Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Hay Ride

Now that Caleb is back in school the two younger ones miss him. This day they had the opportunity to experience 'school' themselves at Farm School. It was hay ride day. What fun. I think it was a 

Farm school offers lots of opportunities to become acquainted with animals, plants and farm life, while getting some social schooling as well.

I mentioned last week about our little dog being very sick. She seems to be as good as new now. 
That makes me feel a lot better. It is amazing how close we can get to a pet. She is our that everyone else is so far from 'home'. 

Monday, October 16, 2017


I would not be one to encourage people to take their children across the world for a 
'vacation', but our son and his wife, Beth both traveled when they were young and both continued to go to new places and learn new languages. They think nothing of traveling with their children. The youngest is not likely to remember anything about the trip, unless of course she is like my father, who could remember things from age one. The youngest I remember anything like that was at the age of two.  I recall two things that happened when I was two. I remember seeing the full moon over the local high school while my dad was carrying me. I wanted him to get it for me. I can see it all in my mind, but I think the only reason is that someone took my picture and talked about it later. I do however remember vividly the time I fell on the register in our kitchen and it was so hot that it burned scars into my hand. I remember what the grill looked like, I remember my dad grabbing me up and taking me into another room, but that is all I remember. Thank God, I don't remember the pain.

Back to our story. John and Beth took the three to Bulgaria to visit with people they knew when they served as school teachers while in the Peace Corps.  Their oldest son, my sweet grandson, is in second grade. He had to miss two weeks of school. He probably could not have done that if he were in a regular school, but his IB World school encourages travel. 

At one point we went to visit John and Beth while they were serving there. We saw a lot of the country,  but we didn't see everything there was to see. For example, we did not visit this fortress in the background. It is Tsarevets,  a medieval stronghold located on a hill with the same name in Veliko Tarnova in northern Bulgaria.

It is good to be familiar with life in other countries so that one might accurately compare life in our country. We would have many more patriotic Americans if they really knew what it was like to live elsewhere. There would certainly be much less display of disdain for this great land.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Same Shirt

All I'll say is, they did it again. Both showed up for a picnic with identical shirts. Well, actually, they are not identical because one it  quite a bit bigger than the other.

I'm finished for tonight. I'm scared because my little Maggie has been sick for two days now and she is throwing up again.  I  tried feeding her chicken and rice, but that  didn't work.  She wants me to do something for her, but neither one of us know what. It could be a long night.

Please pray for my little dog, Maggie and for me as well.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Youngest Granddaughter

Julia is really coming out now. She is trying everything, thanks to her mom, who is exceptionally good at keeping all the kids active and learning. Her mom is a great example for stay at home mothers.

Here they are at Farm School where they go regularly. Julia, as you can see, is trying out a saddle. I'm sure she will be on a horse as soon as possible. She is a very serious learner.  This week, she decided to climb on... no I can't tell you about this. You must see it for yourself.

I was hoping to show you the video, but it didn't work. All I have here is a picture, but it does help you see how hard this climb would be for a little girl of 19 months. She climbed and pulled herself to the very top of this jungle gym or climber. I was certainly impressed.

Do we keep striving to learn and do more? Some times it is disheartening to see those who have pretty much given up and just sit around and watch TV for example.  Sometimes we just want to blame others when we don't have what we want, instead of getting out and doing things for ourselves.

I'm praying for all to be encouraged to do their best.  

Do you know of any specific way we can help in that encouragement? If so, perhaps we CAN make America great again.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Little Bird

Ava had fun playing with this little bird. I'm glad her mom got these pictures of her.  Children grow up so quickly; it is fun to look back and remember these little things, things we quickly forget in the daily rush of life.

Speaking about the busyness of life, I'm reminded about how many of us have quit trying to find time  to go to church.

Rick Warren is a preacher who has written some great books like Purpose Driven Life.
I get his emails weekly. Today's email is worth repeating. Read it here:

“Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25 NLT).

These days you don’t have to go to church to watch a worship service. You can just stay home and see it online. You can stay in your pajamas, and make a late breakfast.
But the Bible makes it clear. “Let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near”(Hebrews 10:25 NLT).
And this is why you need a church family. This is why we need to gather as groups of believers who can live life together as we follow Jesus together. 
Without a church family, you’ll drift when it’s tough to trust Christ. I can look back on my life and see times when, if I had missed a specific worship service, my life would have taken a radically different turn. And I’ve thought, “What if I’d skipped that service? What if I’d just slept in that day?” I would have missed something that changed the direction of the rest of my life. So if the church doors are open, I want to be inside. 
A church is kind of like a campfire. In a campfire you’ve got all these red-hot coals. If you remove one single coal and set it far away, it will cool in a matter of minutes. The fire goes out, and the coal goes dark. But if you take a coal that’s lost its fire and put it back into the fire, it gets hot again. That’s the power of fellowship. 
Now, I know there are times when we can’t make it to church, and we can be grateful that there are ways we can still connect, such as watching a worship service online or listening to a podcast. You may be too sick to come to church, or you may have times when you live hundreds of miles from the nearest church, such as when brave men and women serve in the military. You might even be serving the Lord in some remote region of the world. 
In cases like these, it’s still important to stay connected as best you can with other believers, who can help you stay encouraged and faithful. And it’s important for people within our congregations to reach out to individuals who experience challenges in getting to church every week.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three have come together in my name, I am there among them” (GW). Let’s continue to pray and support each other, and “let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24 NIV).

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Harvest of Squash

This is Julia's first year at farm school...and she is diving right in. Here she is with the other little ones, checking out the farm ripened squash.

Oh, how I would like to live on a farm this time of year, when I imagine the hardest part of the work is done and it is harvest time. 

Everything tastes so much better when it is allowed to ripen on the vine, the stalk, or on the tree. Those of us who live in the city eat fruit, for example, that may travel thousands of miles to our homes. They are picked before they ripen and supposedly get ripe on the way. But anyone who has ever tasted tree ripened fruit, is terribly disappointed in the tastelessness of this fruit, for which we often pay high prices. I haven't had a good peach this year. We are always advised to let them set for a couple of days before eating. Well it usually softens a little before it turns grainy or mushy, but there is never any juiciness or scrumptious taste. I was taught how to tell if it was ripe. It won't help to know, if you are never going to find any. 

That is another thing I'm looking forward to in heaven...GREAT TASTY AND JUICY FRUIT.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Take Me to the Mountains

When I was three years old my family moved here from a little town near Charleston, WV.  Then 70 years later, our daughter, April chose to move to another small town near Charleston.  It seems the mountains were calling her and her husband. She has really taken it on well. Right now, they are in a long process of building on to their house.  It will be first class when completed. The view of the river and mountains is beautiful. 

She has changed her lifestyle to fit the location and she loves it and all the hard work that  goes along with it. It was fun to see what she has done so far and we're anxious to see the completion.

There was a big reunion of their family the first weekend of September and we were invited to join the fun.

Here, our granddaughter Lauren (April's daughter)  carries both of her nieces! Lauren is used to lifting weights, so it was a breeze for her.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Back in the Saddle

In many ways, Oliver is walking in Caleb's footsteps, now he riding like his big brother. With good balance and self confidence, he looks like a natural.

It's been a jamb packed day, but I've enjoyed every minute of it. First this morning was lady's class, which is very inspiring. Then came lunch with 5 other ladies, of varying political beliefs, enjoying each others company. Next was my generally weekly visit to Sam's Club to pick up some necessities. I impressed myself with picking up two cases ( 28,  20 oz) bottles of water, putting them in my cart, then into my car all on my own strength. That you God for that. Then a stop at Marcs for the oat meal that I can no longer buy at Sam's Club. What is up with that?  Then on home, where I put things away , including the two cases of water, and rested up a bit for dinner. Next, I had a high school friend who now lives in Colorado,  and is in town for a few days come go to dinner with us at Ron's favorite fish restaurant. Once we were home, we had some Amish baked razzleberry pie, as if I needed any more calories today. Then we sat down to watch the movie, Accountant, which had reminded Ron of the Las Vegas gunman. It did seem very similar, so much so, that I'm wondering if it  could have  influenced  the Sunday night shooting.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Thank God for Children

April and Kim came to see us. April also brought her granddaughter, Ryan.  You can see here what a cutie  she is. We had a good visit and of course shot a few pictures. Glad we did, she is very photogenic. 

It has been hard to watch TV lately, since I just like the news. As you all know, it has been the same story told over and over. It is not one I want to be my primary thought for the day...and especially not the whole week.  

I know it happened. I lament that it happened. I am praying for all involved in any way. It was just plain evil and I pray nothing like that happens again. Too much bad news! 

It all started with the hurricane hitting Texas just five days  before these pictures of Ryan were taken. There have been three BIG hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires. Now this.  If it isn't the last days, it at least feels like it could be.

These facts make it even more pleasant to watch the children, who are...or should be care free and to stay at my computer making layouts for hours on end.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Eclipse USA

Monday I shared pictures of John's family viewing the eclipse in Wyoming, now today, I'll go on to Nashville, TN to show you pictures, our daughter Chelle's friend took that day. and then a little about the eclipse and Ohio, where we are.

As you can see from my layout with the window, even though I was disappointed by the lack of show with the partial eclipse that shone here, I am impressed by the view of the sun from our window.                          

Monday, October 2, 2017

An Evil Day Will Not Defeat Us

Naturally cute describes our youngest grandchildren. These were taken while the family waited for the total solar eclipse in Wyoming. 

I particularly like the one of Oliver. In this picture he looks very much like his dad did at his age.  

Children are our joy. No wonder God told us to be as little children... Matthew 18:3
..."Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."

What this verse describes is the farthest thing from the major event of evil in this last 24 hours in our nation.  

I pray that we can all come together as one, united, against evil like that which was portrayed by the one who ended  and damaged so many lives in Las Vegas.

Listen to our president as he expresses what we feel at this time. Matthew 18:3
and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

God bless America and God bless our president. I pray for unity through this  evil time.

If you have not listened to our president's message, watch it here:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Total Eclipse


Wyoming is one of the states where one could see a total eclipse of the sun on August 21. John and his family made a two hour long trip to see it on August 21, 2017.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

First Day of School

I had some fun playing around with this layout. I really like the photo which shows John's shadow as he and Oliver follow Caleb, his mommy and Julia to school on the first day back.

Caleb will be in second grade with Mrs. Ellendorff.  I'm happy he goes to the IB school.

It seemed like a short summer, since he started it off with an operation. But he recovered well and enjoyed some soccer and basketball. He certainly looks ready with that cool backpack.

Why did I enjoy making this page so much?  I loved the papers available to me at Scrapgirls. com. They were designed by Syndee Nuckles in a pack called 1-2- Buckle My Shoe. I rarely use just one kit, so the elements, like the 2nd grade medal I found in the kit Old School on Misty Cato Designs. I even found a paper in a free kit, called Schoolin/ Freebie by Kate Teague on Two Peas in a Bucket, that repeated the phrase BACK TO SCHOOL over and over. I overlayed the photo with it. You may not even  see it unless you click on the photo to view it larger. It is just a touch of interest, which was in a class I found on  today.

I'm happy that I have a large family and many pictures with which to work. It keeps me from focusing too long on the state of the world.

Please continue to pray for this nation, that we come together in love and work out our  problems.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Jungle Rapid's Family Fun Park

I can't tell you anything about this excursion, but I really appreciate this picture of Leah. I used another picture I found of the park as the back ground.

It's been an excellent day today, since I got to have lunch (one that fit into my new diet) with my friends in ORU, at least with most of us still in OH. One of us was not able to be there. Robin was nauseous and had to miss our 'meeting'.  She missed us and we missed her.

I am quite disappointed that we didn't get a picture of the group. The area outside Rochnes, where we ate, was quite beautiful, a perfect backdrop for a photography session. We need to schedule our next get together and make sure we include photo shots.

My blogs gets shorter and shorter as I get tired earlier. I'm almost afraid to write, having no idea what I might type as I fall asleep.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Make Life Interesting

Greg and Wes made a film for a big meeting at HCS where they work. He was dressed as Edgar Allen Poe. I'd say, that's one way to make work interesting.  Way to go, Greg.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

She Likes a Chicken


Ava was dressed in her Princess Belle gown. It was her birthday party. Otherwise, I doubt she would dress this way to pick up chickens, but It worked out fine. She looks really cute, with that big hen and her beautiful dress and big smile. She was absolutely delighted with that chicken. She likes chicken and now she likes a chicken.

Many of us are actually like chickens these days. We  see with all the divisions among our citizens and don't speak up about it. It is absolutely mean to see people divided because of something they cannot control, like race, and not do anything about it...not even speak up about it. All of us have red blood.  It is wrong to pit people against each other for any reason. We need to pull together as a nation instead of pushing anyone who is not 'like' us away. We need to love our fellow man.

Some good news tonight. We are about to get a new tax code so that it will be much easier to file our own taxes. They will be simplified! Hallelujah. Taxes for most of us will also be lower.  As in Reagan's  presidency we will profit much by lowering  our taxes and watching the money be repatriated into our society. We really need it to grow our economy.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Before and After

On the 22nd of this month, I posted this top layout and told how I had been taught to never go back and redo a layout, for I would never get much done. Well, I don't always abide by that advice. I have
changed it...just a little bit...but enough to make me satisfied with the final layout.

And here is another one that did not satisfy me at first. It sat in my files and I winced each time I noticed it. Well, I've added only one thing and now I am publishing it here.

The addition was simply the black line around the edge on the page.

Tonight I am welcoming Julia and her family back home to the USA. They just got home from Bulgaria. I can hardly wait to hear about their experiences there.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Cuddly Chickens

Caleb still loves 'his' chickens at Laughing Buck Farm.

I wish I had known at his age how very wonderful it is to hold a chicken. I had no idea until he handed me a hen at the farm. They are so amazingly soft and cuddle worthy. Thanks, Caleb. You made my day back then. I'll never look at a chicken the same again.

I have to say, I will so happy tomorrow. I can hardly wait to find out more about what he has been doing this past two weeks. I wonder if he has seen any chickens...

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Think Positively

I was amazed to see a video of Brittanie flipping five times consecutively. I knew she could earlier, but I just hadn't thought that she could still do it. WOW, DOUBLE WOW. It makes it even more fun now to see Ava starting to develop her  gymnastic skills. 

I've always been concerned with those who stuck their heads in the sand to avoid knowing the terrible things that were going on around focus on the positive. I realize we should focus on the positive, but it is not good to be completely ignorant of the ugly things going on around oneself. We need to know in order to help keep evil from multiplying in and around our lives and affecting our society as a whole.

Knowing this and having known most of my life, I am having more and  more thoughts about hiding myself...could I be a snowflake? Could it be that in my old age I am reverting to childish behavior and feel defenseless against those who might say  or do things that might affect me adversely?

Pray for me and I will pray for you...We can stand up tall with Christ, who can do it all. Jesus is Lord and He wins in the end.

Saturday, September 23, 2017


This scene is a perfect example of serenity. Sweet children sitting calmly, quietly watching the ducks on the still waters of the lake at City Park in Ft Collins, CO.  It isn't often one sees the three like this. Activity generally rules at this stage of life.

They are in a learning stage, not that we should ever quit learning, but it is especially true with young children.

As I read Romans 5:3-4 this morning, it struck me differently than it has in the past. This is what it says:  "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character and character, hope.

I have gone through the process of suffering, persevering, building character and now I am hopeful. I'm hopeful for a home in heaven when I've passed through this world. It is a good place to be, even though, there will be more suffering and more perseverance to come, hopefully making me even stronger, and making me even more ready to go on to my next home.

Hoping that all of us can learn to appreciate God's plan for building our character and making us strong individuals.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Never Go Back?

I was told years ago that one should never go back and make improvements on a layout. Otherwise a person would never ever be done. She who is the perfectionist will never finish her work. Well, I have followed that advice somewhat.There have to be exceptions to the rule. For example here  I have two separate layouts. The one on top is much more pleasing to the least to my own. I will probably end up changing the second one before I publish it in a book. 

As you might  guess we generally take more than one picture in order to get all of us facing the camera and smiling at the same time. Sometimes, it is quite a trick to get us all with our mouths closed at the same time because, generally we are all talking at the same time.....or at least 1/2  of us at any given time. 

When someone has her eyes closed, I can remedy that by switching heads from one photo to another.

I'm not sure what Robin was telling Phyllis in the top photo, but I will have to ask her. I hope she can remember. 

Lydia is Paulette's granddaughter, whom I imagine, will want to start her very own chapter of ORU (Opinions R Us)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ava's Mommy

Yesterday, I posted a cute little picture of Ava eating her soup. Today, I want to share this layout of Ava's mother, Brittanie. Now you will know that she looks much like her Mommy.

As I am already falling asleep at the computer, I'll call it a day.

Please continue to pray that God sees our nation turn from sin and start to follow Him again.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Yummy Soup

I love this picture of Ava. She was really enjoying her  soup. What a cutey!  

It has been a rough couple of days here. We have been without cable. There just isn't anything around here to do without the internet, except work. There is plenty of that to be done...but it just doesn't hold my attention anymore. 

At one time, I was sticking to Fly Lady's plan for housekeeping and everything was so well ordered. It had become easy because I followed her plan so closely that I didn't get behind. You notice I did say, that was in the past. In just the few years I've been back sliding, several areas of my home have become stuffed with stuff. I have some things that don't even have a specified place here. It is sad, very sad. I've been thinking of trying to get back to it; but I move so slowly that I doubt it will ever be possible again.

I also need to lose weight to ease my arthritis a bit. But I've become quite undisciplined in my old age.  

My advice if you are younger than I, shape up and keep it that way. You will look and feel much better and be able to take care of your home better.

If you are a snowflake, just forget it, you'll never make it this just don't have what it takes.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Birthday, Triplets!

Things have changed since these pictures were taken back in July. Mason has gotten a haircut.
School has started. The triplets are now 15 years old.

When Chelle, their mother and my daughter, was young, she was introduced to Dairy Queen cakes by me, most notably because I can't bake, never had the desire to bake. My mother never baked when I was a child, because she had to fight her weight so hard. Low on thyroid, she gained  if she ate what was normal for most people. I have had that problem as an adult myself.  We found ice cream cakes to be quite delicious and easy to pick up at a Dairy Queen not far from home.

Chelle has baked and  so have the triplets, but this time, they chose Dairy Queen. 

Just looking at it makes me want to run out and get one. After  all, I have not had one this year. I didn't get one for my birthday this year and that is really what I prefer. It is helpful that I have a summer (June) birthday.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

West Fest Mountain Stage

I read that  Bohemian Nights at the new West Fest Mountain Stage in held in the Old Town part of Fort Collins, CO annually. This is the first I've heard of it. I am still not familiar with all the involved activities, but I do have these pictures of Caleb and Oliver  trying out some  instruments.  Even though, Caleb seems to be a trumpet natural ( just my thought after seeing the pictures), I really enjoyed seeing him with the saxophone. His father played the sax well while in high school. It was sad to me, when it was stolen from him his freshman year in college. 

It was a gorgeous day today, but we were both so tired that we just stayed inside and rested. Getting old is not for sissies.

We've been treated to a skunk attack tonight. I'm not sure how close to the house it is, but it smells very close. I'm hoping I can sleep and that the smell dissipates by morning. This would probably be a good time to have a C-pap machine like Ron. He has already strapped his on and is in a dream world.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Time Passes

Our grand daughter, Brittanie, spent quite a bit of time on our boat when her father came up to visit from Florida in August. I love her bright smile.

It's just been a month, but it seems like forever in some ways. Even though we've had a couple of nice days, I haven't seen any swim suits out on the lake this week. It certainly doesn't seem like it is warm enough ...and the trees are turning color early. Worst of all, it is getting dark so very early.

Time is passing so quickly, I'm sure I'll wake up in a few days, and it will be Christmas...and I won't be ready for it. Is there no remedy for this other than getting younger? I need to know, because I've tried that and it just  doesn't work. Not at all!!!

For the news. This is a local thing. Our church has a Ladies' Class that meets on Thursdays through the school year. Our classes for the next three months will be a study of Hosea by Jennifer Rothschild. I had not heard of her before, but I am duly impressed after having seen this video of her life. I have to share it will you:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hanging Out, Hammock Style

You may need to click on this picture to enlarge it. The detail is overridden by the beautiful spots of sun and shadows. There is a play of light on the kids that tickles me. I would actually like to paint this scene because of all that light play on the bright colors.

As their mother said here, Oliver and Julia will definitely miss their big brother when he goes back to school.  Well school did start, and she was right.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mother and Daughter

I love this photo of Beth and Julia. It is good to see them both sitting, looking at ease. Being a Mom to three children aged 16 months, 3 years and 7 years is definitely a full time job. There isn't much time to sit. And Julia is not one to sit still for long. I wish I had been there to count the minutes, or perhaps just seconds she sat in the chair.

We've been so concerned lately for friends and relatives in Texas and then Florida. This is the first day in a while I haven't been thinking almost constantly about those states and the people caught up in the scene. We are happy now that our son and grandson and many friends made it through without too much hassle. Yet there are those, like our daughters in laws, who have quite a bit of damage, which will not be easily remedied.

Lord, we pray all those who are cleaning up after the storm either for themselves or for others will be strengthened.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Where's Caleb? Looking for Waldo

I have to admit, that I have more fun making some layouts than others. This is one of those. 

Many pictures do not lend themselves to interesting layouts. A couple of reasons are, they can be more serious subjects, or beautiful, which lead to layouts that emphasize the photo, more than anything else.

This picture of Caleb in a book store is perfect for 'going a little wild' with the layout. Caleb is quite at home in a book store. This day, he had found Waldo. The store provided this clever photo opportunity.

Back to the news. There are still people I know who stayed in Florida, from whom I am still waiting to hear. It is consoling that the storm wasn't anywhere near as bad as predicted. However there is still a lot of damage. Chelle reported that her inlays in St Augustine have quite a bit of water damage and they had just finished all the repairs and replacements from the last hurricane that hit there. But at least they are all safe. 

I'm anxious to hear from my cousin. I understand that power is out in many areas, which can  prohibit contacting those outside the area.

Just keep praying. Clean up will not happen overnight. It will be a long haul.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

It's a New Look for Mason

This look is not entirely new for Mason. When he was younger, he  sported shorter hair than he has had the past few years. It seems it would be much more comfortable out of his eyes. It sure looks neater.   (You look great, Mason.)   This should be a good year.

Meanwhile, South East of Mason's family today lies Florida where most of its citizens have either evacuated the state or are in shelters. Mason's grandparents, his uncles and cousins live there and have followed suit. He has one uncle who is a police officer who must remain there through the storm. Thank God for policemen, who risk their lives for the safety of others.

We have relatives and friends in both categories... some have left and some are sheltered. It is good to have them out of harm's least they should be safe now. We are still praying though, not only that they will be safe, but their friends will be as well and their property will not have much damage, preferably none.

While the storm should hit Florida tomorrow, Texas is busy putting their lives back together.

Praying God will take mercy on us all.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Out of Character

He is definitely out of character here. You probably wouldn't recognize him, if I did not tell you his name. This is our smiling athlete. I'm not  sure where he got that shirt, but he is acting the part.
He should be an actor. If I didn't know better, I would believe that shirt.

Good job, Caleb.

Praying for all those in Texas who are trying to reclaim their  lives and those in Florida who are preparing for Irma in one way or another...especially our close friend who with her sister are trying to get our of it's path without running out of gas. Praying they find a safe place to spend the nights.

Also praying for our son and my cousin who live there and have decided to stay.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Very good for an active girl...gymnastics. Ava, like her mother before her, has taken up gymnastics.
I will have to make and post a layout of her mother Brittanie soon. She can still show her skills.

It is really good for children to be active. It is more difficult these days, since it is not always safe for kids to play outdoors like they used to while their mothers were busy indoors. There are other things taking their attention as well, like TV and video games. We are glad to see Ava enjoy herself like this.

Please pray for the families in Texas as they try to reclaim their lives and for those in Florida, where many are evacuating their homes now.  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Lily Lake

Yesterday, I posted a layout about a senior guide at Lily Lake  in the Rocky Mountain National Park...tonight I'm posting related layouts. One has everyone in the car ready for the trip and one of Lily Lake itself

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Letter

Caleb, Oliver and Julia had cousins visiting from Ohio. John had to work, but Beth, Sarah and Michael took the kids... including their own two, Katy and Patrick, up to the Rocky Mountain National Park.  This is one of the people they met at Lily Lake. He was a very interesting old fellow, who had lived near Lily Lake since he was nine years old.

That was in July.   Today is Labor Day.  That gives you some idea how behind I am with my scrapbooking. 

In my inbox this morning, I found this letter from Jim Chilton, a friend of my husband...and of myself, of course. I've copied it in its entirety because it is so well written:

"Labor Day was established to celebrate the advances brought on by the Labor Movement in America.  Labor unions were born in a climate of adverse conditions for laborers.  Before the Labor Movement, there was a huge child labor problem, very poor working conditions where literally thousands of workers died, and virtually no rights or protection for those who worked by the hour.  The first Labor Day celebration was in New York in 1882 led by a machinist union.  By 1884, Labor Day became an official holiday.

        Labor Day also marks the end of summer and a time of rest from our labors.  How do you define rest?  Sitting in a recliner in front of your television?  Being up North in a cabin next to a beautiful lake?  Biking, hiking, or water skiing?  The New Testament definition of the word “rest” simply means to be “refreshed” even as you work.

        Children understand this concept.  They play until they drop, but the activity is refreshing to them.  Playing hard all day is never a burden to them.  We shouldn’t be childish, but maybe we should be more childlike.

        Jesus’ take on rest is found at Matthew 11:28-30, “Are you tired?  Worn out?  Burnout out on religion?  Come to me.  Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take real rest.  Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.  I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.  Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (The Message).

        The Jews were a tired and frustrated people, not unlike our culture today.  Daily life was hard enough, but those rascal Pharisee, made it even harder with their demands.  People were not satisfied with their lives and much less with their religion.  Jesus came along and gave the people a new perspective of God’s Word and how to live it.  People were refreshed.  Today, stress from every direction is impeding our ability to rest.  Jesus offers a sustaining peace that enables us to avoid being crushed or driven to despair.  The Bible is still the same.  Life is still difficult, but Jesus provides a new way to see self and God’s Word will new eyes."

Thank you, Jim. We appreciate your ability to teach.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Old Friends

While visiting Indiana, Greg and Aussie needed the car for the Rubik's Cube competition that  day, so when Chelle, Ashley and Mason tired of the hotel, they decided to walk to Applebee's. On the way, they ran into an old friend from their neighborhood...and here is the picture to prove it.

OK, enough of my bad jokes. I believe I explained my stress this last weekend when I was trying a new publisher after My Publisher sold out.

Today, I received my new book made by Shutterfly and I am well pleased. It is everything I wanted. I can be proud to show it to friends and family. What a blessing that is after having so much trouble getting acquainted with their site. Not only was it well done, it was delivered in a timely fashion.  Less that a full week.

There is one problem. They offered me a coupon for the next one,  but it would have to be ready for printing by October 15th. I have 15 pages completed right now, but that means I'd need to do 85 more in the next month and 1/2. That is  pretty intense. I think I will have enough pictures to do that, but that would mean I would have to do 2 pages almost every day. The problem, contrary to what some may think, I do have a life. Perhaps, I should give up everything else and just sit down at the computer until I finish all the layouts. That could solve another major problem. I should lose weight. I am not within reach of food here.

Please join me in continued prayer for the Houston area and all those who have left their homes to help with the rescue, protection, and clean up.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

50 Years

I rarely do this, but I did today. I had already made a layout with this picture taken on our 50th anniversary last Saturday night and I had posted it here as well.  But as we were looking through our wedding album, I found this picture and decided that what I really wanted was a layout showing the  comparison of then and now.

Oh what a difference! A couple of our friends actually said they wouldn't have recognized that would have been us. Sad in a way, but hey 50 years is fifty years and it means that I have twice the man I married...well almost twice anyway. And, there is more of me to love as well.  We both learned to eat.

Now, we both need to go on a diet, but then we've known that for quite a while. I have fasted a couple of times, but after a year or so, the pounds have come back.

We are thankful tonight that the rain has stopped in Texas and people we know personally are safe. But now comes the clean up.

Thank the Lord that there was so much love shown to each other by those involved in that historical disaster. It helped show that our nation is not divided by race like many try to make us look. We are all creatures of the one true God. In God's eyes, we are all his people.

We all need to realize that all have the same red blood, black, white, red, yellow, male, female, rich, poor, tall, short, etc. God loves us all has encouraged us to love our fellow man as we love ourselves.

Again, it has been good to see the victims of the flood helping each other as they have. And it is now
time for all of us to help in one way or another. If you can't go to them, you can send money, and if you are not in a position to do either of those, please pray.

Looks like that might be the encouragement we need to diet, so that we can give to the flood victims the money we can save.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hiking in the Rocky Mountain National Park

Back in July, Beth's sister and her family visited them in Colorado. It is a wonderful place to visit. There are so many beautiful things to see and generally bright sunshine to enhance any site.  This day, they had chosen to visit Lily Lake near Estes in the Rocky Mountain National Park.

We have gone to Estes and I love it, hope one day to see this part of the park, especially Lily Lake which you will see I'll not make you wait...

Maybe you can see why I couldn't put you off to another day. It is a gorgeous area in the park.

Looking at that peaceful mountain lake reminds me this day of the terrible  flooding in Texas right now. 

Please join me in praying for all who are suffering through this terrible storm. Our friend, Kalai, is there and I'm praying that if need be, she will be able to get out and away. 

I'm also praying for our son, who is trying to find a way home, avoiding the airport in Houston, which was his original place to land.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Ashley as Little Medusa

Ashley loves anime and her parents make an effort to get her to as many meets as they can. This one was Tri Con Anime in Indiana the second week of July this year.

She took costumes for three different characters with her. She likes to do short characters, so this time she is portraying  a young girl named Little Medusaa. In the picture at the top, she is posing with Little Medusa's older sister, Arachne. At the bottom, she is visiting with the lady who actually does Medusa's voice.

Concerned tonight about the flooding in Houston. We have a good friend who lives there on the outskirts and as we watch on TV, it sounds bad all around. We are praying that people are rescued safely and that the rain slows down, that is doesn't rain the 25 more inches they are predicting.

Praying also that our son who is south of there and has had flights cancelled because of the flooding can get home safely by another  route.

I can't help but feel a loss again that came from the Galveston flood in 1900, when my grandmother's parents were lost. She was just a baby and was adopted by a family who raised her in Granbury, Texas.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

50th Anniversary

If you've been following the blog, you know I've been very stressed, trying to get everything done this last week or so. Well tonight, we grabbed the chance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our wedding in 1967.

I was so busy when I got home that I neglected to download this photo. I thought of it a few moments I'm not sure how much I like what I did with such an important photo as this. But here it is and I'm publishing it now.

 Just the two of us and we went to a restaurant not far away that we had patronized once before and liked quite well. It was an enjoyable dinner and we came back to kind of guy and life.
It has worked out well.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Love Versus Stress

This layout is probably not finished. However, it may seem that I myself am about finished.  I had no idea that going with a new publisher would be so difficult for me. It must be because of my age. But oh my, such stress. I'm having to change my modus operandi. If you are over 65, you might understand what I mean. For  the youngsters, change is a is the way they are programmed, but for me...I really don't appreciate it much. When I find a perfect way to do something, why change?  

Unlike My Publisher whom I've dealt with for several years, other publishers do not make (let) you download their software so that one can work at home.  They have some type of deal where you have to do it all online. The ones I've tried are poorly planned and not at all easy to understand. There are many videos online for the company which I am trying  right now. However, just plain finding my way around their site and figuring out how to do things is getting to me.

Back to my layout. If I didn't have to spend days just trying to figure out something that should be very simple, I would have time to finish this layout and develop others.

This layout shows the little visit we had with our great granddaughter Ava on August the fifth this year. I love my iPhone. As she ran around the table, round and round, and making me dizzy, I snapped this pic. It stopped her motion well. There was no other way to get a picture that day because she was FULL OF ENERGY!  I was very happy to get this lovely picture, even though there was no way we could get her to stand still a few seconds and pose.

So, to sum it all up. I love my great granddaughter, Ava. I love this picture. I love that I was able to publish over 60 books with My Publisher before they sold to another company. But I am  completely overwhelmed that the new company demolished the old and changed my life substantially.

I believe in prayer. I believe in praying for my loved ones.

I also believe this is an issue about which I should pray, so I am. I am praying that I can adjust and find a way to learn what I need  to accomplish what I need (want) to do.

If you care about seniors, I ask you to pray for my adaptation as well.