Thursday, September 18, 2014


I love seasons. Nature's seasons and my own. The fall is always a contemplative time
for me. The smells delight me, I don't even mind seeing the garden die back. I'm through with growing and want to snuggle in our warm little house, make soup and knit. (that's not how my winters always go but definitely some of it)
The next few weeks I will think alot about my two children Jonathan and Becky. This is around the time they both departed this world. Funny, I don't try to think about them, it's just there , their in me and that makes me happy.
Another season for me right now is the season
of aging. Not everyone gets to age.....
so I'm thank-ful, thank-ful to be a grandma.
Thank-ful to not care so much about things
that once seemed so important.
Thank-ful for making it through all my other seasons of life.
God really has been good to me!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Summer went by so fast!
We had some wonderful times with family and friends. Loved having grandchildren running around my yard, that always makes me happy. Our garden is going crazy and everyday we take produce to unsuspecting people!

Grandma , Lucy and the goat! They had the
best petting zoo ever!

Just finished with the county fair, my job with that is supporting my manly man while he volunteers at the bee booth so all the family can get free tickets . Thursday we went with James and Beth and the children, its such a joy to watch the children have fun.

the kid tractors are always a huge attraction! All the
children rode them.

The lumberjack show is always a big hit! Our son
James and his John.
We've had just wonderful weather this summer, getting much needed rain once in awhile. Speaking of which I'd better go get my clothes off the line. I think they've been washed by rain a couple times since I hung them out to dry.
They'll smell extra good!!
Our son has been helping at the store this summer since our right hand man moved back to Wyoming.(where a cowboy can be a cowboy!)
I was surprised when James talked about working with his dad. He's always been very vocal about how he felt about bees.(why have something that has the potential to hurt you?) But, he's done a super job, runs the store most days and even hand picks the queens out of the queen bank for people! My hats off to you James!  We will miss you! He really has missed his family during the week, they'll be glad to have him back.
I love this time of year for many reasons. It's kind of a beginning of sorts, a time to take stock and make a few goals. I have a couple projects I want to get out of the way (why did I ever start them!).
One I started six months ago and we go up and down them everyday so come on Linda!
I got alittle carried away with demolition that I might need to hire alittle help. I'll be sure and post a picture when I'm done.
Love you all!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Here I am in China again , with my granddaughter Rachel! We've been here for a week and a half now. We flew into Shanghai , stayed with Naomi Kerwin a few days at her foster home and then went on to Geiyang to the new Starfish Home. We decided to take the 24 hr train ride and enjoy the beautiful countryside.
Well.... Our 24 hrs. turned into 40! Yes the train ride from hell! It was an experience to remember that's for sure!

But, yes some beautiful country.
Starfish is now comprised of a couple of apartments in a compound in the middle of a city of four million. Lucky us are in a very nice volunteer apt. , with a sit down toilet and lots of warm water! In the middle of the complex is a lovely park and swimming pool.

They keep it very clean!

And here we are again with cute babies. This is Sean just back from Bejing and open heart surgery . Now to get alittle more chub on him before getting his hep. B treated.

Two year old Brian who's waiting for heart surgery. He's a typical toddler.
His lips are always blue and fingertips .

I'm so thank-ful for this opportunity!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Baltimore waterfront

The kids and I had a fun day at the aquarium yesterday. Beautiful place!
Then we explored an old battle ship which was fascinating  and the kids could have played there all day! And thanks to my handy dandy phone I got there and back without getting lost!