Thoughts from me - a preacher's wife, farmer's daughter, mom, and nurse. Posts are mainly intended to help me journal the events of my life - topics will include kids, church, work, marriage, life in general,
and of course my dogs . . . and whatever else I feel compelled to write about.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Joel reminding me that HIS graduation isn't that far away!
Wow! Time flies when you're having fun!!

Joel's latest fascination.

I am better with this than I was with the Marines.
The Coast Guard does fit his personality a lot better.
Joel is a saver and not a killer.

But we are a LOOOOONG way away from an ocean!

Happy Hope!

He is on his way home!
I am happy!!
I am sure Hope is happy!!!

P.S. Isn't my mother-in-law an AMAZING photographer!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Yet another self potrait

Levi and gang on their senior trip.
He said they got lost and ended up walking 20 miles.

He sent me this picture this morning.
What I can tell from this picture:
they must have found a sale on blue-blocker shades,
nobody was wearing sunscreen, and
they look like they are having fun!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

More Self Portraits

Megan and Adam

Car Troubles

The Explorer during happier times.

Bad news today.

Our Explorer is dead - died the big one, kicked the bucket, bought the farm.

I am having a hard time coming to terms with it.

We have four vehicles and we need four vehicles. The Explorer, while not without its faults, was our best vehicle.

Now it is gone.

I am trying to look at the positive things:

1. Megan wasn't hurt when it stopped running while she was driving it last night.
2. Adam was there to push it into an empty parking lot.
3. The parking lot happened to be pushing distance to an auto shop.
4. The Explorer didn't quit on Megan while we were states away from her a couple weeks ago.
5. My parents who rarely go to G*** were literally blocks away from Megan last night when she had trouble. Although we nor she knew it at the time, how awesome that God had in place safeguards and help for her.
6. We hadn't put new tires on it yet.
7. It did not break down on Levi and Hope late at night when they were on their way home from prom (Levi was planning on driving it tonight) leaving them stranded on a dark, curvy road. Oh my, that could have been bad for many reasons!

I am really trying to think of 10 positive things, but I am having trouble.

8. It did not break down on Levi and Hope late at night leaving them stranded on a dark, curvy road with nothing but state forest around them. I know I already mentioned that, but I think it bears being mentioned again.
9. It needed cleaned out anyway.

This is getting lame.

10. Our insurance will be cheaper without it.

Self Portrait

Levi and Hope at The Seasons for prom.