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Children love ice cream….and playgrounds….and I love seeing them happy, so earlier this summer, my younger siblings and I all took advantage of a spare evening and went to a nearby ice cream shop!!  Being only about 8 country miles away was a big plus, too, for us country folk. 🙂 IMG_5441

By the way, the proper way to eat an ice cream cone is upside down….can’t you see how efficient that is? 😉

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Ohhh, those eyes……and that adorable little chocolate-smeared chin!!

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Ella and I shared a cone!  The literal, non-germophobe way….

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Or at least we tried.

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Peanut butter sundaes are the best, right, Joy??

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Beth is so pretty!!  And her character reflects her love for the Lord…so glad she’s my sister.

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Cara!!  That girl is growing up too fast…

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Wade’s just keepin’ to McIntosh Ice Cream Outing Traditions!


As soon as the ice cream was finished off, we headed a couple of miles down the road to a local school playground – one of our favorites.  The evening was so enjoyable!  We even made friends with a few other kids who were hanging out there, and watched their jaws drop as we told them that we were ALL siblings, not a day care. 🙂

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Staticky slide hair!

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Wade and Ella have fun!

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money can't buy ice cream, but...

Okaaaayyyy, not quite.  Here’s the truth, though!

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”
John 15:10-11, NKJV

What did you do this summer that you especially enjoyed?  What do you wish you would have done?  I’d love to hear about it down below!

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Happy Winter, y’all!  It’s definitely snow season around here.  Though at the moment the snow is just beginning to melt again, I thought I’d share some photos I took on a couple different recent snowy days.  Snow is so beautiful – I love to watch it sparkle in the sunlight…or the moonlight!  Whether it’s snow laden pine trees, slick roads, or long icicles hanging from rooftops, snow is beautiful.  Cold, definitely, but beautiful enough to make a quick photo shoot worth the freeze.  So thankful for God’s beautiful creation!  Isn’t it awesome that He washes our hearts “whiter than snow” {Psalm 51:7}?  Now that is clean.  🙂IMG_4361

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IMG_4470  I love seeing sun rays making their way through branches on a tree, but you can’t do that beauty justice by snapping a simple photo.  There’s an art to taking good pictures of the sun….and I’m gonna learn it.  Someday.  🙂IMG_4533 IMG_4498IMG_4508Aaannnd, a hot double mocha cappuccino was in order when I returned inside to help take the chill away.  Oh, the perfection and the yumminess… 🙂IMG_4544 IMG_4547

Have a great week!  🙂

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!”

-Psalm 107:8

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Our annual homeschool spelling bee was held last week on Monday!  Five of my siblings competed, and they all did awesome.  🙂  But keep scrolling to find out which sister WON!!!

Cara, Kate, and Wade were all in the pre-bee.

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When it was Wade’s turn during the practice round, he walked up to the microphone, and upon realizing it was too high for his five-year-old stature, grabbed the mike, stood up as tall as he could, and puffed out his chest.  He told the judges his name (first, middle AND last, mind you) and age, and proceeded to spell his given word, “wag.”

“W-A-G…….” his voice trailed off as he wrinkled up his forehead, trying to decide whether or not the word continued.  After a long pause (during which we all may or may not have been trying to hide our laughs), the judge finally told him it was correct and let him sit down.  He was SO much fun – it was an awesome ice breaker, too!

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Here’s the whole group of pre-bee spellers….

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 ….And here are the pre-bee winners!!!  Alexis won first, and Silas was the runner up.

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Can’t have a competition without judges!

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Mary (below) and Joy were both in the “big bee.”
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This is Abby, folks.  One of Joy’s best friends and a sweet girl who never fails to give a smile.

(Click on the image to see a larger version – I couldn’t get it to enlarge)
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It took quite a while to narrow down this group, but out of all eight of them, Joy won!  She gets to continue on to the next level, which I think is county.  Who knows – maybe she’ll get to national!  She’s studying already.

The " I WON!!!!!!" look

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Haha…I asked the twins to show me their certificates, and this was my favorite shot.  Love their expressions!  🙂

 

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IMG_4222We stopped at McDonald’s afterwards to use up some coupons, and were surprised to see that two of the families from the homeschool group happened to be there also!  Abby’s family had to leave right away, but the Hopkins stayed and chatted with us for quite a while.  They were planning on going through the drive-thru, but we were able to convince them to come in and eat.  🙂

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Oh, the expressions…My siblings are so much fun!
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We had an interesting proportion of boys to girls.  But with our family, I guess that’s the usual.  🙂
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Thanks for reading, y’all!  Have an awesome week and keep shining for Jesus!

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