Zechariah 13:9

And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried; they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. Zechariah 13:9

Monday, September 26, 2011

Summer Activities

Monday, 26 September 2011

  • Summer Activities

    It is now Autumn, and it will soon be Spring!  No, really, as fast as time is moving along, it will soon be Spring!  Would anyone else be happy to just skip over Winter?  Me, too, so I find comfort in saying that Spring is coming soon!
    It has been an odd kind of Summer.  First, no rain for weeks, then lots of rain for weeks, and we are still running our air conditioners.  Usually we have several cookouts during the nice weather season, but this year I think we have had only two.  We love sitting by the fire, making hamburgers and sleeping in the pop-up.......
    We had signed up for the program Kids Bowl Free where the kids bowl free (yep, you guessed it) during the summer months.  We were able to go one time and the boys did great!
    Of course, we had hay making times when the weather was just right.....
    My kale did beautifully, even during the dry season and soaker season (think I need to pick it more often?)
    After the rains started coming, our grass grew so fast and so tall that our lawn mower could hardly handle it.  It was decided to fence in part of our yard and let the heifers "mow" it.  How hickish is that?   They did a great job, and the boys were happy to leave that part for them.
    So far we have put away 8 1/2  bushels of green beans, with 3 more to go in the next week or two.  I would like to can some more tomatoes and then bunches of applesauce.  Lack of motivation seems to be an issue this year, so we are only doing necessities, no more.

    We started attending MEC (Myerstown Enrichment Center) last week.  This is a homeschool co-op that meets every Monday.  Georgie has gym, history, science, art & robotics.  Uriah & Oliver have beginning instruments, health, science, gym, and PA history.  It is very organized and structured and has been an answer to prayer for our family.
    My thyroid has been obnoxious, so I finally am seeing a specialist.  Hopefully his expertise will bring long awaited relief.  Not fun!  Not fun at all!!

    Dave has been super busy with masonry jobs and he found hired help, which has been a blessing.  Ben & George are holding down the farm, which has been a blessing.  Solomon is with Wolfe House Movers, which has been a blessing.  Many blessings!  However, our family is in deep need of some quiet away-from-the-farm blessings.  Life gets so busy with committments, obligations, and needs.  Sometimes it looks appealing to live in the boonies somewhere in a cabin with a big porch, containing a creaky rocking chair, located next to a rippling brook.  A place where when asked what we needed to do that day, we would be able to say "nuthin".  And best of all, the mailman wouldn't be able to find us to deliver those never ceasing bills!  We are attempting to make some changes in our lives. However, our continued prayer is to be in the Lord's will, to be where He wants us to be, doing what He wants us to do.  Surrendering is the hard part......

    And we are LOVIN' our granddaughters!  They bring so much fun and joy to our lives.  We are so grateful that they now live only two miles away and we get to see them more often.  Oakley has to have eye surgery on the 11th of October, so if you think of it, please pray for her, that it would go smoothly and that she would not need a second surgery.  I don't know the official name, but her eye muscles prevent her eyes from lining up correctly, so the Dr. will tighten and loosen the muscles in both eyes to correct the problem.
    Keep pressing on, my friends!  Spring is soon here! 
    Until next time..............

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Georgie's 12th B.D.

Monday, 20 September 2010

  • Georgie's 12th B.D.

    Georgie turned 12 on Thursday, the 16th.  One more year and he will be a teenager!  When I reminisce of my pregnancy with him, it is full of bittersweet memories.  My father was diagnosed with cancer the year before, had gone through treatment and had a few months where he seemed to be doing good.  However, he soon began to feel poorly again and the Dr's said that he could go through a second round of treatments, but it would only extend his life for a short time.  He refused.   In this time period I became pregnant, after about 3 years of believing that God had planned for us to have only 3 children.  Due to having difficult and high risk pregnancies, Dave & I decided that I would be anointed with oil at the beginning of this pregnancy.  What a privilege it was that my dad was still well enough to perform that anointing service on me!  (He was an elder in our church)  We decided that if we had a son, we would name him "George" after my father, in honor of him.  He cried when we told him.  Well, he passed away 2 1/2 months before I had our baby - a boy whom we named George Forest.  Oh, how I struggled with calling him that after his birth!  When looking at his sweet little face, it was hard to think of him as a George, for George was a grown man's name - my father's and grandfather's name.  Plus, I was still grieving over my dad's death and the name George made me sad.  What were we thinking to commit to that name months before?  Oh, I wept, and thought and could not sign that birth certificate until 3 days after he was born.  Dave decided that we would give him a middle name that we really like and call him by that if I could not call him "George".  So we changed Forest to Caleb.  But you know, he was our "little man" Georgie and we soon realized that it was the perfect name for him and we loved it!  Still do!  It means farmer, too, so he is living up to his name.  My mom and I have said more than once that he is even built like my dad and walks like him, too.  Bittersweet memories!  The death of my dad - the birth of our son......
    Ben took Georgie for an ice-cream cone and his hunting license to celebrate his birthday......

    Until next time.........

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Another Teenager!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

  • Another Teenager!

    Oh, what is happening to our little boys? Aren't they suppose to stay little longer?  George turned 13 yesterday!  Already!  We did not plan a party in the evening, for we wanted to go to East End Days in Myerstown.  2 of his cousins came in the afternoon and to stay overnight and they brought pizza for supper (what a treat! Thanks Brent!).  So instead of birthday cake, we had birthday pizza!

    George and Hunter entered into the rope pulling contest.  Their team lost both times.

    George had a huge growing spurt this summer and is now as tall as his big brothers, which he, but not them, thinks is pretty cool.

    Happy 13th Birthday, George, and welcome to the teen years!  We love you bunches!
    Until next time.....................

Monday, September 12, 2011

She is 21!

Monday, 12 September 2011

  • She Is 21!!

    21 years ago today we welcomed a beautiful baby girl into our lives!  We named her Kelsey Brook and what a blessing she has been!  Yesterday we celebrated her day by going to a local park with some other families for a picnic.  The children rode bike, played tennis, basketball, threw football and us adults had a good time visiting.  It was a good day!

    Happy Birthday, Kels!  We are so proud of you!  You are a great daughter, wife and mommy!

    Until next time...............