Spring is in the Air

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Planning for our garden has begun.  We are pulling back the reins a little this year.  Last year we had a huge spread in the ‘way back’ but it took an event to get out there to work it.

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We’ve revamped our raised beds and are planning most of the crops to be there.  I love projects where the kids can take charge.  A little direction and they were ready to go!  It also means I can actually get pictures of the action.

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And even though it is only February Zeke is working hard in his shorts!

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This will all happen in our “middle yard” as Zeke likes to call it so we will be able to make it out there more often.  The only thing planted in the way back will be squash that won’t need much tending.

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Little boys with power tools are about the cutest thing ever.

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We made eight boxes total.  Three of them are half the height for those taller crops.  Another plan of the garden this year is to work the area we have as efficiently as possible.  One bed in particular will have three crops planted at the same time with different harvest dates.

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We also found this great purpose for the beds!

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Ok, well, we thought it was funny 🙂 We love you Charlotte!

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The Josties @ Grace Church Bellingham

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Last wednesday night our family had the pleasure of worshiping the creator of the universe with a family music group from Alberta, Canada named The Josties.  It was a real treat to listen to the wonderful music about God’s love, faithfulness and truth.  To be totally honest, I have never heard of them until about a three weeks ago or so.  When Merriann told me about them coming to town for a free concert.

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Honestly, I wasn’t planning on going.  There is a great homeschool event in our state capital which I was planning for our family to attend (which is the Christian Heritage’s Day at the Capital) but thanks be to God, I got the date wrong and it is the following Wednesday.  So we gathered the crew together and wandered over to the concert.

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We got there a little early and got to meet a few of their family.  They are a real sweet family, Two of the boys, Joseph and Jeremiah Jost and our little Charlotte hit it off from the very beginning.  Those three were just wandering all over the church together, laughing and having a good ole time.  But then it was time to sit down and the concert begin.  I am not sure that even as the concert started I was aware of the style of music I was about to have my kids listening too.. (I know, I know I am a “Worst Dad of the Year” award finalist.)

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But one of the blessings from God are the friends whom he has put in our lives.  And as I looked around the room I saw more than a few very familair faces in the crowd.  So my comfort level was pretty high.  And when the music begin any concerns I had pretty much melted away.  The concert began with a young man in named Andrew, who is new to our area.  His songs were rich with meaning, gave honor to Christ, and it didn’t hurt that he sounded pretty good too (which is a plus in my book).

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Then the Jost’s (or The Josties) came up next.  I was surprised by one of the first things that Dale (the Dad) said.  He said, that they were here to worship God with us  and inspire us in the fight.  But then he said please don’t look to us as a way to have a perfect family we are not that or a family to compete with.  He then asked us to our keep focus of Jesus.  Man, I mean that is a great way to start a concert, with a big ole slice of humble pie.

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So yes it was a great night of fun, friends (new and old), and praising the Lord of hosts. Oh by the way, they sing a blue grass type music if you were wondering.  Merriann and I would whole heartily recommend you see them if they are in your area.  Ok now that my once a year post is done, party time!!

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See ya next year (maybe) 🙂

Greg Thames


Morning Omelets

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This morning Zoe wanted to take one the challenge of making everyone omelets.  She has always wanted to master the flip of an omelet and today she did it!  Another benefit of a large family.  Lots of chances to practice.




She diced and sautéed peppers and onions for our omelets (my favorite!) and made cheese for the little kids.  They were loved by all.  The kids loved being able to ‘order’ their specialized omelet.


And, since I had the morning off in the kitchen, I was able to capture these sweet moments.