One of the sweetest times I’ve started having this year is long walks with my friend Carol.We meet at Eagle Lake and walk, talk, pray, and laugh. We are also known to dream and cry. Each spot on this walk has a different dream, a different prayer attached with it. We wonder about the wandering, whisper heartaches, celebrate triumphs. We ask What’s Next? These walks are good for my soul.
A couple of years ago, Jordan wanted to have a field day with his cousins, which has started a wonderful tradition. This was the Third Annual Russie Field Day. Cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and Grandma were in attendance. There were some non-water races and then water joined the fun. It was super hot out, so the water was a welcomed addition. J4 and I played spectators, since he was too young and someone had to keep him from falling face-first into the pool (again). He didn’t seem to mind too much since he received his own little J4-safe pool and he got to eat lunch in his pool! There were also some side sand-games, played by Sam and Tyler before they joined in the water games. These games were cake making and hole digging. One one the funnest games to watch was a summer spin on Duck, Duck, Gray Duck. It goes Drip, Drip, Dump and involves dripping and pouring water and chasing. It was hilarious to watch! Field Day always concludes with snacks, and this year there was also grilled pizza!
Smiling answered Hiawatha:
“In the land of the Dacotahs
Lives the Arrow-maker’s daughter,
Minnehaha, Laughing Water,
Handsomest of all women.
I will bring her to your wigwam,
She shall run upon your errands,
Be your starlight, moonlight, firelight,
Be the sunlight of my people!”
Over wide and rushing rivers
In his arms he bore the maiden;
Light he thought her as a feather,
As the plume upon his head-gear;
Cleared the tangled pathway for her,
Bent aside the swaying branches,
All the travelling winds went with them,
O-er the meadows, through the forest;
All the stars of night looked at them,
Watched with sleepless eyes their slumber…
…and I’m not talking about snow-covered ground or colorful lights or songs that are only brought out once a year. I’m talking about Autumn! The leaves are changing color and falling off trees, it’s cold at night but can still get hot during the day. It’s my favorite time of year.
I know, I know…it’s waaaaaaay past Labor Day. School has started, leaves are changing colors…and I’m just now posting Labor Day pictures. Well, it’s been a busy few weeks, with a funeral, canning salsa (yum!), looking for work, meeting new babies, getting training and putting plans into action for becoming a Relay Center during collection week with Operation Christmas Child. All big time-spenders. Now, on to pictures….