Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in spirit, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:3-12

Oh Lord,

Teach me to seek You and reveal yourself to me when I seek You.

For I cannot seek You unless You first teach me, nor find You unless You first reveal yourself to me.

Let me seek You in longing, and long for You in seeking.

Let me find You in love, and love You in finding.

~Saint Ambrose of Milan

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Name: Erin Yonke

Location: Aurora, IL

Info: I'm happily married to my husband and champion pro-life activist, Matt. I stay home with my three small boys; Ambrose (11/06), Peter (3/08), and Joseph (9/10).

Monday, July 02, 2007

and we're back!

So, we're back. We had a great time. I've got a bad case of the post-vacation blues (the mark of a truly satisfying getaway?). The waters of Lake Michigan are still pretty frigid, but the weather was g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s, and I totally loved the beach, fair skin be damned. My nose is a lovely shade of pink to prove it.
*Sigh* I just love vacation pace. It's so nice to wake up...take it slow...check out the waves...eat...eat...and eat some more. All I can think about is how much I don't want to do all this laundry I've brought home with me, and how much I'd really love to be back there.
Here's a gazillion pictures, free of charge.


This was Ambrose's first experience with sand. He was fairly indifferent to it, and thought it was better for eating than anything else.



This, friends, is surely one of the better things in the world. It is a blend of green tea and lemonade with freshly picked raspberries (we went picking on Sunday afternoon). I managed to snag a couple pints of these beauties (the berries, that is) before we left.

Perhaps on of the best perks...sitting on the cliff overlooking the beach while nursing the baby.



Oooh, this is my mei tai, even though you can't see it very well. It's still ranking #1 on my list of baby-carrying devices--definitely the best for roaming the beach and climbing the stairs from the beach to the top of the cliff.


This is the beach at sunset. Isn't it so pretty? We had a bonfire on the beach Saturday night and set off a few fireworks. Totally fun.

Matt reading the paper while Ambrose eats his.



Half of the Yonke cousins: Stephen, Kristine & Ambrose, and Daniel.

And my super awesome hubby whom I adore.

*Sigh* Off to finish the laundry.

Comments on "and we're back!"

 

Blogger Mary Poppins NOT said ... (July 07, 2007 7:57 AM) : 

I am relaxed just looking at the pictures. See you tomorrow!

 

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