In the past couple weeks, we have had some more special company come to visit us way out west! Lowell’s Uncle Benny and Aunt Miriam dropped in for a weekend on their way through. And we were delighted to have them here!
I haven’t been able to do much article reading, but wanted to share my favorite newsletter with you. It is the Lighthouse Trails Research Journal and is put out bi-monthly by Lighthouse Trails Research Ministry. They also have an e-newsletter available with even more articles sent straight to your email inbox.
But I love reading the good, old-fashioned way with something in my hand. That’s why I signed up for their newsletter and have so enjoyed it. You can subscribe to both newsletters in this link at LTRP.
Garden produce is coming off almost faster than I can keep up with it! Recently, we’ve picked green beans, broccoli, cucumbers, a few tomatoes, peppers, some new potatoes, carrots, and cabbages. We also yanked out the lettuce and radishes since they were past their prime, and added them to the mulch pile.
Next week, we have more green beans to pick and can or freeze. Plus, it looks like our apples will be ripe for applesauce!
In case you’re wondering what gets neglected in the month of August around here, it is my house. I heard one lady call her house a “summer house”! Summers mean lots of sand and dirt on the floors and most of the cleaning is done with “a lick and a promise”. The children have been pretty faithful at keeping the bathrooms cleaned every week, but a house just truly needs a mama to come at it with a bucket and brush at some point in time.
Also, we are planning to go camping this weekend! (although that’s still being decided since the forecast looks like rain) We are excited since I flew to California over the church campout and so missed that weekend. And it will probably be the only time we get to go camping the rest of this year, so we plan to have fun. The boys have been making fishing flies and are completely into fishing. So we told them that when we camped, it would be somewhere that they could fish all weekend long!
I plan to sit all weekend long and gather energy for the coming week. Yeah, right.
In other Shoe news, poor Logan was playing around some cardboard boxes when a wasp came out and stung him really close to the eye! It was tragic enough for the 7-year-old with the pain of getting stung, but it turned downright traumatizing when I offhandedly mentioned that it might cause his eye to swell shut. Oh good grief! The hollering reached an entirely new level as I realized the pain wasn’t the main issue anymore, but the blow to a boy’s vanity.
Someday, my offhand remarks will get me into serious trouble. As for this one, I tried to downplay it . . . but by the next morning we could see Mama’s prediction was pretty close! He has a small opening that we can just see the pupil of his eye yet.
He did let us get a picture of it, since I told him that later he might want to remember what it looked like. We must remember that it is things like this that are milestones in a little boy’s pathway to manhood. He declared we’d put it on facebook, but I quickly assured him I don’t put much on facebook anymore. He looked very relieved until I also mentioned that I now put it on the blog! Talk about a crestfallen little guy! So to preserve his manhood, I will refrain from showing you his swollen eye.
Four “wittle” Grabers putting the last baby bird into his blanket nest!
When these two begin their hugs, I become the World’s Most Sappiest Mom. Ever.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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