|Continuing life in in Iowa. Lots of buggies. Lots of cold!|
|And snow...beautiful snow!|
|Our last few weeks have been filled with hammering away the house, |
family time, games, singing, and cooking! Yay for cooking! :)
|Christian. Cabbage beanie. Really now. Are there limits to our homeschooled-ness?|
At least he's reading!
|And yes....BB guns were drawn and ready to roll but the boys were kindly reminded about|
city limits. And TRAFFIC?!
|Very fun evening with our special friends the Garraways who were Mary and Joseph in the Christmas play. |
It was a privilege to hear about their ministry. And pass around their darling baby!
|The gals visiting corner....|
|...and the guys visiting corner! So blessed to see how God is working in their sweet family.|
|Crockett working on his strategy skills with a friend.|
|Quantity discount on push ups. Many hands make light work! Theoretically.|
|The crew that most needed a hillside? Cabin fever? Definitely. :)|
The boys enjoyed a lovely time at this amazing farm in Tennessee.
|Boys and dogs. Perfect.|
|Boys camping out southern style. :) One of the most wonderful gifts given to us this year has been the ongoing love and hospitality of dear, faithful friends like these.|
|Lina, Cass and Christian also had a quick trip to TN and got to catch up with these friends and hear about their wonderful ministry to Russian families.|
|More healthy, hearty competition!|
|And helpfulness between the cracks!|
|Aren't all visits good visits when a Frappa is on board?|
|Meanwhile, back on the home front?|
Check out the Feels Like temp and just plan on freezing (or dying?!)
for about 4 months! Hmmmm. We cordially invite your for
Sweet Tea on the porch. IN JULY!!
|Campbell and Crosby running errands at Menard's! Accompanied by some unseen parent. :)|
|Stop at the coffee shop and a few other sister errands in Kalona. |
You just have to love a place called Fig and Farm!
| We are trying to be more Dave Ramsey-ish, so we took the whole crew to the bank. :)|
All Bowers children opened accounts, and this is Jan, who graciously helped us with mountains (MOUNTAINS!) of paperwork!
|Three shifts of three at a time got us out in several hours. :)|
|We even got some reading time done in the lobby. Some. :)|
|Buttered popcorn party with Momma. Between the house and other projects going on, these parties seem to happen a lot more frequently?! It is very fun to have just little ones sometimes.|
|And OHHHH! How fun to plop a baby in the house for the day! |
Crosby helped babysit one of our favorites.
|Four o'clock in the morning!? Apparently this is when the locals and the experts hit the tree stand. |
We are still re-setting our clocks and trying VERY HARD to be morning people!! :)
| So many families have blessed us in this way and it is a joy to gather new and old |
friends to fellowship over yummy things.
|Reading time with Charlie|
|Crockett and a very favorite buddy.|
|Daddy visited the Iowa Capitol at the beginning of the Legislative session and met with several Representatives. He ran into this family friend in the hall!|
|The BUS! Gathering some odds and ends from cabinets and cleaning. This day our heater was not behaving and our lovely organic vinegar cleaning sprays FROZE upon application. |
Wiped them and we had...snow!
|Ever improving all things bus! |
The Lord has been so good to bless and protect us everyday and we are grateful to stop rolling.
For a season. :)