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Oh, man! Spring is here and we’re so flipping happy to be outside more! (Even if it’s just to chase Gladys Knight and Marvin Gaye around the yard.) We have a pretty front yard and large fenced in backyard with a nice lawn and landscaping, and off to the side are our vegetable gardens. But other than the manicured front (where all of our flowers are) and the fenced in back (where the dogs hang out), our nearly 3 acres are beautiful, peaceful, bird-deer-and-bunny populated woods. Sitting on the back deck with coffee (we love coffee) watching the dogs play with each other, listening to and watching all the birds sing and eat from our feeders, and smelling all the honeysuckle that’s growing around us right now – we have to pinch ourselves, we feel so lucky. We both come from blue collar/working class backgrounds (Bailey grew up in Redford, Steve in Flint) and we don’t take any of this for granted. We live with a lot of gratitude.
Although it sometimes feels like we live in a peaceful nature retreat as much as a home, we also love city life and diverse culture. This past Sunday was Steve’s birthday and we went to our favorite restaurant in Detroit and got BBQ (de-lic-ious!) and then took a beautiful walk along the river. Usually once a week, we usually go to Detroit, Ann Arbor, or one of the bigger suburbs that our universities are in – either to go out to eat, visit a museum, visit with friends/family who live in those places, or for church-related stuff. We feel like we have the best of both city and rural living. (Our neighbors, who are also our friends, even have chickens – so we also get the most delicious fresh eggs whenever we want – yum…)
The semester is over for both of us, so we are looking at a lot (truthfully, nothing but!) free time for the next 4 months. (We are so blessed to have our awesome, flexible jobs – even when we teach, we’re never on campus more than 10-12 hours a week.) While we wait on our adoption journey, we plan on getting some serious vegetables going in the garden and Steve is going to start building a children’s tree house (he likes to build things and with the hopes that have come on our adoption journey, he’s completed a lot of cool projects.) Anyway, thank you for reading this and may God bless you.