Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Rest Of August

The rest of August brought a variety of events for the family here at Providence Prairie.

We finished up Volume 14, issue #4 of the Prairie Proclamation~ Dog Days of Summer.  Can you believe that we have been publishing this for fourteen years now?!!  If you would like to join our family of readers, you can do that here.

 We celebrated a very late birthday for Amanda.  We even served her favorite- Pumpkin Torte Cake.

She is enjoying her new fiddle!

Dale Days Community Festival has come to be an annual event in our family singing adventures, and so we trekked to the "big" town of Dale to participate in the festivities.

This year, though was somewhat different as we have two additions to the family over last year.  With that in mind, we had a whole different kind of fun!  Everyone (all nine of us) played an instrument for a presentation of large dimensions!

During the month, Mark and Haylee passed by Providence Prairie on their way to Ozark Christian College.  We had a really nice abbreviated visit with them.  It is always good to visit.  We even squeezed in a session of Frisbee Golf.  Are you surprised?
And so the summer is rapidly coming to a close.  The cooler temperatures are a blessing after the very hot and dry season we have had.  We look forward to what God has in store for us in the coming months.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Patoka Lake Annual Reunion at Pike Lake

August saw the Patoka Lake Annual Resor Family Reunion at Pike Lake in Ohio again this year.  The long, hot drive there was greeted by a twenty degree drop in the temperature!  What a blessing!  A storm had passed through and ridded the air of its intense heat and high humidity!
Beautiful butterflies gathered for all to observe.

 Homemade ice cream is always a part!  Mmmm!

Trey and Clair shared rides on their new tandem bicycle.

There was lots of catching up to do with extended family members. 

We enjoyed joining in a variety of games each evening. 

Everyone got involved!
The trash can meal was such fun to prepare and eat!  Delicious!

And most importantly, after our Sunday morning worship gathering, Zachary decided to give his life fully to the Lord and was baptized, washing away his sins!

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Somber Memorial Service of Mr. Bo

Rachel was going about her morning chores when she came to the cage of Mr. BoJangles.  Her trusty friend was nowhere to be found.  You can read about our faithful starling friend here.

He had been found shivering a few days before; we assumed due to the air conditioning.  Nevertheless, she finally found him in a heap behind his makeshift nest box.  Dead.As with all of our dearest animal friends, Mr. BoJangles had a fitting place prepared for him in our pet cemetery.  It was just his size.

After contemplating the irony of life and death, we each placed a handful of dirt on the friendly bird's carcass and had a greater understanding of the fragility of life.

Mr. BoJangles will always hold a special place in our remembrances.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Bountiful Harvest

He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground, and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful.
~Isaiah 30:23