01 April, 2014

April in Northern Minnesota



We got nearly 2 new feet of Snow April 1st.   

29 March, 2014

Officially a Cub Scout

The big 8 year old!  Elias is such a good boy.
  He is smart. He is a kind, sensitive soul.  I thank God for him everyday.
I love you with all my heart Elias Jay Lamb Castle.



He had a lot of fun at the pinewood derby.  His car was super fast.
He took 4th place overall out of both wards.

22 March, 2014

Amish Road Trip-

Heidi, Ruby Catherine, Elizabeth and Grammy Lamby 
visited a number of Amish homes on our trip in 
Mississippi, Florida, Missouri, Kentucky and Georgia.   
It was a great experience.  
Who knew there were Amish communities in all these states?

Randolph, Mississippi-  
The only Amish settlement in the deep south. 
(sans the Sarasota, FL Amish community, but is Florida really in the South?)






Ruby Catherine and Elizabeth had fun with the Amish children- 
sand boxes, swings, and lots of warm outside time!




Logs from the Amish sawmill.




Handmade Amish rugs


Handmade Amish Rolling pins.


We visited 4 different Amish farms in Mississippi.


The Mississippi Amish settlement we visited are considered Old order Swartzentruber the most conservative of the Amish.  They are noted for their restricted use of technology, lack of SMV triangle emblems on buggies, and particularly plain lifestyle.  As is common for Swartzentruber Amish, those in the Randolph community permit only metal rims on buggies, and do not allow propane or gas lights.  They don't like pictures taken of their faces or to be identifiable in photos, but they did allow me to photograph things in their hose and on the farm.


The kind family we stayed with provided us with a delicious breakfast.
Scratch made biscuits, jams, eggs, home made cereals, farm fresh jersey milk-
A vegetarians delight!


Think these type of Milk cans are out of date?
In Clark Missouri- the Amish utilize them daily.




Death is part of life on the farm.
Ruby-Catherine stopped to pray for this fallen bird.
We have funerals for our small flock of chickens when one dies too.   
Ruby-Cat has a heart of gold- she honors life.  




Spring plowing in Missouri. 


 Ruby Catherine slept by Momma every night on our trip.  :)


The girls liked this swing so much -
Grammy is going to have Grandpa Cory build one for their house in Idaho. 




Ruby-Catherine, Amy and Elizabeth in Clark, Missouri.


This Amish store in Randolph, Mississippi made and sold Amish hats.  

18 March, 2014

Atlanta


Martin Luther King Jr. Monument-  Birthplace- in Atlanta

Fun at Aunt Robins house-

He new hobby is shopping.  Heaven help me.

The Varsity-  Downtown Atlanta



Check out these Steel Magnolias

And these are some nice magnolias too...


15 March, 2014

Florida Keys



Elizabeth enjoying the water at John Pennekamp  State Park.

John Pennekamp  State Park


We walked from the Pacific to the Atlantic in less than 10 minutes.  

Islamorado Sunset

Happy in Key  Islamorado, FL


Southern most point in the USA. Key West, FL

Key West-  One Human Family.

Key West 

Coconut Water in Key West, FL.


Marathon Key- ner 7 mile bridge

Marathon Key-  near 7 mile Bridge

A delicious Sunday Brunch with Grammy.  :)

The Beach in Sarasota-  Bird Key



Good bye Ocean-  we hope to see you again soon.

Orange orchard Visit with our Amish friends

Fresh and delicious.