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!!!

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.
A HOOT!!

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.
Wow.

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.