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Have you given up on me yet?  Did you think I’d never come back?  I wasn’t so sure myself.

It has been an extremely busy summer for me and my family.  After two weeks of initial recovery from my surgery in May, we headed off to Alabama for a missions trip with Builders for Christ.  Two weeks later, our friends, The Price Family, came for a month-long stay.  During three of these weeks, The Hubby and I, along with Mother Price and her teenage daughters, counseled children at our church’s bible camp.  One week, Thing 1 attended a Horse/Bible Camp.  One week, Snapper and I headed to Nashville, TN for a music camp.  Snapper learned so much during that time and we hope to return next year.

After Mother Price and her brood departed for their new home in Florida, we enjoyed one week with a taste of normalcy.  But there was still one more week of camp to accomplish before life returned to normal.  On the first day of August, Snapper headed to Diabetes Camp.  Thing 1 and I spent this week having some “woman” time and lots of shopping!

Now it is August 10th, and we are beginning our second day back to school; homeschool that is.  The first day started out bumpy and I lost my temper right away.  Today, is starting better.  The girls are in the kitchen making themselves some breakfast.  Soon they will sit down at their perspective tables (Thing 1 in the breakfast room and Snapper in the dining room), and start their schoolwork.

Our local homeschool co-op will resume at the end of the month.  The girls are registered for classes and eager to get started.  I have once again taken up the hat of Commitment Coordinator for the co-op.  I love my administrative position and wouldn’t trade it for a teaching position for all the riches in the world.  I can teach my kids but I’m not quite so gracious when teaching others.

I love this feeling of normalcy.  I have found that I needed it more than I knew.  I have been feeling out of sorts during the last few weeks.  We adults thrive with structure and scheduling just as much as children do.

After such a busy summer and with hunting season coming up (The Hubby), we decided to dry up our milk cow for a season.  We have been with out milking duties for about two weeks now.  I miss it but enjoy the freedom.  We are purchasing raw milk from friends who are also family.

I hope to get back to my blogging on a regular basis again.

See you soon,

The Milk Maid

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There are lots of bad things that can be said about all the social networking websites that can be found on the world wide web.  Our teenagers lack person to person conversation skills.  They talk in TXT.  OMG, LOL, ROFL….. etc……  The up and coming generation can’t spell because spell check does it for you.  I can go on and on about all the reasons we shouldn’t rely on technology to get us through the day.

But that is not what this post is about.  I want to point out a benefit to social networking websites.

On Tuesday, I saw a lady I graduated high school with.  We were both getting coffee at the same coffee shop.  I haven’t seen her in at least 2 or 3 years if not long.  I asked her about recently getting married.  How did I know she got married?  Because we are friends on Facebook.

On Wednesday, I saw a lady that I went to church and the same school ( a few grades below me) with during my childhood.  I haven’t seen her in at least 5 years.  We talked about her new baby girl and how she was enjoying motherhood.  How did I know she had recently had a baby?  Because we are friends on Facebook.

I read blogs that are written by people I know but haven’t seen in years.  I look forward to the day we run into each other.  I can ask about their children by name.  It doesn’t feel like years of absence but weeks.

Connected,

The Milk Maid

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I’m Back!  It’s been 15 days since my last post.  I promise I’ve not been a slacker.  I’m continuing to recover from my surgery and I was gone for a week on a mission trip.

Yesterday was 4 weeks since my surgery.  I’m feeling better everyday.  I tire easily and sleep hard.  This road to recovery is long and slow.  Everyone tells me to take it easy so my body can heal quicker.  I know!  Its just so hard to sit back and watch everyone do everything that you can’t do.  I was able to make supper for my family for the first time this week.  It felt good to get back to a semi-normal routine.

Last week, my family and I traveled to the quaint town of Hartselle, Alabama.  We along with about 100 other people helped frame the interior of the future sanctuary for Mt. Zion Baptist Church.  This is our 5th year and 7th church with Builder’s for Christ.  Since The Hubby is a builder by trade this is a perfect family mission trip.  We look forward to seeing our friends every year and every year we make new friends.

Thing 2 cut 10 inches off her hair.  One of the ladies with Builders for Christ is a beautician and did the honors of chopping off Thing 2’s hair.  Her new hair do is so cute.  I’ll post pictures once I get around to downloading them all off my camera.

And so our summer is off to a busy start and will continue to be so till the end.  The Hubby and I help will help with 2 weeks of summer camp at our church camp.  Thing 1 will attend two summer camps.  Thing 2 will attend 3 summer camps.  Our dear friends, the Price family, will come visit for about 3 1/2 weeks during July.  Thing 1 and I have birthday’s in July.  We will spend hours by the county pool or on the boat on the lake.

So much fun!  I love summer time!

The Milk Maid

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I received a blug from my sis-in-law over at DOWNSIDE UP AND OUTSIDE IN.  A blug is a blog hug.

First I’m supposed to tell you about a memorable hug, then I’m supposed to send some blugs around to my favorite bloggers.  So here I go:

I love hugs!  I’m such a hugger and I love to receive hugs.  Bring on the hugs!  I believe world peace can be accomplished one hug at a time.  I come from a fairly affectionate family.  When I see my family, I always expect and receive a hug.  When I see friends, we hug.  When I depart from friends and family, we hug.  Love me some hugs!

I can’t say that I remember one particular hug over another.  I receive and give hugs all the time.  The best hugs are those unexpected hugs that someone gives when you really need it.  You don’t have to ask for it.  That person can tell you need a hug so thats what they do.  This past Sunday, one of the youth girls crossed the room and gave me a hug.  She said she thought I needed a hug and I did.  I think she needed one too.

Now I’m going to pass on some Blugs to my fellow bloggers.  These ladies just happen to be some of my homeschool co-op peeps also.

Sharon @ Keen Inspirations

Jewels @ Jewel Sightings

Bretta @ Creativity Unleashed

I love these women. They make my day bright and joyous when we get together on Tuesdays.

Passing on some Blugs,

The Milk Maid

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  1. We have had such beautiful weather here in the north Georgia mountains.  Perfect weather… not too hot, a slight breeze, a few clouds, lots of sun…. Perfect!
  2. I have successfully completed a menstrual cycle with the use of cloth pads.  Loved it!  I’ll never go back to disposables.
  3. I attended my second bi-annual ladies retreat called the Sista-Herd.  My good friend, Michele, coordinates and hosts these retreats.  The location was Kure Beach, NC.
  4. I got to spend about 2 hours on the beach while in Kure Beach, NC.  The water was still quite cool, so I only dipped my feet into it.
  5. My cousin attended the retreat with me.  I really enjoyed her company and sharing our thoughts with each other.  She is such a blessing!
  6. One of my hats is Bookkeeper.  I keep the books for the local bowling alley, which is leased by my family and ran by my father.  I have lots of experience in this area but have never dealt with sales tax.  It’s been an interesting journey trying to figure it all out.
  7. I’m loving my soap nuts!  I wash the laundry with it, clean my house with it, and I’ve even tried it out as a shampoo.  Not the best shampoo but a great cleaner.
  8. I have started purchasing some of our homeschool curriculum for the next school year.  My friend, Michele (see #3), had some Saxon Alegbra curriculum laying around, so I snagged it at an awesome price.  I’m looking at Switched on Schoolhouse for Thing 2 next year.  Michele has that also, so I’m probably going to try to purchase it from her also.  I love having friends that homeschool also.  Used curriculum is just as good as the new.
  9. Do you ever hear a song and think “that song is perfect for my life right now”?  I do.  My current song is “Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore” by Bon Jovi.  Lets just say that the marriage home-front has been a little rocky lately.
  10. My friend, Sharon, has lent me her 17 yr old son, whom we loving refer to as Sunshine Boy,  for manual labor around the farm.  I have a list of things I really want to accomplish before the summer gets here and The Hubby is just too busy to do it all.  Hired help works just as well, I guess.
  11. Sunshine boy spent one day last week helping me start my square foot gardens.  Well, they aren’t exactly square but they look awesome.  We had some landscaping block laying around the property that we used to start the beds.  It gives them a very lovely appeal.
  12. So far, I have planted Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Lettuce and Onions.  I really want to start some sweet peas also, but I’ve been unsuccessful in finding any at the local lawn and garden depots.
  13. I spent most of one day last week in the Atlanta.  Thing 2’s endocrinologist is located down there.  We drive 2.5 hours each way every 2 – 3 months for a check up and blood work.  We have gotten used to the drive and make a day of it each time.  This is the closest Pediatric Endocrinologist to our area.  (We live a long way from everything, but I like it that way.)
  14. After our trip to ATL, I stopped in at a friend’s house to get my hair cut.  Not just cut but CHOPPED!  10 inches to be exact!  I am donating it to Locks for Love.  My hair has never been that long in my life and I am excited to be able to give it to a good cause.BeforeAfter
  15. I enjoyed a smoothie at Starbucks with another friend, Jewels, that same day.  I stopped drinking coffee almost 2 months ago, so I chose an orange mango banana smoothie instead.  Great Drink, Great Conversation, Great Friend!
  16. My mom surprised me with a visit this past weekend.  She and my step-dad, who is fondly referred to as GrandBob, visit us about 4 times a year.  They live 4 hours away, so we visit them a few times a year and they visit us a few times a year.
  17. We don’t do the Easter Bunny thing.  You know… “Here comes Petter Cotton Tail hopping down the bunny trail…”  In fact, we don’t do Santa, Tooth Fairy, or any other imaginary person or creature.  It all started when Thing 2 was terrified that the Tooth Fairy would touch her in her sleep and she didn’t want to go to sleep.  Both, Thing 1 and Thing 2, were terrified of Santa and the Easter Bunny when I would take them for pictures each year.  By the time Thing 1 was 6 or 7 we decided that it was all a big lie anyways, so why continue torturing our children with it all.
  18. But… We did hunt Easter eggs with my sister’s kids.  147 eggs were hid and only 140 were found.  We know that Pie, one of our dogs, was spotted carrying one off, but the rest are to be found by the lawn mower or the other dogs at a later date.
  19. We have a new game for our Wii. (You know what a Wii is right?)  It is Super Mario Bros Wii.  It is a family friendly intense game that truly made me break out into a full blown sweat!  I had to apply extra deodorant and change shirts.  I haven’t sweat like that in a long time.  Its not a physical game like a lot of the Wii games are but it is stressful!  I loved it!
  20. We are a game loving family.  We play video games, board games, card games, out door games, etc.  It is our family time.
  21. My life is so crazy busy.  It took me three different sit downs to complete this post.  A vacation sounds great!

The Milk Maid

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My very first giveaway has come to an end.  There were a total of 36 entries amongst 18 participants.  Hooray!  What a success! 

Using a random number generator from Random.org, a winner was chosen.  The winner is Sharon.  Congratulations to Sharon!  I hope you enjoy your cloth menstrual pads.

A big thanks to Crea8tive Mama for her contribution to this giveaway.  Please visit her Etsy Shop to discover how beautiful you “fluff” can be!

Visit again soon for another exciting giveaway.

The Milk Maid

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300 views

I woke up this morning to find that my total number of views since starting my blog at the beginning of the year is 300. WOW! I don’t know who in all is reading my blog but Thanks! It’s really encouraging to see people viewing and reading it. I hope you get some enjoyment from it; or at least a little laugh at my expense.

Thanks Again,

The Milk Maid

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