Friday, March 27, 2015

Snow Day


While many of us are tired of snow and wishing it were over, that isn't realistic in this area of the country. We are just too far north to escape it. It is cold and snowing today, but these pictures were taken on February 21, when snow was at least threatening much of the nation. We ORU (Opinions R Us) girls experienced a snow day that transcended state lines. Three of these pictures were taken in Ohio, one in Texas and one in Florida. Yes, that last one escaped the cold. Funny thing is, she is one who enjoys frigid temperatures more than most of us.

Since our God is the one who is in charge of the weather, we will accept what we get with thanksgiving.   In Matthew 6:34  of the Holy Bible,  God  tells not to worry about tomorrow. That is a good verse to remember when daily we are urged to worry about the future, about the weather, which cannot be predicted assuredly for the next week or even day. We certainly cannot know what is will be in a thousand years! So don't worry, be happy.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Friendship


Friends are an important part of our story. One of Ashley's good friends, Abbey, went to see her in the play Inside Out Atlantis. 

Friends bring big smiles and I love these girls' nice big happy smiles.  

Relationships are of upmost importance  in our lives. God's second commandment after the one to Love God with all your heart, is to love you neighbor as yourself.  Love is what it is all about. 

When things fail to satisfy you, sit and think a while. It isn't because you need more things...it is because you need deeper relationships, loving friends, to make you happy.

And, as I've heard said, to have a friend, you must be a friend.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Rubber Ducky



This is what I think of when I hear Rubber Duck...definitely not baseball!

Yes, our team has been called that for some time, but that doesn't mean I will ever get used to it...or even baseball. It is hard to understand why someone would pick up a stick swing at a ball that has been lobbed at you at breakneck speed.  Wouldn't it be better to duck?  Oh, there you go. That is why they call  themselves the Rubber Ducks. They are from the Rubber Capitol of the world and they can duck.

The picture above is a much more endearing picture of a rubber duck. This is the real job of a rubber duck...to entertain little girls and boys when they have to be thrown into the tub. It keeps their attention off the bath itself.

Ava seems to be enjoying her bath just fine. Isn't she the cutest great granddaughter ever?

Father, we pray for a new day tomorrow...where we can run from wicked thoughts and deeds and try to please you.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bundled Up


It was wonderful weather in Colorado today and I have some great pictures in my possession to prove it.  However, I am totally in love with this picture taken of Oliver in late February...enough so that I just have to post it tonight. I love this little fellow.

This picture is very sharp on my computer, but for some reason this evening, it is fuzzy on this blog. I've tried redoing it, but it remains unsharp. I'm sorry. Don't know what the problem is. If I can figure it out, I'll repost later.

There are times when things don't work out as we wish. We can come unraveled...and I have been known to do that. But, now with high blood pressure, I'm trying to learn to roll with the punches as they say.

The Bible talks about a more serious problem, but we can learn from it for less severe times. Philippians 4:12
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

No matter what you hear, people in this country are some of the best fed in the world. We are not starving as has been the case in many places at many times throughout history.

We are so well taken care of, that we stress over much smaller things, like blurry photos. Lord, help me be content.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Wow Star Wars



I was pretty excited to see Caleb with these uniformed guys. But sadly to say, I did not recognize them. I knew the boys had gone to the Science Museum, but these did not look like the astronaut suits I looked up on google. Ignorant me then emailed his mother and asked what characters they were. You would think I would know they were from Star Wars; but then, remember, I am painfully ignorant about movies and TV.  In 1977 when the movie came out, I had 5 children, the youngest was 7, so I was quite a busy mom. I did 'see' the movie, but as usual I fell asleep in it.  I have seen pictures of the characters now and then over the years, but they didn't stick...none but R2D2. I did remember him. It so happened that when I asked Beth about the pictures she had sent me of Caleb, she sent me another one of Colton and Caleb with R2D2.  If I had had that picture all along, I would have known the others.

It was pretty exciting for the boys. It pleases me just to see Caleb smile.

Thursday, March 19, 2015



The gist of this is: I believe we need an iPi celebration of Pi Day. Since it is a day for geeks, like my husband; it should follow suit with all the other geek happenings in recent years...starting with iMax, followed by iPhone, iPad, iPod , iOS, iTunes and iTouch. I mentioned this to my daughter, Chelle, who is a big celebrator of Pi day each year. So she came up with her iPhone, iPi picture of pie covered by pi.  Of course I had to do a layout of her and her creation.

I have to admit that this is not an all original layout like I usually do.  Brandy Murry of Scrapgirls.com offered this as a freebie. It uses her wonderful Heart of Gold collection which I have in my stash of supplies. Using the easy page and making a few little changes helped me to pay homage to geeks without spending too much precious time.

As I stated on the layout above, it is curious that the new watch is not referred to an iWatch, but by the much more appropriate: Apple watch.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wearing the Green


Our family name is Irish, but we really don't identify ourselves as Irish. We are both full blooded Americans with a varied ancestry.  Even though I look somewhat Irish with red hair and freckles; besides a little German, Dutch and English, I have a lot of Indian blood from three different tribes. The only things that even hint of that are my high cheek bones.  

In spite of that, I like to put on the Irish for St Patrick's Day. I'm not really Irish and not Catholic, so it is a little strange, but fun...and I really like green.  So here is the picture I took last night after our life group went home and left a few of the green sugar cookies I'd bought. I thought it would be different to  use a few Irish expressions, so I combed the web and came up with some very interesting sayings.