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Farewell summer 2017

You were a good one, Summer of 2017…and you ended well…

A full Labor Day weekend of fun

with cousins meeting up…

for Mexican with Tia and…

another one of our fancy picnics that we are famous for….

and no…I didn’t steal this party scape off of Pinterest…

it was all original planning on my part.

Because we just plop down and make our fun wherever it works…

We wrapped the whole thing up with a Labor Day Palooza…

where we taught our children how to beg for candy…

learned how to honor the flag…

hydrated…

snuggled….

introduced Caroline to more of our chaos…

took over the patio at Meatheads…

and all in all…

Best. Summer. Ever.

And now here’s to Fall…

to pumpkin products and apple orchards…

football games and a little more structure.

Blessings on you all as we move into the next season <3

 

 

When other people are nice to your children <3

I have watched and watched and rewatched…and zoomed in and paused and taken screen shots of an early celebration thrown for our Rachel’s upcoming birthday last night.

This guy…

made sure they had cake and sang for mom since he will be working this weekend.

Thank you Apple iPhone that I can play a video and also zoom in on faces and I have sat with sweet, wet tears dripping as I see Rachel beaming while dad and the band of brothers sing happy birthday to her…

or I guess it’s actually Happy Birfday…I am always learning.

And while six pairs of eyes are intently focused on …

instead of mommy…

my heart spills over to see her beaming face as she is honored by her family.

And it blesses me.

It blesses me more than if I was the guest of honor.

She’s our girl.

And to see her treated with love and respect and dignity and honor fills my heart to brim over.

For all of our children, when they are treated well and shown kindness and love…it is wonderful.

We also know the pain when they are not.

And I think how it blesses the Father when we, His children, show love and respect to one another.

How our acts of kindness to each other bless Him and honor Him.

I have written and deleted several ways to end this.

Maybe it is just best for you to stop and reflect on how your heart has been blessed by the kindness shown by others to someone  you love and then draw near to the Father and thank Him.

Perhaps take all of that lovely glow that is in your heart as you replay it in your mind and lift it up to Him…a fragrant offering of thanksgiving to Him who is Love.

In the same way, perhaps someone has deeply hurt and betrayed your precious loved one.

We are so blessed that we can also lift the pain and sorrow to Him and entrust it to His care. He knows the hearts of all. Release it to Him and allow Him to heal, correct, restore…in HIs time.

Have a blessed weekend and I will see you on Monday <3

 

While you are waiting for the eclipse

The big news across the USA today will most likely be tracing the path of the eclipse, although I did read in the paper that the turnout in Oregon did not meet expectations and vendors are complaining that they had to mark down their Eclipse trinkets and T-shirts because the forecasted millions did not show up.

Help me please.

A total Eclipse of the sun will make a wide swath of the United States and we came up with souvenirs?

Yes.

It is the American way.

And speaking of…

we did make a trek to the State Fair this weekend.

Shocker of all shockers—it was my idea.

We went a few years ago with our little guys and it was fun and I wanted to recreate it but alas…

most of the animals had left the building…

and it was …

and it was so hot the only ones keeping cool were the …

refrigerated butter cow and her calf….which I believe were drawing the crowds away from the whole Eclipse thing because we had to stand in line quite a while to snap this pic.

We did get to see a real cow…

and a fake…

who made weird clicking noises with his eyes when he blinked…creeeeeepy.

And although we had been looking forward to delicious pulled pork in the best food ever tent…

we opted to evacuate the heat, humidity and red necks and head to an air-conditioned restaurant.

I did celebrate the pork producers by having a…

and on a final note…

this girl…

looked me right square in the eyes yesterday and smiled.

And thus I have been wrapped around another tiny finger…

sigh….

Now go put on your fancy glasses or pull the shades or just carry on as we await the eclipse and I will see you tomorrow <3

 

 

 

Best. Day. Ever.

So yesterday Rachel had this crazy idea to come here before Zach’s manager meeting and have some lunch…

Martha Stewart, you got nothing on Lola…

and collect the promised lego sets from Uncle John…

and…

which turned out to hurt a lot less than I thought it would because they just kept treating them like they were priceless works of art and going on about how Uncle John had made them…and taking them out to show me…and Graham even commented that they didn’t look quite as dusty…did I clean them? (no…but if he thinks I did…bonus!)

After a little post-lunch rest…

we loaded up and headed downtown for Zach to work and this crew to check another item off the bucket list…

because momma bear had gotten the idea it would be fun to ride the trolly around town.

and then she remembered that she enjoys unairconditioned public transport about as much as her own mom…

but the boys…

loved…

it…

thus making it…

you know…

Best. Day. Ever.

The end <3

Some Friday Randoms to end the week <3

Happy Friday to you!

We made it…and it has been a hot one here in the Midwest.

I had a fine time with this mess of cuteness yesterday…

and…

and…

Time…is…marching…on…too…fast

And this little yahoo has learned my name…

So.much.love.

I also want to wish a very Happy Birthday to this guy…

He told me he does three things when he first gets up in the morning and one was to read this.

I love it.

I have told you before about my summers spent in an airstream trailer touring the U.S. with my retired parents.

But one blissful summer, I got to be a young teenager in the home of my aunt and uncle and four cousins out on the dry side of the mountains of Washington State.

That extended time with my dad’s side of the family is held in a treasured place in my childhood memories as I got to be their fifth child…swimming, camping, watching game shows, tagging along with them to their activities whether church music rehearsals or picking asparagus.

Although they spent the majority of their lives on separate sides of the country, he reminds me so much of all the good parts of my own dad…

so have the best day ever, Uncle Theron…I love you <3

And with that I bid you a blessed weekend…stay cool…eat watermelon…hug your family and please come back for a visit on Monday <3