Thursday, May 14, 2015

More May Birthdays

Today is Charlotte's 7th birthday!

When did this happen?  Why does she look so grown up?
She is such a sweet little girl...kind and generous and growing up way too fast!  
I love this photo of Charlotte and Lulu...the expression on Charlotte's face is so pretty. 

This past year (which included 1st grade) has been a wonderful adventure for her!  
She's learning so fast!  I love seeing her interested in reading.  
It's becoming a favorite thing to do.
Happy birthday Charlotte...I hope you do lots of favorite things today!!  
Grandpa and I love you so much!! Happy birthday sweet girl!!

Charlotte and Lulu (who just had a birthday on the 8th) will be celebrating their 
birthdays this coming Sunday.  It's going to be great fun!

Today is also my oldest son's birthday. 

It's the first birthday he'll be celebrating since he and his family moved to Texas.  
He's only been gone for two weeks, but somehow it seems like forever. 
I miss him a bunch! I miss them all!

We sure hope Texas is treating you right Kevin!!  
Have a wonderful, filled with fun birthday!!
We love you!!

P.S. Texas is lucky!

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Big "Littles"

Yesterday I shared a photo of my family...all fifteen of us!  
We took it about two weeks before Kevin and his family moved to Texas.  
This week I'll be sharing some other photos we took the same day.  
All I can say is "what a bunch we are"!!

The Big "Littles"!  I LOVE photos of these three together. 
Cousins and the best buddies.  Close in age and closer in friendship.
Elijah was born in January of 2008, Charlotte in May of 2008, 
and Penelope in March of 2009.  
I wondered when grandchildren would come, and then to have three 
within 14 months was amazing!

I'm going to make it a priority to ask them to pose together every opportunity 
we have.  And I know they're going to want to do it...look how happy they are 
to be together!!  It'll be a little difficult now...but I can hope!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

Forty years ago today I became a mother.
This is Ronny...born May 10, 1975.
Ronny passed away, from SIDS, on September 15, 1975.

The next two photos were taken on September 10th. I took him to Federals Department Store to have his four month photos taken.  I wasn't planning on being in any of the photos...but the photographer was very persistent.  Five days later Ronny was gone.  About two weeks after that my mother, my sister, and I went to pick up the photo package.  I am forever grateful for that persistent photographer!

I'm also forever grateful for my mom....several years ago she put together photo albums for my brothers, my sister, and me.  These three photos of Ronny are on one of the pages in the album. I'm pretty sure it was difficult for her to put this page together, but probably not as difficult as it was to pick up the photo package with me all those years ago.  Forever grateful Mom.....for lots of things!

Here's my mom. With my fifth "baby".
I moved away from Michigan (where my mom lives) before Mandy was born.  
But, even though they're miles apart, they're close. They pick up right where they left off.  
(often over a mess of stuffed cabbage or a game of Scrabble!)
My mom has never let distance interfere with knowing her grandchildren (she has fourteen!), and I know she desires the same with her great-grandchildren (she has fourteen of those as well!)
It's a little harder now...since family is in four different states, but we'll make it work!!

I love you Mom! 
Thank you for being everything I've needed a mom to be.
Thank you for loving me.  
Thank you for loving my children and their children.
I hope you have a wonderful day!
You are in my thoughts and my prayers always.

My grandchildren have mommys to be grateful for too!
Happy Mother's Day to Katie, Johanna, and Jacqi!!

Look what else I have to be grateful for...
A group photo of all fifteen of us!!
I'll have to share more photos from this photo shoot. 
Not only was Jacqi in the photos...she was the photographer too!
We captured it all!!

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Today is Jacqi's birthday...she's celebrating it in Texas this year.

We hope you have an excellent day Jacqi!! 
We love you and miss you!

Fletcher, Jacqi, Penelope, and Kevin

Friday, May 8, 2015


May is a busy birthday month in our family.
Guess whose birthday is first?!

Happy Birthday to our Little Lulu...
AKA Louisa Marguerite.

Today she's two years old...hardly seems possible.  
But on the other hand, it's difficult to remember life before her! 
We love her so much!

Have a wonderful day sweet girl!
We hope you enjoy every minute of least as much as you enjoyed this Apple juice!!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

National Day Of Prayer

“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” – Psalms 11:3

"Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is
praying in your presence this day."
1 Kings 8:28

for more information.

For many Americans, every day is a day of prayer. More than half (55%) of Americans said they pray every day, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, while 23% said they pray weekly or monthly and 21% said they seldom or never pray. Even among those who are religiously unaffiliated, 21% said they pray daily. Women (65%) are more likely than men (46%) to pray every day. Older people (60%) are more likely than younger adults (45%) to say they pray daily.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


Our Lilac bush is putting on a splendid display this year!  
It's especially nice if you're really tall.  
We need to re-think our pruning plan because most of the growth is 
6 to 10 feet above the ground. 
There's not a whole lot happening below that level...

But otherwise, these blooms are amazing...and the scent is divine!!

I think we had about 6 blooms last year...makes me kind of nervous about cutting this back at all.  But it would be nice if the "littles" could see these pretty blooms! 
Guess I'll be visiting THIS WEBSITE and doing a bit of studying!!