Friday, July 26, 2013

Sheep In The Meadow-Amish Country


This summer has been peaceful.  Traveling through the countryside is refreshing.  Sheep in the meadow is soul soothing.  They are quiet and calm.  They graze and rest.  They enjoy the warmth of July on their summer backs. 

Little stacks of hay dot the rolling hills as the farmers prepare for the changing seasons.  I watched some farmers working on this task.  It was humbling to see their labor. 



 
Farm land and lovely homes were as far as the eye could wander.  Men and boys, busy in the fields, were tending to their crops and animals to keep the circle of life going.  Horse and buggy riders were a frequent pass on the two lane road we traveled.  Many buggies driven by small boys carried loads of children. 
 





 
A simple place.  A simple life.  Sheep in the meadow and a barn full of hay.

B Charmer

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Funny


I have absolutely no idea how this little video/picture/collage occurred on my phone.  It absolutely cracks me up.  I was trying so hard to get one picture of my boys with my brother's daughter where they were all sitting still and looking at the camera.  This is exactly what I was working with.  Impossible.  Ha ha.  Like I said, I do not even know how I created this little thing, other than I just kept taking picture after picture hoping I would catch one good shot.  Oh, wiggly children.  They give me joy.

B Charmer

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Poland
















 








One of my very favorite things about traveling by car is the freedom it provides to enjoy little stops along the way.  We traveled many hours to visit my brother and his family in Ohio.  Along the way, we walked the streets of many lovely towns.  I was enamored by the lush green of it all.  There is something so very emerald about a place that spends the winter under a snow blanket.  The spring and summer is just unbelievably green. I felt if I stood very long in one spot, I too might sprout little green buds.  You can just feel the green growing all around.  It is like a blanket of earth that is so very beautiful. 

This lovely little town is Poland, Ohio.  We visited near the fourth of July.  Amidst the green were hundreds of flags in all shapes and sizes in celebration of our country's freedom.  Homes and businesses were hosts to many patriotic tributes.  Little flags lined streets and windows.  It was sweet and made me long for a bit more fuss and frill here in the south for this holiday. 

However, the single most lovely thing in this town was the public library.  Can you believe we went to the public library on vacation?  Well, it isn't all that random for us...especially when you see one so very beautiful as this library.  It was something to be seen.  The details in the architecture and the beautiful windows were captivating.  Just walking through the door was inspiration to grab a stack of books and cozy up to the windows and read.  There was a large creek running by one side.  The reading room was just above the creek, so you could see and hear the water rushing by.  The shelves, lantern style lights, and the lovely tables were reminiscent of something quite nautical.  It was just stunning.  If I lived in Poland, I would live at the library as often as possible.

We left the library, enjoyed a snack at the Village Pantry, and found our way to another town.  But I loved little Poland.  I wouldn't mind a cottage there full of the green things all around.  And of course....within walking distance of the library.

B Charmer

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Long Pause

Life has changed.  It is good.  I longed for time to be with my family.  I longed for time to do things important to me... and for this moment in life.... I have that time.  It has been sweet and very full of travels.  I have seen dear ones that I have so missed seeing.  I have lingered over cups of coffee, and I have slept till the little ones awakened me.  I have watered flowers, picked vegetables from different gardens, and happily washed a mountain of dishes in more than one sink.  I have spent hours in the car, shared a bed with my wiggly boys, and have marveled at the green countryside.  I have visited six states in the good ole USA, and I have eaten donuts in just about every one! It has been so good.  A long pause that was so very needed.

I have hundreds of pictures just waiting to be shared.  There are stories that go with each one.  But today, I just wanted to say hello to you, my friends.  I am eager to get back at all things B Charmer.  I have some little plans in the works.  I can't wait to share some stories of the past month.  Suffice it to say, I am so glad I made that leap from the office to home.  I am so thankful for this moment in time where I can pause and be a better version of me.  It is so very sweet. Those days I spent fearing the change taught me so many things about trusting My Creator and His promises.  He is good.  Truly.

Of course, I  must share a few snapshots.  Me and the boys spent many, many hours in this backseat traversing the countryside.



We had lots of time with cousins and family.

 
 
So many good hugs were shared.
 
 
 
And...some very delicious treats along the way.
 



 
 Ahh...it is good to be, just be...for a long pause.
 
B Charmer



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