Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fall Festivals

One thing that is not lacking in Georgia in the fall is festivals.  After the long hot Georgia summer months, people love to get outside and enjoy the cooler fall weather and celebrate in any way they can.  There are a lot of historic festivals this time of year all around us.  There are also many smaller church festivals just to celebrate harvest time and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who attend. 

We have been very busy here on the farm lately.  We have taken a few days off from school in order to start preparing things around here for winter and cold weather.  The whole outside of the house has been washed.  The pool has been closed and covered.  We have butchered one large batch of roosters.  We have started to strip out the gardens and have about half the stalls in the barn cleaned out and re-bedded for the winter months.  Needless to say, I have not had much time to sit and write here on the blog.  But...we have taken the time to take the children to a few local festivals.  So will share pictures from those today.

Tim had to work but I took the children to Belmont Baptist Church's fall festival.  The weather was perfect and everyone who helped put it on, did a great job.
Many families from around the community showed up and everyone seemed to have a great time.
We home church and do not attend there but were invited so went to show support.

There were many inflatable things to bounce in and climb on for all ages.
They had a climbing rock wall and the local police department there to talk to the children and show them the inside of a police car.  They had the local fire department there to show off a fire truck to the kids and an ambulance too.

These types of outings can be very stressful for Zeke.  Fairs, amunsment parks and festivals can be very over simulating to him and bring on anxiety because he feels they are unsafe.  He did very well that day.
Even though I could see he was worried and anxious he would still smile for me if I asked him to smile for a picture.  Then there is Antonio! He is happy all the time.  He enjoyed eating snacks, participating in what he could and watching the kids have fun.

This festival had many booths there for the children to play games at and win a small prize or a treat.
Booths where they could get their face painted and decorate their own cookie.
The girls were all into the sand art!
My nervous young man.
Smile for mom!  Ah, that's better!

We do not keep a lot of sweets in the house at all but William wanted to do the cake walk.  He said he had never done one before and wanted to participate.  So I let him.
Carolyn and Elizabeth  joined him.  Wouldn't you know William won a cake!  And before I could pull the girls off, Carolyn had as well!  Yikes!!  We tried to not take the second cake but the people insisted.  So we went home with two cakes and a bunch of very happy children who enjoyed refined sugar the whole week thru! 

When all was said and done 540 guests had attended from the community and 30 had accepted Jesus.  Praise God!  What a wonderful day.

Tim and I also took Antonio, Elizabeth and Zeke, the next weekend, to the Home Depot Fire and Safety festival.  William and Carolyn were with my sister for the day that day.
 Antonio wanted his picture taken by this bulldozer!
Both of the events were free to the public and brought the children great joy.

I pray your fall is full of beautiful days and times of making happy memories.

Isaiah 55:12  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.



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