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She said “Yes!”

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It’s with hearts overflowing with gratitude that we share the news that our family is once again growing by “two feet.”

This time, however, it is not by way of adoption, but by the sacred road of marriage that we are gaining a son.

This afternoon, Zach took Gracie to a place that holds a special place in her heart and asked her to be his bride. Standing at the base of Buttermilk Falls he declared his love and devotion, presenting her with a treasured token of his love: a family heirloom, his great grandmother’s ring.

And Grace responded with a resounding, “YES!”

Their courtship has been a sweet blessing in the midst of some challenging months, and it was with great joy and unwavering assurance that we gave Zach our blessing when he approached us to ask if he could have our oldest daughter’s hand in marriage.

Grace didn’t know today was going to be one for the memory books, but we did! Zach included us in the blessed event as secret photographers of the proposal. It was such a gift of love to be allowed to be part of that experience and it was a joy to share that moment with both Molly and Sherrie, her soon-to-be second mother.

Grace couldn’t have saved her heart for a better man, and as a result is blessed to be gaining an incredible family.

Our hearts are so full that we find our eyes leaking with the joy of it all.

Blessings of love and eternal happiness to the bride-to-be and the man she loves.

God has blessed them both!

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YSA Campout

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In my last post I shared the end of one era of life…

Today I share the beginning of another.

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Grace has just completed her first year of college and as part of that transition she now attends church down in Pittsburgh with other 18-30 year old young adults. She has loved it and has found a great group of friends in the process.

Last weekend we were able to finally meet some of these friends in the flesh… friends that Grace has spoken of with fondness…when the YSA ward had an activity at our home.

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A few months ago Gracie shared that her and two friends were throwing around the idea of a group campout. After getting the ok from their bishop they began planning. The first order of business was finding a location for their campout. Grace asked if we could host the event and planning began.

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In the week leading up to the activity the family pitched in to prepare Patchwork Farm for the onslaught of visitors…

Mulching was completed…(Happy Mother’s Day to me!)

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The bus was cleaned out in preparation for overnight visitors and moved to a more accessible location in the yard.

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In the process of charging the battery Toby discovered this nursery under the hood:

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The grass was mowed and the volleyball net was erected,

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And before we knew it Friday had arrived!

Gracie’s friends began showing up around 6:00, with Olivia arriving early to set up her family’s two tents that she graciously shared with the group.

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Food for the event arrived soon after that and cutting and dicing for dinner began while Rusty and Tyler got the fire going in preparation for foil dinners.

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By 6:30 the driveway was filling up with vehicles.

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Friends continued to file in as dinner was served and games commenced.

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Following dinner there was a spiritual devotional offered fireside…

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And then the remainder of the night was spent singing around the fire (accompanied by guitar) and playing night games.

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The next morning a “create your own” oatmeal bar was laid out on the picnic table and everyone got a warm and filling breakfast in their bellies before they headed out for their hike.

Per Gracie’s suggestion, they headed to Buttermilk Falls for their hike.

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This little gem is only minutes from our house but is awesome to experience. Everyone had a good time exploring the waterfall and the climbing rocks that makes this park one of our favorite places to visit.

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When I start to feel sad about a chapter of life coming to a close it is nice to be reminded that new chapters await and they can be equally blessed.

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So grateful Gracie has found this group of friends!

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Buttermilk Falls

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On Saturday morning Toby and Rusty bundled up in preparation for a really cold morning. The temperature hovered around the 0 degree mark and they had a hike to prepare for. They packed water and trail mix and then Toby went out to warm up the truck. They were meeting the boys from Rusty’s boy scout troop for a hike. Toby, as an assistant scout master, was also going.

The planned hike was changed from its original location to Buttermilk Falls. Buttermilk Falls is a little hidden gem that is located not too far from our house. The trail is not a long one but it is really beautiful. It ends at a waterfall that you can explore and walk behind, making it a favorite with my kids.  As a family we have hiked it and experienced its beauty in the summer, spring and autumn months, but we have never explored it in the winter.

I sent my camera with Toby and asked him to get some pictures. I had no idea how breathtaking those pictures would be.

When Toby and Rusty arrived they met up with three other leaders. Unfortunately no other boys could make it, but that didn’t deter them from having a good time.

The hike was pretty…the falls were magical. Here is a glimpse of the views the boys enjoyed on their winter hike…

Walking the trail to Buttermilk Falls.

Walking the trail to Buttermilk Falls.

Getting closer...

Getting closer…

The falls were frozen, creating a beautiful ice creation.

The falls were frozen, creating a beautiful ice creation.

Matt climbing the falls.

Matt climbing the falls.

Rusty climbing...

Rusty climbing…

My handsome boy scout.

My handsome boy scout.

The rock formations were equally fun to climb.

The rock formations were equally fun to climb.

The view from above.

The view from above.

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The view from behind the falls.

The view from behind the falls.

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The beauty of God's creation...enjoyed by a group of guys, out for a hike, on a cold Saturday morning, in Western Pennsylvania. :)

The beauty of God’s creation…enjoyed by a group of guys, out for a hike, on a cold Saturday morning, in Western Pennsylvania.  🙂