Thursday, May 06, 2010

Merriman Farm with Friends 2010...Part 1

It was our third year to spend absolutley precious and cherished time with some of our dearest friends at the Henderson's family farm! This year the Moores were able to join us since they live on this side of the country now...although they had a long drive from Kentucky! (thanks Ginny and Kev!) We unfortunately were missing our sweet friends, the Bakers, who were also going to join us for the first time this year. After an unexpected and very sad loss in their family, they needed to stay back. We so missed them, but can't wait until they can join us next year.

There is a lot of preparation that goes into getting all of these families together every year, but the pay-off is SO worth it! There are so many things we experience when we get away together like this. Our children experience freeedom and fun together. We all experience the blessing of no agendas and no schedules. It allows for the sweetest and deepest of conversations and relationships to take place. Derek and I (and our children) have been blessed beyond measure with very rare friendships where unconditional love and accountability are abundant and we are so very grateful! I say it every year upon our return...I CANNOT wait until next year!

Lots of pics below and more to come later, but considering we took over 300!!! this is all I could do for now:) We'll just call this Part 1!

The Guys...minus Jonathan who had to head out early.

The Girls...we are missing Mandi:( (and Rebekah)

YES!!!...I do believe Kevin ate ALL of that!

The sweetest husband and Daddy in all the world reading to our babies!!
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The Moore Family said...

AWESOME! I loved all of them! I am "borrowing" some of your pictures and need to do my own post about it. Miss you already friend!!!!!

laurie said...

Looks like ya'll had a ton of fun. Glad you got to get away before Stella arrives! Super sweet pictures!

Rachael said...

Looks like all had a good time.
Thanks for the Kramer update ;-)