Boy, have I got a lot of catching up to do! Let's see....
May around our place has been a blur of activity. We enjoyed Mother's Day, although I was not able to spend it with my Mom.
Monday night we started revival at our church and it was a wonderful time of seeing God save souls and heal bodies. I'm so thankful to attend a church where God moves in a real and powerful way! The highlight of the revival for me was Bro. Douglas Meadows' Friday night message--"I Am Not An Egyptian". Even though it was directed at encouraging our young people, it encouraged me that John & are doing the right thing by raising our children in the way of Holiness. We've been criticized lately for doing so, and God used that message to encourage us to keep on keepin' on, and one day our kids will stand up to the world and say, "I Am Not An Egyptian".
Here's a little snapshot of the girls all dressed up and ready for church Thursday night.
The first week of May, the Hubster & decided to go on a juice fast, which consists of giving up solid foods and replacing them with juiced fruits and veggies. It was tough at first, but it got easier throughout the week and we both felt so much better after the juice cleansing. I lost 8 lbs (in 3 days), and plan to do it again next week. It was so much fun trying on clothes from the "too little" side of my closet and finding they fit! It's also nice when people comment and let you know the loss of weight is showing.
Breakfast, Lunch, & Supper: Fresh OJ, Carrots & Apples, Carrots & Cucumbers. Yum :)
I have been wanting to do a post on our evolving backyard "urban farm", but due to some complaints from neighbors, we had to give our chickens away and move our honey bees. We were able to keep our rabbits, however, and we are enjoying them so much! Meet Beast. Isn't he gorgeous? His mate, Beauty, appropriately named by Gracie, is a beauty as well. The children are in love!
Our garden is growing beautifully, and if the cool weather passes, our tomatoes will be ready in a couple of weeks. We picked our first mess of greens this week, and they are on the To Do List to be cooked down and frozen-canned tomorrow. I'm ready for some fresh potatoes and squash to fill the table and our tummies.
Some friends of ours own a thrift store nearby, and we stop in frequently to see what deals can be stolen :). Elijah had been eying a particular train set for some time but didn't quite have the $20 they were asking. So, the last time we stopped in, he asked the owner if he would take $5 for the set. She was happy to give him the deal and Elijah has played with it for hours on end. Way to jew 'em down, Elijah!
It's hard to believe May is almost gone, but it is so. We are looking forward to a fun-filled summer of youth camps, campmeetings, and visits "home" to Alabama. DH is halfway finished with the CPA exam, and would be one test away, but his last test has to be retaken due to the electricity going out when he was only 2 questions away from completion. I'm so proud of how hard he has worked to accomplish this goal and we are going to have a big par-tay to celebrate when it is all over!
Hope you enjoyed the little update, now to go catch up on some of my favorite blogs.