We've been home a week already from our Minnesota vacation, and I am not exactly sure where that time has gone! I know that Steve's schedule will get super busy in a couple of weeks when his university starts up again, and so we are savoring all the summer that we can! Here are the things that I have tagged as favorites from the week : )
Queen Anne's Lace.
I have always heard the name of this flower, but I had no idea how prevalent it was! The white wildflowers are covering the roadsides of Pennsylvania, and my eyes have been opened to their beauty. They are made up of hundreds of tiny white flowers, and you often see one little dark purple flower in the center, where supposedly Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle and left a drop of blood on the lace. Also known as "wild carrot", their roots are apparently edible. I'm going to keep picking them until their season is over : )
I haven't mentioned this on the blog yet, but we had a big scare with Ivy last week while we were on vacation. My mom and Don began to hear her having grand mal seizures in her sleep in the middle of the night. She had somewhere around ten seizures in two days, which is way too often. She was acting disoriented and weak, and they took her in to the vet. The vet loaded her with phenobarbital, antibiotics, and pain meds, and she was able to come home (quite loopy). So far, she has not had a seizure in eight days, so the phenobarbital must be working. She has started acting like her normal self within the past two days, though she is still physically weak. The best diagnosis for her would be epilepsy, and she will have to be on meds for the rest of her life. We are hoping it's not anything more serious, and she will bounce back to a new-normal for her six-year-old self : )
Yesterday, I posted all about Ephraim at 18 months! Our little guy is growing fast, and he makes all of us so darn happy! We can't wait for him to start talking more and sharing his little world with us.
If you missed it on Wednesday, I posted this new Chicken Pad Thai recipe. The lime juice made it quite delicious (though I would maybe avoid the fish sauce next time since I'm not an anchovy fan). My mouth is watering just looking at the photo again.
My new Kate Spade studs came in the mail, and I'm very happy with them! I'm not always one for designer brands, but I had a Nordstrom gift card burning a hole in my pocket, and it was their anniversary sale. I chose the turquoise ones, but there are also silver and pink options. I love that they are large, but still light enough that I don't feel them.
Time for another garden update! The blueberries were finally ready this week! (The birds had gotten to a few of them, so I covered them in netting.) They tasted incredible.
We also noticed that our corn was ready to be picked! We found four ears, and I enlisted Nolan's help in husking them. It was pretty amazing to eat sweet corn-on-the-cob that we watched grow from seeds! Mmm! One of them had a neat swirl pattern that you can see in the close-up photo below.
And while this photo doesn't really do it justice. . . we have three HUGE pumpkins growing for the fall!
DC Talk was one of my favorite bands when I was growing up, and I have a fondness for the three guys and the new bands they've formed. I've been listening to a lot of TobyMac this week, and I want to give one of you his brand new CD, "This Is Not a Test", which comes out today, August 7!!
This album is bursting with pop dance music. He collaborates with several other artists (Hollyn, Capital Kings, Ryan Stevenson, Mr TalkBox), and drives a mix of hip-hop, rap, funk and soul. The message is all about loving God and loving people. It's refreshing to hear the mainstream sound with no offensive language or innuendo. Check it out!
"Toby McKeehan(known professionally as TobyMac) is a husband, father, performer, songwriter, producer, and businessman. Growing up in the northern Virginia suburbs adjacent to Washington D.C. helped instill his love for rap music. While attending Liberty University during the mid 80s, Toby met Michael Tait and Kevin Max Smith and these three friends formed the Grammy winning, platinum selling group dc Talk. Toby began his solo career in 1999 with his first solo album, Momentum, releasing in 2001. Momentum has been followed by four additional studio albums, Welcome to Diverse City (2004), Portable Sounds (2007), Tonight(2010), and Eye On It (2012), along with his first live album, Alive and Transported (2008). This Is Not A Test is his 6th studio album to be released. Starting with dc Talk, and then going solo when the group disbanded, Toby still clings to such rootsy notions as hard work, persistence, patience, and - perhaps most relevant of all - the power of music, which he insists is still what keeps him going. "It's the truth," he says. "I still believe that a song can penetrate a heart. I believe God can use a song to open someone's mind and heart."
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