Blackberry Picking 2016

Today was one of my favorite days of the summer…we went blackberry picking at Eckert’s!

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We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day, especially after the heat last week. But I think that same heat was good for the blackberries, because they looked beautiful, and we picked two boxes full!

Tasty Tuesday–El Mazatlan

We were in Bowling Green, KY, for my birthday, and Ryan insisted that we go out to celebrate (a day late, but that’s a long, car problems involving story!). I decided that I wanted to find a Mexican place, and after a great recommendation from my mother-in-law, we went to El Mazatlan. It looked very unassuming from the outside:

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But the interior decor was amazing! I was impressed from the second we walked in the door!

And the food! I am not kidding when I say this may have been the best Mexican food I’ve ever had…and I’ve tried a lot. We were only supposed to split an appetizer (the choriqueso dip, which was amazing), but Ryan insisted we also share an order of fajitas Jalisco, too (I’m so glad he doesn’t like shrimp, because they were cooked perfectly, and I got to eat them all!). And a margarita, because, well, margaritas!

Next time we eat there (and there will be a next time!!!), we have to order the Pina fajitas, which is pretty much the basic fajita fixings stuffed in a fresh pineapple. I must try that…so fun!

Aviation Heritage Park

The first night of our visit to Bowling Green, KY, we stopped by the Aviation Heritage Park. It has a small collection of planes…four on display, with what appears to be a fifth being worked on. It’s always exciting to see planes up close, and read the stories of them and their pilots, especially when they include a NASA supersonic trainer and a Blue Angel!

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Kantorei Kamp 2016

The children had another amazing week at the Kantorei Kamp at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Louis! They had the opportunity to pray Matins every morning, and Responsive Prayer every afternoon. They had a lot of fun singing, as well as playing handbells and various percussion instruments. They also participated in the Music Olympics, went swimming, and sang at both Concordia Seminary and the LC-MS International Center on Friday, and at the Divine Service at Hope this morning.

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This past year of singing with Hope’s Kantorei has been such a wonderful experience for them. They’ve learned so much about music, and they’ve made some good friends. Kantorei Kamp may have just ended, but they’re already looking forward to starting their next season of singing!