These words in this Psalm speak such truth to me right now. This is the song in my heart to remind me that no matter what we walk through, He leads us and restores us along the way.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
Happy Halloween a little late. We trick or treated with a woodland fairy, a ninja and a shark bitten surfer. And no Halloween is complete without a visit to our neighbor Mrs. Martin’s house! When I asked Mabry if she liked Halloween she said she liked the candy by not the walking. She must have forgotten that we drove her around in the mule from house to house!
This almost 7 year old boy might just be over the moon. He has been asking for his own dog for longer than I can remember. He is now the proud “master” of a Australian Blue Heeler, aka Cattle Dog. Her name is Rue and she is the tiniest bundle of love. Her name stems from Waruwi which means girl in Aborigines. We found her on a farm in South Carolina where we met the “farmer” who had lots of horses, cows, a few pigs, lots of chickens, a large pack of protective and loving cattle dogs and some precious little puppies. He lived down a few dirt roads and had to meet us on the town’s “main” road so he could lead us onto his farm. He lives on 2,000 acres with his wife and his brood of animals. Our first 2 dogs came from farms so we always love carrying on that tradition. I might have wanted to take more than one puppy home. Rue is quite a little tank (I think she gets it from her Dad…photo shown). It’s going to be a fun adventure with this puppy! We are so thankful that Mcree’s wish came true.
The photos speak for themselves. The first photo still makes me laugh out loud!
Time with Pop and Aunt Karin AND the cousins. WOW, we had a lot of fun. We spent the better part of 2 days on the water. One day was sunny and gorgeous and one day a storm was looming. That didn’t keep us from being in the water. Such sweet memories together!
There’s something really special about going to a military history museum with a veteran. Usually I would pass on such things, but I am really glad I didn’t. Gress asked to go to the Mighty Eighth Air Museum with Pop when he was here as he has really been into military planes. I have been before but this time seemed extra special. We somehow got on a tour with a man sharing videos and commentary and the stories drew all of us in. It was really incredible. There was a church there and Pop told Gress he always prays when he enters another church. So Gress did too.
I’m not sure who was enjoying the costumes more…the kids or Pop. Nothing like isles and isles of comedy to make you laugh out loud.
Mabry had her first dentist appointment the other day. She looked at me when we were walking in and said, “mommy, I’m nervous.” I wondered if she even know what that meant. I am guessing she did as afterwards, she kept telling me how much fun she had. She even asked to take off her shoes and cozy up under a blanket. Kudos to our Dentist office for making her LOVE going to the dentist. It was a day of dentist appointments for all the kids and me. At one point, Mcree looked at me and said, “these people here are soo fun and they are soo generous.” Guessing he thinks you go and get free toothbrushes, stickers and toys and it’s all free. If only. I am thankful that happy memories are being associated with this place. We have many many more years of visits here!
Not only did I have a date night with Rad ALL to myself (where we went to one of my favorite little local places tucked away), but the next night, the boys went to a magic show for just kids and Mabry and I took Rad out on another date night. It was so sweet that it was just the three if us. Mabry kept asking for Rad to take her on a date. Which really meant she wanted him to take her to the gas station to get a fountain lemonade. Often times she is sleeping and the boys get a drink and she misses out. I think this far exceeded her expectations. She was giddy the whole time. We went to a new fun place for dinner and then to gelato. Mabry loves her daddy and loves to draw pictures of him. Her drawings always make me giggle. This just reminded me that it’s special to have moments with just one kid at a time.
So many random thoughts and full days that I can’t seem to bring them all together to get words on this page. So here are some random visuals and thoughts to see you through our weeks.
We have painted. Twice. In 9 weeks. Pathetic. Maybe you remember last year when painting was a weekly, sometimes daily thing. I miss it. And so do the kids. It’s good for the soul and creates a calm environment for our school days.
We haven’t picked up the paintbrush because we have been memorizing facts, and doing math, and writing, and lots and lots of school. It’s great, and challenging, and we are learning quite a lot. I’m still trying to figure out how to fit it all in a week. Mcree even made a Mayan calendar in his class. He was pretty proud of it.
And somehow, this dog got coerced into hanging out with her master if only he let her on the bed. I can see that look in her eyes that she knows that’s the only piece of furniture she is allowed on. Don’t push it Luna!
And while Gress is busy reading, I am giggling at all the squirrel antics around our house. This little tired one curled up with it’s head under it’s body on the window sill on a rainy day. They think we are their friends. The are constantly talking to us through the window in our school room. It’s a great distraction.
Oh, and you are wondering what Mabry is up to. Just playing with her babies CONSTANTLY. She often says, “When I am a mom and have a baby, I am doing to do this or that…” She plays well by herself but will be good at reminding me I am hurting her feelings by not playing with her while I am doing school with the boys. I have to remember to shepherd her heart well too. It’s so much easier to see a school task checked off than to play “house”. I am working on the balance!
Mabry and I do get a lot of sweet time together though. She’s extra fun to have all by herself!
Oh, and Mcree has always wanted a cat. So we have a visiting cat that we feed that was actually born on our property 10 years ago. She hasn’t really belonged to anyone but more been fed for all those years by a loving neighbor. She is slowly making her way closer and closer to our house. She used to be scared of us so for her to let us pet her is a huge accomplishment.