Friday, April 15, 2016


I don't have a huge back yard...but it's big enough.  Big enough for grandbabies to play in.  
Big enough to relax in.  Big enough to keep us really busy keeping up with it!!
It's big enough for growing too.  And blooming!

There's this gate in our yard that doesn't like to stay open.  There's also this pot.  
The pot has been around for years.  I don't even remember where it came from.  
It makes a really good "fence holder opener".  It's full of dirt and acorns.

It's also full of cracks.  This pot has been through hot Summer days, Autumn afternoons, 
blizzards in the Winter, and, ahhh, Spring time!  
It's been slid back and forth....and battered by small children and their toys.  
It's no wonder that it's full of cracks!

We should have thrown it out long ago.  
Sure glad we didn't, because this little plant thought it was 
the perfect place to bloom!  

I noticed it the other day.  Just growing happily right through the biggest crack in the pot.  It's certainly not the ideal growing location.  It's definitely not the prettiest pot it could be growing in.  But it's where the seed it's blooming right where it's planted!  
Hmmm....seems I've heard something like that before. 

Sometimes we're just called to bloom where we're planted.  
That can be harder than moving on to something new.  
Sometimes where you are is difficult.  But, where you are is never an accident.  
God himself put you there...with a lot of thought and care...and for a purpose.  

Blooming...and growing...out of a crack in a pot.  Not ideal surroundings!  
But don't let your surrounding stop you.  There's always purpose.   
This tough, little plant brought a smile to my face.  
I was delighted to see it thriving in spite of its surroundings.  
It made me happy!
See that!  A purpose!!

By the way...this sweet little plant is a Wild Violet.  
I looked it up online, and most websites call it a difficult or persistant weed.
I say "Bloom On" little weed!!  You're welcome here anytime!! 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, 
give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Monday, April 11, 2016

35 Years!

Today's the Day!
Happy Anniversary to Us!

I think it might be time to take a new photo.
This was taken a year ago....on a very windy day!
(when Penelope wants to differentiate between me and her other grandmother, 
she refers to me as the grandma with the "puffy hair".  Hmmmm.....I get it now!)

Sunday, April 10, 2016


We've had some interesting weather the past week...sunshine, rain, wind, 
a little snow, hail, sleet...a little bit of everything.
The windy weather resulted in a bit of disruption around the yard.  
The Oak trees withstood the wind.  I mean look at those roots!  
But they did lose quite a few small branches and lots of twigs.   
I think a windy day might be God's way of doing some pruning!

In addition to the "pruning" a bunch of stuff got blown around.  
Some of the "littles" toys, all those twigs and branches, some potted plants.  
One day the wind was so strong it blew a couple chairs across the deck.

This particular pot didn't get blown around.  By the looks of it, it barely budged. 
It's not that heavy so I was a little curious about its ability to stand so firm.

This potted tree has been sitting in this spot for a long time.  So long that the tree roots have grown out of the holes, in the bottom of the pot, right into the ground!  The tree is a good bit larger than when I first received it.  I don't know if you can tell in the photo, but there's a lot of new growth on this little tree.  It looks really healthy...color is good...and it's really sturdy.  
Firmly rooted.  Deeply rooted, considering its size.
It's growing, it's healthy. It seems strong. Probably has a lot to do with the deep roots. 
I think there might be a message there....

Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done.
Colossians 2:7

Monday, October 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Katie!

Sure hope your day is special in every way!!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Michigan Part Three

The food and the shopping were definitely a high point of our trip to Michigan in August...but it truly was all about the people.  Family to be exact!




From my Mom to the youngest great-grandchild we number forty-five!  Thirty two of us were together on the Saturday we were there...including nine of her great grandchildren.  Not bad for a trip that wasn't planned months in advance!



Just sitting around and visiting was such fun.  But the very best time was had by six of the great-grandchildren (and my brother, my daughter, and me)!  My brother John does the best stuff with his grandchildren!!  While we were visiting he took them on an adventure...a treasure hunt to be exact. Lucky Charlotte got to join in!  So did Katie and I...I'm not sure who was the most excited!!

She can't take her eyes off the map!

The adventure begins...

She was SO excited!

The first X.

Vincent found an X.

This adventure was hard work.

Digging for treasure.

X marks the spot!

The lot next to Papa's house was just made for adventures!

Sebastian carefully filled up the hole.

MacKenzie is wondering exactly what treasure is hiding in those bags they dug up.

The adventure has ended.

Our treasure seekers were victorious!!

Passing out the bounty.

Squirt guns for everyone!!!

This adventure involved a map, shovels, multiple Xs, and the aforementioned treasure.  The participants, besides those already mentioned, included Bella, the adventure guide; Sebastian, the designated digger; and Abigail, McKenzie and Vincent who, like Charlotte, were treasure seekers!

This group had a blast following the map, finding the "X", and then digging up the treasure....and what a treasure it was!  Squirt guns for all!  Including Lulu and Noah too!  Papa John is the best!!




Before the family gathering ended we managed to get some fun photos of my Mom and those great-grandchildren wasn't easy, but it was fun! 

My mom with nine of her fourteen great grandchildren.

Sweet treats!

A photo of the photographers...Ha!

We love you GGma!