angels.

Brian and Rebecca Nate said...

Kids look great! Glad you guys had fun. Sweet hat in that last photo, good for advertising!

Becky in Wyo said...

I hear you on getting the long end of the stick. I get to be with the kids, and I'm never lonely. I feel a lot more sorry for Zen than I ever do for myself.

And it was a great time! You know you are an awesome photographer, right?

The Queen Vee said...

Sue, you fabulous gorgeous woman.....look at those toned skinny legs.

As I recall that lake is a beautiful blue but very cold. Kids never seem to notice cold water.

Great pics, it was also great to see you last week.

Did you finish your quilt? We sure missed you at you know what!!!!!! I mean geeze, you're the poster woman for HWHW!

The Nelson Family said...

Thanks for talking to me last night. It was good to talk to you again. Your kids are so yummy! Nice work!

Angie & Willy said...

Your kids are beautiful Sue! I didn't remember that you had a blog but saw the link on FB and jumped right on over here. Beautiful stuff! (Loved LOVED the newborn pics of your nephew! What an amazing experience for you to be a part of.)

Happy birthday!

~Ang

Erin said...

Oh those pics of your kids made me just smile from ear to ear! They look so happy and carefree. Just like kids should look. You and your husband are both amazing Sue. I really look up to you both!