Monday, June 29, 2009

a favorite spot


"Everyone needs their own spot.” Robert Whalem


Mr. E has a favorite spot. . . his hunting land.


He loves to ride the trails, watch for deer and look for places to situate his next deer stand.

Yesterday I stated (to everyone’s surprise!) that I’d like to go along to “the land” and drive the Ranger.

So that’s what we did.


Mommy drove and therefore, as Mr. E. stated, . . “Little A assumed the crash position!”


Mr. Z was quite proud to drive the ATV.


The rain cut our ride short.

But a fun time was had by all.


We are minus two kids who are away at camp this week.


Yes, it is quieter around here.

I know they are having a good time.  And we will hear all about it throughout the year ahead.

Happy Monday!


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Want to cool off? Try this. . .

A watering can could do the trick!



Or how about bobbing for apples?



Just a few suggestions for you on this warm summer day.

Happy Thursday!



Tuesday, June 23, 2009

a hot one

92 degrees

Perfect day for a little sundress.

Don’tcha think?


Enjoying the warmth of summer.

(And thankful for the A/C!)

Happy Tuesday,


Sunday, June 21, 2009

20 year anniversary and Happy Father’s Day!

I’m a few days late with this post but I couldn't let our 20th anniversary came and go without some sort of recognition.

It was Friday, June 16, 1989

Canoga Park, California. 

I had my dream come true wedding.

Mr. E. thought a church ceremony followed by ham buns in the basement would’ve been great.

But this gal had been planning her wedding since age 12 and had a few more ideas to celebrate in mind!

And here we are. . . 

20 years,

six kids,

a few pounds :),

much laughter,

a few tears,

some sickness

but thankfully more health,




















As I wrote in my note. . .

I still feel right at home. . . with you.

Your love for Him. . .brings me peace.

I love you more today. . .than I did 20 years ago.



And Happy Father’s Day to my Dad. . .

the one who walked me down the aisle. 

This is one of my very favorite pictures:


What a moment!

I know my Dad loves me.

I know my Dad will always be there for me/ for us.

And for that I am truly grateful.


I think we should’ve bought him a pair of slippers!


But he loves these. . .they’re all broken in and have miles of good tread left!!

That’s my dad!!

Happy Father’s Day Sunday!


Friday, June 19, 2009


Well, it was a first.

It happens to most folks my age.

You know. . . forty something and suddenly you’re pulling reading material farther away from your face.

So it was for me this morning.

While having some quiet time before getting Little Miss A out of her crib. . .

I had to reach for those “readers” the doctor mentioned.


Precious, huh? 

Youthful? Not!

Effective? Yes!

Another sign of the inevitable aging process.

On the up side. . . .being in my 40’s means I’ve seen

God’s goodness, faithfulness, protection, healing, leading. . . over and over.

I was reading in Exodus how God performed miracles to increase the faith of Moses

so he would reveal the mightiness of God’s power to others.

May I be a more faithful servant as the years go by. . . and proclaim His

mighty works which He has done in my life . . . to others.

Well, Little A is now awake and ready to roll!!


Time for me to do the same.

Happy Friday!

Your forty-something, reader’s around her neck, friend,



Monday, June 15, 2009

Welcome Summer

"Summer afternoon - summer afternoon;
to me those have always been the two most
beautiful words in the English language."
-  Henry James
I think it has fiiiinally arrived.
S.U.M.M.E.R. . . . We welcome you with open arms.
The boys are fishing.
fish2                Above pictures courtesy of Grandma.  Mr. A was the lucky one to go fishing with Grandpa and Grandma today.


Miss A and I are playing in the yard. (Yes, she took a little tumble and cut her lip yesterday.)
The sun is shining. 
The humidity is low.
Thankful for a beautiful summer afternoon.
Happy Monday!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Summer Fun

Mr. E. has forever dreamed of taking the boys camping.

This weekend is their first adventure.

Lots of STUFF. . . Lots of excitement. . . (thankfully) Lots of sunshine in the forecast.


Little Miss A is content to stay home with mommy.

Mommy is glad to stay home. . . I like my own comfy bed!


Happy summer weekend!



Monday, June 8, 2009

Simple Woman’s Daybook

simple-woman-daybook-large FOR TODAY Monday, June 8
Outside my window...the rain continues to fall and it’s only 50 degrees!

I am’s a good day to get my indoor late spring cleaning projects tackled.

I am thankful for...a husband who loves God.

From the learning rooms...we’re still finishing a few studies and I’m beginning to organize and plan for next year while my brain is still in “school gear”.

From the kitchen...French toast was the request for lunch today.  Request granted.

I am wearing...jeans and a brown short-sleeve shirt.

I am creating...bridal shower invitations and a flower girl dress.

I am stay home on this rainy Monday.

I am reading...the new issue of Real Simple magazine.

I am doesn’t rain this weekend for a fun camping adventure my husband has planned with 3 of the boys.

I am hearing...the sound of the falling rain and the kids playing downstairs.

Around the house...sheets are getting washed and closets cleaned and re-organized.

One of my favorite things...was looking out the window today and seeing a doe and her new fawn.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Dentist apt., golf lessons, last of the homeschool sports co-op, and a graduation party.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

This is a picture I took at my in-laws home.  What a pretty view out their living room window, huh?


Go to Peggy’s blog HERE to create a Daybook of your own!

Happy Monday!


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Shells Galore!

Grandma loves to go to Florida, with Grandpa, during the cold winter months.

Grandma LOVES to collect shells on the beach in Florida.

Grandpa loads BOXES AND BOXES AND BOXES of Grandmas’ shells into the car before heading home.

Grandma is C.R.E.A.T.I.V.E.

Grandma brought a small sampling of her shells to our house to teach the kids a fun craft project.


shells + picture frames


+ excited & interested kids =


very cool decorative picture frames!


Thanks Grandma!


The kids were very proud of their work.

It was a fun day.

Happy Saturday,


Friday, June 5, 2009



This is what you get when you ask your 9 year old to use the Scott’s spreader to fertilize the lawn.

He made his turns too wide.

Mr. E laughed hysterically when I showed him our beautifully striped lawn.

We try our hardest to create a nice lawn.

And when it finally turns green. . . it has STRIPES!!

Happy Friday,


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

buzz cut

It’s that time again.

Or as Oma would say:  “Run for your lives boys. . . mom’s got the buzzer!”




Love my clean cut boys!

Happy Wednesday!


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I Heart Faces – Happy Birthday!


Kids Entry:



Go to I Heart Faces HERE to see other entries.

Happy Tuesday!