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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Arkansas trip, continued

Although Emeri goes to the private school on Monday and Wednesday, Tuesday and Thursday are for homeschooling.

Eli also joins in.  Getting ready for kindergarten. 
In our day, you learned these things in kindergarten. 
Emeri is learning things in 1st grade that I didn't learn until 3rd.

 Beautiful fall day!

My grandpa was a photographer and developed his own film in the cellar of their home.  I enjoy photography and my son is really good at it.  Emeri wants to do it too.  It really is a fun hobby!

 The kids have a guineau pig and gerbil that are kept at their grandparent's house next door.

Emeri cracks me up.  She found this ring.  
She is keeping it to give to her future husband!

Having a good time with the family in Arkansas!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Grandparents' Day

 I found out that Emeri was having Grandparent's Day and that meant a trip to Arkansas!  Al couldn't get away from work, but I packed up and headed down.

I found out that my friend Caryn and her husband were on their way back from Branson.  As I pulled into the gas station at Fredonia to take a little break, I noticed an RV in the parking lot.

 I pulled up behind it and noticed that it had Harvey county license plates!
I dialed Caryn's cell phone.
"Caryn, where are you?"
"Some small town....Fredonia, I guess."
"Look out the window."
"What?"  She looked out on the west side.
"I don't see anything.  What am I looking for?"
"Look out the other way."
I saw her in the window looking out and when she saw me (she thought I was back at home), she was so surprised!

We had a wonderful time visiting and it was just the break I needed!

By the time I got to Arkansas, the children were already in bed.
Josh, Staci and I visited for some time before going to bed ourselves.

The next morning, bright and early, I heard the pitter pat of little feet in the hallway.  I was so happy to see the children!  After breakfast, Emeri left for school and Josh and Staci went to work.  Eli and I had some time together and later in the morning drove up to Emeri's school.  For their grandparent's day, all the grandparents were invited to come and have lunch with their grandchildren.

Emeri's school is in a church.  She goes 2 days a week and the other days does home school in cooperation with this school.  It is a really neat program.

On the way to Emeri's classroom after lunch, we passed the entrance to the church.  I was pretty impressed with this big globe of the earth in the lobby!  (What do you think, Tami?)

 Recess time

Emeri was forever running.... 

Eli was bummed because he wore flip flops and it was hard to run on the mulch.

Run Run Run
 Run Run Run some more!
We said our byes to Emeri and went home for the afternoon.

That evening, we all decided to go to one of our favorite restaurants, Market Place!
Joby wanted to go too!  (Joby is named after Job, in the Bible.  He had a rough start to life and the kids adopted him.  He loves to be loved on and loves to get in the car!)

Eli making a silly face.  He's so happy with his mac 'n' cheese and sweet potato fries!
We used to come to Market Place back when Josh was in college at JBU.   And Staci used to be a waitress here in highschool!  

I love their bread!
You can see why!!

More about my time in Arkansas to come....

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall decorations

Already in September the grandkids wanted to decorate Nana's house for the fall.  I told them "Let's wait until October."   They patiently waited.  
Finally it was October and they were so excited to go to work!  I brought up the 2 boxes of fall decorations and explained that the Thanksgiving decorations would need to wait until November but we could begin putting out the others.
I found this little pumpkin frame at the #2 barn sale and put it out later.

My mother purchased this Duncan Phyfe coffee table when she was in college, 
back in the '40's, for her parent's anniversary.

 I love the diffuser.  The kids gave one to me several Christmases ago and I keep buying the refill at Ruzen's.  It is called Bergamot Tobacco.  It doesn't smell like tobacco.  But it is musky?  I don't know how to describe smells, but I just love it.  I have even found that I can refill the plug-in scent bottles with it!

I have put seasonal decorations on my Hutch ever since we purchased this at an auction many years ago. 

Thank you, Caroline, for the birdies that decorate my table!

 You can tell I love birds!

I got this idea at the barn sale too, using Scrabble tiles.  I purchased the little board for the tiles for $1!  I already had the tiles.  And I love putting the tiles by my little "punkins"!  Claire is there on another picture that didn't show.

They did a great job of deciding of putting out the decorations I thought!

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Recently my friend Connie celebrated her 60th!

Faith wore the bridesmaid dress that she wore at Connie and Terry's wedding!

A good time catching up with friends. 

Have a great year, Connie!!
Thanks for the fun party!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Yard work

We got a call early one day.
"Can you come help us with some yard work?"

 Happy to help!

Hannah likes to climb up high in the evergreen! 

 The girls decided to play sword fighting.

 The chrysalis of a praying mantis!

Adam decided Hannah is big enough to mow.

Sophia loves to wear her "glasses".  
She doesn't need real ones.
These are just plain glass.
Sometimes she puts them on the top of her head, like I do.
She tells me she is like me.

I think it is just so cute that she wants to be like me.  God wants us to be godly - to take on His values, His attitudes and character.  We are meant to  "take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you." (Ephesians 4:22 The Message)

She wants to be like me because she loves me.  Why?  Because I pour out my love for her! 

1 John 4:19We love him, because he first loved us.

 Christ loves us and because of our love for Him, we want to be like Him!  

And it takes a lot of pruning on His part!  Allow that!

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.'  John 15