burying Grace in the sand 🙂
Nathan, not making a crazy face. 🙂
splashing and laughing in the lake!
Totally squinting in the sunshine at the beach.
The kids watching the fireworks
and the lady in the back ground was so nice!
Very enthusiastic about the fireworks.
I thanked her for her enthusiasm!
we were in town and I had wires and telephone poles
in a lot of my fireworks pictures. 😦
We’ve had such a busy weekend, but it has been so wonderful! The weather has been perfect for my husband’s long weekend and I honestly don’t know where to begin.
During the past week the boys had their homeschool evaluations and they went well! It was a great day and we enjoyed visiting my cousin (by marriage – her husband, my cousin, was working, of course) and her 4 kiddos. The older 3 are such adorable and fun girls and the baby boy is such a little sweetheart! I totally enjoyed holding him and getting that baby snuggle time in. So sweet and cute! It was great to see them! The last time we got together was a LONG time ago! Such a sweet family!
The day after evaluations I turned the boys’ portfolios in to the school district and that was such a relief! A load off my shoulders and kitchen table, too.
A friend of mine and I started memorizing Colossians on July 1st (it’s our January 1st). She sent me a study guide of Colossians/Philemon that is by Elizabeth George and we’re going to work through that as we learn the Scripture. I’ve been working on Colossians 1:1-2. It’s 2 verses each week for an entire year! If you feel so inclined, do join us. It’s sure to be a blessing!
Weekends with my husband home always go way too fast. He’s such a good, kind, fun-loving man and he makes me laugh and swoon all at the same time. The time goes so quickly because we try packing to much into the time he is home. Friday afternoon we headed out to Rodgers, Ohio to see what was at the huge flea market there. We didn’t purchase much, except fruit. Can’t beat $1 for a pound of strawberries! Also got blueberries and cherries. Yum!
Saturday we lounged around for the early part of the day, then headed out for the evening. Another late night, but it was fun to be with family and enjoy that time!
Sunday we skipped church and headed for Lake Erie. It’s a 2 hour drive from our home, so we left before noon (not as early as we planned, but we overslept). We loaded up our bikes and headed north. The bike trail was nice, but it did cross over the busy Presque Isle road several times and we weren’t too excited about that with our children. We did manage to bike 8 miles! I miss my gel seat for my bike! After that we went to the lighthouse for pictures and then took the kids to a different beach where they could swim. By the time we got back home last night it was 10:45 or so. It was one of those days that was just so incredibly amazing! I love when we’re out as a family, doing stuff together! Making memories.
Our July 4th was celebrated mostly at home. We mostly lounged around today, sort of. 🙂 The kids did a lot of the lounging. I cleaned up the house some and washed a lot of clothes and cleaned out the chicken coop. Eric and I played doctors to the chickens. We fixed up 6 chickens feet in some way today. Eric fired up the grill and we cooked 2 racks of babyback ribs. When I say “we” I mean he. They were so delicious! We are still trying to figure out how to make them so they are a little more tender after a long time cooking on the grill (they cooked for about 5 hours today). He said he WILL figure it out eventually! We both wreaked of grill smoke and it was wonderful!
This evening I took the kids to see some fireworks. We ended up in the city of Butler and enjoyed the display! I especially enjoyed the woman that you can see just beyond the kids in the above picture. She was super excited about the fireworks and celebrating the 4th of July. So much so that I thanked her for her enthusiasm and she seemed touched by that little gesture.
God blessed me far more than I deserved this past weekend and I guess that is where the grace of it all comes in! This is where the One Thousand Gifts comes in and I am so, so blessed to count each of them!
#87. quiet time on a quiet morning
#88. a niece that had a slumber party with all 3 kiddos!
#89. dentist for fillings (this is hard for me)
#90. texting my husband to say “I Love You!”
#91. hot coffee to wake up with
#92. an opera singing chicken to bring smiles
#93. refreshing cold water for garden and to drink
#94. Eric home for a 4 day weekend
#95. fun cookout with family
#96. Eric, my best friend
#97. Nathan, Ryan, Grace – 3 treasures from God!
#98. bike trails and wind in the hair
#99. children laughing and splashing in the lake
#100 Independence Day and fireworks
and the woman so enthused that it was catchy!