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Whew, what a weekend it has been!  As you know, we live in Texas, and we’ve had enough of Hurricane Harvey!  We live quite a bit inland, but are still dealing with a lot of rain.  At the time of writing this post, we’re over 12 inches…and it’s still raining.  We haven’t actually seen the worst yet, according to the weatherman.  They tell us it may not stop until next weekend…yikes!  Fortunately, for us, it was so dry when we started that we were able to take on 5 inches of rain before it even started running off.

We have a lot of friends, and some family as well who live on the coast.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and everyone else who has been impacted by this devastating storm.


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WELCOME to the September You’re the Star” Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:

Since we’ve had such an eventful weather weekend, I thought I’d share a few photos of things here around the farm.


This is the pond that sits in our front yard.  I took this picture from the front porch of our house, just a little while after Harvey made landfall (several hours away) on Saturday morning.  At this point, we were only getting  showers from the far outer bands of the storm.  We’ve had a fairly dry summer, and as you can see, our pond was several feet low…hardly more than a mud puddle.


Here, you can see a few of the kids running around in their swimsuits and rubber boots.  You see, it’s not really out of the ordinary for me to allow them to play in the rain like this…as long as it’s warm.  They begged (and by ‘they’ I mean Rhino) to go to the splash pad…to which I replied, “In a hurricane?  Of course not!”  I was then informed that there wasn’t any thunder.  That was true.  Then they wanted to know if they could go play in their swimsuits outside.  “Ok, fine.  But if it starts getting windy, you have to come in!”  So, I sat out on the front porch watching my children play in the rain.  They had great fun!  In the end, I was glad I let them.  The weather really was quite tame still at that point,  and I knew we were going to be stuck inside for a while once things got serious.

This is the pond by Saturday evening.  A bit higher, but not extraordinary.  We’d had about 6 inches of rain by this point, and it was starting to run off.


This is the view that greeted us on Sunday morning.  We tried to leave to go to church, but the road out was totally impassable.  So, we’re stuck.  It appears doubtful that my husband will be able to go to work tomorrow, and indeed, the university has closed up shop on Monday and Tuesday.  We hope we’ll be able to move freely again by that time.

My kids are getting cabin fever.  One of them is actually sick, though he seems mostly unphased (as usual).  It’s going to be a long week.  Our schoolwork will probably be a welcome distraction!  Kids in our district were supposed to head out for the first day of school tomorrow.  But they announced today that the schools will all be closed.  There’s one more good thing about homeschooling, I guess…inclement weather won’t stop us!

It is still raining.  They say it will keep raining for several more days.  There are a lot of folks who have had MUCH more rain than we have here (and wind or tornado damage as well).  Harvey seems to have taken up residence along the coast, and doesn’t seem to notice that he is an unwelcome guest!  He’s taking his own sweet time leaving.

So, this week, if you get a chance, say a little prayer for us down here in Texas.  We need all the help we can get!


WELCOME to GARDEN feature week of the September You’re the STAR” blog hop!
Meet your GARDEN week Hosts 

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This week is GARDEN feature week
Swing by the GARDEN Hosts blogs:

Angie @ God’s Growing Garden

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!

There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear – this is NOT a themed party – you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The “theme” occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN – gardening, homesteading, recycling, outdoor activities &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  repurposed ideas, outdoor concerns, posts relating to farm animals etc all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the August 2017 “You’re the Star” blog hop)

Beautiful Surprises in a Small Suburban Yard by Run Ran Fam

The Serpentine Style of Garden Design by Sweetly Dreaming of the Past

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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
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(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post – rest assured – we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES – other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )


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