So Long, Summer!

Today feels like autumn!  I realize there are more uncomfortably hot days to be had, but I’m going to try not to think about that too much while I bask in today.  Speaking of the hot days of summer, I have some catching up to do.  We’ve had some good times and some not-so-good times this summer (which is part of the reason for the blogging absence).  I’ve been anxiously awaiting the fresh start and the routine that comes with the dawn of another school year.

Here’s a glimpse into what went on in our world since my last post:

We took a trip out to Texas to visit Barry’s cousin, Clark, and his family for a few days.  We had a blast!  They have a beautiful log home on an abundance of acreage, which also happens to be the home of a herd of buffalo.  We had an amazing time just hanging out at their house, talking, laughing, and even playing Rock Band.  The highlight, however, was getting to go with them to the Scarborough Renaissance Festival. We had never been to a Renaissance Festival before, and thanks to our veteran relatives, we will definitely be doing it again soon.

Clark and Roxanne (Roxy) have 5 kiddos:  Alex (13), Sam (12), Malachi (9), Eli (7), and Macy  Jo (4).  Those kids are absolutely precious.  It was like our kids had known them their entire lives…fit together like PB&J.

Lots of this went on…kids having fun getting dirty and being kids.

On your mark, get set….even the teenagers were in on this!

Heading out on a tour of the property.

Sam and Alex – beautiful girls, inside and out.

Roxy and Clark leading the pack…looking for buffalo.

Found ’em! (Barry getting up close and personal.)

One of Clark’s many interests is making chain maille…by hand. Crazy good, right? It was super heavy. Barry couldn’t help but to try it on. Clark also made the hat.

The Scarborough Renaissance Festival!

The King and Queen

Adam “Crack” Winrich…he was AMAZING!

Macy Jo after she thoroughly enjoyed her Italian Ice.

Little boys sword fighting – no big deal.

The Whole Crew
Front: Malachi, Macy Jo, Aaron, Eli, Jadon
Back: Lauren, Samantha, Alexandra, Lindsay

I had only met Clark and Roxy once back in 2006, but I had kept in touch with them via email and Facebook since then.  I always knew that  Roxy and I seemed to be kindred spirits, but I just didn’t realize how much that entire family meant to our family until the time came for us to say good-bye.  Now, I spend my days  (seriously, at least 2-3 times per week) explaining to Jadon why we “can’t go to Texas tomorrow.”  We miss them terribly, and we can’t wait to see them again…hopefully in October for the Texas Renaissance Festival🙂

Next on the timeline, Lindsay turned 17 and she got her braces off (that was way more important to her than the birthday).  I can’t believe I have a senior this year!  She is such a beautiful girl, and she truly loves the Lord with all her heart.  She strives every day to be more like Him and less like the world.  We are so proud of her.

We took our annual trip to the beach where we also celebrated the boys’ birthdays.

Photo credit: Lindsay…don’t you just adore this picture???

On to the “not-so-good”…our garden was less than desirable.  Partly because of the drought, partly because of sheer laziness, and partly because I severely sprained my ankle and couldn’t walk for close to a month.  We were so thankful I didn’t break it, and I was extremely humbled by not being able to tend to myself and my family for such an extended period of time.  Although it was completely overrun with weeds, we were blessed with quite a few vegetables (thanks to my mom and mom-in-law for all the help picking).  We just didn’t put up the amount I had hoped to, but it wasn’t a total loss.

As far as the farm goes, there is life…and then, there is death.  Since our little hen, Ruthy, tends to go broody at the drop of a hat, we keep hatching out chicks.  We have increased our flock to 20.  Someone asked me not too long ago, “When do you have ‘enough’ chickens?”  My answer: “I have no idea.”  I guess we’ll keep letting nature take its course – chicken crazy, I tell ya.

On the other hand, Twinkle, one of our goats (Little Mac’s momma), got really sick.  Before we could get her well, the other doe, Sugar, ended up hurting her pretty badly (this is natural culling).  We ended up having to put her down, which was emotionally difficult to do.  We managed, and we miss her, but we ultimately know it was for the best.

Ok, so that was a downer.  Let’s move on, shall we?

School:  I finally have a school room!!!  Yippee!!  No more books, papers, projects, maps, and mess invading the dining room!  Since Aaron is finally old enough to climb stairs safely, we decided we could put the boys’ playroom upstairs in the loft, which freed up their old playroom.  I am in love with this space.  I still have some things I want to do, but I’m determined not to spend any money at this point.

We are looking forward to the new school year, which we’ve already begun.  Lindsay is spending her senior year working on college credit through CLEP Lauren and Jadon will be participating in a Classical Conversations community, and Aaron is learning to color and play with play-do.  He is also very fond of my dry-erase board (if I can only keep him on the board and off my walls).

Summer is on its way out, and we are ready for cooler weather, bonfires, sweaters, and fall crops – yes, even after this year’s summer garden seemed like a failure, I do want to plant a few things this fall…just not as much as years past.  I hope to keep you more informed with what’s going on in our lives, since I am slowly but surely getting on a schedule.

Thanks for stopping by!


One comment

  1. Dawn · August 23, 2012

    I just love your updates, Amy. You are seriously one of my favorite people 🙂

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