Penryn Mud Sale ~ Part 2 of 3

Saturday, March 21

2 (1)Love her boots.

I was there only fifteen minutes when I met our Canadian friends.

2 (2)I was so pleased to see Merle & Rita (left), because we were unable to attend the ministry banquet the night before. He is CEO of Living Hope Native Ministry, Red Lake, Ontario, Canada.

They were with our good friends Orpha and Gary (right).

2 (3)After a short visit, I moved on to look for more photo ops so our daughter Deb has some good choices for the Mud Sale Magazine.

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2 (8)Furniture tent auction

2 (9)Homemade ice cream

2 (10)I noticed these young ladies making smoothies as I waited in line for a cup of chicken corn soup.

2 (11)This was my view in the craft tent where my sister had a front row seat reserved for me.

2 (13) I listened to the auction, relaxed for awhile, and enjoyed my chicken corn soup.

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2 (14)Oh, look who just joined us!

2 (15)Our great-grandson, Anthony, and his mama Abby.

2 (17)I walked around the tent and looked at crafts that would be coming up for sale.

2 (16)This little guy made me smile – I think I will bid on him.

I got him for $10.00.

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2 (19)Bird feeders

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2 (21)This was my favorite moment of the mud sale – when a young Amish girl picked up a plaque and showed it to her dad. I waited for his expression before snapping the picture.

2 (22)This is why he was smiling.

2 (23)By the time I left the craft tent, the mud had gotten even worse, as the temperature had risen and the snow was melting.

2 (24)Lots of young boys earn tips by hauling purchases for successful bidders.

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2 (27)I will post Part 3 tomorrow evening.

Penryn Mud Sale ~ Part 1 of 3

Saturday, March 21

1 (1)This is the largest yearly event in our nearby, very small village.

1 (2)It brings in lots of people – many Amish – as funds raised are for the fire company and a local Amish school.

1 (3)As you can see, it snowed the night before the sale…

1 (6)…and the morning sun was hazy from the cloudy sky.

1 (4)There are lots of steel wheel items – as Amish are not allowed to use rubber tires.

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1 (5)The first people I met were Ashela (our great-niece) and our granddaughter Gloria.

1 (8)Lots of interesting equipment lined the field behind the fire hall.

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1 (11)Need any hay?

1 (12)There were lots of people there, and many auctions had begun when I got there at 8:30 AM.

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1 (14)Getting a swing ride on a swing set that was for sale.

1 (15)This pussy willow tree was the only outside thing that tempted me, but I didn’t feel like waiting in the cold. We had a pussy willow tree at the farm when I was a girl.

1 (16)Wagon wheels for sale

1 (17)A yard chicken.

1 (18)As snow melted, it became a “real” mud sale.

1 (19)Checking out items.

1 (20)Wagon auctions.

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1 (25)Someone made a successful purchase.

1 (26)Mother and daughter boots.

Local people will recognize them in the previous picture – on the right. I think they were just arriving, because Kim’s boots are still clean.


Part 2 tomorrow evening.

Graduation From Men’s Frat ~ Part 2 ~ Celebrating

Friday Evening, March 20

2After the graduation service, we went to our local Twin Kiss for ice cream, root beer floats, milk shakes, or French fries – whatever each person was hungry for.

2a (1)Jesse

2a (2)Allie and Josh

2a (3)Jana and Ian

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2a (5)Deb, Jesse, Jared, and Kristen having fun.

2a (6)More fun. :)

2a (7)Jared and Kristen

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2cTime to throw the trash away and go home.


Oh, that was a good evening.

Graduation From Men’s Frat ~ Part 1

Friday Evening, March 20

1We were pleased to be invited to Jere and Josh’s graduation from Men’s Frat at LCBC – a local church.

1a (1)Jere and Josh go to the early morning study. There is also an evening study.

1a (2)From their website: Men’s Frat at LCBC is our primary environment for adult men of all ages. Since 2005, over 9,000 men have joined this 24 week experience which runs from September through March. This journey enables a man to understand his masculine identity and make the pursuit of true manhood a lifelong priority.

Men’s Frat at LCBC is based on a number of curricula that sharpen a man’s focus, resulting in life change that positively impacts key areas of life.

1bThis is the eighth year for Jere. He enjoys the challenge of becoming the man that God has called him to be.

1c (1)It was the first year for Josh – which means that he would be “knighted” into serving God with honor and courage.

1c (2)His friend Allie wanted to be there for this special night.

1c (3)The theme for the evening.

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1c (5)Clair and Denny said their job in Men’s Frat is to make everyone feel welcome – and they usually do it with humor.

On this night they started by showing a series of pictures as to why women live longer than men. :)

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1c (7)This one was titled – Every man needs a good woman. :)

1c (8)The stage was decorated with construction material – reminding us that each person in the Christian journey is under construction, and that completing a study does not make him perfect.

1dKeith Walker (Area Representative • Knights Of The 21st Century) gave a short challenge on the necessity of building on “The Rock” rather than on the sand.

1e (1)This is from the internet: Over the last seven years, Keith has taught more than 7,000 men the principles of manhood. He serves on the Men’s Ministry Leadership team at LCBC as the primary presenter.

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His comfortable style of communication engages audiences of all ages with personal humor and creative storytelling, all while driving the hard-hitting truth home.
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Floyd Soule, who is moving to a southern state, was honored for his many years of serving the Men’s Frat – often behind the scenes.
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Then it was time for the 400 men to graduate from the 2014-2015 class.
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The program moved quickly as men came forward to be honored with a graduation handshake – or to be knighted if they were a first year graduate.
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Josh waiting to be knighted.
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We were surprised that our friend Wil Siegrist (center) was the only graduate we knew – beside Jere and Josh – as LCBC is a local church.
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Then it was Jere’s turn to walk on stage.
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At the end of the service, the graduates stood, faced the audience, and read this to their family and friends.
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How different the world would be if all men chose to serve God as men of courage and honor.
I was blessed to be there.
Tomorrow night I will show you what we did afterward.

Being Pampered

Thursday, March 19, I took these for a girl’s night out.

They were the only ones who chose to do this for their 2015 birthday gift.

1Jana, Deb, Abby, Jenna at Fancy Fingers & Spa in Quarryville.

1a (1)Ah-h-h-h!

1a (2)Paraffin is so good for my dry, winter feet.

1a (3)Hot towels add to the delight.

1dThis young woman in yellow was delightful and fun.

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1e (2)Happy feet

1e (3)After this we were treated to hot rocks on our legs and feet – another fabulous experience.


2 (1)Then we went across the room to have our hands and fingers pampered.

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2 (3)We had lots of fun asking Jenna about wedding plans and seeing pictures of a wedding dress she likes.

2 (4)Our next stop was Café 24 Hundred a nice quiet restaurant which is part of Double Tree Resort in Willow Valley.

2 (5)Taking a selfie.

2 (6)I tried to get a picture of the pretty pond outside the window that was glistening in the evening sun, but the mini-blinds prevented it.

2 (7)Someone’s salad. I think it was Jenna’s.

2 (8)The other three chose steaks with a variety of sides.

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2 (11) I don’t often order meatloaf, but was interested in the sides of grilled carrots and cheesy potatoes – and wasn’t disappointed.

2 (12)I know this is Abby’s lava cake, because she ordered 2 maraschino cherries. :)

2 (13)Jenna’s – without any cherries.

2 (14)Jana’s crème brulee

2 (15)Deb’s pumpkin crème brulee

2 (16)My vanilla ice cream.

When I got the bill, the waiter said he gave us a discount because we were a delightful group of ladies to serve – and because we prayed before we ate. (How nice was that.)


We had a most delightful evening, and Abby, Jenna, and Jana had lots of fun making fun of my driving. (Deb came from another direction and drove alone.)

I was either driving too slow, or couldn’t figure out how to get out of the parking lot of Café 24 Hundred in the dark. (I decided later that they could see the exit and road better than me because of the glare of my GPS. It would have been better if I turned it off after dark.)

Oh well, it’s a good thing I love being with our granddaughters – even when they make fun of me. :)

These are days that I will treasure when I am old and can no longer take them out. (Maybe they will take me out then.)