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Monday's musings

I woke up to the smell of apples and cinnamon baking in the house. In truth they weren't baking but simmering into yummy apple butter, thanks to the dedication of my dear husband! He made it his special project to finish off our apple stash from our recent trip to the orchard.  

This Monday I am so content to be home in our warm, apple-scented home, as the fall weather shows off with crisp air and chilly winds.  

After the unusually slow start to our day (I blame the cool temps for our late rising today!) I finally started feeling productive once the lunch dishes were put away.  

I've been feeling reflective this particular morning as I slowly puttered through my list of to-do's. A very un-Carrie thing to do. I'm not really a list kind of girl.  

But I wanted to share some of my musings.  

Our weekend. 

We had our very first family campout together! It was a perfectly chilly evening for it (temps dropped to 40) but the excitement on the boys faces (well, more so Jonah's!) made every cold moment of the adventure worth it. We decided to leave the camera at home since we would have plenty of other things to keep an eye on, but here are a few iphone snaps from our trip:

Headlamps! 

Headlamps! 

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Camp cocoa is the best. 

Camp cocoa is the best. 

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Cocoa for little hands. I just love our tin cups. 

Cocoa for little hands. I just love our tin cups. 

We enjoyed an early morning hike around the lake. 

We enjoyed an early morning hike around the lake. 

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First time shooting a BB gun for Oliver. 

First time shooting a BB gun for Oliver. 

My boys love to bring me flowers. I will always take whatever offering they give! 

My boys love to bring me flowers. I will always take whatever offering they give! 

I was a soup server for lunch (with our group we camped with). 

I was a soup server for lunch (with our group we camped with). 

Littlest were served first for lunch. Lucky for aleksandr.  

Littlest were served first for lunch. Lucky for aleksandr.  

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My main squeeze. No one I would rather adventure with.  

My main squeeze. No one I would rather adventure with.  

Truly it was a great weekend! I am eager to print a book of our photos.  

 

Scripture:

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. (Psalm 73:26) Amen! Isn't this great truth??

 

Readings:

Finally I wanted to share a blog post I have found to be so encouraging. I read this post back when we had miscarried, and today I read it again, and found it be just as encouraging. Walking through suffering is hard, but remembering what His truth is, is so important. I love how transparent the writer is in her own struggle with just being human, just feeling what you need to feel and bringing that to God. To read it, click the link below. I hope it's an encouragement to you too.

Talking myself through suffering

 

Now on to the rest of my Monday, I hear a little boy calling me that has just woken up from his nap. 

Happy Monday friends!

 

 

 

 

A birthday celebration

Our baby boy turned 3 years old this August and we celebrated by taking a day trip to a local science museum. I can't believe we have another 3 year old at home now. I still feel like he is very babyish, even though he is much more boy than baby these days. 

We decided to take a trip to Tellus Museum in Cartersville, GA. It's really not a far drive from our neck of the woods and because it was a weekday it was wonderfully quiet there. We had the museum nearly to ourselves! The boys loved seeing the dinosaur replicas, the gems and stones, the NASA exhibit (with a genuine astronaut suit to try on!) the hands on play areas (with a digging site for little archeologists) and so much more to explore. 

We packed our lunch and stopped midway through our visit to eat it outdoors on a nice shaded bench right outside the museum. Really, if you have little boys this is truly a "gem" for them. And it was fascinating for Jonah and I as well. 

Personally I really loved the NASA exhibit, and seeing a real moon rock. I also loved seeing all the gems and minerals and the ones that actually had a phosphorescence quality! You can see the large orb down below (left with regular light, right with black light). 

I think I was more in awe of all that God created when I walked out of Tellus. Why would He choose to make rocks glow in the dark? Or why would He choose to make creatures as large as dinosaurs (including a ginormous sea turtle we saw a replica of, also pretty cool)? 

This summer has been one where we've often stood in awe for who God is. For what He creates and designs with so much thought and care. And it's a humbling and grateful place that I find myself in each time I realize how good a God He is to care so much for those He's created, even by simply making a rock that glows in the dark. 

We were thrilled to celebrate our big 3 year old at such a fun museum, and to also partake of our family traditions again. Every birthday has turned into a doughnut run for breakfast and a chance for each boy to choose a balloon of their choice. We love making traditions and opting for a family day trip over a party was a very good choice all around this year. Happy Birthday to our big boy, who has already nearly mastered his new balance bike! 

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