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Today was such a gorgeous, gorgeous day. We’re both from southeast Michigan (Bailey, Redford; Steve, Flint), so you’d think we’d be used to Michigan winters at this point, but man – when the Spring comes, it’s like a whole new world. Bailey really likes to cook and bake for people, and this morning she made Steve a breakfast of French toast with homemade bread and homemade blueberry jam from last year (we were out of bacon). It was so beautiful this morning, it felt like we needed to have a special meal. Our front porch has a little café table and chairs, so we ate “with the birds” on our front porch/deck.
Later in the day, along with Bailey’s brother John (who is “Coach”), Steve went to fulfill his “duties” as “Assistant Coach” for our nephew Johnny’s Tee-Ball league. (Steve calls Bailey’s brother John his “brother from another mother” and they’re very close.) Steve describes coaching the team of four-year-olds as “herding cats” and also says that it’s unbelievably fun. We’ve always been close with the kids in our life (both official and unofficial family members). And truthfully, we ’ve also recognized that that’s probably informed by our lifelong desire to have children of our own, as well as our general love for those children themselves. Being able to have an active part in the lives of the children of our “tribe” has meant a lot to us, for sure – – but we’re also so eager to share our love (and our tribe, come to think of it) with a child of our own…
This weekend we’re volunteering with the animal rescue where we adopted our dogs Gladys Knight and Marvin Gaye. It’s really rewarding, but it’s also so heartbreaking to see all of the homeless (and even abused) animals. We have to sign an imaginary contract with ourselves before we leave the house to make sure we don’t bring any more dogs home! (This is actually not a joke! It’s really hard not to adopt all of them when you see how sweet they are and what they’ve been through….) Anyway, thanks for reading and may God bless you.