I've noticed that the blogosphere is quieted during summer. Which makes sense because our lives away from the computer are hectic and scattered. For those of us plagued with the long, dreaded winters, summertime is the season to take advantage of the outdoors.
I am no different.
Therefore, updates here are sporadic and random.
Sometimes there are just some things I can't help but post, even if they will only become reminiscent posts for myself one day.
Our newest additions at our household came just over two weeks ago.
They arrived in a small box with holes and made a chirping noise.
We are now 'farmers' or 'officially' REAL home schoolers because we have chickens. Our first 19 chicks arrived and the kids are enjoying watching them grow. They are also learning that sometimes animals don't all survive, even at a young age. So far, we've only had one casualty. Eighteen is an even number, so it all works out in the end.
Last week we took an afternoon outing with my parents. We went to check out a small grocery store not too far away that is ran by the Mennonites. It was a major score and such a quiet and clean place. We'll definitely be returning.
While in town, we visited this beautiful church and ran into the priest whom my parents know, so we had a nice visit too.
An outdoor grotto just perfect for angelic little girls. You see they are folding their hands and implying they have never given their mama any trouble?
In the swing of summer and the gardens are abundant! I've got to get a garden update posted soon.
This year I planted cut flowers and I'm reaping the rewards of fresh flowers in vases in my home. I think I'll have to keep on doing this every summer to enjoy my gardens indoors, as well as from my windows.
The yellow and green beans are also producing. I've already picked several buckets of them and I'm grateful they are doing so well. I was starting the inevitable rationing of last year's beans, but now I don't need to worry quite so much.
The highlight of this week was company coming for supper on Monday. We were blessed with our pastor, the diocesan Vocations Director and a transitional Deacon (he'll be ordained to the priesthood next June) all under one roof. My parents also came to spend a couple of days so they were here, along with another seminarian as well.
To say we had a blast would be an understatement.
As always, the kids were especially fond of the fun that can be had when priests and Deacon visit.
Of course, the little girls are easily entertained when anyone plays with them and does puzzles.
Priceless moment right here.
insisted offered to take a photo to remember the fun and blog it too.
We also helped out with Vocations Camp: Men of Virtue day camp here this week. You can read more about some of the past years here, here, and here. Due to the small numbers, it was decided that we'd just do the one day camp rather than the overnight. It turned out to be a good decision and the young men who joined us were a great crew.
My parents helped me cook the meals and entertain my kids so that we could volunteer again with the camp. In the end, as with every year, we enjoyed it and are so glad that we did it.
3 priests, 1 seminarian and 6 young men, just after our supper and before the end of camp.
Now with Vocations Camp behind us, we are looking ahead to the County Fair and sports camp for Jonah next week.
Keep on enjoying your summer days.
I know I am because winter will come whether I want it too or not.
I've got to soak up this sun and beautiful weather while I can.