Thursday, November 19, 2015


Happy Birthday, Andrew!!!!
Andrew is a good son.
A good husband.
A good father.
And a good man!
I'm so happy God placed
him in our family.
He has been a blessing,
and I'm extremely proud
of the man he's 
grown up to be.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Hot Air Balloon Inspiration

Last time I went to see 
Grace and Olivia they were 
wanting a hot air balloon
for their dolls.
Soooooo.... we created this!
(This is Grace's. Olivia made one, too, but 
took hers apart to play with the bouncy ball)
It is simply one BIG ball, four wooden 
dowels a bucket and some duct tape.
But it provided hours of fun!
I was actually surprised at how
much play value it had.
The girls.... and their little 
friend Isaac, played with it 
almost all day!
And I think their little dolls
were very HAPPY!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Grace's Choir Concert

 Grace joined the Children's Choir
at the church she attends this year.
 She just participated in her 
first concert:
Praise Like Fireworks
 She is a first grader and you have to 
be in second grade to try out for 
solos and speaking parts....
but she got to sing in the choir.
Can you see her there between the
girl in the PINK and the girl in the BLUE?
 Here is an UN-obstructed view!
The performance was spectacular and it
had a very good message.
We should be so full of praises for 
our God that we can't keep them
contained.... like a firework the never
fizzles out.
Olivia, Grace and Ryan
(Ryan is their choir director)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Olivia at Dance

 During a recent trip to Texas,
I got to take Olivia to dance.
 This is her little dance class.
 They were practicing for an
upcoming recital -
which  won't be able to attend.
(it was rescheduled, due to a death in the teacher's family, 
to a date I already had a book signing scheduled)
So - I was really happy for this
opportunity to see her dance! 
I think she was happy, too!
Dance seems to bring out the 
joy in the dancer.
Doesn't Olivia look beautiful
doing her little dance?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Weston, Brilyn and Asher at Chuck E. Cheese's

 During fall break, Alyssa was off, so
her and Weston were able to
join us at Chuck E. Cheese.
 Brilyn always likes visiting with
Chuck! She enjoys dancing, picking
up free tickets and getting her
picture taken.
 Weston enjoyed the rides!
 He liked seeing the smoke from
the little train ride's smoke stack.
And choo-chooing along with 
the train.  Isn't he precious?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Weston At The Zoo

 Not too long ago, 
Alyssa and I took Weston
to the zoo!
 He loves animals and I think he
had a pretty good time.
And for a boy who has chickens
at home that he actually chases and plays
with, I was a bit surprised that
he didn't really care for the little birds.
But - that's okay!
The birds were obviously more fond
of his Momma, anyway!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


 Asher likes to go hiking!
And when he's hiking, he likes to
carry a great big stick.
 He also likes exploring.
He likes to SEE everything! 
 He likes little prairie dogs.
 He likes little lizards.
 He likes little squirrels.
And he even likes these not so
little turkeys!
 But he does not like big huge buffalo!
Actually - he likes seeing them 
from the window of the car, but he does
not like seeing them on the trail.