Hat Boy

Cameron LOVES hats!  He is always grabbing Chad's hats or his own and running around the house with them, squealing in delight.  



We've been staying busy at the De Jager house!

See that enormous pile of wood chips in the background?  One way to find motivation is to have the township dump wood chips on your driveway covering over half of it!  Chad worked hard in most of his spare time spreading wood chips.  The kids enjoyed the rides in the wheelbarrow.  We filled in the swing set area and still had way too many!  So then we decided to remove all the rock from the front landscape, rip out old shrubs, and put wood chips in instead.  It was sure a lot of work, but man does it look nice!  Before/after pics to come.  :)

This summer, Chad built a fire pit and his dad built the patio around the pit.  We have enjoyed a few fires, and Kassidy is a huge fan of s'mores!  I'm sure we'll have many, many fires in the backyard.

I took the kids to a local pumpkin farm.  We joined another family from church, and the kids had a blast!  Kassidy LOVED the jumping pillow!
 Cameron enjoyed the sand box.
 And the kids couldn't get enough of the giant corn bin.

 We took a fun hayride around the farm.

Fall is hands-down my favorite season.  The weather is beautiful, the air is crisp, the colors of trees are gorgeous, and being outside is a treat.  The outdoors just calls your name in the fall, and we've been soaking up as much as we can of this weather!  :)


Chad's Installation

A couple weeks ago, Chad was officially "installed" as Pastor of Christ Community Church.

The official service was at 3pm on Sunday, September 14.
Paul and Julie Wesselink came down from Holland to sing.
Kassidy LOVED having BOTH Grandpa's around!

 After the service, we had a "Bears Tailgate" to celebrate the day.  They did a great job with all the decorations, the weather was picture-perfect, and the day was a huge success!

Chad has to try out the hamster balls.
Kassidy and Grampa also took a turn!

Both of our parents came for the service as well as Chad's cousin Tanya and her family, who live in the Chicagoland area.

We feel so incredibly blessed as we begin this new chapter in our journey.  We cannot wait to see all that God has in store for us here in Illinois!


For the love of Michigan

One of the perks of living in Illinois is that my family is now only 2 1/2 hours away.  One of the other perks is that Lake Michigan, a boat, and a beach is also only 2 1/2 hours away.  Having grown up in Michigan, summers will never be complete without a good amount of the Big Lake!  Though we couldn't truly vacation there this summer with Chad starting a new job, we were able to make several short trips throughout the summer.  Here are some highlights!

Kassidy LOVES the sea doo!

Chad waterskis at every opportunity he gets.  (I got one run in this year, so we're hoping for more next year!)

We got to spend time with my cousin Jason, his beautiful wife Jen, and their 4 boys.  Kassidy and Carter love playing together!

My sister Jenn was in Michigan for a couple weeks.  We enjoyed spending time with her, though it was much too short!

 Cameron LOVES the beach!

 The kids both had fun playing in the sand and water.

Once Cameron warmed up to the water, we couldn't keep him out!

 Quality time with Aunt Jenn!

No matter what water toy, Cameron feels a need to drink the water he is playing with.  I suppose his immune system is going to be pretty strong!

Big Lake Perfection!

All 4 of us went on the tube together!  It was Kassidy's 4th summer tubing and Cameron's 1st.  Though we weren't moving in this picture, I assure you we did get pulled around the lake.  Kassidy LOVED it this summer... Cameron was neutral on the experience.  :)

My parents with their 3 grandkids.  We loved being able to see Madison several times throughout the summer!

 Lots of time was spent around this table, enjoying summer and family.



We have been settling in to life here in Illinois.  Sorry for the lack of blog posts.  Here's a few pics from the last couple weeks.

Our friends, The VanZantens, stopped over for a quick one-night visit on their way to Michigan.  Kassidy LOVED having Nora sleep over!  And we, of course, loved catching up briefly.

These two kiddos melt my heart.  They sure love each other!

Cameron has discovered the joy of sweet corn this summer.

We now live only about 30 minutes from the Jones family.  Sara is one of my friends from Hope College.  It has been so much fun getting together a few times this summer with our kids!

As expected, our summer has been full of settling into our new home (aka: projects, projects, and more projects), getting to know our new town and area, meeting new people, and of course Chad getting into the rhythm with his new job at Christ Community Church.  Hopefully I'll be better about blogging more regularly in the months to come.  :)