Thursday, October 05, 2006

Charity turns 24!

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Charity has been such a great blessing to us these past 24 years. Though the last 11 years have had their challenges, Charity has been a wonderful example of determination, self-discipline and godly character in bearing with the different health issues put in her path.

Last Saturday, September 30, Charity was able to enjoy a very healthy birthday! The first part of the day was spent at the Organic festival and then a healthy meal with all organic food and organic apple crisp for dessert! No, we didn't put 24 candles in it, but instead we just sang happy birthday to her with four part harmony!

We thank the Lord for our dear daughter and sister Charity Joy, and ask His blessings on yet another year of life!
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Growing Connections 2006 Organic Harvest Festival

Saturday morning, through a drizzling rain accompanied by chilling winds Dad, Charity, Christianna and Grace headed over to Davisburg where an organic festival was taking place. Though the weather was not the most desirable for such an occasion, thankfully most of the exhibits were inside two enormous barns with only a few small tent covered booths outside, including the one that the following pictures show. Over all, it was a very enjoyable time, made even more pleasant by being able to see and catch up with some of our family friends! Though at times it can been hard to find organic foods and the prices are always high, being able to attend this festival was such a blessing to our family (especially Charity) and we thank God for allowing us to find out about this and for supplying our needs in this area of wholesome food!

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The Alpacas wool, just like sheep, can be used to make different useful pieces of clothing by spinning yarn for knitting or crocheting socks or sweaters, and it also can has been used to make stuffed animals and as you can see in this pictures, this particular farm made teddy bears!  Posted by Picasa

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TurtleBee HoneyTree Farms! Ever since we took a class from the Bennet family on bee keeping several years ago (and found out that mom and Mrs. Bennet knew each other many years ago), we have alway enjoyed stopping by their booth and enjoying their products, at the different conferences that we have attend. Therefore, this time was no different, as we walked through one of the large barns and spotted the golden/yellow hew of the honey filled jars and piles of beautifully molded bees wax candles that covered the tables and shelves of the family's booth. Posted by Picasa

Which one should I get? Along with the purchase of a pound of bees wax, Charity also received a small bees wax candle that Mrs. Bennet gave her as a birthday gift!  Posted by Picasa

A colorful table overflowing with a variety of organically grown vegitables. Posted by Picasa

Before we left, we stopped by the small tent designated as 'the petting farm' which housed a variety of animals consisting of rabbits, ducks, chickens, a two day old calf, two sheep and two ponies! Posted by Picasa

The two adorable ponies enjoyed being petted and scratched and would give us 'kisses' for carrots! Posted by Picasa

...and of course Grace had to get a picture with the friendly little pony! Posted by Picasa