Amish Auction

Big doings in the neighborhood last week!

One of our Amish neighbors had a moving auction.

So what does an Amish auction look like?

Auction 006A lot like a regular auction – except you could bid on buggies and pony carts and horse drawn equipment and wood cook stoves.

And there’s lots of Amish folks around.

They came from all over.

Auction 023Some in horse and buggies.

Some in vans with hired drivers.

Whole families.

It was like a party.

Friends seeing friends they hadn’t seen for awhile.

Several of the teens put up volleyball nets in the pasture and played while the bidding went on.

Speaking of bidding…

Auction 002Those Amish ladies may look serene and nonchalant – but boy can they bid when they want something!

I lost out on a couple things because I couldn’t tell the bonnets apart and didn’t know who had the bid.

I did score a set of three pretty glass jars to store sewing supplies.

But then I had to carry them around the rest of the morning – which kept me from bidding on the Amish cook stove – which may have been a good thing.

Auction 015We stayed long enough to see the horses auctioned off at noon because I really wanted to see an Amish horse auction.

I kept my hands in my pockets though.

But we didn’t stay long enough to see the farm equipment go –  we probably don’t really need a manure spreader with steel wheels anyway.

But we did see all the neighbors, caught up on the news, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

I love a good auction!

Dropping Details

New ImageVBS is less than a month away and this VBS director is up to her eyebrows in plans.

Have you ever had so many details floating around in your brain that some just slip out? Kind of like filling one’s bucket too full and trying to carry it?

Some details are humorous – like sitting down at the table for a meal and realizing you forgot the silver ware.

Or worse – being so into drama rewrites that you forgot to make supper.

This week a wonderfully patient friend and her daughter went VBS shopping with Angel Girl and I.

And by “went shopping with us” I mean she drove us to the big city and picked up the details I kept dropping.

Our list was massive – everything from rubber ducks and hula hoops to scrapbook paper and  brass paper fasteners. By mid afternoon we would walk into a store and I would look at her and say, “What exactly are we getting here?”

Then we spent 10 minutes finding a certain kind of paper only to stare at it blankly because I couldn’t remember why we needed it. Two stores later it came to me. Too late.

We only forgot our teenager daughters twice. Good thing they have cell phones and lots of patience.

Oh – and a good sense of humor because I might have embarrassed them when I started dancing in the aisle at the party store.

Or when I sang along with the background music.

At one point I asked my very patient friend what it meant that I knew every word to the oldies songs playing, expected her to say I must be getting old. Instead she replied without missing a beat, “That you have a good memory.”

Bahahahahah!

Surprises

Life is full of surprises.

Some of them good.

Like having two of your kids surprise you with a visit.

Bringing flowers.

Filling the house with laughter and conversation and fun.

And surprise birthday parties for sweet friends at church.

11146493_10152775272351423_2927726358448763586_nSharing memories, laughter, tears.

Singing. Hugging. Crying.

Praying for healing.

Such sweet times.

Other surprises are not so fun.

Like waking up on Sunday morning – after 3 inches of rain overnight – to a flooded basement and realizing that all the dirt work and the new gutters didn’t work.

Then getting more rain and more flooding.

And there are the surprises I’m not so sure about –

Like the box of orphan kitties Buddy brought home.

New ImageThey sure are cute – in a very loud and needy way.

Their constant cry for love and attention is breaking this momma’s heart.

Meow. Meow. Meow.

Did you know there are thousands of different ways a kitty can get himself in trouble – especially without a mother? It’s a wonder any of them make it to adulthood.

But they are so adorable.

I actually sat down and held one. More than once.

Yep. Life is full of surprises.

 

No Black, No White

We had a glimpse of how big God is this weekend.

We’ve known about Pastor Ebenezer and his family for years.

We’ve been praying for them and the work they are doing in their native Liberia.

Praying for God’s protection and provision. Praying for strength and boldness in bringing the light of the gospel to a country where there is much darkness.

And this last weekend we were able to meet him.

ebenezzarHe was a guest in our home, broke bread at our table and spoke in our church.

We listened to his stories of God’s faithfulness and were encouraged.

We rejoiced over the building of a church on the rubble of heathen shrine.

We wept at his firsthand accounts of the devastation of the Ebola virus.

Dean and EbenezzarAnd we worshiped together.

Praising the same God.

Knowing that –

“In Christ there is no north nor south,there is no east nor west, there is no black or no white. In Christ we are all one family saved by grace.”  ~ Pastor Ebenezer

And we saw how big our God is.

Il est bon.

He is good.

Just One More

The kids had a hot dog roast this week.

While July is usually too warm to truly enjoy a hot dog roast – they didn’t have time to wait for colder weather because this one was a good-bye.

Pedro’s buddy Gunnar is leaving for boot camp next week.

So they grabbed the chance to do one more hang-out.

jam sessionOne more jam session.

One more night of fun before things change.

Two families with matching siblings.

10534540_486282271505955_6904196343859190184_nSuch good friends.

So many crazy memories.

So many inside jokes.

bonfireSo many changes.

It’s going by way too fast.