this weekend, a visit to my uncle and his family. i admire their lifestyle--chickens, a swimming hole, farming, and soon to be cows for milking. and lots of little ones, who are the most loving family i've been around. i worked hard to get the youngest, sweet essie, to hold my hand. winning the love of a three year old is the best ever. my grandpa brings chewing gum, which works like a charm. the children sang together, we toured their property-feeding chickens and fish, and ate grilled corn. 

i made my first blueberry pie, which is an audacious move going into mennonite territory. i also made enough potato salad to feed an army.

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