May in Review...

May has been a lovely month. 
Full of all the normal things big families do when they live on a farm. 
Its been the first month all year that we didn't travel as a family. 
Lots happening though...among other things, Allison spent 10 days in Mississippi, Dad took a 2 day trip to Tennessee (to sell our old bus!), and the whole family stayed very busy staying busy. =)
I managed to capture almost everyone in action at some point or another throughout the month.

Our cousin Hannah came and surprised Allison for her 18th birthday. Surprised as in....hid behind her bedroom door and jumped out at her in the dark when Allison went to go to bed. 
I was right behind Allison to watch her reaction and it was quite something to behold. =)
Allison & Hannah made a huge batch of sugar-free chocolates for mom for mothers day. 
peppermint patties...peanut butter truffles....dark chocolate turtles....and all sorts of other concoctions.
(I know everyone is going to be begging for the recipes so I'll see if I can convince Alli to do a guest post on here and share...)
 One of our toilets was "out of commission" for about a week.
 That was the week of loooong lines for the remaining bathroom.....
We girls hosted a picnic at the park for some friends.
The gardens are SO beautiful....there's lots of elbow grease behind every one of those straight rows!

mom hoeing and the little girls cutting lettuce
Digging the holes....

planting the flowers...
 our little "hunter-in-training"
smiling. =)
filling the watering can
more planting...
carrying loads of mulch for the gardens
Hudson & Taylor working on their garden plot
Our new friends, Caleb & Katie Garraway, invited our whole tribe over for dinner. 
After a delicious meal we gathered around the big Mac and watched the new movie they just produced, called "Second Chance". 
It is a fabulous family movie and we were so blessed by it.
 Allison spent 10 days in Mississippi helping some friends of ours who were expecting baby #8 any day. (the baby was born the day after Allison got home!)
She did everything from making freezer meals to caring for the seven children (who are all under the age of 10) 
Oh, and she got in on the fun of snake hunting. =) 
Not really.
But she did experience the joys of finding a 5-ft snake in ones backyard.
 The guys gave Allison 18 roses for her birthday.
I think this is becoming a tradition...
 Does anyone notice that May has also been a month of growing boys?!
The other day I observed what may possibly be the cat world's strangest nursing position ever. =)
 Carson fixing machinery
 Josh disking one of our fields...
 I had a photo shoot with some of the younger ones to get their year photos done.
The following were a few expressions that are too cute not to post.
 Mischief is just oozing out of this child. =)
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might.."
Ecclesiastes 9:10a


  1. Looks like it was a wonderful month.

    "Happy belated Birthday Allison."

    love the photo and your new found friend..aka..Mr. long snake

  2. A very wonderful month indeed! ;) I can still taste the chocolate and hear the laughing.... good memories!! ;)

  3. Life looks full and so blessed... Loved the pics of Elizabeth :-)

  4. Lovely pictures!

  5. Thanks for the pictures. The younger ones' expressions are priceless. That was so kind of the guys to do that for Allison's birthday-I remember when they did it for you, Chelsy. Looks like you all had a very adventure filled month.
    God bless! Rebecca k.

  6. Fun post. But I had no idea Allison could/ would hold a snake. my goodness! The one of Allison 'on her perch' is just too delightfully hilarious!

  7. Thanks for the post, Chels! Loved the pics - it's fun to see what all of you are up to!
    Love ya,

  8. I LOVE Allison's shirt in picture 18. Where did she get it?

  9. I (her sister) sewed it. The pattern is Simplicity #3750. Just take that pattern and
    1) raise the bodice 2"
    2) lower the high waist 1/2"
    3) add a zipper to the back
    4) shorten & adjust the sleeve pattern
    and do a few more little tweeks (that I'm not remembering right now) and you'll have the same shirt! =)



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