Monday, December 1, 2008


I've seen on other blogs where people "tag" each other to go to a certain photo folder in your computer and then post a certain photo (for example the 1st folder, 1st photo). I decided since I have SO MANY photos in my computer that I haven't seen in a while, I would try it for fun...being that it's December 1st I went to My Pictures and to the 12th folder 1st picture and here's what I found...

Christmas Eve 2005...Beautiful!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Through These Eyes

This is my "mentor moment" that I wrote for a recent MOPS meeting.

As I came through the living room doorway, I heard, “Hi, mom! What’d ya think?” Standing there was my 7-year old wearing my glasses.

“Nice!” I said…glad that she doesn’t need corrective eyewear but secretly thinking how cute she looks with them.

Later, as I thought about the afternoon’s events, it hit me. What if by placing those glasses on her face, she had really seen things from my point of view? Would she have had my sometimes negative, critical and pessimistic outlook?

Then, it REALLY hit me. What if things were turned around and instead I viewed life through her eyes…the eyes of a child? How different things might be if seen from her big, innocent, hazel eyes that radiate life and see the wonder and beauty of the world around her.

Glasses, contacts or 20/20 vision…blue, green, or brown eyes…no matter what the physical factors of our sight, we can make the choice daily of how we view life, our circumstances and the situations we face.

I desire to take the time to notice the beauty and recognize my blessings.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


Yesterday we took our annual autumn leaf viewing trip...such beautiful colors out there. It was so nice to just go without an actual plan or schedule...just see where we ended up and when. We went out some back roads, stopped at "the beaver pond", took a "hike" at an old-growth forest, had some awesome food at a country store/restaurant and pulled off for some photo ops at a couple more scenic spots on the way home.

Here's one of my favorite pics from the day...

Hope you are enjoying autumn as much as we are!

Saturday, October 4, 2008


Today, the love of my life and I celebrated 11 wonderful years of marriage. As I write this, I am listening to "our song"...Only You by Louis Armstrong and recalling that beautiful autumn day in 1997 when we said "I do."...

This evening I was treated to a delicious candlelight meal cooked by "prince charming" and served by the cutest little waitress ever...what a special treat! (The waitress also makes a good photographer...with a little editing by yours truly!)
Although it's difficult to top last year's celebration in Puerto Rico...this year's anniversary was quite special and will be memorable for quite some time!
THANKS, Ben! (And Emily!)

It's Been A Long Time...

I just realized how long it has been since I posted. We have had a very busy, but fun and productive month of September. I will try to post some fun pics and info soon.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Howdy, Partner!

This past Sunday was Poppy's 65th birthday...We celebrated with a visit from Steph, a cookout complete with cowboy hats, homemade cactus decor and a few handpainted faux freckles. What a fun time!

Where's Waldo?

He's in Geneva!

My brother-in-law and his wife recently got a schnoodle puppy and named him Waldo...what a cutie!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Fun-Filled Weekend

Last week was the county fair. Friday night was wristband ride night and the bull-riding/rodeo grandstand show. So all went to the show to help "Poppy" celebrate his birthday a bit early. We had a really fun time and Emily captured a bit of the action for us with my camera...

She almost did some "Mutton Busting" aka sheep riding...they called for any interested children to come down and give it try. She immediately wanted to go so we went down...she was a bit confused about what it actually was. She thought that she was just going to have a nice "controlled" sheep ride like a kid's pony ride. When she saw the first boy go and fall off the sheep she had doubts in her mind. She later told us, "I said to myself...what was I thinking!?!" But, she decided she'd give it a go and was aboard the sheep in the pen, but HE decided not to go out the gate. Instead he went and hid in the corner giving her the perfect opportunity to rethink her decision and get off. We're proud of her for making an attempt and she says, "at least I got to hug a fluffy sheep".

After the show Em & Ben went on a couple rides and then she did a bunch of kid rides by herself. And of course we feasted on some good ole fair food...fried dough and fried oreos and took sugar waffles and a candy apple home with us.

Then, Saturday evening Em and I had a "girls night out" to the movies for Kit Kittredge: American Girl. I'm so glad I took Em to see it. It was fun spending some time together (just the 2 of us) and the movie was excellent.

What a fun weekend...just what we needed after a hectic week!

Our Little Beauty

So pretty...

Christmas in July

When Ben heard that Third Day was releasing a new cd last week, he came home all excited asking me to get online and order it for him. So...before it was actually released I ordered it. Anything for my hubby...besides, it gave me a great excuse to go ahead and order a book and cd that I had been wanting (gotta save on those shipping costs!)

For the next couple of days he anxiously awaited coming home from work to news that the "brown truck" had finally arrived with the package. As we opened the box of goodies we were like kids at July!

So now I've got a new read and we've both got some new tunes. And I must say that Third Day's "Revelation" is awesome!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Anxiously Waiting...

Ben has been gone to a men's retreat since Thursday evening. It has been rough on us as it is the longest he's been gone away from home and we have had no contact with him since he left. We received word "through the grapevine" a couple of hours ago that he would be on his way home soon, but so far we have not seen nor heard anything of his return. So we're trying to remain occupied and patient as we await his arrival, but I am getting a bit antsy for him to get here and Em is getting VERY anxious for her daddy to be home.

All in all it has been a good, busy weekend, but I am so ready for him to be back. I've come to a new appreciation in regards to his helpfulness with household and family duties and have realized how truly thankful I am for him in my life. I guess absence really does make the heart grow fonder...

UPDATE: He's home! Lots of hugs...daddy/daughter laughter...some he's reading bedtime stories in her room. Life is good!


This summer I've really taken note of and gained an appreciation for dandelions. For some (including myself until recently), they are often thought of as a pesky weed that can overtake the lawn. But lately I can't help stopping to look at them and see their real beauty!

The bright yellow ones just seem so cheery (especially when I recall my fondest memories of great big hand-picked bouquets of them from my sweet little daughter)...

But I've been quite attracted to the ones that've gone to seed...they seem so significant and represent so much...

My inner child's thoughts often wander to all the wishes I've made over the years or could make as I gently blow the seeds away and watch them drift through the air... My spiritual nature envisions spreading the seeds of faith and watching the "new life" that results... My motherly instinct can't help but recall and ponder the joy of new life as it comes through a newborn baby...And just like the seeds are blown, land in various locations and then grow and bloom, so too can we bloom where we're planted when the things of this world seem to "blow us away" and leave us in new, unchartered territory.

Additionally, I am learning how beneficial and refreshing it can be to take the time out to notice the little things around us and find the hidden beauty in things that may at first glance seem to be unattractive and undesirable.

What "hidden treasures" have you noticed lately?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Baptism at the Falls

On Sunday, our church congregation took a "field trip" to a park to hold a baptism service in the swimming area near the falls. What a beautiful place...such great evidence of God's wonderous creations!

Here's one of the pics I took of the falls while we were there (with all the afternoon rainstorms we've been having lately the water was really flowing)...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

A text message and the Holy Spirit

Our ladies group usually meets on Thursday evenings, but last week there were various reasons for unavailability (as there have been quite frequently lately). Usually we just try again the next week.

Well, last week was a bit I sat at work Friday morning I felt like we needed to meet and I couldn't stop thinking that I should contact them and see if they were free that evening or the next. NEVER before have we rescheduled to a different night if we couldn't meet on Thursday. So, it was a bit out of the ordinary but I had missed our time together, felt a strong urge to do so and decided to give it a try.

Before I left my office for home, I sent a quick text message asking if they were available. They were and we ended up meeting at our favorite place for some tea & biscotti (lemonade for the non-tea drinker).

After we gathered, we realized that we had been "summoned". What started out to be "about us" ended up becoming an opportunity to witness to someone in her time of need.

Lately I've been seeking to know what it is the Lord would have me do...when the ladies mentioned that I had received a prompting from the Holy Spirit to get us there that night, I felt encouraged in my quest for a greater purpose.


I used to think that summer vacation was a time for relaxing, but lately I'm becoming convinced otherwise! I am starting to feel a bit like a bee...landing briefly as I buzz from one thing to the next.

Don't get me's been a good busy but still just as tiring.

After we returned from our "camping trip" we got right back into the swing of things with church, work, errands, vbs, karate...

Even through these chaotic times, I have been trying to "be still" and spend a few moments reading a good book, praying, thinking of all that I have to be thankful for, etc. and I have noticed it having a positive influence on my attitude about certain things.

I have also been working to get our ladies group back on track and re-connected. We seem to let life get in the way of taking time out to be together and encourage one another. We so need that time with each other and with the Lord. (Last week's meeting was a good one and if we're able to gather tonight I have a feeling that it will be quite meaningful...separate posts to come!)

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Birthday Update (better late than never)

It's official...I'm 33! Once again my birthday was a special one (Em always makes sure of it!). I was awakened at 6:30am by Ben & Emily bearing gifts and cards. What a nice wake-up call (even if it was quite early on my day off!). The day continued on with lots of fun including a handmade birthday party hat, a "girls" lunch out, some shopping and dinner with family. The grand finale was the cake that Em had baked me (with a little help from Nana). It was definitely a HAPPY birthday!

Disconnected for Recharging

After several weeks of hectic schedules we decided to "get away". So we packed everyone up (including Mojo the dog) and headed out on the 4th to my in-laws for a family picnic, campfire and campout.

It was so nice to "disconnect" for a couple of days. No watch...cell phone computer, no radio... We stayed in our pop-up camper and Ben's brother and his wife pitched a tent (that in itself was quite fun and entertaining...that's a story for another day). Some highlights of the two days we were there... A lacrosse game with the dog...

LOTS of tasty food...YUMMY s' music...lots of laughter...4 hours sleep (realized I'm too old for that now)...DELICIOUS breakfast at "Anne's Diner" (aka my mother-in-laws kitchen)...some more fun & laughter...a back deck mani/pedi session with the "girls" MG ride with my hubby...a visit with the sweet neighbor lady...and a family road trip to our fave ice cream shop for some freshly made waffle cones.

We all had such a great time. It was nice to "just be" not have a schedule and watch the clock trying to keep to it. I guess I hadn't realized how much I needed to get away from disconnect from the buzyness and distractions of life and instead "plug into" my family for a "recharging of my emotional batteries."

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


As I prepare to celebrate my 33rd birthday tomorrow, I thought I'd take a moment to reflect on the blessings I have had so far in my life and make a list of things that bring me joy...

So here's 33 things that make me thankful and happy (in no particular order):

1. My loving husband
2. My precious daughter
3. My parents, sister and other family members
4. My Lord
5. Daisies (especially handpicked by blessing #1 or #2)
6. Dandelion wishes
7. Rainbows
8. Sunsets
9. Sunrises (YES, I have gotten up early enough to see a few…and while on vacation no less!)
10. Home mani/pedi with Em
11. Friends
12. A cup of tea
13. Ice cream (my BIG weakness)
14. A good book
15. Photography
16. Bedtime stories & snuggles
17. “Secret” goodbye handshakes
18. Fireworks
19. My “Box” (XB)
20. My 30th birthday gift! (BMW)
21. Our furry family members
22. Receiving mail (that isn’t a bill or junk)
23. Smores ‘round a campfire
24. Butterflies
25. Mediterranean pizza from our favorite pizza shop/café
26. “Leaf days”
27. Apple picking
28. Fresh donuts and hot cider
29. “Refrigerator Art”
30. Hugs
31. A neat and tidy desk (though it doesn’t happy often at home…when it does it makes me very content!)
32. The scent of a summer afternoon rain shower
33. Starry nights

And an extra...Snow Angels

P.S. I am also SO VERY thankful that Em seems to be finally over the nasty virus that hung on for a full week.

Monday, June 30, 2008

An Unusual Visitor

On Saturday, Em, Nana and I went on a quick shopping trip while Ben stayed back to catch up on some "landscaping chores". While trimming he noticed a turtle near the front wheel of the car...a little bit out of the ordinary as we are right in the village and his journey to arrive here had to have included traveling quite a distance and crossing some main streets with busy traffic.

When "the girls" arrived back from the store we were directed to a rubbermaid tote "tank" where the turtle was residing with some water and a large stone. After a brief visit, our guest seemed to be rather agitated and unhappy with his accomodations. We decided it was best to take him "home." So we found a pail for him to ride in, packed everyone up in the car and headed for Mill St. Pond to let him go free.

Though she was a bit sad that he couldn't stay, Em released him knowing that she was doing the right thing and making him "very happy"'s to a good life at the pond, little guy!

P.S. While we were at the pond we had fun watching a pair of ducks and saw lots of pretty dragonflies.


first grade...first sleepover...first day of summer vacation...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Handcrafted and Spinning

Our Father’s Day activities took us on a trip to a local park for a ride on the “fastest carousel in the world”.

Today as I reflected on how much fun we’d had, my thoughts turned to the hand-carved animals and the “selection process” of choosing the perfect one to climb aboard for our rides…each so unique and so beautiful.

Then it hit me…how alike we are to those animals. Each crafted by the master’s hand…Each unique…Each beautiful.

Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful…”

As the carousel rotates, some horses go up and down, but each animal stands firmly in place on the platform. If we are willing to stand firm on our foundation and remain planted in faith, He bring us full circle through the ups and downs in this “merry-go-round of life” even when it seems to be spinning out of control at a rate we can’t keep up with.

2 Corinthians 1:14 “…because it is by faith you stand firm.”

The best part is that He doesn’t choose just one that strikes His fancy at that moment… He has chosen each and EVERY one of us and is holding the reins for the “ride of a lifetime” …are you ready to see where it takes you?

*Photo courtesy of Eldridge Park Carousel Preservation Society:

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Happy Father's Day!!

Emily has the BEST daddy a little girl could wish for!!
Here's hoping that all the fathers out there enjoy their special day!

"Our Little Author"

Emily's class had an Author's Tea on Friday morning where they shared their stories with parents and grandparents...they all did a great job!

Here's a clip of our litte author reading "Mojo's Birthday"...

A Great Reminder...

A great story that reminds us that we CAN (and should) make a difference no matter how small it may be.

-by Loren Eiseley
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach
and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man,
and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out, “Good Morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied, “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, “It made a difference for that one.”

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Happy Birthday, Daddy! (Flashback)

Ben's first birthday as Emily's "Daddy"...both so happy!

A Happy Birthday

Yesterday was Ben's birthday so Em and I had plans to take him out for dinner. While we waited for him to get home from work, we spent some time thinking and discussing where he might like to go. He arrived home and announced that he wanted TGI Fridays...we hadn't even given that a thought! But, it was his day and it did sound good!

Just so happens that last night at TGI's there was a he got dinner & a show (right at the table)! Under strict orders we kept quiet about his birthday so the magician geared his performance towards Em...she loved it and we had lots of fun, too.

It was nice to celebrate...he's a great husband and a wonderful father and really deserves to be celebrated!

And the fun continues...
Tonight is birthday part 2. His mom is cooking his annual birthday dinner at her house!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Twirlin' in the Rain

Must be I've forgotten what my mother taught me about coming in out of the fact so much so that I purposely went out in the rain and took my own daughter with me.

After several days of extreme heat, some cool rain began to fall from the sky...I decided to take advantage of nature's sprinkler and make a memory with my daughter....

Mommy: "Want to go run in the rain with me?"
Emmy: "YEAH! I'll do it!"

So off we went...

Emmy: "Twirl with me Mommy!"

So we twirled in the rain until we were dizzy (and wet)!

Emmy: "How 'bout we go get our pjs and snuggle."
Mommy: "YEAH! Let's go!"

Pjs...Snuggles...and Bedtime stories...A GREAT night! :)

Monday, June 9, 2008

Flip Flop

One of the best things about summer is FLIP FLOPS! They're the ultimate combo of bare feet & and freedom... Even better they're cheap enough to have a pair in all different colors!! Love 'em!

UNwanted Guest

So Saturday morning I noticed a very unwelcome, unwanted guest making himself at home...

in the canopy of my porch swing...I think it is 'bout time for an EVICTION!!
My hospitality only goes so far!!


The last few days have been HOT...upper 90s (nearing 100) and humid! UGH!

Some of the activity at our house during the heat wave:
Air conditioner made horrible noise and died 3:45 am Friday morning...
Shopping trip for new air conditioner...6:30 pm Friday evening...
Alternating periods of hot & sweaty daily tasks, hiding in the air conditioned bedroom and playing in the water. Gotta love slip n slide...

At one point Em stated, "thank God for Moms...and water!" Oh if I could have her innocence and cheery outlook...especially in this sweltering heat. She makes the best of a situation and usually ends up having lots of fun and truly enjoying the moment. I should follow her example a little more often!!

P.S. I did run through the sprinkler with her!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The good life...

Her favorite "tunes" in her new mp3 player and some Memorial Day parade cotton candy...doesn't get much better than this!

Thursday, May 22, 2008



Emily's Tae Kwan Do school has a monthly theme and they are asked to complete a list of 10 items related to the topic. May's assignment is to list 10 things that they appreciate.

As I often have a glass "half empty" attitude and see the negative in things, I have decided to challenge myself to create a list of things that I appreciate and am thankful for. Here's a start...

1. My sweet and thoughtful daughter who brings in the mail (often with some freshly picked dandelions)

2. My husband who went grocery shopping Saturday afternoon in the pouring rain (while I took a nap)

3. Cuddling with my daughter while she reads to me

4. Modern medicine (as I deal with a sinus infection...again? still?)

5. An upcoming long weekend with a parade that'll pass by the end our our street

6. Blooming Oriental Poppies in my flower garden

Stay tuned for more...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New Rank

It's official...Emily has advanced to Orange Belt in Tae Kwan Do. She had her testing and belt ceremony last evening. So, as promised, we went to Friendly's tonight for dinner. And then on to the school's art show at the mall. There was some really amazing works to see. The kids do a great job and the art teacher is just fantastic!

I am so proud of Em! She really works hard.

Mother's Day 2008

"A MOTHER holds her children's hands for a moment, but their hearts forever."

Although the best gift ever came to me on January 31, 2001...I received some lovely tokens of love and appreciation this mother's day. Emily presented me with an amazing card she had created and a handmade ceramic "Mommy Pot" that was crafted during art class at school. It is absolutely beautiful and will certainly serve its purpose of holding handpicked flowers from the yard. And Ben took me to the garden center to pick out rose bushes. I selected "Garden Party" and a climber...will be sure to post photos of the first blooms!After church we headed to a family cookout with my in-laws...steak & mushrooms, salt potatoes, fresh garden salad and homemade ice cream cake (thanks guys! And Tammy!)While some of the gang played a game of Bocce, I opted for a little R&R on the back deck...

Friday, May 2, 2008


It never ceases to amaze me how the Lord can use us in mighty ways even in the simplest of places and situations...

Since last spring I have been leading a ladies group at our church. We meet weekly for bible study, fellowship and encouragement...and best of all lots of fun! This past Thursday, the weather was cool, damp and gloomy. When we gathered at the church there was a definite chill in there and we decided to go in search of something to warm us up a bit. One of the ladies works at the local mall and had been telling us of a new tea shop there that a couple had recently opened up. So off we went to try it out! (I think I have discovered my new favorite place!)

With too many flavor choices in front of us, the owner suggested a brief question and answer session after which he made some recommendations. Once the perfect flavor was selected, we sat down to partake of our tea and some chocolate covered biscotti...YUM!

We began chatting and soon one of the owners decided to join in our conversation. She immediately "fit in" and we talked like we had know each other for quite some time. She began sharing a little about the struggles and heartaches that she's experienced. This is where it gets good!

We were able to share with her from the scriptures and let her know that Jesus loves us the way we are, right where we are at, and that even in times of trouble and hurt He never leaves us. Though we struggle He is with us and is ready to guide us and get us through if we'll seek Him. As Christians, there is no promise that things will be easy, but He has promised to walk beside us each step of the way. If we let Him!

What started out as a trip to warm our physical bodies became the perfect chance to warm anothers heart and faith just a little. Praise the Lord for taking us to the right place at the right moment and letting us enjoy a little "ChristianiTEA".

Sunday, April 13, 2008


It appears that my heart is bigger than my brain! Friday afternoon I brought home our latest adoptee...Rubin the Rabbit! He is approximately 2 years old and is oh so cute! Take a look...

He really enjoyed some of the spring weather on Saturday afternoon...

And helped himself to an apple in the kitchen while I was cleaning his cage today...

A Touch of Spring

Over the past week we experienced some spring weather...I have heard birds singing in the morning, the crocus have sprouted and I even had a few "sandal" days...of course today it's back to the 40s!

Tae Kwan Do

Emily has started Tae Kwan Do lessons. She is doing very well, enjoying it lots and has even taught me a few moves.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


I guess our busy schedule is even starting to exhaust the dog...he fell asleep on my planner! :)

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Should we charge her rent or help her file bankruptcy?

So Emily, my mom and I are sitting in the local pizza place yesterday finishing up lunch when Em turns to Nana covers her mouth with her hand and starts making a funny noise...we've been there way too long for the pizza to have burned her so I'm thinking she's either bit her tongue or she's just being silly. Nope...neither! Another tooth fell out. Missing tooth #5!!! Just a week and a half after the last lost tooth and ONE day ofter she showed me it was wiggly.

So, I've been wondering whether we should charge the tooth fairy rent for all the time she's been spending here lately or if we should help her to file for bankruptcy because she's going broke paying for my child's teeth. We keep joking that one of these times the tooth fairy is going to leave a bill instead of money!

So now that the tooth fairy has come again and we've celebrated the dog's birthday we are anxiously awaiting the Easter bunny's arrival tonight while we're sleeping. Hopefully whatever candy he leaves can be easily eaten with 4 1/2 missing teeth!

Happy 5th Birthday, Mojo!

Since rescuing our beloved companion, Mojo, from the shelter Memorial Day weekend 2003, he has brought so much love and laughter to our family. Because he's a shelter dog, we don't have an exact birthdate for him, but based on our calculations his birthday is somewhere right around March 20th. So we held a somewhat impromptu celebration today complete with gifts of basted rawhide bones and a fuzzy squeaky bone toy and a "birthday cake"...which was actually a chocolate chip cookie smothered in peanut butter with a peanut butter biscuit to top it off. Yummy!

To kick off the celebration, his pre-party apetizer was some starburst fruity jelly beans. I think lemon was his favorite flavor.

Party pics of the birthday beagle...

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Flying Free

This morning I arose to, not a car horn. It was the wonderful sound of the geese returning. There was so much significance for me this morrning as I listened to their noisy flight overhead. Their return means that springtime is fast approaching. Their ability to freely fly got me to thinking about Emily. Today she went on her first ever "play date" hour away from home to Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate a friend's birthday. As a mom, tons of thoughts raced through my mind and a wave of mixed emotions came over me. So excited yet so sad that she's growing up and doing things on her own. Perhaps I'm a control freak, or just too overprotective, but there I was this morning standing in the driveway letting my "baby" go and entrusting her care to another and it was really hard. My saying for today..."I have to let her grow up...but I don't have to like it." As I thought back to the geese and the other birds who have been chirping and singing in our backyard the last couple of days, I think of the tendency I have to want to "clip her wings" much like a caged bird, yet deep in my heart I know the right thing to do is help her develop and strengthen her wings so when the time comes to fly from the nest, she'll be ready and equipped to soar freely! I'm surviving the day with her gone and my anxiety level is surprisingly low. Besides, some time alone now and then will allow a little freedom to be me and do some "flying" of my own.

Here's a great song from Mark Harris...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Another visit...

We had another visit from the tooth fairy last night. Em lost her other upper front tooth at school yesterday. She looks so cute with both top teeth missing...and it's just in time for spring school pictures next Tuesday. Currently she's missing 3 teeth and the 4th tooth (first to come out) is now about 3/4 grown in. It's almost as exciting as when she first got her baby teeth!

Here's a pic of her 1st tooth ever...look closely and you'll see it!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A couple of pretty views...

I keep remembering this...

To help me survive this...

Both beautiful scenes...yet there's just something about the nice warm beach in Puerto Rico that I enjoy so much more than icy winter in upstate New York. Hmmm...


A couple of songs that pretty much sum it up...listen and ponder...

Breaking Free I have had about enough of winter! I so long for some warmth and sunshine and some dry ground. This morning I took Em to school, returned home for a few and then went out to leave for work. I got in the car, started it up, put it in reverse and along came the spinning tires... I was going nowhere. The combination of mud, ice and ruts in the driveway had my car trapped. So after a few unsuccesful attempts to break free (including cat litter under the tires) I ended up having to call my prince charming and wait for him to ride in on his white horse to my rescue. Ok! Ok! So it was a silver car...but he still came to my rescue. After a little assistance, I was finally free from the driveway and on my way to work.

As I reflect on the morning events being stuck in a rut (literally), unable to break free and having to call for help, I can't help but think of the bigger picture which I have been reminded of a lot lately and the "ruts" of our lives that we so often find ourselves in, unable to break loose from the hold they have on us until we are willing to admit that we can't do it alone, surrender control and "call" for help. The best part of it all is that when we call upon the Lord we won't get his voice-mail...he's always there to answer and come to our rescue if we'll let him.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

When is Spring coming?

Oh how we wish Spring would arrive SOON! We are so anxious to be through with sweaters, coats, mittens, hats and all the other items that come along with the cold miserable weather. This winter has seemed exceptionally long as we have had mostly ice and slop rather than nice snow to build snowmen, do snowangels and play in. I long bring my flip-flops out of storage and take Em out to play. Of course, I'm sure when Spring does arrive I will have a new complaint... MUD!

As much as I gripe about the weather, each season has it's own beauty...the ice that has been coating the trees the last couple of days is actually quite pretty and it is fun to listen to the "crinkling" sound of the iced trees as the wind blows.

Here are some photos that Ben and I took from the backyard after church today...

De-Clutter Update

Well, one more room is about to be crossed of the de-clutter list. Our bedroom is nearing completion. It is looking good. The closet still needs some work and to have some outdated and unworn clothing removed. I'll post before & after pics soon.

Friday, February 1, 2008


Unbelievable how quickly they grow...

February 1st, 2001 (1 day old)

February 1st, 2008 (7 years and 1 day old)

Happy 7th Birthday, Emily Claire!

We celebrated Emily's 7th birthday yesterday. What a fun time. I went to have lunch with her at school and stayed for her "party" in the classroom. Then after school we opened presents with Nana and tried out some of the gifts. When Ben got home we went to dinner with Nana, Grandma & Grandpa to Friendly's. I think she really had a great birthday. And now today we're home together because of some unexpected of which a snow day (more like a sleet/ice) day for the 2nd time this week. So we're still in our pjs and having a great time.
Some of the birthday fun...