The past month
At the beginning of July, I completed my first ever 5K in Elsie. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to doing another one this month at the AgroLiquid Farm. Mid-month I had the opportunity to play in the Mid-Michigan Festival Orchestra, which is a community orchestra that meets for 3 rehearsals and then does a concert in the park. It was a great time, and I had the opportunity to play some great music.
We finally made it past the cold and rainy weather - we did end up losing most of our black bean crop, but the corn looks decent, so that is a blessing, and we are praying for a good crop from that. Since the weather stayed warm and dry for a couple weeks, the garden started thriving again. I had been quite discouraged at the state of our garden, but God provides, and we are starting to harvest now.
|Some of the garden - popcorn, peas, green beans, and camoflauge carrots. What are camo carrots? |
They are the ones that are disguised by the weeds. :)
|The tomatoes are doing well - we just started eating some of those. :)|
|Some of the vines - the biggest one is the zucchini one. Zucchini always seems to thrive.|
|Wyatt and "Frank" at the Chicken Show.|
|Wyatt with Stan and Nightshade|
|Wyatt got a Rosette on his pencil drawing!|
|Norah with the lemon pound cake she made for fair|
|John and Norah hanging out in the swine barn|
|This is what happens at the end of fair week.|
|"New" running gear all fixed up|
On Saturday Kevin cut our oats for harvest. Watching the crops get harvested is one of my favorite things. I am continually amazed at how plants can grow from such a tiny seed. Such a small seed can produce such a bounty. Even though it has not been the greatest year for crops to grow, when I stop and am thankful for what we do have, I am reminded of all the blessings around us. In this fast paced world, pausing and taking a moment to be thankful and count our blessings is some of the best medicine around. God's beauty is all around us.
|Top: Judy Beavers, Me, John, Kevin, Chuck Emmert|
Bottom: Norah, Alex, Wyatt