Isaiah 40: 11

"He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to
his heart; he gently leads those that have young."
Isaiah 40:11

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


I was hard pressed to find a digital picture of me prior to braces. Finally found one though. This is me minus my eye-teeth, still holding onto one baby tooth and sporting some very crooked bottom teeth.
My 3 years with braces included a pregnancy and the arrival of Naomi Faye, Travels to Japan, Adventures in homeschooling and much, much more. Specific joys with braces included a year with a retainer that popped onto the roof of my mouth. I got to turn this with a key and it slowly widened my palate. At some point I got to get an oral surgery to uncover the two teeth hiding in the roof of my mouth. Yuck! Then for several months the chains that were glued to them were pulled with elastic until they lined up in the front.
It has been an adventure. Yet, I think at this point I can say that it was well worth the pain. Let me tell you folks I feel like dancing a jig.

Free!!!! Free at last!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Seattle and Just 2 Kids !?!?!?

Kent won't let me buy him stuff anymore. We have a big house with a lot of stuff!
So.....for Fathers Day, Our 12th Anniversary, and his 35th birthday I got him a night in Seattle.
We had never done Seattle together before.
Thanks to Mom we knew to go to the Tukwila Sound Light station near the airport for free 24 hour parking and a fun 30 minute train ride into town. Reminded us of Japan.
Thanks to Opa and Oma, Mom and Vee for helping with the children!

Here is a view from our Hotel room.
I also found some tickets to Les Miserables. Unfortunately I didn't get pics of us all dressed up. These are from the next morning.
I highly recommend it if you have never seen it(or if you have). It was spectacular even from the nosebleeds.

On our way out of town we stopped by a VERY crowded Saturday Market.

Just yesterday We got pics from Opa and Oma. They have taken the 4 eldest for a week. Here is a smattering of the fun times they are having.

Digging for Garnets near Cascade Lake:

Playing @ the river with cousins in the Boise area.

Joe Jumping to Opa


Eli, Sierra and Karis

Cascade Lake

In the meantime I am trying to do my best with the time afforded me with 2 children.
Lots of sorting, organizing, painting, washing of bedding, and preparing for homeschooling in the Fall.
Hope your week has been productive too!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Saturday Harvest

Well, I think that it is safe to say that Harvey and Betty would be proud.
Proud to see their children and grandchildren carry on with knitting and the growing of gardens.(although I have yet to take up knitting...)

My garden has taken a bit of a turn for the better since the last time I wrote about it's sad state.

Look at our green beans!

Yummy taters

Corn with tassels

Yummy Yellow Squash/Zuchinni
I pick them when they are young and saute them gently. Yum!

Also, I made some into pickles. It worked better than I expected.

Happy Harvesting!