The Blessing of Giving!

    Recently, I have had the opportunity to spend a few of my weekends helping several young mothers from our small church.  I spent one weekend helping my friend Julie around her farm, shucking corn, getting meals on the table and playing with her children. It was wonderful to give of my time to help her! God saw fit to give us beautiful weather. Elijah also accompanied me and helped David, Julie’s husband, by working with his son Landon, cutting wood and mending fencing on the farm. We all worked together from mid morning until after dark.
While taking a break that afternoon, the boys had fun tying each other up with baling twine! Elijah let the younger boys tie him up – and they made some serious knots! But, Elijah was able to free himself in a matter of minutes!  (We have yet to find a rope that can conquer his strength. :P )
Below are some pictures of our day!
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A corn doll made from the leftover husks

A corn doll made from the leftover husks.

Liam found a  . . .

Liam found a . . .

Rhinocerous Beetle!

Rhinoceros Beetle!

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Tying up Elijah!

Tying up Elijah!

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I also had the opportunity to spend four days with another family from church. I spent the time helping them get ready for their two-week trip out to Nevada. I cooked, packed, gave baths, cleaned house, made meals, played with the children, and watched them while their parents were out. We had a lot of fun together and I am so glad I had a camera to capture some of the fun moments! I thank the Lord that I am in good health and have lots of time to help those around me! I am also grateful to the Aquino’s for putting me up during my stay :)

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Cooking the Pastelitos! (A Caribbean food)

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And the finished product! (YUMMY!)

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My friend Jenny Post, who also lives in the same area as the Aquino’s, asked me to stay with her one night since her family was out of town.  (Elijah went with them to New York.  We were quite spread out!)  I helped her with farm chores, hung out with her, and spent the night with her. I did not get any pictures of the wonderful time we had, but after she had left for work the following morning, I went out in the pouring rain and took some pictures of the flowers in the yard and I will share these  :)

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It poured rain for a week!

It poured rain the entire time I was there!

~Elise

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“In The Morning Sunrise, I Behold Your Glory….”

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“In the morning sunrise I behold Your glory,  all creation sings Your majesty and praise! I come before you resting in Your presence, You’re my Maker and Redeemer – You’re the keeper of my days, and You are faithful, to supply my needs. You are faithful, to give me joy in everything. You are faithful, to calm the storms of life for me, You are faithful, You’re all I need.”

~Elise

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Fellowship

Just the word makes me smile.
Maybe it’s thinking of all the dear faces of family and friends.
Maybe it’s anticipating the encouragement and blessing of each one.
Maybe it’s the laughter and hilarious comments and jokes.
Or maybe it’s the reminder to press on toward the prize before us.

I’m not sure;  but Praise the Lord for the opportunities to fellowship with so many dear friends these past few weeks!  We certainly did laugh a lot, enjoy the blessing of our brothers and sisters in Christ and encourage each other in the Lord!

                                                                    {Singing/Instruments — A particular favorite} 

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{Playing Games — and laughing wayyyy too much!}


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                                                                 {Swimming — a great way to avoid the heat!}

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{Mealtimes — those s’mores were a win!}


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{Investing in Friendships — by far the best!}


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#this
#myfavorites
#lovemybesties
#praisethelord!

~Olivia

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Start the Month with Music!

As has been mentioned before, Elise has been teaching piano lessons to eight students including one sibling. Before ending the piano year, Elise decided to hold a recital for her piano students. There were programs to design and print, recital practice to schedule and attend, little gifts for the students that needed to be bought, food to make and mothers to contact. Elise also invited her former teacher, Mrs. Mary Alice Bowman,who no longer teaches piano.  ( Mrs. Bowman taught for 60+ years and retired in 2013. )  Elise was blessed to have her piano teacher ( and her piano teacher’s husband)  attend the recital. everything went smoothly despite the fact that the youngest piano student got her finger smashed on the way to recital. But, she was determined to play and play she did!

  ” Thank you to all who attended the recital! Thank you to all who helped make it possible! To all my students:  you did a wonderful job!!! I am proud of all of you! Love to you all, Elise “

There are not many pictures of the recital, but the ones we do have are below. Enjoy!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbove: Elise with her former piano teacher Mary Alice Bowman and her husband.  Mary Alice Bowman taught piano for 65+ years!

Elise, with all her piano students!

Elise, with all her piano students!

~Olivia

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Visiting with Family

It was great to have Uncle Donnie, Aunt Lisa and our cousins Liam and Logan down to Virginia for a visit!  It was the first time some of them had visited the farm, so we were pretty excited that we had an afternoon to show them around the property and do farm chores.

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After catching up for a few minutes, we took advantage of the sunshine to play some soccer.

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After soccer, traisping through the woods, and climbing trees, we were all hot and thristy.  Of course, water did not quite cut it . . . . so we voted for an impromptu run to the store for ice cream.  {We are soooo spoiled :) }

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Other fun moments included . . . when we took Liam and Logan down to the swing in the woods.  We had so much fun!

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Can’t wait to see you all again!
~Olivia

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Independence for All! // Part 2 of 2

….. More photos from the 4th! …..
~ We loved hosting the party {it had been way too long!} and owe a huge thank you to all who came out and made it a memorable day! ~

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 ~ Olivia

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