Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Last Day of November

Our Christmas tree is up and I've been submitting as many online orders for Christmas shopping as possible. I cannot believe December starts tomorrow! I don't feel like it's Christmastime but I'm trying to get there. I wanted to get one last blog post in before November is gone as quickly as it came.
The kids picked up all the walnuts in the yard from our one lone walnut tree. They brainstormed about what they could do with the money once they sold them, that they could all enjoy together. We knew the profit would be pretty slim, $14 per 100lbs of hulled walnuts. Yikes!
Joe and I took the kids to collect walnuts at a friend's and my brother's. We had the back of our van loaded with many garbage bags full of walnuts. After selling them, the kids made $17! They had already decided they would use the money to buy items for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes a ministry from Samaritan's purse that delivers shoe boxes filled with items to children all over the world effected by poverty, disaster or war. Joe and I helped them with extra money they needed to fill 2 shoe boxes but it was a great memory they made working together to bless other kids. We pray theses boxes will be an avenue for sharing the love of Jesus!
November brought us lots of opportunities for nature walks and identifying nature in the backyard. I loved this past fall so much and I'm grateful it lingered as long as it did.
Hazel turned 5 months! I can't stop these days from flying past no matter how hard I try to hold them back. She is a very happy and content girl. She loves the swing and playing in the floor. She is a good sleeper but over the past month decided she needs to nurse twice a night. I know I shouldn't complain but I'm trying to make a plan where she will sleep all night. I've started giving her baby food and she loves that, she is growing so fast and becoming a chunk. She sticks out her tongue all the time, to the point of doing it when we ask her where her tongue is. She also likes blowing raspberries. Most of the time, she just goes with the flow and barely makes a complaint. She loves watching all her siblings and lights up when any of them are near.
In case you missed it, Joseph and I finally got his first deer of the season! You can scroll to the bottom of my last post and watch the final video. It will definitely be one my greatest moments with Joseph as an 11 year old and maybe ever! Hunting with him was the most fun I've had in a long time.

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