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County Fair Highlights August 30, 2009

Posted by Laura in Uncategorized.

Just smell the corndogs, funnel cakes, and fried pies!  Listen to the cacophany of animals, blaring music, shrieking midway riders, and children begging for money to buy trinkets and play games.  Look at the blinking, racing lights in a rainbow of colors.  We must be at the fair!




This year, we decided to do more than just improve the local economy-  we decided to participate.  We have been 4-H members for the past 2 years, but this is the first time we have entered anything.  Benjamin took part in the Chick Chain and so we knew we would be entering his birds for competition and auction.  While we were at it, we decided to try our skills in the art, baked goods, canning, and produce divisions also.  It turned out to be lots of fun and a good experience for everyone.  And we were fortunate to win quite a few ribbons too.


These Black Star chicks won Benjamin a blue ribbon.  They sold as a group for $36 at auction on Friday night.


Rachel brought a Buff Orpington pullet that we raised from a day-old chick.  By the end of the fair, she had sold it for $10.


Benjamin entered corn muffins using Grams’ recipe.  He won first place.


Rachel made a complicated 3-step pecan pie for which she also was awarded a blue ribbon.


Lydia has been practicing making her own sandwiches at lunch time.  Here she is making a PB & J to enter (in her new favorite PJ’s from Beck).


Here she is with her finished product- she fancied them up by using a star cookie cutter.  The competition was fierce in this category.  Who would have guessed that she’d face more rivals than any of the rest of us?  She is delighted with her green ribbon.


Here they are with all of our ribbons.

We ended up placing in the following:

Lydia-  green (participation) for her PB & J and red (2nd) for Purple Smudge tomatoes she helped me grow

Rachel- blue (1st) for her pecan pie and a blue for a watercolor painting of a frog

Benjamin-  blue for 4-H Chick Chain pullets, blue for corn muffins, yellow (4th) for Pinewood Derby car, white (3rd) for a charcoal drawing of a knight, blue for a pastel picture of a chicken with her chicks, and white for his iris folding art project.

Laura (me)-  blue for banana walnut bread, white for strawberry jam, blue for Sweet Tangerine tomatoes, red for Brown Berry tomatoes, and blue for a blue potato (in the Unusual Vegetable category).

And since we are 4-H members, we’ll get checks for double the usual prize money.  How exciting!  The kids can’t wait until next year!


Vacationing at Lake Guntersville August 25, 2009

Posted by Joe in Family.


A couple of weeks ago, we went to Lake Guntersville, Alabama, for our annual summer vacation. The whole extended family went, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, Grams and BePops. We had a great time!

Uncle Chris brought his boat and we got to cruise up and down the lake site seeing.


If we got hot, we simply stopped and took a swim.


Benjamin, Rachel, and I tried knee boarding for the first time. Benjamin and Rachel popped up like it was old hat. I, well, I eventually got up after 1/2 tank of gas trying.



Lydia took it well that she wasn’t quite big enough to try the knee board. But she wasn’t really dissuaded from pretending.


The rocking of the boat eventually was too much for her, though and most every ride ended in nap.


Timothy wasn’t quite big enough to go boat riding, but he certainly enjoyed the resort’s swimming pool.


We had a great time!

Timothy’s Dedication August 23, 2009

Posted by Joe in Faith, Family.

timothy_dedication2-2009-08-15Last Sunday, we dedicated our ten month old, Timothy, in our Church.

If you’re not familiar with the tradition of baby dedications, it’s a ceremony where we, the parents, acknowledge God’s sovereignty not only in our lives but in the life of our child as well. Before our church family we pray to God, asking for His grace and wisdom in raising our child. We also pray that our child might one day trust Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  Our Church family also promises to help us to raise our child in a loving and Christ-centered environment. It’s a joyous day for everyone.