Literally a week after we got back from our trip to Utah (see post below) we hosted another wonderful family, the Haroldsons, from New Mexico. They are a great, very talented family. Their family band is called Desert Skies and they all play stringed instruments from the fiddle to the madoline. Oh, and they also perform clog dancing. They even put on an impromtu concert in our backyard for us and our neighbors.
Here is their littlest one getting ready to play with the family.
The Davis and Haroldson families.
The next event on our summer calendar was the Carnival for Charity that some close friends had. The proceeds from this years event went to Acres of Hope. Since this is the orphanage that Lil' Cowboy and Brown Sugar came from we wore our African dress and talked to anyone who would listen to us about the plight of Liberian children and the wonderful work that Acres of Hope is doing.
We had three other families show up that have adopted from Acres of Hope. One family brought twenty+ of her family from Bakersfield which is about four hours away. Tanya and her husband have opened their home to twenty-four children. What a blessing! Another family brought their two new twins that they had brought over from Liberia only the week before. The third of the visiting families adopted three girls. One of the adopted children was a baby under the age of one. We were delighted to host this family for the night and have them join us for church the next day. They live about five hours north of us.
Only three days later and we were celebrating our countries anniversary by having a big block party on July 3rd. Our next door neighbors and us had grand plans with very little gumption to go along with it. This was mainly due to the fact that the weather took a turn for the worse and scorched us with above 100 degree weather. The kids kept cool by running through what we called Waterworks. Our next door neighbor, Mr. Handyman himself, constructed a PVC pipe structure that had holes drilled into it to squirt out water that was being pumped into it by a hose. It even had a nossle to fill water balloons.
Here is one of the beautiful pictures that they brought back. The hike around the lake was pretty easy but the hike up Shephard's peak was a bit harder. That hike put them at 12,500ft and teh ability to see Mono lake plus a couple dozen more.
And, the kids on top of the dam. What fun!
So, that is a wrap up of our fun filled summer. It is back to the books and cooler weather. Fall happens to be my favorite season. I love the crisp cool air in the morning and evenings, the colors of fall, and the smells of breads, soups, and casseroles backing in the oven that has been rarely used during the hot summer months.
Fall reminds of the feeling you get when you take a refreshing, cool shower after being out in the hot sun all day long.