Warning: LONG post ahead.
This past September was a beautiful month in our lives.
Time at home. Time abroad. Time at the farm. Time at home with guests.
That pretty much sums it up.
Much of our summer was cool and rainy. Hardly ever did we get several warm days in a row. So, when this popped up on my forecast in the beginning of September, I was so happy, I took a picture of it!!! A week of sunshine!!! And you know what that means - gardening!!! And picnics!!! And walks in the stroller!
Josh had the privilege of spending 9 days in Ireland with a bunch of folks from our church in September. When he came back it was so precious to hear of the relationship deepening that went on between various ones. That's really what this Christian life is - relationship with the Lord, relationship with others.
As he was gone two extra days on top of the Ireland time, the children and I escaped to the farm, for some time with my family before my sister's wedding.
My Dad bought Philip these cute Carhart overalls for Christmas, and I dressed him in them a lot at the farm. They were too big on him, but oh well. It looked cute!
My Cote grandparents also came to visit at the farm while we were there, as did Luke's girl, Pilar. Reid came down once, and we got to see Great-Grandma Collin a few times too. Words cannot say how blessed we were to be with all those special people, all at once to boot!
My children and I also spent part of a day over at Rebecca Fehr's. It was so good to fellowship and encourage each other in our busy Mommy roles.
Avery was so good with Philip. He was the pair of guy hands that were needed with Josh across the ocean, and my Dad out in the field.
Sorry Chloe, you can get on my case about this picture when you see it.
This was at her bridal shower in Foremost. The dear bride-to-be was subjected to a game of many questions about Reid. If she got the answer wrong, she had to stick a piece of bubblegum in her mouth. If she got the answer right, she was awarded a chocolate, which were collected in a separate spot, to be enjoyed after the bubblegum wore off. Let's just say, she got way more incorrect than I thought she would, but Chloe put on a good show, and had the room roaring with laughter at her epic expressions as she got questions right/wrong.
Chloe's mother-in-law-to-be, Bev, was able to make it down from Calgary for the shower.
Never let a fall in the sand stop you!
And she didn't!