*** Luke has asked that you all turn up your speakers so you can hear his music!***
My son loves Lego's! I get a smile on my face when I can just dump out a whole mess of Lego bricks on a big sheet and he is content for hours. Seriously. Sound effects come from the room and every once in awhile, he surfaces to show me what creation he has made.
Today Kylie has felt under the weather and Luke is missing his playmate. I knew if I mentioned the "L" word, life would be grand! But today I added a little bit more. "Why don't we move the Lego's outside!" So outside we went.
His creative juices started flowing and I got out my camera and did an impromptu photo shoot of his creation. He put this all together and I just provided the technology.
I am keenly aware that we are in the last moments of summer. The air is drier, the leaves are starting to give up their green hue and all of the pools have closed. For years I have dreampt of living in a place where I can take my kids and enjoy fall to the fullest. I am not to sure if there is any better way than going apple picking to kick off this season with more gusto!
I ran into one major hitch though. As I searched and planned, it seemed as though I would have to take a road trip one morning to the mountians of NC. See, there seems to be an apple mecca of sorts just south of Asheville. It is in Hendersonville and I hear the apple picking is divine! While I am no stranger to the road trip, I felt that such a trip was not in the cards this month so when a friend of mine (Janet!) mentioned that there was an orchard locally, I almost kissed her right there!
So after a little planning, coordinating Janet's fantastic organizational skills, a group of Momma's were off to the orchard!
I am sure most are getting tired of me going on and on about how thankful we are for being in North Carolina, but here I go again... Apple picking! Us! Maybe because it is in my blood, (my Grandfather was an apple farmer in California) but I was so stinkin' excited to go and it carried through to my kids as we set off for our day.
As all of us gathered together at the farm, we listened to Mr. Hubert, the sweet man who owned Hill's Orchard. His family has owned this land for generations and it was humbling to hear how attached he was to this property. Most of his family still reside on the land which is rare in this day in age.
The kids listened intently...
They learned about the life cycle of the apple and some facts about the types of apples.
Even Jake took in information!
After all had been so patient, we finally set off to go picking.
And then it hit us. Insert needle scratching on the record here because as we walked up to the orchard we came across apple carnage. Good for you that this is not smell-o-vision because it reeked of rotting apples. And if you can't figure out what that smelled like, just go into your cabinet and pull out a bottle of apple vinigar and take a whiff...
After a few moments of all of us mom's realizing that this was no walk through the supermarket apple isle, the picking began.
Jake patiently waited for us as we picked.
Lugging all of our bounty to be weighed.
After buying all of our apples, it suddenly occured to me that I had no clue what I was going to do with them all! I had made applesauce in the past and that seemed to be a good idea so home we went with out loot. After a lot of peeling, coring and chopping the kids and I whipped up some applesauce.
Which was quickly devoured.
As I type now, there is a batch of apple butter simmering away in the crock pot. How wonderful it makes the house smell! Now this is ushering in fall folks.
Today I am overwhelmed with the gratitude of staying at home with my children. Yes, I suppose I have always stayed at home with them, but my time was always divided. Tending to the needs of the children at the Children's Home and the spontaneous life we led there took a toll. I loved what I did, and I know it was right for us to live there for that season, but now is a new season.
Our season now is to trust God for provision. To live on the portion that He has given us. Is it hard, you betcha. But do we feel overwhelmingly full? Oh yes. We have invested in new relationships, developed old ones, rested in the peace of our children and made our house a home. We have started investing in a simple life and are suprised at how rich it can be. Time spent laughing, loving and enjoying the company of family and friends. It is good.
So am I tempted to have what others have? Sometimes. I do struggle but overall I am thankful for the hard work that my husband does so I can stay at home. No extra pedicure is worth the joy of watching my children grow and develop into who God called them to be.
Little House in the Big Woods , Little House on the Prairie , Wind in the Willows , Marry Poppins, The Ordinary Princess ,Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, The Incredible Journey, The Boxcar Children,
soft sounds of breathing, people reuniting at airports, giggles, the smell of cooking food when it is cold outside, pencils scratching on paper, the smell of books, hugs,space heaters in the basement,good music,warmth of the sun,stolen moments with my husband, children playing, fun neighbors, spontaneous trips, fun toys, spending time with friends, dinner out, soft breaths of sleeping children, pool time, bright flowers on the porch, spontaneous outings, sun kissed cheeks, movie nights,
Making the Most of Where We Are Planted
Hike, Gold Mine, walk downtown, take a bus, ride the train,