August at Our Home

8 Sep

At Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains. How gorgeous!

If I had to describe August in the Emerson household I would say busy but very blessed.  Our month started off with a trip to Pigeon Forge with my (Amanda’s) family to spend time with Josiah before he left for Iraq.  We rented a house in Pigeon Forge which worked out great.  I thought the highlight of the trip was attending the Dixie Stampede.  Eli sat enthralled for 2 straight hours. 🙂  Dollywood was a close second.  Elijah rode all sorts of kid rides and was just adorable what can I say? 

Brandon and I also went on vacation together.  Our first ever without Eli.  (Our camera broke so sadly no pictures.)  We had an excellent time together at Natural Bridge/Red River Gorge.  Hiking filled up most of our time (we hiked every single Natural Bridge trail) while I also attended my first drive in movie.  It was so weird not having Eli with us!  To many we might have waited a really long time to go on an overnight (Eli is 20 months old) but to us it was just perfect.  Any sooner and I do not think we would have enjoyed it as much as we did.  Another example of how families need to find out what works best for them not for everyone else. 🙂 

Hanging tightly onto the last days of summer.

Aside from all of the trips, we were also blessed with lots of outdoor fun together.  Leisurely walks, trips to the park, and hours spent enjoying our backyard took up the rest of our free time this month.  There were also quite a good number of books read.  😉 

At Josiah's Deployment with my sister Katelyn.

This month my brother Josiah was deployed.  He will be serving in Iraq with the KY National Guard.  Please keep him in your prayers. This of course made up a major part of our month.  We look forward to all that God is going to do in his life during this time. 

This picture captures so much.

 After Josiah’s deployment our month ended on a happy note with another brother-Jacob turning sixteen.  It was quite the party.  It’s so hard to believe he is 16 I must be getting old!  I changed so many of his diapers.  🙂  

The birthday cake I made. Why is it that homemade cakes tastes a hundred times better than store ones?

 

Just enjoying a little corn hole. One of my favorite parts of the party was just watching everyone enjoy one another.

 

 

The "kids" had a great time playing Volleyball. Brandon even joined in.

 

 

Even the adults had a great time.

 

 

The perfect ending to a great party. Happy Birthday Jake!

 
As you can see August was quite the busy month in our home but a blessed one at that!  We are so thankful for all of the goodness that God has lavished upon us this month. 

 

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