Fall Days

IMG_0617We have been so blessed to be enjoying one of the most beautiful fall seasons I’ve experienced down south. Warm days to cool nights.IMG_0611 Beautiful fall colors. Nature is so amazing. We have enjoyed time at the lake, walking in the woods, wading in the creeks. IMG_3002The children find all sorts of interesting branches, nuts, shells, leaves and mosses to examine.IMG_2982 We are sitting in God’s classroom. Under His tutelage. Is there any better place or way to learn than by witnessing the wonder of His creation?IMG_2991

Birthday bash!

We always have an exciting November because we have 4 family birthdays! Jimmy and Charlotte share the exact same day! We celebrated in Clarksville this year at Chuck E. Cheese because Jeremie was bit horrified that neither of the kids had been there before. It was actually a very fun afternoon, albeit a little sticky and germy for my taste. The kids were off chore duty and picked their favorite foods and desserts for their special day. Charlotte chose caramel apples which were delicious! Perfect for this fall time of year. IMG_0561And these are Jimmy’s special present…toe shoes, like Daddy. He loves them! I think they are funny looking, but they both tell me how comfortable they are. Perfect shoes for my little climbing monkey.IMG_0556 Watching old home movies is a favorite thing to do at birthdays and I am always in disbelief that time can fly by so quickly. James is 8 and Charlotte is 10 this year. Two whole hands worth, she is told! Double digits and full of JOY! And James who used to suck his thumb and cuddle with mommy is now a young man, so responsible and strong. Love them both so much!IMG_0557

Youth Hunt 2015

IMG_0495Every hunting season here in Tn, there is a youth hunt weekend before the regular season opens and after it ends. It’s a great opportunity for the kids to get out there while there are still deer in abundance. We have a couple blinds set up both on our property and our neighbors. Charlotte had to stay on our land because she didn’t take hunter’s ed yet, but Katie and Tommy both spent time on our neighbor’s property where there seem to be a few more deer. IMG_0498Grandma Schultz had to come sit with them because an adult must be present during youth hunt and this mama runs to the bathroom too often during this 35th week of pregnancy. And also because I don’t relish the thought of getting up at 4:30 in the morning, sitting in a blind for hours and coming home and cooking and caring for 12 people the rest of the day.IMG_0521 So thanks to Grandma S. both Katie and Tommy shot a deer. Tommy got a good size buck, and Katie got a doe. Yes, it looks like she shot the face off. That’s ok, we don’t eat the face anyway. IMG_0527Our butchering crew got busy! The first thing Charlotte said as we were hanging the deer was, “Can I have the eyes? I want to dissect them.”  “Sure, dear, science 101”. They were extremely hard to extract from the socket, so they got a little mangles. Jack was busy cutting off the deer ears that he wanted to keep. IMG_0541Weird kids, I know. At the end of that busy weekend we had 66 beautiful venison steaks in the freezer, 35# of ground venison and 12 quarts of canned venison. IMG_0536Regular season starts in a couple weeks and we are hoping to fill our larder before the new baby makes an arrival!IMG_0547

Walkin’…

IMG_0464Looks like Roo is on a mission. To read in the solitude of the woods? To draw in her nature journal? IMG_0466Who can say? But I hope I never forget these days when her little personality is making itself known. IMG_0467“Bippie and a book and I”m good to go!”

Crafting

IMG_0473We girls had the house to ourselves (plus Jack) while the boys enjoyed some outdoor activity at Father Son Camp. So there was some serious crafting going on around here. In addition to horseback riding and baking, of course. Not a second of cooking or cleaning occurred, I”m very sorry to say… IMG_0472This is turning out to be a very cute cardigan for Roo. Susie is making a gift, so I can’t say what it is and Katie picked out fabric for not one, but two quilts. We found a great tutorial online and she couldn’t decide between all the cute fabric choices. Boy, can I relate! So she got them all :) IMG_0474Love having friends to craft with! Love being a mom to so many crafty girls!

Showered with love

IMG_2900A very dear friend of mine recently blessed me immensely by hosting a baby shower. Yes, a baby shower for my 10th baby! It was such a celebration of love and anticipation for this new life we’ve been gifted with.IMG_2846 It was technically a “baby sprinkle” complete with freshly made donuts and coffee. It was fabulous that both my sisters and my mom were able to come into town to enjoy this special event.IMG_2856 Most of the pictures were “action shots” but here’s a glimpse of the goodness of my friends and family!IMG_3243