Favorite Photo Friday {family fun in SC}

I'm trying to catch up on the backlog of photos I have from this summer.  
These were taken from our family trip to SC in July to visit my parents for their 50th wedding anniversary.  
The beaches in SC are perfect for Spencer's love for skim boarding.
He was in his element body surfing and loving the big waves.  
Lily on the other hand was content playing in the sand and building sandcastles.  
She loved spending time with her Aunt Debbie and Uncle Jim as well as her cousins Marlee and Kelly.  
Lily adores the beach.  Even tonight as I was tucking her into bed she asked me when we were going back to the beach :))
One night we headed out to Murrells Inlet to take some family photos at sunset.
This is one of my all time favorites of them...I love the way they are walking hand in hand looking at each other.  
In true Spencer fashion he asked if he could jump over Lily.  She was a great sport as you can see her giving him big smiles and a round of applause for clearing his jump :))
The bond they share has been close from the day they met.
 Spencer is only with us every other week and tonight Lily spent about 30 minutes making him a card and asked if she could mail it to him.  Michael helped Lily address it and they walked it out to the mailbox tonight...now it's just waiting to be picked up tomorrow :))

They are the light and joy of our family and we look forward to seeing another little one running around in the photos with them in the days ahead.
{Some of you have asked about our paper chase...we are waiting to receive our approval from immigration and hoping that we are nearing the end of our 60-90 day wait.  Once we receive the approval all dossier paperwork will be authenticated and then translated by our agency to be sent to China...yay!!!}

When I look at Spencer it is hard for me to believe that he was Lily's age when I first met him.
How quickly time passes and how proud we are of the young man he is becoming.  
I love the innocence and wonder of these photos...wish I could freeze these moments in time.    

Together as family...not something I'm always able to capture behind the camera but thankful for this as a reminder of our time together.  
My sweet Mom and Dad on the night we celebrated their 50th anniversary.  
What a blessing it is to have parents who show love and commitment through the joys and valleys of life.  
So grateful for the gift of family and the blessing to all be together to celebrate my parent's milestone.
Even my grandmother surprised us by making the trip to be with us which was an added gift we will always remember.
2013-09-12_0016These are a few i-phone candid photos from the week that capture more of the fun we had.
Thank you Mom and Dad for setting a great example for our family and leaving us a strong legacy of faith, hope and love.  We love you!

the long road


likeschocolate said...

Beautiful photos!

tiarastantrums said...

looks like you had a great time

ellieshine said...

absolutely gorgeous! i love the one of Spencer and Lily on the beach - its so sweet the way they are looking at each other! you have beautiful children!!!

xo ellie

Maureen said...

Beautiful photos as always and so fun to see your beautiful extended family. Look forward to hearing the bing"DTC" news. Take care.

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