Sunday, August 14, 2016

Inseperable these two

Titus is a big boy, but he's also a very soft boy, especially his ears.  Hadassah and Diella are very much alike in that regard.  Hadassah has taken on her sister's love of all things soft.  The ears are the softest part of Titus and we will often find Hadassah pulling on his or trying to snuggle with them.  He usually tolerates it, but sometimes he rolls aways and leaves her with a scratch.  

Today she was left with a good scratch, but I'm thinking from the way she looks in the picture, it was worth it.  :)  She loooooves his ears!!!

A hike at Pokagon State Park

We had a few hours one afternoon to get the dog out and do some hiking at Pokagon State Park.  The temperature was 90 degrees, but with a cool breeze in the shaded woods and a light misting of rain, it really felt fairly cool.  BUT the mosquitoes did start biting after we got so far in, so we turned around and headed back to the van.  Thankfully we did as we needed to leave to head home right when we got back to the van.  We weren't keeping good track of time apparently.  

As always Saphira carried the map to lead the way.  The dog did great although we didn't meet anyone on the trail for him to respond to.  He did respond at my cousin's house where we stopped on our way home.  They have 2 dogs that he thought he should carry on a loud, barkey conversation with.  He still needs to get around more dogs and be exposed to them.  Today I walked him down the road and bicycler came towards us.  After I caught his first perk up sign, I corrected him and he went back to a leisure walk without even caring when the biker passed us and talked to us.  He's making improvements, but still more things to overcome.  

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Titus and agility work & Cicada Amazement

We've had Titus for about a month now and learning more of his behaviours and why he does certain things.  He sure came with a lof of quirks, but hopefully by the time we're done working with him, he'll be happier, less anxious dog.  We can see why somebody would have just abandoned him or left him behind.  He's strong and strong willed, but mostly just afraid.  Sadly, his fear causes him to do behaviour weirdly and sometimes not very good.

I started watching The Good Dog youtube videos and have started having purposeful training sessions with him.  We've only had 2 days of it, but he's improving with certain fears and settling down on the leash.  Since we'll be home all week, this is a great time for us to really focus on his training.

The children have been wanting to work some agility stuff with him, so they figured out how to make some jumps for him and have been working with him on that.  He can do a double jump and a very long jump.  They usually have to have him on leash to direct him or he just runs around it.  :)  The other day they were so excited when he did the jump without being on leash.  He's making great strides but still has so much to learn and settle down within himself.

Wore out and tired after all the jumps.

This is how Saphira plays with the old dog, Rufus.

And then there's the new, young pup who runs laps around Rufus and plays quite well with Benaiah.  Those two are two peas in a pod.  :)

We've had some really lovely evenings the past few nights.  I was getting ready to call everybody to get ready for bed when I realized they were all outside.  I walked out and saw what the party was about.  They found this cicada coming out of the shell on a tree and put it on the sidewalk, so they could all see better.  Alegra watched, took pictures, and recorded this insect ever so slowly come out of its shell.  Amazing!  I'm not sure how long I sat and watched too then.  I said of all the years I've found those empty shells, I've never watched one come out.  I felt so blessed to be able to witness such a marvelous act by the Creator.  It was truly amazing, every movement that bug made to get out and then to dry off, and to be ready to live.    

This is how I watched some of the agility tricks.  Love my snuggly baby, Hadassah!
Hadassah is truly becoming full of personality.  She is a happy girl, with an amazing smile and big hugs that make you feel like the most loved person on the planet.  She's 10 months now and still has the rash she's had since she was born.  Though her head has cleared up, she still deals with it on her arms.  I'm giving her Milk Thistle tincture to help her liver work better to eliminate toxins and giving her a strong probiotic to help her belly process what she eats, so everything is functioning as it should.  I said I'd keep giving it to her until her birthday, so hopefully that's as much time as she needs to get all the bad bacteria out of her system and the good filling her up.  Please keep praying that her body is strengthening and getting better.  Her rash on her arms still irritates her, so that makes it challenging. 

Our summer has been so great so far.  We've done minimal work outside, though today looks like it's going to be a big work day in garden and cutting wood, and mowing.  We've enjoyed lots of friends staying with us, small trips to swim, playing with friends, and taking walks with our dogs.

It's already August.  I finally went through all the school books to get ready for that, though none of us are ready to start.  I think we need to take August off as well.  There's just too much work and fun to be had to start school.  I'm pretty sure the children are thankful that their teacher isn't in any hurry to get started.  ;)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

4-H Fair 2016

The LaGrange County 4-H Fair is always a week that we look forward to.  We mostly go on Friday for the Open Horse Show.   Jonathon and I started going when we were dating, and we've continued the tradition every year as our family has grown.  We don't stay as late as we used to, but maybe as the littler children get older, we can pull a late nighter again.  :)  

This year Alegra decided that she wanted to enter The Voice competition that the fair hosted.  We weren't entirely sure of how it worked since we've never watched the show on TV, so Alegra wasn't entirely prepared with a second song since she made it to the final round.  She quickly learned a song and squeezed her way through it, but didn't end on the best note, so she didn't win.  BUT she did an awesome job and is looking forward to trying again next year.  We are so proud of her for having the courage to try it, and despite her mess up, wanting to do it again next year.  

On Friday we had our friend, Elli with us, so we got to the fair early enough to watch the extra shows and stop by the petting zoo and tour some of the exhibits and animal barns.  We enjoy walking around so much, visiting with old friends, family, and seeing how creative children are with their projects.

The children had been talking about their friends, the Browns and asked if I knew whether they would be there.  I hadn't talked to them to know.  While we were in the petting zoo they walked in.  What a sweet surprise to everyone to have more friends to hang out with at the fair.  After the petting zoo, we joined back up with them at the horse show and watched it together for a bit.

After getting lots of yummy food, we sat and watched the horse show.  We missed seeing some people in it that we always enjoy cheering on, but we did catch another friend on her horse.  It has been fun watching her over the years and seeing how much she improves from year to year.

Another fair year over and we're thinking maybe next year we'll have the children do a few projects.  They all have some idea of what they'd like to do, so maybe I can add that to my list of to do's for this school year and help them be a part of  it.  Thankful for family who are close by that can answer our questions to make the process a little more easier.  Watch out 4-H, the Bovee children are coming your way!  :D

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Succulent, Let Love Grow Bridal Celebration

We had the honor of hosting a bridal shower/celebration for a good friend that we fellowship with.  We pretty much stalked her pinterest boards to get all of the ideas, so yeah, she has really good taste in party theme for her own shower.  :) 

We really had a good time putting this Let Love Grow themed party together.  We had no chance to get together to put our thoughts and ideas together and have a crafting day of banners and party favors, etc. so we were totally unsure of how it would all go.  It turned out so beautiful, both the decor, food, and extra fun that we had planned for the ladies.  Enjoy the party through photos, thanks to my Alegra.

 A sign in the yard directing all the guests to the right door.

 The bride-to-be used to help with a community garden, so we thought it would really be fun to have a planter garden from their community of friends and family.  It was a fun project, and I hope they get a good supply of fall produce.

 I was so thankful that this cake turned out ok.  I'm suprised it made it from my house to 45 minutes away without toppling over.  :)

 These were super cute kabob sticks for the fruit.  So fun!

We had a crafting station for the ladies to all make a crown.  The sign on the table has the Scripture that says, "An excellent wife is the crown of her husband."  The ladies had such a good time glueing, creating, and helping one another get just the perfect look to their crown.  I loved this!  The branches were from the willow tree where the ceremony for the wedding will actually be taking place.  We thought that would add a specialness to the crowns.
 Mother and sister of the groom creating.

 We had a few pots with plants already in them such as peppers and a tomatoe.  We wanted to make sure they would get a harvest from those this summer.  

 Me and my sisters

 We always take time for the ladies to share Scripture, advice, a poem, anything that is special to them that they feel they should share with the bride-to-be.  This is always a special time as we also have a time of foot washing where the ladies can wash her feet during their sharing to her or after they've shared with everyon.  It's so special!

 Her mama loves her so much!  What a neat moment for a mom whose daughter will soon be getting to wash her daughter's feet. 

 And the mom-in-love

 Some very special sharing moments.

 She received some very special gifts of meaning and love.

 Some guests go really wore out.  :)

Time to plant seeds.  There were lettuce seeds, herb seeds, etc.  Hoping through the love of all of us, their seeds will grow and produce fruit in abundance.

 A group picture of all of us women who supported and loved on Darla.  

We love to celebrate joyous occasions and this is one for sure!  Looking forward to the ceremony joining their lives together!