5 Girls go to “5 Guys”

What a joy it was to have Ninnie, moms mother, with us for a week and a half!  

Thank you for taking us out to lunch, Nan. We thoroughly enjoyed our first time at Five Guys and the shopping spree afterwards. 

Note: Five Guys has aaaamazing burgers!! 


Bluegrass Hoe-down

Really, how does one tell the story of their life inspirations?? I shall have to figure this out as I go along I suppose …. Yesterday morning, Elijah, Elise and I went to town to pick up party supplies. Streamers, signs, and all the chebang. We also ran by the bank, cashed several checks, and then went to Tractor Supply. Afterwards, we were supposed to swing by walmart.

Then, Elijah turned down another street instead. Elise and I immediatly asked, “Where are we going?”

He kind of smirks, and goes, “Well. I want to see if any band tickets are left.”

Of course ….. QUESTIONS> What band? Where? Why? Music Style? When? How? Could … Should … Would … ??

Turns out, Faith Grubb had met a bluegrass band not too long before down in Texas and found out that they lived but 15 minutes from us!!! 15!!!!!!!!!! So she contacted us and told us to look at their schedule and see when they would be playing near us. Well, Elijah DID check right away and found out that they were going to be playing at our local harvester performance center, 7 minutes away to be exact :) {well… Depends on who drives ;P }

ANYHOW. Elise and I were keen on going, so Elijah parked and then went inside to see if they had any tickets left. He came back out, smirking, so I knew that it had to be good news. While in there, he had bought 4 tickets for us all to go – we paid him back – and then we whisked home. …. goodbye walmart …. WE HAD TICKETS> REALLY!! What else mattered??

It was such an enjoyable evening. We had some trouble getting out of the house – you farmers know, milking and rain problems – but as I sat in my seat and listened to my hometown music, my heart couldn’t remember any of that – it was soaring up by the ceiling! I wanted nothing more than to leap {gracefully, yes} out of my seat and dance the evening away.  Such loveliness!!

And for your enjoyment, I uploaded a couple of videos.  There’s more to go, so if I happen to get that done one of these days, I’ll share those as well.  For now, enjoy!!

If I may, I shall ask pardon for how crazy this blog post is.  I am still all-of-a-flutter over how lovely this evening was and thus, my story is at times incoherent.  <3

Thank You, Dad.

Dad didn’t tell me how to live; He lived, and let me watch.

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Some of my favorite memories :::
~ “want to get a hamburger?”
~ watching BBC’s 6-hour production of Pride & Prejudice (pictured above) because I asked him to do with me.  He hasn’t watched a Jane Austen since ;)
~ “let’s get an ice-cream!” =)
~ reading “Anne of Green Gables” because he wanted to try to understand what shaped my wild childhood imagination.  I offered him the second book when he finished the first … but he sadly declined.
~ “you’re a poet and you didn’t even know it!”
~ having wrestling matches as a kid … it’s miraculous how often I soundly won! {super dads!}
~ “Okay. Let me teach you real tackle football. BUT DON’T GET HURT.  AND DON’T TACKLE ANYONE.”
~ “Will you always be my little girl?” >> “yes, dad!!”
~ Explaining the same algebra lesson five times in one night.                           ~ having family devotions every evening. I can remember going through the book of Leviticus as an 8 year old … I still love it! 

Dad, because of you I know more about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness through God’s eyes than the average teenager.  You never wanted me to be average … You’ve inspired me to be a God Girl from the top of my head to the soles of my feet.
I love you =)

Olivia, for all =)

The Daily Grind

Beep … beep … beep … 
It’s 6:45 a.m.  Time for the day to start.
There are cows to be milked, breakfast to be made and served, dishes to wash, laundry to start, school to begin, tests to take, lunch options to contemplate, gardens to weed …
Sometimes I get so caught up in the daily grind and never-ending responsibilities that I forget to savor the once-in-a-lifetime moments that happen every single day …. those unnoticed ones that will make the memories of tomorrow.  Will my younger siblings only remember me as the older sister that never laughed with them over silly jokes, never had a spare moment to look at their Lego creations or to braid their hair in their favorite style of five braids in the morning?  And as the busy body, the scheduled maniac, the focused one?

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Lord, help me to BLOOM WHERE I AM PLANTED.  Help me to see beauty in the smallest things and remember to stop, savor it and then thank You for it.  Help me to invest in the things that matter – the things which have eternal value.  Help me to treasure the things that You treasure. <3

{some recent captures from life around here …. }

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Bless the Lord, O my soul
and all that is within me,
Bless His Holy name!