Monday, May 31, 2010

Summer Start

Much has been happening lately, and I am blessed to say that I feel I am finding myself again. I have been keeping busy and finding joy in the things I do. "Hands to work, hearts to God." I believe that. I think when we are busy about our Lord's business, our hearts will be turned toward Him. I also believe that "idle hands are of the devil." I try to find joy in some of my chores, even though I am not fond of them. But I know that cleaniness is next to Godliness, and I feel much better after the work is done.

In other news, John Levi turned 14 this past March, and Ruth Ann's birthday was just around the corner and now she is 13. Also, John Levi graduated the 8th grade as of Friday. And now tht he is 14, he will do like Jacob Jr. and work in the fields. They will both continue to work in our own fields, of course, but John also hopes to have a paying job at one of the neighbor's farms before too long. I hope that Jerry Troyer's will be able to take on John Levi as he did Jr. last year. It would be nice for the boys to work together.

As if graduation wasn't enough excitement, John was hopeful to receive his own shotgun this year too. He remembers all too well tht Jr. received his first shotgun for his 14th birthday last year and I was quick to remind Jacob that if he buys such a gift for one son on his birthday, it's sure to turn into an expectation with the other boys too. Jacob just smiled when I told him that. I'm guessing that was his plan all along. John was excited when Jacob granted his wish and presented him with the gun on his birthday morning. He is already excited for their big turkey shoot this year, and it's still a good five months away!

For Ruth Ann's birthday I had been working on two new dresses, and we also made a trip into Gohn Brother's as her old shoes were 'bout ready to give way.

Other than that, all of the children are excited to be done with school for the summer. As we speak they are crawling all over Jacob at the moment while he and the older boys are putting up the trampoline. The kids squealed with delight when Jacob and I agreed it was time to get it set up for the summer. I just pray no one breaks their neck on that thing!

God Bless,


Ruthykins said...

my mom had to make the rule that only one person could be on the trampoline at once, but we always broke that rule.

greenolive said...

I'm sure he'll have success at the turkey shoot. I'm already seeing wild turkeys about so by the time hunting season is in they'll be everywhere.

Puphigirl said...

My kids are out of school for the summer. I however, still have classes.

Unknown said...

I have enjoyed reading your blogs and your recipes and love your stories about the English and Bunny.
I can't help but notice you haven't posted anything lately. As we begin 2014 I hope you are all truly well, and return to blogging again soon.
God bless YOU Rebekkah

Unknown said...

I just found your blog because of looking up the recipe for snitz pie. I don't have a dehydrator. Do you use one or is there another trusted method?

I love the Amish community because it reminds me so much of my Grandmother's Free Will Baptist values. She loved all things home grown and home made.

Wishing you good tidings,
Lisa Moseley

P.S. My maiden name is Perry, which was taken from the Pear fruit. My Grandmother kept pear trees to make pear butter each Fall and to remind us all where the last name was derived.