Good Times

Thought I’d share a few photos from Labor Day Weekend. We had a wonderful time at the cabin and the lake with our friends. It’s always nice to get a break from the daily grind, and just relax a bit. (Although sometimes when I’m packing and making food, I’m thinking, they had better appreciate all my hard work :))

Some highlights…cabin2014 037Getting rides with the jeep and cart.cabin2014 008 cabin2014 009 cabin2014 014Out on the boat…cabin2014 016 cabin2014 018The boys had fun tubing..cabin2014 017_edited-1I love this one of Tristan πŸ™‚ He absolutely loves water!cabin2014 023Jenna looks pretty excited too πŸ™‚cabin2014 025We had AMAZING food. Really. I gained a few pounds over the weekend πŸ™‚cabin2014 031Singing Father Abraham. Lots of motions involved πŸ˜‰cabin2014 039 cabin2014 040Beautiful scenery…cabin2014 029 cabin2014 049 cabin2014 057A turtle and lots of fun by the creek, building a dam and who knows what else πŸ™‚cabin2014 043 cabin2014 044 cabin2014 045

1. Jeep talks πŸ™‚ 2.Sweet Ashley 3. Devan having fun on the ripstik

Like always, it’s good to go away and good to come home!

Fall Sunset

We serve an awesome God!!20140923_191808I was wishing for my camera, but I was on the road, so I used my phone. I know I could take better pictures with my phone camera if I’d learn a bit more how to use it. Sometime I will πŸ™‚ But this sunset was so gorgeous! Painted by the Master Painter.



Meet my sister and her beautiful family…3 irlsThe girls,so sweet! Olivia, Julianna & Ava misc. karen, cabin 184misc. karen, cabin 259_edited-1This one didn’t mind the camera πŸ™‚misc. karen, cabin 260 misc. karen, cabin 217_edited-1 misc. karen, cabin 246 misc. karen, cabin 247_edited-1I snapped these when we were at the cabin a little over a month ago. When Karen asked if I would mind taking some pics, I said I would love to, but I feel like I have a lot to learn when taking photos with multiple people. Thankfully, she didn’t demand perfection πŸ™‚ One thing that was quite annoying were all the gnats. Drove us crazy πŸ™‚misc. karen, cabin 274I managed to get a few smiles from some boys that didn’t think pictures were necessary πŸ™‚ Henry, Dirk, Hans, & Connor.boysmThis guys smile will brighten anyone’s day πŸ™‚misc. karen, cabin 267_edited-1I have mixed emotions posting these pictures, because someone is missing from them. A freckle faced, blue eyed boy, who is forever safe in the arms of Jesus. I’ve watched my sister and her husband walk through the deep valley of grief, and I’ve wondered, how do they cope, how does anyone cope, with the loss of a child? I know they would say it was only by resting in the arms of a loving heavenly Father. By His grace.

And despite the grief they endured, they have been blessed as well. Many times when I look at their family, this verse comes to mind. Job 1:21b, ” the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord.”misc. karen, cabin 293 misc. karen, cabin 296_edited-1I look at my sister, and think, “how does she do it?”. I feel like I can’t manage my 4 children sometimes πŸ™‚ But manage she does, and does it well. So in case you didn’t know it before, sis, you are on my list of moms that amaze me πŸ™‚ I love you all!

I’m so thankful for the blessing of family!!

* I dedicate this post to the loving memory of Adrian James Meulenberg, who is forever in our hearts ❀20140921_112259

A Change of Attitude

My morning didn’t begin well. I first woke up very early to the sound of a mouse ( at least I’m hoping it was just a mouse, because it sounded like a large one) scratching inside the ceiling of our old farmhouse. Right above my head to be exact 😦 I grabbed a hanger, because it was close by, and hit the ceiling. That would chase him away. Dove back into bed. SCRATCH! AACH! Anyways, moving on. The school rush, children fighting,an unorganized, slow moving child, rooms that need electric hooked up so I can see (don’t ask :)), a missing phone charger and a dead phone. All minor irritations, but it kept building. Until I got snippy. And when what I was thinking popped out of my mouth, I realized how I sounded. Embarrassing to say the least. So I gave myself a pep talk. Out loud, so my children could hear, and wonder what is wrong with their mom? πŸ™‚ But it helped, it really did! Because my attitude affects my family and those around me. And I know my patience level is very low. I am a work in progress πŸ™‚ If you have any tips for me, please by all means, share them πŸ™‚

So today, I decided to share some pictures that make me smile. Make me feel happy and blessed. Because I am. Truly!au 067 au 068 au 069A warm, summer evening, with a bit of rain. She looked so sweet playing with my sprinkling 071 au 072 au 074May God bless you today !!

It’s here

It’s been in my thoughts the last week. I don’t want to admit it, but I must πŸ™‚ It seems that fall has arrived, Β folks. I am not ready to say goodbye to summer, Β but yesterday I really felt that fall chill. I even gave in and bought a few pumpkins this week πŸ™‚ Seasons come and go, & so I will be thankful, even though it may take me a bit of time πŸ™‚

One of our fall jobs… digging potatoes at Dad and Mom.20140909_11275420140909_10381920140909_103828Tristan did really well with helping! Could it been the promise of some money? πŸ™‚20140909_103850Crates and more crates…20140909_132732 20140909_130241This year the weather was perfect for digging! Dryer soil and lower temps. Makes the job easier πŸ™‚20140909_130020I hope you have a great day! Maybe get out and enjoy the fall weather. You might want a sweater πŸ™‚

Finding Joy..

… in the mundane. Something that can be hard to do. I think we all have our times when life just feels dull. Another load of wash, another meal to prepare, cleaning a home that stays clean for about 5 min. if you are lucky πŸ™‚ For me, when I take the time to pull out my camera and get some photos of the everyday, I look through them and smile. Because it’s life, wonderful life! In the boring, in the busy, in the pull your hair out days :).

Some of my everyday…

au 002Boys and dirt… au 003 au 004Beans and more beans. Kirsten was such a good helper with snipping ends off!au 005 au 006 au 007 au 048I love everything about this photo. My 2 youngest, just being together. (It’s not always like this, folks ;)).au 034And how often do your parents give you permission to break into the safe? πŸ˜‰ I guess when the keys are sadly lost. These 2 look like little thieves πŸ˜‰au 035 au 036Tunnel of straw the boys made. They had fun with this for a few 037Flowersau 044Peaches.. I was ready to be done πŸ™‚ I know there are those that do more than I did, but I can’t say I enjoy canning and freezing. Although there is a sense of satisfaction seeing all your hard work! And it tastes good in the winter!!au 049 au 050 au 051 au 059 au 060au 065 au 066Just a butterfly, but so beautiful!

I encourage you to get your camera or phone out, and take photos of your days, normal or crazy πŸ™‚ I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you did!

Field night

A few weeks ago, we hosted Lebanon County Holstein Field Night at our farm. We felt honored that we were asked, but I have to admit, I didn’t think I was up for it.You see, I get a little obsessive compulsive when I’m having company, whether it be friends or family. I know that’s sad, but it’s true. I’m working on that πŸ˜‰ Anyway, hubby dear said it’s only fair that we take our turn since we enjoy going to other farms each year. But there is a lot of nicer farms than ours, and it’s a LOT of work, and, and, I realized my excuses were a bit lame πŸ™‚

So we tackled it, like many others did, and it all went well! We felt so blessed with the awesome weather God gave us that night, and throughout the week. I am very glad it’s behind us though πŸ™‚ There’s just something about knowing 800-1000 people will most likely show up, that you start worrying about all those nooks and crannies that need cleaned up, touched up, painted, etc. Dale and Randy did lots of painting, and I think it will be a long time till either of them picks up a paint brush!

Their was much preparation involved, but we had great help! Committee members, friends, family. All so kind!au 010Getting the cows nice and clean. They were washed with Tide πŸ™‚ It didn’t even smell like a barn after that! au 015Fuel for the workers :) 009Setting up the seating 018The door 016au 020 The children acted like it was Christmas when the big slide arrived πŸ™‚au 021Their was loads of children here, so it was nice to have things for them to do!au 025 au 027 au 028The caterers did a wonderful job! I couldn’t eat much though πŸ˜‰au 022 Sweet Jake ( he wasn’t liking my camera πŸ™‚ )au 023They counted trays to give an idea of how many people were served. They used 975 trays.

And there was soft ice cream. YUM!! We had the one machine here the day before. Between us and the folks helping, we ate quite a bit πŸ™‚

Rodney went up the silo and took some photos. I liked the bird’s eye view. All these were taken with a cell phone. There’s no way you would get me up that high πŸ™‚20140815_20043820140815_20070620140815_200618Flowers by the shop. Love my old milk can!!au 047au 029 au 033I should have taken more pictures. This barn won’t stay this clean πŸ™‚

The worst part of the night I was worrying about was having to stand up front. That actually wasn’t too bad because it was pretty dark outside . Lessened the 030 au 031 au 032These 2 took care of the night milking. So thankful for that! Any farmer knows that it’s so nice to have competent relief milkers, and these guys do great. That’s probably because they were trained well. Both of them worked on the farm for us when they were younger πŸ˜‰ Thanks Brent and Rodney!!kidsOur sweet children. Love them!! I took this for a farming magazine that wanted a photo.

I think we were all pretty exhausted till it was over. My pillow sure was soft when I hit it πŸ˜‰



A weekend at the cabin with family = good times, good food, relaxation (sort of :)) We had a nice time together! Harold and Sherita, we did miss you not being there though! 😦

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