August 4, 2015

August Already!

I hate that summer is already on its way out the door!  Around here pool supplies have been replaced with notebooks and pens at Target and kids are getting ready to head back to school in a few weeks.  And we are already harvesting apples from our backyard orchard.  

I love all the seasons but why is it Summer never seems to last as long as the others?  With lots of busy things on the calendar up until now it seems summer is just getting started.  We have also had a much cooler and wetter summer than we are accustomed to here in Maryland which makes it seem like summer hasn't quite arrived until now.  The last week it has dried out (much to the dismay of my tomatoes) and gotten hot and humid.  This morning as I was drinking my coffee on the deck the sun started rising and with it steam from the floor of the deck where rain had fallen over night.  We are trying to finally kick into low gear and enjoy a few quiet weeks by the pool and in the garden before the season has passed us by.  Enjoy a few photos from this week.

Not quite in the garden, a pumpkin sprouted in the chicken yard where the kids had thrown scraps last fall.  We were going to mow it over but the boys insisted we save it.  
 And this week they have their first fruit.  Which might not even be a pumpkin after all but they are excited.
 The sunflowers are in full bloom
 A volunteer from the bird feeder
 This summer several of the children applied for music scholarships at the local community college this fall.  Saturday Nathaniel and Aedan had their auditions.  I am so proud of them for stepping out of their comfort zone.  We are very proud of their hard work and dedication to music and their practice time and we are excited to see where it will take them but most of all we are grateful to the Lord for giving them music to help them through these times of trial and uncertainty.
 Carmella noticed Elisabeth was wearing this dress in a photo hanging in our nursery.  She was so excited when she recognized it she insisted we do her hair the same way and take her picture.  Carmella is always so tiny and Elisabeth has always been on the larger side of the height scale.  Ellie was 2 when she wore this outfit and Carmella is now 4.
 This praying mantis has been hanging out with Samuel for days now.  He will sit on Sam's hat, sleep on a plant in his bedroom and even perch on his favorite plane.  I've never seen anything like it.  But that's Sam for you.  He can tame anything... cat, chicken or praying mantis.  I am so glad he is not into rodents and snakes!
 Samuel, Elisabeth and Carmella made these tents yesterday.
 They spent all afternoon curled up inside reading.  That's Sam, the boy who could have not cared any less about reading, spending his summer afternoon with Popular Science.
 And the girlies keeping cool on their little islands in the pool.  I love watching these girls play together and I hope they will always be best friends!

"I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives."

Ann Voskamp

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