A Job Well Done (August 6)

And in celebration of a job well-done…a week of steady work, of shoveling and sifting and wheel-barrowing and stump removal and weeding and raking, a week when we asked the kids to work calmly and cheerfully, not to rush, but to be kind and loving to one another, grateful for the chance to do good, honest work for the Lord, a week when lunch was often late, mornings were early, and evenings were dirty and dusty and sweaty, when hot showers were greatly-welcomed and dinner was the last thing standing between tired kiddos and soft pillows, a week when the promise of breakfast at Helen’s if they met their goal had been hanging in the balance…in celebration of such a week a congratulations-outing was in order!

We began at Helen’s, where everyone enjoyed their favorite meals, and the satisfaction of working together to achieve a reward…Vivi: two chocolate chip pancakes…Spencer: french toast with scrambled eggs, sausage, and bacon…Asher: the meat lover’s omelette with white toast…And, with full bellies, we decided to go and see what the ocean was doing!

At Fort O’Brien State Historic Site, the water was silvery under cloudy skies…

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But there were green hills to run on…

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And berries to pick!

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A little farther down the road at Jasper Beach, the sun was shining…

(photo courtesy of Asher)

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(photos courtesy of Genevieve)

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The water was sparkling…

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The waves were mesmerizing…

(photos courtesy of Asher)

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The toes were wiggling…

(photos courtesy of Genevieve)

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And the raspberry pie was delicious! (But that’s not at the beach, you have to bring your own :))

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Way to go, kiddos!

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