Autumn Projects

I just love Autumn.

Cozy Sweaters.
Foggy Mornings.
Pumpkin Spice Lattes.
Falling Leaves.
Windy Days.
Color Everywhere.

It so refreshing to jump back into school routine and outside projects after the heat and rush of summer.  The days are cooler, the sun is less intense and the energy levels are high.  Perfect recipe, right?

Technically, Autumn is a season to slow down a bit – it is stuck right in the middle of summer craziness and the vortex of winter and the Christmas season.  However, things rarely happen as they technically should.  (Am I the only one who has made that observation?)  If something technically should happen a certain way, chances are that it won’t.  But that is what makes each day so fun – you never know what lies around the next corner.  It’s an adventure.  You take things as they come and when life gives you empty spoons, you fill them with peanut butter.  Whaaaaa . . . did I just say that?  My apologies.  Apparently I am thinking about food, and yummy peanut butter in particular.  :)

So, technically Autumn is a breather.  And yet it’s not.  If you aren’t in a vortex, chances are that you are preparing for one.  As the days get cooler and signs of the coming winter become more obvious, outdoor projects start to boom in the effort to prepare everything in advance.  What a blessing it has been to share some of these projects with church family and work together!

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{Thank you, Amanda, for snapping these photos throughout the day and offering to share them with us! :) }

After making pear butter earlier in the week {sorry y’all – no photos.  It was delicious fresh and rewarding to see it all on the shelves though!}, I was in project mode.  Today, Nathan and I rebuilt/fixed a chicken pen for pullets tomorrow.  Of course, it’s hard to snap photos when you are working, so you’ll have to forgive how few I have to post.
If you want to see the images larger, simply click on them.  I didn’t want to take up a ton of space with similar photos.

We had to work quickly because of a storm blowing in, but I think it’s safe to say that the pullets will enjoy their new pen :)

Of course, this is just a small sample of the different projects taking place around the farm and community.  You all are going to have to push and nag keep encouraging me to make time for catch-up blogging.  :)

Our Annual Family Vacation//Part One

For those of you who knew when we went out-of-town for vacation and when we arrived home, it’s probably a shocker to see that it took this long for the posts to make it to the blog! But for those of you who don’t know . . . well, what you don’t know can’t hurt you :)   I could give you an excuse, except that I don’t have one.  Getting a family of twelve back on normal schedule, jumping into the daily grind and catching up on the work around the farm truly is a time-consuming task and while I love blogging, it just doesn’t hit the top of the priority list.  I have also been busy helping a friend build her website – Huzzah! – and that takes most of my spare time.  {But it’s worth it. I can’t wait to share it with you all!}

We have so much for which to thank the Lord.  Our annual vacation was above and beyond all of our hopes and we were blessed with good weather, new friends and so, so many memories.  Praise the Lord!

First, I am going to share photos from our couple days that we spent together as a family, traipsing around Tennessee and North Carolina.  The Smoky Mountains were absolutely gorgeous!

 

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After a long drive and hike, we were rewarded by this tower from which you could look over the Smoky Mountain National Park.  Clingman's Dome was a huge favorite!

After a long drive and hike, we were rewarded by this tower from which you could look over the Smoky Mountain National Park. Clingman’s Dome was a huge favorite!

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We were also able to enjoy a hike which contained three waterfalls one day.  That was a lot of cold water!

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We also took an afternoon to visit Gatlinburg.  While most of us preferred the quiet nature hikes and beautiful mountains, there were a few who enjoyed the sights and sounds of this famous tourist destination.

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We were very incomplete as a family without Joshua.  He had to stay home and study for a college test the first half of the week.  Praise the Lord that he was able to drive down and spend an absolutely amazing and refreshing weekend with us!  What happened?  You’ll have to wait for Part Two!

 

Saturday Projects & an Evening Outing

I don’t know about the rest of you, but Saturday is typically a work day for the Meggs Family.  That’s when we try to tackle some projects and cross a few things off of our ever-growing “to-do” list.
Painting our new school room had been on the list of things to do for a while but we knew that until we made it a top priority, it wouldn’t get done.  Because there are always pressing tasks on hand, the “decorating” and “un-necessary” projects often get bumped down the list or in some cases, completely off the list!
But this past Saturday was different.  The years of chores have begun to mellow us.  Dad and Mom are cultivating their creative side while we children are learning how to efficiently use our energy.  We splurged.  The artsy spirit in us stirred; we purchased a can of completely un-necessary, creamy yellow paint.  We dug up our old paint brushes and brought out our old paint stirrer.  We opened that can of paint and fearlessly covered our new school room walls with the sunshine substance.  It completely transformed the room!

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After the job was completed and we had all admired it, {you guessed it} we splurged again.  We took a break, bought some pizza and went to the nearby highschool track.  It’s one of our favorite places; those who want to excercise can run or walk, those who want to play a game have access to the large field in the inside of the track {favorite games include soccer and football}, those who would rather sit and talk have the bleachers at their disposal and the adventurers who seek for challenges can hike the mountain behind the track.  Boredom does not exist there.
We ate dinner and then some of us hiked to the top of the mountain quickly to catch the sunset.  It was worth it.

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Listening to Elise play the pennywhistle while feeling the wind softly blow and watching the sunset.

Listening to Elise play the pennywhistle while feeling the wind softly blow and watching the sunset.

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Take delight in the simple things.  A can of creamy yellow paint — isn’t it wonderful that God made color?  A dinner which you didn’t have to make — thank the Lord for others who did the work!  An evening spent laughing with your family — some day they won’t be there and you will wish they were.  Sitting quietly and listening to nature as the world goes to sleep — an excellent opportunity to commune with and praise the Lord.

How many small and simple, yet significant things took place during your day?  Why don’t you take a moment to thank the Lord for them?

                         “What if you woke up tomorrow with only what you had thanked God for today?” ~ Author Unknown.

 

24 Years!

Happy Anniversary to our wonderful parents!  24 years is a testimony of God’s abundant guidance, mercy and grace!
You two are my heroes — I know you aren’t perfect, but you acknowledge your mistakes and seek to learn from them.  You not only strive to be a godly example to all of us, but you pray for each of we children individually and instruct us in the way that we should go.  I know that you love each other and honor your vows before God.  
Thank you for living a life that glorifies God and being an example I want to follow.  I love you! 

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