Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Family Selfie

My dad and his wife were in town the other day...and my cousin who lives 3 hours away came to have dinner with us. What a joyous day it was. Here is the first family selfie with my extended family. Good memories!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Apple Festival

 I love this sign I saw as I walked down Main Street during our apple festival. What an awesome event it was. Streets lined up with booths of apple sellers....variety after variety. Apple Fritters...fried apple pies...apple slushies...everything apple. It was so awesome. And thousands of residents and visitors enjoy this fantastic city. There was such a distinct flavor in the air...not just apple...but a feeling of community, common ground and fun. It was our first apple festival and it was fantastic.
We headed up to Jump Off Rock to try to catch the sunset. It was so beautiful...so majestic and we will do it again when it is a bit clearer outside. It makes you realize how small you are in this big world.
 My mom came up for the weekend on her first visit to North Carolina. Though it was a bit warm, everything went so perfectly. She enjoyed the apple festival, local sites, Shindig on the Green in Asheville, and even our local pool at the YMCA. I hadn't seen my mom in three months and it was so perfect. I relished every moment with her. I think the hardest part of living up here (and probably the only hard part) is being away from my family. I make up for it by talking to my parents often and enjoying the visits that will happen.  I hope you had an amazing Labor Day weekend. What were you up to???

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today

Making: Absolutely nothing...decided to order pizza tonight, which I haven't done in a long time
Drinking: Blackberry Izze...my favorite drink...carbonated juice, the best alternative to soda
Reading: Nothing...school started, so my reading consumption is a bit low right now
Wanting: Autumn to come quick...it's my favorite season
Watching: Watched 19kids and counting today...love that show
Eating: Nothing now, but pizza before
Smelling: A clean house...I love when my house is clean from top to bottom
Wishing: Probably not wishing, but praying...would love to adopt another child
Enjoying: Our new life in North Carolina
Loving: The beautiful summer we have had...goodness it's been delightful
Hoping: The insurance season goes smoothly...my hubby is in insurance
Needing: A ladies night out
Feeling: A little down today...doesn't happen often, but it's here
Wearing: You don't want to know...black t-shirt and black athletic capris
Following: My favorite blogs
Noticing: That life goes by so fast
Bookmarking: Jacket shopping for William, he needs a winter coat

I got this list from one of my favorite blogs...www.talesofmeandthehusband.com. Go check out her blog, she is sweet!  The picture is from yesterday when we went hiking...isn't this place dreamy??

Monday, August 25, 2014

13th Year


Today we started and celebrated the first day of school. Thirteen years of homeschooling. Started out with one child and this will be my last year with 5 kids all at once. Today was Bryn's last first day of school with us. Very sad, but at the same time it is wonderful. She is taking one class with us and the rest are at the local college. Esther and Caleb are in 6th grade, William in the 4th and Judah in 2nd.
Though homeschooling has been challenging and difficult at times, it is still one of the most rewarding jobs ever. I believe that it has changed me more than them. God takes time to pull off the ugliness that we have. It's not always pretty, but it's good for you.  So if you think of me, pray...My prayer is for a smooth homeschooling year...full of lots learning, change and more cohesiveness with the kids. God has a greater plan than just education...he wants their hearts and their lives. And if today was your first day, I hope it went beautifully.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

This Sums it Up

Bryn took this picture on Friday when we were out on the lake with my dad, his wife and the kids. She has a real eye when it comes to taking pictures. When I saw this picture I felt like it summed up how awesome our day was. Kids splashing in the lake, William and Esther on the kayaks, Bryn and I jumping off the dock and Matt and Judah in the canoe. It was a fantastic day. And the beauty that surrounded us is just majestic. I feel as though I will never get tired of looking at what I see. I am amazed at the richness that is before our eyes. I love it. I am in a place of no regrets. No regrets on moving to the Land of 4 Seasons. I feel so peaceful in my soul. There is no longing to leave any more. It's a weird feeling. After you live in a place that you hate for over 10 years you almost feel like you will never get out of it. I feel so unbelievably happy and peaceful. God is so awesome. When he opens the door wide, his opens is WIDE! We are blessed.
Back to school tomorrow. Will post pictures of my little ones. I am excited for what God has for us this year.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Drive By...

This definitely makes you look twice when you drive by. Are they serious or is this just for fun, lol.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sunflowers

 We are totally taking our new life in North Carolina by storm. We are embracing life, enjoying each moment and taking in the beautiful benefits. For weeks on our homeschool email list a person has been advertising their small farm where you can come and pick your own sunflowers. I have seen it but the times didn't work out for us. Until yesterday. We headed down to the farm, which was only 20 minutes away. This was a definite first for all of us.
 Judah loved running around the farm and finding the biggest sunflowers. There were bumble bees everywhere, but he wasn't afraid. He probably cut the most, besides me.
 All the kids went with me. See all the sunflowers behind them. It was just so beautiful. The mountains surrounded us, the air was a perfect temperature and we just took it all in.
Funny thing is that the farm goes by the "honor" system. Pick as many flowers that can fit in your basket and leave your money in the envelope. Crazy, right? Can't do that in most cities in this country. So here is our abundance. The car smelled lovely on the ride home. Thankfully we didn't bring any bumble bees with us home. What a perfect afternoon and wonderful memory for my family.