Saturday, August 20, 2011

Getting caught up:: August 6th-13th


Started combining!!!

When we can't go to the beach,
we bring the beach to us.
The sand pile (we use sand bedding in our
barn) has provided HOURS of entertainment
this summer. So much fun!!

The kitchen table is always full these days.
Multi-tasking central!

The Summer Reading Program at our local
library has been a huge hit with the kids.
They love earning their 'Book Bucks' and trading
them in for little prizes. We go to the library
at least twice a week. Here's Gracie and Silas
with the fish bowls (the theme this summer
was water fun) they created from recycled
items around the house. They did such a great
job and were so excited when they got prizes :)

Jude loves bedtime.
We love it too...for many reasons ;)
One of them, though, is definitely the
sweet kisses he gives out so eagerly.
He's just so sweet.

The last time my cousin Janine and I got
together we had 3 kids between the two of us.
Fast forward 6 1/2 years and now look at this crew!
Including two sets of twins, Janine and Jonathan get
to take credit for 7 of the 11 kiddos in this shot.
What a beautiful family - we were so blessed by our time
together with them! Thanks for making the trip to come
see us. Your visit, with all the "cousin lovin'"
will definitely be a highlight of this summer.

The day finally arrived.
Our sweet, fuzzy chicks were sweet, fuzzy
chicks no more and it was time to get them
in the freezer!! Thankfully, Pete's dad had
the honour of wielding the axe :P
I learned a lot over the next two days and
I'm so grateful to my mother-in-law for her
patience and help as I muddled my way through
the processes of hanging, plucking and
butchering. She was the BEST teacher!
If you had asked me, before I married Peter,
if this would be something I would do I'm
pretty sure the answer would have been a
resounding 'NEVER!' It's amazing what
a few years can do :)

The guys ended another busy week by
bringing in around 400 big square bales
off of the 60 acres. Between the wheat and
the straw it was an incredible harvest.

Our bodies are tired, but our hearts
are so grateful.

From the dew of heaven and the richness of the earth,

may God always give you abundant harvests of
grain and bountiful new wine."
~Genesis 27:28~

Be blessed!
The Koobs family

Monday, August 8, 2011

Project : Life

I've decided to stop calling this 'Friday Favorites' because I hardly ever get our daily pictures posted on Friday. I don't know why? (sarcasm definitely intended {grin}) Anyways, here's a little peek at the happenings around here from last week...

Driving in the truck, with the windows down,
listening to Pink Floyd.
Do you feel like I do? If the answer is 'awesome',
then, yes :)

My awesomeness on Saturday took a major turn
for the worse later in the afternoon when I got
these crazy hives. I can't think of anything I
touched/ate/smelled that wasn't normal.
Also, I've never had hives in my
entire life. What the heck in the world??

These lillies are blooming out in the garden
right now, despite the fact that we've haven't
had any rain to speak of. Amazing!

This girl loves to keep everyone company.
If she's not physically helping, she's
chattering your ear off. Either way,
she's a big help :)

Last summer, we were at a nice restaurant
and instead of a big hunk of celery in Pete's
caesar, there was a very refined 'green bean'.
We thought it was kind of weird, until Pete
took a bite and found out it wasn't any
ordinary bean. It was a delightful, crunchy,
dill-pickley bean. So, I tried to make some.
I really had no idea what I was doing.
Hopefully they turn out because I have about
two dozen pints of them...

Also on today's schedule: pickled beets.
Sweet, jeweled bites of goodness :)

We've been keeping our eye on the butterfly bush
all summer and suddenly this week we found three
hungry, hungry caterpillars! Science class has
officially begun! Can you find all 3?

Our little baby is officially not a baby anymore...
Okay, so he's still totally our baby. But
he's sleeping in a big boy bed now!

There's a new biker gang in town.
And, if I do say so myself, they're
pretty much the cutest little gang
I've ever seen :)

There were some real ups and downs this week,
but through them all we continue to see God's
hand carrying us through...

As for me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more.
~Psalm 71:14~

Praying that your summer adventures are finding your
hearts full of hope, wherever you may be.
Lots of love,
The Koobs Klan

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Birthday Boy

Silas John
Silas comes from the Latin for 'tree'.
His life verses, from Psalm 1:1-3
is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

This sweet lad is indeed growing like a tree.
Maybe not in stature *yet*, his younger brothers
are quickly catching up to him. Oh my!
But within his strong and stealthy frame is
a heart for the Lord that is thriving.
We have been so blessed to watch the Lord work
in his young heart! We love you Silas John,
may your life continue to abound in delight,
love, compassion and knowledge. You bring
us so much joy and we treasured celebrating
you with our family today.

Let the cupcake making begin!

Even Jude got in on the action :)

Blueberry cream cupcakes with fresh
whipped cream and raspberries straight
from the bush, picked by the birthday boy
himself. *Berry* deeeelicious!

Grandma is quickly becoming famous for her
birthday bouquets. They just keep getting better
and better! We think she should start her
own business :)

Celebrating with four generations around
the table put a big smile on this sweet
little man's face.

And the Lego adventures begin...

Heart-shaped pancakes for supper

And the perfect end to a five-year old's
birthday? Riding his bike...without
training wheels!!! Gooooooo, Silas!

Happy birthday to our precious boy.
We love you so much!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday Favorites...on Saturday

Still trying to keep cool.
I'm not sure which is awesomer, little boys running around in their broekies or in their bare bums. Either way, so cute!!

We gave Gracie Jo her first Bible on her birthday.
Now, most mornings, this is how I find her.
She's such an example to me.

Still hot.
Still trying to stay cool.
Strawberry/banana/blueberry popsicles help for a little bit!

The 'Sweet Millions' are just starting to ripen.
Seriously, nothing is better than tomatoes fresh out
of the garden. Yum!!!

This young man turned 5 today.
Good thing he's still so sweet, I don't
feel like I'm losing one of my babies...yet.

We visited Michelle at Camp Shalom today.
It was amazing watching her in action - she is
such an incredible counsellor! Her campers will
be truly blessed this summer.

We couldn't resist taking a self-portrait out on the
basketball court...back where it all began when we
were just DID's in grade 10! I think Camp will forever
be one of my most favorite places in the whole world :)


Gracie Jo went to Uncle Simon's with Grandma today
to pick black currants. She might not be a master picker
yet but we heard she was good company for everyone involved :)
I looked through Oma V.'s old recipe book and sure enough found,
in her own handwriting, the recipe for her 'bessensap'.

I've never made it before, so I wasn't quite sure
how it would turn out. Wanna know a little secret though?
I may or may not have gotten a little watery-eyed
when I tasted my first spoonful :)
I can honestly close my eyes and remember the cool, darkness of Oma's fruit cellar. I even remember the musty smell and the way we would swing our arm up around our head in the dark to try and find the string from the pull-chain that hung down from the light bulb, always keeping our other hand on the door frame so we didn't get lost in the pitch blackness of the room. Love how the smell and taste of the black currant syrup immediately brought back memories of sitting with our cousins at the small wooden 'kids' table, each with our own sweating, glass cup filled with ice cubes, 7-Up and Oma's 'bessensap'. It was such a treat! I so look forward to making these memories with our own family and friends. Thanks so much, Uncle Simon and Nancy, for sharing those berries and bring us so much joy!!

Hope you're having a 'berry' wonderful summer (HA!)
and finding the time to make special moments and memories
with your own friends and families. Be blessed!
The Koobs Klan

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Let it Rain

We've been praying for rain here for a few weeks now.
Pete and I have been talking about the 'theology' behind praying for rain vs. trusting that God will provide for our needs regardless. I think we've settled on both approaches being okay :) So, when we noticed dark clouds and sheets of rain hanging over a neighbouring town we immediately gathered the kids together and began to pray. We watched as a thick sheet of rain, so heavy it clouded the bush across the road, moved across the wheat field...and stopped.
We went back into the house, pretty disappointed, and Pete went out to the barn to treat a cow with milk fever. I quickly flipped through my MP3 player and put on the song 'Let it Rain' and before long the kids joined me in the kitchen. While my head was resting in the assurance of knowing that God was in control and would take care of us, even if our crops didn't get the rain they so desperately needed, my heart ached at how close we had been to that life-giving wall of water that just fell. As I watched the kids dance around the kitchen I thought about these verses...

...and thought, 'Why not?'. We have a Heavenly Father whose desire is to bless us when we come to Him in obedience. Who has good gifts stored up for us if we would just humble ourselves and ask.
I brought our speakers out to the front porch
and this is what happened:

There really wasn't enough rain for our crops...
but our faith sure grew last night.

Don't bargain with God.
Be direct. Ask for what you need.
This isn't a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we're in.
If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust?
If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate?
As bad as you are, you wouldn't think of such a thing.
You're at least decent to your own children.
So don't you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?
~Matthew 7:7-11

Praying that as you come before our Father this week
He will fill up your dry places
and His goodness will overwhelm you
as His mercy and grace rain down upon your lives.

Love and blessings,
The Koobs Klan