Love the Lord your God, listen to His voice and hold fast to Him, for the Lord is your life! Deut. 30:20

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A trip to California

After Mom moved out of her duplex on the Kidron campus and into health care, I still was not sure about leaving on our planned trip to California.  Al had a hospital pharmacists convention and I enjoy going along.  He'd asked me several months ago if I'd go.  I even hesitated then, saying I was worried about my parent's health.

I knew Mom was in good hands and she insisted that I not cancel this time with my husband.  We said our byes and knew that our daughters, Jill and Mindy would check in on Mom and so would my brother and his wife.

I have to admit I over-packed.  I wanted options.  My mother would have been dissappointed in me. Ha!  Mom's rule of thumb has always been "Pick out what you want to take, then put 1/2 of it back in the closet."  She believes in traveling light.  I get that, but I didn't do it.

I heard of one lady on a tour-guided trip to the Holy Land who took a pair of geans and 2 red shirts and a couple "wash over-night" undies.  Since they were different places every day, it didn't matter. And since she was wearing red, everyone always knew where she was or if she was missing.  Easy to fly with hardly any luggage!

Usually when we go to a pharmacy conference, we try to get very nice hotels.  This year they were booked early and so we just got a plain-jane hotel.  But it was ok.  Do you see that outside the window?!  I love palm trees!!  I love tropical weather!!

While Al was at meetings, I worked on several projects.  Time just zipped by and I didn't get everything done that I wanted to.

On the last day in Annaheim, we knew we just had to go to


I wish we could have had our grandchildren along!!  I did the next best thing - I wore my grandchildren necklace, so they were with me "in spirit".

The first thing we did at the park was take a train ride all around the park.
Isn't he just an adorable little man?

  We hopped on a trolley next.

 A lot of little girls wore princess dresses.
We were in fairy-tale land!

We weren't on any time agenda so decided to do everything we could.  I wanted to go on rides that I remembered from when I was 8 years old!

This teen is enthralled with this family outing.


More to come....

Sunday, December 14, 2014


We have been having some  breath-taking mornings!  As my friend, "Pastor Steve" would say, "It's glorious!"  Yes, it is!  As I like to say, "God gives us a new painting each day!"

Recently I heard a lot of commotion outside.
 In the field to the north, there was an assembly going on.  LOTS of Canada geese....and one sole snow goose
 In the nearby birch I heard a blue jay scolding.  I don't think he appreciated all the geese.

Yesterday I saw a flicker pecking at the willow tree.

Another morning, it was drizzly and I caught the raindrops on the willow.

Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew,
 like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
Deut. 32:2

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Art

When the grandchildren were here for Thanksgiving, I thought it would be fun to do an art project.  I had some leftover canvas.  I got on Pinterest and got an idea.  Pinterest is loaded with great ideas!


Claire was napping when we were doing the older kids' so she worked on hers afterwards.

Such fun!  And when the paint is dry, they can add red fingerprint ornaments!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Birdie

My friend, Mary Ellen, has written several children's books.  One of them is called The Christmas Birdie.

The Christmas Birdie by Mary Ellen Tippin

Last year, she got the idea about putting it into a musical.  She enlisted the help of many friends -       Dunri, who runs Angel Feet Dance studio,
Marilyn, who is a composer and is a tremendous musician!!
Caryn and I to do props,
Diane and several others to do costuming.
Hearts 4 Him and several other musicians.
Dr. Michael Donnelly, an associate professor of English at K-State to do the narration.

We all put lots of effort into it and it turned out wonderfully, I think!

Caryn decided to paint a little lost sheep - all alone.  (yet not, because the Shepherd has His eye on him)  It was not part of the Christmas Birdie story.  Just a part of a story we talked about as we painted.

The story is about a little bird named Flit who gets knocked out of the sky by a stone from a sling shot and is left behind when his family migrates south.  But what starts out as a disaster turns into Flit witnessing the birth of the most important person who has ever lived! The night God came to earth!  You can order this book on-line or in some Christian bookstores and read it year after year!

"Leaves" for the spring trees.

This is a nest that my grand daughters and I worked on.  We began with cattle fencing that Al and I bent into a circle shape.  Then we wove branches and twigs back and forth all over the frame.  I loved the final nest!

 Our family arrived for the play early.

I could only watch the play from back stage since Caryn and I were some of the prop people who moved the props between scenes.

Mama Birdie with Flitty, Twitty, and Itty Bitty.

Angel chorus appearing to the shepherds.

Here are Mary and Joseph - I borrowed this picture.  Aren't they cute?

I am so proud of Mary Ellen and give God the thanks for the talent He has given her!

Monday, December 8, 2014

A few more pictures

This week has been so busy with getting the house decorated for Christmas and also my mother's place.  And then the unexpected turn of events leading to my  mother's move.  So I haven't been able to post all the pictures from Thanksgiving.  Here are a few Josh took.

The kids put on a Thanksgiving play for us:

  Hannah spent much of the afternoon, between practicing for this play, designing the program for it!

A very good Thanksgiving play!