Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Morning's Glory

With the morning's dew coating anything and everything, it brought some inspiration, and the motivation to get outside and snap some shots. Here are a few of my favorites of the batch;



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I finally decided to trim the lavender plants out front, and employ Elita and Hannah to help separate the sprigs into bundles for sachets. I don't have any pictures of Elita unfortunately because when I had the camera out, she was in the other room talking to a special friend who's birthday was today.
I think Hanna enjoyed it, and I know Mom loved walking through the room, relishing the calming essential oils' vapors drifting through the kitchen.




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Lots and lots of lavender!

In bundles and about to be tied

The finished product
Ready for drying!
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Gone Roofin'

I know I've skipped quite a few events such as Elita's Bday, and a few other random things, but I'll be sure to get back to those later! (LW) So anyway, I will blog about this event while it is still fresh in my mind.
Today we went to help our wonderful friends, the Bandys, work on their roof. It was a great evening filled with laughter, fun, food...... and work! But who minds when you are surrounded by such great friends, and have an opportunity to serve others! It makes it, dare I say, fun! Yes, from hefting shingles, to climbing ladders. Scaling the roof, to toting a wheelbarrow with three people because it's wheel was flat. These are memories that make my life what is is today, and what it will be tomorrow.
After arriving, we were soon joined by some of our other awesome friends, the Niesens, with Jeff who's a pro at roofing. You should have seen that nail gun fly!
After about half and hour or so, "Dinner!" was called, and in no time we were being treated to an amazing (as always if it was made by the Bandys) Dinner of Garlic bread rolls with meatballs and tomato sauce, salad with Fetta Cheese, and other things that can be put under the category of "Delish"!
Going back out we were ready to hit the roof, or at least that crew, while the ground crew, among other things, hauled shingles up the ladder, and onto a stack where they could be easily accessed. I think I can feel my muscles growing as we speak. ;) Anyway, without further ado, enjoy the pictures as you catch a glimpse of our evening!


Dad wanted me to photoshop in some big muscles :)

Workin' on a roof, you need walk extremely carefully

Those ladders were moved around quite a bit!
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Check out 'dem muscles!

It's fun to ride on the back of the pickup.... even if it is just to the other side of the house. :)

Hello Emil!

Thank you, girls, for the Gatorade!!!!
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Apparently everyone got a kick out of this.

But hey, it it had a flat. Here's the dump!

Heap o' Rubbish

and here's the ice-cream maker which conveniently decided to brake itself, and Grace looks perplexed, but Mrs. Bandy saved the day with some delicious ice-cream treats!
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Work hard or.....

Grace will hit you with a rake!

Haha, just kidding! We had a great time working, and being spoiled by her and her family with some wonderful refreshments!

Thanks to Lenna, I actually have pictures to put up here! :)

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed scrolling through these pictures!
Stay tuned for more fun!

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Would You;

Rather have smarts, or common sense?

Unfortunately, common sense isn't so common.
I should state that while there are many uses for advancement through technology, a down side to that is many of the people with smarts and no common sense are commonly found in congress. ;)
Put smarts with a Christian attitude, and you've got yourself a winner.
I would personally like to have a bit of both, but if I had to choose one or the other, it would probably be common sense. Although I think both parties have their niche to fill per se.
I mean, where would we be without those crazily smart people who just come across as weird, and create extraordinary things! Where would we be if we didn't have those with common sense to help us get by every day, and bring pizazz into the world through many things such as dress and etiquette, and so on.
I've been growing up here in central IL for quite a while, and one thing I've really appreciated is that even though farmers may be *just* farmers, they are smart in a different sort of way, down to the basics, and just plain 'ol.... Common sense! i.e. Work for what you want, and if you don't work you don't eat! If you take God out of the system, what do you think is gonna happen! It's a long way from your heart, you won't die kind of attitude. It's what America was built on. I know I'm getting into Christian values now, which I should hope the crazily smart, and the intuitive should each have.
So although we may wish we could have both, there is nothing demeaning of having one talent or another. It's amazing how God made us to each have our own gifts, and the important thing is that we use them for His glory!