This past weekend was a busy one for our family.  The arrival of fall has made the weather just perfect for all kinds of activities.

After celebrating our oldest daughter’s 11th birthday on Tuesday with some cake and ice cream, we were looking forward to her main birthday present from us; a mother/daughter trip that included her very first card tournament.

We went to Salina Saturday with some friends and their teenagers to participate in a card tournament.  This was a first for myself and Raven, and we both did fairly well.  I was ranked in 15th place, and Raven in 16th out of 39 people.

Then, on Sunday we worshiped with our church family, ate out at Ihop as a special treat, and went home to rest for awhile.  That evening, we joined our church friends once again out on a farm for a hayrack ride, games, and weenie roast.

Raven enjoyed the male cat who followed us around (and even tried to go home with us).

Gus was enthralled with the tractor.  He wanted to climb on it, get inside it, and move the wheels!

The hayrack ride was the highlight of the night for the kids.  We got to see the beautiful hills of Kansas.  The cows were interested in the wagons of people going by and the kids enjoyed making their best moo calls.

Hubby and I enjoyed looking at all the old rock and limestone foundations left after years of weathering.

And Gus knew just what to do with that straw from the haybales!

When the ride was over we joined everyone around the bonfire for chili, sloppy joes, roasting hot dogs, smores, and fellowship.

I didn’t get a chance to get a picture of Denna, who enjoyed flinging hedge apples at buckets in a game called “Hillybilly bowling”, and she got to ride a haybale as she was pulled on a tarp in the relay races.

Fun was had by all, and it was a nice introduction to the Autumn season.

That morning in church, we heard a message from the district pastor about being a witness for Christ. 

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Acts 1:8

We were reminded that God had placed us in Kansas for a reason, and that our ministry always starts where we are planted.  We can only have a global impact if we start with a local focus and move outward.

I was thankful for the reminder, and visual lesson, about God’s care and concern for the land and people of Kansas.

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