..so there is a meme going around where you take a letter per day and blog about something in your life starting with that letter... May 1st... letter A.... here we go..
They are sort of hard to see but there are TONS of apples on our apple trees this year. We were worried that the frost would have gotten them, but some how they survived. If the deer and junebugs, hail and beetles stay away we should have a good crop.
Last week I spent time with the grandbabies. Ethan is home from the hospital finally, he is tiny but growing.... Mom and Dad are doing well... brother Wyatt is teething and had a double ear infection...but over all... everyone is good.
I'll leave you with with a little something to melt your heart:
Next week Wyatt will be a big brother! Hard to believe! I have been able to hang out with him more then usual so his mama can go to doctor appts.... I don't mind! This is how he wakes up in the morning... If we all did, there would be no need for coffee!
My brother Joel, sister in law Laura, Kathy, Jeremy , Wyatt, Chris and I helped Mom celebrate her 78th birthday. She had good moments, and sad moments. Alzheimer is an awful disease. she is being given excellent care and we can ask for nothing more.
Chris and I were in the mood for shrimp and grits . Unfortunately they are not in the budget...and nowhere local has it. why did I never investigate how easy this southern dish was to make.... where have I been??
My Dad in law had given us a bag of grits from Julia's Pantry to try... I give these 2 thumbs up.... go get you some!
and because we have the new grandbabe making an appearance next week, I worked to finish this crocheted stuffie! It turned out so cute that I am going to make a couple more for a few other babies in my life!
Continue to pray for my Mom in law. This last infusion was a bit harder to shake. Also pray for my daughter in law Kathy as she prepares this week for the new baby.
I can not begin to tell you how refreshing our trip was to Richmond over the weekend. We had enough points to get a free room, and so we packed as much as we could into 30 hours. With only 2 hours of travel time, we left early, grabbed breakfast on the way , and drove directly to the Civil War Museum along the Canal...
It was pouring down rain.... yet we grabbed an umbrella and was greeted by a canon demonstration at Tredegar, the Iron Works building.
We followed that up with a stroll through exhibits, a talk, and a 3 d exhibit of artifacts.... these are brilliant!
Then it was a walk along the canal.... in the pouring rain.. to meet up with a few others for a 2 or so mile hike through the city tracing Lincoln's journey to the fallen city of Richmond in 1865. The tour Guide, Mike Gorman, a historian who has done a ton of research on the subject, and even was a consult to Spielburg in the movie " Lincoln", did a wonderful job leading our merry little band up hills, through buildings ( thank you VCU), and back to Shopoe Slip with facts and landmarks of Lincoln's visit with his son Tad.
Two and a half hours later, we walked the mile or so back the car and chanced upon some reenactors teaching the Virginia Reel. We joined in and had a blast! We were actually very good! ...but very tired...
still we toured the Iron Works, then hopped in the car to eat at Village Cafe, whose beer battered onion rings were featured on Diners, Drive -ins and Dives.
These did not disappoint.... however, the restaurant in general did...
Checked in the motel... slept like a rock...
Woke up and met the Dayton Flyers baseball team ( Hope you won men!),
then headed to McLeans in Richmond for porkchops, eggs and homefries...
Our first stop was the War Memorial
This was very sobering, all the fallen from WWII through the Persian Gulf.
Then, the trip across the James River on the walking bridge
This was slightly unnerving...the wind was whipping, you could feel the vibrations from the traffic over head... but the view was awesome... and Belle Island, which housed Union prisoners was very interesting.
We headed back home in time to mow the grass, do laundry, and get the house ready for the week.
I never tire of Richmond and we are looking forward to a return trip in June.
We thank God for His provisions to allow us these times of renewal.!
I LOVE Holy week activities unfortunately none of the local churches had all three, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Morning.. to concentrate I believe on these events really embeds the great work Christ did for us...
Here was my facebook post:"We all die, fact.... but only one, who lead a perfect life, could over come death.... Jesus, it proves he is what he said he was... The Christ, the One we have been looking for.... not only was he a sacrifice for my wrong doings... but His resurrection gives us a hope and a promise that those who believe in Him will have eternal life, since through this death and resurrection we have become adopted sons and daughters..... of God...how awesome is that!"
Despite the lack of " High Church", and a large crowd for Easter, we did enjoy brunch at one of our favorite restaurants with my inlaws and Christopher. ( Continued prayers for Mom in law please as she goes in for her 3rd infusion on Tuesday)
..AND I was able to see her beautiful azaleas..
and I was also able to have a nice visit with Josh as we went to visit my Mom...
AND I got to spend some time with this one a couple days...
I made a lemon pound cake from the last Taste of Home magazine... not very lemony but great texture.
..because I have great friends,I also received this handmade sweet little bunny for my "Bunnyville" collection...
Its the beginning of another busy week...but remember Christ has conquered death!
Bunnies for the grands, and the sad looking one in the middle is for me... I was losing steam... and my thumb hurt... This pattern was easy, loved the Lambs Pride wool... Thank you Alicia for this kit....
These dish towel bunnies are so fun to make! Thanks to Mimi's Mixed Bag for the tutorial... nothing left to do then to stuff the baskets and deliver!
So much for me promising to post everyday.....life happens. My father in laws dad passed away just after my mother in laws last chemo ( she is doing great by the way), so I headed to Raleigh to spend a few days with her while he was gone. I really enjoyed myself and caught up on a few Murder She Wrotes and Diagnosis Murders ( I LOVE those older shows)
So I was driving back from Raleigh and NPR did a piece on women, encouraging women to "be who they want to be" Engineers, Doctors, Astronauts....
..While I totally agree that girls should be able to do anything , I am a bit disturbed about the pressure against being a MOM.
I know for myself, that is just what I wanted to be.... a Mom... I wanted 8 children and I wanted to hear laughter , and have fun, and snuggle, and watch them grow into awesome people. By in large through a bit of sacrifice I was able to do that.
We didn't have the best of everything, or anything, but I was there fulfilling my dream, and I must say, it was VERY satisfying....
So girls, be anything you want to be ... but don't let ANYONE make you feel like its a bad thing to be " just a mom"
Wednesday, thanks to my son Jeremy I was able to ride out a tornado with 3 of my now closest friends. He called and said get in the bathroom super cell.... I grabbed the ladies from the beauty shop and hustled them into our bathroom at the shoppe. Fortunately for us it passed over head, unfortunately for the farmers 4 miles away it touched down. This is the scene from one of our customers dairy farm. We continue to help as a community and pray for everyone affected.
2. I received my pattern and yarn order from Posie Gets Cozy I was so excited to get started on the bunnies to add to the boy's Easter baskets!
3. I spent the weekend kissing and snuggling this cutie! Not only did I get tons of sweet snuggles.... but delicious food compliments of my eldest son....country cooking at a diner, homemade pizza, homemade waffles..the list goes on... I LOVED shopping with him for ingredients and learning of flavors. AND...
4. Shopping with my daughter in law Emily. we had a great time choosing frames, looking, talking... a great shopping day!
5. While I was gone eating, shopping and snuggling, the best husband in the world was at home finsihing up the guest room/ craft room here is a post from the Leacris Farm page..
Feb 20: Install, stain, and 3 coat poly 25 sq ft of flooring in old main bedroom. Feb 23: install and stain 60 sq ft of flooring in old main bedroom. Feb 24: install and stain remainder of flooring in old main bedroom. Feb 26: Two coats poly on entire new floor in old main bedroom.
He also worked until late on the 27th to make sure the floor was complete before I got home on the 28th.
Our family still treasures your prayers for the health and other needs of our extended family. We know that no matter what, God's Grace is sufficient..