Thursday, July 12, 2018

of summer and sunsets

June + July 2018

// beans beans beans. and more beans. //

// leaving for the first time....fully licensed!!  //

// tiana and fleece //

// puppy love // 


// more puppy love //


// summer evening ball game //

// aubree and addy and all the dolls //

// watching the sunset with friends //

// a couple nights later, the sunset was even more beautiful!! //

// "true friends are like diamonds - bright, beautiful, valuable, and always in style." 😄
-Nicole Richie 

// berry picking on the mountain //

 // leah and aubree //

 "From the rising of the sun, to the going down of the same; the name of the Lord is to be praised." 
-Psalms 113:3

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Work Week 2018

Last week (June 18-23) was spent in SC with our youth group. It was my first year going on work week, and it was an awesome experience. We went to Wilderness Way Girls Camp in South Carolina and did a lot of work there at camp. We worked hard...but we also played hard. And...we grew closer to Jesus and closer to each other. ❤

We left at 4:30am Monday morning and the bus ride down was very memorable. It was 90° something in the bus [the ac quit] and we were stuck in traffic. But oh well...we made the best of it... and we were all ready to reach our destination that evening!!
👆 Mariah, Me, & Lauren early Monday morning (spirits high!!)

We worked and worked in the heat...real feel was over 100°. But it was so much fun working with other youth. We accomplished soo much and learned to know each other very well. 
☝️ a group of us girls went off camp and helped an older couple move into the community there.

👆  Hanna and I put in hours of cleaning up brush!! The guy in charge showed us a big section of brush and told us he wanted it cleared...we did most of it, although a few people did help us a little here and there. It was so fun! 

👆 the finished job...we felt a big sense of accomplishment!!

☝️ the cousinhood

 ☝️ me and cousin Ben. We had a water battle fight going on a lot of the we thought we needed an "enemies of water battle picture." 😂

☝️ the Martin's of the youth group

👆 the whole clan (yes, there were about 65 of us)

We had such an awesome week...I am so thankful for all the happy memories...memories that I will cherish for a while!! 

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise Him." -Psalms 28:7

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

for His glory...

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Hour after hour, 
May you continue to trust Him.
Go all in when loving and serving Him.
Read more books.
Learn a new language. 
Go places you've never been before
even when it's five minutes away. 
Worship like you have never
worshipped before. 
Do it all for Love.
Do it all for Him. 

-Morgan Harper Nicholas

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Lately, I have been burdened to be ALL for Jesus. There are so many hurting and unhappy people in the world. And although we may feel like we can't do much, a smile, small chit-chat with a customer at work, or loving your family at home is a big blessing. Pray with and for others. Be cheerful and joyful. Be a happy person to be around. Love others. Stay plugged into His word, and claim His promises.
All this is showing Jesus and serving Him. 

"Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory, for the sake of your 
steadfast love and your faithfulness." - Psalms 115:1

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Life on the Farm

Since I last posted, we had 2 more calfs born...welcome to the farm, Fred and Frances!!
(pictured is Fred!)

Mitch got a photo shoot! The people that we sell our steers to, randomly showed up one day this past week and wanted to take pictures of the animals and us on the farm. 

Addy bottle feeding Mitch

Lots of time was spent in the fields last week

And most of the corn was planted!! 


a beautiful rainbow! 


and...Addy & Solomon (our big Cane Corso dog!)

And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: “Blessing and honor and glory and power belong to the one sitting on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
-Revelation 5:13

Friday, May 4, 2018

Life Lately

Life has been good. Busy + blessed. Enjoy some random snapshots of life with the Martin clan. 

working in the barn with the animals 

addy and cousin beka had a fun-filled weekend together

making great memories with friends 

lots of time spent outside enjoying the (finally!!) warm weather

special meal in the barn-fort

some new little ones joined the Mitch 

and Molly 

Tiana + Mitch

a lovely evening spent fishing and enjoying the outdoors

// I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalms 139:14 //

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sunset on Lido Beach 4/9/18

One of the evenings in Florida, we went out to the beach to watch the sunset. It was still warm out, and the beach was pretty empty, so we had a wonderful time enjoying God's creation. 

and...we had to get just a little wet. 

Dad + Mom

Me + Leah

Me, Leah, + Tiana

the eldest four

all the siblings

"They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs; You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy." -Psalms 65:8