Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Who in their right mind would get a seven week old puppy right before they leave for a week long vacation? Two things we never (well, almost never) do: go on vacation and get puppies. We're doing both, back to back! Unbelievable!
Thankfully I have a good friend who also isn't in her right mind and has offered to be a foster parent for the week. We hate to leave our baby, but know she'll be in good hands!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

They look innocent enough!

Just don't let your guard down!

I had the most wonderful time Sunday afternoon, hiking through some of God's awesome creation! All the elements were present for the perfect fall day--crisp dry leaves to walk barefoot through, friends and family to walk with, encouraging conversation and the beauty of the earth--rolling hills, meandering streams, waterfalls and majestic trees!! We hiked all afternoon and I vainly thought that I must be in pretty good shape, a myth that was dispelled before our vehicle even reached our home driveway---I was wiped out!! But it was so worth it!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Of Coons and Bargain Shopping!

On Friday I headed to Dubuque to pick up my sister in law to do some birthday celebrating shopping. When I arrived in Dubuque, my brother came outside to let me know he had a special present for me in his garage! Imagine my excited anticipation! Upon entering the garage, I was met with the sight of a rather LARGE raccoon in a live trap! Drew said he thought I could tame her without too much effort! I'm sure he was thinking back to the time I had a pet coon name Gus (see above), but apparantly didn't remember that Gus turned rather aggresive in his last days with me, climbing on the dining room table and planting himself in the middle of the pizza that was meant for supper, and eventually giving me a good, hard bite through my finger! Even though this one had already damaged the live trap, Drew was confident that Beth and I would have no trouble putting it in the trunk and releasing her in the country on our way to shopping! Due to possible laws that may have been broken, I'll end my account here.

To sum up: We had a wonderful day of adventure and thrift shopping!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My Grandma Once Said....

"You've never been smiled at 'til you've been smiled at from behind a pacifier!"

Monday, October 13, 2008

Of Pioneer Days and Deer Hunting

We recently had the opprotunity of joining a homeschool group for 'Pioneer Day' which involved candle making and buttermaking, tin can lanterns, string games and other various activities! It was a beautiful fall day and we had a great time with friends old and new!
And on the homefront, Grant had a successfull early morning hunt!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunday Sightings with New Camera!

On the way to church...
While at church...

on an evening walk...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Great Grandma

Recently we attended a Family Reunion on my grandmother's side of the family. Grandma is 90 years old and an incredible woman. She is intensely dedicated, loyal and supportive of her family. I only hope to attain to the mental sharpness that she has held onto and cultivated through a love of learning, always interested in what is going on in the lives of others, and the world around her!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Thursday, July 31, 2008

"Results! Why, man I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work."
Thomas Edison

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Happy Birthday Luke!

Yesterday, Luke celebrated his first birthday as a Married Man!
Happy Birthday Luke!
Anna made a delicious white cake with chocolate frosting and even managed to get ALL the candles on it! An even bigger feat was lighting all those candles!
Luke made quick work of blowing them out and we all enjoyed cake and ice cream!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

4th of July!

We celebrated Independence Day with a great group of friends and family! We had a wonderful day filled with good food, including fried chicken and an abundant amount of delicious dishes prepared by our guests! ... Yard games...bocce ball, bean bag toss, and volleyball....and then as night fell the men entertained us with an awesome display of fireworks

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Spring Into Summer......... produce..........root beer floats on the porch..........

.........shadows on the field............................clover bouquets................

Monday, June 9, 2008

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Quote of the Day

"I'm Just Glad to Be Back In the Park!"

Thursday, May 15, 2008

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven"

Ecclesiastes 3

Monday, April 7, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008


We got the idea from 'Bend the Rules Sewing' book and Goodwill provided the perfect set of sheets. We made this for the little cousins out east as a late Christmas present!

Friday, January 4, 2008