Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Teddy Grahams and Fair Reflections

How to survive the Fair in one easy step:

Birthday Cake Teddy Grahams!

Seriously though, I feel like this year is going even better than last year.  When we arrive home from our treks to the Fair, I make it clear to the Blossoms that it is time to work. 


They are made to understand that they have already spent their play time feeding animals, sweeping barns, socializing, learning from fellow 4-Hers and browsing the unique nuances of a small time county fair. 

That one single thing has kept the house tidy, the wash caught up and their rooms in order.  I'm not bragging, I'm heaving a sigh of relief and noting that I should use this clear, unapologetic approach after playdates, library trips and days at the amusement park.  I'm glad that they see the correlation of the sacrifices involved in this 4-H gig.  I don't want the orderly life that we thrive within to be one of those sacrifices. 

After we plow through the home work, there's still a little time to enjoy summer a bit, time to marvel at the ever present beauty God placed around us.

The other Fair lessons are always abundant ~ being humble enough to learn from the folks around us, being brave enough to step out and try something dauntingly unfamiliar.

Being light-hearted enough to laugh at your mutt rabbits' placing...

 Being just plain thankful for learning and the rewards of hard work and perseverance...

We're thankful that God has let us be a part of the Fair.  May we be a witness while we are there.