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Blueberry picking

Last week, at the recommendation of a friend, we set out to find a local farm in Carthage, NC – Olde Carthage Farm – for pick-your-own blueberries and blackberries.

The boys were excited and loved picking the blueberries.  It was an easy activity for them to do! Philip was more interested here in eating the blueberries than smiling for the camera!

(Sometimes I have a hard time finding boys clothing that we like – for those who have asked, both boys are wearing similar shorts: Rand’s are H&M and Philip’s are J. Crew factory.  Rand’s shirt was a bday gift from his friends and Philip’s is from our trip to Vieques.  Shoes are here and here.)
The boys also picked some blackberries, but Philip is used to eating raspberries at home and had trouble not picking the red ones!!!!!  SO…we purchased some of the blackberries they had there on hand ready to buy for anyone that doesn’t feel like picking!
Isn’t the farm beautiful? I wanted to stay all day.  Best thing of all, it’s CERTIFIED ORGANIC!  And…so is Philip apparently!
They also had lots of flowers and tomatoes for sale.
The owners were really nice and great with the kids.  They even let Rand and Philip borrow some nets to catch butterflies and June bugs.
There were also lots of bees but thankfully they kept to themselves!
If you’re passing through Moore Co. or are local and need some blueberries or blackberries go check it out!  I think they said they would have blueberries for another few weeks and blackberries through August 1.  We will definitely be back soon.  Next up…some blueberry recipes;)

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7 days

We leave for China in 7 days.  I can’t believe I finally get to say that.

We’ve been waiting for that day for the past two years and even longer, I suppose, since the Lord put adoption on our hearts.  While this trip to China will eventually be a blip on the timeline of our lives, right now it is very, very real and the preparation has been like none other!  The “To Do list” is holding strong at 2 pages and is growing faster than shrinking, although it has been really helpful to work from and we are making some progress!

BUT it hasn’t been all work, we’ve celebrated a lot too.  So instead of showing you photos of what is on my “to do list” (like buying bottles and getting vaccinations) I’ll share these more exciting things…

Wes and I went to Vieques, Puerto Rico for a 4 night getaway.  It was PERFECT for us because it has beautiful beaches and lots to explore while still getting to be on “island time.”  We rented a house and a jeep and each morning would head out, pick up some lunch and then go explore, snorkel and find a beach to park it on (literally, you drive your car on some really bad roads right up to the uninhabited beaches.  And your parking spot may or may not be already taken by a horse or two!)


This was our favorite beach – La Chiva or “blue beach.” There was a pretty good sized reef to the right of the island where we liked to snorkel out and see lots of fish and a resident greenback sea turtle!  Yep, a view like this was a perfect way to celebrate, in my book!  I’m hoping to eventually do a post just on our trip.



For Chinese New Year (it’s the Year of the Sheep!) 2 other couples threw us a little Chinese New Year party to celebrate – complete with Asian food and Chinese decor.  They even got the boys matching outfits and a really pretty baby blanket – Philip’s first (and one of his only) “baby” keepsakes!



Lots of “Chinese” touches – and they even wrote little scriptures and blessings our for Philip to have.


Then, my sweet bible study surprised me for a champagne lunch at one of my favorite local spots to celebrate and they showered me with diapers!  We’re gonna need them (at least until Rand potty-trains Philip).


Over the weekend our siblings surprised us with this quilt (handmade by a friend of my brother and sister-in-law) that has a little dash going between China and the USA!  It’s so cute, I don’t think the photo really does it justice!


We are so grateful to all our friends and family for supporting and encouraging us as our family grows.  Now…back to the to-do list.


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