Friday, October 3, 2014

Summer is Finally Over!

Summer is officially over....
The kayaks are put away...and we're ready for fall.
I keep asking myself what keeps me busy...
I never seem to have enough time to blog..

Here's my list.
The corn season has officially ended.
The garden vegetables have been dug and stored for winter.
Canning, freezing and preserving are completed.
The raspberry and blackberry canes are cut back.
The leaves are beginning to fall.

But one thing does not end...and that's family.

This little girl, Ivy has changed our lives for ever.
We've been spending time getting to know each other.
If we're not  picking raspberries....

she's inviting her big cousins for play dates.

And they love interacting with her.

Just last week, she made sure that she brought all of us together once again.
She loves the outdoors.

And so we all enjoyed an afternoon celebrating the 'end of summer'

To make this all a bit more interesting...
a few weekends ago...we celebrated our anniversary.
I walked into the lobby and was about to nudge my husband...
And say, "if you've ever seen a clone of Mikki....that's her."

 I glanced away and wondered why this person was smiling at me.

"It truly is Mikki..."

I gasped and could hardly contain myself.
She totally surprised me and I was totally overwhelmed.
John had made arrangements earlier in the week, keeping this a total surprise.

This morning Ivy came for her last snuggles for a few weeks
But she seemed to be more interested in the horses.
They have already bonded.

We are sailing away and taking a cruise to the Holy Land.
I'm looking forward to exploring some of the historical sites
and walking the same roads where Jesus performed his ministries.

Seasons come and go....but family stays forever.
And I love every minute of it.


  1. Lovely wind up of summer days. Enjoy your cruise....I'll be back to see pictures and hear about your adventures.

  2. So fun to see cousins together in your home! Wishing you a wonderful, memorable trip!

  3. Your little Ivy is so cute! It seems neither of us can get enough of our sweet grandchildren. Have a wonderful time in the Holy Land. I've heard it is so interesting and very beautiful!

  4. You really know how to enjoy all the seasons!

  5. Such good 'end-of-summer' memories documented here! Wishing you two a wonderful experience as you visit the Holy Land...and cruise about on the Mediterranean.


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