Well, Folks …

It has been so long since I’ve blogged and updated all of you readers with the happenings in our little corner of the earth!
The main reason is preparing for graduation and filling out transcripts, taking tests, etc.  It is a bittersweet feeling “finishing” school, and yet I am reminded that though I may be done learning these particular subjects, I will continue to learn for the rest of my life.  I find that such a happy thought :)  I love to learn … to grow … to change … to become … to be conformed to the image of Christ.

Elise and I also had another “official” high school senior shoot done; if you have the time and you are so inclined to look at them, here are the links.  Katie did a wonderful job!!
Olivia Meggs :: Senior Photo Shoot
Elise Meggs :: Senior Photo Shoot

Another reason why I have remained absent is due to trips and travels around the globe.  Wellll.  Not really the globe; just down to Florida, Georgia and then back home again.  But it sure felt like a looong way!
Our time in Florida was simply grand. One long week of swimming, relaxing, beach runs, ice cream, golf, sight seeing, and just spending quality time together as a family. Praise the Lord for blessing our time and efforts!
Nevertheless, I am very thankful to be home.  I love seeing all the red dirt and maple trees and rolling pastures and cows.

I do have a lot of photos and videos to share from the past month, so hopefully I can start catching up on that soon.  You all will have to remind me, as I can very easily forget … ;)

Until then, may each and every one of you grow in all that is pure, lovely, noble and of good report. Philippians 4:8.

HIS Girl,
Olivia Marie

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The Whacking Game

That’s the official name of the game that includes a stick, a circle of people with various (and sometimes bizarre) animal names, and a person in the middle holding the stick … i.e. the whacker.
This person has the job of using their stick to whack those who call out the wrong animal name or those to fail to respond when theirs is called.

We first heard of the game after the older guys returned from spending a week in Texas with the Grubb Family.  Some of us were skeptical as to how fun it would be to spend our Sunday night playing “The Whacking Game”, but we were soon reformed.  There is just some measure of satisfaction in holding a whacking stick in your hand and having the seating safety of all your siblings and parents depend on you.  ;)
It also requires some strategy.  Dad was known for withholding his whacks until someone sitting in a seat he wanted stumbled, and then he would pounce and claim dominion over his chair – usually the lazy boy ;)

We chose our whacking stick very carefully, wishing to refrain from late night hospital runs over broken bones and busted heads.  A rolled-up tube of heavy duty paper worked well :)
Then we all gathered in the living room and chose our animal names – Lion, Kiwi, Dolphin, Bird, etc – and Joshua explained the game to us.

After everyone chooses their animal name, one person stands in the middle of the seated circle.  Players take turns passing around the names.  For example, let’s say that Lion starts.  Lion will say, “Lion calls Kiwi.”  Kiwi then says as quickly as she can, “Kiwi calls Dolphin”.  Dolphin says with equal speed, “Dolphin calls Bird.”  If Bird is not fast enough in saying “Bird calls … “, she gets whacked.  Then, she must stand up and take the place of the whacker in the middle and the previous whacker can sit down.   Whoops! Before the whacker can sit down, he or she must say their animal name and call another.  (Such as “Elephant calls Butterfly”, etc.).   If they fail to do so, then they get whacked and must stand up and be the whacker again.  And if the person who just whacked them sits down without calling someone else … they get whacked!  Sometimes, these constant switch ups can be most hilarious!

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What’s a favorite game you play together as a family?

Thundering Fun

Ruummmmble….ruummmmmble… it almost sounds like thunder from inside, but yet, it’s not.  What might that thunder noise be?

You open the front door and look outside, and just at that moment, a blur whizzes pass you.  If you live around here, you won’t be surprised when this happens, but if you don’t live around here, you might holler, pull your head back inside and shut the door.
If you want folks to think you are familiar with the happens around here, this is what you should know.

The younger children enjoy riding their scooters back and forth on the porch and it’s not that hard to coax their older sisters to join them :)  What? Are you shocked? Don’t be :)   It’s a way to join in the fun with the younger children and who said scooters are for little children? It sure wasn’t me.  { okay, if I saw someone who was say, 27 years old, riding a little scooter down the sidewalk in downtown Richmond, yes, I would think it was weird.  But here in ol’ franklin coun’y?  Naw, that’s called fun. }

So, today, little Kristen Annie asked me, ” I was wondering if you would….ride scooters with me?”
I agreed and we were “racing” back and forth on the porch having the time of our lives =)
And I thought of you guys and took some pictures :)

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And while we were having fun on the scooters, the Wood Bee Whackers {a.k.a. Would be Whackers – the bees were hiding } were on duty.

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Until next time,

~ Elise

Winter is Melting Away. . .

I refrained from posting too many photos of our winter activities – especially the beautiful snow – knowing that they could continue for much longer and I might end up taking prettier pictures after I had already posted so many.   However, this week has been so gorgeous and warm …. Hello, Spring!
To round off our winter, here are some snap shots of different highlights.

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 #goodbye cold!

The arrival of baby goats was especially fun …. knowing that this was their last year on our farm!  We recently purchased a milk cow and are selling our goats, hoping to make a smooth switch over to fresh cows milk.  Our new heifer is currently staying at a friends house until all our does have kidded and been sold.  We can’t wait to bring her home!

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We’ll miss them!  Though I think that most of us are ready to move on, branch out and try something new.  I am!

Recently, after working around schedules and snow storms, we finally had our WEP party, otherwise known as a Gag-gift party.  It was a ton of fun!

Everyone wanted to hold Joanna ;)
Everyone wanted to hold Joanna ;)

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Mr. Scrooge ;)
Mr. Scrooge ;)

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It’s been a fun winter …. but we look forward to Spring!