One Hot Summer's Day!
So this was a thing my family had been talking about doing for years and years but never pulled the trigger. I would see all kinds of families go out with their kids in June and July and come back with the most glorious of berries! And I was convinced after reading Honeybee Mama's Blog via Tulsa Kid's a few years back about the whole experience!
Honestly I think my excuse for not going was that it was too hot of a time of year for me to enjoy taking four kids alone to pick gallons of berries. I fully expected moans of, "I'm hot! Are we done YET?" and so on...but honestly it wasn't awful at all. Only at the end of the picking near 11:30 did it get miserable hot while picking the berries. I would recommend starting out when the farm opens as to enjoy the cool morning breeze!
The staff at Thunderbird Berry Farm was so very kind and came around often check on people as to make sure they weren't getting too hot!
It Was A Race!
My kids kind of turned the picking into a race of sorts to make it more enjoyable and fun. Anytime you get four kids together doing the same task, throwing a race in will pass the time faster!
Thunderbird Berry Farm in Broken Arrow, OK also offers a great deal. IF you choose to pick three buckets of berries, they keep two and you get the third one FREE!
My family had a blast, we have already made 2 cobblers and have frozen the rest for more yumminess later!
I am reminded of one of my favorite books by author Shauna Niequest, Bread and Wine.
In the book she tells a story about how she was a preacher's kid and Sundays were FULL days. Days of work and not rest. In the summers her mom made tradition of making fresh, blackberry cobblers with vanilla ice cream for DINNER!!!! Yep, that's right, for dinner! They were all tired and needed something to look forward to, to gather around and this was just the answer! I am thinking the Peevyhouse's may need a new tradition such as this one!
The Best Part!
The best part of the whole experience was having our Daddio with us! He has recently come home to work along side us in the photography business and recently started another business, Vintage Wagon Photo Booth Company. You must check out our new business, it is a BLAST for parties, weddings, corporate parties, picnics, bachelorette parties in the Tulsa, OK area!
Life feels a bit like a roller coaster getting back into the swing of entrepreneur life. Never knowing really where the money will come from, always working towards trying to get more work and add in four homeschooled children and life never stops!
We are working to make sure to have a bit of summer fun as a family every week for sure! One of the top reasons we wanted Clay to be home with us was to partake in the day to day life with us, the fun, school stuff, field trips and live life fully with all of us together!
We are not promised another day...
Clay and I are both believers in the notion that life is short, sometimes too short. We lost a dear woman this past week. Nancy Brown was one of the most precious souls on this earth. Her life was much too short, she lived big, loved bigger and she picked berries with her girls every summer. So here's to stopping the rat race run occasionally and drinking from the goodness of life. We are living in the now and the present and stopping to pick the berries.
I am also reminded of another book we recently listened to on our "Chase Your Dreams 2016 Roadtrip". The book was How To Be Here, by Rob Bell. Rob was in town this past weekend and spent over 8 hours in the floor of Downtown Tulsa's Cain's Ballroom conversing with people about his new book and how to live it out in this world. A dear friend and photography friend of mine, Erika Patterson was there and she came away from the conversation saying to my husband Clay,
"If you hadn't been laid off from corporate America, you would have quit after listening to Rob speak with such passion on Saturday!"
Drinking from my saucer!
So here's to living life upside down as some would call it! We are living life now, and not putting off enjoyment for later in life as we are not promised another day. Life may look very different from here compared to where we were based on corporate life income. But we are here for now and going to enjoy it fully. I will leaving you with one of my favorite sayings!
"My cup overfloweth, and I am drinking from my saucer!"
Grace and Peace, Holly
P.S. If you love the photography you see here check out my photography classes where you can learn how to take photographs just like this! I teach in person classes in the Tulsa, OK area. I have taught Community Education Photography Classes every semester for adults and teens through Jenks Community Education. The Hive is an art hub newly opened in Jenks, OK and I have began to teach camera classes and digital photography there as well!
(These were not edited, they are straight out of my camera!)
Or if you are looking for a photographer to photograph some special moments in your life go here! I am so very happy to travel to you as well for you photography needs! We are a family who can travel at most anytime due to living life big!