Happy Mother’s Day!


Happy Mother’s Day everyone! I hope that you will all have a lovely day and find some time to relax and enjoy your day with your families. Motherhood is a blessing from the Lord and a wonderful workshop for the lessons that He has to teach us. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be Mom to my nine sweet babies – from the 30 year old down to the 9 year old! And thankful also for the opportunity to be a mother-in-law now to our sweet Jessica.

I am thankful for my mother-in-law, who raised her son to be the man that I love and am spending my life with. We remember you today and miss you!

I am very thankful for my own dear mother, who has blessed my life with love and care for so many years. She has given me wonderful childhood memories that I cherish and has been there to love and support me throughout my adult life as well. I love you, Mom!

Have a beautiful day!


Happy Valentine’s Day!


I hope your Valentine’s Day has been wonderful today! We enjoyed pizza and chocolate covered strawberries for dinner tonight. Jeff surprised me with a bouquet of balloons, beautiful flowers, a box of chocolates, and a gift card to my favorite Primitives shop. ❤ We handed out chocolates and small gifts to the children and then spent the evening watching the Olympics.

1st John is one of my favorite books of the Bible pertaining to love, and especially these two verses –

“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him.”

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

– 1 John 4: 9-10

Feeling especially blessed tonight by my Father’s love and my family’s love. I pray that you are as well.

Be back soon with that casserole recipe I promised you 🙂


Christmastime is here again!

Christmas barn

The Christmas season is in full swing around our house! The decorations are up, the trees are trimmed, shopping is in full swing, children’s choir rehearsals are underway, and I’ve even begun some Christmas baking, filling a few tins with our annual Cherry Cookies and Haystacks.


We’ve pulled out all of our beloved Chrismas dvds and have been enjoying them on a daily basis. A new favorite that has been added to our collection this year is “Arthur Christmas”, which I absolutely love. When we aren’t watching a Christmas movie, we’re listening to Christmas music and just thoroughly enjoying the season.

Are things in full swing at your house, too?


Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day to you all! What a lovely day to share our love with all of the people that God has blessed us with in our lives. And what a wonderful day to remember the greatest love giver of all – our God and Father, who loved us so much that He provided the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, who gave the ultimate gift – His life – to redeem us from our sin, and to bring us back from darkness into the glorious light of His love.

At our house, we are decorating Valentine boxes and bags, making Valentines to exchange, and decorating hearts to put up around the house with ways that God has shown His love to each of us. Dinner tonight will be Spaghetti and Meatballs with Salads and special Valentine Moon-Pie cookies that we will decorate this afternoon. After dinner, we will exchange Valentines with each other, as well as some small treats.

I hope you will have a wonderful day today with your loved ones!


Happy New Year 2012!

Well, here we are in a brand new year! I love the beginning of a new year – so full of new beginnings and fresh starts! The hustle and bustle of the holidays is over and there is time once again for reflection and putting things in order. I spent some time yesterday jotting down and thinking through my goals for 2012, and will share those with you tomorrow. A friend remarked the other day that, as Christians, we really can enjoy this fresh new start each and every day ~

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness .
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore, I will hope in Him.”

Lamentations 3:22-24

We can have a fresh start each morning, as we choose to walk each moment of our day with the Lord, and trust Him with all that comes our way. One of my goals for this new year is to release my burdens to the Lord each and every time I am confronted with them – rather than worrying or becoming anxious and frustrated. I want to live in the peace that He has promised me.

And what about blogging, you might ask – is that on my list for the new year? Well, yes, it is, I’m glad to say. I hope you will stop by and visit frequently, as I plan to be back in the writing saddle (sorry, my Texas is showing!) from now on.

Check back tomorrow for my 2012 goals list, and I hope you have a wonderful day!


A few December pictures ~

Before it gets too far away, I have a few December pictures to share, of the few times during the month that I thought to take out the camera and take pictures (although this wasn’t really very often!) Most are of scenery or food, but there are a few of the family as well. Just a sampling of our month ~

Back in the early part of December, all of the girls attended our annual Ladies Christmas Tea at church – it was lovely as always ~

Our family Christmas tree day was full of decorating and snacks ~

We went to a beautiful wedding shower for a sweet couple from church ~

Sarah put together a little tea party for she and Anna (and David, who wouldn’t be left out) one day ~

We did some baking ~

And some wrapping ~

And watched this movie a lot (do you all know what it is?) ~

We also received this movie in the mail and watched it a number of times ~

Before we knew it, it was Christmas Eve – my favorite day of all. The kitchen went into full swing as Santa cookies were baked in preparation of the big night ~

My kitchen tree ~

The living room tree was in full splendor as it filled up with gifts ~

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care ~

And small children eagerly put on their pajamas to go to bed ~

I love the beauty of Christmas Eve – the lights and the hushed reverence of the night – the holiest night of the year ~

Believe it or not, I didn’t take another picture until New Year’s Eve, a week later! And then I only took pictures of the food ~

So there you have a little taste of our busy December – kind of a turbo post of the whole month!

I still haven’t taken down any of the Christmas decorations – I’m just enjoying looking at them for a little while longer.


Welcome December!

Photo courtesy of Flickr

December has arrived, as well as everything wonderful that goes along with it! The snow has started to fall on the blog and our household is busy as elves with preparations and celebrations of the season. I know that I’ve been amiss at posting this past month, but I will try my best to sit and write more during the month of December. Take some time to settle down with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy the quiet moments (when you can find them) this month.

Be back soon ~


Happy Labor Day!

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful day of rest and relaxation today! We are about set to begin our Fourth Annual Labor Day Cup competition here (read about the last two years here and here). This year’s teams are:

    Team Pokemon – Michael and Dad
    Team Scooby Doo – Tommy and Sarah
    Team Invaders Zim – Anna and Laura
    Team Toy Story – David and Mom

The events in this year’s competition include –

    Balloon Toss
    Hockey Shoot
    Jarts Throw
    Balloon Launch (giant slingshot)
    Horseapple Roll
    Oreo Stack
    Croquet Putt (new this year)
    Relay Race (new this year replacing our usual finisher the car races – the kids thought they had gotten too big to fit in the little cars!)

Check back later and I’ll update with the winning team!

We will finish off the day with swimming, burgers on the grill, corn on the cob, and funnel cakes for dessert.

Have a wonderful day!


***Update: Team Pokemon (Michael and Jeff) ran away with the competition this year winning 4 out of the eight events! They were awarded gold medals and lots of candy for all of their winning events. Everyone is tired and satisfied this evening, after the day’s festivities. I’ll post a few pictures of our fun as soon as I can.***

Our 4th of July Weekend

Before we get too far away from it, I wanted to share how we spent our 4th of July weekend. The weekend started for us on Thursday with a trip to the minor league ballpark. This is always fun because it is a much smaller stadium than the major league, so every seat is a good one. This trip was for Jeff and I, Laura, Tommy, and Sarah. Ryan came over and stayed with the rest of the kids for the night – a treat in itself for them! Here are a few pictures from our outing –

While I watched the game I spent most of the evening perusing the new Stampin’ Up catalog that I had just received before the game –

And of course, we had our traditional hot dogs, burgers, nachos, and some of these, too –

Jeff was off of work for the rest of the weekend, so Friday morning found us packing up the kids and heading out to the movie theater to see Toy Story 3 –

We all really enjoyed the movie, even though we ended up on the front row of the theater! We may go back and see it again next week. After leaving the theater, we stopped off at the fireworks stand to stock up for the rest of the weekend. It started to rain while we were there, as you can tell by the dark clouds in the picture –

We spent the rest of the day cleaning up and getting ready for the family to come over and celebrate on the 3rd. Rain threatened to ruin our plans, but it held off and we ended up enjoying the day and evening together. There was swimming and snacks to start the afternoon, and then we cooked out and enjoyed this delicious spread of food –

My sister-in-law’s grilled corn was a highlight of the meal – sweet and tender – yummy!

Remember the one about growing teenage boys and their appetites? Check out my nephew’s plate –

Laura got full and started playing with her food – she created this little guy to serve as dinner mascot –

After dinner we got the ice cream ready to freeze and did some firecrackers and sparklers until it got dark. The big guys organized and shot off the big fireworks while the rest of us enjoyed our homemade ice cream –

The next day – the 4th – was just our immediate family – a relaxing day of swimming and cooking out (again). Those burgers sure were delicious! –

Just before dark, we hopped in the van and went to find a spot close to a park to see the local fireworks show. After the show, Mattie stopped by and bought more fireworks at the stand, and the kids had some more fun to end the day. After all of the excitement was over (and the noise, which David and Anna had had enough of!), all of them brought down pillows and sleeping bags; we put in a movie and they camped out on the living room floor for the night.

The next day Jeff was still off work, and we spent the day recuperating from our busy, but fun weekend, with more swimming, a run to McD’s for lunch, and one of our favorite meals – Cashew Chicken – for dinner. Tuesday it was back to normal life, but the fun memories live on.

Have a wonderful day!


Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Photo courtesy of Corbis.

The holiday weekend is upon us! We will be celebrating with swimming, grilling, homemade ice cream and fireworks. We have already hit the fireworks stand and will have some fun setting them off this weekend. We’re looking forward to seeing some of the big ones, too!

Photo courtesy of Corbis.

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend with your families, and that you will take some time, along with me, to pray for our nation – that our freedom would be preserved and that God’s light would shine forth from us for many years to come.

Have fun!