Our last post left off sometime during the month of July. Although that’s been sooooo many months ago, we’ll pick up from there and finish out the year…
The first part of this month found us vacationing. One of our stops was in Little Rock, AR, to visit with Steve, Lila, Marshall & Maddie Bayer. Steve is part of Family Life ministry’s advisor team. Staying with this family was such a blessing and let’s just say they have hospitality down to an art!
The above photo was taken at FL, in their main foyer.
From there we jetted over to Nashville, TN. We checked into our hotel just off Opryland Drive sometime after dark and were excited to discover a mini-golf course, that kept late hours, next door!
Gavin demonstrating his golfing abilities and realizing he’s better off on a regular course!
Our next destination was the Creation Museum in northern Kentucky, where we met up with Papa Steve, Grammie Sue, Aunt Tana, Uncle Matt & their boys. Despite the fact that we spent two full days there, Mama somehow neglected to get very many pictures! Guess she was just to caught up in the experience, although she did manage this lovely photo…
Taken in honor of this being the year of their 40th wedding anniversary!
Daddy Alec celebrated his 41st birthday on the 27th of this month. We invited family to sup with us at Ramblin’ H and during the prayer, before partaking, he thanked God for Mama and his FIVE children ~ it took a few second before it dawned on everyone that we were announcing the addition of our newest family member, due end of February!!!
With school back in session and the high school football season upon us, our second born surprises his Mama with this…
Thankfully he’d already been given Daddy Alec’s blessing!
The KHS football team’s annual Hereos Night found Brant honoring co-worker John & Gavin our neighbor Warren, who both served our country in the military…
Special guests Bob and Chris visited us here at Ramblin’ H and brought with them a special gift. What a precious pair this couple became to our family when they decided to move from Vegas to Medicine Lodge and began renting from Papa Steve and Grammie Sue. Bob was adamant about getting this wagon restored and given to Keeven. We can’t thank them enough!
Gavin to the rescue! On his way to give best bud Jesse’s truck a tug from the mud, he found his own self knee deep after skidding off the road and into a culver that resulted in significant damage to his truck.
We were just thankful no one was hurt, although it was not to settling to see the dent in his windshield where Kathlynn’s head hit!
This event was a huge blessing and encouragement to those who attended in honoring and upholding the vows of their covenantal marriages!
One of the biggest disappointments for our family was not making it out to the cabin in Colorado, the first time in 16 years. Grammie Sue was good to be generous with the pictures during her and Papa Steve’s stay though.
Here is just one of many treasured spots we frequent when staying in Happy Valley, aptly called the Elephant Rock from Mama Kendra and Aunt Tana’s childhood.
Here is Tommy Boy, our turkey…
Preparing to roost on the peak of our barns roof. Because this is being written in retrospect, a quick word on Tommy’s fate. Although a lovely aesthetic addition (with the hopes of becoming food on our table) to Ramblin’ H, he had a bad habit of getting on our vehicles, to Daddy Alec’s great chagrin! “Off with his head” was threatened on several occasions but he eventually succumbed to a Gus attack, just two weeks before Thanksgiving ~ go figure!
The epitome of fall fun for a 1st grader would definitely have to be…
A trip to the pumpkin patch! Keeven enjoyed learning about how cows are milked, feeding calves, picking his own pumpkin and petting various farm critters!
As the impending frost would soon be upon the land, Mama was quick to get some pictures of the foliage that graced the Ramblin’ H this past summer…
All in all it was a fairly successful year in the garden, with a decent yield in watermelon, potatoes and squash!
On a chill morning, we trekked to the Schrepel family homestead west of Costs, KS. This was the childhood home of Grammie Sue’s father, Grandad Melvin. Many “treasures” were unearthed as we scoured and explored the now small section remaining of what was originally homesteaded by our family in the late 1800s.
Among our exploits was an antique truck that Papa Steve and the boys hope to restore. Also, an old forge (seen to the right in picture above) of which cousin Jordan has already began restoring in hopes of learning the art and trade of blacksmithing!
What would this month be without a quick mention of “No Shave November”.
All Daddy sees is an old man but Mama thinks he’s handsome and is thankful he obliges her love of his manly facial hair during this one month every year!!!
Here are some more pictures of fall time farm moments…
Bluffy girl taking some time to pose, Quinn and Keeven snuggled in a grass fort they built in the back meadow and the beauty of morning dew on a spider web.
We’ll end this month with Keeven’s display of thanksgiving…
Written on the feathers of this turkey he made at public school, which you can probably guess included food and family!
Technically this occurred in Novemver but since it’s become a tradition in preparing for Advent…
The trimming of the tree that will adorn The Auto Station’s nostalgic Christmas display. Notice Rosie’s clever photo-bomb!
The Madrigal’s performing a Christ honoring rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at Kingman Mennonite during their annual Sunday Morning Holiday Tour…
Gavin’s wee little head can be seen 8th from the right.
This will be somewhat of an inside joke but word to the wise…
Never let your teen sons steal your iPhone and have a conversation with Siri!
And then this…
Mama came home to find her elegant evergreen topiary adorned with festive shot-gun shell lights and hijacked by the Polar Express train set. All compliments of Brant Boy!
A Christmas morning tradition has always been blueberries and bacon..,
Traditionally it came in the form of blueberry muffins made by Grammie Sue but this year Mama Kendra mixed it up and served French toast with homemade blueberry sauce.
Jayhawk! Special thanks to Uncle Scooter, Aunt Robin and JuJu for helping keep the KU tradition alive amongst the Harnden cousins during our holiday family gathering!
A SPECIAL WORD FROM THE EDITRESS
As we end this chapter of our lives, reflecting on the year 2015, thoughts of the many things not mentioned here flicker through my mind. Although we’re not always the best at capturing, in photo, the many memories life has to offer throughout the year, my hope is that this small sampling of our family’s life has been a blessing to those who follow us and those who will someday read these in the annals of our family archives. As some are aware , we have this blog put into book form each year, which becomes coffee table literature in our home. Many guests, but especially our children, enjoy flipping through the pages, reflecting and reminiscing on the past. My prayer is that I can paint a somewhat accurate depiction of our family’s life and with that thought in mind I leave you with this…
With all credit going to our Lord!