So we got to go on a fantastic retreat with the board of our ministry this past weekend. We went to a camp in what they call the Turtle Mountains (which are very much like MN :). Lots of beautiful fall colors and great log buildings. As you can see the one we stayed in was Amazing! Actually, they are all amazing. We got to have our meetings in a log meeting room with a fireplace. It was a wonderful place to be but also very productive. Our board hammered through many things and we now can see where we need to focus attention in the ministry and our board is more equipped. We had some great times of praise and worship and lots of laughs! In my opinion, it really doesn't get much better than spending time with a group of people who are unified in one purpose, love the Lord and love to have a great time. So, in the end we laughed our heads off, shed a few tears and spent lots of time in prayer, laying the ministry at the Lords feet. And to top it off, our boys had a great time too.
So Elijah got his first taste of cereal a few days ago. He was not too impressed at first but after a few tries over several days, I think he might actually like it. Or, he is at least tolerating it. Anyway you look at it, we are on our way to solid foods!
The boys are just loving farm life, as are we. The last two nights we have gone out the hour before sunset and played with the boys till bed time. They love it when we all go romping through the woods (I think Todd and I might enjoy it even more!) We get some fantastic sunsets here, as you can see. It has just been nice to be home and able to enjoy our place.
Last Saturday we had a big kickoff party here for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). It was a party for the whole family. We had a great turnout and tons of fun. There were 22 kids running around here. Thankfully it was a beautiful day and they could run around outside. A friend of ours brought over a truck with a flat bed full of hay bales. We took everyone on a hayride down to the lake near our house and back. Then later in the evening we made a fire and had smores. Overall it was a great time.
I clearly remember, one of the first things I noticed the very first time we saw our farm was the big tree by the road. As soon as I saw it, I just knew what it was perfect for and every time I imagined us living out here I pictured this tree and the tire swing that I knew would be just amazing hanging from it. Today that dream was realized and it just seemed to make the world as it should be. I know it is kind of silly to make such a big deal out of a tire swing. The thing is it is not necessarily the swing as much as it is what it represents. It represents what I wanted and dreamed of for our family. I wanted to raise our kids with space to roam, fresh air to breathe, room to run, and adventures to be had away from the hustle and bustle of the world. They will know all about that far too soon. I pictured that perfect country setting and the tire swing just somehow completed that. So today, to any other person, it would seem that a rope was attached to a tree and tied to a dirty old tire. However, to me, the country and all its wonders was just given to my boys and I am praising the Lord for a wonderful place to raise a family as it is by his hand alone that we live here and can enjoy His creation every day. Thank You Lord!
I CAN POST PIX!!!!!!!!!!!! Life can't get more exciting (I know I need to get out more). Here is Noah with one of his little friends. They wanted to where backpacks and pretend like they were going to school. I told them to hold hands and stay there while I ran to get my camera. They didn't move a muscle, it was so funny. More pictures to come, it is way too late right now:)
So I now have my own computer again and can get online anytime! I can't tell you how thrilled I am! The other good news is that we think we have narrowed my inability to upload pix to a setting on the computer. The bad news is, we don't yet know what the setting is that needs changing. So, as you can see I still have to have posts with no pictures which is not nearly as exciting.
Frustrating! That's technology for you. As you can see I am still not able to upload pics. This is very sad to me as I have many I would love to share. We still have yet to diagnose the problem. The other technological difficulty I am having is my camera now has problems and I can't get my pics off it anymore. It worked fine two days ago, now it doesn't. Always the potential for expensive:( On another sad note, we picked up two cute little kittens on Friday (I was hoping to eventually post pics of them) and came home last night to find one dead. It was Caleb's. Needless to say, he was quite sad as was the other kitten who is still walking around meowing in search of her brother. Life is not all deceased felines and hard nosed electronics though, there are wonderful things happening in the world, like the two amazing weddings I went to. In less than a month I went to two of the most amazing weddings I have ever been to. My sister's wedding on a beach in the UP is right up there with these two. The first was in Medora, ND outside overlooking the Badlands and was beautiful. The second was on a farm, outside. We were taken up to the wedding in horse drawn wagons, the bride arrived in a horse drawn carriage, the couple walked down the aisle and rode away in the same carriage and the weather was perfect (blue skies, slight breeze, mid-70's). Everything was decorated so neat and it was just beautiful. Good times of which I would've posted pics but...