Thursday, October 27, 2011

Look Beyond!

Photo by Shelly Vandlen

As I took this picture I thought about focusing on the tree. As I focused on the tree and take the picture, it makes you also look beyond to see the beauty beyond the tree.
Do we do that as humans? When we see someone do we judge them by how they look right away or do we look beyond? I know for a fact that when I look at someone at first you see the outward appearance. Then when you start to get to know them, you are able to see more of who they are. Their personality, the troubles that they may be dealing with and just really getting to know that person.
I know that there are certain people that just don't mesh with everyone, but that does not mean we can't be kind and courteous to one another.
Photo by Shelly Vandlen
As you see in this picture. I focused more on the leaves and looked beyond the tree.
You can definitely see the beauty there!
When I look at people, I try to see the whole person.
We are very lucky that God does not look at just the outward appearance. He loves each and every one of us for who we are-inside and out!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Country Mill

Sunday we had a terrific time meeting up with some great friends and my daughter and her two friends at The Country Mill in Charlotte Michigan. The weather was gorgeous! I cannot believe we are still able to wear short and sandals in October. We must be having our Indian Summer. I am enjoying every minute of it too.

We got on the "farm train" and headed out to the end of the apple orchard.

 This is Matt, Amanda, Lea and Mason

This is Mason, Shawn and Mitch.
This is Me, Wendy, Brittany and Cierra.

We made it out to the end of the apple orchard to go pick a variety of apples. The trees seemed like they were picked over pretty good but we did manage to get some, eat some as we picked and throw some at each other.

 Most of us in one of the apple tree rows.
Matt and Amanda

There was a haunted maze area that the kids went into and had fun in there. Some said they were scared and some mentioned that Lea was pushing her way out. LOL
There was a corn maze that the kids could do and a crossbow shoot off. Where you had five shots to shoot at five apples. If hit all five, then put name in twice for a raffle off of a crossbow. All the kids did great on this!

We were able to enjoy an apple cider slushy. Well, the kids all got an apple cider slushy, I got an cider float. That was yummy too. They also got some chips and cheese or a donut.
This is a neat little cider mill to go to.

The kids also got to go out and pick their pumpkins that they want to carve this year.
We had another great adventure with friends and family.
Friends like these makes ya wish they weren't a couple hours away.

Thanks for the fun!