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. 
"DO IT ALL FOR LOVE."
"DO ALL FOR 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
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Lots of time was spent in the fields last week


And most of the corn was planted!! 




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a beautiful rainbow! 

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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 family...meet 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



Friday, April 13, 2018

Florida 2018

Our family spent the beginning of April in the lovely sunny south!! Ahh, it was amazing!! Most of the time we had sunshine and mid 80's, but the last day or two it was rainy/cloudy, but then it was a good time to do some shopping. Enjoy this preview of our trip! 😊 --


We left Tuesday at about 1pm, and drove straight, except for a few stops, arriving in Florida the next day. We stopped for breakfast Wednesday morning, and the sunshine felt amazing!!  --


The last haul...soon there...can you tell we're all ready to be OUT of the suburban?! 😜 --


There is a farm market/store down there that we all love to go to and stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables! Think fresh strawberries and blueberries!! --



the one evening we went out for icecream...it was yummy!! --


the one morning we raided a local goodwill, and came home with some treasures!


Grandpa & Grandma Martin arrived on Friday to spend the rest of the time with us, and we thoroughly enjoyed having them there! Of course, Grandpa had to take us to all of his favorite restaurants...including this burger joint called Freddie's! -- 



And the next night was Duff's! --


Aubree, Addy, + Tiana --

me and my little pal Aubree 💓 --


Addy, Momma, + Tiana --


Sunday afternoon we went to a free ski show...it was SO cool! Flips...pyramids...jumps...all sorts of crazy, but awesome water tricks!  --




Monday we went to Myakka River State Park and took an airboat ride and saw lots of alligators! It was really neat and a lovely day!! --



spotting the alligators!! --  

the park was beautiful and we had fun taking some pictures amongst the big trees.... --


Me and Leah...the eldest of the girls -- 


Addy w/ Spanish moss --





Grandpa and Grandma love playing games, and we learned how to play a really fun and easy game called flip-it that actually originated in Sarasota Florida! Me and Grandpa were playing together on this picture, and we look very involved in what's going on 😛 --


Aubree --


Addy --


Our family --


 and Grandpa & Grandma and us sibilings --


and the trip home...this time we stopped for the night at a hotel, and then finished the next day! --

That's all for now everyone....stay tuned for the next post..."Sunset on Lido Beach"!