Monday, October 7, 2013

Fall is Here!

Yes, it has actually been here for several weeks, officially, but I have been unable for many reasons (which I will not discuss at this time).  If you want a full disclosure of all of our recent adventures, you can find it on our ministry website under the Update tab.  Suffice it to say, it has been a very eventful month for us.  I will post a few photos to give you an idea of what has been happening.

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Amazing cinnamon rolls (I secretly call them sin-rolls  because they are so delicious)

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Chick trip to Shipshewana, IN, with my Mom, Mother-in-law, and girls.  We had an awesome time!

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Can you tell what we spent most of our time doing? 

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I found a sign that has become my favorite! :)

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Breakdown #1 – lost the transmission.  Can I just say that this was like a train ride?  A very expensive train ride.

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Finished the rainbow ripple afghan I was making.  I really like the way it turned out!

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Spent some time on a friend’s farm in Minnesota. It was beautiful there!

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Attended a bee demonstration field trip, where we capped, extracted, and tasted fresh honey.  The kids learned a whole lot about the whole pollination and honey-making process.  In case you are wondering, the tiny jar contains pollen.  We tasted it as well, and I was surprised by the fruity taste that it had.

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Visited the open plains of eastern South Dakota.  You can see the wind farm in the distance.  Two weeks later, when we returned from this trip to pick up our repaired truck (new transmission) and trailer, I found that the breaker had tripped in the trailer and the result was that our refrigerator and freezer had lost power and all the food was spoiled.  I had to throw it all out, clean up the congealed puddles of indescribable nastiness that had run down the wall and onto the floor, and clean all the mildew out of the fridge.  It was an epic mess.

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Breakdown #2 – a broken universal joint.  And another expensive “train ride.”

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Arrived at our destination in SC at 4:43a.m. Sunday morning.  We didn’t even bother going to bed after driving all night.  I gave the boys some much-needed haircuts, everyone showered, dressed for church, ate breakfast, and headed off to Sunday School.  Thank goodness for the Sunday afternoon nap!

I am really hoping that this week will be relatively uneventful.  I have had so much happen in the last few weeks that I think I have used up all my spare emotions and adrenalin.  I now have to get the kids caught up on their school work and I should probably pick up a few groceries to put inside my sparkling clean refrigerator. :)


  1. I had only gotten part 2 in my email, so after seeing your blog post, I hastily went to your website to read part 3 and Sequel. My oh my. Well, one of the good things that come of all your troubles, is that some of the rest of us can be thankful that all those things aren't happening to us! But if it makes you feel better, my car is in the shop waiting on diagnostics to find out why the gas pedal/ steering column makes "that noise" when turning left and accelerating. But not always. Just sometimes.

    1. Yes - the excitement never ends. It has been interesting, and I am glad that we can be an encouragement to all those people that have no trials! LOL Hope your car situation turns out well.