Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Lewis Edition :) Our Trip (Part 1)

In July, Russell and I were able to take a 3 1/2 week trip to visit my family in Tennessee, his family in Ohio, Steven and Anna in Maryland, and to go camping in Michigan.  We went through a total of 10 states and spent each night either with family or in our tent. 

Camping in Michigan - our "official" honeymoon :)


We arrived at our campsite in Allegan, Michigan, the evening of my birthday.

Pitching the tent :)



Our cute little tent - supposed to be a 2-man tent, but it's a pretty tight squeeze for 2!


Our campsite was right on Ely Lake!  We were grateful for essential oils which kept the mosquitoes from totally eating us up.


We had so much fun cooking on Russell's little gas-powered camp stove.  And washing dishes is extra fun in the outdoors, including pumping and heating the dish water. :)


The following day we drove to Lawton, Michigan, where Russell lived from the time he was a year old until he was 6.  He has many fond memories of living in this town.

We had a wonderful visit with Russell's cousin, Margaret.  At 91, she is still spunky and a lot of fun!  We really enjoyed our time with her!

Margaret took us to see the cottage her family owns on Bankson's Lake (cottage is in the background of this picture).


Bankson's Lake


Margaret's husband owned a Model A!



We loved looking at some of the scrapbooks Margaret has put together.  They are absolutely amazing, full of newspaper articles, pictures, and letters from long ago.

This is the newspaper office of the Lawton Leader.  The two men pictured are Russell's grandfather and great grandfather, long-time owners of the paper.


A Christmas picture of the Lewis family!
L to R: Brian, Mom, Stuart (in lap), Beth, Dad and Rusty ;)


Margaret has acreage which is planted in grapes.  The grapes are sold to the Welch's plant in Lawton.


Beautiful grapevines and rolling hills!



That evening Russell treated me to a pasty.  I had never heard of such a thing, but they're very common in the Upper Peninsula.


A pasty (pronounced with a short "a" sound) is a pastry filled with potatoes, rutabagas, and meat, usually beef or steak.  The one we shared was delicious, and very filling!


Pasties were the food of miners, common because they were hearty and filling and could be kept warm wrapped in paper.


The following day we drove to Grand Rapids and found the house where Daddy lived most of his growing up years!


A park where we stopped to let a rain storm pass.


Russell having a conversation with the geese. :)


"What a cute couple!" ;)


We spent a couple of hours driving around, trying to find a place where we could see Lake Michigan without paying a fee or trespassing on private property. :)  Finally, we found a spot!  It was very worth it!!!



"When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment." Proverbs 8:29


Enjoying the beauty




A quaint little grocery store where we shopped



Back at the campsite

Ely Lake


We were the only campers on the west side of the lake.  We so enjoyed the quiet and privacy ... well, relative privacy!  We were visited one night by several raccoons, and the last night we had a guest in the form of a porcupine!!!



The last day in Michigan we spent some more time in Lawton

The house where Russell lived


There is a park in Lawton named after Russell's great grandfather!


We'll always have fond memories of our first camping trip together! 






Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A Fabulous Vacation....post coming soon (hopefully!)

Last month I (Rebekah) had the tremendous opportunity to spend 
a couple weeks with this precious buddy of mine.  
I've had several people ask about a blog post,
but I'm still waiting for pictures....
So, until then, here is a one-picture preview of the one
who made my weeks SO VERY enjoyable!!!
Bekah loves you, Samuel!


Friday, July 29, 2016

Aerial Photos

Recently David had the opportunity to fly with Bro. Rob while he test drove an airplane for a friend.  David took these pictures as they flew over our farm.  It's fun to see things from this angle.

Can you find the 9 people in this picture?
(Scroll down for the answer)

Here's a hint.  
Most were picking blueberries here.  Now...can anyone identify the people? :)

A closer look

The lower third of this picture is our farm, and then our neighbors' farms across the highway

More of the neighboring farms

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 4th

We met church friends at Pickwick Lake for a picnic and fireworks on the 4th.

Red, white, and blue cookies...

...and fruit

We always enjoy this time with our church family.


A storm starts to roll in

Rain across the lake

It was beautiful to watch!

Those who were parked close enough ran to their vehicles, and the rest of us took shelter under our picnic blanket while the men ran to bring the vehicles closer.

Our abandoned picnic spot

Venturing back out after the downpour


A gorgeous rainbow



The fireworks started early because another storm was coming fast

We stood there in the rain and got soaked again while the kids watched from inside the van.