Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tying Heartstrings

One of the ways we've endeavoured to tie strings to our children's hearts is to ensure we take a family vacation each year.  There's just something about getting away from some of the routine of everyday life, spending time together without the constant demands of our farm, etc.  We love spending time together, whether working or playing.

We arrived home yesterday from our most recent holiday, it was definitely a time of refreshing.  During the many hours we spent driving, we listened to the Bible on cd, as well as numerous encouraging sermons and lectures. It's good to be challenged afresh by the Word.

Below are some photos of our recent trip.  I'd only planned on posting a few, but these are all so sweet that I just couldn't resist putting them all up.  Happy browsing!

Pool fun with big brother!

All of our kiddos.


Hey Mon!

Daddy & our youngest watching a stage show.

 In a sticky situation!

On our way to the Mad Hatter's Teacups!

Ladies & Gentlemen, start your engines!

Hanging out with mommy while the big kids ride.

Sister love!

Riding the ponies!

Waiting for the afternoon parade!

Splash Mountain!

Nighttime Electric Parade!

Typhoon Lagoon!

King Tut!

The Butterfly!

Mini Golf!

Under the sea with a cousin!

 Celebrating Daddy's birthday! 

Celebrating Daddy's birthday at Medieval Times
with relatives.

King & Family!

At the ocean.

Good friends!  Good times!


  1. Beautiful pictures...can I put in a request to meet you guys next year?? I can't believe how much everyone is growing....well really only the eleven and under crowd:)

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us.

  2. Beautiful pictures, Debbie! And thank you so much for the great reminder to be diligent in tying heartstrings :) Love, Bambi

  3. Beautiful family, beautiful photos, beautiful words. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Hi there fellow dairy farmers,

    We love all the pictures! So glad you decided to post all of them! Almost makes us feel like we were there for some of it! Oh, wait a minute! We were!!! lol!

    So glad that you all could stay with us for that very short week! (Time flies when you're having fun!) You were such a blessing to be around. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with you all! Hopefully this will be an annual thing! hint, hint!

    "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you."
    -Philippians 1:3

    Can't wait to see you all again soon!
    -The Hammond Family

  5. Loved looking at your pictures, though they were quite bittersweet since we couldn't get there to be with you. So glad that you were able to get away!

  6. Thanks, Bambi, Beth, and Linda! We had such a terrific time!

  7. Hammond family, we would LOVE to make it an annual thing! And we can't wait 'til you all come to visit us this summer!! Hopefully sooner, rather than later! And for longer than planned. Get workin' on getting a replacement milker!

  8. Oh Kathy, I know! You can't know the restraint I used each time we emailed back and forth. I didn't want to put any more pressure on you than you were already under, but I wanted to BEG you to find a way to get there when we were there!

    Ya know, you can get these 1/2 price passport card thingymajigs which are good for crossing into Canada. Then, when you do take that roadtrip to Florida, you could swing down this way, spend a week or so with us, then meander back home. T'would make for a longish trip, but we'd try to make it worth your while :-).

  9. Thank you for your generosity today! A conference miracle, I called it.

    May God bless you and what you've done.

    Annie Kate