August 7, 2017
I told my husband this year it’s a good thing he married me quick, or the next generation would have beat him to this next stage! Stephanie is my husband’s oldest (and first!) niece, and I met Stephanie through church (as her youth group leader) before I ever knew Daniel existed. She suggested I date Daniel months before we ever did, and she was one of the first to know when we did finally go out. She even covered for me with the rest of the youth group girls when I wasn’t ready to spread the news through the high school crowd yet 😉 .
Last year, Daniel and I were privileged to travel in the Netherlands and northern Europe with some of his family, and Stephanie brought Caleb. Oh man was that a big deal! Boyfriends don’t just come on vacation like that, so we all knew what was up. I think the Westra family en masse gave Caleb a bit of culture shock. Actually I’m fairly certain, because it gave me culture shock when I joined and I’m more outgoing than Caleb (I’ve got a bond with the small-family in-laws on that one).
So here’s way more photos than necessary, because all the cousins sang, tantes (aunts) read poems, ooms (uncles) MC’ed, and the cousins brought my biggest baby on the dance floor and trailered her around behind toy tractors. Also Caleb’s not a giant fan of pictures, but my goal was to do this FAST so I bet you can’t tell! Bonus points to Daniel for taking care of our kids while I shot this one.