October has come

It comes every year, and every year I think it will be better, or different. It is usually different but it is never better. I can’t explain how it is different this year. I’m wondering when it will no longer devastate me. When it will be less intense. When the sorrow will stop stalking me. When, in the midst of all the memories of all that I lost, I will not feel so helpless to the emotions that always come.

“It is useless for me to describe to you how terrible Violet, Klaus, and even Sunny felt in the time that followed. If you have ever lost someone very important to you, then you already know how it feels, and if you haven’t, you cannot possibly imagine it.”
Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning

Bastille Day in Indiana??!

Why yes, yes indeed.  Complete with a beret wearing Elephant. Another fun summer day for myself and the younger girls. I am coming to love Fortville, Indiana more and more as we discover the wonderful things this community comes together to do. We will definitely be back next year.

Face Painting!

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Elephant!

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Marionettes!

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First Elephant Ear!!

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Lantern walk with friends.

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Ending the day with a laser light show. Can’t wait to go again next year!

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A hiking we will go!

One of the things that I enjoy the most in life is hiking. I love the smell of the outdoors, the sounds, the freedom and the seclusion. I feel at peace in the woods even though I am so directionally challenged that if I wandered off the path I would likely become lost.

Our state has  beautiful state parks and this summer we were able to make it to a new one as a family. Well, almost all of us. Alyssa had other plans so she didn’t join us. We took a couple of trails at Shades state park. Our second one was really a lot of fun; challenging, wet and so very beautiful. I was proud of our youngest three. There were some challenging spots for those with shorter legs. They even navigated the ladders nicely and without fear.

I hope we will get to explore more of Indiana’s state parks. We have to drive a good distance to most of them but they are worth it.

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This was the rock skipping lesson. :)

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Trying to photograph a butterfly that didn’t want to stay still for very long.

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Coolest tree on the whole hike!! I love this picture. It captures their personalities so well.

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One of the ladders we had to navigate as we went down the trail. Emily is already at the bottom and Ashlyn is finishing her decent. Sierra is carefully passing off her camera to Jorry. I was so worried that there would be a slip and the camera would fall to it’s death. It survived!

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It was a great day. We were tired and refreshed at the same time.

Wine at the Line

Today I joined two of my best friends for the 5k run at Mallow Run Winery in Bargersville IN. They were running. I just went for the wine. ;)

Pre race. Ready to go!

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What your friends, who aren’t running, do to pass the time. Selfie and some knitting while sitting in the warm van.

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Almost there!!! Gooooo Dana! She’s in the bright blue shirt.

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Done! Now where is the wine?

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We found it! I highly recommend the Rhubarb wine if you like sweet wine.

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I’ll be run/walking this race next year. This was a fun event!

Exciting Summer!!

So, while I was away a few  really cool things happened. My little sister Jessie graduated from high school and Emily and I got to be there.

 

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My big, little brother Josh and my awesome seester in law Jennifer welcomed their first child into the world!! This is my sweet niece Amelia. I’m pretty sure I could borrow her and no one would question if she was mine or not. ;) We can’t wait to hold her and give her lots of love in person!!

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Then, at the beginning of September my brother in law got married and I gained another awesome sister in law! Welcome to the family Kim! You’ve been a part of it for a while, but now it’s official. :)

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