Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Out of the Mouth of Kate

Our Advent reading this morning was about Abraham and Sarah and God's promise to them that they would have a child.

The reading mentioned their advanced age and this was Kate's response......

Kate  "How can someone have a baby when they are 99 years old?"

Me  "That's why it's called a miracle!"

Kate  "Well that's a weird miracle!"

Callie and I got a good laugh and as usual, Kate asked what was so funny.  Which always makes me laugh harder.

Obviously, she still doesn't get the term "virgin birth"!!  LOL

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving~2016

I've missed seeing the things people are thankful for on Facebook this year.  I didn't do it either but I wanted to take the time here to make note of some things that I am thankful for.  It's always fun to look back and read them later in the year.

It has been a good month with a couple of extra fun things thrown in, plus Thanksgiving is always fun.

My Christmas cactus bloomed  a little early

We were very thankful that we were able to get together with some of the families we traveled to China with in 2006.  All the girls are about the same age, some just taller than others.  This December will be the 10 year anniversary of bringing our girls home.  We were hoping to get more of the group together, but we are quite spread out geographically and it just didn't work out. 

We had a beautiful day to go on a field trip with the co-op we belong to and a great guide who gave us a tour of the Rotary Jail in Crawfordsville.  It was very interesting and just a bit creepy.  Some gruesome things occurred when all body parts were not inside the bars and they rotated the cells.

We've had beautiful weather and although I'm ready to see some snow, I'm thankful for Cameron's mom's sake that it has been so mild so far.  We keep warning her about what's coming though and telling her she's getting off easy for her first November here. 

It has been a lot of fun having them close after all of these years.  Cameron stops by almost everyday and we see them at least once a week.   I am going to miss my mid-winter road trip south and our mini vacation.  They always spoiled us like we were at a bed and breakfast.  Cameron keeps telling them we are going to just spend a week at their house anyway.  But I think they would get a little tired of us and kick us out after a while! :)

We have much to be thankful for and even though there are hard days and not all of life is perfect, I try very hard to remind myself and the girls that we are so very blessed.

It's nice to have an official holiday to remind us all!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Autumn 2016

We have had the most amazing fall weather here in Central Indiana!  Normally by now there would have been a hard freeze, possibly snow flurries and maybe a lot of dreary, rainy days.   This year, we have had none of that yet!  I know it's coming and I'm okay with that because I do love the snow, but we have really enjoyed these extra days of sunshine to get in all our fall fun that we could.

Our pumpkins did really well this year.  It was the first time I planted pie pumpkins and we got several.  So far I have 6 cups in the freezer and I have about 4 pumpkins I still need to cook and get in there.  

Our tomato plants did well too.  They are still producing tomatoes!!!  In November!

Each time we've gone on an outing I've told the girls that this is probably the "last chance" that we are going to have because surely next week things will turn.  Then we actually will have another week of perfection.  Cold nights, mild days.  Ahhh.

The flowers are a little confused.  Some are black and "dead" for the winter while others are still blooming.

Several years ago on a blog, maybe Ginny's, I saw how to dip leaves in melted beeswax to preserve them for a while.  We have done it several times since then.  I love the way the beeswax smells and its fun to dip them.  A very quick, simple, but satisfying project.  We usually string them up and hang them in the window, but you could just pile them in a pretty bowl or tray.

Today was actually cold, wet and dreary, but really, it should be.  It was the perfect day for a little extra reading, dipping leaves and roasting potatoes and sipping hot chocolate.  

I think I'll put in a chic flick while I fold laundry and avoid the election news until tomorrow.  Hmm...You've Got Mail or Poldark?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Whatever Happens in Memphis, Stays in Memphis

Last week I went with my parents and youngest sister on a little road trip.  We went to see our cousin who is currently in Memphis with her husband and son, Cash.  They are there for Cash, who is being treated at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  

It was a great trip and they are one amazing couple!  They have a wonderful support system back home, 9 hours away, taking care of their other two boys while they are taking care of Cash and helping him get the best care possible.

We got a tour of the housing that has been provided for them and the hospital too.  It made me think when I grow up, I want to work at St. Jude :)  It was so awesome to see this place and to see other families who are there and being helped.   The Target house is so cool!!  Obviously these people would rather be in their own homes, but this is the next best thing!  

This fountain was sooo cool in real life.  The elephants are made of some sort of metal that almost looked like leaves or paper mache.

There were probably over a hundred of these pictures of elephants along the walls.  I don't remember the exact details, but the elephant is a symbol of hope and healing (I think that's what the sign said).  So famous people of all kinds either colored or drew their own versions of elephants.  I should have taken pictures of more of them.  Some of them were especially creative.

There is serious work being done there, but we had lots of fun too. 

 Someone might have gotten lost in a restaurant trying to find their way back from the bathroom. 

 Someone might have snored during the night and in the van. 

 Someone might have laughed until they almost...well, never mind.  

Someone might have told crazy lies to a two year old.  Like, "We can't ride the wagon right now because it needs a bath" and "you can't get down because there is space poop on the floor"!

Someone might have refused to share dessert.

And Someone spent several hours with a little boy who was slightly whiny and clingy so his wife could go out with her family.  {Thank you Andy}


So far Cash has been able to bounce back pretty well from each treatment.  He has many more to go so if you could keep Cash and his family in your prayers we would all appreciate it!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


As of two weeks ago, Callie is 17.  Seventeen!!!

She's all about cousins and friends, Starbucks when she has money to burn, goofing off with Kate, all things Marvel but especially "Bucky", her Daddy's flannel shirts, baseball caps, taking selfies (which she insists she's not doing), reading all kinds of books, taking pictures of her friends, watching as many movies as she can get away with, dreaming of trips to New York, Disney, California, and making videos.

Callie is generous, kind and just like most teenagers, she sometimes drives us crazy!  But she is stuck with us, like it or not.  We are so thankful for the excitement and laughter she brings to our lives.  We would be so bored and lost without her!

 Yes, she got a box of Kleenex for her birthday.  It has Captain America's picture all over it!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wednesday With Words {Mere Motherhood}

I read quite a bit this summer.  Thus the state of my garden! 

Oh well.

Very rarely do I order a book as soon as I hear about it.  Although, when I do, I usually blog about it so it might seem like I do it a lot, but I really don't.

As soon as I heard that Cindy Rollins had a book coming out I knew I wanted to read it as soon as possible.  For those not familiar with the name, Cindy is a mother of nine, home schooled them all and now writes and pod casts for Circe Institute.  She used to have a blog that was full of inspiration and the wisdom and perspective an older mom of many can pass on.  I had just found her blog a few months before she stopped and was pretty bummed.

So I ordered the book and I was not disappointed.  

While it is all good, all encouraging and filled with food for thought, I think my favorite part was in the very beginning in the authors note.

     "Some of you reading this look back on those early days of mothering through a long tunnel of memories, good times and bad.  Your now fashionable gray hair is well-earned.  In spite of all those surging new-mother hormones of love, you know now that motherhood is sanctification.  Perhaps way more sanctification than you ever bargained for.  It is not the kind of dust-bunny sanctification that makes a Facebook Meme.  There is no trite way to explain the heart-wrenching joys and sorrows you have seen.  There is no way to warn the mommy next door or your daughter-in-law.  It is a walk of joy that often includes the tearing off of the old dragon skin one painful layer at a time, made all the worse because you didn't even know you were wearing dragon skin.  No one ever does."  (emphasis mine)

Now, I'm not so far into this that I have fully grown children, old enough to be married.  Technically, I'm in the next group she mentions, "the middle years."  But I am far enough into it to understand what she means here.  I've realized that "tea parties don't cure sin."  I realize now that I absolutely can not be the "perfect mother" I thought I was going to be because I'm covered with dragon skin. Dragon skin I had no idea was there and was quite shocked to see.

I found this encouraging because it is so easy for me to put other mothers, especially those of large families, on pedestals.  "Look how sweet all 10 of her children are and I can't make two get along!"  Really, it's quite silly, I know.  To think those other families don't have issues, arguments,  disobedience, etc. going on in their home is so foolish!  But, that's what often runs through my head, especially if it has been a bad day.  So to hear that I'm not the only one with dragon skin just felt good!  Then there was this, "You are not alone.....God is real.  He is there.  He doesn't just love your children; he loves you.  I have been young, and now I am old, and I have not seen the righteous forsaken.  We do not write our own stories; we just think we do.  My story belongs to Jesus, so I already know that it has a happy ending."

And the book hadn't even begun!

There is much encouragement here and a lot of remembering what it was like raising nine boys and one girl.  I can't even imagine!  There is even an old, dilapidated farm house that made me quite thankful for mine!  I think any mom would enjoy reading Cindy's book.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Back To School

We have two sets of back to school pictures because I forgot the sign the first day! 

We had to make a last minute change to our First Day field trip since our partners in crime education came down with a nasty bug.  Since we have been to pretty much everything in the Indy area, I Googled Indiana fieldtrips and saw a listing for the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel.  It was inexpensive, not too far away and I was pretty sure both girls would find it interesting.  We did a little more walking than we bargained for on a very hot day since we either misunderstood directions or were given the wrong ones.  Who knows, but we had a great day anyway and checked out just a tiny bit of the Arts District in Carmel.  We shared some appetizers at a restaurant across the street that I knew Callie would love.  It is inside the original Carmel library, called Woody's Library Restaurant.  It was very good and there were books everywhere!  Perfect for the first day of school.

There is a great list of places to visit in Indiana here.