these moments for always

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it was a good mail day. diaper bag and coming home outfit on the doorstep. #85daysuntilbaby #zihlmanstake2014

it was a good mail day. diaper bag and coming home outfit on the doorstep. #85daysuntilbaby #zihlmanstake2014

good ‘ole fashioned fun. #zihlmanstake2014

good ‘ole fashioned fun. #zihlmanstake2014

last night some little friends spent the night. this morning I woke up to three seven-year-olds and one four-year-old making me breakfast…in bed. I wish I’d been able to record the shenanigans I overheard as they prepped berries, dry toast, and water. pretty incredible little people. @jlcalb

last night some little friends spent the night. this morning I woke up to three seven-year-olds and one four-year-old making me breakfast…in bed. I wish I’d been able to record the shenanigans I overheard as they prepped berries, dry toast, and water. pretty incredible little people. @jlcalb

dang that’s a nice looking foundation. #slowandsteady #zihlmansbuildahome

dang that’s a nice looking foundation. #slowandsteady #zihlmansbuildahome

it’s not a particularly interesting image, except for the fact it’s JULY in TEXAS and my children are wearing JACKETS at the park. #itstheendoftheworldasweknowit #123zihlmans

it’s not a particularly interesting image, except for the fact it’s JULY in TEXAS and my children are wearing JACKETS at the park. #itstheendoftheworldasweknowit #123zihlmans

…then the baby kicked. #zihlmanstake2014

…then the baby kicked. #zihlmanstake2014

yesterday we had this place all to ourselves. for hours. today they spent four hours at the park with friends. in July. in Texas. it’s surely the end of the world. #zihlmanstake2014

yesterday we had this place all to ourselves. for hours. today they spent four hours at the park with friends. in July. in Texas. it’s surely the end of the world. #zihlmanstake2014

14 days, 19 states, 3935 miles, and we’ve just crossed into Texas after spending precious time playing with new friends, hugging old ones, seeing a new little miracle born, splashing in the sea,  loving on great-grandparents, having an awesome time with family on both sides, eating our way through the south, and counting our blessings every. single. day. of this trip. how very lucky we are to get to love on so many incredible people in so many wonderful places. #123zihlmans

14 days, 19 states, 3935 miles, and we’ve just crossed into Texas after spending precious time playing with new friends, hugging old ones, seeing a new little miracle born, splashing in the sea, loving on great-grandparents, having an awesome time with family on both sides, eating our way through the south, and counting our blessings every. single. day. of this trip. how very lucky we are to get to love on so many incredible people in so many wonderful places. #123zihlmans

making good time…and totally the cleanest welcome center we’ve seen yet. #123zihlmans

making good time…and totally the cleanest welcome center we’ve seen yet. #123zihlmans

homestretch of this amazing trip, and in the last 3200 miles we’ve passed approximately 3000 signs for Cracker Barrel. no lie. so tonight we all went for our first trip to this apparent roadside icon. it’s no wonder America has obesity issues. #123zihlmans

homestretch of this amazing trip, and in the last 3200 miles we’ve passed approximately 3000 signs for Cracker Barrel. no lie. so tonight we all went for our first trip to this apparent roadside icon. it’s no wonder America has obesity issues. #123zihlmans

making out way home. staying in bama for the night…and proudly sporting my #PSU gear everywhere we go. #123zihlmans

making out way home. staying in bama for the night…and proudly sporting my #PSU gear everywhere we go. #123zihlmans

savannah…we love you! #123zihlmans

savannah…we love you! #123zihlmans

happy 30th birthday big guy - so glad we could be here to celebrate with you. it’s not every day you can justify cake for breakfast. ๐Ÿ˜‰

happy 30th birthday big guy - so glad we could be here to celebrate with you. it’s not every day you can justify cake for breakfast. ๐Ÿ˜‰

we’ve yet to have an early night on this trip, and while we wouldn’t have it any other way, it’s a welcomed change of pace. #lastphotooftheday #promise #123zihlmans

we’ve yet to have an early night on this trip, and while we wouldn’t have it any other way, it’s a welcomed change of pace. #lastphotooftheday #promise #123zihlmans

the big boy’s vacation has now been made. hours of catch with his uncle ryan. #hewears22too #123zihlmans

the big boy’s vacation has now been made. hours of catch with his uncle ryan. #hewears22too #123zihlmans