Dove Hunt 2018

We love the beginning of fall and taking the family out to the family farm where Grant roamed free on acres and acres of land when staying with his grandparents.  I never got the chance to meet his grandparents and ow a days the house is gone and the landscape has changed some.  But the kids love it out there.

Last year we hit it just right and Grant was shooting doves right and left until he hit his limit.  We had some great dove poppers that night!  But this year the only activity we saw were a bunch of swallows that were super curious about the decoys and not one bit afraid of all of us.

After we ate our dinner watching the swallows Grant walked around some to see if he good find some doves in another part of the property.  The kids were then given permission to run and play.  Their favorite past time is jumping the hay bales.

This year even Luke with some encouragement (he has in the past been super afraid of heights) became an expert jumper from hay bale to hay bale.  Then they started hay bale races.  Such fun with siblings!  I really hope they will always remember nights like this!  Showing off, trying new things, and encouraging one another.  This is the dream.  Most nights include fighting over the remote or toy or parent.  But nights like this give us hope we are doing some of this parenting right. :)

The Blog has a NEW NAME!

We changed the name of the blog!  I would like to say it happened because of a lot of thought and design but, nope!  It happened due to neglect.  I forgot in the summer to renew the old domain.  And the company was holding it hostage.  Uggh....  my fault totally.  But, hey, maybe this can be a good thing for us.

The Persimmon Perch (old blog name) came about from a tree swing under a Persimmon Tree that grew in the backyard of our first home together.  We have listed our second home for sale now and have an idea of where we are going (still in Broken Arrow).  But, that means the old Persimmon Perch is long out of our lives and doesn't make much sense anymore.  I mean two of our kiddos never even lived in that first house!

So, since this family blog is mainly written and photographed from my perspective I just used my name.  Could anyone actually spell persimmon correctly the first time?  I never could until my fingers memorized it like they memorized the keyboard in typing class.  Do they still teach typing?

So here we are.  I was reminded even when I ignored this family blog due to lack of time or the fact that all the kids are in school now they spend more of their day away from me than with me. The blog is our family diary. If facebook disappeared tomorrow we would still have our story of life together.

It is how our kids remember their childhood and it tells one very important story of faith through trials and obstacles to get our youngest daughter.  Blogs like this one helped us have the confidence to go for adoption when it seemed unknown and scary.  I want to be able to help others do the same. Because as long as there are orphans out there they need brave people to bring them home.

I'm not sure how to fix all the links quickly so if you haven't seen our adoption story or just want to revisit it here it is:

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