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Pictures!

Hallelujah! I’ve learned how to take/upload/use pictures with my new camera, and will now be able to post pictures once again!

So, here are some random pictures with brief descriptions.

Below is a picture from this past weekend. You can see our front pasture (the field in the background) has something like 3 new creeks going through it. And, this was certainly not at the worst point in the flooding…

We had a gully-washer!

We had a gully-washer!

Mama and I (with some brawny help from the fellas) de-cluttered and rearranged nearly the entire downstairs! It was exciting progress that we hadn’t even planned on. The following are pictures (primarily for Laura’s sake, who knows what it all looked like before our work).

Foyer

Foyer – Front Half

Foyer - 2nd Half

Foyer – 2nd Half

Hallway

Hallway

Hallway - Looking in from the dining room

Hallway – Looking in from the dining room

Hallway - Looking from the laundry room

Hallway – Looking from the laundry room

Dining Room - Entry, looking from table

Dining Room – Entry, looking from table

Butcher Block - At least temporarily adding to our counter space!

Butcher Block – At least temporarily adding to our counter space!

And, we changed up some other stuff, but I didn’t get pictures of everything. So, I’ll move on to… yesterday, how ’bout. Mama and I went to Franklin (and surrounding area) for just a day together. It was so nice! We went to several antique stores (which we’re always wanting to do, and never really have time to do…) after I GOT MY HAIR CUT! I finally did it. I’ll admit, I was a little nervous, but I’m so glad I did it! Besides, even if I don’t end up loving it long-term, my hair tends to grow fast. I’ll have long hair soon enough. ๐Ÿ™‚ But, right now, I’m loving it.

Oh, too bad I haven’t taken an “after” picture with my new hair cut. But, I do have a picture of me and my stylist during the hair cutting.

Haircut at Breon

Haircut at Breon

Here’s a picture from our visit to an antique shop. Most everything was “French” something-or-other. Apparently, that makes it REALLY valuable.

Yep. You read that right: "French Hoe $38"

Yep. You read that right: “French Hoe $38”

Well, that’s it for now, I reckon. Today I need to get some cleaning done, so I’d better get to it. Over and out!

 

 

 

 

The Changing of an Era

And here we are, folks, at the other side of the wedding. The newlyweds are off, enjoying their honeymoon. The church and family wait eagerly to receive them in Illinois, and the church and family in Tennessee are a little lonely.

Needless to say, I cried on-and-off (mostly on) all day this past Sunday, after saying my “final” goodbye to my sister. But, at the moment, my tears are tucked safely away, and the only question lingering is, “What now?”.

Thankfully, over the past few days, I’ve really begun to feel more happy than sad about this union. I was always happy about it, but the fear of facing day-to-day life without Laura was often more than I wanted to bear. Through the struggle, however, I have become aware of the fact that this is the changing of an era – and it is changing only because the LORD wills it, and in exactly the way that He wills it. That is amazingly comforting.

So, I am slowly learning how to adapt to this new era, and am truly becoming excited about whatever lies ahead. That’s a good feeling.

 

That’s my life at the moment. Just depends on how you look at it, I guess. For me, it depends on what mood I’m in…

Honestly, I couldn’t be happier with the brother I’m gaining… But… I tend to cry a lot when I think about the lonely bedroom I’ll have in a few weeks. It’s been two weeks since Sam popped the question, and Laura said yes. I think I’ve had one day, may be two, without crying. That doesn’t count getting teary-eyed either. But, I’m happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m really excited! We’re totally immersed in wedding planning right now, and eagerly awaiting December 28th. Who’d have thought (other than Sam, perhaps) a year ago, that this is where we’d be right now? God is so good.

For those of you who might be itching for a picture, here’s one of my favorites:

My beautiful sister, and my soon-to-be brother-in-law…

Coming Soon…

Anyone up for homemade goodies? Luke is here to help… Just as soon as we can grab him some groceries. ๐Ÿ™‚

Check out the following link to stay informed about Luke’s business venture and it’s progress.

Visit: www.bsfkitchen.wordpress.com

 

Home Alone

Just us three older kids. Hmm. This has possibly never happened before, and is, therefore, a little strange.

First step: Do something you wouldn’t normally do (you know: adventurous, different, or too expensive with 6 people).

Success: Well… It turns out that our creativity andย spontaneity are more than a little weak. We started out with, “I’m depressed. We should do something.” That resulted in a “wild, adventurous” trip all the way to Dickson. That trip included the purchase of some very needed curly fries, some other fast food for supper, a dash through the car wash (whoa! Hadn’t been through one of those in a LONG time… me or the car, for that matter…), and a visit to WalMart.

The latter did, at least, mean that we are now in possession of ice cream.

Then, today we went canoeing with a group from church. That was so much fun!

Oh, and now we’re setting up a game of BananaGrams. Great game, that.

More later… may be. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Goings On

We went to Disney World!ย 

We had so much fun, I can’t very well describe it. Pretty much everything went right… well, WAY better than we had ever allowed ourselves to hope for. There was hardly any waiting in lines, and we did practically everything in every park.

Laura and Luke are ready to go back. Right now. At this moment. (Ooh, I feel a song coming on… ๐Ÿ˜‰

And “It’s a Small World” is going through my head, as it has been off-and-on ever since going on the ride. Not my favorite, but better than “In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Room). No kidding – it repeats that very line over and over again. It was really… strange.

So, what were some highlights of the trip, you might ask…

Favorite moments:

Definitely, hands down, no question – meeting the Vaughns in Animal Kingdom. Need I say more? Can it get more awesome? Love that family. To attempt to put it in more modern slang, or, perhaps just inspired by everyone’s favorite sea turtle Crush (from Nemo), “They are some totally fave peeps, dude.” That is assuming that “fave” is short for favorite, and “peeps” is short for people.

Another highlight was meeting the Hope family from Florida. It turns out that some of their “long distance” friends are currently our next-door neighbors! Wow…. suddenly singing “It’s a Small World” again.

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Favorite Ride:

Can a pick two? They are definitely Rockin’ Roller Coaster (Hollywood Studios) and Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom). We rode the latter one 4 times in one day. And it was worth it every time! Plus, we found where the cameras are on the rides and posed as a whole family. THAT was fun.

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Any Souvenirs?

Yup. I got everything I had hoped to get. I semi-actively collect cookbooks. So, I found a Disney Cookbook and purchased it as soon as I saw it… after having the price checked. I definitely don’t miss Disney’s price tags.

And, since I had Disney earrings from… somewhere over a decade ago… but, lost them quite some time ago, I thought I’d find me some more. These would be my other souvenir. Would be? Yeah, well… I finally found some clip-on Disney earrings. They were even reasonably priced! I purchased them then and there. I wore them in the evenings at the house (careful not to wear them in the parks, for fear of losing them). One evening, I walked into our bedroom, and, low and behold, I was wearing only one earring.

It is a mystery story with no conclusion. We searched high and low over that house – even going so far as digging through the trash that had just been taken out to the cans outside.

So, I’ve come home with a cookbook and an earring. Oh, well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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To read more about our visit to Disney World – and vacation as a whole, visit Laura’s blog. She has lots of great photos, and blogged about each day as it passed. Check out http://www.reformedtngirl.wordpress.com.

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Happenings

Since I’m sitting here, I thought I’d post. I know – two posts in one 6-month period – it’s shocking, isn’t it?

Anyway, I’ll quickly list what’s been going on lately:

– We now have LOTS of roosters, and 4 hens. Long time no chickens.

– I got a haircut! Whohoo! Only, it’s relatively unnoticeable to most folks (so don’t expect anything radical). I requested that it be no shorter than it had to be to get rid of split ends, and such. So, almost no length was taken off. But, I’m serious when I say I must have 2/3 the amount of hair I went in there with. The stylist was shocked by the sheer volume of hair (it’s incredibly thick) that I had, and seemed to want to help “alleviate”. So, she did some subtle layering, and lots of thinning. Amazing!

– And I’m back… Took a 2 (+/-) hour break for family worship, conversation, and farm stuff. Farm stuff? Yeah, well, life is always adventurous. Just when you think things are “normalizing”, something happens to remind you that adventurous is normal. Ah, well.

– We had a dentist appointment today. Traditionally, we all 6 go into Nashville, and take turns getting our teeth cleaned. Sometimes, Daddy goes separately, and leaves for work after his appointment. This, however, was the first time that Kyle had to go separately in order to get home in time to cut hay. Haying is certainly not an unusual task, but life is changing. ๐Ÿ™‚

– Um… Well… I’m now thinking (even more seriously) that I should learn how to do some basic “vet” skills (preg checks, primarily). Yeah, that’s thanks to the farm adventures lately. I’m also thinking that I need a WHOLE herd of dairy cows made up of Macushlas. She’s such a sweetheart! She’s my favorite-est pet ever.

And, now it’s really late. But, for the sake of getting this in (since I may not post for a really long time), here are some upcoming events:

– Family visit tomorrow.

– I play piano for entire service this LORD’s Day.

– Friends move to TN on 17th!

– Missionary Ridge plays in Loudon, TN on the 18th

Missionary Ridge plays at Wilson Co. Fair on Tuesday (August 21st)! This sounds like so much fun. We’re hoping the whole family can come, and may be some friends… Any takers? I think Dailey & Vincent are playing that day, too. Y’all come!

And, I’ll end there for now. Good night!