2018: July

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S’s “tea party” setup.

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We can’t get enough of these peapods!

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We only got a handful of cherries from both cherry trees.

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July means sending mail to Csehy! I made these for a few people and we sent notes and a few other things.

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Many trips to the beach while we still lived 5-15 minutes from it.

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Cabin trip! I’m so glad we made it this year in between other trips and packing.

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Preparing can be stressful but once we get there it’s so relaxing.
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Because a book, a hammock, and a river can’t be beat. And at my sister in law’s request, I brought henna, so we had fun with that too.

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The girls’ favorite thing was picking huckleberries. E is quite the Little Sal from Blueberries for Sal… they all went straight to her mouth!

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Turning our 6 cups of huckleberry harvest into all sorts of things – the best was huckleberry syrup… and the huckleberry chocolate chip sourdough pancakes.

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Shelling fava beans

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Our last time hosting prayer meeting for church. After having a small apartment in Japan without much extra space, having room to host larger groups was high on our priority list when house-hunting here.

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So much garden lettuce! …and so many earwigs.

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Paper chain countdown to our move

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Ice cream bars from a local ice cream company. S really wanted to eat hers all at once but her tummy hurt, so she stopped and saved it for another day. I was really proud of her for using self control and not devouring it anyway!

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I love throwing a chicken in the crockpot with carrots and spices. Such an easy meal!
My mom, brother, and younger sister came up for a few days and we played and cleaned.

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I took S to the Farmers’ Market for a little date. We got blackberries, cucumbers, and a sunflower and listened to the harp and she thought it was great.

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I will not miss the trek home from the store with the stroller, but I have loved being able to go to the store when Ezra is at work.

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Blackberry picking followed by the beach… because Ezra is a super-packer and we were way ahead of schedule and didn’t have anything else to do.

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A stack of loved library books.

memorization// I’ll Never Forsake You (David L. Ward)

favorite recipes// sourdough soda bread // tahini cookie dough fudge // sour chickpea noodle curry // pineapple teriyaki chicken (did this on the stovetop, and boiled the sauce down instead of using cornstarch) // zesty queso soup //

best of online// seed cycling // crochet smock stitch // 11 toxic plants that look like food // sly fox hat // waistcoat crochet stitch (looks knit!) // 7 lies that keep you from breaking a habit // God doesn’t ask me to be a perfect mom // how Jesus transforms our relationships // every 40 years – immigration mistakes // summer travel: caution & pleasure // make God great again // Songs of Travel // nonstop arguing // tips for a small kitchen //

reading of late// True Feelings (Mahaney) // Water From a Deep Well (Sittser) // Mimosa (Carmichael) // The Last Girl (Murad) // Orthodoxy (Chesterton) // Love Has a Price Tag (Elliot) // Kissed on Arrival (Holmes) //

thinking about// sorting move feelings // cutting out noise // what can I do when overburdened by news? // goal of sanctification = look like Christ = love for God -> changed desires -> love others // Colossians: thankfulness. Knowledge of God leads to love of God leads to fruit bearing //

what brings joy// hammocks // huckleberries // open spaces // giggles

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