Friday, January 19, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Once Again - A Snow Day. Amazing!



Mary etched out the heart on the hood of our car.

We have to store these memories - in our minds -  of these RARE freezing, winter times so we can think about them again during during the long, hot days of August (and even September...).

We have missed a lot of school due to no water pressure at school, boil water alerts, and icey road conditions. I teach in a district where the city's infrastructure needs serious attention. Bless 'em!

Seems I've gotten a good bit accomplished. I've also had some time to chill out, cook new recipes for dinner, and get ready for mission's consignment sale.
I've worked at my part time job some, and now I'm gonna sit - have my quiet time - and look out the window at snow on the ground.

Mary will read books, play, and do some school related work that I have for her.
Em and Molly are homeschooling as normal.

It's a good day!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Another Wedding - Brrrrrrr. Cold Outside!

My sweet tennis buddy, Kim -- well, her oldest daughter got married this evening.

Tennis - as in playing before I had kiddos, or
As I affectionately say, "....when I was single."
I doubt I could hit a tennis ball with a car.

Gorgeous venue - oh my!


Wedding and reception were in the same grand room.



We sat near the back, so I took a pic or two.

Oh....the married couple exited to the Charlie Brown piano song...."da da da da dant..."



Thursday, January 11, 2018



Mary took this photo


Looking out for birds at our feeder

Cookie gave Mary a bag of bird seed for Christmas.

Excellent gift for all involved.
*** Cookie asked for a list, and I suggested bird seed. ***
This is too much fun!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Recent Days


Birthday Cupcakes for Me


Silly Hair



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Year's Celebration





We gathered at Robin and Forrest's house.
Lots of food, fun....
Stayed until 11:00 to see the ball drop in NYC.
Came home and stayed up until 1:30.
Yawn.
Happy 2018!



Saturday, December 30, 2017

Monday, December 25, 2017

Singing "Go Tell It On the Mountain"


Molly playing piano
Mary singing with her


Emily chiming in

Happy Birthday, Jesus!!!



Mary's Glow Board from Melissa and John
She drew/wrote this.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service




Saturday, December 23, 2017

Christmas at Our House



Mrs. Melissa made these - painted, glazed, fired them


Bought this vintage Santa years ago when brother Michael came to visit


Molly made this needlepoint Christmas card holder
Mary's Lottie Moon missions bank is almost ready to take to church 


Our $10.00 Cajun wardrobe piece of furniture - all decorated


Festively arrayed piano - gift from Nema and Don


Our mantle


Little better photo with fire in fireplace 


 Dumplin - she thinks she IS a special gift under the tree

Thursday, December 21, 2017



LuLu and Cookie's gift (from us)



Marlene made these 2 pillows for us.
The top pillow design is the front design from a shirt that Mary wore and outgrew.

The bottom pillow design was on Mary's old pajamas. Mar added the back of the shirt from top design (red material with white polka dots) to have continuity.

I treasure these!!!


Mrs. Melissa came by bearing gifts.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017



This is our "on sale at Christian Books dot com" paper advent calendar.
Maybe $2.99...

I read a devotion each night to the girls.
After -
We seek out the day of the month and read the little quote from Charlie Brown's Christmas play.

It's all Christ centered.

The Christmas story from Luke.

Gosh. Seems almost unheard of in this day and age of our culture - to have a nationwide comic strip acknowledging the Savior of the world.

Maybe that's why it appeals to me so much.
Simple.
Childlike.
From days gone by....but we are keeping it all current and alive.

We'll stay faithful to the true meaning of Christmas - when LOVE came down and rescued us.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

It Was Great Day Last Friday - Absolutely Divine!!



Emily's Snow Angel


Snow falling off tree limbs when Molly threw a snowball at the tree...Mary on the right. Emily under/in the snow falling.
They did this all morning.



This is what they looked like after their turns standing under "the Avalanche" of snow laden limbs...

Saturday, December 9, 2017