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Just some random, irrelevant, humorous, and hopefully inspiring musings on life, love, faith, widowhood, remarriage, adoption, blended families, caring for a handicapped child, mothering seven children, chickens, cooking, grief, over-coming grief, and everything else in between. Just Keep Livin!!

Coffee, Catfish, and Peach Jelly

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I’m not gonna lie, it’s been tiring at the new homestead, but we are finally seeing some light in the Ronne household.  I have ZERO inspiration or time to write something coherent right now, so I hope you enjoy the continuing saga in picture form. 

Of utmost importance, Caleb was the only student in his class to have a perfect score on the first test of the year.  He was pretty proud.

caleb

Ryan left last Sunday to return to Michigan for four days of packing, painting, and prepping while I was left to maintain the zoo.  It was not the best four days of my life to say the least, and I spent a considerable amount of time drinking this...

coffee

and gabbing to my girlfriends back home about my loneliness. 

When daddy is gone the kids generally seem more bored than usual, or maybe it's just the one parent phenomenon, so to remedy some of the boredom I surprised Josh and the rest of the gang with one of Josh’s birthday presents, 30 days early.  They had hours of fun with their new puppet show.

puppet

We also celebrated Luke's 9th birthday in true low key fashion, REALLY low key fashion.  I picked the kids up from school and decided to run through McDonalds drive thru for dinner.  And since I'm a multi task queen and had to pick up ring worm medication for Luke's outbreak, I promised the kids another run thru for dessert if they could all behave for 5 minutes in the car eating while I ran into the local Dollar General for the meds.  They happily complied. Luke didn't seem to mind the lack of birthday festivities, fully enjoy his McDonalds feast.

mcdonalds

I also had time to pick up some peaches from a local Mennonite community down the road, and I decided to make jam.  Making something delicious with my own two hands brings an incredible amount of comfort to the soul.   

jam

One day, completely out the blue, the mosquitoes decided to leave our property!  It was so wonderful! I planted some of my clearance goodies from Lowes and then made a little picnic for Josh and Jada.

picnic

And, when I felt supremely overwhelmed (which did occur occasionally – I was without my man for 96 hours) I would lay down in our master bedroom and enjoy this beautiful view.

backyard

Where I would enjoy these little morsels that arrived in my mailbox that morning.   Something about magazines is incredibly soothing.

mags

When Dad returned, he walked the kids about a mile through the woods and fields in our backyard to the Tennessee River where Caleb caught the first Ronne cat fish.  The other kids were mesmerized by how he fileted it. I stayed away, gross….

catfishfilet

 

Over the weekend, Mya made Mabel a beautiful crown from the ivy growing all over our property. Doesn’t she look lovely?  (I have no idea why this child always looks constipated in pictures)

mabel I finally slept like a baby and accomplished A LOT one day.   I organized the pantry, the junk closet, and the makeshift laundry room which consists of no washing machine no dryer, a big piece of plywood, and all of the kids separate clothing bins.  Something about having these three areas organized has settled my anxiety for the moment.     

pantry

 

junklaundry

Just keep livin!!

 

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