Sunday, October 21, 2007


We had a wonderful day yesterday. It stared by sleeping in till 10:30. Well sort of. I fed Jericho at 7:30, then she peacefully played by herself for an hour and a half or more, then she took a nap till 10:30. If you count that as sleeping in (at this point I do). After we got up and got going we decided to go to the Rochester Public Market.
We'd never been before and thought it would be fun to walk around and spend some time together. I enjoy looking to see if there are any good deals. I was also hoping to pick up some pumpkins so that I could make some yummy desserts with them. My friend Andrea has some recipes that I'm excited to try.
While we were at the market I was amazed at all the diversity that we saw and heard. I wish I could have counted all the languages that were spoken. It's was neat to see so many different cultures in one place buying and selling from each other, all with the same purpose of providing for their families whether it be the food they bought for a meal that night or the money they received to help pay the bills that month.

It had rained at the tail end of our visit to the market but as we were driving home the sun started to shine again. I love when there are clouds in the sky and the sun is shining but you can't see it, all you see are the rays streaming through. It always makes me think that that must be exactly where God is sitting at that time and the rays are His Glory shining down. It was a beautiful sight. If you look hard you can see the rays in this picture. We were driving while I was taking this picture so it was a little hard to capture what I wanted to.
It was the 20th yesterday, Gideon was born on the 20th, after Gideon died we decided that on the 20th of every month we would go to the cemetery to visit him. I guess it's our way of honoring and remembering him. We went out right as the sun was setting and the pictures above and below is the view from where Gideon rests. There have been many tears shed there but it has also been such a place of comfort for me. Life stops where we're there. I need life to stop sometimes. I need to be able to think of nothing else except my son sometimes and I get that once a month. Every time we go I'm amazed at how peaceful it is. When you think of a cemetery you usually don't think peaceful, but it is. Can you feel it when, you look at the pictures? I can.

When we got home from the cemetery we took a walk around our yard. Sounds kind of funny I know but we have 3 acres and if you walk around a few times it makes for a nice walk. Jericho wasn't to interested in our walk though. She slept. She was so uninterested she pulled her hat over her eyes so no one would bother her.

The reason we walked our yard instead of somewhere else is so that we could continue to train the puppy. We put in an invisible fence for him. We are at the end of the training process to where we are taking up the flags a little at a time to see if he will try to leave our yard. I don't think we are going to have a problem. Gamba has been such a baby when it comes to getting shocked. We've had to drag him into parts of our yard so that he knows he can go there without getting shocked. He's been doing better about exploring all parts that he can go but staying away from the spots that shock him. Now we have to figure out how and when to teach him (when he doesn't have the collar on) that he is "free" We have fields behind us that the farmers said we could walk Gamba around and want to, but how do we do that after we just taught him to stay in our yard? If you have any ideas let us know.

This is how I ended the night, a little to late if you ask Seth. I did end up getting my pumpkins and I cooked and pureed them so that today I can make a pumpkin roll and maybe some pies. Thanks for the recipes Andrea!

Yep, we had a wonderful day yesterday and it was followed by a good night sleep, Jericho slept 8 hours straight and on a Saturday night no less (we need a good night sleep on Saturdays because our Sundays are so long). I couldn't get any better!


daisygirl said...

Your pictures are beautiful...sounds like you had a great day! The pumpkins looked yummy! I've actually been wanting to try Andrea's pumpkin roll as well! :)

Dallise said...

Great pictures. Give Jericho a kiss for us. Hey, bring some of the pumpkin rolls to the farm!! Can't wait to see you guys again.

Love ya,

Ginger@From The Cocoon said...

Looks like a great family day and I think it's awesome that you honor Gideon once a month and take that time as a family to just "be still."

Tarrah said...

You brought tears to my eyes! It looks so peaceful and beautiful there. It sounds like you had a great day. I love days when you just get to be a family. Andrea's pumpkin roll and pie's are amazing, I hope you enjoyed them.

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

Your post was so amazing, Tarah. The pictures, the emotions, the greatness of a baby sleeping eight hours in a row. I loved reading about your day. I hope you have many more days like this in the future.


Child of God aka Becky said...

The picture of Jericoh with her hat over her eyes is very adorable...

Megan Brent said...

Hey T- your pics were so beautiful! Especially the one w/ Jericho and her hat! My mom had the same problem w/ the invisible fence when she was training her dogs and what she has to do is put a leash on them to get them to leave the yard (b/c they know its ok to leave and take a walk)or put them in the car and then when they get out their free. Your situation is a little different though, so I don't know if that'll help. Glad to hear all is well with your family and so glad I was able to see you guys a few weeks ago!