Close to five years ago, the pastor at our church challenged us to read the entire Bible in a year using a book called Seasons of Reflection. This book breaks down the Bible into 365 daily readings. Each day there's an Old Testament, New Testament, and selection from either Psalms or Proverbs to read. There's roughly 2 1/2 pages to read each day, which is pretty doable! I put off reading this book for several years, but this year decided to finally take the challenge of reading the entire Bible over the course of a year. I put the book on my desk so that I see it every day. I really don't want to get behind! I think the summer will be a challenge because of traveling.
After church on Sunday, Levi was running outside through our rows of trees (which haven't and may not change this fall). It reminded me of the line in a favorite old hymn "How Great Thou Art" I thought the rendition shared below was perfect. "When through the woods, and forest glades I wander, And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees."
We're thankful for the warm weather allowing us to be outside more than usual for this time of year. October is one of those really busy months, something going on every weekend, but fun things!
The first weekend in October was the Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale, which I always look forward to. This year did not disappoint! It was a wonderful weekend. My sister and I spent time at the auction on Saturday. It's somewhat embarrassing to admit, but I sometimes get emotional watching people bid on items, knowing that the proceeds will benefit MCC and their efforts all over the world.
The rest our weekends in October have and will be spent catching up with family and friends and reunions and apple butter making.
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I also added a several items to the SALE section of my shop yesterday (including the skirt, pictured)!
Wow, it's July! To say that June was busy would be an understatement. We crammed vacation, church camp, neighborhood yard sale, Bible School, etc, etc.....all the summer fun...into one month. I finally feel like things are slowing down a little bit activity wise, but our garden is not slowing down so that's continually keeping us busy. This is the first year since Levi's been born that we've been able to manage the weeds in our garden. He has his "area" that he works in (he's digging a giant hole) while we weed the garden. Levi also "helps" us pick raspberries....most go in his mouth. Here's a little look at our summer and some of the items I've been working on for my shop.
Two favorite hymns sung by David Crowder. Banjos and old hymns for the win :) I couldn't find an official video, but I found this.
Lately, I've been thankful for...
those fighting the forest fire near our house. Also, I am thankful for the volunteers in our town who are feeding the firefighters regularly.
songs that come on at just the right time
our little forest and the love of playing in the dirt.
I've been a long time follower of Nickel Creek (when they have been together and apart and together again). Somehow I missed this Sara Watkins song from a couple years ago. It came up on my Google Play radio this morning! Love it... had to share
I've been reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It has really inspired me to become more aware of and write down what I am thankful for. Most of these things are very ordinary, but being aware of blessings makes me more aware of God's presence each day.
Levi, always curious, asked me what I was writing. I told him I was making a list of things I was thankful for. "I want to make a list," he said. Levi loves to write with a pen and to make lists (not sure where he gets that from....hmm...oh wait).
So we made a list of things he was thankful for and it was good :)
The Shenandoah Valley is a beautiful place. We live near Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Both have hiking trails, amazing overlooks, waterfalls, and more. We live near a fire access road that leads to Skyline Drive. One of my short term goals is to walk the entire road up to Skyline Drive. It's not a very big goal, actually. :) You can take other hikes off of this road that are more scenic. This is a picture of the fire road in the fall.