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




Friday, December 8, 2017

Happy Birthday, Nanny Carol


My mother gave me this Christmas bell on her birthday....hmmmm....maybe 20+ years ago. 
I wear it every year on her birthday.

We had a great day today.
No work.
No school.
Gorgeous snow day.

We took mom to eat Mexican food and 
started the cooking process on our annual Party Mix recipe - no longer Chex but organic cereals, pretzels, and pecans.

I helped Mary bake her first cake last night - Nanny Carol's birthday cake.
We went through all the steps of gathering ingredients, preheating oven, and finding bowls and measuring cups.

I pulled out a fork for Mary to stir the ingredIents....she immediately picked up the cake mix box, flipped it to the back of the box with pictures, and pointed to the pic of THE MIXER.

She grunted, "Uh uh."

This girl wanted machinery.
She wanted noise.
She wanted to handle this tool and wreak some smoothness into that cake batter.

And she did!

We love you, mom. You are a treasure in our lives! Happy Happy Birthday.

Snow Day!


Thursday, December 7, 2017



Practicing piano


Rainbow over our house - early morning
Em and Molly saw it a bd came to get Mary and me so we could see it.


Morning pose

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Weekend Activities Celebrating the Season of Our Savior's Birth



Mary and Kaitlyn - her aunt lives in the group home and her mom works weekends here, too

The group home folks put on a play.
It was sooo touching.


Mary snd Joseph 



Sam the Artist Man sketched the backdrop.

They Finally Met


This is Cora, from India, with Mary...both home to their families for about the same amount of time.
Mary - 3 years
Cora - 2.5 years

This little darling is totally blind.
Her mom and I had emailed back and forth before I ever went to China to meet Mary. Mom is a friend of Marlene's, and that's how we sorta hooked up.

This morning I took the weekend folks to their handbell performance at a sweet little church, and lo and behold....this cool family attends here.

Chatted with Cora's mom, hugged necks, and was thankful for the opportunity to connect.


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mary and Her New Buddy


We are having a big Christmas Open House at my weekend job.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Went to a Sweet, Simple Wedding


We spent Saturday organizing and cleaning (as much as we could with the time we had)....been out of town.

Hurried to late afternoon wedding -
My co-worker 
Mary's Music teacher at school 

Kind, gentle young teacher
Marrying a kind, young gentleman 

Beautiful little church
Touching ceremony 
Lovely. Just lovely.


Got the Christmas tree out (per Mary's deep desire)
Gonna decorate it today

Been to church - super service
Headed to mom's later to deliver leftovers of veg-all casserole....gift from Marlene. We had gone by Mar's house after the wedding (4 blocks from her house).

We've had a full week - working, schooling, cooking, traveling, visiting with family.
Made some memories.
My favorite activity!!!

Tis the Season....

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving


*** Sketched by our friend, Sam. ***

Traveled to spend time with family out of state
Mom and girls in tow
Home cooked food in the trunk -
-turkey
-dressing
-gravy
-sweet potatoe casserole 
-veg all casserole 
-squash casserole 
-fruit cake - mom orders it from her home state

Thankful we are!!!