Category Archives: Family

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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Up Sharp Top!

Last Sunday, our family and some friends, Jenny and Elizabeth Post, their friend from Scotland – Kathleen, and Derek and Morgan Rutrough went out to the Peaks of Otter to hike Sharp Top. We all had a wonderful lunch and time of fellowship before going our separate ways: the older children, along with the Post girls and Rutrough boys, hiked up Sharp Top while the younger Meggs and Dad and Mom along with Mr. and Mrs.  Post, walked around the lake at the bottom of the mountain. Both parties had a wonderful time and made many memories! After hiking , we all headed over to the Post’s house and enjoyed some ice cream.  Mom and Dad took the younger ones home, and the rest of us stayed to have some time of reading The Word and singing together. We all had a very blessed time and look forward to the next trip to Bedford!
Below are pictures from the hike. Unfortunately, we do not have pictures from the walk around the lake :(

His newest invention - a shirt into a bug screen :)

His newest invention – a shirt into a bug screen :)

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Stopping for a break

Stopping for a break

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Everyone needs water!

Everyone needs water!

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The neighboring mountain, Flat Top

The neighboring mountain, Flat Top

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It was neat to experience wildlife up close!

It was neat to experience wildlife up close!

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P.S. Thank you to all the guys who carried the backpacks full of water bottles all the way up and down the mountain!

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Does it really matter ?

Hello Friends and Family!

I do not often appear on or visit this blog, but I thought that in the midst of a busy schedule I would drop you all a note.  For some time now I have been unable to enjoy the companionship and friendship of my family.  I have been engaged in earning my degree as an RN as I am sure most of you know.  However, in the midst of all of this whirlwind and daily grind, I have learned an important lesson that I would like to share with you all.  Simply put the lesson is this – relationships matter.   Take time to establish good relationships with your siblings.  Yes, I know they are your relations,  but they are also the people with whom you spend the most time,  and those from whom you will never get away indefinitely.   Just as Iron sharpens Iron, so does a positive relationship with your siblings encourage and build you up.  Just because I am not home half the time and when I am home unavailable,  does  not excuse me from fulfilling my duty and my God-given responsibility to my siblings.  I am there to be an example to them. What kind of example am I? Does my life say to them  “You do not matter, all that matters is me are the things that I am interested in” ?   What kind of image does that give them of family; of brothers and sisters? Certainly not a positive one.  I know that this message has been given many times before by passionate, sincere people,  but I would ask you to take time to reconsider this issue, and to form strong relationships with your siblings.
As I am writing this Proverbs 17:17 comes to mind “A friend loves at all times,  And a brother is born  for adversity.”  A friend is nice to have around, and a true friend is one who loves you, who values your opinion, and considers your best interest.  But a brother, or perhaps a sister is born for adversity.   The crucible of life that God designed has knit you together with a special bond, one that brings you close together in times of trouble. Friends come and go, but a sibling is always there.  They are there when it matters the most.  This is even more true if you have endeavored to cultivate that relationship that God has given to you. Put the time and effort into those relationships now, when it matters most. Please do  not wait until tomorrow, or next week, or when you get around to it. We are not guaranteed a certain length of life, life is short, and time is precious. My prayer is that as you invest in these relationships, that your siblings would begin to see a clearer picture of Christ through you.

Joshua David Meggs

Please note: the verse listed above does not indicate that brothers are born for trouble, of their own making ;)  Just a thought.

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Boys and their toys

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Because you are never too old to play airplanes with your younger brothers :)

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Throwback Thursday

Today has been one of those extremely busy but somehow boring kind of day when you just feel like looking through old pictures.  You laugh at what used to be your favorites and wonder why you never brushed your hair when you were a kid.  You cannot remember why you were crying, but you sure look funny!  Or from a photographers point of view, you take a moment to view the photos you once counted your masterpiece . . . and are completely shocked at how little skill and talent was involved.  Ah, memories.
We unanimously agreed that you would probably like to see what we looked like when we were younger.  Some of us were a little concerned :), but then again, we have changed a lot.  Don’t you think so? ;)

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Playing with Dad

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Our singing memories go way back to when we could hardly carry a tune!

Our singing memories go way back to when we could hardly carry a tune!

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Elise playing pool

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Playing in the snow

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Elijah’s birthday

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Lydia was and is a ham in front of the camera!

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Christmas of 2004

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Elijah with his favorite gerbil

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Back in Time

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Our Memorial Day Parade

Micah - with socks for ears!

Micah – with socks for ears!

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Elise and Olivia with a baby goat – we were still new to raising goats!

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Meggs and Poland girls with their hair braided

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Spring of 2004

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Our Christmas Picture 2005

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Elise, Olivia and Lydia at a park

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Dad and Nathan

Somebody photo bombed us!

Somebody photo bombed us!

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Sophia – It’s tea time!

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Elise’s 12th birthday

Olivia and Micah

Olivia and Micah

Elise and Grandmom

Elise and Grandmom

The boys in Colonial Williamsburg

The boys in Colonial Williamsburg

Joshua and Olivia, playing Minuet Men and their Families

Joshua and Olivia, playing Minuet Men and their Families

Elijah and Elise playing an American Soldier and his Family

Elijah and Elise playing an American Soldier and his Family

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Olivia and Charis

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On Lydia's 9th birthday

On Lydia’s 9th birthday

Elijah, Joshua and Nathan

Elijah, Joshua and Nathan

Clowns!

Clowns!

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With Nan

With Nan

Kristen as a newborn! Awww!

Kristen as a newborn! Awww!

Little Kristen

Little Kristen

Wow!  Haven’t we grown up a little bit?  :)

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Sibling Campout

Someone recently asked me what comes to mind when I hear the word “camping.”  I could say plenty – campers are natures way of feeding mosquitos.  {Talk about annoying pests.  If you haven’t met a mosquito, you are missing out!}  Also, it’s in the middle of the night when you realize that your flashlight is really just a container for dead batteries.  And how about the smoke in your eyes, the burned, charcoal flavored beans, beans and more beans, the exhausting hikes up to the bathhouse, the {horrid} lack of clean showers and the un-even ground and what seems like hours of leveling the camper and tents.  Aren’t you so excited? *winks*  Sounds marvelous, right?  That’s because it is!  And you are saying, Wait, WHAT?!?!
Haha. . . . I forgot to tell you about the joys of camping!  How do I begin? . . . . The late trips to the bathhouse in the middle of the night when you realize that your flashlight isn’t working, so you have to play explorer and creep from tree to tree to tree to tree to tree….   The burned beans that stick to the pot and taste like charcoal, but you add in some rice and no one knows the difference! ….. The long walks up to the bathhouse where you play spy and observe how other people camp and what they are having for dinner without letting them know …..

I know, I am repeating myself – to get a point across.  Camping is only as fun as you make it out to be!  Looking back to our first few times camping as a family, I have to sadly admit that they are not the best memories around *sheepish smile*  It took several trips and collaboration of MANY different ideas until we began to enjoy camping!  We have learned to cut down the work, bring tons of food and prepare for less sleep and more noise.  Now, we look forward to our annual treat of charcoal flavored beans and bathhouse hikes every year! :)

Dad gave Nathan a one-person tent yesterday.  Being eager to try it out, he officially invited Charis and Micah to join him last night for a backyard campout.  Somehow, I got mixed up in the bunch. {I think I unofficially invited myself}  Of course, I promised to get up early and cook them a “campers breakfast”, so that helped me gain some popularity. ;)  Most of us like our camping, and I was ready to brave the wilds of my backyard.  :)
By the time I had talked and watched a movie with my other siblings, said goodnight and headed outdoors, it was getting late. I thought, No problem, I got up early this morning so I’ll hit the hay and sleep like a log.
ERROR #1:  Did I mention that this was a one-man tent?  And we were trying to accommodate FOUR people.  Being used to having a large family and being taught not to hold onto our personal space too dearly, we decided to cram.
I maneuvered my way in, folded myself up like a jack-in-the-box and made ready to snooze.
ERROR #2: Did I mention I sleep like a log?  Nothing short of a live orchestra playing ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever’ on my bed will rouse me in the morning.  {Praise the Lord that they make alarm clocks like that!}
So it was back out of the tent, grab three alarms for when I didn’t hear one or two of them, and then back in the tent with a dying hope of getting any sleep that night. Enter,
ERROR #3:  I detected the smell of mildew somewhere within that tent that had not been used in fifteen years.  I armed myself with a can of air freshener and sprayed until we were just about drugged and had to stumble, gagging out of the tent.
Of course, moonlight, wet grass and thoroughly roused children made a good midnight game of tag.  By the time we were finally back in bed, I was exhausted.  And then the errors hit me so fast and hard that it would take me an hour just to list them all here.  There were too many people in that tent.  The alarm got buried beneath the mass of pillows, sleeping bags and people.  The moon was shining right in my eyes.  Let me spare you the details of the rest of that night.
This morning, I watched dawn come at about 5:15 and after laying there a little while, I got up, went inside and made breakfast for the hungry campers who would soon be getting up.  I know, I know – you can’t really capture the authentic camper’s breakfast taste on the stove in your kitchen {I am so spoiled}, but I tried.  We ended up eating shortly after outside our tent, and watching the sun finish rising.
We were all tired, and still are.  Every time I looked at my siblings today and saw their puffy eyes, I could have laughed.  I look the same way.  But we had so much fun, we would do it a million times again!  {I asked them before I wrote that ;)}  
I am almost dozing off as I write this, hence the complete incoherent story.  {My sincere apologies}  But I thank the Lord for giving me an opportunity to bless and spend time with my younger siblings.  Before I know what has happened, they will be grown and gone.  I need the daily reminder to love, cherish, treasure and pour myself into my younger siblings while they are still young!
You don’t have to give up a night of sleep to reach out to them.  Ask the Lord to help you come up with creative ways to minister to each and every one of your unique siblings.
And when it does need losing a night of sleep, don’t worry – you’ll still be normal.  Look at me!  I am able to write this post thanks to a cup of coffee this morning, and a little ice cream now to keep me awake and motivated  *grins guiltily*
You pick yourself up, you keep on going, you drink your coffee and you say “Let’s go do that again!  Errr . . . just not right now!”  :)

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When we first woke up.  I volunteered to take the picture :)

When we first woke up. I volunteered to take the picture :)

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The kitty came to join us

The kitty came to join us

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And now, I am going to go catch a couple winks. *grins*

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