We serve an awesome God!!I 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 🙂 But this sunset was so gorgeous! Painted by the Master Painter.
Meet my sister and her beautiful family…The girls,so sweet! Olivia, Julianna & Ava This one didn’t mind the camera 🙂 I 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 🙂 One thing that was quite annoying were all the gnats. Drove us crazy 🙂I managed to get a few smiles from some boys that didn’t think pictures were necessary 🙂 Henry, Dirk, Hans, & Connor.This guys smile will brighten anyone’s day 🙂I 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.” I look at my sister, and think, “how does she do it?”. I feel like I can’t manage my 4 children sometimes 🙂 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 🙂 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 ❤
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? 🙂 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 🙂 If you have any tips for me, please by all means, share them 🙂
So today, I decided to share some pictures that make me smile. Make me feel happy and blessed. Because I am. Truly! A warm, summer evening, with a bit of rain. She looked so sweet playing with my sprinkling can. May God bless you today !!
Seriously, this is just too much! What is wrong with this picture??
Maybe some folks really , really like their veggies 🙂 Me, I’ll pass! 🙂
… 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 🙂 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…
Boys and dirt… Beans and more beans. Kirsten was such a good helper with snipping ends off! I love everything about this photo. My 2 youngest, just being together. (It’s not always like this, folks ;)).And how often do your parents give you permission to break into the safe? 😉 I guess when the keys are sadly lost. These 2 look like little thieves 😉 Tunnel of straw the boys made. They had fun with this for a few days..FlowersPeaches.. I was ready to be done 🙂 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!! Just a butterfly, but so beautiful!
I encourage you to get your camera or phone out, and take photos of your days, normal or crazy 🙂 I’m pretty sure you’ll be glad you did!
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 😉 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 🙂
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 🙂 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!Getting the cows nice and clean. They were washed with Tide 🙂 It didn’t even smell like a barn after that! Fuel for the workers :)..Setting up the seating area..The door prizes.. The children acted like it was Christmas when the big slide arrived 🙂Their was loads of children here, so it was nice to have things for them to do! The caterers did a wonderful job! I couldn’t eat much though 😉 Sweet Jake ( he wasn’t liking my camera 🙂 )They 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 🙂
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 🙂Flowers by the shop. Love my old milk can!! I should have taken more pictures. This barn won’t stay this clean 🙂
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 nervousness. These 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 😉 Thanks Brent and Rodney!!Our 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 😉