For all of our faithful readers, you may be wondering where we’ve been. But really, no posts means that we’ve been experiencing too many wonderful adventures to take the time to write about them, so you should rest assured that whenever there is a lengthy gap, we are probably just off on another one of our wild expeditions. Smile

Such was the case this last week, only this expedition was a little different than normal. We were just living life. Very busy life, we might add, but still just life. Let’s see……. if you are looking for a detailed description of what our week held, we spent our time shopping, mowing, raking the grass, weeding and planting the garden, taking pictures, getting the little ones’ achievement tests finished for the year, making music, mopping our floors (dirtamascrubbiewithwaterandsoaping is the official Neely term Smile), teaching music lessons, playing outside a lot, having company, and much, much more.

But, lest you think we put the wrong title on this post, let us now reveal that we weren’t alone in this adventure. After being at a homeschool conference in Atlanta last weekend, we were able to pick up a stowaway and bring him home with us for a while. Wesley B. got to experience life first hand with the Neely Team… could be a little scary at times. Smile What a week it was! We had an absolute blast… it was such a blessing to have him here to take part in all that happened. Wes just fit in – became part of the Team – and we loved it!

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WeedingThe mowing crewAn extra brother makes yard work even more fun!

D D D (Dinner on the Deck while Dad and Mom were on a Date :))

Way to go Wes!Go team!

BonfireMaking a doughboy - stretching biscuit dough over a stickR & R - Ready to roast :)

IMG_1556When the dough is golden brown and cooked through, take it off of the stick and fill with pie filling! Top with whipped cream! Yum!!!The fire was hot...

... but the fans kept us cool!Real life with the NeelysPlanting beans

IMG_1581Working together is fun!Enjoying a hearty lunch after all our work :)

One of the ways Wesley encouraged us by his attention to the little ones. Matthew 18:5 says “And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.” It’s rare to find someone who is willing to joyfully invest their time and energy into little children.

Wes giving a famous "car ride" - they were a hit! Duck - Duck - GoosePlay time!

Another way Wes blessed us was by his encouraging words. He took note of things that others did well and pointed them out.

“Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24

Wes really fit in - see, we match!

Wesley was also a huge blessing by patiently spending hours teaching classical styling on the guitar to several of us (better called a bunch of novices Smile). We are excited about continuing to learn more about this beautiful instrument!!

“Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.” Psalm 150

"Jam session" :)Guitar class!One-man bandIMG_1620

 Tim, Wesley's brother, was also a great example of investing into little ones!Wes's guitar playing was so wonderful that we decided to keep him here to play for us - on a CD. :)IMG_1645

Story time with TimAmanda and Wes finish the CD...... and Victoria did a great job designing a cover!

The Neelys, Barnes, and two visiting little onesThank you, Wes!

Thank you, Wes, for jumping into the Team like you did and leaving us so encouraged when you had to jump out again SmileSad smile(though we also really enjoyed the time with your family when they came to pick you upSmile). We are excited to claim you as a big brother – the memories we all made together will last for a long time! May the Lord continue to give you the grace to shine brightly for Him, leaving others rejuvenated and refreshed by your life and testimony.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16