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Mid-Year Family Pictures Post

It's time for another picture post. :-)  May, June, July, and August.  A little delayed, but better late than never. :-)  It is amazing to look back over the months and see what all has happened.  The Lord is so good and so merciful; he blesses us in innumerable ways.  Here we would like to share with all of you some snapshots into our lives over these past four months.  Truly, family is one of His greatest blessings, complete with the daily tasks and joys of life.

Roasting Hot Dogs
Campfires are a family favorite. :-)
Daddy and his little girlies standing at the entrance to Lowes
Through all the years of house remodeling, since the time we older three children were little, we have developed many fond memories connected with this store.
Martha's first Mother's Day
(as an expecting mommy :-) )
Special Mother's Day Brunch
The blueberry lemon scones have become one of Mom's new favorites. :-)
I cannot express enough how thankful we are for our mom.
Truly, we have been blessed with a godly, virtuous mother, and we are so thankful for her example.
And then our Dad :-)  He is an amazing guy and a wonderful dad.  We are very grateful for his godly example as well.
And then there is them as a couple.
We feel like we have the most wonderful parents in the world. :-)  Truly, thanks to the grace of the Lord, we would not be the people we are today without them!
Beautiful Lilies
Mom's Mother's Day gift from Tayte and Martha
Baby bunnies the kiddos found.
 Our Beautiful Little Flower Waterers :-)
 Green Beans from the Garden
We were so thankful for all the produce the Lord provided from our gardens this year.
We have a lot to learn about gardening in Georgia, but the Lord is so gracious to provide.
Elizabeth trying her hand at Calligraphy
One of our many snake adventures. :-)
Our faithful dog is always on the spot.

Family Trip to Ohio & Indiana
 On the way there.  It's a long haul, but we have a lot of fun just being together.
Now is that face cute or what?!  :-)
 Our uncle brought Katie over to Grandma's to spend an extra day with us.  The kids all had so much fun. :-)
Here they all are in the U-Haul we rented to bring some things back home in.
 Family get-together at the Frame's
We so enjoy these precious times of catching up.
 And so do the guys. :-)
This is a very typical capture of amusement among our guys.
 Lilacs - Mom's Favorite :-)
:-) Best Buddies :-)
On our way to Grandma Webster's
 Mom and Great Aunt Jenny
sweet conversations
 Grandma and Elizabeth
 Mom and Aunt Tonja ... and Sarah
Playing "Mother May I?"

Traveling back home we made a stop to get out and walk around a bit.
 These two are so much alike! :-)
 These two are best friends. :-)
 Who wouldn't want to be together? :-)
Curious little minds :-)
 These two little girls love their big brother!
And he's very fond of them as well. :-)
 Repainting Bedrooms!
Titus was a phenomenal helper.
Enjoying the outdoors, their playset, and a snack. :-)
 Dad and Titus working together making a gun rack.
 Our Gardens and Chickens
 There's something so special about being a big sister. :-)
We sure do love all our little siblings.
 Pruning Rasberries
 Sunday afternoon fellowship with two precious sisters in the Lord.
We are so thankful for their friendship.
A stop on our way home from church to see the newest little member of our congregation.

While painting bedrooms we girls received a sweet note.
Titus is a sweet little guy. :-)

Setting up the swimming pool!
Very happy kiddos!
They enjoyed many, many a day this way.
 Such a sweet thing to see.
Bell working on crocheting her first baby blanket.
Giving Daddy his Father's Day gifts.
We have such a loving, caring, faithful, godly dad, and we're so thankful for him.
Setting up Martha's Co-Sleeper for coming baby!
Produce is coming in from the garden.
Canning tomato juice and spaghetti sauce.
The two little girlies making cookies together.
They both love being together and in the kitchen.

Family Get-Together at Uncle Trent & Aunt Deena's
 Jake taking the kids on one of many rides.
Watching "Audacity"
Playing a game of Hearts
Water Balloon Toss
 Water Balloon Fight :-)
These two were definite ring-leaders.
 Group Photo
We so enjoyed getting to spend this time together.
Grandpa and three of his four children
 Picking Elderberries

Little Sarah sweeping the kitchen floor.
So tickled with her new hair things.

Sweet Bell is so creative, and very grateful and joyful.
One evening we found this precious little note written on a piece of bark in our dresser drawer.
We wouldn't know what to do without our younger siblings.

Some neighbors were kind and shared their abundance of pears.
We had fun picking, and just being together.  Even Tayte and Martha came along.
Canning up Pear Sauce
We so enjoy the times when we're able to do projects with Martha too.  She is a precious sister-in-law.
Bell was so excited to start her own kumbucha.
She even made the little cover for it. :-)
 Mom and Dad's 26th Anniversary
opening all their gifts
 Their special dinner, set up out in the camper.
 A friendly turtle made his way into our yard.
The kids were so thrilled. (and the dog was intrigued)
 Esther's 7th Birthday!
For each of the children's birthdays up to 12, Mom and Dad give them a dollar for each year and let them pick out whatever they like at the Dollar Tree.  It's always so fun to see what each one comes up with.
Here Mom and Esther are getting ready to leave.

Thus ends the overview from these four months.  A very long post, I know, but I think it's neat to be able to look back, see and reflect on the happenings of life.  I hope you all have enjoyed getting another little glimpse into our lives as well.

“O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so.  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!  Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.  The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.  Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.”
~ from Psalm 72 ~

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