Wednesday, July 30, 2008

July in Our Home.

The past few weeks have been extremely busy for our family as Dad and Seth's summer work schedules hit full swing and the garden produce starts pouring in and keeping us all busy on the home front!! And in the midst of it all, we all miss Noah terribly, and treasure our conversations with him!!
When Scott and Lydia were up, we spent one morning butchering chickens. Ellie, Lydia and Joe came to help, which was a huge help!!

We were thrilled to have Scott manning the plucker once again--- not to mention laughing over his ever-ready jokes!! :)

Esther and Lydia.

Joe helped the boys catch and hang the birds!

Reading Books.
Silas LOVES corn on the cob!!

"Take a picture of me!!!"

"I think Aunt Phoebe's sunglasses look better on me!!"

"I love Papa and Nana's house-- I get icecream!!"

We also went blueberry picking while the Ansons were visiting Paul stayed home with Daddy while Mommy, Marcus and a host of Uncles and Aunts went picking!! We came back with several pounds-- in our buckets and in our tummies (right, Ellie??)!!!

"Look at all these blueberries!!"

Aunt Tabitha and Marcus!!

After blueberry picking, we stopped by friends' house to pick corn they had generously offered us (thank-you!!)!! Micah's bag broke, so he found a creative way to carry all he picked out of the patch! :)

Onions from our garden!!

Esther and Ellie snapping beans.
Lydia made blueberry pancakes for the birthday girl!!

Phoebe had a birthday water party/tea party this year, since Noah wasn't here to celebrate their birthday together (their birthdays are on the same day). A handful of young ladies in our area came to make her day so special!

Water balloon toss!

A fun water game!

Tasty Tea-Party Treats!
Ladies enjoying tea together!
The birthday girl and guests!!
And July being birthday month, we celebrated five birthdays in one week!! :)

Seth's birthday meal!
Esther's birthday meal (and no, she didn't have just peppers, she had shrimp too!!)!

It's Tabitha's birthday!!

Grandma brought banana splits for the birthday girl!!

Keep Watching for more pictures and updates!!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Happy Birthday, Tabitha!!

Happy 15th Birthday, Tabitha!!!

What would we do without our T-T-Tabitha!?!? From her cheerful work in our home, to her faithful care for her horses, to her love of a good game of Ultimate Frisbee, to her passion for the Lord and His truth-- she adds so much life and joy to our home!! This sister is a huge blessing to each one in our family, and we are excited to see what the Lord will do with her life!!
We Love You!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Happy Birthday, Esther!!!

Happy 20th Birthday, Esther!!

From her fantastic cooking, to her ability to make us all laugh at any given moment, we love this sister of ours!! What a treat it is to have her still at home with us!! It may be reading books to Silas, or taking a long walk with me, tickling Seth or playing football with Moses and Micah, she makes it a priority to spend special time with each of us. Her love for the Lord, and her diligence in trusting and delighting in Him is a example to our whole family.

We Love You!!!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Happy Birthday, Seth!!

Happy 22nd Birthday, Seth!!
What a special big brother you are in our family.......from your diligent work in the shed project this summer, to fun family games of volleyball, to your generous spirit, to your love for the Lord and godly example you set for your younger siblings and all those around you!! What a testimony you are as you stand strong in the Lord at work!!

We Love You!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Happy Birthday, Rebecca!!

Happy 27th Birthday, Rebecca!!!
We are so blessed to have you as our biggest sister; you have always set a wonderful example for your younger siblings of serving the Lord and honoring Dad and Mom!!! Now it is a delight to see you love Andrew and work with him, training Justice to be a man of God!!!

We love you, Rebecca!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Happy Birthday, Phoebe!!

Happy 7th Birthday, Phoebe Joy!!

We are so blessed to have you as our youngest sister!!! Your radiant smile and attitude is a joy to us every single day!! From your help folding laundry and filling water jugs, to your tender care for your nephews, to your contagious laugh-- you are a special treasure in our family!!

We Love You!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Happy Birthday, Noah!!

Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar,
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!

Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear,
Let not narrow self your way debar;
Though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Here for all your talent you may surely find a need,
Here reflect the bright and Morning Star;
Even from your humble hand the Bread of Life may feed,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Happy 18th Birthday, Noah!!!
We are so glad you are our brother!!
We are so grateful for your relationship with our Heavenly Father, and for going where He sends!! We miss you so very much, and can't wait until you come home!!


Please join us in wishing Noah a very happy far-away-from-home birthday!!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

For Noah!!!

:::Sisters are wonderful:::

This past month has also brought several butchering days. We now have only 165 birds left and the plan is to butcher them this coming week! Then no more chicken (or more importantly, chicken chores!!) until later this fall!!

Tabitha our packaging expert!!

Roscer-- I think he misses you Noah!

Playing Elephants.

Tabitha's Trunk. :)

Trying to determine how best to get his sisters wet!!

Silas well equiped with his favorite "frog arm-ies". :)

Throwing water balloons at unsuspecting victims. (They snuck out on the roof and threw them at the little ones in the pool!! Everything went great until they started aiming at their photographer!! No good!!)

Esther has been trying her hand at making bagels. They are absolutely fabulous! Especially the blueberry ones!! Mmmmm!!

Our whole family looks forward to summer when we get to harvest the beets. MMMM.... we've been enjoying eating a lot of beets from the garden!

Charity picking beets!

During the month of June Dad had classes in Kansas City every week from Monday thru Friday. The last two weeks he had to spend in Kansas City except for the weekends. We were excited to have him home!!

Sad faces because we miss Noah!!

Silas playing football!

The work on the 'shed project' continues!!

Pulling out old supports from the old building.

The pipes are being laid for the drain which will be in the butchering room in the new shed.

"Clear the area folks, unexperienced driver at the controls!!"
(She actually did a pretty good job!!)

Micah is our fishing-lover and is always searching for some one to take him fishing. One evening recently Esther took him out the the pond for a couple of hours of fishing. He ended up catching a big one!!
Micah's prize catch of the day!!

We were thrilled to have Andrew, Rebecca and Justice come up for a three day weekend over the fourth!! We had a wonderful time with them!!!

On the morning of the 4th, we spent a couple hours a a local blueberry patch!! It was a wonderful morning together, and we got some delicious berries!

Aunt Elizabeth and Justice.

Andrew picked quite diligently, but it didn't stop him from cracking jokes the whole time!!

Rebecca picking berries.

Uncle Sethy playing with Justice.

Justice and Silas loved playing together and tasting the blueberries. At one point I turned around to find both of them snitching giant handfulls from my bucket!! :)

Playing with Uncle Moses.

Papa and Justice!

Justice is never short Uncles or Aunts to tickle him!!

Silas and Justice--- we miss Pauly!!

Aunt Charity and Justice.

Silas playing peek-a-boo.

Dad and the boys cutting watermelon for us to eat during the fireworks display.

The very small town near us has a incredible firework show every year. It was no different this year!!

Awww.......what a darling couple!!
They got engaged July 4th, 2003, so they were reminicsing. :)


The incredible ground display-- some years it's obscured by smoke!
Watching the Fireworks.

The following pictures are random snap shots from around the farm and garden for Noah!!

July clouds.
Some of the beautiful flowers Noah grew in the garden!!

Noah, the flowers you planted before you left are blooming!!


The corn is tasseling!

Garden Bounty.

A goregous flower blooming in the garden right now!


Making Hay.