Finding Time for Family & 50 Years

I must admit reading blogs lately has been stressing me out.

Everyone it seems is already going back to school and it makes me feel like I am behind.

And then I take a breath and realize that we still have a month left and we are really only half way through.

We haven’t even taken our family vacation yet, whew!

Anyone else feeling that way?

So there haven’t been any projects lately (except for an interaction this morning with a sewing machine.  More on that later.  Let’s just say I am glad Sunshine took home ec. this year.)

So this past weekend we snuck away for some fun – the first part being about spending time with family and making that a priority.

We headed to NH to be with my husband’s family and our first stop was a local lake.

Peanut was pretty much in it all day and had no issues with getting dirty.  I love that about her.


For a girl who sometimes struggles with fear I am so thankful for the days where she is so independent in her element.


All the while, Sunshine was feeling a little caught in the middle of the age groups of cousins and was pretty attached to my hip – and I was so thankful for that as well.


We were pretty excited when it was our turn to head out into the water and we were so lucky to see a bald eagle soaring overhead.

While we were out there she said “if I were out here by myself, I would just float”.

And so we just floated.

And we giggled too.

And then my arms were soar when we came in against the current.


Hubby got to celebrate his birthday with his family and we were able to get some unprecedented time outdoors before being attacked by NH mosquitos.

They breed them nasty up there.


Heck we even managed to grill a few smores before the attacks ensued!


But the real reason we were there was to celebrate 50 years of marriage for my in-laws.

I pray to be so lucky and more.

anniversary collage

And so stories of the simple wedding day were shared. (I am thinking maybe we should go back to the simplicty of a wedding tea? Think of the money to be saved?  I know, what would a wedding be if we didn’t do the Electric Slide?  I kid, I kid.)


Across a very full table that spanned two rooms of their beautiful old farmhouse.


And then the power went out and a hot house got even hotter.

So then we were thankful for a front porch to gather around instead.


All the while I roamed around snapping a picture here and there of their beautiful home.


The only place they have ever lived in their 50 year marriage and where my husband grew up and where I have been welcomed for a long time now as well.


Things are not perfect here, they aren’t anywhere.  But I am so thankful for my kids to see and experience this life.

If you want blueberries, then they must be picked.


And that birthdays are about sharing them with your cousins and simple cupcakes sometimes.

Yeah, this girl loves her ladybugs.


And this family has a LOT of birthdays in the first week of August.  You know I have to do this: 1st: Brother-in-law, 2nd: daughter and sister-in-law, 3rd: Step-Dad, 4th: Hubby, 7th: sister, 12th: Father-in-law.

And so we did take some time to pre-celebrate Grampy’s birthday as well.


And then there was a little extra surprise – the older cousins had brought all the supplies for the girls to make tie-dye shirts (fun right?) and they all worked together and made one for Grammy and Grampy too.

The best part was that they put them on also – such good sports!


Did you make to the end?  I know, I’m sorry lots of family pics – but there were some great farmhouse pictures thrown in there too!

It’s all part of this journey thing you know, this Finding Home I am always trying to achieve.

Celebrating family milestones and traditions is a big part of that.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Take care,


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17 thoughts on “Finding Time for Family & 50 Years”


  1. Wow! “Grew up” on a red Farmall tractor just like that one! Good memories!
    Looks like you all had a great time!

  2. August 10, 2012

    Hi Laura,
    Never apologize for family pictures. Love seeing them. You have a beautiful family!
    I’m surrounded by family pictures in our home and it just makes everything more cozy and happy.

    Have a great weekend,

  3. Loved that post. I’m sure when your girls are older and they look back on their childhood, they will cherish the “cupcakes with cousins” and Grammy and Grampy’s old (and beautiful!) farmhouse.

  4. Laura. This is what really matters. These are the best times in life for you and your children. Enjoy Grandma and Grampa and all the family. They are a blessing. Thank you for sharing.

  5. I loved the pictures. Made me homesick for my NH home and my NH parents who also celebrated 50 years in June! Thanks for posting.

  6. Looks like a wonderful trip! I know what you mean about those NH mosquitoes. We were there last summer on the end of our family vacation visiting friends at our affiliated church out there. We were warned of the pesky buggers. And my hubby even bought a gag gift called the mosquito trap(it looks like a small mousetrap:)).
    As for the 50th wedding anniversary, I am planning one of those myself right now. You see my parents’ 50th falls on Aug. 18th which is when hubby & I will be in Central America on a missions trip. So my parents think nothing is being done to remember their special day. Little do they know my sister (who lives 3 hrs away) & I are planning a surprise 50th on Sept 1st. Hoping it will be a huge surprise. I’m more than stressed right now though b/c my hubby’s been away at youth camp all week(so I’m on my own to pack, pack our kids up for the 9 days we’ll be gone, plan this party, and get ready for our back to school). 2 days after we get home I go back to teaching. Ahhhhhh, Lord Jesus, give me grace!:)
    I loved this post. Family is so important!

  7. How fun!!! Down here in Jersey the kiddos don’t go back to school until after Labor Day and I am very grateful for that. Can’t imagine having to back into a routine so soon! We have lots of Summer left. We have a lot of Birthdays in the Summer too. MIne was yesterday!

  8. Laura,
    Family is what it is ALL about. I see the pictures of the family home/farm and am reminded of my grandparents farms. The get-togethers and overflowing rooms full of people. Our houses are bigger but often I miss the closeness of years ago.
    The front of the house with the 2 story bays on each side is beautiful. I am sure their were many hugs and smiles to go around.
    ps the floral wallpaper at top of wide doorway above table is same as in my diningroom. 🙂 It is unchanged from former owners.

  9. My husband has been trying to talk me into retiring in NH (he’s from there) but I don’t know if this Sunbelt girl can handle the winters! Totally understand about the mosquitoes too. Congratulations to your in-laws and I’m happy you all had a nice time. I love your in-law’s house.

    adb in DC

  10. Glad that you all had the opportunity to gather together. Family is the center of all! 50 years of marriage, what a blessing and testimony of love! Congrats to the Putmans!

  11. You are truly blessed with a beautiful happy family…How wonderful it is for your family to still be able to travel back to your hubby’s family home…still being able to enjoy the blessings of family in a home with so many memories….Happy Birthday to all and Happy Anniversary to his parents….love the tie dye shirts…perfect!!…I am in love with that beautiful farmhouse!

  12. Hello, I just love the pic of all the family sitting around the table. I think times like those are the best, just what God would want us to be doing, enjoying each other. And wow to 50 years you don’t see that often in these days. Congrats to them.

    Thanks for posting!