Monday, March 30, 2020

Social Distancing -- Family Style!

  We are very thankful that the coronavirus has not been found in our immediate area yet, however our schools and churches and a few stores are still closed down. So, this makes a perfect chance for family time!

 Ally Springs & Mill in Emminence, Missouri. 
We hiked up a 1.5 mile trail where we could overlook the beautiful mill and spring. 

 It's pretty hard for a family of 8+1 (our cousin is living with us right now while he starts a new job here in MO) to stay at the proper social distance from one another!

 Of course the boys had to dangerously perch over the river! 

Happy Spring!

There is just nothing like beautiful spring weather and blooming flowers to lift the low spirits right now!

Last week, we celebrated Charity's 17th birthday! She wanted a garden theme and I  was able to pick a huge bouquet from Grandma's massive daffodil patch!

 Sweet Charity with Grandma!

 Her special dinner! 

The weather has been delightful and warm so we took a picnic to the lake and then hiked around it. 

 These two little ones are loving the fresh air and warm temperatures! Caleb has already been begging to go barefoot! :)

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Bradford's on the Move!

Yes, the Bradford family is on the move again! After living in Central PA for a little over 2 years, we felt the Lord clearly leading us to move back to our home in Southern Missouri, near our grandparents. The family moved out the first of March and I stayed behind to clean, pack for the next load and finish some business.

The men came to help us move our extremely heavy grand piano!

The first load included the family in the van, pulling the camper. A cousin followed behind them, driving our SUV and cargo trailer full of furniture.

While they were gone, I kept plenty busy but was also able to spare a few hours to go on a hike with more cousins!

We'll miss these sweet girls! 

Loading up!

Dad and Ethan came back the next week and we spent a couple days filling up another trailer load. We started out early in the morning on Friday for Missouri! But, about 20 miles from home, heading into the mountains, our transmission began to give out and we realized we would never make it. Thankfully we were so close to home and could turn around, borrow a big van and set out once again! Above is our "new rig" on our way West!

I followed behind Dad in my own car and my sweet dog, Chloe, was my traveling buddy for the 20 hour drive!

We are always very happy to see the St. Louis arch rising in the distance! That means we are only 2 hours from home!

We are very happy to be living near our dear Grandparents again and we love visiting them often! 

Blessings on your week,

Christmas Part 2

 There is always so many things to be carried in and out and at each concert and many hands most definitely make the work lighter! This particular place, we had to walk nearly a 1/4 mile to the room where we were to set up. After the concert, we all loaded up and managed to fit every single item in just one load, thanks to the help of two carts!

 These three were feeling goofy before this concert! :) 

 We also managed to sneak into one of Ringspiration's music programs! Ringspiration is comprised of two families, both my mom's brothers, who travel singing and playing hand bells as well! Our schedules don't always line up so we can attend each other's concerts but this year we managed to squeeze one in!
 On Christmas Day we had all the relatives over for a big dinner and lots of games and fun! 

 Cousin Natasha helped Caleb assemble this foam Christmas train! 

 Somebody fell asleep by the cozy fireplace and tree! :) 

 In January, a few of the girl cousins got together to make/decorate for a fancy meal together! Here we are cooking together.

And here is the results of our efforts! 

We celebrated our Jonathan's 10th birthday on December 31st! 

Till next time,