We finally spent some time on the boat with my parents. How have we gone all summer with no fishing fun? As a kid I always loved going to Tom's Donuts by Lake James and walking up to the window to get my fresh donut. It's become a fun thing for my children now too. Throw donuts in with boat fun and you've got a great day!
Alegra did a blog post here about the fun on the boat but here are a few of my favorite pictures.
My mom came along and so did Jonathon's sister, Miranda. We had a good hike, then took a break at the nature center. Did puzzles, coloring, watched birds including a molting blue jay that looked quite funny, and Josiah showed my mom the bee observatory.
Back to the trail. We were going to do Trail 1 loop, then head to the Inn, but halfway through the loop, Miranda spotted a snake going across the trail and exclaimed that it was eating a toad. The snake sat just off the trail, so with a stick we moved some branches and greenery out of the way so we could watch this amazing act of nature. That snake cooperated and stayed right there for us to watch. Amazing! The children enjoyed that very much.
Since we took a long time watching the snake, we decided to turn around and head back towards the inn. We had friends coming to meet up for lunch, and I didn't want them to wait on us.
We had our lunch then enjoyed lots of play time with friends, playing football, viewing the eclipse, and sitting around visiting.
For me, the biggest thing that made my day feel full and complete was that I was there surrounded with so many friends. I sat down to count the families and there was a total of 44 people that came out to view the eclipse with us. I'm so thankful for all the people in my life from different walks, areas, and times of my life. I would've loved to get a group photo, but with so many children that would've been near impossible. :) Thank you to all of you who came out to party with us!
The eclipse was really fascinating to watch. Alegra took the picture below by putting protective glasses over her lens. We all enjoyed taking turns with the glasses that were there, sharing with one another to get a glimpse of the rare happening, and getting to look at it through a telescope that the astronomical society brought in. We saw crescent shadows on the ground and definitely felt a temperature change as it happened. Since we weren't in a total eclipse area, we didn't notice other changes that happen when it gets really dark. It did get darker but not a huge amount. I believe our area saw 85% coverage. The next one happening in 2024 should be much closer to being a total. We look forward to that!
Back on the farm our new baby was doing well. She's a beauty. We artificially inseminated Rosie with a hereford, but I don't think it took looking at the baby. She was also in contact with an angus bull, so I'm guessing that's where our baby got the black from. We were anxious to see if this was a boy or girl, so we checked when we got home, and we have another girl to add to the herd. Just what we were praying for!
Jonathon went out and gave them both a good spraying down with natural fly repellent and Rosie didn't mind him getting that close one bit. Super happy about her demeanor with having a calf.
I'm still delighting in my day yesterday over the hugs, conversations, prayers, and fellowship with my sisters in Christ. Some may only remember the amazing eclipse that happened in the sky, but I'll be remembering all the sweetness that surrounded me all day long. Thank you, again, to all of you who were a part of my sweet day!