Monday, April 30, 2007
One of the first things I remember are the books that were read to me or that I read a lot myself. One was The Poky Little Puppy. I don't have the book anymore, but I found this picture on ebay.
Another book I remember is The Three Little Kittens. I still have the actual book I read as a child and my children enjoy it as much as I did. They especially love it when our friend, Mr. Larry recites it to them from memory.
I remember that I loved to play with dolls. I especially remember a doll given to me by my paternal grandparents for Christmas. It had dark brown hair and a pretty yellow dress. I don't think this is the actual Christmas and doll, but obviously I asked for a new doll more than one Christmas.
I had and enjoyed one of these. And I bought one not long after my oldest was born so they could enjoy it too. Tupperware still sells these.
And in the fischer-price department, I have very fond memories of the castle....
and the house....
I know my mother still has the castle and I think the house too. I grin just looking at these pics, because I remember how much fun my siblings and I had with these.
Last, but not least, I have lots of memories of our swing set and pool. When my dad got the swing set, he thought it would be easy to assemble. Somehow, it took a lot more time and frustration than he expected. That's why, on the day he assembled it and this picture was taken, it was dark by the time he was finished, he has a stressed look on his face and the instructions in his hands.
We did a lot of playing on this swing set including sliding down the slide into our little pool. Here's my dad again. Apparently the day's work (yard work, painting?) had made him hot and sweaty (not surprising since we were living in the humid south at the time) and he jumped in clothes (and socks) and all!
I hope reading this post has sent you on a fond trip down memory lane. If so, sign Nan's Mr. Linky and take her up on her challenge to
"find and share some pictures of your favorite childhood toys, places to visit or games. You can post just the pictures or you can post a story (or two or three) with the picture(s). ..this will prove to be a really fun meme, especially if (you)... go scouring (your) memory boxes or the internet for pictures.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Lord, remove this load of sin;
Let Thy blood, for sinners spilt,
Set my conscience free from guilt.
Lord, I come to Thee for rest,
Take possession of my breast;
There Thy blood-bought right maintain,
And without a rival reign.
While I am a pilgrim here,
Let Thy love my spirit cheer;
As my Guide, my Guard, my Friend,
Lead me to my journey's end;
Show me what I have to do,
Every hour my strength renew:
Let me live a life of faith,
Let me die Thy people's death.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Speaking of David Meece: he did a concert on the campus of JBU that year. The word around campus was that they had to replace the stage floor in the Cathedral because Meece's stomping on the piano pedal with his boots messed it up. Don't know if that's true, but its a good story.
Bob and I were pretty serious for a while. He graduated that year and we tried to have a long distance relationship. We eventually went our separate ways, and I have no idea what he's doing now. I met the person God had for me several years later, and I am very grateful for my hubby, Joel. The curious part of me still wonders what Bob ended up doing. My best guess is he's farming in the Treasure State.
My brother: Really? Do you know what an astronaut does?
My nephew: It's easy, Daddy!
My brother: Is that right?
My nephew: Yeah, all he has to do is count down from ten!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
It is one of our favorite things to do: go to the strawberry farm and pick our own bucket o' berries! And that's just what we did this week. The sunny weather was glorious and the berries were luscious! The kiddos did a good job of finding the "big ones" and the "red ones." What is almost more fun is eating the fruit. We love 'em "as is" or in smoothies or pies (both of which we've already consumed!). Other favorites are Grandma's Strawberry Cake and of course, strawberry shortcake. Go on over to my recipe blog for some yummy strawberry pickin' time recipes.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
This week, we turned on one of our own. We waited until a sufficiently late hour on the night before her birthday, and we T.P.ed Susan's house. Now this was not your everyday, run of the mill. T.P. job. In fact, no toilet paper was used. We used leis, balloons, stuffed animals, wind socks, windmills, posters and more to decorate her front porch. And we did something we've never done before when carrying out one of our pranks: We rang the doorbell when we were done. I know it sounds crazy, but we were afraid the balloons wouldn't last the night, and we really wanted to see her reaction. We then hid behind bushes and the cars in the driveway to watch.
Her husband, who had been forewarned of our activities, came to the door, then went to get Susan. Susan was sound asleep in her bed. In fact, she hadn't even heard the doorbell. Her hubby had to wake her up. Well she came out on the porch and was looking around, when we jumped from our hiding places and yelled "Happy Birthday!" She pretty much jumped out of her skin. The next day, she informed us by email that she had taken a sleep aid that night. When she woke up the next morning, she thought she had dreamed the whole thing. However, when she left for work, there was our handiwork to remind her that there is no honor among flip-flop bandits.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
We are a moment, You are forever
Lord of the Ages, God before time
We are a vapor, You are eternal
Love everlasting, reigning on high
We are the broken, You are the healer
Jesus, Redeemer, mighty to save
You are the love song we'll sing forever
Bowing before You, blessing Your name
Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
Highest praises, honor and glory
Be unto Your name, be unto Your name.
Lynn DeShazo, Gary Sadler
Saturday, April 21, 2007
MONDAY: I can't remember what happened. That was a long time ago and I am a busy mom with way too few brain cells left. Sorry.
TUESDAY: We went to home school coop. It was our last one until next fall. The kids will miss it. So will I. Its fun to visit with other moms while our kiddos are in classes! That evening, Joel gave "golf lessons." I think he wants his love of golf to be theirs, too.
WEDNESDAY: Library party. This was the last day for the weekly library program we attend.The librarian hosted a party at our local park. She read to the kids, then they decorated cupcakes and played on the equipment until it started to rain.
Does he look like trouble, or what?
THURSDAY: Our son had his first dentist appointment. He was a lot less nervous than his sis was a couple of weeks ago. He was so proud of the "no cavities club" t-shirt the dentist gave him that he insisted I put it on him immediately.
FRIDAY: We attended a Physics and Chemistry demonstration at a nearby college. This was fabulous. Two professors and some of their students did several fascinating demonstrations including ones about sound and light waves, chemical reactions, electricity, magnets, air pressure, minerals, static electricity and more. This photo is of a student on a bed of nails.
We also attended a fine arts recital produced by our home school coop. Those who have been working on a fine art this past semester were able to showcase their work at this evening's event. A children's musical was performed. We listened to violins and vocal solos. Then we saw our first born and her class perform a ballet number. It was sooooo cute!
SATURDAY: A friend passed down 2 adult bikes to us. We enjoyed a family ride through the neighborhood this morning. I hope this is the beginning of a family tradition.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
As I've mentionned, we had guests in our home this past week. Joel's sister and family came to see us for a couple of days. We talked, shopped, went to a church league softball game, ate, went to coffee shops (yes, that is plural), attended church and more. My kiddos were so excited to see their older cousins and GR and BR were so nice to play with their much younger cousins. GR brought his guitar and BR brought one of his practice drums. My son couldn't contain his excitement at getting to "play" along with them. He looked up to them and even decided to dress himself like BR one day.
Monday, April 16, 2007
It was fun to have her and her family here this past week. Even though we see each other a lot less than we used to, and don't talk on the phone nearly as much as we should, I still love to be around her. Their visit was way too short, but lots of fun. Cassie and I stayed up way too late talking, but it was worth it. Friends are blessings...family who are friends are even better!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Anyway, I was baking cookies and took a trip down memory lane. It was the early 1990's. Her name was Kathy. We lived in a dorm, so we didn't have easy access to a kitchen, but every once in a while, we'd find a place to bake. I remember one time we made cookies in the Honor's Building kitchen to send to my then boyfriend, Bob. He had already graduated and moved back home which was very far away. Another time I remember was in DeAnn's apartment. We had just returned to JBU but classes hadn't started yet. We stayed at DeAnn's apartment that night and had a slumber party which included baking cookies. I know there were probably other times, but my memory is fading. Kathy liked her cookies (and waffles and everything else) underdone. So when we baked cookies, they had to be taken out of the oven before they were completely cooked. And she was right. The cookies were always soft and gooey -- just right.
Kathy is still a dear friend! She lives in Alaska and we've only seen each other once since the "good ol' days." But she is always close in my heart. I miss her lots, especially when I watch "Anne of Green Gables" and bake chocolate chip cookies. I love you girl!
(top picture: Kathy and me in 1992)
Saturday, April 7, 2007
I recently posted about how beautiful the spring weather has been in our corner of the world. I even posted pictures of the breathtaking dogwood and azaleas that are in bloom! Well, this morning we woke up to a bery beautiful sunny day with a wind chill factor of 32 degrees (and it IS windy)! Now those of you living in the far northern regions of North America are saying "What's the big deal?" The big deal is that the weather has been in the upper 80's for weeks. We've bought our Easter clothes accordingly. Now, the day of the big Easter Egg Hunt, we're rummaging around the backs of our drawers and closets to find something to wear! I can't remember ever wearing ski bibs and coats to an Easter egg hunt. It was lots of fun, though! We can't really complain!
Thankfully, an older cousin handed down some "boy" dress up clothes like Batman, race car drivers and football players. This was a huge relief to my hubby. My son loves dressing up as much as his sister now. He changes costumes many times a day. His most recent favorites, however, are his cowboy boots and hat. Our neighbors came over to play this week and my son and his friend spent the entire day running around like this.
Friday, April 6, 2007
Just wanted to say Happy Birthday to my North Carolina buddy!
Heather, Jennifer and I enjoy lots of laughs together. I just wish I didn't live so far away. (I was going to post a picture of you, Heather, but couldn't find a digital one!) So here's a birthday cake for you - notice its NOT chocolate!
When You climbed up on that hill
For You saw me with eternal eyes
While I was yet in sin
Redeemer Savior Friend
Every stripe upon Your battered back
Every thorn that pierced Your brow
Every nail drove deep through guiltless hands
Said that Your love knows no end
So the grace You poured upon my life
Will return to You in praise
I'll gladly lay down all my crowns
For the name of which I am saved
Redeemer Savior Friend
© 1999 Integrity's Hosanna!/Integrity's Praise! Music
Man of Sorrows! what a name
For the Son of God, Who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood;
Sealed my pardon with His blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Lifted up was He to die;
"It is finished!" was His cry;
Now in heaven exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we'll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Words & Music: Philip P. Bliss
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Who in the blogosphere do you know in real life? Tell us how you know that person. Show us a picture (or a few) if you can. Tell us how excited you were (or how nervous?) when you found out they were blogging or when you convinced them to start blogging.
If you don't know someone in the blogosphere in real life, what blogger would you most like to know in real life? Why?Well, here are my answers. I know several people in the blogosphere. I found them after I started my blog (which wasn't too long ago). I was very excited to find them!
One of the people from my past that I found was Stephanie at Olive Tree. Stephanie and I were roomates at JBU for one semester our senior year. DeAnn was my roomie for 7 of the 8 semesters that I attended there. When our senior year rolled around, DeAnn wanted to move off-campus to an apartment. I wasn't ready to do that yet. I thought I was lovin' dorm life too much. So, Stephanie moved in with me for one semester and then when I started student teaching, I moved off-campus with DeAnn (we did our student teaching at the same time and in the same school). I enjoyed living with Stephanie, but I think I drove her crazy. I wasn't quite as neat in my habits as she was. Sorry, Steph! Anyway, its fun to see how she's doing. She's expecting baby #3 soon and its fun to get her updates!
And then there is Shawn. I also found his blog while searching for people from the past. Shawn and I were friends in college and I saw him a couple of times during the time I lived in TX. I lost track of him for many years and was excited to find his blog link on another friend's blog (Still Reforming - I know him from JBU, too). From there I linked to Nan (Shawn's wife), whom I've never met in person but am enjoying getting to know in the blog world. Her posts and comments always bring a nod of the head and a grin. You go girl!