Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; they shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3-5

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Daddy and Mama 24 years together!

Their children rise up and call them blessed...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Six Arrows with "Hell's Gate" in the background

Monday, September 22, 2008

Banning State Park

Then we got to visit Banning State Park and hike along the Kettle River that looks like root-beer because of the minerals in the water.

Here we are starting for the river...and having a little fun. :)

Can you tell what we're eating???

One of the most interesting things about the kettle river are all the holes in the solid rock that are everywhere and every size and shape along the river's banks.

And of course we had to explore them. :)

With a boost, the boys climbed up inside this one that was in an overhang along the path.

Look at the legs!!! The mountain is eating them. :) While those of us who are wiser smile from below.

Our lovely camera lady reminiscing...Mama was here when she was younger. :)

The boys...they look like their planning something...what?

Daddy climbing the "stairs" that the water carved out of the rock. All the rock shapes are curved and smooth. We had some great conversations about the flood and how the river would have been far higher before and then when the waters receded, carved the bed it runs in now; leaving behind the fantistic shapes and holes. Its amazing what water can do!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

We got to go on a fun family day trip this weekend. We drove up to Hinkley and visited the Fire Museum. The Hinkley fire is an amazing part of Minnesota history.

This firestorm was so incredibly appalling. It was around 4.5 miles high and completely devastated 21 square miles of forest and town in four hours; killing over 800 was very sobering to learn about it.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Boy Birthdays!

When we do birthdays, we don't mess around...its always a party because there are always at least seven "guests".

Charlie is 17 , Ben is 15, and Sam will be 12 , but they celebrated together today by going kayaking with Aunt Susan and Uncle Steve!

Here is some of the prep we do for celebrations of this kind...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Mama took this at Oxbow Park. It was such a beautiful day!