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Hi! I'm Billie Jo, a wife to one and mother to four who loves all things home and family. During the day I homeschool, do laundry, and drink way excessive amounts of coffee. I would much rather read than exercise, and I am blessed to live the life I dreamed of.
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Pumpkin Patch And Make New Friends














What began over twenty years ago with a little girl in a pumpkin sweater and Halloween hairbow continued this past weekend with our annual family visit to the pumpkin patch. That little family has grown, the matching pumpkin sweatshirts are no longer, but the tradition and fun continue. Steve and I do not take for granted just how blessed we are all our children enjoy spending time together doing the simple things that unite us as a family.

We gathered at a beautiful farm nearby, picked pumpkins and cornstalks, kept social distancing, and enjoyed the amazing view. Then it was home to pizza and Halloween Place and Bake Cookies. Nothing fancy. Just fun. And family. Just us. 

On another note, I have been thinking...again...how much I love this space here. I know that perhaps Blogging has seen its day, replaced by the numerous platforms that offer faster feedback and less cumbersome time. I am not, however, giving up that easily! I am hopeful that perhaps making new friends and finding new places to visit may encourage more love of blogging. If you would like to add your blog so that others may stop in for a visit, please link it down below. Feel free to link one of your favorite blogs too! Then pour a cup of whatever makes you happy, and spend some time visiting some new friends. What do you think? Worth a try, right? 

Have a cozy autumn Wednesday, my friends!
Thanks for visiting!


 

Comments

  1. Each morning I check my emails and then check to see if you have a new post. Love seeing your growing family and the dogs too!

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  2. I am smiling right now, Billie Jo - visiting the pumpkin patch is such a wonderful thing, and has been a tradition in our family as well. And you even brought your dogs you join in the fun. That last picture of Flynn enjoying the pumpkins is sweet while she's still so young. And I couldn't help smiling at Peyton's red plaid shirt, as red plaid makes my heart sing. Looks like everyone is having such a wonderful time, and the scenery around the pumpkin patch is so pretty. I hope you got your self a pumpkin or two to take home. : )

    ~Sheri

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  3. What a fun day at the pumpkin patch! We've taken our daughter since she was six months old. Such a fun tradition. Your pups are both adorable! My blog: threecottage.blogspot.com - One of my favorite blogs for many years now: rosylittlethings.typepad.com

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  4. Beautiful traditions. I am not giving up soon.

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  5. I am glad to see everyone together to could keep your family tradition alive! I miss you all, as for a the idea that blogging has seen it’s day I hope not. I am glad you encourage me to start one! You already know mine BJ but for anyone else, here is mine: https://realisticallyfabulousjourney.blogspot.com

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  6. Billie Jo - I love blogging, because I have met so many wonderful people like you! Your trip to the pumpkin patch looks like so much fun. I love it. http://dayinthelife2013.blogspot.com/

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  7. Your pups are so photogenic...of, the kids too

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  8. Your pups are so photogenic...of, the kids too

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  9. Your pups are so photogenic...of, the kids too

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  10. You have a beautiful family and I've so enjoyed visiting your blog! As a dog lover, I am also feeling the vibe of togetherness. You ARE blessed and most of all, you realize that!

    I thank you for visiting my blog, otherwise I would not have had the pleasure of visiting yours! Blogging changes, and it has many times in the 11 years I've been writing. But---we who enjoy the photos and sharing our worlds, it will hang around. I can't believe I would be a published writer if I hadn't started to exercise my writing chomps way back then!

    You are lovely for asking we share out websites. Although I need to get moving on writing more, here it is: http://blondiesjournals.blogspot.com

    Jane❤️

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  11. A wonderful tradition and so nice that your family all want to get together. It is a wonderful time of year and so nice to see the stunning array of pumpkins.

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  12. Another lovely day out with your beautiful family. Thank you for taking me along with you :)
    I love blogging and reading blogs. It's like enjoying a chat with friends over coffee.
    https://jemsdays.blogspot.com/

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  13. I love how you and your family spend special moments together that will create memories that are more precious than gold! Your photos put me in such a fall state of mind. I love stopping by your blog for a visit. Hugs to you. ~Juli

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  14. What a wonderful family tradition! The pumpkin patch is one our family favorites too. Blogging is so fun, I have definitely neglected my little blog lately, but I really enjoy reading blogs and working on mine. I'm not giving up!

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  15. I forgot to add my blog link if anyone wanted to visit, thank you Billie Jo for giving the opportunity to share our blogs!
    http://harrisfamilychb.blogspot.com/

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  16. Always enjoy your blog and the style with which you write. Very comforting and cozy. The pumpkin patch photos sure define fall and that jacket of yours! Ha! I do very much enjoy the connections made while blogging and am so glad I found your blog. I'll be checking out the ones shared above. And I suppose I'll share my link as well :) https://www.sonotorganized.com

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  17. Beautiful...you always find a way to make me smile

    I hope your having a great day, friend.

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  18. I love your pumpkin patch pictures and that your tradition has stuck even as it has shifted.

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  19. Ahhhh, the pumpkin patch! I love them so very much and this looks delightful. I'm so glad you have this tradition! :)

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  20. Oh that family picture is beautiful! I think you should print it and frame it to display for years to come. I love blogging and have no plans to give it up. Since 2009, blogging has been mostly how I start most days:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

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  21. My goodness, every pictures is GOLD!!! Such pretty colors, all the plaid clothes and fall colors, cute pumpkins, and most of all smiles!! That's an awesome tradition! :) The puppy picture might have been my favorite!! :)

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  22. Hi Billie Jo,
    I don't have a blog of my own but I do like to read yours :). Just wanted to say these pictures are amazing! I also love Steve's shirt, haha.
    Oh, and Flynn looks SO grown-up! Love how happy she looks :)
    - Bee

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    1. Hello, Bee!
      Thank you so much for reading, and for saying "Hello!"
      SO nice to meet you!

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  23. Hello Friend! Trying to catch up a bit and plan to blog tomorrow. Love the photos and how you all are as a family. It's so special. And your jacket - OMG! Love it! Lol My heart was struggling to survive these past few years. Divorce was official last Monday. But I have been feeling my mojo and creative juices coming back. Especially during our favorite season! It's been so beautiful for color this year! I hope to be back to blogging more in the days to come. http://www.northwoodsscrapbook.blogspot.com Another blog I enjoy for it's homespun cozy is
    http://beatriceeuphemievintagecottagestyle.blogspot.com by Karen. She doesn't get to blog as often anymore either, but even going back and reading her old posts, recipes, crafting etc is so fun!

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  25. Thanks for letting us come along, you truly are blessed.
    p.s. you are my favorite blog silly.

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