Monday, November 20, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Give Thanks - Sang This Song in Church this Morning

"Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now 
let the weak say, "I am strong'
Let the poor say, 'I am rich'
Because of what 
the Lord has done 
for us....

Give thanks."
Took my weekend group home folks to their handbell performance
out  in the country
to a sweet country church.

My girls were there, too.

Some of those folks have been in that very church for 70 years.

I've been there through the years
on the weekend beforeThanksgiving. 

Seems I tend to work this very same weekend because I love going back and visiting with folks at this precious church.

My girls pick pecans that come from an ancient pecan tree -- next to the cemetery. We did this last year and then took our load of pecans to a co-op to be shelled....for a really low cost!

The grounds are simply lovely on an Autumn day like today.

I'm so glad we have treasured traditions
that my girls enjoy!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Making Dressing - It's a Religious Experience!!

I'm working this weekend/week at the Group Home so we're taking some time (in their big kitchen) to whip up the Thanksgiving dressing.
Takes team work - for sure.
Makes it fun, too.

This is some of the decor in front of the lovely group home. 

Making our traditional dressing 
Aunt Ann's recipe

Chopping loads of celery, onion, green onion, 
Adding chopped chicken, cornbread, a bit of rice, broth, a little stuffing mix, poultry seasoning, a tad of sage

Em is mixing the corn meal to corn bread recipe
Beverly Gayle's recipe - Aunt Ann's sister in law

We were watching David Crank on the iPad. He's a minister in St. Louis.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mary's Gotcha Day Cards from Em and Molly

Emily used some scrapbook paper and twine.

Molly used a lid and transformed it into a lady bug card.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Happy Gotcha Day, Sweet Mary

Looking at Christmas Wish List Toy(s) at Walmart

Playing with Lucy (in her raincoat)
Melzana's poochie 

Happy 3 Year Gotcha Day, Missy Girl!!
We love you so much.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Autumn Around Here

What can I say?
"Please don't pull everything off the mantle when you jump down?!"

Tom Turkey - Mary put flip flops on him.

GEO structure built in my classroom.
Kids had to follow a design and work as a team.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hot Cocoa after Church and Trunk or Treat

Mary has her princess dress on  - and some clippety-cloppety high heals.
Molly and Emily are ready for bed.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Beautiful Breezy October Afternoon

Flying a kite in the fall...
Go figure!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017

Making Christmas Cards for Shut Ins

The children's Missions Group at church is making Christmas cards -- in October.

An annual event held at church for elderly and "shut ins" -- is expecting hundreds MORE this year.
That's awesome.

So...folks are prepping now to be ready.

It's a phenomenal gathering, and all guests are treated like royalty.

I'm thrilled children can impact lives in such a meaningful way.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Dot in the Sky

That, my friend, is The Space Station traveling across our night sky - 270 miles above earth...
In one of its 15 daily orbits our planet.

When we caught our first glimpse of it (we were outside waiting for it to appear) was approximately 10 states away.
It traveled in our line of vision for about 6-9 minutes.
As it disappeared, it was actually several states away.

Amazing, huh.

Totally blurry - in the dark
But "you get the picture"!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Celebrating Shiyan'a 13th Birthday

Anna Katherine and my girls

Laura and my three

Drum roll - The Birthday Girl

Robin and Forrest's daughter 
1 of 8 kiddos (5 adopted from China)
Dear, dear family friends 

Happy Birthday Miss Shiyan! You're a blessing to our lives!!!

We were at a skating party (dark-ish inside....lots of glow in the dark stuff going on - thus the flash photography.)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mary's Buddies



Sunday, October 8, 2017

Went to a Wedding in this Barn - Very Stylish and Pinterest-y

This setting spoke to my soul!
Old, salvaged wood
Church pews from a variety of places 
Seats from school auditoriums
Candles in the all sorts of glassware - mixed and matched
Random lighting
Old ceiling fans

Some folks were dressed up
Others were in jeans

My teacher friend, Jennifer-The-Kind-One, well....her daughter got married.

A black lab puppy walked down the open air aisle 
Acoustic guitar playing Canon in D major
Wooden cross outside behind bride, groom, and preacher

I left weekend job to attend this event out in the country.
Mom came to hold the fort down for me for a few hours.
So nice of her!!!

Sunset at the reception
Rolling hills with green grass 
Lovely occasion 
Simply lovely!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Celebrating Autumn Moon - A Tradition

See the moon rising?

Photo of kids (and one dad holding a newbie....only home 2.5 months)

Folks eat moon cakes during this celebration (....not us....don't care for them - some stuffed with black beans and others with egg yolks)

They're pretty, tho!

Kids who could get together that evening

Beautiful scenery 
-- parents (mostly moms ) and kiddos

It was worth the effort to meet up with these friends -- on a rushed school night.

Stir fried noodles - our dinner before we headed to the gathering.
We cooked them at home.

Still sentimental to observe Chinese traditions

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

We were joking around at the dinner table last night.
Mary said, "Mom...if you get married you can go on a humming-moon."

As I say -- joking around!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Marlene's table at a "celebration" event for women

This is the night girls peeked in to see her decorated table and the other ones. They did not attend the actual banquet.

Not sure HOW many tables were set up....maybe 75?
Missions oriented for many of the table themes

I like this 'saying'. It was part of a table's decor.

I took this photo the next night at big event.

Mom and I went together.

Hundreds of women -- sweet gathering

Time to just be together in commonality of loving the Lord