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Wedding Day

Above is a little iPhone video preview of the wedding.  Real camera video coming soon.

We had 2.5 weeks to prepare and a very unpredicatable weather forecast.  Wedding day dawned misty and cool, but thankfully the rain stayed away despite the ominous clouds.  Windy Ridge was bustling with family and friends from morning to night and we are now one daughter richer. Those of you who have followed my son’s story know how special this day was. Thank you for your continued prayers and love.

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Rehearsal

After rehearsal we brought the wedding party and our songbirds to the little, old church for open mic.

Wedding Week

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Instagram photos from this blessed wedding week. Follow along, here.

It has been over 6 months addiction free for my boy. This Sunday we celebrate with a wedding. Two weeks ago they told me they would like to get married here and since then Windy Ridge has been bustling with preparation.  Those of you who have been following Landon’s story know how much this means to us.  God is amazing. Always.

Stay tuned for the wedding story (or follow along on Instagram for daily photos).

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Fried Apple Rings

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I was in the middle of deep-frying supper (yeah, we are health nuts) and Levi was slicing apples to dehydrate and suddenly we had the brilliant idea to deep fry the apples. Giddy with the possibilites of this new invention, we mixed up some Krusteaz pancake batter, dumped in some cinnamon and sugar, dipped the fresh apple rings and fried. We let drain on paper towels and sprinkled with liberal amounts of the cinnamon and sugar.  Oh my! In seconds we had a delicious, fresh apple pie.  We called the family that live across the woods so that we could share this bit of yummy genius. They came. We ate every last one while reminding ourselves that it was a good thing that I accidentally added salt instead of sugar to the fresh whipped cream or this dessert might have been fattening.

(a quick internet search found that we are not the only brilliant people that thought of this and deep fried apple rings have been around for ages)

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Lydia June

LYDIA JUNE

Lydia June in eden’s bouquet

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Hazel Jean

Our Hazel Jean turned five. That is an important milestone in a little girl’s life. She was showered in love from dawn to dusk by the whole family. Above is a little cameo of it all.

Five Months

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Landon with brand new cousin Lydia and sister Violet

I am so thankful to be counting in months. The critical time that I wrote about, here, seems unreal now.  My boy is a different person.

Still, it hasn’t been easy.

Summertime has been a challenge, but I remind myself this is his first attempt at going through a summer, sober, in all his adult life.  The warm weather and long hours have triggered many memories of using drugs and this season has been a rollercoaster of failure and success.  His victories make the failures more painful.  He has not used opiates, but has fallen into old behaviors that would lead back to opiate use if not dealt with.

Landon is learning a whole new way of living. Getting sober is one thing. Staying sober is a conscious, every-single-day battle for him.  It can be exhausting and discouraging for all of us.  He wears his war on his sleeve and sometimes I wallow in the grief of this disease.  I wonder if my son will scratch and claw his way through life, scrounging around for joy, only to die like my dear uncle?  Or like his best friend?  My faithless self crosses many bridges before I get to them.

Despite my doubt and fear, God is Faithful. Always.

I thank God for HIS renewing strength because without Him we have none.

Keep praying, friends.  Our mighty God hears.

Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, brother of mine

Heirloom Style at Costco

costco eb roadshowI am excited to announce that we are testing a new market.  This roadshow is just a test and if successful we hope to design an exclusive line for this project.  Simple heirloom style that will give you lower price points without compromising quality.

(think Rachel Ashwell’s “Simply Shabby” for Target)

 

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