Friday, August 27, 2010

west point lake

They taunt him,
as he tries his best to throw them off.

They smile, and wave, and beg to
"go faster".

he zigs and zags the boat,
over wake and wave.

and soon,
all good things must come to an end!
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

beautiful day in town

A recent pretty sunny day in town was a sweet reminder of God's sweetness.
I love our new Georgian town, and her pretty downtown square.

The girls and I went for some yummy ice cream at a cute shop filled with old fashioned candy, and fun signs all over the walls. My favorite was,

"There is a skinny girl inside me screaming to get out,
but I can usually shut her up with a few cookies."

I smile every time I think of it, so funny.

Isn't the sky glorious surrounding that pretty white steeple?

Thank you Lord,
for a sweet time in town with my sweet girls,
eating sweets,
and enjoying your sweetness.

What do you love about your town?
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Monday, August 23, 2010

rogue pumpkin

This white pumpkin vine thinks he is a bird, and wants to live in the birdhouse. If I was the resident bluebird I would be afraid. These pumpkins are growing at a very fast rate, and they are not aware that they were meant to be IN the garden. They seem to have a mind of their own.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

she likes it now

What is it about men that they just love to throw babies in the air?
It is the first thing my man tries with every baby he meets. He doesn't ask permission either, so mothers beware.

Clairebell hasn't liked being thrown up until just recently, and it has been killing Michael that she would have none of it. He didn't give up though, and this time his persistence paid off.

As long as he is sitting down she will giggle her crazy little heart out.

Michael prevailed, and she likes it now.
She even let go of her paci,
and let it fly in the wind, while she enjoyed the fun.
She had to learn to trust him.

Makes me think....
I wonder what I might be missing out on because of fear, and lack of trust, and what it is that I may need to let go of, so I can truly enjoy the joy God has for me.
How about you?

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

painted pumpkins

If your garden gives you pumpkins in August,
then pumpkins in August it is!
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

sunshine and smiles

Do you love sunflowers like I do?
How can you not love them, they are just so cheery aren't they?
It is pure sunshine and smiles in flower form.

These are just a few that our garden produced,
and they make the yard so very happy.

I am crazy for the feathery edges of this beauty,
and her huge fuzzy green leaves.

These babies showed up quite by surprise all on their own, so sweet.
The bees love all these lovelies almost as much as I do.
Next year I am going to plant bag fulls of these ladies,
and everyone will call me the sunflower lady,
just like that lady in the children's book by Barbara Cooney
"Miss Rumphius' was called the lupine lady.
Watcha think, is that a cool plan or what?

If you haven't read that book to your kids, get it soon, it is a favorite at our house, and the illustrations are wonderful.

Have a humpday filled with sunshine and smiles.
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

well, I gave it my best shot



Well, I gave it my best shot, but I think the verdict is hideous.
Oh well, anybody need a white peacock?

see other spray painting projects here.Visit

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Monday, August 16, 2010

not to hot for faces

She is a constant source of laughter and fun. Her face, in tandem with her feathery brown eyebrows, is alive with expression and joy.

The constant need to be the center of attention can sometimes grow old, especially for those who don't love her like we do. We pray as her parents that we can temper her love to be noticed, into a love to turn others toward the Joy that her maker infuses her with.

It is often hard to not just laugh at her antics, even in those times when they are inappropriate for the given circumstances. She is just that funny!

And she knows it!

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Sunday, August 15, 2010


Although Kartwright is home schooled, a small Christian school near by is excited to have him on their team. Kartwright is thrilled to be so wanted, and is making lots of new friends.
Friday night was the first scrimmage, and K got his first shot as QB.
I know a lot about football, that's why I can use terms like QB real casual like that. :)

Can you see coach Nick in the background?
Doesn't it look like he is calling after them like a worried father that forgot to let them know what they are in for.

"UMMMM, uh wait uhhh, guys with the 5s listen up now."

Yeah, uhmmmmm, uh well, when you get out there uhhh, do like we talked about, and don't worry if those really big guys in the black jerseys hit yah, cuz uhhhh, I mean cuz uhhhh you'll be alright, that's why your wearin all that padding, right?, OK, now go out there and hit someone, or catch, or throw, or whatever we decided you were a doin"

I don't think he really talks like that, I just like to imagine.

It was pouring down rain now, and we were all huddled under two kinda small umbrellas.
I could only get pictures from behind.
It was pretty much a miracle that I got any pictures at all.

The game was eventually called due to lightning in the second inning, I mean quarter, and we all went home tired and soggy. It was fun though, and we are all excited to spend the next several Friday nights watching our guy play, and cheering the Cougars to victory.
GO- FAHEET-WEEHIN as they say around these parts.

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

hideous, or cool

Is he unbelievably hideous, or kinda potentially cool?

Please cast your vote.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

sweet submission

We had more tomatoes than we knew what to do with. Kartwright can only eat so many BLT's, and something had to be done before all that juicy goodness went to waste. What to do, what to do.... I know, I'll google it. What did we do without google? So, I feverishly typed in

How to can tomatoes,

and I found this gem of wisdom and knowledge. So, I got myself to the nearest best buy, and bought some canning jars, and jumped right in with much fear and trembling.

The tomatoes followed right along with me, and decided they too wanted to be saved and later enjoyed by our family, during the cold dark days of winter.

I was so glad they complied, even through all twelve minutes of hanging upside down. Sweet, sweet tomatoes I tell ya, and so very kind to go along with such a novice, in such a risky endeavor.

Aren't they so very beautiful all lined up in a neat long row in such sweet submission?
Thank you Lord for such wonderful bounty!
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