thankful, so very very thankful


These mashed potatoes are soooooooooo good!


I’m still using my Grandma’s potato masher.

fiesta potholders
martha stewart pot


The potatoes were a snack for these fine young men.  (By the way, I took all these photos last week but didn’t post them yet).  Ethan had a week home from college.


Rich was away on a business trip for five days.  I took this picture of the boys for him after their football practice….as you can see, Seth is full of energy STILL!

This morning he was showing me how his shorts didn’t stay up and I said, “Dressing you is like trying to dress a broom stick.” and he said, “That’s because I’m skinny.”

He also said, “When I grow up I’m not going to get married so I can still live with you.”  “You don’t have to get married but you could still have your own place,” I replied.  “I’ll be your neighvor.” he said.  (exactly how he pronounced it)


WHAT???  All I did was walk out the front door when I discovered this very very cool green insect on the dresser on the porch.  Isn’t it amazing?

You can make discoveries at any time and any place.  Keep your eyes open.

I want to draw this bug.  Wouldn’t it be fun to draw this bug?


I have a fascination with the Salem Witch Trials but this book was disappointingly difficult to read.  It put me to sleep every evening.  I finally put it down and read reviews on amazon — gratified to see the majority of them felt the same as I did.  I bought this book at Costco and will be returning it.


The Trouble with Magic, by Ruth Chew (my latest read to Sarah book)
Little Women
The Little’s Surprise Party
Young Amelia Earhart
Tales of Peter Rabbit and his Friends
Heidi (full of illustrations)
Art book
Charlie Brown book

I love having books everywhere I turn here.


Sarah reading to Mama.


Seth reading to Mama (with Sarah next to us).

Little Bear books are the best.  You know they make me tear up?  Heartwarming stories.  And then she wrote Hunger Games, can you believe that?  (I did read Hunger Games and enjoyed it but got bored with the rest of the series, haven’t seen the movies.)



Dress up


Another homegrown pumpkin (we had four)


Kids are the best


a bunny bee and soft flower petals

(isn’t it so cute?)

To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be satisfied with your possessions, but not contented with yourself until you have made the best of the them; to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts;  to covet nothing that is your neighbor’s except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends and every day of Christ; and to spend as much time as you can with body and with spirit, in God’s out-of-doors–these are the little guide-posts on the foot-path of peace.  

Henry Van Dyke.


((David caught a snake.))  Yesterday Michael and Logan walked to our house to visit and said they rescued a snake from the road, it’s tail was run over so they put the hurt snake in the woods.  I was so happy with them.


Our cats love sleeping in laundry baskets.


DAVID!!!!  getting so tall and changing daily…..drinking that yummy raw milk does wonders.  He’s been on the Rip Stick (see it behind him) a lot lately.  He loves to go to football practice with his brothers and while they are on the fields, he is on the parking lot with the rip stick (for 2 hours!).  Last night he was hungry and made himself a little pot of rice for a bedtime snack.  He’s the best at making rice and has a scientific precise way of making it.  He’s also been eating tortilla chips and salsa on a constant basis.  It always amuses me to see the kids to through “their favorite snack” stages.  I remember when Grace would eat a can of corn every day.


In a weak moment, I let Parker take a nap next to me.


GLOWING GLOWING GLOWING…….the outdoors is simply dazzling.

“Early in the morning, my song shall rise to Thee.”


Ethan and Tessa making pasta for dinner.

Is there anything more cozy than being outside and looking at the bright windows of YOUR house, with YOUR family inside???



Last night Seth looked back at me as he was going downstairs to bed and said, “Mom in the morning I want eggs for breakfast,” and he pointed his finger at me like Gary George, and continued, “Fried.  Two.”  Then, a thumbs up.  I was smiling, “Okay Seth!”  So this morning I put a healthy amount of butter in a cast iron pan and fried him up two eggs, served with whole wheat toast.

He said to me, he said to me with his mouth full, “This is a good breakfast, mom.”

3 thoughts on “thankful, so very very thankful

  1. I love the Little Bear books. I didn’t read Hunger Games. I didn’t even read all the Harry Potter books, just 3 or 4 of them. That’s a beautiful picture of the trees, the school bus, and your boy. Our leaves are just beginning to turn. My son found a garter snake in his yard. He let it go, saying it was his first line of defense against mice. His wife said she’s more afraid of spiders than of snakes. That’s because she never lived in Africa. Those of us who did are all scared of snakes. That’s because most of the snakes in Africa are poisonous. The Africans say all of them are. I don’t mind garter snakes in this country, as long as they keep their distance.

  2. That bug!!!!!!!!! Awesome!

    Here’s a tidbit for a fellow nature lover: Check out the orange moon tmrw and sun night. Hunters supermoon. Closest point in orbit to earth. Just read about it.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Doing ok after dad died. There are sad moments mixed with lots of beautiful ones too!!!
    Im taking time off the blog since dad had no will, and we’re dealing with his business and probate blah–
    And since no one found him for aprox 3 days,(we think) We had some remodeling to do. He did not believe in AC. And those were 90+ degree days here in MN…. I learned that there is such a thing as an ozone machine that does wonders with smells in confined spaces.

    Never thought I’d personally identify with those women going to annoint Jesus’ body in the tomb after 3 days, but I now firmly believe they LOVED their Lord dearly. That part of the Bible means lots to me now.

    Anyways, not to be morbid here. All I realy wanted to do is stop by for a hello and to look at your always lovely photos. And I always seem to copy a quote or 2 into my notebook after a visit. You find such good ones!


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