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Late Autumn Morning

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My Red Sunset Maple in the front yard! So beautiful!

I'm headed out to get groceries and to buy the hot dogs and buns for our Fall Fest on Sunday.  We'll be roasting them over a campfire, and having all kinds of fun - hay rides, an outdoor viewing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, a candy toss.

I'm wanting to string lights in these trees and have some tables and chairs set under them.  It's going to be a good time!  If I don't post on the weekend you'll know why, but I promise photos and a full report on Monday!

Have a great weekend!  Sunday is November 1st already!

We're On A Roll

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When Nate and Kay got married, the officiant told me that I should do weddings professionally.  I appreciated that compliment! 

I've never understood the idea that a wedding takes a year or more to plan, and has to cost tons of money.  We don't roll like that around here.  In the two family weddings we've done so far, both brides found their dresses off the rack and only needed a few minor alterations.  I know finding a dress can be the biggest issue, but there are a lot of resources out there, and sometimes you just have to think outside the box.

I am happy to report here that we have found Emma's dress!  It needs a few alterations, mainly for length, but that is very doable.

Our friend Amy is designing the invitations.  She has done all the invitations for the weddings in our family.  Once the design is finished we have gone to Staples to have them printed, and maybe using Costco this time.  They are both very affordable and were easy to work with.

My friend Susan has g…

Wedding Planning

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My kids mentioned to me this summer, "If Emma and Vinnie get married next year, you'll have three weddings in three years!" However, Tim and I took Vinnie and Emma to dinner last night, to celebrate and talk wedding plans.  As we talked, we realized that with everyones schedule, including having an aunt and uncle home from Africa, school friends on break, his dad who is a teacher is off for the holidays, etc, it would be better timing to have the wedding in late December rather than later in January! 

It's an amazing time in our family's life.

So three weddings in two years, and four months between two of them!  

Let that sink in a minute.

Good thing I love this kind of stuff!

It will be an evening wedding, which will be beautiful in winter.  Think soft lighting, greenery, crimson.
The two weeks of Christmas and New Year's are always full of celebration for us, with Tim's birthday on Christmas Eve, Lindsay's on New Year's Day, and our anniversary on Jan…

They're Engaged!

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The call came a week or two ago, from Vinnie to Tim.  A text  message to Tim to me, "What size ring does Emma wear?"  Ahhh!

When Vinnie came last Thursday, the secret watch was on by the family.  They came home from lunch after arrivingin Philly.  We all sneak a peak at her finger.  No ring.

They went to the flashlight maze at the corn maze she and Lindsay used to work at, they came home, we glance at the finger.  No ring.

I kept getting text messages from family,

 "Anything exciting happening over there?"

"Is Vinnie gonna propose to her today?"

The anticipation was killing everyone!

They went to Hershey Park for the afternoon and evening.  Home.  No ring.

We go on a beautiful hike yesterday, lots of opportunity in a beautiful place.  No ring.

It's A Beautiful Morning (Keeping My Eyes On The ONE)

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This autumn the foliage is not so vivid as other years, but it is still so beautiful.  I'm thankful for this view every day.


Vinnie is visiting....
They're pretty cute, aren't they?


I'm thankful for the chance to pray for my great nephews while knitting for them.  This is the second hat that is finished, and I have begun casting on the third.


I have some friends with health issues that I have been praying for, and reading about Joey.

I'm heartbroken for them, but thank God for the words that Rory has written.  I'm heartbroken for the direction our government has gone, and for the 'blindness' that has come to our nation.

I am choosing everyday to walk with the ONE who knows it all and holds the future in His hands.  I will grieve losses of both lives lost and freedoms.

This is a song that Tim has been using in his time with the Lord - the lyrics help me to remember that this life is not all there is.  It can be sweet , but the real living is in the time to come…

Feeding Horses

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I am not the usual feeder of the horses but I do it sometimes.  The other evening Kamryn was here, and since she is an animal lover I took her out with me to feed Sandy and Cheyenne.













I love the evening light and how it fades quickly at this time of year!


Kamryn is a busy girl and loves to help.

Computer Issues

My Macbook is having issues for the first time ever!  (sniff)

I was using it in the afternoon yesterday, reading Susan Branch's blog and dowloaded a few free stationary items.  Then all of the sudden it wouldn't open any links, just sent it all to the offline reader.  And it wouldn't type normally.  (sob)

Do any of you use Macs and do you have ideas of what to do?  I can talk it to my local Apple Store but if I didn't have to do that, that would be wonderful.

I am using the regular pc and I downloaded all kinds of cute photos and videos of Kamryn helping me feed horses the other night and this computer shows them as downloaded but when I go to pull one up to load it, it shows no photos or videos at all!  (Argh!)

So a boring blog post today, but I'm hoping someone can help me!

Judith, has this ever happened to you?

Garden: Longwood

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There is so much beauty at Longwood.  Every where you look is something interesting.

Becky, Georgia, Bonnie and I met for lunch and then went to Longwood together.  It was a really nice day, and I'm glad we got to spend it together.

The trees are so beautiful.


We walked down toward the Italian Water Garden.  That is one of my favorite areas in spite of the fountains being turned off at this time of year.

Then we walked up to the brick walk.  This walk is different all through the year.  They change out the plants seasonally, but it's always beautiful and interesting.
Right now they have a lot of tall plants like the Cannas (in different colors) and also a lot of plants in the mint family, and lots of Dahlias, too.








 I was using my phone camera so sometimes the focus is off and I couldn't always get the right color, so I've played with the editing on some of them a bit.  The colors are so amazing in person!  I love gardens and plants and love to see the creative way that Longw…

Autumn Beauty: Longwood Gardens

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This is a photo of my Cleveland Pear tree from the other day.
Saturday I am meeting up with some friends from church at Longwood Gardens.  I really love it there, and haven't been for a few years.  

It's going to be chilly and I am so looking forward to it!

Here are some photos from Longwood's website.




I'll try to get some photos but I hope to soak in all the beauty.