San Marino Baby Photography | Part II

The last time we had seen Emily + Donovan, they looked like this:

But somehow, between May and November, this happened!

Aren’t they amazing?

I was thinking about Emily + Donovan yesterday when my Mom and I were making our annual streusel coffee cake in preparation for Christmas morning,

which is one of my family’s many traditions (see: Tomorrow Will Be Thanksgiving Day Song) and rivals berry cobbler as my favorite of my Grandmother’s recipes.

While my Mom and I were mixing the batter, fussing over the delicate layers, and chatting about Eva’s incredible blue eyes,

it occurred to me that Emily is the only person outside of my family with whom I have made my Grandmother’s streusel coffee cake.

Truly, this demonstrates what kind of friends Emily + Donovan (and now, Eva!) are to us:

friends who helped make streusel coffee cake for Christmas morning,

joined my family for Easter lunch,

ran verrrry slowly next to me during a 5K even though they are ridiculously fast,

worshiped with us at Mountainside Communion,

small grouped (new word) with us and the Hortons for all of our first years of marriage,

lent us cups of sugar as our neighbors,

learned and grew with us in our cohort at Fuller Seminary,

called us at midnight when tragedy struck,

and were faithful and trusted confidants to us.

And now, our friendship includes this absolutely magical little girl, Eva!

Eva, you’re so lucky to have parents who aren’t just sweet to us, but to each other, too!


Thanks for making our friends so happy, Eva!

We love them a whole lot.


daniel + megan

P.S. : As a Christmas gift to our readers, I present my Grandmother’s Christmas Streusel Coffee Cake Recipe!

Streusel Coffee Cake

Mix together:
¾ c. sugar
¼ c. soft butter
1 egg
Stir in ½ c. milk
Sift together and stir in:
1 ½ c. sifted flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt

Spread ½ of batter into greased and floured 9 inch square pan.

Sprinkle with ½ of streusel mix (recipe below).

Then spread other ½ of batter and other ½ of streusel mix on top.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Streusel mix:
½ c. brown sugar (packed)
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ c. chopped nuts
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. butter, melted

Note: If this recipe is doubled, use two 9 inch square pans. It also freezes well.

Donovan - December 22, 2010 - 2:03 pm

I love it! What a gift to have such great friends and photographers! Now if only we could get in on some of that Streusel Coffee Cake :)

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