Thursday, October 06, 2016


There was a time when I was if not addicted to at least enamored with blogging.
Life circumstances, as they do, changed and I lost my 'voice'.  A few feeble attempts were made to get things going without success.
So, here we go again.  After long neglect, let's see if we can get this thing running again.
I suppose I'm no busier than anyone else.  After all, I don't even have a job. Not a paying one anyway.
Here is what gets me out of bed in the morning:
  • Morning walks
  • Bible study ( a comfy couch, a cup of tea, a well worn Bible opened to the day's passage)
  • Hubby
  • A home I love
  • Children and grandchildren
  • Bible studies
  • Church
  • Other volunteer activities
These are the facets of my life that keep it, depending on the day, energizing, exhausting, real, gritty, fun, wonderful.
I love for my life.  I thank GOD for those He has given me, for a gorgeous place to live, great friends, solid church and so much more.
The days and weeks to follow will be reflections of and ponderings on these things.
I will head out in a minute to teach a Ladies' Bible study.  We are studying Hebrews.  Today's question, ' How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation (2:3).  We should have a lively discussion on this chapter!
Captured on this morning's. So blessed to have these views!

Monday, August 15, 2016


This fella is excited to meet his new baby sister this morning!
He was smart enough to be born on his daddy's 35th birthday.
His sister, not to be outdone, was born on Grandpa's 70th birthday!
We are so thankful and can't wait hold her!

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Happy birthday to hubby who has a rather significant birthday tomorrow.  It starts with a seven and ends with a zero.
So thankful we are healthy enough to serve the Lord together. To enjoy our growing family.  To watch our children follow God. And to go tromping around the woods. We've had some fun hikes lately.
We will have a quiet celebration with family after church, unless of course, grandchild #6 decides to be born on her grandpa's birthday ( her big brother was born on their daddy's 35th birthday, so we could have a tradition going on...).
If that happens?  I'm outta here.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Family migration

The family migration is in the works.  My brother-in- law arrived earlier this week and is settling in nicely to his super cute vintage home. I'll have to get permission to post pictures here.
The local kids move into their new-to-them home in two weeks.  Their current abode is filling with boxes.
The not-local kids who are soon to be local will be here in two weeks and two days.   Their  home is also piled with boxes.
So, I have had moving on my mind.  As far as I am concerned I am content to stay here until the day I die.  But having moved 3 times in the last 6 years, here are a few recommendations:
  • Stop shopping.  This is not the time to buy new stuff, or even old stuff.  You don't know if what you buy will fit in your new place or not.  So, just wait.
  • Stop grocery shopping.  When we moved from Tennessee back home to Wisconsin, I quit buying groceries at least a month before our moving date.  We ate up everything in the fridge, then the freezer, then the pantry. We only ate out a few times toward the end.
  • Boxes from the liquor store are great for packing glasses.  Sturdy with protective dividers.
  • As empty nesters, we could close off rooms as we finished packing them up.  We could also store other packed boxes in that room so we weren't tripping over them.
  • Purge.
  • Purge.
  • Purge.  You will thank me later.  Don't move stuff you don't like, don't need and didn't even realize you still had.
  • Start early.  Don't wait until the week before you leave to start.  That just adds unnecessary stress. I don't know about you, but I prefer to avoid stress.
Even if you are excited about moving, packing can be a chore.  By using the above tips you can make it a bit easier.


Trying a new blogging platform and hoping it is not a turkey!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Too soon old, too late smart

My dad has often quoted the title phrase to me.

Such truth there.

We are in the midst of Vacation Bible School.  I am working with 8 precious, adorable four year olds.

It was game time.  The game leaders encouraged the teachers to participate in the game.

"What could possibly go wrong?" I thought.

Well this:

Running down the field one of the four year olds tangled himself up in my legs.  That launched me into a head over heels somersault in which I knocked the other four year old down.   There were tears.  But I tried to be brave.

The little guy had a little scrape on his forehead.

I hurt my foot, my sternum.  AND my pride.  

And we didn't even win.

Today before game time, my scraped up four year old buddy eyed me with suspicion and pointedly asked, " The grown-ups aren't playing games today, are they? "

No sweetie.  I learned my lesson.