What a summer! So much fun to see all the resort families returning, and new friends made. In the midst of the beautiful season, cousins visited from all over the world, literally. The picture below features my sister Kim and Jamie's crew, on furlough from seminary work in Kenya. They have four under five, and we just had a blast with them. Earlier in the summer Gayle, my twin sister, visited with her adorables, and we also so enjoyed Steve's sister here and her four boys from Georgia. And how can I leave out two wonderful visits from Paula's kiddos in Green Bay, and the many lovely visits from Aunt Becky and Uncle Tim and Rebeca? And my folks?.....Well, it has been fun.
Kim's little Daniel.
We all went out to an open house nearby to a new youth ranch starting up that is committed to working with teen girls and horses. What a neat ministry and work going on there! Their web site is here: http://promisedlandyouthranch.org/
We really enjoyed the open house! The kiddos loved the horse park. :)
Kim's Eliya, and my Charity, got to ride "Texas".
Left, Rick Delise, heading up the ranch, and right, a new "wrangler" volunteer, Audrey. :) Steve and his brother and sister in law are all enjoying involvement in the ranch.
Well, the night was September 17 and with most of the busier season behind us, Steve and I got away to Green Bay for a night to see the Annie Moses Band perform at the Meyer's Theatre. With fiddle and strings deep in my blood, I was in tears of joy just about the whole time. Our niece Jessica watched our kiddos for the evening.
As school season started September first, a new member joined the family, our first family "Kindle". It has been a big hit. Still have hardly any idea how to use it, but I'm getting there. The kids, of course, figured out the games right away.
A dream of Steve's came true this month as well. His search for a good riding horse to join the Camp Lake family came to fruition with the arrival of "Snickers", a gentle brown quarter horse. We look forward to giving rides next season!
Something Grandma Esther taught the girls was how to "pop" these delightful flowering orange pods. I don't remember what this is called, but if you find a tender bulging pod and squeeze it, it bursts into tendrils going a few different directions. This patch of beautiful delicate orange flowers has become a must stop for my girls. It is hard to pull them away!
The pretty flowers....
And...to finish off the summer, school has started with a flourish for us. A lovely young gal helps me out to homeschool my girls and keep things trucking. The girls are doing gymnastics for the first time this year and loving it. I hope to settle into a routine and write more, but this motherhood journey is keeping me hopping. My heart is full, and thankful.