*** update… the pics are finally here. after a week+, we finally got our internet fixed so that i could upload pics…. the slideshow is at the bottom of this post.***
yes, yes, yes. I know that I didn’t not have a single blog post during the month of October. It’s not for lack of pics or stories… more the lack of ‘want to’ and lack of extra time since (sorry Mama) a lot of time is now being spent on facebook.
a not-so-quick run down….
we went apple picking at a small orchard with some of our Care Group on Chuck’s 31st b’day. it was our first time ever. after being initially disappointed at the selection of ‘good’ apples (& after a brief delay while I fed small apples from off the ground to the friendly cows in the neighboring pasture), we finally found some apples that were low enough for the boys to pick & looked extra yummy! in the barn store, we looked at a beehive behind glass, tried some homemade candy & delish apple butter (a new favorite of mine). if you typically don’t like apple butter or are not sure if you’d like it, try this: spread a thin layer of apple butter on a ritz cracker. something about the saltiness of the cracker with the apple butter makes for an oh-so-yummy treat! later that day, we ate dinner with the Shaws at Longhorn for Chuck’s b’day and then went to a park/playground where the kids played & laughed. We enjoyed Julie’s homemade apple pie that she made earlier that afternoon with the apples they picked from the orchard that morning… now that’s fresh apple pie!!
later in the month, we hosted Donnie Slade (an old family friend from Rome, GA) for a few days while he was in town to do a KidzBlitz event at our church. we had a good time with him & really enjoyed the event at church. more than our enjoyment, we had 23 kids accept Jesus as Savior at the event! AMAZING!
for Halloween, our church took a new approach this year. we didn’t have our annual Family Fall Festival. instead, the leaders decided to put our church people back into their neighborhoods. we handed out 1400 Fall Fun Packs to church peeps that were full of ideas to create opportunities to connect with neighbors on halloween night. one family served hotdogs & soft drinks to their neighbors and another family set up a fire pit & met new neighbors as they came by to trick or treat. the idea is to begin building relationships with your neighbors which may eventually lead to an opportunity to bring them to church or share Christ with them. i really like the idea, though we didn’t do anything in our neighborhood this year since this was Trip & Quinn’s first time ever going trick-or-treating. which, by the way, quinn LOVED!! he practically ran to the door of every house. he had to ring the doorbell AND knock on each door even if Trip had already rung the bell. he would also keep saying ‘trick-or-treat’ until he had his treats! it was really cute! Trip was a Police Officer this year and Quinn was Robin (batman’s sidekick). we let him pick out his own costume this year (usually Quinn just gets the costume Trip wore 2 years before). we think it is funny that he chose Robin which was a slight demotion since he was Batman last year…. seriously, who chooses to be the sidekick?
Anyway… below is a slideshow for your viewing pleasure. i’ll catch up on the first half of November in my next post & will try my darndest not to get so far behind going forward! :0)
(p.s. if you mouse over the pics in the slideshow, your pointer becomes like a magnifying glass and you can enlarge portions of the images!)