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But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. – Joshua 24:15

October 1, 2015
by The Wells Family

Fun in South Carolina

The Jordan family graciously invited us to join them for their family vacation in Oak Island, South Carolina this past June.   This was our second long road trip, we ventured to Georgia a few years ago, and this was a few additional hours. The kids were good sports about the long ride and we didn’t have any issues on the drive. I did my best to set them up for success with binders full of activities and fun. Once we arrived we were impressed with the huge vacation house that easily accommodated our group of 15. We spent the majority of our time camped out at the beach across the street. The beach there was different than what we are used to as it comes with huge crashing waves and a pretty good wind. It was beautiful! The week before we went to Oak Island it had made the news because of two shark bites so we were extra cautious and made sure the kids stayed knee deep unless they were with an adult. We usually ended up taking a break from the beach in the afternoons by heading to the vacation house’s pool where the kids could play freely and the adults could relax a little more. Aunt Laurie had a great idea of having the ladies and the guys compete in making dinner one night which turned into a serious competition. The guys ended up winning the judges vote on a few minor details, but overall I still think the girls had more to offer with our festive Mexican party. We really enjoyed getting away with the kids and enjoying the Jordan family as always. One of my favorite memories is sitting up late playing catch phrases until everyone’s stomach hurt from laughter.


August 10, 2015
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11 years later

After 11 years of marriage we returned to our honeymoon spot, but this time we were equipped with years of travel award points and did the Dominican Republic all-inclusive style!

After a tearful goodbye in the wee hours of the morning Andy and I finally started our long awaited anniversary trip. I had some serious Mommy guilt about leaving, especially my little Dean, but after walking around the postcard-worthy palm tree lined beach resort I wasn’t feel anything but relaxed. We spent our mornings SLEEPING (sigh), our days laying under the beach side tiki huts, our afternoons enjoying entertainment by the pools, and our evenings enjoying a huge variety of delicious food. We splurged on a spa massage for two that was complete with a pre-massage private pool and lounge area.  One afternoon, Andy nearly won the poolside gladiator compition as our new friends from PA chanted the Eagles fight song. We tried to enjoy all of the amenities of the resort by enjoying the pools, the free Hobie cat boat ride, the tennis courts, and we ate more than our fare share of the all-inclusive cuisine. We ventured out of the resort for a day of adventure . We took an easy hike to The Blue Hole where we swam in the spring fed lagoon water and then had a thrilling ride on a “top buggy” (dune buggy)  that led to the rustic coastline. It was a day of thrills! We also enjoyed one day at the resort where we enjoyed our own lagoon area along the lazy river without a care in the world. The trip was amazing and we had such a great time reconnecting without the sound of little kids and the everyday demands of life distracting us. The trip was all that we hoped and planned for. Our last lunch before we left the resort was at the beachside restaurant, The Barefoot Grill  where we obviously kicked our flip flops as we ate, later as we were sadly leaving the server shouted,  ”Senior, your shoes.”  That about summed up how relaxed we were at the end of our wonderful trip. 


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May 31, 2015
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The End of an Era

Warning: Sappy content from a sentimental Momma.

  I just finished nursing Dean for the last time tonight.

He’s 5 days shy of 15 months and over the past several weeks I have been slowly weaning him and promoting more and more cow’s milk. I purposefully planned our much anticipated and much needed 11 year anniversary vacation to not only fall on our anniversary, but also to motivate myself to follow through on weaning him. It was time. And I’m leaving the country for 8 days. Ugh.

I have LOVED my sweet moments rocking, snuggling, and nursing that sweet boy. He is so healthy and strong and has been such a good nurser right from the start. All my babies were great nursers. There is just something so special about feeding and nourishing a sweet little baby and it has been one of my favorite things as a Momma. Weaning each of the kids was a sad moment for me, but Dean is most likely my last little babe and this is likely my last nursing. It’s crazy that half of the past 6 years, nursing has been a huge part of my life. Actually, my life has revolved around it. And just like that its over. All of those sleepless nights trying to keep a baby up to get a full nursing, all of those early mornings waking up slowly while rocking and cradling a little one in my arms, and all of those moments feeling so satisfied knowing that I was able to meet their most important need has come to an end.

As I have watched Dean turn into a toddler more and more I am constantly telling myself that instead of being sad that moments like these are over, I should be happy that it happened. And while I know that is what I “should” do, I can’t help but think that some of my favorite parts of being a Mommy are slipping through my fingers.

A very small part of me does think it sounds freeing to maybe head out to the back yard and burn my overused, seen-better-days nursing bra

May 15, 2015
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Sweet moments in May

May has been a great month for the Wells crew…

After years of talking and thinking about getting a little boat to enjoy a little bit of what Florida has to offer we finally made a move. Our little boat has been such a treat for us so far and we’ve yet to even do much in it. So far Andy has just been getting used to the logistics of a boat ramp and navigating around our river and it’s been a blast!  

        While we were splurging on a boat, I sorta-kinda insisted on having some sort of pool in order to survive the coming long hot summer days with 3 active kiddos. This too has been worth every penny of my Craigslist find and the kids have been in it twice a day on average. 

      Every once in a while we get to step outside of the demands of our crazy lives and share a few good stories, laughs, sometimes tears, a adult-only moments with some of our favorite people!! This past night out was a little over the top as we landed a beach house, The “Wee Cottage,” which was complete with a pool and jacuzzi and a grill. What a great night! 

  And no May is complete without a little extra love for Mama, right?! I had a great Mothers Day and the my kiddos worked hard on some sweet handmade gifts (my favorite) along with a great breakfast and lots of “Mommy time.” Cora even sang  to all the Moms with her choir at church. 


May 15, 2015
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Spring Camping Trip

This camping trip came at the perfect time. It fell right after a busy season in our lives and we were overdue for a weekend off. In true Vreman style, our sweet friends set us up for success by lending us their awesome camper and arranging all the details. We basically jumped in their SUV and showed up! They are so good to us!!

We loved exploring the trails at the Hillsborough State Park and especially loved getting into the level 1 rapids!! It was so pretty, it was hard to believe we were only an hour north of home. We also loved playing a few ruthless rounds of Bandits in the evenings and making our own version of S’mores.  Andy and I left the weekend feeling like we had caught our breath and regained some sanity.


May 15, 2015
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She is SIX


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Dear Cora,

You are such a joy and a sweet girl! This past year I have watched you grow and change into more and more of a young lady. This year has come with some big mile stones. You’ve started and are even close to finishing your kindergarten year, you learned how to READ,  you’ve branched out and made some new friends at Providence, you entered your art work into the 4H club art display, you have bravely participated in 2 choir performances, and…you finally got your ears pierced!! You just got your ears pierced the other day and it was such a sweet experience. I had hoped that by not getting your ears pierced when you were a baby it would give you the option, and hopefully give us a special time together. Thankfully, it did just that. As your birthday gift, I took you out for a special Mommy lunch date to Panera Bread (your eyes lit up right on cue when you saw the  displays of pastries and bread.) After your favorite lunch- a warm toasted bagel with melted delicious cream cheese we split a rich chocolate brownie and headed to the big mall. After our last failed attempt to pierce your ears I wasn’t sure how this would play out. But, you surprised me and went through with it. You did insist on holding my hand and we locked eyes for the big count down. Your eyes peeled open as the shock of pain hit, but within a few moments you were fine and never even shed a tear. You picked the “crystal fireball” eatings and they are beautiful. Afterwards we stopped so you could play on the indoor playground. As you played you ran over to me and gave me a big kiss for no real reason. It was such a sweet moment. Shortly after that I dropped you off to Molly’s house for your Spa day with her. It was a crazy feeling to have just seen you with earrings for the first time and then be leaving you somewhere that you really didn’t need me to stay. Sigh. As much as I could sit here and think about the time that’s past and how quickly it’s all going, I’m actually excited about the idea of getting to know you and enjoy you more than just always parenting and teaching. I’m excited for more lunch dates and girl talks, I pray that God allows us to have many years of that. I’m also excited to see what God has in store for you. He has gifted you with such an amazing, sometime complicated, very wise heart. You often amaze me when you share the things you are pondering in your little heart and you have some solid theology that I’d put up against most adults. And to no surprise, you still love to get lost in crafts, coloring, drawing and most type of art. You recently had $8 to spend (after parting with $1 for tithing and $1 for savings) and you wanted to go to Micheals Craft Store. This was your kind of toy store. You spend a considerable amount of time picking out different patterns of craft paper and poster board. As soon as you could you made your dear friend, Natalie, a poster declaring “I Love You.” How sweet! The funny thing is, it is still sitting in the garage and you’ve yet to actually give it to her. This is something we will inventively need to focus on, the whole idea of follow through. I have a hunch it’ll be something we talk about a lot. You are just too busy to slow down and always follow through with things.  Another great example of this would that when you were asked to clean your room recently I came in to find some interesting cleaning strategies. Instead of taking the time to put your under ware in the dresser drawer, you just halfheartedly stuffed them into your jewelry box.

I can’t wait to see all that God has planned for you and I’m so incredibly thankful to be part of your story!


May 15, 2015
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The postponed party 

After a few weeks of sharing a nasty virus we finally were able to celebrate the kids Birthdays with some friends and family! 


April 7, 2015
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Spring & Easter 2015

 This Spring season has been filled with homeschool days, parent pick up runs, nursing home visits, choir practice, a nasty virus that wiped out this Mama and kiddos, a spring performance (He is risen, He is risen, Oh happy day!) AND…. spring break-whahooo!!! 

Our spring break has been wonderful! We soaked up Some quiet afternoons, lots of sun, friends and good family time. The kids spent one quiet morning hunting for the sneaky candy thief who left clues to their missing candy stash. We also enjoyed the beach with lots of friends, a great family date to Texas Long Horns and of course Busch Gardens! We ended the week with a sleep over at the Kosters and a day on Uncle Ryan’s boat. We even got to meet, and more iportantly, integrate my cousin DJ’s and johnathon’s new girlfriends. 

We are currently on our way home from uncle Pete and aunt Sue’s house for Easter dinner and we are stuck in some sort of traffic jam for the past hour!!!!  (1 hr trip took 2 hrs!) We have resorted to playing the Grocery store game (a Wells classic) with the kids. It’s about 9:30 PM, that’s like 2am in kid world, and the kids are exhausted. during Cora’s turn, she said she bought “Ch R” and said it was two words. She also told us that she could not tell us the name of the store. SHe said the name of the store would giveaway that item. Andy and I did our best to keep guesing, but eventually insisted she had to tell us the store or get a different item from Publix. Out of nowhere this bubbly, chatty-Kathy Started crying a heartbreaking cry, saying that she does not know much about other stores, she only knows about art. She shared that she had not memorized everything at Publix grocery store. She finally shared that the Ch R item was the word “tractor” from the tractor supply store. And even that, she shared, was just because she had heard something about a tractor store but she really doesn’t know much about that either. As she continued the sweetest most pathetic cry,  she insisted that she doesn’t know much about anything other than art and had to play her game getting items at a craft store. I was almost in tears at this point myself laughing at the pure heartache and she was experiencing over this simple game. Meanwhile, exhausted  Jack has continued to play paying very little attention to the beginning sound that is supposed to be the main clue.  He repeat actively shouted out things like “licorice” or “ceral” Eve though the clue given was the letter “t”.  Andy was calm Cora down and get her to try again, shopping of course at The craft store. 







Easter at The Ranch! 


March 22, 2015
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Jack William is 4!

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Dear Jack William, (adding William is usually reserved for my stern voice, but it kinda rolls off my to tongue and I like the sound of it!) 

Happy birthday to the most excited birthday boy ever! You could hardly wait for this day! Even in Miss Molly’s class’s she said you, unlike your classmates, proudly wore your birthday crown ALL day. You are becoming quite the little boy. Somewhere over the past year you went from following your sister around to playing good guys and bad guys. You have ventured into Legos, octanots, superheroes and most recently teenage mutant ninja turtles. You are so obsessed with TMNT. I think you believe you are one of the ninja turtles, so for your birthday we bought you a few dress up toys to get into your character. You have also changed daddies identity to the shredder and rarely let him come out of character. You also love wrestling showing everyone how fast you are, being dirty and using your imagination. You also enjoy coloring and tend to spend quite a bit of time with Cora at the art table in the playroom. Over the past month or so, you and Cora are working pretty hard on all of your art for the art show- which I understand will be about 20 people at our house all here to invest big money into your masterpieces. 

Your days have been filled over the past year with loving on your baby brother, whom you adore, and playing with Cora. Dean thinks you hung the moon, while Cora thinks you should hang it for her. With Dean you are a superhero that he admires and with Cora you are a little boy to lecture in her never ending classroom. You have enjoyed your 2 days a week in Miss Molly’s 3 yr old class and have loved making some good buddies along with continuing your love affair with Miss Caroline. Molly reports that you are very bright and can do most tasks very well. 

Some of my favorite moments with you are usually putting you to bed. He went through a phase where you would grab my cheeks and tell me what is your “best mama” and I would tell you you are my “best Jack”. You’ve always been a bit of a romantic as you have a big heart full of love. I also have loved watching you care for your baby brother. You take full responsibility for him when he’s in your zone and have even asked me on occasion if I wouldn’t mind watching him so you could go to the bathroom. I also love the times when you and I can steal a few minutes to ourselves or have a mommy son date. Back in the fall we played with some of your John Deer tractors in the mud where we were landscaping and high-fived our wheels saying “hi wheels”. Moments where I can get lost in your imagination and give you all of my attention are So sweet and are never boring. I am very aware that you are now a middle child and I do my best to get away and still moments like this with you as often as I can.

Jack, you are such a sweet boy and I am so blessed to be your mommy. I believe that God will use you in great ways as you learn about his unconditional love for you. You want to following in Cora’s footsteps and ask Jesus into your heart. We have not ran with this desire just yet as we are waiting for you to have a better understanding  and know what it means to be a disciple of Jesus’. But, I pray that this year you will get closer to understanding what it all means and finally make that decision! Daddy and I often pray that you are a leader using your smile and big heart to influence others for God wherever He takes you!  Love Mommy! 




February 24, 2015
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Baby Dean is ONE!

Dear Dean, It was bound to happen, my sweet little baby isn’t much of a baby anymore. You are walking and all! I had denied your enthusiasm to walk as long as I could, but as of 11 1/2 months you’ve  been taking steps more and more. Now you just cruise around and love your new freedom. Just before you turned one you started learning how to turn and change directions, and you couldn’t have been more proud of. You love the attention you get when we all gather on the family room floor to let you walk between us as we clap at every step. Your personality is becoming more and more evident as well. You love to make us laugh with silly games like peekaboo and ramming your head into our legs as you cruise around the house. You love finding hats and baskets to put on his head and has started finding shoes and attempt to put them on all while looking around for your audience. You still lovesl wrestle time and if anybody is on the ground you think they are fair game for playing rough and jumping on. Lately you will lay yourself flat on the ground when we say “night night” it’s adorable. You have also learned to “turn” and go backwards down the deck step so you too can at last join all of the ruckus happening in the backyard. You are determined to get up that slippery slide! You are still nursing four times a day and it has been going well even with my recent 15 K race we have been able to maintain good eating. I’m not in a huge rush to stop nursing as this could potential be my last little guy. I suppose we should start moving towards weaning sooner than later. You eat a ton of solid food and it seems that every time I turnaround your high chair tray is magically empty as you smile with food all over your face. You love hummus and crackers Cheerios and almost all kinds of fruit. You are also a great sport about vegetables and likes avocado green beans carrots sweet potatoes almost all of it.

Over the past month ypu have really perfected your sweet little “mama” and it’s enough to melt my heart. You have also learned the power of your index finger and pointing at things means people will carry you wherever you desire. One of my favorite things is showing you books and pointing out the different animals. I also get a kick out of watching you in the bathtub. You love baths. Just tonight I was using the removable showerhead to spray you and you thought it was hilarious as you tried to chase the water with your hands. One of your other favorite things is finding marker caps, Lincoln logs, Crayons, or any other cylinder shaped object to chew on as you explore the house. You love making a mess of Cora and Jack’s art area which means he pretty much fits right in there. 

I’m so greatful to be your Mama and spend my days snuggling you and caring for you. I pray that you have a love for life and for God that is contagious and that you know your Heavenly Father from a young age! 

Happy First Birthday Dean! Love Mama

Dear Dean, Wow!! How did that happen? I can’t believe you are already a year. I feel like it has flown by.

So your mom and I had these big plans to celebrate our 10yr anniversary last summer…you had other plans. Having a child March doesn’t come with much “parent only” travel in the months to follow, but if there was anything I would put those

Plans off for it is my sweet little Deanasour!!

Dean, you are a bundle of joy. And this isn’t one of those cute, like I’m just trying to be sentimental and sappy, you seriously are the sweetest!! I remember we took you with us the Busch Gardens once and completely missed all your naps, were hot, and didn’t eat like you should have, yet you were still all smiles!! You are often a breathe of fresh happiness in the midst of a crazy life.

As soon as you could kinda crawl you have jumped right in to wrestle time. Jack and I have had quiet a tradition of wrestlemanias and you needed to be a part of it. And you came with no fear! Of course you have the best big brother in the whole word and he is so gentle with you and takes the best care of you. At times Jack will lay curled up in a ball and allow you to mount him while you smack him in the back in victory!! 

I love tickling you, but that is nothing new…your siblings have had to endure it too, but I love to getchu, getchu, getchu, just above your chest and by your thigh…I can get you laughing like no one else.

You started saying da da da da da, and I thought for sure you would land on dada soon for me, but somehow you managed to bypass that and go straight to mama!! What’s up with that?!? Now anything of significance is mama…your hungry, you want the person holding to take you somewhere, ME, everything is mama! At least it makes mama’s heart full…and mine too. 

Also, you walking!! Atta boy!! I guess having two older siblings to learn from really pushed you to wanting to get out there and get dirty with them, cause you are our earliest walker. And it is super cute to watch. Once you get that waddle up to a good stride then you left arm gets pumping up and down, half in pride / half you just can’t control it!! 

Bottom line Deano, I love you so much dude. You bring so much joy to our family. I’m looking forward to getting to know more about who you are, but the first year has been great!!