Monday, September 9, 2013


Yes, that is what I am thinking.  The last few weeks have been so busy that my blog has been put on the back burner once again.  Since I last wrote, we have traveled several thousand miles cross-country, held several meetings, and I don’t know what all…  My brain feels quite numb. 

We have begun our fourth week of school, and everyone seems to be settling into the routine pretty well.  Mornings are clogged with papers, reading, writing, problems, and sometimes even a few tears (although not as many as the first week – and not all of them mine). 

We were home for a very brief visit.  I was planning to have two weeks at home to get all the winter/summer clothes changed out in preparation for our trip north, in addition to school, housework (you know, my house was pretty dusty after a whole summer of being gone), and I was hoping to get a little crafting done.  It was not to be.  We got a call the day after we arrived home asking us to come to northern Indiana the next week.  I now had five days to get everything done.  Was I upset?  Sort of.  Was I overwhelmed?  Definitely.  Did I cry?  You better believe it!  However, I got as much done as I could in that short window of time.  My house really didn’t get cleaned – just got all the dead bugs and spiders swept up out of the corners. 

Now that we are in Indiana, we have a little time to rest while visiting my in-laws.  The kids haven’t seen their grandparents for months.  I cannot remember the last time we saw them.  It is still a pretty busy week, just with all the plans we have, but I am hoping to get a little fun in the schedule as well. :)

Here are some pictures of a few things we have done over the last few weeks.

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Packing up the hoses

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Surprise visit of friends in NC

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Lots of homework

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Indians on the warpath – yikes!

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Evening with Paw & Maw Carpenter – dear friends of our family

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Sporting my favorite knitted scarf

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Choir special during our revival service

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Doily made of bamboo thread – so amazingly soft!

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These two cracking me up “playing” the offertory in the service!

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Found a beagle in the church parking lot that had been hit by a car.  We ended up calling the animal control to come and get it, but in the meantime, the kids had fun playing with it.  Sweet little dog!

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Thrifting with my friend Laine – so much fun!

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Cute pink boots for Esther at the thrift store – like new!

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Campfire and s’mores with friends – watch out for the kids with super-heated bamboo spears! :)

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Fresh chocolate chip cookies for Labor Day!  Yummy!

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Boards form our collapsing fence that had to be torn down.  I have big crafting plans for these babies (when we get back home).  Can’t wait to get started on some awesome projects!

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At Papa’s farm in Indiana.

Well, now you are caught up on the last few weeks, and hopefully, I can stay abreast of events as they happen.  I’m not making any promises, though – because I know the next few weeks are gonna be crazy, too.