November 17, 2014

A Red, White, and Blue Weekend with my Family

This weekend was the absolute best. The reality of living away from my family really sank in after we bought our house, my brother moved back home, and my sister accepted a job where she'll be moving back home in about month. I know God brought us here for this season in our lives for a reason, so I'm not lamenting the fact that we're apart, but it doesn't make it any easier. I'm just so thankful for the times when we are together because dang, I love my family. My parent's house was lit up with so much love and joy over the weekend, and for that I am thankful. 
We arrived home Friday evening to find out my mom decked the house out in red, white, and blue to celebrate Thomas becoming a citizen! My family even gave him a gift of a red, white, and blue shirt and a Captain American flannel underwear shirt haha! What can I say, they are very patriotic! 

We had a big American feast on Saturday night, complete with hot dogs, burgers, potato chips, pickles, and macaroni and cheese.  Like I said, my mom went all out with the American festivities! We had cookie cake during the day and my mom's homemade apple pie a la mode with caramel sauce for dessert at night. We spent the evening bundled up around the fire pit in the backyard, drinking homemade hot chocolate as we laughed, chatted, and reminisced. Pure bliss. 
Oliver, naturally, was the star of the weekend. It is such a joy to see the blessing that he is to our family! He was absolutely delighted by my brother pulling him around the house in his little chariot all weekend!

He was also enthralled by my parent's Golden Retriever, Charlie. He had the most smug grin on his face every time he saw him, and he'd reach out his hand to touch him, but then pull it back so quickly like he was nervous! He crawled up to Charlie one time while he was laying down and very gently pet him, and it was just about the cutest thing I've ever seen! 

My brother and his girlfriend even humored me by letting me use them as models to practice my picture taking at the park over the weekend. They make a good pair, those two. 

It went by way too quickly, but it was enough to power me through the next week and a half until I see everyone again for Thanksgiving! I am so thankful for the gift of family. 


  1. Your pictures are gorgeous. And the fall colors are amazing. We don't see ANYTHING like that here. I love the chariot for Oliver - so fun!

  2. Beautiful pictures! Congrats to Thomas!!

  3. So happy to see you back here, Caitlin...
    And love seeing the love among your family.
    What an amazing weekend you all had.
    Your pics are awesome too. : )

  4. That's it!!!! Start a photography business right now! Those are amazing in the park! The light, the composition, all of it! Adore!

  5. How totally exciting and patriotic indeed! Even down to the skivvies!! Love it. They are so proud of Thomas as they should be. Keep all these moments tucked in your heart.

    Your pictures??!! Oh my gosh! Gorgeous! Seriously. And that lake shot? That's just beautiful!

  6. I just love your spirit of gratitude, Caitlin. So glad you had such a blessed time with family. And your photography is wonderful!

  7. This is such a beautiful post, Caitlin!! You can see the love so clearly in your photos - what a tremendous blessing :)