Rachel Henderson Photography Blog » Wedding Photography in Holland Michigan MI, plus lots of Winfield and Harriet

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Earlier this month we spend a week at The Cabin.  This was our first time going for longer than an extended weekend since our honeymoon. It was so fun, we got to settle in and enjoy our time there.  I think that this might have to become a regular thing!

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The explorers spend 5 1/2 hours hiking in the morning.  They climbed Kirk Dietrich’s climb, about an hour of stone staircase.  Then summited the second tallest mountain in Acadia, Dorr Mountain.  The kids took turns leading and kid in the lead got to set the pace and chose when breaks happen.  Apparently Harriet is a “Slave Trader” acceding to Win because she sets a grueling pace and never stops for breaks.After a morning of hiking they made it down to the beach for 3:00 low tide.  2 1/2 hours were spent rummaging through tide pools, catching starfish, crabs and an eel.  They found a smallish tide pool that acted as a jail for the creatures that they caught.  For a while Harriet was the jail keeper and would yell whenever a catch was attempting to escape.


Jared’s been sending me updates from his iPhone.  We envisioned a trip to Acadia with the kids nearly 4 years ago.  The first time we went there we talked a lot about how we wanted to come back with kids.  Yesterday they traveled, got sushi in the airport, and took “every single type of transportation.: according to Harriet.  From car, to shuttle bus, to airport train, to airplane, to rental car they did a lot of traveling.  Huge outdoor movies in a park by the ocean next to their hotel.2 kids in 1 bed.  Oh how I love those 2!At the summit of one of Acadia’s mini mountains.  Classic Acadia hiking


Jared, Win and Harriet headed out this morning for a 6 day trip to Acadia, leaving Dale, Huck and me behind.  I’m so excited for them.  Last year Jared and I went to Acadia and talked about how we wanted to bring the kids back when they were old enough.  Doing the math and realizing that Win would be 13 when Huck is 5 we realized that a family hiking trip was a ways off.  So Jared and the big kids are off touring national parks and the littles and I are holding down the fort.  Dale was bit sad that she didn’t qualify as a big kid.  But she’ll get a turn too.  I already miss them!


For the past several months Winfield has been toting around his stuffed fox, James.  James follows Win pretty much everywhere.  At meals he gets a bite.  When Win reads James sits so that he can see the pages and read too.  One time Win read without James.  Later I saw Win flipping thorough the pages and  sticking James’s nose in each page.  I asked Win what he was doing.  He explained, “James is catching up.”  James has gained some friends, Snowey the white tiger and Splash the red-tailed hawk.  They stick together and follow Win around.

This morning Win was working on his homeschool but his entourage was not with him.   I found them all in the dining room playing homemade pan flutes.  

  • Benjamin Tennant - Love it! I want to see them in person.

  • Maria Straatsma - This is so incredibly awesome!!!!

  • Ann Brown Bowers - Awesome. Just plain fun!

I was trying to think of a title for this picture.  There are just too many things to say about these 3 friends.  Sooooo much has gone on and so much history.  I’ve lived with all 3 at some point.  (not REALLY with Kendra but few could argue that we don’t live together now).  And I can’t imagine my life without their influence, support and love.  And we had the pleasure of all having our last babies at nearly the same time.

From riding an abandon horse up a mountain, to staying up waaaaay too late talking about boys, to the way that we communally raise our kids.  We’ve aged together and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thanks for a fun night of food, kids playing, and jamming’ the 90′s Christian radio hits.  Rich Mullins, PFR, Audio A, Keith Green, Petra kept the night alive.

  • Carrie Tennant Shumaker - Love!

  • Ceci LaBarge - Beautiful photo, beautiful friends!