We had such a wonderful time meeting our new nephew/cousin, Austin, at our stop in Chicago. He was my brother and sister-in-law's early Christmas gift as he was born on December 24, 2016.:)
We then drove over to Michigan to visit my Aunt and Uncle. My Aunt has been battling kidney cancer since this last summer, and she is doing amazing!:)
We passed through Holland, Michigan and went on to visit my grandfather in Grand Rapids, MI.:)
We got to stay along Lake Michigan at my parents' new house while we were visiting family. I don't think I had ever been there during the winter time. The beach was completely covered with snow and ice coming off of the Lake. We were actually walking ON Lake Michigan at one point!
|Guy and the kids standing ON Lake Michigan.:)|
|Got to visit with my aunt, uncle and cousins.:)|
Then we were on a road trip down to Saint Louis to visit my parents.:)
|My little brother and his fiance, Hima, were also there.:)|
|Taken during her chemo.|
|Look closely, that is Elizabeth crawling through that mesh tunnel high in the sky!|
Leaving my family is always so hard for me. i have a pit in my stomach for a few days afterwards. But, when we came back to Holland, things had changed a bit. All of the sudden, the sun was coming up earlier in the morning, and the flowers have started to bloom...
|Crocuses are popping up everywhere here!:)|
|Beautiful flowers Guy brought home for me last week.:)|
And just like in Texas, when the bluebonnets start to bloom....it is a sign that Elizabeth's birthday is approaching...
|E brought treats to her ballet class on Friday to have an early birthday celebration.:)|
|J had a soccer game on Saturday:)|
|Treats to take to school.:)|
|She wanted to make her own birthday cake.:)|
It has been a very busy last few weeks, and I am so blessed and happy that I have my wonderful husband, children, family and friends to share the laughs and smiles with along the way.:) Every day is a gift, and that is why it is called the present.:)
Until next time, doei!:)