Thursday, November 26, 2015

She was Surprised!

Austin came bearing gifts ~ Amy got a bag full of goodies & a beautiful promise ring!  We are excited to see the Lords plan for these 2 work out in His timing.

And the brave boy gave her the ring in front of many witnesses ~ 3 of her brothers, a sister in law, Greg and I, her Granny and his parents. 

Lots to be thankful for this year!

new relationships
fun times with friends
sharing meals
a young man who talked to her daddy

Thursday, November 19, 2015

One More Week!

One more week till Thanksgiving!  We are excited to be hosting the family for our first Thanksgiving in our new home.  The menu is planned and the shopping list is written & some of the stuff if purchased.

Our menu will be ~

Turkey (Greg's job)
Honey Baked Ham (thanks Mom)
Green Beans
Sweet Potato Casserole
Macaroni & Cheese
Dressing & Gravy (cooked in a pan, not in the bird)
Cranberry Sauce
Rolls (Sister Shubert makes some really good ones!)
Soft Drinks

Desserts ~
Spice Cupcakes (Amys yummy recipe)
Pies (Mrs. Edwards is making these!)

Afternoon munchies ~
provided by my sister

I am praying for sunny weather, so folks can wander outside if they choose.  Greg's got 1/2 his garage set up for tv watching and the wii game system.  We've got the pool table set up for games.  And loads of toys on the backporch for our grandsons to play with.  I am sure the living room tv will be showing football all day & into the weekend. 

And Amy is just a tad bit excited that Austin and his parents are coming on Wed. and staying through the weekend. 

Thankful for ~

a new home to enjoy
a new oven and cooktop for our Thanksgiving preparations
good sales for groceries
black Friday ads that are leaked early
help with the meal

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thankful ~


I am thankful for ~

*the Lords guidance, protection, love, care, & blessings for the past 19 years
*for the men & women who stepped in & helped with my children
*for the Scout leaders the boys had from Tiger Cubs to Eagle Scouts
*for the many expressions of love toward my family through the years
*for the blessing of our homeschooling journey & the completion of the journey
*for the joy of the "next" generation with the birth of Bitty Buddy (Aiden)
*for friends that stayed friends through difficult trials
*for refining fire & strengthen faith through those trials
*for the blessing of a man who married a childhood friend & became an awesome Daddy to her children
*for my Mom
*for James
*for Allen
*for Amy Lynn


19 years ago, I had no idea how just the next day would work, let alone the next week, or month, or year or decade.  The Lord was faithful, always provided, always loving.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Thankful for the "Next" Generation!

We are to the wonderful stage of grandparent-hood!  Lots of loving and spoiling when we are around the babies.  And I am blessed to be the great aunt of 4 awesome kids! 

The header picture was taken at Katie's baby shower in October ~ this is the only decent one out of about 20!  Decent as in ~ no fingers in mouths, eyes open, all in one frame, etc. I will show y'all the wiggly pictures later in the post.

L-R are: Grandson Aiden, Great Niece Hailey holding Great Nephew Daniel, then Grandsons Thomas, Alvin & Robert (brothers). 

Thankful for ~
family time
4 grandsons
1 great niece
3 great nephews (Haileys older brothers aren't in the picture above)
being closer to family
digital cameras ~ so you can pick & choose pictures
an automatic flash!  (who remembers those little Kodak cube flashbulbs?)
special occasions
in laws & out laws

Now more pictures ~

love the way Aiden is checking out Daniel!

I think Daniel poked him in the eye ~ guess its payback for Aiden poking him earlier.

6 bundles of Joy
1 princess & her little princes

Aunt Jennifer meets Alvin

Mommy ~ Alvin looks like he's had enough excitement

Great Granny & great grandson #4

Auntie Amys old doll stroller is getting a workout!

Aiden grudgingly stopped playing for a picture!

Amy's awesome Minion cupcakes for the shower!

2 generations of cousins! my niece Megan, son Allen, & her son Daniel

l-r my cousin Mandy (sitting), Megan holding Daniel, Hailey, niece Becky (Megans sister & Haileys mom), & Granny

best box of the day!

Minion hats from Aunt Mamie, my sister in law Lorrie is to the right of Robert

Mamie did good with this gift ~ this boy loves minions!

Daniel loved playing with cousin Allen ~ Aiden wasn't too excited to share his daddy

Aunt Donna & Hailey ~ this girl loved Amys bunnys and the chickens!

sketti faces at dinner!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Mom had her 2nd knee replacement yesterday -

We are thankful for...

Current technology that makes this surgery possible
Doctors, nurses, technicians that have cheerfully attended to her needs
Just a 2 night hospital stay
Her many visitors today
Caring, praying friends and family
Few unpleasant side affects
Pain meds
Being in georgia to help care for her
A family that can carry on, even with me away
Safety getting to the hospital yesterday in rainy, Monday morning traffic
The Lord's protection over her surgery and healing process

Friday, October 30, 2015

Lots of Apples

When we purchased a bushel of apples ~ it didn't look that big in the baskets.  But that was a lot of apples....and they may have multiplied on the way home.  

Of the bushel ~ 1/2 granny smith and 1/2 winesap ~ about 15 or so were eaten.  And the rest are stored in jars to be enjoyed this winter & beyond ~ or used as gifts.

We've got 11 jelly jars & 17 pints of apple jelly. There is probably another jelly jar size of jelly in my fridge stored in Tupperware ~ I ran out of the small jars. Also, 7 quarts & 5 pints of apple slices ready for apple crisp.  There is also 2 large Tupperware containers (cereal keepers) absolutely full of apple pulp from making the juice for the jelly, that I will make into apple butter. 

The apple pulp containers are frozen for a time in the future when I have time to figure out how to make apple butter.  I would imagine it would be about the same process as the pear butter I made but with lots more cinnamon.

The jelly is made from the recipe included in the boxed fruit pectin.  We are crediting the success of the jelly to using the powdered pectin that we bought in New York from the Amish Bulk grocery store.  I am totally thrilled that every jar sealed and every jar jelled ~ no runny jelly! 

my sister bought me the cool green lids & rings and blue lids & rings!

yummy in a jar ~ I used 1/2 water and 1/2 unsweetened apple juice for the liquid

jelly ready to be stored in the pantry
Thankful for

apples ~ one of my favorite fruits
Amish bulk powdered pectin
every jar sealing & jelling
the 5 apples trees Greg bought to start our own orchard
help with slicing the apples from Greg & Amy

I also shared this post at Farmgirl Friday bloghop ~

Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Right now, its cold and nasty and rainy outside.  Perfect day (yesterday & today) to work on inside projects, drink hot spiced tea and hot chocolate, and cuddle under quilts.

Now that our doggies flea infestation is eradicated, we've let them come in to warm up too.  My sewing room has been puppy proofed so that no fabric will be damaged due to a hiked leg from Chip or Oreo.  Amy has started training because they have forgotten how to act inside ~ cheerios are the treat.  Licorice enjoyed sitting in my lap today while I was at the embroidery machine.

Our crockpot has been getting a workout.  The convenience of putting dinner in it in the morning and then having it cooked by dinnertime is great.  Today its cooking one of Gregs favorite soups ~ split pea.  The recipe came out of my "Fix it and Forget it" cookbook.

Gregs got our bedroom painted and the pool table is put together and in the sunroom.  Which caused some rearranging of what was already out there.  He has worked hard on the garage.  About 1/3 of it is now his 'man cave".  It contains a sofa, 2 easy chairs, coffee table, tv and WWii system.  That section of the garage has been insulated, pictures hung and on one wall there is pegboard for tool storage. 

Yesterday, he deleted everything off the laptop that is for the embroidery machine and reinstalled windows and the embroidery software.  I haven't been able to use the machine since we moved because the laptop and machine weren't communicating.  I am thankful to have a handy, computer literate husband.

Amy and I are ready for Thanksgiving ~ me because everyone will be here and we will have lots of fun.  Her because Austin will be here and they haven't seen each other since August~  He and his parents are coming for the holiday & weekend.  We will all be volunteering for 2 shifts at the Operation Christmas Child center here in Atlanta.  Amys brothers and sisters and Granny are anxious to meet this young man. 

Blogging 2 days in a row!  I hope the 6 folks that read this blog are excited! 

Thankful for ~

no more fleas
cooler weather
Amazon prime music (Manheim Steamroller was sewing music today)
hot tea and hot chocolate
warm clothes
at home days