Thursday, August 14, 2014

That weekend in June

June? Really? Your still doing a post on something that was way back then? Yes. Because for 2 months now I've been intending to post pictures of when my two sisters were here for a week but I didn't get it done. 

Priority complications? Yes. Probably.

So I'll start. Two of the sisters were coming for a week. The one has 4 kids & the other had just gotten engaged a small while before .. and since she was in the middle of planning her wedding it would be the perfect opportunity to have her Mom and sister make her dress. --This wedding is going to be in just 2 weeks from Saturday and I'm so super excited 'cause I get to have the fun of doing the cake/cupcakes and being a bridesmaid.... and then I will have pictures to post from that as well! ---

There were yards of white fabric and beautiful lace...

Sara begins the cutting of the dress....

Some nights we stayed up late to keep her company while she sewed and then Aubrey would get to stay up with us...and we would eat ice cream and other good things 'cause it's just so much fun to have a 7 yr. old niece to have night parties with! :)
 The kids were entertained for hours making all kinds of animals out of beads

 Coloring with Grandma...

And the poor baby kitty's got way more attention then they were asking for I believe. They put on a real display of long-suffering through the week!

I made them each their own little cake. the picture is kinda bright so you can't see very well... Kyler had a Thomas cake, Aubrey had one of those that looks like a princess with a big frilly skirt and for Mya's I cut the shape of a kitty face and gave it eyes, ears, a nose and whiskers and whatever else might go on a cat face.... she was pleased as punch and didn't seem to notice that it had pale green eyes and whiskers. :) 
--that was because I wasn't feeling like coloring any more icing. --

Kyler built a Lego 'helicopter' .

And a Lego airplane!

Once we took the kids to feed the fish. $0.88 bread from Walmart works great and is severely cost efficient and Mya seemed to think it was tasty as well. She usually got 1/2 of her slice before the fish got any!  

Colson and his Mommy. 

My current cover photo on Facebook. Just 'cause I like it...

This child has gorgeous blue eyes! 

Kyler found so many little frogs. It was amazing how many he could fit in his hand too! Once he was holding so many that he said they "were sleeping" in his hands. :) Love his imagination!

Stories with Dorcas...

We had an abundance of fresh peas over that time thus they made there appearance at nearly every meal. Looks like Mya stopped for a while to diligently shell them.

Walking along the lake. Gorgeous.

At the end of the week more of the family came. Here it's Jacob & Dorcas and Eric & Naomi

And Wes & Sara...

Us sisters. We worked hard to get a good one of all of us but it wasn't working so well that day. Rhoda has already spoken her dislike & also forgiveness to me for putting this picture on. I like it 'cause it shows her personality so well.

Miss Mya Grace and her Daddy...

Tomorrows Friday. and then it's the weekend.... Have a great one people!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A weekend at my favorite place...

It was the third weekend in May. My brother was moving to the beautiful state of Wisconsin and it just worked that we could help him out that weekend. Which was quite lovely indeed!
And for me it's always exciting to see the great sign because seriously. How many other states have their sign hanging happily on giant logs? -please excuse the blurriness... Mom was driving fast! ;)

   Saturday, Kathryn, Rhoda and I went to Eau Claire to see what we could see and we ended up going to Encore, Plato's Closet, Cherry Pickers and maybe a few other consignment shops. Those happen to be our favorite although I discovered I'm not a giant fan of Plato's Closet.... My sister and I decided we must buy ourselves Wisconsin shirts since we lived there for so many years and who knew how soon we would be back

We went to Red Robbin for lunch. The lighting was terrible but the food was really good!

After Lunch we went to the mall to try and find a certain store and we also tried taking our picture in the photo booth but it didn't work. Perhaps it was the Lord helping us not spend $3!?

 It's become a sort of tradition to go to Culvers every time we go to Wisconsin because the closest one to us in MO is an hour and a half away and ya know? Their concrete mixers are just so amazing! :)

We took pictures of ourselves while waiting for the light to turn green... and we listened to happy music... and we talked... and then on Sunday we played volley ball with some more wonderful friends and came home with more fun memories that I didn't take pictures of. You know what kind I'm talking about?
And here is a picture of my brother Micah and his plane. He flew it up and we drove his car. And we could text while he was flying which was entertaining! I miss him dreadfully but I'm so super excited for him at the same time... There's just something about people being right where they're supposed to be that makes me happy. And happiness is good.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

I sang my first solo.

The other night my sister and I were talking about our lives and different personalities back when we were way little. The age my nieces and nephews are now....6 or 7 I think. We were talking about how our personalities have changed when suddenly Rhoda starts laughing and asks: " Remember that time you embarrassed me?" I was frantically trying to remember which time that could have been when she said: "You only embarrassed me once that I can remember...." -insert a big sigh of relief and amazement....

She instantly thought this story was blog worthy. Thus the following...

 Once upon a time, a long time ago, it was a a chilly Sunday morning in Wisconsin. My sister and I were both in the same Sunday school class at the time and we were sitting on the front bench with the rest of our class. We were asked if there was a song we wanted to sing. I immediately stuck out my hand and announced boldly: "God our Father". { It was my current favorite from some Acapella recording. Don't ask me why it was a fav 'cause I don't know.} The song leader looked at me with a small laugh on his face -that I thought nothing of- and asked me if I could please start the song for him. I, of course was not afraid to sing my most favorite song. So I did. I started singing: "God our Father, God our Father." No one joined in like I was planning they would so I kept singing: "Once again, Once again, we bow our heads to thank Thee...." still nothing.But when your that far in to a short song it makes no sense to stop so I thought I might as well keep going. " We bow our heads to thank Thee, Amen, Amen." I was thanked for singing and later that day I learned that pretty much no one else knew my favorite song and that my sister was too embarrassed at me choosing a song -that no one knew- to help me sing it!! Sibling loyalty in the greatest degree right there! :) jk!

And that my friends. Was the day I sang my first solo. As far as I can remember I enjoyed it! :)

 Here is a slightly blurred image of Rhoda & I at about 6-7 I think.

And my favorite picture of us now! 

It's funny what age does to a person 'cause back then Rhoda would have totally been the 'not scared of strangers' sort where as I was more cautious. Now, even though she's still more outgoing than me, (in some ways) I would probably be the first to introduce myself/carry on a conversation with someone I don't know. But my life would be boring with out her and she says hers wold be very boring without me so it's all good! 


Monday, March 31, 2014

Black & White Plus Words

Yep! That's pretty much the make up of this post. I took these pictures recently on a very warm and sunny spring day but when turned black and white they looked more sentimental & contemplative which is how I'm feeling at the moment.... The picture below was not meaning to be taken but it turned out pretty well for being an accident....I thought.   It looks kinda like a storm. If I'm very honest I'll admit that recent situations in my life and the unknown of the near future have not been all song and dance. {Forgive me for speaking in a parable but I don't feel like now is the time to go into detail.} 

At the beginning of the year I felt like something good & exciting was going to happen. But at the same time I felt like it wasn't going to be all easy. Like somewhere along the line I was going to be stretched beyond my comfort zone more than ever. I wanted it. Really I did. I wanted to discover more of Jesus. More of His heart. I wanted to be changed. At the first signs of this happening I resisted it. I told my sister: "I was praying that God would stretch me & take me far away from my comfort zone and I was praying that I would experience times that taught me to rely only on Him for my strength and security, so why, when these situations arrive, do I want them to go away again?"     

I've sorta come to this realization: If these experiences were easy, then we wouldn't be changed. If they weren't hard, then we wouldn't learn that God is really, truly all our strength. That He is Sufficient. If we weren't stretched, our life would remain as it is. And that is definitely not what God wants for our lives. 
I don't know what the future will hold. I don't know where all God will lead me. It can be scary & exciting depending which way you look at it. But I do know that if God is with me here.... He will be with me there as well!  That thought is sure to make anyone glad!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Of late birthday gifts and days off

I came home from work Wednesday night to find that my sister Rhoda had locked herself in the bedroom and I was not allowed in. So I talked to her from the other side and made her laugh and I was helpful and sent her a scissors under the door..... Finally she comes out with a package wrapped up in snowman paper {'cause that's usually all we keep on hand :)} and gives it to me. She said it was a birthday present. My birthday was in October & I told her I thought she had already given me a present but she had forgotten... or something.... but who declines to two birthday presents? {note: we do normally wait about 5 months to give each other presents 'cause that's normally how long it takes to find that one thing that would be perfect. }  I felt the package like always and discovered it was a book. But first there was the most funny, delightful card with a Winnie the Pooh quote on the front that needed to be read first. {Seriously people. If you have never been privileged to read one of her cards than you're missing out on some really encouraging humor. -or humorous encouragement, however you want to say it! } I tore through the snowman paper to discover that it was what I thought it was. Run Baby Run. She knew I had wanted this book for ever so long but since I had 'thought' she already got me a present, I wasn't expecting it! I read the book for about an hour before washing the supper dishes. I like it. :)
The next day was the only day this week that I could be home all day so we made cupcakes and decorated them. It was grand fun. We made 24 big cupcakes and 6 mini ones....

 I told Rhoda that I don't feel like I have good teaching skills when it comes to things like this.But a few of them did turn out looking like they came straight from a cup cake shoppe! Yay!

I find days off to be exciting and usually relaxing.... sometimes to the point where I don't feel like I get anything accomplished.. ? But that's just reason to look ahead to the next weeks day off and decide what you will do that day. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't! Sometimes it is a relaxing repeat of the previous week! :)

Have a wonderful weekend folks! 
I'm excited 'cause I get to see my brother & sis-in-law this weekend! Yay!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

An accomplished surprise.

 You'll have to forgive the odd title. I say titles are the worst part of a blog post. Agreed? ----  I am a little behind in this post 'cause it was last weekend that my sister came and surprised us! It was grand! She came to the restaurant where we work & we had no idea she was coming, which is why I say it was an 'accomplished' surprise 'cause I have this thing for figuring out almost every time someone plans to surprise me.... it's awful I know.  It was great fun to have her here. We went on long walks & talked & talked....
Mom & us girls.
 If it weren't for her taking a few pictures I probably wouldn't have any because I'm not the picture taking sort like she is. :)
 Signs of spring growing beside the road...

Dorcas & Rhoda
 I just recently got myself a cake decorating set and was quite happy to use it for the first time. Dorcas had baked a cake so when I came home from work I decorated it. I learned that using part shortening instead of all butter when making a buttercream icing is important because when I went to make the roses the icing got really soft in my hand... 
 The finished product. I didn't feel like making a bunch of different colors so I just did green for the leaves & grass ('cause they wanted to see the grass :) ) It doesn't look like the most 'put-together' cake I have ever done but it was really good!

And because I have never posted a picture of Dorcas & her fine man Jacob I will post this one from the last time they were here... They make a great couple just sayin'...

Well folks this is all for today. Please have a lovely weekend!

Monday, March 10, 2014

It begins to feel like summer. Today....

....Was a beautiful day. The kind of day that makes everyone excited about summer. It was 80 degrees. Never mind that it's supposed to be in the 40's again on Wednesday.... We're talking about THIS day. It was the kind of day that brings invigorating spurts of motivation which is precisely why I went on 2 long walks up and down these hills. Once with the brother & once with the sister & both times with Sam & Lena! -the dogs- :)  Whats not to like about having a good workout right at the end of your drive? And I thought about a certain sister of mine who sometimes gets homesick for these hills and how that if she would come this summer we would go on long walks everyday...and talk... about things.... to the sister:  you know which one you are! 

 Rhoda & Sam.  She has a fonder liking of animals than me. Just sayin'.

 Rhoda & I. 
Today was also the day that the braces which were stuck to Rhoda's teeth for 2 years got to come off! Yay!! The first thing she did was eat popcorn & chocolate covered coffee beans.... I helped her. :)

 Buds on the maple tree in the front yard. I'm so excited for spring people!

 The beautiful night sky!  After supper Rhoda & I went out and did jumping jacks & jump roped... the latter didn't go so well for me but they say practice makes perfect! For which I am grateful!

This is the day that the Lord hath made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
Psalm 118:24