Tuesday, July 8, 2014
We had a full weekend over the 4th of July of partying, fellowshiping, and just hanging out with those we love the most. Wedding set up, massages for friends, family gathering with the Bovees, wedding, fellowship on Sabbath, then hanging out with my family for supper, fun, and fireworks to end it all. Phew, we were whipped after that weekend, but filled up with lots of good memories and fun! This post is only of the wedding. I've included a few decorative pics, but mostly people pictures from the wedding. If you want to see the full post on the decorations for this wedding, check out my CLB CeLeBrations Blog here.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Some days just feel full of goodness. Other days feel like nothing was accomplished. Yesterday was a rough day for my children with behavior and then not getting a fun reward they were looking forward to because of the lack of obedience. :( It's always a bummer when that happens. So, today was much different, and boy oh boy was I glad!
We started out the day with butterfly research and moving the butterfly tent to where it would be in front of the patio door that gets lots of sunlight and warmth. We arranged some of our potted plants in their and figured out how to feed butterflies that were now residing in the tent. Alegra has been so interested in butterflies lately, so this has been a pure delight for her.
After lunch, it was time to do weeding in the garden. Nobody wanted to, but it had to be done. We also placed a shed that some friends gave to us in the garden to be used this year as our produce shed. We would like to have produce out all the time instead of just a couple days a week. The children will still sit out there when we're home, but if we're not, we'll just leave a money can there. Hoping we can have a few more customers this year to enjoy our delicious produce!
We also harvested our first ingredients for salad today. What a delicious supper we had. Fresh spinach and lettuce from the garden, deviled eggs from our coop, and herbed (dried from the garden last year) tortilla strips. It was so yummy!!!
This is why we love where we live. Nothing beats this kind of scenery on a bike ride. I mean look at that sky. Look at that old barn. Look at the stretch of fields growing with green life.
We finally made it to the ice cream shop. They switched owners, so they actually had reasonably priced cones, just smaller portions, which was just fine with us. See that big puddle. Yep, that little guy pointing at it rode his bike right through the middle of it. Ugh, he did so good avoiding the puddles all the way there, then I guess he just couldn't resist this one. Who could when you're a 5 year old little boy? :)
We then went to the park after our ice cream was gone and enjoyed some fun there. A simple park in Stroh, but it sure brings delight to our children, which brings me delight too.
This community isn't fancy. It is full of simple pleasures and people who stay engaged with each other. This makes where we live a grand place to raise our children. Where people just stop by, sometimes on tractor even just to say hello or see if you need anything. It's a place where the whole neighborhood gathers to keep traffic safe when a tree falls in the road. A place where my children can run to the road to wave to whoever drives by and generally, they know who the person is. I miss our little house in Sturgis, but the community that we have all around us here, is irreplaceable. So thankful for these peaceful evenings of getting another glimpse of the people we are surrounded by and getting to enjoy my children moving and enjoying the country.
I hope you are all having as great of a summer as we are at the Bovee's!
Oh, and if you are wondering how Benaiah did taking that long of a trip. Uncle Jeff almost had to push him up the big hill at our house. Once he got in our driveway, before even getting up to the barn, he stopped and put his head on his hands, like he was out of breath and couldn't go any farther. That boy! He pedaled up to the barn then and felt pretty good about himself biking such a long distance. I was watching him pedal at one point. It took him about 4 times pedaling to our 1. That boy moved those little legs fast! Time for a bigger bike after this summer of practice on the little one. Good job, Benaiah!
Monday, June 23, 2014
Over the weekend, we enjoyed wonderful time with friends and family.
Sunday we had Jonathon's niece, Alyssa and her children over for dinner and fun on the farm. His mom was able to come as well which is always a nice treat for everyone. We had chicken n noodles, mashed potatoes, layered salad, and strawberry pretzel dessert. Oh, and Mallorie had eggs. That girl loved the eggs off the salad. I had cooked one too many eggs to fit on the salad, so after seeing her eat so many off the salad, we decided we cooked the extra one just for her. I peeled it and she ate the whole thing. After supper we headed to the back yard to play and to show them the chickens.
This morning after breakfast and cleaning up a bit around here from having company, we headed out to the garden to work. Jonathon had taken care of a large area with the tiller, but the rest is mulched, so it needs some hand weeding in between plants. The children and I weeded what was mulched last year. We found 2 volunteer potato plants, and I don't know how many volunteer tomato plants. If you follow our family's happenings, you'll know that we lost all of our tomatoes and peppers to frost. We were very saddened as we started them from seed and worked hard to get what we had. The Father is so faithful though. As I was weeding, I found tomato plants from what we had last year that already have blossoms on them. The ones we went and bought and planted, they don't look so hot, so it was refreshing to find these healthy, happy blooming tomato plants. I also found a volunteer cherry tomato from last year's planting. We couldn't find any of that kind around here at greenhouses, so I was so glad to find this. They were delicious and sold really well on the produce cart. Thankful we'll have more of those again this year.
God's faithfulness at still providing what we needed in our garden despite how horrible it looks and how sad my plants have been looking compared to other's gardens. I finally devoted to stop looking at other gardens because they only got me down. :) I feel HIS love today though and know that he cares about how I feel, even in these little things of how my garden grows.
We finished the 4th row of weeding and mounded up 2 rows of potatoes before the rains came pouring down.
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Monday, June 16, 2014
We attended a beautiful wedding of our friends Casey and Maxine. They had a ceremony over in the Philippines with her family, then headed to the states for another wedding day of love. It was so quaint, and the setting was perfect. Glad we could join in on their special day. My family looked pretty good for the occasion too. :)
My gem, Saphira.
Happy Family!!!! :)