Thursday, July 24, 2014

Books While We Wait - July 2014 edition

As you know, we are buying a new children's book each month while we wait. Since the original post has gotten rather long to keep reposting.  I will still update the original list and have added a link near the header, but each month I will only post about the new book.  If you want to see the entire list, please feel free to click on the link at the bottom and review the other ones :)

The Knight and the Firefly: A Boy, a Bug, and a Lesson in Bravery by Amanda Jenkins and Tara McClary Reeves

This heartfelt book is about a knight who protects his bug friends bravely during the day but struggles with being afraid of the dark every night.  A friendly firefly helps him face his fear using Truth about our Heavenly Protector, specifically Psalm 91, learning that with God we are never alone.  The illustrations were beautiful and our son connected with the story.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tball memories

Last week was the end of summer tball for our kiddo so here's a few more pics to share:
tball memories

I love how the preschool tball group here just practices.  No games, no keeping score, and less waiting.  Instead there was lots of time to play catch, practice fielding, hit the ball, and have fun.  Of course they ran the bases and played the favorite Base Tag game too.  Our kiddo had tons of fun, enjoyed seeing his friends, and found a great use for some of his endless little boy energy.

Tball was again a summer favorite but its ending means summer is slipping through our fingers.  Hoping for plenty more summer fun on the gravelly road.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Five Minute Fridays: Bloom

This week I'm again participating in Five Minute Fridays hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker, encouraging bloggers to write on a prompt unedited for five minutes.  This week's prompt: BLOOM


Our garden is full of blooms.  Colorful promises of a future harvest.

Some plants create so many blooms, others just a few.  Some are simple and small.  Others large and loud. But not every bloom will create a vegetable or something to harvest.

Some blow off in a storm or strong wind, some shrivel and fall, and others are eaten.  But the healthy plants keep blooming.

I've written it many times... bloom where you are planted.   A hope I've written in cards for other moms in my small group these past two springs.  A cheerful cards, heartfelt words, and a packet of seeds.  Something small but hopefully encouraging.

But have I bloomed where I'm planted?  Yes and no.  Sometimes I am more like the plant that just keeps growing and stretching trying to reach something beyond, something next, something else.  The plant whose vines need to be carefully moved to keep it from being eaten or trampled.

It is so hard to work at blooming here, now, in the waiting.  Easy to forget the need to continue to put down deep roots to gather enough water for more blooms.  Easy to worry my blooms will be too small or simple. In the busy season of mothering, its so easy to be caught up in the overwhelming to-do list and the sometimes loneliness of caring for little people.

But God is my gardener.  He provides the water.  He watches out for weeds and predators. He gives his Son.  I need to use what He's provided and bloom. He is Enough.


Today, I am linking once again with the passionate and loving Five Minute Friday community, hosted each week by Lisa-Jo Baker.  Come join the fun.

Five Minute Friday

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Feeding the Chickens

Grandpa and Grandma bought him a slingshot this weekend... with clear instructions that it was for shooting marshmallows.

Marshmallows are sticky when squished and shot, over and over again.  Plus the dog eats them.

So this was the alternate we came up with -- shooting dried-out bread to the chickens (or AT the chickens) not sure he made the distinction.  Of course he also had to test how far he could send the bread :)

He was happy, the chickens were happy and I had fun taking the pics :)

Just how life works as a mom to a boy here on the gravelly road.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Wonderful Day

My sister came to spent the day with us yesterday... watched tball practice, played legos, ate lunch with us (cupcakes for dessert) and then joined in the laughs as the kiddo showed off his slip-in-slide skills.  It was a wonderful day.  Our son is so lucky to have her as his aunt!

tball and outside summer fun

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fourth of July 2014

We had a wonderful holiday weekend, with lots of time with family.  Of course we didn't get to see everyone we'd hoped to but it was still a full and blessed weekend.  I did get to hold our brand-new niece for the first time -- I facilitated her afternoon nap while my kiddo played with her older sisters :)

Most of the weekend's activities centered around the big family reunion -- aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins visiting from Texas, East Coast, St. Louis, Chicago, Alabama and plenty of places in between.  In some ways it was a bittersweet reunion... the first time we've all been together since we said good-bye to Grandpa, celebrating his favorite holiday and creating family memories just the way he'd want us to.

There was a big picnic at my parents' with yard games and visiting.  There was some rain which moved the last part of the gathering to the garage but it didn't damper the fun or converstaion, at least until the mosquitoes found us.
4th july picnic

Then the next day there was a big 3 generation family softball game, kickball, crazy relays (egg/spoon race, tire roll, a balloon race, tug-a-war, and 3-legged race to name a few), and other outside fun.  And true to family tradition, there was even root beer floats to cool down in between.  The "unplanned activity" that I ended up with many pictures of was balancing/walking on the very large spool.  The softball and games created lots of memories, laughs and helped us make the most of the beautiful weather -- and it was certainly entertaining to those who decided to remain spectators!
family reunion games

Later that evening, the kids enjoyed sparklers, a few lanterns were sent soaring, and then we enjoyed some fireworks, Grandpa's favorite.

It was such a blessing to see the next generation creating wonderful memories on the family farm.
family farm

Monday, July 7, 2014

Garden Blooms

Fun to see so many flowering plants in the garden when we got back from our holiday weekend away (more on that in a later post).  Here are a few:

flowers in the garden

Cucumber, squash, zucchini, peas, tomatoes, and peppers are all blooming, in addition to an early sunflower.  There is even one small zucchini growing and several tomatoes.  The weeds are growing right along with the vegetables, unfortunately, especially after being gone.  Plenty garden work yet ahead, but so excited to see signs of future home grown vegetables appearing in our garden on the gravelly road.
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