Monday, June 25, 2012

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June Blessings

June has held it's share of blessings for our family :)
For one, I am feeling pretty good these days (for which I am thankful)
Also, our garden is doing so well! (The flowers above are from flowers grown in our yard)

I have thoroughly enjoyed this lettuce! I eat salad 3x's a day and never tire of this one!
It is Amish Speckled Butterhead and it doesn't bolt in the heat!
We are now getting squash, zucchini, and we had our first cuke!
But, alas, no pics yet.

My herb barrel is doing great! I slip that apple mint in
when I juice-yum!

Our pastor's family has the church over during the summer so I snapped some pics one night :)

We have a devotion (brought to us by one of the young men)
we have a covered dish supper, singing, and lots of fun and fellowship

We were blessed with this lovely rainbow after some rain earlier in the month.

Brad celebrated his 19th birthday!

Bri celebrated her 22nd!
Mommom brought them an ice cream cake to celebrate

We celebrated Father's Day with dinner and gifts
It has been a jam packed month so far,
we been to several graduations, parties, and events.
 and it's not over yet!
We are thankful for the fellowship, milestones, and blessings that June has held for us
in our family.
Psalm 75:1
Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks:
for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sometimes I Feel Like a Hamster!

Galatians 6:9
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

My life has changed. Yep, everyone's does I know, but mine has changed pretty drastically since October of last year.
Prior to that I was a healthy energetic, go-getter!
The image above is one that has popped into my mind many times lately--I feel like I'm trying to do things
...yet getting nowhere fast. :)
But, at the same time, I know that God has allowed my current situation, and that He has a plan for it.
He has brought to my mind many scriptures to help me through this time of change.
2 Thessalonians 3:13
But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
He reminds me to keep going, do the next thing, and don't worry about it.
Just keep pressing on.
Philippians 3:14
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

He promises to give me the strength to do what He wants me to do.
Philippians 4:13
 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

He is teaching me to rely on His strength, and not my own.

2 Corinthians 12:10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sugar and Spice...

Twenty two years ago we added a little Sugar and Spice to our home :)

What a precious privilege it was for me to become a mother!
And, to have a daughter :)

Bri is often known as the "quiet one"...
but, don't let that fool you! She doesn't miss a thing!

Bri has always been very adventurous!

She's the only one in the family thus far to have broken a bone

As she has matured, she has tempered that a little :)

She is growing into a lovely young woman - who is my right hand!

Bri is also known as an ardent animal lover!
She also loves children :)

We are so proud of the young woman Bri has become...and we
are amazed at what God is doing in and through her
We love you Bri and wish you a happy 22nd birthday!
May God bless you in this new year of life, and give you the desires of your heart
according to His word and will.

...that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace
Psalm 144:12b

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Happy Father's Day

I just want to wish my dear husband a Happy Father's Day!

He works so hard for our family, putting in countless hours of labor

some of it is at his physical job, and most of it is just investing in each one of our lives

He loves the Lord and strives to please Him in all that he does

and, he puts up with us--which is not always easy to do!

He has patience and lots and lots of love

He is kind-hearted

He is loving

One of his favorite passages of Scripture (and one that reminds me of him when I read it)
from Deuteronomy 6
...The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

We are blessed to have him!
Happy Father's Day Dear!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Road Trip to OH part 3

Before we knew it, it was Saturday--and time for the grad party!

We all got there early to set things up.
Lots of fun working together and meeting new friends

Marci was in place as the official photographer for the day

The guests began arriving and the day was filled with lots of fun!

We met so many nice people, and made some new friends.
I think the graduate enjoyed herself too :)
We were to leave early the next morning, so once we packed things away and went
back to the farm, we gathered together for a short time of fellowship on our last evening.
Afterwards we snapped a few shots and said some goodbyes.

Thanks Mike and Marci for allowing us to come, we love you and
your Wonderful Neighbors! :)