Not exactly the "country life" I had in mind. Although, since we're looking at a picture of it, this is some delicious butter. It's what I buy here and we use more of it than we probably should. It's a creamy English butter that we like to spread on toast, put on mashed potatoes, or smother over our veggies.
That's all well and good, but the country life I am getting at is the one my children dream about and love to talk about. They are constantly reminiscing about time in Indiana at their grandma and grandpa's. In fact, just this afternoon, Grant and I were on a walk with our dog, and he said, "I wish I was home". He was generally talking about being in Michigan, but then it quickly turned into Indiana talk again. Can't blame the kid. His grandma and grandpa along with about a gazillion cousins are there.
Austin misses playing with Lance, Tony, and Adam, going fishing in Grandpa's pond, playing basketball and baseball, and hot dog roasts...
Braaten misses hanging with her cousins, Natalie, and Rachel to name a couple, playing house with the kitty cats as her babies, eating Grandma's cooking, and just being in Indiana where a kid can be free...
Melanie misses the same cousins, playing with lots and lots of kittens, riding a bike on Grandpa's driveway, giving Grandma hugs and swimming at the pond...
Grant misses playing in the mud, playing with Lexi and Adam, playing ball with the boys, riding bikes, and Grandma's cooking...
Cooper misses playing baseball with Lance, Adam, Kreigh, and Austin, running around, swimming, and eating Grandmas's cookies and her meals...
And they miss a bunch more than that.
Shawn misses his mom and dad and his family in general, playing with the kids in the yard, spending time with old friends, and just relaxing where he grew up...
As for me, I miss spending time with my sisters-in-law, April and Jill, seeing my nieces and nephews, also visiting with my cousins, hanging with all of the family, eating my MIL's cooking and not having to cook for awhile, and just seeing the joy that my kids experience while there.
Have you ever seen the episode of "Little House on the Prairie" where Nellie calls Mary and Laura, "Country Girls" in a very derogatory way and with a really mean voice? Our kids don't mind being country kids at all. So there, Nellie!
Last summer I painted my mother-in-law's bead board in the kitchen.
Braaten on the front porch.
Melanie giving Nicole a kiss.
Braaten and Rachel on Grandma and Grandpa's paddle boat.
My cousin, Becky's, daughter, Anna, got married and we happened to be visiting at the time. It was a blessing to see her marry Tucker last August at Tim and Jill's home.
My little froggy boy, Grant, playing in the mud. Can you believe they set up a stand and sold this stuff to people driving by? I think they made a dollar.
Austin and Kreigh messing about at the pond.
We went to visit my in-laws' neighbor who had gotten a new horse.
Austin shooting hoops.
And last, but not least, the same picture I posted here with Paul and Leona ( I call them Mom and Dad) and our kids taken in August, 2008.
God has blessed us with so much. Our faith in Jesus Christ, family, friends, and lots and lots of good times.