Phew! Where did September go? We have been going non-stop every weekend! A wedding, a wedding reception, a BMX State Championship, and an essential oil roller bottle Make and Take class at the house. I am exhausted!
Earlier in the month I spent three days in Mississippi with my sister as she prepared for her daughter’s wedding. There was so much to do, the days went by in a flash. It was beautiful, but hot. That’s the south in the summer! It was nice seeing family.
The very next weekend, I had some lovely ladies over to catch up on our kids and families, and to discuss how to stay above the wellness line now that school is back in session. Everyone had a great time talking and learning each other’s secrets on health and wellness. We made essential oil roller bottles to take home and put in our wellness toolboxes. We also had a special treat of lavender lemonade and peppermint brownies!
Our third weekend in September was spent in Dothan, Alabama where Steve raced in the Alabama BMX State Championships. He came away with the #1 plate for his class. I am just thankful for no broken bones or concussions! I swear sometimes I think he is just trying to give me a heart attack, so he can get himself a younger woman! Anyway, it was a good weekend, too, but of course, very hot!
Just a few days ago, we got back from St. Louis, Missouri and southern Illinois. We attended Steve’s cousin’s wedding reception and since we were so close to where he grew up, we met more family out at the home place early Saturday morning, before the reception in St. Louis that afternoon. The farm where his father and six siblings were raised is quiet, out in the country, and very relaxing. Another of his cousins, Shelby, and her husband, Eric, met us out there with their 4-wheeler and Polaris side by side. Michael got his first driving lesson from Eric in the Polaris. He loved it! Steve and I rode the 4 wheeler behind them. We had beautiful weather. It feels like the beginning of Fall in Illinois – a nice break from the heat of the south. Shelby brought a breakfast pizza and strawberry milk in a glass container from the Chester Dairy. Steve said it was just like when he was a kid.
We then loaded up and headed to our hotel in St. Louis to get ready for the reception. We had the best time. It was so nice meeting our new family and spending time with everyone. We sat around talking and laughing as stories were told and memories were shared. We ate good food and danced and visited until evening. It really was a wonderful day. The next day we were able to see more family members out where they were harvesting corn. We got an up close and personal view of the farm equipment and just how hard farmers work. We had homemade chicken and dumplings at St. John’s Lutheran of Breman where Steve was able to connect with more old friends and family and then we headed back home to Alabama.
I will say that I am worn out and am still doing laundry, but I will also say that this is life. Sometimes you are extremely busy and on the go and sometimes you are at home and things are a little slower. I love it all. I love being at home and getting things done around the house, or going for an evening walk after dinner, but I also love getting to see family that we don’t see very often due to distance and life. In the end, when I am older and not able to do All the Things, I will look back and hopefully remember that I lived EVERY moment and did All The Things, and had no regrets!