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!

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!



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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Corn day

The men get the fun job of picking it πŸ™‚ Then on to the husking..

misc. karen, cabin 031 misc. karen, cabin 032 misc. karen, cabin 034 misc. karen, cabin 035 misc. karen, cabin 036 misc. karen, cabin 037 misc. karen, cabin 038 The children usually feed the corn through the silker..misc. karen, cabin 041 misc. karen, cabin 039Ready to cook…misc. karen, cabin 042 misc. karen, cabin 043Cooling and cuttingmisc. karen, cabin 045 misc. karen, cabin 044Mom’s hands always seem to fly when she’s cutting corn πŸ™‚misc. karen, cabin 107The eating happens all throughout the day πŸ™‚ There is usually a few wanting an ear as soon as the first tub is through. Then more corn at lunch, and fingers trying to snitch it while we’re cutting πŸ™‚ While I enjoy doing corn, I’m glad that it’s in the freezer!

Happy Labor Day!

Cooling off


What’s better than playing in water on a hot day? πŸ™‚july 2014 007_edited-1 july 2014 008_edited-1 july 2014 015_edited-1 july 2014 016_edited-1This faucet is quite an attraction for some little people around here!july 2014 023_edited-1 july 2014 032_edited-1 july 2014 026_edited-1I’ve been so thankful for the creek this summer! Much time has been spent there! Lately though, it’s been deserted by some scared children πŸ™‚ Dale found this guy one night when he was weed whacking by the creek.mosl 032Can’t say that I blame them for being scared to walk in the creek!mosl 031A friend and relief milker of ours happened to be here, and picked the guy up. He was not happy πŸ™‚ I know this is a smaller snapping turtle, but they just bother me a little πŸ™‚mason 2014 001 mason 2014 004We have some very creative children πŸ™‚ Not sure which side of the family that comes from πŸ™‚ mason 2014 006 mason 2014 010 mason 2014 021These were taken before we found Mr. Snapper, on a day that it rained a bunch in a short period of time. The creek overflowed it’s banks, much to the delight of the children πŸ™‚

Enjoy your weekend! ~ Jolene

Weekend away


About 2 wks. ago, we headed down to Maryland to see some friends of ours, and visit our outreach church. We really enjoyed it, except for the driving with our children. I’m being honest here :). Thought I’d share a few highlights of our trip.20140718_182029Not much relaxing and eating with this girl! Some trips outside. Sigh πŸ˜‰20140718_182156Dale trying to occupy little lady. It may have lasted a minute πŸ™‚20140718_181727 20140718_183102Some pics from supper at Lonestar. I’ m getting hungry looking at my food again πŸ™‚20140719_080329 This is how bad a bathroom can look πŸ™‚20140719_084255A quick pic at our motel in Dover. Friendly staff there!misc, maryland trip 041_edited-1 They enjoyed the motel pool, even if it was 8:00 at night πŸ™‚ I’m pretty sure everyone knew when we came and when we left πŸ˜‰ This is the 1st time we took our family to a motel ( we are dairy farmers ;)). Anyways, our children acted like it was their 1st time too. We tried to keep them calm and quiet, but that wasn’t too successful. They were tired and excited, so combine the two, and you know how that works πŸ™‚misc, maryland trip 054_edited-1I love this one of Jenna! Sleepy bed head.misc, maryland trip 061_edited-1Sand crabs they dug up at Cape Henlopen. They filled a bucket with them. Ick!misc, maryland trip 065This was Jenna’s 1st time at the oceanmisc, maryland trip 142_edited-1Our friends, Harlan and Regina’s lovely home. We slept in the camper Sat. night.misc, maryland trip 073_edited-1 misc, maryland trip 074The children had great fun together! Little Dakota loved the boys! So cute!misc, maryland trip 153_edited-120140719_175250Tristan was practically in heaven with all the farm toys πŸ˜‰misc, maryland trip 127Down at their pondmisc, maryland trip 137_edited-1Jenna loved the playset!20140719_175457Regina’s pretty flowersmisc, maryland trip 154Sunday morning breakfast. We were quite blessed with Harlan and Regina’s hospitality! We felt so at home πŸ™‚20140719_175322Kirsten combing Kierra misc, maryland trip 155 misc, maryland trip 156_edited-1Smithson chapel. Cutest little chapel I’ve seen!misc, maryland trip 158_edited-1 misc, maryland trip 159_edited-1We had the privilege of hearing our deacon from home bring the message. Was nice to see them and their family! And we enjoyed a meal after the service. Was so nice to see them all again!misc, maryland trip 162_edited-1The big irrigation systems we seen. Pretty neat! misc, maryland trip 164I took these on our way home. It was near the home of Doug and Bev Brubaker, our minister before they moved to serve in Md. We made a quick stop to see their place before heading home. They have such a neat home!20140720_171148The ride home was much more pleasant due to extremely tired children πŸ™‚

Our weekend went too fast, but there is no place in the world like home! Even if that means heading out to milk those cows πŸ™‚

‘Round here

We’ve got ducks in the creekjune, july 2014 and tiffany 004_edited-1 june, july 2014 and tiffany 001_edited-1We drink milk! πŸ™‚june, july 2014 and tiffany 028_edited-1We build stuff ( it’s a tree house in case you’re wondering πŸ™‚ )june, july 2014 and tiffany 029_edited-1 june, july 2014 and tiffany 031_edited-1 june, july 2014 and tiffany 032 june, july 2014 and tiffany 048_edited-1The main carpenter πŸ™‚ june, july 2014 and tiffany 049_edited-1And if the children can reach the mulberries, good chance they will be eaten πŸ™‚ …june, july 2014 and tiffany 034 june, july 2014 and tiffany 035_edited-1We have calves, and calf roundups πŸ™‚june, july 2014 and tiffany 044_edited-1 june, july 2014 and tiffany 045_edited-1 june, july 2014 and tiffany 046_edited-1 june, july 2014 and tiffany 047_edited-1We even share on occasion!

These moments of sweetness I treasure!

These moments of sweetness I treasure!

june, july 2014 and tiffany 042_edited-1We love anything that involves water

even if it's only a tub ;)

even if it’s only a tub πŸ˜‰

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Crazy Tristan!

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I hope you are being blessed with a good week!