Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The story goes that when my grandfather was a young chap he and some friends bought a little plot of land along Pine Creek. This is where we camp every summer with the big extended family. It quickly has become the highlight of the summer for my kids much like it was the highlight of my summer when I was little. There is something so wonderful and familiar about returning to the same place every year. Nestled in between huge mountains and along a creek all seems right with the world upon arrival. When it came time to try and do some sort of vacation with our kids they wanted to head to the mountains. While there are plenty of beautiful mountains we have an affinity to the ones found beside Pine Creek. Fortunately for us we know some kind hearted folks who have a cottage a few miles south of the cabin we go to every year and they said we could take our brood and hunker down for a few days! Oh the excitement when we told our kids! It was wonderful!Last week we spent the better part of 4 days along the creek with the kids and wrestled with the possibility of staying an extra night but knew we would be pushing the limits with the younger ones. To say it was wonderful would be an understatement!!
Thank you Craig and Kate from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness in letting us use your cottage! So many memories made and hearts filled!!
Monday, August 20, 2012
....the world was given the most extraordinary gift! And we were given the amazing gift of spending our days with her! Naomi Elise, you are the most unexpected package to ever arrive on our doorstep. And we will be eternally grateful God chose us to be your family!!
Now that we have reached the 6 month milestone things will begin to start moving in her adoption process. We are really hoping to have a termination hearing sometime in October and her finalization hearing by Christmas! What a gift it would be to have things finalized and have her name finally match the rest of her families. I may do some shameless fundraising in the next few months so when the finalization hearing rolls around we are fully funded. I am thinking a coffee fundraiser (gifts for Christmas anyone), possibly a t-shirt fundraiser and we will see what else. I am absolutely not worried. at. all. The One who brought her to us knows all the details and so I will rest in Him.
Happy 6 months to the sweetest, happiest and most beautiful little girl!
And a big thank you to Corie from My Blue Sky Photography!! You captured Naomi perfectly!
Monday, August 13, 2012
There is something about growing and nurturing plants, especially plants that bear food, that I fine suprisingly satisfying. I have fond memories of working beside my mother as a child as she labored in our huge garden. I would sit barefoot, in my little dress, hair braided and eat lima beans and string beans almost as fast as I could pick them. I thought I was pretty special when I was old enough to use the rototiller in our garden. Again with barefeet but my toes are all intact. People sometimes wonder why I don't make my children wear shoes and I wonder why I should make them wear shoes. There is something freeing about running out the door, through the grass onto your next adventure all the while feeling the grass and mud on your feet. It engages the senses. That's what I will say next time. That we are all about sensory integration at this house.
Do you have a garden? What are your favorite things to eat from your garden? Right now mine are my orange cherry tomatoes. They get popped into my mouth immediately!