Randy invited Sarah over to the farm the day after the wedding and I was anxious and excited all at the same time. She showed up in shorts and a t-shirt, like she grew up on a farm and I realized I had no worries. We showed Sarah around, checking out the elk and cows and all the boy's unfinished projects. Welcome to the Little Farm! She grew up in the city but looked totally comfortable in the country. She also mentioned that her family grew up in Stanley Valley, just up the road which I thought was pretty neat. Sarah has an adventurous spirit, willing to try new things like driving a four wheeler for the first time and helping Randy drive the back hoe! Actually, it was the simple things about Sarah that I loved the most, like her love of peach cobbler, coffee and her natural smile. I thank the Lord for bringing her into our lives, knowing His timing is always perfect. Thank you, Sarah, for putting a smile back into Randy's heart. We look so forward to getting to know you more.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Today was a special day indeed, a day celebrating the union of Darrell and Sarah. Darrell and Randy were roommates and on staff together with Campus Outreach back in Cookeville. They both moved to Knoxville, several years ago, continuing to room together in the Sterchi apartments. Randy speaks so highly of Darrell and I know he felt honored being a groomsman in his wedding. The wedding was outside on a beautiful fall day...even though that fall day ended up being 90 degrees. Most of us ended up getting sunburned and yes, I removed my sweater...I was that hot. Besides the beautiful wedding, this day was extra special as I got to meet Randy's new friend, Sarah. To be honest, I was a little nervous and probably talked too much and asked too many questions. I delighted in seeing that smile on Randy's face as he talked with her. Sarah was a pretty special name today! It was so nice meeting you Miss Sarah.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Thank you Charles and Brittney for our BoneFish Grill dinner. We've been saving our gift certificate for the perfect time and somehow over a year went by. Tonight, we finally used it, enjoying a meal with our dear friends, Charles and Tressa. I was in heaven with my meal. Tomorrow my babe leaves for China which made this time together extra special.
I know this may not look like much, but my babe loaded every one of those bales onto the wagon last night, baling the neighbor's hay. We counted over 125 bales. I have never seen him work so hard. At the end of the night he said "Now, that was a good workout!"
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Our church was in much need for a teacher for the preschool/K class during our Wednesday night children's program and I found myself volunteering. I haven't taught this age group since...well, our boys were that age. How hard could this be? My class is called the Little Hikers and it was time to put my pre-school thinking cap back on. I came up with this idea of a pretend campfire for our story time, envisioning the little ones sitting quietly around the fire listening to our bible stories. The pretend campfire came out great, orange lights and all, however, that's where my vision ended. I was expecting 8 children in my class and 16 showed up (praise to the Lord), many of which were rambunctious kids who wouldn't sit still. We had one minute of quiet time and I quickly snapped this picture. After the 40 minutes of class time, the teaching assistants and I were totally wiped out. Help!
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Our maple tree next to our house was slowly dying and it was time to cut it down. I sure hated to see the tree go as we loved her shade. Scott made a deal with Michael, a coworker at our elementary school, to cut down the tree for wood. Good deal for both of us. We had planted an elm tree at the beginning of summer next to the maple, knowing this time would come and we'll wait patiently for the shade to come. After finishing the maple, Michael and his buddies headed out front to work on the box-elder. Everyone worked hard clearing the limbs and you should see our burn pile! We were physically beat by the day's end. Our yard sure looks bare and I've called our local nursery to check out planting a hard maple, something with color in the fall.