Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Here are the girls, posing for me!
And, the boys doing the same!
Sue and I enjoyed visiting while we walked Almond Bark. We kept an eye on the kids while they led the way around the 3+ miles of bike trails. (a big figure 8) Afterwards we stopped in at the hotel for a quick game of Uno. Then we had to go pick up Daddy and had dinner at the Beckett's. It was the best meal of the week!!! Roast beef, potatoes & carrots and fresh blackberry & cherry pies! YUM. A late night of thought-provoking discussion regarding public school vs. homeschool for the upper grades.
Monday we were in Ames, so we hung out with the Becketts at the Ledges ALL day! The kids were so enamored by the sand, mud and water. It was a very restful morning just visiting with Carol and soaking up the warm Iowa sunshine. Ahhhh, the best way to spend a day! I gleaned some helpful advice and wisdom from Carol on parenting, homeschooling and all that good stuff. I sure do miss my good friend Carol!
Emily pretty much became a Beckett from Sunday evening until Tuesday evening. She and Gracie slept in the treehouse, played games like Catan & Monopoly, ate only their favorite foods and enjoyed each other's company. Truly, I wouldn't mind if Emily wanted to live with the Beckett family ... even though I'd miss her tons! I know she had a great time enjoying the freedoms that come without younger siblings around.
Carol knows how to put on a good time for kids. She treated us to a fun lunch around the campfire. The kids got to gather wood, start the fire, and grill all of their own food. This included tasting grilled grapes and even a cucumber! (Jared!)
Jared wanted a picture of the dried mud still on the road from the floods last month. We couldn't believe that the waters were 20 feet higher than in '93 when we were there. WOW! They will have to erect a new post to mark the high water level. The flood left a TON of work to be done to restore the park to its prior condition.
On the other hand, I took full advantage of the luxury of the television! We enjoyed "Curious George" for the third time. We also took in as much of the Olympics as we could without depriving ourselves of too much sleep. Well, I take that back. Dan was never in bed before 1am. Jared fought hard to keep up with him! At least they don't get grumpy when sleep-deprived like I do!
Briella and Anna, Jared & Titus drive the little fire engine!
Emma and Briella in the bumper car war!
Wow! What an exciting airplane ride :)
Benjamin & Titus, expert pilots.
Sunday after church we were very excited to visit Adventureland -- not so much for all of the rides, but because most of Dan's family drove over from Nebraska and met us there for the day! Wow! How exciting to see most of their cousins!! It was cool to hang out. I regret not taking a group photo!
Sunday morning we visited Christ Community Church which we attended while living in Bondurant. It was good to see familiar faces. My, how the children of grown for those other couples! We would not have recognized their kids at all! Here are some family photos from our visit to housechurch after the morning service:
The Masons hosted our study and lunch. It was soooo good to see them again. How I miss my good friend Kayla!
The Heggens welcomed us in their home and set us up with great accomodations in their basement. Beth is such an inspiring mentor for me in hospitality and how she fosters relationships, particularly with her daughters. She ALWAYS has company :). Stacy & Natalie are amazing young ladies -- so cool to catch up with them and what they are doing.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The biggest bull! We HAD to see both he and his counterpart, the biggest boar.
The family back together ... finally!
Girls riding for the end-of-the-week show.
Girls with their instructor for the week.
Last Friday we drove to Spring Creek, PA to pick up the girls from their week of horsemanship camp at Miracle Mountain Ranch Missions. They had a great week in all aspects. As I listened to the "sermon on the mount" at the end of the week, I had to fight back tears. When I was younger I envisioned myself as a horse. I'd be so obedient to my trainer. I wanted all of my energy harnessed by my master. I could do it, I thought. Now I realize how very difficult it is to be yielded to God in all of life's circumstances. He likened having the yearling trust him over the tarp to us, as believers, trusting God with whatever we face in life. It's one thing to know it in my head, but to really trust God with what I perceive as impossible -- that's hard! Ahh, what a picture indelibly stamped upon my heart by horse and trainer. May I be so yielded and willing to trust God with my future today!!
Friday, August 01, 2008
Weeding is a daily chore here at the Rose home these days. It takes a group effort at times to get rid of those BIG ones that have been neglected for a couple weeks. Here are the kids happily working together!
The tomatoes are growing, but all we have right now are green tomatoes. I suppose I could fry up a few...
And, check out this zucchini. Picking is always a welcomed task after all the grueling weeding is completed. (Actually, it's never complete. But, once the timer goes off, we're done!)
Tomorrow begins our soccer season! All five kids are playing this year! Wooo-hoooo!