Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Country Retreat

We sold our city house a few months ago and have been concentrating on fixing up our country house. We have a "fixer upper" on some country property that we own. There is always a work in progress and we are in some stage of various DIY projects at any given time. Here are a few scenes from today at our country retreat.


It's a quiet retreat in a peaceful setting inspite of needing some "fixing up".  We have wild blackberries growing in abundance. They are just beginning to turn.
Lots of pretty wildflowers and things growing that I can't identify. I think it's fun though to look up plants and herbs and try to figure out what we have growing wild on the property.
 We finally finished the driveway. It was under water for months last year resulting from the great flood that we had in our part of the state.


 We try to walk the property every day with our aussie. He's going on 13 years old now and has to take a little break once in a while on our walk.

 Our first tomato has made its appearance in the garden.
 The evenings are beautiful this time of year with a pleasant breeze. The night sounds were beginning to start. Crickets chirping and the sound of the mourning dove made me want to linger a while longer this evening hoping to get a glimpse of the deer as they come out and feed.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Celebrating major achievements

Quite a bit of celebrating going on lately! Watching your children work hard and meet goals and achievements is so rewarding and makes my "Mama's heart" swell!  Our daughter in-law graduated yesterday and we are so proud of her. It seems it was just weeks ago when our son graduated from the same college and these two were about to get married. A year went by way too quickly!
Our daughter in-law and our oldest son
 Such a gorgeous day it was!!!! Perfect for an outdoor graduation ceremony. I really enjoyed the message to the graduating class and felt like it should be an encouragement to all of us. We shouldn't settle for less than what God has planned for us. Keep persevering and press on!!!!
Our oldest daughter with her sister in-law
 We are also excited to announce that our oldest son recently accepted the air force scholarship for medical school!  We have watched our son persevere as he has pressed forward in the direction that he feels God wants him to go.  He has worked so hard and been so faithful. We were not surprised one bit when he received word that he had been selected for this scholarship.  I can't wait to see what adventures are ahead for these two!
Our son and daughter in-law