Hibernation

Thinking of people hibernating could sound a bit odd…but really, it was 7 degrees here a few mornings ago. Nothing can function under that type of cold! Of course, it warmed up, the sun came out, as it usually does, and I functioned.

Just please know that it has set in. Fall is officially over, and if you don’t hear from me for a few months…just pray, and know I (most likely) have a hot drink in hand, cozy pajama pants on, and am hibernating. See you in the spring!

….Oh, yea, I have a husband, and children…well, at least from the hours of 9pm-6am…hibernating ;)

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Oh how the time goes by...

We had a great cross-country trip to KS, KY, and VA before school this year! It started off with a ‘Sour warhead eating contest’ in the car! Hahaha!

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 Warheads candies are sour!!

Warheads candies are sour!!

 Of course, on a trek to see ‘the ARK Encounter’….we see a rainbow! God keeps HIS promises!!

Of course, on a trek to see ‘the ARK Encounter’….we see a rainbow! God keeps HIS promises!!

 the bus ride to the attraction was half the fun!

the bus ride to the attraction was half the fun!

 this is the back side of the ARK - it’s huge!

this is the back side of the ARK - it’s huge!

 This is the ‘cropped in’ photo - it’s pretty….we loved being there with Papa Don and Grandma!

This is the ‘cropped in’ photo - it’s pretty….we loved being there with Papa Don and Grandma!

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 God gave Noah specific instructions, one was that it have only ONE DOOR…see it, above us?!

God gave Noah specific instructions, one was that it have only ONE DOOR…see it, above us?!

 this is that same door! A beautiful invitation….a symbolic picture of JESUS! John 10:9-10!

this is that same door! A beautiful invitation….a symbolic picture of JESUS! John 10:9-10!

 ‘crash camping’ in the motorhome was exciting…Pa and Ma are very patient and generous individuals!!!

‘crash camping’ in the motorhome was exciting…Pa and Ma are very patient and generous individuals!!!

 and then Jake and Sierra’s wedding in VA with a cave tour (ta boot’) was the icing on our trip!

and then Jake and Sierra’s wedding in VA with a cave tour (ta boot’) was the icing on our trip!

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Summer Livin!

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 Just outside....swinging, with JESUS :)

Just outside....swinging, with JESUS :)

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 Corn Party!!

Corn Party!!

 Yard Sale!!

Yard Sale!!

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Colossians 1:9-11 "We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience."

What is that smell?!

It's fairly often that I hear those words. They sometimes come when we've just come from a hiking adventure, or when we jump in the hot car after leaving half-eaten food in the cup holders. Sometimes I hear them when I'm cooking....depending on the tone of voice they are uttered in, and how the nose is crinkled, determines if I'm happy about hearing them or not!!

The other day I uttered them myself after entering our shed....and after having Marand's super nose verify, Yep, something died in there. This is where having kids gets really fun. Hahaha!

 We gave them the keys to the shed, a flash light, and a timer. From oldest to youngest they each got 3 minutes to go in, and search for the 'prize'! There was a $5.00 reward offered for the location of the deceased one....and Jacob and Zaria won!

We gave them the keys to the shed, a flash light, and a timer. From oldest to youngest they each got 3 minutes to go in, and search for the 'prize'! There was a $5.00 reward offered for the location of the deceased one....and Jacob and Zaria won!

 ....much to the dismay of Isaac and CJ! They quickly negotiated another $5.00 prize for themselves if they would retrieve it...so they practiced picking up a rock without touching it, and after succeeding they headed back in to pick up the real thing.

....much to the dismay of Isaac and CJ! They quickly negotiated another $5.00 prize for themselves if they would retrieve it...so they practiced picking up a rock without touching it, and after succeeding they headed back in to pick up the real thing.

 Got it!! Poor little bunny didn't have a chance after getting locked inside that shed :( But it sure made for an entertainging, memorable evening!

Got it!! Poor little bunny didn't have a chance after getting locked inside that shed :( But it sure made for an entertainging, memorable evening!

Zaria is 10!

 She got her 'right of passage' laundry basket, and a cute hair style...growing right up!

She got her 'right of passage' laundry basket, and a cute hair style...growing right up!

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 We celebrated with a nice hot, splash pad day in Denver with birth-family!

We celebrated with a nice hot, splash pad day in Denver with birth-family!

 ...I think Cordell is going to look similar to his half-brother Nicholas as he grows! Handsome boys.

...I think Cordell is going to look similar to his half-brother Nicholas as he grows! Handsome boys.

 Isaac and cousin Jeremiah enjoyed each others company as well...

Isaac and cousin Jeremiah enjoyed each others company as well...

Do we take the time to 'do love'? We are called to. "Don't be weary in well doing, for in due time, we'll reap if we faint not!"