Thursday, February 14, 2008

County Romantics

"Three More Love Stories Worthy of Sharing"

A couple of weeks ago I entered "our story" in our local newspaper. They were searching for the most romantic couples in Clinton County. We did not win first place, but our story was worthy of mention and we were acknowledged in today's newspaper. If you're interested in reading the article, click on the link below.

In the post directly below, I included more excerpts from the "story" that I submitted. It was a nice surprise to open the newspaper today and see it recognized there.

County Romantics

"Three More Love Stories Worthy of Sharing"

A couple of weeks ago I entered "our story" in our local newspaper. They were searching for the most romantic couples in Clinton County. We did not win first place, but our story was worthy of mention and we were acknowledged in today's newspaper. If you're interested in reading the article, click on the link below.

In the post directly below, I included more excerpts from the "story" that I submitted. It was a nice surprise to open the newspaper today and see it recognized there.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Does Anyone Know This Kid?

Last night we went to the Dollar Tree and Jonathan took his dollar along. He purchased some "pirate" gear, and after we got home, he had to model it for us. As you can see, he added some "extras", like the bandanna and the parrot. He hardly looks like the same kid. Anyway, he had fun, and I'm sure we have not seen the last of this get-up.

Also, I took this picture of the puppies yesterday, and just couldn't resist the post.
This weekend looks to be busy. Cleaning and answering phone calls about the puppies (the ad comes out today), company tonight, celebrating Paul's birthday, and the rest of the weekend will be spent doing more of the same, I'm sure (his birthday is Sunday). Hope everyone has a good day.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Busy Week!

This week has been a lot of fun, but extremely busy. Last Wednesday my in-laws arrived. They haven't been to Indiana to visit since February. Their visit was long overdue, and we've had a wonderful time. Thursday was the usual school, violin lesson, etc., and that evening our school had a fundraising chili supper. So that day went by quickly. On Friday, we had invited some friends of ours over for supper, so the day was spent doing the usual, plus cleaning and cooking and getting ready for guests. On Saturday, my in-laws celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. So they wanted to do something different and go somewhere they hadn't been before. We made our way to West Lafayette to visit Historic Prophetstown. There is a state park there, and a pioneer working farm. They have lots of neat "hands on" things for the kids to do and things to explore. Below is four of our family squeezed into an old Model T. Danae wasn't with us, she was at a friend's birthday party, and Makayla was securely fastened in the stroller (for about the 100th time). So we opted to do the four of us.
Here is my mother-in-law playing the piano like she's never played before. Jonathan, over in the corner, is playing with an old phonograph.

Then outside, Jonathan was so proud of himself. He was able to catch one of the chickens that was running around. He and Jeffrey came running over to show us, and Jeffrey declared that they had "caught our supper". We had a great time, and it was enjoyed by all. We went to the Olive Garden for supper to celebrate the big anniversary.

Next, well, I just have to post this picture of my father-in-law. He and I get along great, and we love to pick on one another. He is the one who called from NY one day and told me that "he was having trouble getting on my glob" (he meant blog). I laughed so hard at him. He's the same person who called a jacuzzi a "cachoosie". Anyway, Saturday evening we stopped to get Danae from the birthday party, and they invited us to stay a while. The host fixed my father-in-law a cup of coffee. I came around the corner to see him sitting on the couch with this coffee cup in his hand. It says "Double Bubble" on it. I died laughing, and couldn't resist taking his picture. I love him dearly, he is a wonderful grandpa to our children.

On Sunday, the grandparents wanted recent pictures with the grandchildren, so we did that.

And we figured we might as well do a family one then too.

Monday we went shopping and ran the roads. Paul's dad put new brakes on Paul's car, and we had some nice "visit" time in the evening. Today we went to Kokomo to meet some of my mother-in-laws family for lunch, and got back in time to pick up the children, run them to piano lesson, put a pot of soup on for supper, change the oil in the van, help with homework, run an errand, put the children to bed, visit for a while, fall into bed, and then not be able to sleep (it's 12:39 a.m.) Anyway, tomorrow they head back to NY. It's been great to have them here, and we hate see them go.
The puppies are getting big, and have made their new home outside. Tomorrow I place the ad in the paper to start taking deposits on them. They're really cute, and I'm sure their pictures will probably appear here another time or two before they all find new homes.

Tonight while I was out running my errand, the sunset was one of the most beautiful that I have ever seen. I reached over and turned the radio off, and just thanked the Lord for His reminder of His love and His goodness. Tears came to my eyes as I was reminded that He cares so much about me that He would take the time to create such a breathtaking site for me to enjoy. Our God is Awesome. Revel in His goodness today.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I know, I know...'s been FOREVER since I blogged. Sorry. It just seems things have been so hectic that I haven't had time to blog or read anyone else's blog either. Anyway, two weekends ago we went to UBC to attend the annual Old Fashioned day. The weather was HOT and miserable. It was hard to believe that it was 90 degrees in October (must be that global warming thing). One of the activities that I enjoyed watching was the "Pie in the Face" booth. Bro. Glick was the first on the list. Here you'll see Jeremy Fish getting.....READY
CREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you paid $5.00, instead of $1.00 you could stand up close and just "smear". It was quite interesting. Some people had quite a time. (Are you ok, Bro. Glick, under all that cream? Can you even breathe?)

Talk about an "ear full".

Anyway, it was quite crowded, and too hot to eat under the tent, so we had "dinner on the ground" in the shade of the van parked next to ours. It was a real nice day, and we got to see lots of friends that we only see in a blue moon.
Sunday night after our jaunt to UBC on Saturday, I started with terrible back pain. Needless to say, I was down in my back for a good part of the week. On Tuesday I kept Jonathan home from school to help me with Makayla because I was not able to lift her. ( picture to post of the ailing mama.) Anyway, I was able to go to a massage therapist on Tuesday, and she worked wonders for me. I am doing much better.
Also, this week one of my long time friend's brother was killed in a "freak" accident on Wednesday night. He was a police officer with the Shelbyville Police Department. This has been a very difficult time for all of the family.
This past Saturday our family attended "The Feast of the Hunter's Moon". It is a annual festival that is held about 30 minutes from us. It is reminiscent of the days of the early settlers. It was very interesting, and a neat experience for all of us. They had several drum and bugle corps there, as well as war reenactments. Lots of people dressed in attire from that era. Here is a picture of one of the "battles" in progress.
I thought this little wagon and little girl was so cute. Couldn't resist the Kodak moment.
Then this week I have been busy taking care of 11 puppies (we lost one), getting ready for company (my in-laws arrived today for a week), and coordinating a large event that is planned to take place in a couple of weeks. Right now I'm feeling a little swamped and somewhat overwhelmed.
The children are doing great, and Makayla got her first two teeth over the weekend. She's almost 11 months old, and a couple of nights ago, I couldn't resist taking her picture. I told the three older ones that she looked like a sleeping beauty. We'll soon be celebrating a first birthday. Doesn't seem possible. Thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by today. Hope you have a blessed day. I will plan to do better about blogging.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Being A Mother

A friend of mine sent me the story listed below, it was sent to her from a mother of 10 children whose husband died of a massive heart attack leaving her totally alone, with all 10 children still at home. Thought some of you moms out there might enjoy it. Let's all be careful to take the time to say "I Love You", because we never know when it might be the last chance. (Of course the picture above is just part of being a mom too...keeping your babies out of the dishwasher.)
After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, "I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you." The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally. That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie. "What's wrong, are you well," she asked? My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news. "I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you," I responded. "Just the two of us." She thought about it for a moment, and then said, "I would like that very much." That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel's'. "I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed," she said, as she got into the car. "They can't wait to hear about our meeting." We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips. "It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small," she said. "Then it's time that you relax and let me return the favor," I responded. During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation- -nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other's life. We talked so much that we missed the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said, "I'll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you." I agreed. "How was your dinner date?" asked my wife when I got home. "Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined," I answered. A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn't have a chance to do anything for her. Some time later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place mother and I had dined. An attached note said: "I paid this bill in advance. I wasn't sure that I could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates - one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me. I love you, son." At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: "I LOVE YOU" and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve. Nothing in life is more important than your family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till "some other time." Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you've had a baby.... Somebody doesn't know that once you're a mother, "normal" is history. Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct... Somebody never took a three-year-old shopping. Somebody said being a mother is boring ....Somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver's permit. Somebody said if you're a "good" mother, your child will "turn out good"....somebody thinks a child comes with directions and a guarantee. Somebody said "good" mothers never raise their voices ... Somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor's kitchen window. Somebody said you don't need an education to be a mother.... Somebody never helped a fourth grader with his math. Somebody said you can't love the second child as much as you love the first .... Somebody doesn't have two children. Somebody said a mother can find all the answers to her child-rearing questions in the books.... Somebody never had a child stuff beans up his nose or in his ears. Somebody said the hardest part of being a mother Is labor and delivery....somebody never watched her "baby" get on the bus for the first day of Kindergarten .... or on a plane headed for military "boot camp." Somebody said a mother can do her job with her eyes closed and one hand tied behind her back...somebody never organized seven giggling Brownies to sell cookies. Somebody said a mother can stop worrying after her child gets married....somebody doesn't know that Marriage adds a new son or daughter-in-law to a mother's heartstrings. Somebody said a mother's job is done when her last child leaves home...somebody never had Grandchildren. Somebody said your mother knows you love her, so You don't need to tell her.... somebody isn't a mother.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Spiritual Lesson from the BATHTUB!!!

This morning I put Makayla in the tub. She loves the water, and especially loves to play in the "running" water. Often, I'll put her in there and just let the water run for a while so she can play. This morning, I was just quietly observing her play. She was trying soooooo hard to "grab" the water. Over and over, she would reach up and try to "hold" it. You could see the "wheels" turning. She was trying so hard to figure out how to hold onto the water. After a while, she would wave her arms and fuss in frustration, but go back once again, to try to figure out how she could grab and hold onto the stream of water. It was a mystery to her how it could LOOK like she should be able to hold onto it, but when she tried, it failed. It is a rule of science that at this point in her life she is not capable of understanding. In that moment the Lord spoke to me. He showed me that I am often just like her. Life has circumstances that I just can't figure out. Often things look like they should be one way, but in God's ways, it's completely different. In my own strength, I try and try to "grasp" and try to make it work the way I think it should work. It seems like over and over again I keep going back and try to figure it out on my own. When it doesn't work like I thought it should, I often get frustrated, and "fuss" in frustration, saying, "God, why can't I figure this out?" But He reminds me that circumstances in my life are "bigger" than me, and at this point in my life, just like Makayla, I am not capable of understanding God's ways, but in spite of that, I still need to trust Him.

Thank you, Lord, for my lesson today from the bathtub. Help me to heed it today. To constantly be reminded that your ways are perfect, and that you are in control, and you really do know what You're doing.