Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.This is the bread which cometh down
from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.I
am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this
bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my
flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
The morning's painting...Isn't God amazing!!?
We painted our fridge with chalk board paint!We're loving it.
Take heed, young striplings...
Nieces!! (Oh my word!) With Uncle Paul and Bird Dog one afternoon when we got to watch them.
(how can little girls warm your heart so much!!?)
Mumie Love with the mail.
Some precious random guy I saw at Wal-Mart. While I was sitting out in the car, he was looking over this little pink bike so carefully. I love seeing big country boys sheepishly getting things for their girls. So sweet!! Living here, is wonderful... Daddies are...there are no words.
Morning coffee with Mama and Marth...
Daddy and Bird Dog in the living room. (B.D.'s on a towel-she's since been allowed only on her mat on the floor...poor beast, but allergies will be allergies...
Men's breakfast and construction business meeting one morning. It's so neat to see all their giftings working together.
Morning light on pine woodwork...
Liam loves to sit next to B.D. and pet her. She has to stay on her mat,
so he just sits there and loves on her. It's sooo cute!!! This child
is so. so. precious (Guess what, he can say my name!! :) There are some very smitten Aunties here...)
And...the boys saved up and got an English saddle off ebay!!! (The saddle is stunning, and they look very equestrian on it.)
This is seconds before the bid ended. Tension is high. ;)
Me and Marth got our ears pierced! Our earring options are now delightfully diverse! (Pretty creepy having someone thrust an awning through thine ear. ;D )
Shoes on the steps. Love my boys!!! So much. (Look, there are five pairs up there, how cute is that?) Boots and Sperrys, that's my men....
And here's The Couple!!! :D Looking cute, as ever, and are seen here exchanging quiet evening conversation in the living room. ;D
"...a good ole boy and a pretty little girl...."
Love them so much...they bring joy to our hearts, everyday. (Oh, Mom's been working on her dress, and it's gooorgeous!!! Can hardly wait for y'all to see it, Marth looks like a dream....)
Seeing a little niece picking yellow flowers on a gray day across the yard, and watching her for several minutes, completely herself, pondering and discovering little things in the mustard patch. Remembering how wonderful it was to be a little girl, barefoot and watching a ladybug bend down a leaf. Isn't it captivating, and beautiful?
And then seeing a blue bird perch on an old post, and watching it fly off, it's wings alternatly being grey, then sapphire blue as it's feathers went up and down.
I wonder how the sky is looking down on you today? How are you? Love and miss you.
Thankful to Jesus, for being The Bread of Life, for giving me that eternal life, because of His sacrifice for me. He is good. Do you know Him?
(Ta-da!!!! What do you think, y'all!? I am over-the-top-excited over this picture!! Ok, tell me, for real, what your first thought was when you saw it. I'd love to know. I am so tickled with this ridiculous shoot. I've had this shot in my head for a while and was so thrilled when the opportunity presented itself. ;) Another thing has been crossed off my 'little-dream' list! ;) Much love to you all, and to Beatrix Potter! Don't forget to tell me what you think! Y'all have a fantastic day, alright? Love, Adeline, from Studio A. )
...and we were all so, so happy!!! Welcome back to North America, dear friends.
We are so grateful to the Lord for this very special family. They're just, well, wonderful. And even if they're still far away (and still missed...) at least they're on the same continent, LOL.
So, the night of their much anticipated arrival, we all stuffed ourselves into the K.'s house for a surprise Welcome Home/ Mrs.-Jessica's-Birthday party!!!
Martha, Sarah and Thomas!! (Thomas has instructions for the paparazzi-"only 3, ma'am, 3 pictures allowed during the interlude..")
While we wait for them to arrive, we amuse ourselves by laughing at each other as we try out the party popper/blower thingies!!! Everybody nearly passed out trying too hard to make the darn things work. They were hilariously fun!!
(Above: Christine's two evil henchmen prepare for battle)
Before party! (TJ and Auntie are so precious here...love this shot)
"Hey!! You!! Girl! Watch this!!"
"I am afraid I brought no gift for the hostess."
Party-blower-thingie wars. Dear Paul-"you are out matched. You have no heavy cavalry...."
And...we wait in the darkness of the cellar!! (John says this is Benjamen's arm)
(Oh my word, surprise parties are SO much fun to be at. I love the anticipation!! It's so blastful, and everybody gets excited, no matter how old you are. :D )
So, we all cram ourselves into the kitchen, turn off the lights and close the doors, and then we hear them arriving, and Aunt Angie showing them around the house and then....!!
Few things are more precious in life then greeting people you love....
Bella and Kade!!!! They're so sweet!!! And growing!! Kade was just a little specimen for the longest time...
People. Love. Voices.
Cake and candles!!
Happy Birthday Mrs. Jessica!!!!!
Ah...love love love being with these people!!
Timothy went last, and realized sanitation was an issue.
Beautiful, my friends.
The pom poms were so fantastic. And all the viewers are fantastic, too.
And....getting to curl up on the couch beside the piano, quiet and still, and have Keni-ken play. Hearing some old ones, and the memories they bring, and then hearing new ones that draw you into the place you are now, making themselves part of the present, marking themselves the melodies for this time in the future... (This one is simply remarkable, The Second Dance. Perfection!!)
It's such a blessing having such gifted friends. :D
And Martha and Thomas danced. His little smile and her bare feet in the soft carpet...
(This couch is truly beastly.) The inhabitants look comfy, too, which is a good thing for a sofa. Also observe the catastrophic ottoman. Ah...the K.'s home is so wonderful.
The Moms chat over coffee and cake.
"Then, I had to tap him twice, and he was like, SO gone."
Soft laughter and "More creamer, Jessica?"
"Then me and the kids loaded back into the van and made it to Cosco before it closed. So, then, we saw this..."
I LOVE hearing Bella tell stories or play. Little Girls are so wonderful.
And, now it's present time for Mrs. Jessica!!! (At this point, Zac, Mrs. Jessica and Mrs. Angie began bobbing and laughing with excitement over the gifts.)
And then, we got to have them at our place for a few days!!!! Hooray!!!
And...here are a portion of the men, very very late one night, talking...
And! My friends, we hath rodent. And same said rodent becameth hunted. Here is same said hunt. End of story.
Some of us girls, very very late one night. (So so glad Dorothy, Noah and Enoch (and Patrick still inside!) got to come see them while they were in town!!)
Here is when everyone was near collapsing after a very fun and strenuous game in the barn. (the celebrated "Mucho Bug" game, that needs an ambulance at the foot of the mountain. :) Hahaha! So worth it all!!!
We even got Mr. Joel and Mrs. Jessica to play, which made it THE best game ever. Don't you love it when the parents play!!? :D They were on their way to bed, dear souls, and then stopped and played with us, and made our day. So fun.
Kennedy's apple art.
Adeline's chocolate and earring art. And footed-glass art.
So, so good to be with Dorothy!!! She is joy.
Shan-Hi-Rummy at Rachel's!!! Their home is just blastful.
And here is the way cutest childever! Ariana, Princess girlie...isn't she just so beautiful!!!?
"So. Would you like some chocolate? Hum? Ask me sweetly. Yes, child....
...yes...here is one. One for da pwen'tess..."
The Uncs pause for a wee bit of spying action. Those 'I Spy' books will trap you for hours.
One of the days, me, Marth and Keni-Ken went on a woodsy trek. I don't know when I've had so much fun, feeling leaves and dirt and climbing trees together and watching the sun go down through the moss. Nor laughed so hard at each of us as we climbed. HAHA!!!
"I am a wilderness explorer. Kaaa!! Kaaa!!" LOL...
I love the woods in the Fall...
Haha! This dear, poor heart shadow turned rather creepish with six arms flailing about. Looks like a preying mantis, I'm afraid.
Us in "That Really Funny Tree" on the way to the bridge.
And, the bridge. The most wonderful spot in the world, pretty much.
We found our tree and commenced to impersonate aged sloths. (It is difficult to look agile and young when clinging to a tree trunk in a fit of laughter.) But here's the three of us, up!
We found three perfect perches, and just sat there for a long time together. Talked, took pictures of stuff, looked at everywhere, and laughed over things...For some reason being up in that ridiculous tree was very meaningful, and special, and I loved it...
Check out some of these amazing things we saw!!! The most fabulous 'Y's I've ever seen!!!! Wouldn't this be perfect for one of those cool collages Abbi does, where she like, gets pictures of all this stuff that looks like letters and puts them in a row to make a word?
It also looks like a quacking duck head.
'ello there, kindly natives!!!
Thorn leaf. It's still so pretty, though, isn't it?
The view above me!
Bird Dog, (our new wooonderful German Short haired that we love, love, love to pieces) greets us upon our decent.
(The dear beast came with the wonderful name, and we've grown to adore it, simple as it is. Who else has a bird dog named Bird Dog? No one, I wager. So it is very original. :D )
"Greeting to thee, ominous, burly beast in black. Whilt thou show me the way back to the hamlet?"
(We also had fun carrying various objects back, for fun. Each other, using military methods, and logs, namely. I will spare you the record of such exploits.)
On another day-
Meanwhile, back at the ranch,-
John and Tayte proceed in a battle in muscle.
Cuties!! The then-courting couple was put to forced labor chopping sweet potatoes. (They are SO adorable!!!) I don't think they minded. :)
CSA came and went while they were here. Keni helps me bake cinnamon rolls for deliveries. She is just such a wonderful friend, just being herself, laughing, talking. She would jump up and serve around the house without anybody saying anything. She is such a comfortable person. We just love her.
One Sunday night, Wesley and Rachel had everybody over, the dears-here we are, playing dominos over soup and biscuits. And above is Tayte, good man, holding his future nephew!!! Martha loves this picture. :D
(John, I love the cup, extended in goodwill. You are fantastic.)
Darphus and Keni-ken.
Mums and Mrs. Jess, wonderful mothers, washing up after all their progeny and hubbies breakfasted.
Why, good morning, Enoch!! Still waking up, young specimen?"
"What is 'dis, Aunt Marfa? Look!!!"
I LOVE this picture, so much.
Off to towny town with Sam, Dee, Keni, Marth and Bella Boo! Stopped at Baell's to get some hardware, and got some fresh rootbeer, the best in the world!!!
"Let it begin, let it begin!!!!"
I enjoyed pelting my little friend with dry goods. :D LOL.
And, we met Rach & Co. in Walmart! I can't begin to say how hilariously odd and fun it is to run into your siblings in town. Love it!!! Above, 'ana work hard to ensure Mother has to purchases the bananas.
Shopping Art of Martha.
And Andrew killed a beast!!!! This deer is now gracing the shelves of our freezer, hand cut by Sirs Thomas, Dakota and John, wrapped by respective sisters and Young Paul. Above, John show us the position of the heart with the heart, before Beast was slain.
Thank goodness he didn't really eat it raw.
Oh my word. He did eat it raw. Raw without salt. Brave lad.
"Please melt my frozen heart. It bleeds for you. I'm saving it for you."
(cheese overload, my friends)
And----my favorite new feature in our home-The Door!!! The door into the girl's bathroom, is now, the autograph door!! Isn't that so cool!!? In memory of something special that we miss. :)
The First Signer!
Ta-da! The beginning of something wonderful, and something that makes us feel so blessed when we look at it everyday.
Later in the week, John, Edwin Paul and I met up with D&K and some of the wonderful FRoberts girls at the storage building to help pack up the moving truck for long travel. Had never done that, so that was new and very facinating.
And...check out this super cool facility! One feels just like Indiana Jones here.
It was so amazing walking through the walls of stuff, pack away in creates. There were these tiny isles between, and they made for the most phenomenal photography opportunities. I got Kennedy and Campbell (who were dressed alike and looked just like twins! So cute!) to be my lovely subjects, and voila! Pretty neat, eh? Couldn't decide which I liked best, color or B&W.
"Push, my lambs!"
(Love these girls...)
And...at last, it's all in! I think the packers were impressed. Dakota and Kennedy were amazing and did a fantastic job. (they had some fabulous help, too. ;) )
(Mr. and Mrs. J. had left a few days before with the younger specimens, hence D&K's solo packing!)
And here's the whole family! Miss and love them. It was so, so very good to see their faces again, and hear those wonderful Decker laughs.