Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Hello Blog... I've missed you!

I just might be ready to start blogging again!

It has always been so therapeutic for me and
brought me so much joy!

(Kids picking apples from the apple tree in our yard. Now I know why they trim them and keep them small at the orchards... it's impossible to get to most of the apples...)

Blogging helps me to look beyond the chores, the to do list 
and how I am falling short or missing the boat...

 Instead, I can focus on the fun and the joy that we have with our children 
(and grand children) both young and old!

Emma and Ellie going to their first day of school (early September)!

Mia will be starting public school in a couple weeks! 
She is having testing done now and then an IEP 
so the school will be ready to help her from where she is at!

Mia (far right) has also agreed to work on some of her past issues 
with trust, control and anxiety.
We're proud of her and happy that she is moving forward!
She is also applying for jobs and
has her first interview this week!  

There are many festivals going on in the fall!

We visited James J. Hills days and then ended 
with an ice cream cone from Ben and Jerry's!
Sarah just happened to be working!

Then on to (the next weekend) LOVEWORKS Academy / Fall Festival 
at St Margaret-Mary Church in Golden Valley!
We went to the church service, played games at the festival,
watched the Loveworks children perform and ate a delicious lunch!

One thing that has changed in our family is that we are ALL
in a different season of life.

(Ben is shaving!)

Very funny Dad and Ben!
Thank goodness he did not cut himself shaving!

We just don't have little kiddos living with us anymore...
The children are now ranging in age from almost 10 to 18.5 yrs.

We are experiencing multitudes of tweens and teens in our home!

Kids are desiring more independence
through jobs, education and schedules.

We still do a ton of things together but
sometimes we all just can't be at everything.

It took us a little bit of getting used to-
both ways.

Sarah couldn't believe we had a cookout with out her
and it didn't feel right going bowling without Em and El
that is the trend of the future 
and we just have to embrace it!

Right now I am blogging and they are making lunch...
Okay... I think I can do this!

Who need a cooking class when 
everyday is a cooking class at our house!

I went on an amazing date with our son Billy!
What a special treat it have time with just him!

In August we started square dancing with the 
West-tonka Whirlers!
We are having such a great time!

They are so welcoming to our large family!
And so patient with some of our special needs kids!
The square dancing angels each take a child and dance with them!
Each week we are learning new moves!

Last week Jenny had the screw in her elbow taken out.
It had been in since July 2017 when she broke 
and dislocated her elbow.

It was beginning to bother her and so close to the skin.
The screw was bigger than I anticipated.

She has a 2 week recovery.

Some of our kids are participating in an outdoor nature class.
They love it no matter what the weather is like...

The cats love the extra attention they get from all of the kids!

We love the apple orchards in Minnesota!

Definitely, an abundant harvest of apples this year!

And a what a wonderful snack to have while we worked and played!
(They said it was okay to take an apple while we worked!)

Honey Crisp are our favorite!

Yes... we bought ALL of these apples and more!
Missing two kids here...
Ava and Anna, where did you two go?

We LOVE Applejack's Apple Orchard!

Playing on the bales of hay!
It doesn't matter how old we get-
we just love to have FUN!

On the way home,
we had to stop at another farm
that had raspberries, pears, corn on the cob, 
tomatoes, onions and homemade jam!

Pick your own raspberries!

And we have the team to do it!
The kids loved it!

I'm going to be honest...
being 60 is not my favorite...
We have decided to really embrace life!
Get closer to God.
Go on dates when we can
and just enjoy this season of our lives!

We are making ourselves and our marriage a priority!

And we have the crew to EAT them!

The kids teamed up into groups of two
and worked together!

Rainwater works, when there's no running water!

Of course, first we put soap on our hands bc we thought it was sanitizer...
Thank goodness this place collected rain water!

The doggies LOVE it when the children play with them!

Two doggies are on the platform of the swing set!
They slide down, too!

It would have been the perfect weekend..
except we watched the Viking game the next day...
and it was a huge loss...

Oh well!


Jboo said...

Oh Jean - I'm so glad to see this update and hope you will continue to blog! I still have mine going too and it's a nice reminder of what we've been doing and I often check past ones to help my memory! :) Love seeing your beautiful family and you and the Hubs!

Vicky said...

I have always loved your blog and family! Thanks for sharing!

Jennie said...


Joy, joy, joy~~~~So. so. very happy to get an update! The children are growing so fast~Ben is so tall. Thank you for this lovely post.

Unknown said...

Yay! Glad to see you back! Maybe it will inspire me to get busy writing. I enjoyed blogging when I was doing it regularly. Good to see all their cute faces again.

mary m said...

So happy for the update and also, what a lovely post.
I so remember how things and activities change after
the children become bigger.
Mia, good luck with your job interview. You are a
beautiful young woman.
Those apple orchards with Honeycrisp apples are gorgeous.
My niece from Minneapolis and her better half have planted
Honeycrisp trees at their lake house in Northern Minn.
They had to put tall cages around them to keep the deer out.
Bless you all in this new season of your life and family.
Thank you again, so nice to read an update....
mary m, age 72

Updated by Lila Huggins (grandmother) said...

THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK!! I missed hearing from you. Lila Huggins

terre said...

i was so pleased to see your family again! it's been so long. you know, parenting at 60 (in your case) and 62 (in mine) is REALLY hard. we do need to put emphasis on our marriages to survive the strain and stress of teenagers. thanks for a timely reminder.


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MayLynne said...

I'm so happy that you and your blog entries are back. I so love to hear about what you and your growing-up family are doing. Following your blog is so encouraging to me. I'm wondering about a few things--your side bar mentions 2 daughters-in-love; who is married besides Matt? and 4, almost 5, grandbabies; you have only told us about Emily, Ali and Elodie, (unless I missed something). It sounds like there have been some additions to your family. Will you tell us about them?

K said...

It's so nice to see you blogging again. I admit, it's been over a year since I posted anything on my blog.

I, too, have kids that are transitioning, as well as one still young, and it's quite a dilemma when they have special needs, especially when the needs are physical and intellectual in the same child.

The area where you live looks lovely! I miss my apple tree in my former home's backyard; and my plum and orange trees, too. I miss picking black berries there, too. I do have Meyer lemons in my current yard and some pretty horrible inedible sour oranges.

One of these years, I'll put in a garden and a small orchard.

Meanwhile, it was very nice to see how all of you are doing. I know it isn't all roses all the time and is down right hard work. If you feel able to share things that are working for you about the transition the kids are making, I'm sure I'd find that helpful. I'm especially interested in learning how your special needs kiddos find jobs and how you keep them safe when they are away from you.

Laurel said...

Always fun to read your family updates.

We had a big transition this year . . . we only have ONE child left at home! It is totally CRAZY, after 34 years of parenting with 12 kids. It does amaze me, though, how busy "just one" can still keep me.

We now have 12 grandSONS under 7 years old, but our first grandDAUGHTER will be joining the family in the New Year. My dear daughter that lives a bit north of you will have 5 little ones 6 and under. After 4 boys, she is excited to add a little pink to the family.

Many blessings to you and your family.

Laurel :)

Anonymous said...

Welcome back!!

Welcome back! I am so happy to hear from you again, I really missed you and your lovely family.
I do hope everything will work out fine for all of you and I so look forward to your blogs!

Love to you and your family Christina