Thursday, August 23, 2012

Off To College

Today was the big day...we took Ethan to college. We helped him load up his truck which didn't take long as boys are so simple.  Randy drove with Ethan and we followed.  When we arrived  at TTU there were lots of fraternity and Campus Outreach young men helping the freshmen move in and parents were everywhere so we fit right in :) Seemed like Randy knew everyone! We found Ethan's room on the fifth floor (he'll be getting lots of exercise) and met Ethan's roommate/family.  Then it was off to lunch with Randy's friends from Campus Outreach. We enjoyed seeing them again and know they'll be inviting Ethan to many activities. After lunch we walked around the university getting Ethan's parking permit, student ID, visiting the library, student center and bookstore. After a trip to walmart to pick up dorm items and snack foods, it was time to say goodby. I must admit I teared up some...we are so proud of Ethan and know he's pepared for this next journey in his life.  We also know he's not alone, for God is with him and God has awesome plans for Ethan! Proverbs 3:5-6. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Spending Time Together

Ethan leaves for college on Thursday and things will change for us all. Today however, the men are home spending time together. They're puttering in the garage, working on the wet-bikes and just hanging out. I enjoy watching them interact with one another as adults...they have a bond for each other that I pray grows stronger with each passing year.  What a blessing it is being their mom♥

 Randy 23, Ethan 19, Charles 25

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Rafting On The Big Pigeon

Today we went river rafting with the best guide...our son!  This is Charles 7th year guiding for Rafting In The Smokies.  He knows everyone from his company and the surrounding companies and you can tell by listening to him talk with others that he's well respected.  He's sought after with people coming back year after year, requesting him to be their guide....makes a momma proud! Today, Charles was our personal guide. The Big Pigeon River has class 3 and 4 rapids and the pictures below are evident of that!  We did things like water surfing, splatting the rock, microwaving, the roller coaster and survived the fluffy bunny of death. We had an awesome day, though missed Ethan who was unable to be with us due to truck problems.   Afterwards we ate dinner at a Chinese Buffet, sitting around the table visiting as a family.  Below are pictures of Charles going down the river on a tube a couple weeks ago.  Another co-worker shared the pictures with us and of course I wanted to blog them :) Love you Bud!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Cinder Block Wall

Randy's home from his 10 week mission trip.   It's so good to have him home and see how he's grown spiritually.  He is passionate about living for our Lord! After one day of rest he was back to work helping Ethan build our cinder block wall where the shed will go. I can imagine the boys enjoyed working side by side, catching up on each other's lives this summer.  The only thing missing is Charles, who is spending most of his summer on the river.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Our First Grapes

We planted our muscadine grapes two years ago and this year one of our new plants is producing! We planted several varieties of white and purple grapes.  The muscadine smell is heavenly and reminds me of our Crawfish Valley days when we lived in Virginia.  If you love grape jelly, muscadine grapes make the best.  After picking them and crushing the grapes there wasn't quite enough to make a full recipe of jelly... I can't wait for next year :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Canning Season

Canning season is in full swing, that's why you haven't heard from me lately! Most evenings I get off work and head to the kitchen.  It started with the most sweet, juicy  freestone peaches at Rogersville Produce.  I bought a bushel of them making freezer jam (I thought of you Ashlee) and putting up peaches for cobblers.  The next day I went back and bought another can never have enough peaches! Then it was corn time. We had Peaches and Cream corn growing out of our ears!  Scott and I picked an over flowing wheelbarrow full  and planned on doing it together until his work had other plans. Ethan and I were shucking corn when a whopper of a storm came up and it poured buckets!  We finished in the house and yes, it was a sticky mess by the time we were finished. We now have enough corn to feed a small army...or four hungry men! I also canned  28 quarts of tomatoes...did I mention I love my pressure cooker? And last but not least,  34 quarts of salsa, which is everyone's  favorite. I'm tired :)

A load of tomatoes ready to put in the pressure cooker.

Our Salsa.  We will love it this winter.