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

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Vacation 2014 & 200th Post


Each year, my family alternates between the cabin and my brother's homestead for our vacation.
This year was the year to go to my brother's.
It is nice, for it is close to home, but still "away" and they have a beautiful place with something everyone can enjoy to do.

We had the absolute perfect weather!
No humidity or bugs
Cool enough for campfires
Great food
Good fellowship
Lots of fun

The children participated in a cookie baking contest





The contestants


The judges
Cookies were judged on presentation/appearance, taste, texture, and preference on a sliding scale of 1 being the worst, 5 being the best


#10 Starlight Mint Surprise was the winner!


Corn pit
Did you ever play in one of these?  Fun!


Reading time


Relaxing time


Eating area


Quoits pit

Hockey
This was so fun!  I hadn't played this since high school!


Story time with Aunt Mary


Campfires


My dad started this invention before he passed away, but it never was completed until recently.  My brother completed it and we were able to enjoy it's first workout.  Raspberry and vanilla ice-cream was the result! 


Here is a YouTube of it in action
And then, Monday morning it was back to reality and the rat race once again!  Shame, but that is just how life goes, right?  Can't make a living on vacation, or could we somehow?
 Ummmmm....have to think on that a bit.  :)

Thank you, Lord, for providing a wonderful vacation with family once again!

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 And about the "post" thing?  Yep, this is my 200th post on this blog.
 
Thanks for traveling along with me over the years and sharing this "diary" of my life.
 I would love to have you share with me which was your favorite post? 
What do you like or dislike about the blog?
Any other comments

If you comment on this blog post, you will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of the cookbook, "Feeding the Flock" that was put together by my mother for my 40th birthday.  The recipes are from my family and friends.  The winner will be chosen on Sunday, Aug. 31st, so when you comment, make sure you check the box to "Email follow-up comments to......."
(Some of my friends are telling me that they can't leave a comment on here.  My settings are what they should be, so I am unsure why a message can't be left.  I am sorry.  You could also try emailing me using the contact form on the right of the column)



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

4 comments:

Ella Eberly said...

Hi Brenda! I love your blog posts...don't have a favorite, but I always enjoy reading them and seeing the pictures. You are very real and open, and that's what I like about it. We can identify with each other! Have a great day! Ella

J Martin said...

I love the cookie contest -- so many lovely cookies! I enjoy your blogs, Brenda. You are a good writer! Inspiring, down-to-earth, practical, and funny. And "Feeding the Flock" -- what a clever name. Good cluck to you & your brood. :-)

Jen Vogel said...

Thanks for sharing all those great vacation pictures. It looks so relaxing. I too love the idea of the cookie contest. It's a great way to help the children feel involved and important. These kids are making memories that will never be forgotten.

Dave ~ Brenda said...

J. Martin, you won the cookbook! I will need your address. Could you pm it to me? Thanks everyone who left a comment on here and also off here. I appreciate your encouragement!