Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Playing to the Crowd!

Amelia was Baptised at Campbell Methodist Church last weekend.  She really "hammed" it up during the event.  She smiled through the ceremony and enjoyed meeting her new church family!

Of Babies and Baptisms. . .

Last weekend I rode to Springfield with Jessica and Scott to attend the youngest family member, Amelia's Baptism.  Amelia has a very pleasant disposition and is about as cute as a baby can be.  She let all of us hold her and play with her.   Jessica and Scott entertained her after supper on Saturday evening (or maybe she entertained them?)
My sister is enjoying a laugh with 2 of her 5 grandchildren.  We had a great weekend full of family, food and fun.  It is always special to get together with family, especially for special occasions like a Baptism. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


A new definition of joy. . .  watching my grandchildren at play.  On a recent Saturday, with a soft breeze and moderate temperatures we went to the park to play.  The kids spent an hour climbing and swinging and not one cross word was heard between them.  It is a memory I will hold for a long time.  What do you remember when you need some joy in your life?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

What I would miss. . . .

What a wonderful day we had today.  I got to visit with my Dad and Martha and wish him a Happy Father's Day.  Then the kids were out to spend some time with Randy.  After everyone left, I finished up some chores and spent some quiet time on the front porch while Randy mowed.  This is the first time all summer that I have sat on our front porch until dark, and it was wonderful!  The temperature was perfect, the sky was tinted pink with the sunset and the birds were chirping.  And for whatever reason, the mosquitos were leaving me alone.  It gave me some time to just think.  I thought I would share some of my thoughts with you.

What I would miss if today was my last day on earth:

I would miss holding hands with my husband and getting that surprise hug while I fix supper.

I would miss chatting with my daughter and enjoying her quick wit and sense of humor.

I would miss watching my son with his children and admiring the kind parenting he practices.

I would miss Amanda's energy and her confident approach to life.

I would miss conversing with Scott about many abstract subjects.

And oh my, would I miss the sweet smiles and laughs of my grandson and

The extended family get togethers would be missed and the feeling of support and comfort from knowing so many love me.  I would miss conversations with my siblings that start with "do you remember when. . ."

The sky, the trees, the sound of birds singing and the noise a hummingbird makes when he flies.   The sun rising with the wonders of a new day and setting with the close of a completed one.  The wind blowing on my face as we take a drive down a country road.  Listening to the rain fall from the leaves and the possiblity of seeing a rainbow.  Being at home when it snows, reading a good book, listening to amazing music. 

What would you miss if this were your last day on earth?


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Thank God I'm a Country Girl!

There was a time when no one in my family thought that I would live in the country.  But having lived in the "woods" for over 15 years now, it would take a mighty persuasion to move me back to town.   This year I am convinced that there is nothing finer than May in Missouri.   Can anyone tell me what the "flowers" are in the bottom photo?  My husband wanted to eradicate them because they were weeds.  Weeds or not, I love them.  They are so cheerful and happy looking.   After reviewing my posts from the last few months, I decided I needed to have a subject other than Maddie and Mason once in awhile.  It took some doing to find pictures without their smiling faces in them. 
Someone asked that I post pictures of the progress on our "shelterhouse" that we are building.  I am trying to hold off until it is completed so I can do a blog on it's progression and finish.  Stay tuned!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Art on the Block

Yesterday Jessica, Scott and I took the kids to the annual MACC Art on the Block event.  It was fabulous!  The kids did chalk drawings, tye dyed t-shirts, did a ceramic pot and ink printing.  The college, with community support, put on a great event which was very well attended.   For the past several years, they have been holding this in conjunction with Moberly's Railroad days. 
In the top photo, Mason literally took to the street for his drawing of "Wolverine".  He is really into super heroes, and likes to color, draw and talk about Spiderman and his peers.  A local band entertained while the artists, both young and old, enjoyed the sunshine, heat and companionship.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wedding Fun!

We attended a wedding last weekend celebrating the union of Michael and Susan.  It was such a great family event!  Amanda snapped these pictures while we were waiting for the bride and groom to appear.  The kids really enjoyed the reception, and Maddison especially loved the dancing.  Mason mostly ran around with all the kids and ate lots of cake!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Summer time!

Ah, summertime!  Little Mason is playing ragball this year.  All I can say is bless the coaches who take on the task of corraling 4 year olds for organized play.  When he concentrates, he is a good little player. . . 
After ball pictures on Saturday, we enjoyed some park play.  Maddison is so proud that she can now maneuver the monkey bars by herself!  The weather here has been cool and beautiful.  A great start to summer!