Random Life, From Heat to Home

Yay, it’s time for another random life!

This last month flew by. So much happening. We welcomed Anna and Mary home on the 17th, and we had just a week before County Fair time! Life has been stuffed to its fullest. We enjoyed a lot of family time before I left last Saturday for a ministry trip to the West Coast.

God has abundantly blessed, and we’re grateful for His mercies which are new every morning.


We were a small group on the 4th! This is all it worked out to be. But fewer means more quality time.

What a sweet threesome!

Missing our girls! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Notice Calia sneaking in the picture).

This guy had a birthday, and he and Daddy went for breakfast.
They picked up flowers for Mommy. How thoughtful!

Mom and GiGi went to Science City with Melanie and crew and had a delightful time.
Good job on the selfie, Abby.

Arnold sure likes to pick crazy spots to sit.

We got a new roof recently due to hail damage, and Anna Marie and crew baked cookies for the guys.

Speaking of the new roof, I opted to write at GiGi’s house to keep my concentration.
Anna Marie brought me cookie dough! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yep. Cookie dough is wonderful.

Anna Marie and cookie bearers!

A “non” aunties’ playtime Grandpa and Grandma did.

A car race going on here.

The “outdoor” kitties are sure enjoying the inside.

Calia loving her produce she helps mommy with.

Sunday morning Bible time with coffee and my buddy.

Look at this incredible card a blog reader made for us!
Totally beautiful. Thank you!

A day road trip to see old-time friends of Anna Marie.

Arnold loves plants. I caught him
batting at Mom’s basil plant which was supposed to be getting sun.

Helping Grandma with Sunday lunch prep.

Abby made this hat for a blog reader’s baby niece
who we’ve been praying for and was in serious condition.

I guess sometimes life seems better
if you can curl up and put the cares out.

Tina taking the aunts’ place (before they got home)
and reading to the “little kids.”

The nieces enjoyed putting things on the aunts’ beds in anticipation
for their arrival home. They were SO excited!

The welcome home parade.

Family times together with a special dinner out.

Followed by frozen custard

Enjoying a Sunday lunch with the girls back!

House work!

Jesse has a mid-August deadline of finishing up the bathrooms, so
he’s been hard at work with a great group of helpers!

The girls have participated in summer Bible bee study.

These two.

Calia met the kittens.

Girls’ lunch out and grocery shopping with GiGi.

This happy group enjoyed a walk, playing in the stream, and SNACKS!

Jesse seriously ate all that corn in FIVE bites.

Here Anna is restocking the balloons before another fair night.

Mary painted so many faces (and special requests too!) :)! More on the fair later.

Hello from the West Coast!

“If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then
how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace,
wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in
the swelling of Jordan?”
Jeremiah 12:5

25 thoughts on “Random Life, From Heat to Home”

  1. Dear Sarah,

    I hope you are enjoying your time on the West Coast! Here in Italy, we are experiencing a rather terrible heat wave, but thankfully it should be over soon.
    Just a thought for an upcoming blog post (I know, I am getting quite “adventurous” here, eheh!): Anna Marie braids her and hers girls’ hair in the most beautiful ways. I would love to see a tutorial on some of her do’s!

    Many blessings,


    1. Thanks! I am totally enjoying it! They’ve had a heat wave here too but it’s about to cool off. But they don’t have the same humidity as at home, so it still is better. Thanks for your suggestion!

  2. Thanks for the random life post. Always enjoy them.

    I really Iike when Anna Marieโ€™s children wear matching clothing. They look super cute.

  3. Hello Sarah! This is my first time commenting but I have been following your blog for almost a year now and have enjoyed, as well as been inspired, by all your posts.

    That said, I think it would be neat if you did a post on your book keeping and how you started out doing it. Personally, I have an interest in doing this as it seems like a great opportunity for a young lady wanting to stay in the home. I would love to hear some of your experiences with it.



    1. Awww, thanks for your comment, Bethany! So glad you’ve enjoyed the blog. That’s an awesome suggestion! I have been doing some form of bookkeeping now for about 18+ years, so I could put together some thoughts on it. Yes, it is a great opportunity. Thanks for thinking of it!

    2. I second this request! ๐Ÿ˜€ Would love to hear what your experiences have been and pros and cons to different programs etc.!

  4. These are my favorite kinds of posts! The picture of Tina reading to the “little kids” is so cute and funny! I always love the Arnold pics (and WHY do cats always go for house plants?! Those rascals!). I am a total “cat person” but my husband is allergic, so I love to enjoy other peoples’ cats from afar ๐Ÿ™‚ Good job, Abby, on the knitting! (or maybe crocheting?) Thanks for the fun post!

  5. Wonderful pictures as always on your Random Life posts! All the children are growing so fast and are so cute! And I just adore the Arnold and Ellie pics! Pets add so much to our lives, donโ€™t they?

  6. have a great time at west coast… nj & nyc is having heat wave (very humid here). is that quilling on the eagle… very beautiful… also like the knit hat… random life of your sil…

  7. What sweet pictures! Love how the nieces decorated the beds for their aunts, did they also add the wall letters? Precious!

  8. Yes, cookie dough is great! I confess that I like to eat it as much as I enjoy the baked cookies! That eagle card is incredible.

  9. I hope youโ€™re enjoying the West Coast, Sarah. ๐Ÿ™‚ Weโ€™re moving out there at the end of the year, and Iโ€™m so excited (I lived there for years before moving back east and, in my humble opinion, itโ€™s the best coast there is. I just love the sunshine!)

  10. Darling nieces and nephews who do sweet things for their aunts and uncles! Gigi looks like such a sweetheart! Cookie dough is a treat my sister and I enjoy when Mom’s not looking! Hooray for Anna Marie: she knows the way to make you feel special when you can’t help out! Welcome Home to the USA, Anna and Mary!

  11. Oh my, that card from a blog reader is amazing! There were many hours of work put into that one card. It is beautiful.

    Hopefully we will get to hear about your trip to the west coast. Wonder if it was a break from writing or if it was somehow entertwind with writing.


  12. Love these posts. Abby did amazing with the hat. I like to do a lot of things, but knitting is something I just never could do. And the eagle card is amazing! Glad the girls are home safe. And can’t wait to here more about the fair. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have a good time at the west costs!

  13. So many wonderful photos!! Wow, yโ€™all have had a busy blessed summer. So many cute kiddos too!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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