A Family Hike, A Sale, And New Stuff Coming Up!

This past Sabbath, our whole family decided to hike down to the cave that is a few miles from our house.  It is called the Espy Cave and I believe my brother said it is the largest unincorporated cave in Tennessee.  Something like 16 miles have been mapped and it still goes further!  We have gone exploring there in the past, but this time we decided just to hike down the hill to the big creek that comes out of the mouth of the cave.  Since we raise Labradors, we decided to take all of them along with us … that is, the 7 adults and young adults that we’re keeping that is – we didn’t take along the 8 young puppies that we had!

Since the cave is several miles from our house, we drove the truck to get there.  5 children + 7 very excited Labs + Chevy pickup = CHAOS!!  It was a crazy ride 🙂IMG_4766 copy

Abigail and Nutella, one of the young ones that we’re keeping.IMG-20150421-WA0001 copy

The hike down to the cave (and unfortunately, back up!) is really a chore.  It’s very steep and gravely in places.IMG_4774 copy

One of the mouths of the cave – that’s Sarah standing in front of it.IMG-20150421-WA0002 copy

Abigail with her Bichon – Yalili.  I forgot to mention that she came along too!IMG_4794 copy

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Ruthie and her Lab – Zoey … with Jasmine in the background.IMG_4832 copy

Me with my two – Ruger and her pup Remi.  Ruger has a litter right now, hence the hair loss :/IMG_4856 copy

See those people up there on the side of the hill?IMG_4843 copy

See them now? 🙂
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Abba and Nutella … with Sam and a few other canine photo bombers! IMG_4830 copy

This is what Lydia looks like when a wet puppy climbs onto her lap!IMG_4817 copy

Our wonderful parents!
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The creek is so beautiful!  Some of the children took off the shoes and went wading … IMG-20150421-WA0019 copy

Apparently Abigail forgot to look out for the slick rocks and got a little more wet than she had planned!IMG_4802 copy

And the splash from her fall got Sarah wet too!IMG_4804 copy

Enjoying the water – Lydia, Abigail and Sarah.
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Lydia, Sam and Abigail – also known as “the three musketeers”!IMG-20150421-WA0026 copy

A boy, his dogs and his truck … what more can you ask for?  This was after the climb back up the hill – I’m not sure who was the most tired out of these three!
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I have been talking with my sisters about Radical Femininity and they want to start blogging on a more regular basis, which I am very happy about!  I have discovered that I am really too busy to spend all my time and energy on this site. I enjoy blogging but it’s usually on spur of the moment inspiration, when a thought comes to me and I am free to expound on it without feeling pressure of deadlines.  To be responsible for regular posts and upkeep is just a little too much right now – which is why we sometimes go for weeks without any new posts!

But with the girls getting more involved, we plan to add some new features like tutorials, modest outfit posts and more.  I know there are a lot of modesty bloggers out there (which is great!) but what we want to do is share how we put together outfits on a budget 🙂  It’s one thing to dress modestly when you can afford $50/piece of clothing!  But when you shop thrift stores and fabric sales, it’s a little more challenging.  So we plan to start sharing some of the ways that we create outfits that are pretty and modest at the same time!

Also, my mother and I were talking the other day and she shared an idea for the blog: she explained that when she was a young mother, she often wished there was an older woman whom she could talk to and ask questions – to be able to learn from someone else’s experience. So she came up with a column idea for this blog … Ask Annie 🙂

The idea is to extend an invitation to any of you out there who have questions that you want to ask a wife of 25 years and a mother of 7 (4 of whom are adults).  She can then take your questions and share the answers with everyone in blog post format.  So if you have any questions, please send them our way!  You can either leave a comment or send us an email.

Speaking of mothers, I’ll close this post with a few words about a Mother’s Day Sale that is happening right now.


Anyone who has been reading this blog long is aware of the fact we really enjoy the Lilla Rose product line!  Of course, we differ in our preferences on favorite items, colors and styles … but more days than not, we girls usually have something from this company in our hair.  It may be a quick twist in the morning to get our hair out of the way while we’re feeding dogs … a braided bun wrapped by a headcovering once we have put some effort into dressing for the day … a headband whose colors compliment the covering … you-pins or hair sticks to put up a “wet hair” bun after getting out of the shower … or just some simple bobby pins to help hold a tichel in place.

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Lilla Rose is currently hosting a 3 day sale, with 10% off their new items, including Grace – the May flexi-of-the-month and the Elegant Flower flexi, as well as 20% off some other select items. There are also some of the Tulip Field clips (the April flexi-of-the-month) which you can purchase until the end of April (or it sells out!).  I really love the colors on that one and plan to order it (and the new Star of David clip!) as soon as I finish typing this 🙂

If you would like to order, please use this party link and we will draw a hostess from the customers for the party rewards!  If you are a new customer and you order 3 items, email me after placing your order and tell me what item you would like to get for free!  *Must be up to $16 value.  Available for USA residents only.*

As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us!

15 thoughts on “A Family Hike, A Sale, And New Stuff Coming Up!

    1. Hi Erin, thanks for stopping by! This is in Woodbury TN … probably 3.5 hours from Greeneville :/ but if you ever are in this area, please drop us a line and we can show it to you 🙂

  1. I love reading about your family! And look forward to asking questions. I am a almost 34 year old mother of 6 children and just starting homeschooling this year and so happy how Yahweh is teaching me so much along the way. What a lovely way to spend a sabbath right in the nature Yahweh created! There is a local hiking group that does hikes on Saturdays. Really want to spend more time in Yahweh’s nature especially on the sabbath 🙂

    1. Hi Amber, looking forward to hearing from you 🙂 It has become a family tradition over the past 25 years or so to go for walks on Sabbath, usually a couple miles long. We really enjoy it! Normally we avoid strenuous hikes but last week we decided to do something different. It was a very nice time but my legs reminded me of it for the next 3 or 4 days :p

  2. What lovely moments you’ve shared here. I just love getting out in nature… I feel closest to God when I’m surrounded by His creation.

    It sounds like you have some exciting changes coming up. Good for you!

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  3. I could and do ask for much more important things, and in YHVH’s perfect timing they will be granted!! Until then, don’t mess with my truck or dogs….unless your feeding them (the dogs) and giving them attention!! Great post sister!! Keep up the good work.

  4. Spending time in God’s creation is in my opinion a great way to spend the Sabbath. We went hiking last Sabbath after church too. We finally got a 70 degree day and the sun was shining up here in Michigan. The spring wildflowers were so pretty and the violet patches smelled lovely.
    I love the idea of modesty on a budget posts.

  5. What a beautiful day, and such lovely scenery and nature to enjoy! It is so wonderful to get out and enjoy the beautiful things the Lord has created! Looks like a wonderful time was had by all, even the dogs 🙂

  6. This looks like it was a great time and you got some beautiful shots! Found you over on the Coffee and Conversation link up. Thanks for sharing!

  7. It looks like you and your family had a beautiful day in the woods. My, what beauty! What a blessing to be able to enjoy all that God has created. The area that you stopped at reminds me of a scene in the movie series “Christy.”

    Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. I love having you at the party 🙂 Hugs and blessings!

  8. What beautiful country you live in. Our family also enjoys hiking but haven’t had much time as of late. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! And I love the future ideas about modest dressing on a budget and “Ask Annie”.

    1. We do live in such a BEAUTIFUL area – we are blessed to be here! Thanks for stopping by and for hosting the Home-Making Mondays party 🙂

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