Hello! August has been a pretty full month for us around here – four birthdays (three all in the same week!), my sisters participating in the Bible Bee for the first time, a baby shower, a graduation, pea picking, and my most recent explorations into the world of brewing kombucha (which has been SUPER fun!). Without further ado, I will let these pictures tell you the rest of the story. 🙂
John started us off with the first birthday!
Followed by Grace’s
Watercolor pictures for my little niece’s or nephew’s room.😊 This was my first time doing watercolors, so I was so scared I was going to mess something up!
And a hand-lettered sign. (I had help from my brothers with the carpentry side of this project.)
At the baby shower for Brittany, Mom gave her some of Will’s firsts things, seeing that he’s having his first. 😊
The soon-to-be aunts, grandma, and mama! ❤️
The happy parents!
Over this summer, my two youngest sisters participated in the Bible Bee for the first time. The girls did so well with memorizing their passages, and we enjoyed getting to fellowship with the other families at the meetings.
It was such a blessing to see all these young people stand up and proclaim God’s Word!
A misty sunrise on the way to farmer’s market one morning.
George fell in love with this basket of pea hulls! 😄
Living in a trailer home, we have had our share of mouse problems. The other day, we discovered that one family had set up house INSIDE the piano. My ingenious brother figured out how to take it apart, and we found eight babies nestled under the keys. 😧
Thankfully, the mama mouse hadn’t done any serious damage to the inside.
I’ve been SO excited about my kombucha adventure! After hearing about it through a friend and researching all the amazing gut health benefits, I decided to give it a try. As you can tell from this picture, the mice were getting into that as well. 😐
Peach ginger kombucha I love this stuff! Not only is it fun to make and experiment with different flavors, but it tastes pretty amazing too! (Although most of my family begs to differ on that point. 🙂)
Helping friends pick their pea field on a beautiful morning.
This month, my brother Jacob turned 20. We have a special celebration/graduation when each of us kids reach 20, and it is based off the Old Testament Scriptures that say a man (or woman) reaches adulthood when they turn 20. (Numbers 1:45, Leviticus 27) We started doing this with my oldest brother, and it has been such a blessing each year we’ve done it!
Friday night we had a family dinner at an old tavern that now operates as a restaurant. (And no, they don’t sell liquor. 🙂)
The two Grahams : Jacob Graham and Lance Graham (Grandpa Hellwig)
Enjoyed having my pap’s cousin in for the weekend.
After dinner, we had a time of sharing stories about Jacob’s life and encouraging him. This is always such a fun and meaningful part of the evening!
Grandpa Hellwig encouraging Jacob to work hard, pray, and to remember to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5, 6)
Pap shared some wisdom with Jacob about waiting on the Lord in making decisions. Hearing these words of wisdom from the older generation has been SO meaningful. For anyone who has grandparents still alive, I would highly encourage you to sit down with them and ask questions – listening to the wisdom they have to share will leave a huge impact on your life and will be something you will never forget!
I just can’t get over how cute these THREE are! 😊❤️❤️❤️
On our graduation, each of us kids receive a meaningful present. This hand-forged axe was the perfect gift for my woodsman brother!
And a camo quilt, of course! My sister, Sarah, did a wonderful job on this one.
A scrapbook of Jacob’s life
Sibling conference. 🤫
Grandpa’s present was quite interesting, It was a lock box, but he had the key. He gave Jacob twenty dollars and said he could either keep the twenty, or exchange it for the key.
He chose the key. 😊 (And found out it was the better trade)
Saturday morning at a friend’s market just down the road. It was so nice to have Mom’s parents here for the weekend.
My dog-loving grandpa with his doggy friend.
These two were a funny pair. 😄
Will’s birthday was also that morning. (I don’t know if you can tell, but cookie cake is pretty popular around our house. 😉)
We had Jacob’s Manhood Ceremony at our church Saturday afternoon.
Jacob shared a few things from Proverbs 3, as well as some of his plans for the future. (Which involve doing lawn care with Dad as well as a taxidermy business.)
A father’s & grandfathers’ prayer of blessing
At the end of the ceremony, Dad had a Manhood Pledge for Jacob to sign. (He also asked the other men there to sign as witnesses.)
Visiting with friends at the reception
My two beautiful grandmothers!
Mom’s creative table decorations
It was so good to visit with all our friends that came!
Jacob and his camo cookie cake (which someone cut before I could get a picture 😁)
The squirrel on the right is one of Jacob’s first taxidermy projects.
Yes, that is a stuffed snake next to the axe. 😬
Grandpa has such a sense of humor, and this was captured just after one of his funny moments. 😆
Congrats if you made it through that picture overload! 😄
Hope y’all have had a wonderful summer!