Thursday, October 21, 2010

Farm Days

Although we don't live in a rural area, we've been able to spend time at two different farms in the past two weeks. Today, we went to a great little children's farm. They had a hay ride, pony ride and train ride there as well. At the end of the day, each child gets to pick their own little pumpkin from their pumpkin patch. We went with several of our friends and had such a nice day.

Here's Meron on her first pony ride since being thrown of a horse this summer. She hopped right on without a second thought.

Caleb caught this fluffy chicken all by himself and was so proud. He also caught a duck.

Caroline and Hermela petting a goat. It's kind of funny for Hermela to be petting what she once considered good food. When she found out that Nick's group had purchased goats for the kids' lunch while he was in Ethiopia, her eyes got really big and she said, "Can daddy please bring some home?" and licked her fingers just thinking about it.
Colton and Caleb holding baby chicks. Poor little chicks were scared to death.

A rare family shot with me in it thanks to my friend Heidi's camera work.

This was our farm day last week. It was a totally different experience, but still really fun. We went gleaning at a cucumber farm. We were working with a really cool organization that works with area farms and groves to do second harvesting of leftover crops which are then given away to food banks. I think it's such a great idea and makes a lot of since because otherwise, the food would just sit and rot. Of course this is also biblical as there are several verses in which farmers are instructed to leave back a portion of their crops for the poor. It was a great experience for the kids to get to see how they can contribute to others by putting in a little hard work. It was amazing to see a truck bed fill up with food that would have otherwise been wasted.

This is the most of the crew of kids that we went with. I love this picture because nobody is looking, the sun was in all of their eyes, and mostly because Colton is shooting me with a cucumber.

We've had a great time enjoying this somewhat cooler weather and spending lots of time running around outside experiencing the world.

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