Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Vermont Part III: Meeting the Dock

After we picked blueberries, we headed down to the dock. It was an overcast day and not a good one for water sports. Little did we know that it would be the only yucky day we would have!

First look at the water.

Isaac begins his rock collecting!

Mike and I having a conversation while the kids played at the dock.

Hannah LOVED running back and forth on the dock.

Andre is getting quite old, but he did REALLY good with the kiddos this week.

No idea what is going on here.

Isaac's favorite Vermont activity? Without a doubt is collecting rocks!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Vermont Part II: Blueberry Picking

We are home from our awesome vacation, and I am going to be sharing tons of pics. Don't look if you don't want, but this was a much needed week of R&R. Thank you to Grampa and Grama K. who held down the farm for us while we were gone so that we could make this week happen.

On day 1, after completing our treasure hunt, we went blueberry picking! Joni's neighbors had a blueberry patch, and since they were out of town, they encouraged us to forage. Here we go!

Daddy mostly did the eating.

What would an adventure be without .... mushrooms. JB has turned out kids into mushroom-machines. They can spot them everywhere.

On the way home, went through the woods.

Look at us wearing jackets. Oh was the reprieve from the Tennessee heat a welcome one!

Tribe Life Tuesdays

I am GIDDY excited. Like, honestly just THRILLED to have a new inclusion to my blog. The Lord is really leading me to make some Blog changes, and one of those includes some weekly bloggers. Not only do I have Angelica (The Interiorista) every Thursday, but now the amazing Joe & Carrie are going to be with us every Tuesday for Tribe Life Tuesdays.

They have an awesome ministry idea. And I'm not going to spoil any of it. Instead, I will let them share it with you, at their own pace. So ... without further ado .... here ... we ... go ....

Welcome to TribeLife Tuesdays

I’m Carrie and I am married to Joe. (For more about us check out the video above). When Wendi approached me about being a contributor on her blog I was thrilled. I thought OMG this is going to be so fun. So I immediately whipped out my handy iPhone and started to type all the things I wanted to share with the world and of course my assumption is that everyone will want to hear it! I was blissfully unaware of all the hard work and emotional investment it would take. Here I am on post #1 fired up and realizing ... whoa ... this isn’t easy. It’s a bit like self-scrutiny….. but more on that later.

Let’s stick to the basics:

What is TribeLife? In its simplest form it is this notion that living in community is far more rewarding than living independently of it.

Why TribeLife? Because it’s easier to live selfishly then it is to live selflessly. It takes courage and bravery to live in community, but there I go again getting ahead of myself, there will definitely be more on that later. 

I hope to see you next Tuesday!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Vermont Part I: Arrival & Treasure Hunt

We spent the last week at Roy & Joni's house in Vermont. These are Isaac's birth grandparents, but they are truly the grandparents of all my kids. This is the first time that our whole family made the trip, and we had a BLAST. I have SOOOO many pics that I will be sharing for days to come, but for now, here was day one. 

Their house has lots of trophies from Roy the Hunter!

So exciting that Joan's sister Rita, and her husband, Mike, were here to spend the week with us. They had never met the kids, and it was so wonderful to hang out with them. Rita and Joni had prepared a treasure hunt. The girls were first up. Newly reading Abigail, was excited to try and read her clues!

I think there was a clue near the oven.

The men: John, Mike, and Roy

There was another clue by the lion!

They have found their treasure!

Now it is the boys turn!

Their hunt took them outside.

Joni put up a sign that said the shed was where they would be sleeping. :)

The boys with their treasure!

Hannah loved her stick-on earrings.

Even Mommy got a "Christmas" present!

Maple syrup!

Sidge with Uncle Mike.