Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving Pix

My lovely niece Monique made this beautiful cake. She even made the fondant from scratch!! Very talented 16 year old. You gotta love her.

Loads of family games, thanks to the leadership of my eldest who always has fun ideas of games for us all to play.
And, best of all, everyone was home and my sister and her two sons even came from St. Louis. I love having a houseful.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hope you did too.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you will all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Very busy here. I am so happy to have a full house. My sister is coming from St. Louis. My son from South Bend with his girlfriend. Jim will fly in from Dallas. Anne and Zach are driving from Atlanta.

Blessed be God for all he has given us!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving. Jim will be coming home from Dallas. Mike will be here from South Bend with his new girlfriend. Anne and Zach will probably not make it unless they find a last minute deep discount fare. :-( But they will be home for Christmas so we can look forward to that!

It's starting to get cold. Only a few things left still alive in my garden. I called my friend Sally (who was a horticulture major in college) to ask if we really need to clean out flower beds for the winter. Want to know the truth? I never do it. I let everything die and in the Spring start over again. But it seems a lot of people do clear their beds. Sally says it doesn't matter for the flowers. In fact clearing them out can prevent delightful reseeding surprises in the Spring...which I have experienced. I nearly always have a volunteer tomato plant from the year before. And then there are those snapdragons. I haven't planted a snapdragon in several years and yet each year one or two pop up in the garden. So sweet.

So. Maybe my yard doesn't look so great right now. But Sally thinks it'll be OK. And that's been my experience. In fact, maybe there's a small advantage in that all those dead plants become compost?

Or maybe I'm just good at rationalizing my preference for curling up with a good book....

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Philippians 4:8

"Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
Phil 4:8

Yesterday during my adoration hour I thought about this passage. Then I thought it would be a very good passage for me to memorize. Then...I "just happened" to find it quoted in the meditation I was reading!!

So...of course, I memorized it.

This morning I've recited it maybe 5 or 6 times now, several before I even got out of bed. Yeah. I think the Lord is telling me something. Do ya think?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I'm still alive. LOL

I'm sorry I have not been blogging. I just have honestly been too busy with other things. Still planning to get back to it.

This past weekend was Parent/Family weekend at U of M. Even though we live right here we decided to attend some of the events to support John and recognize all the work he is putting into his degree which he will finish this year!
Brunch in the Union Ballroom was very nice and brought back happy memories of just a few months ago when Zach and Anne had their wedding reception in this very room

Mary was able to attend with John her very first college football game with seats in the seventh row. And was it ever a game!! They won 67-65 in triple overtime!! It was Michigan's highest scoring game in 131 years! I was so glad they won and so happy that Mary was able to see a fantastic game.

Mary's quote of the week: "When you watch football on TV the field looks huge and the players very small. When you're right there in the stadium the field does not look that big but the players look huge." I know exactly what she means.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Visiting Atlanta!!

So sorry to have been so silent here for a while. Nothing's wrong. Just got little behind in life. You know how it is.

We had four days to work with. My daughter and her new dear husband have moved to Atlanta. It's an 11 hour drive, 12 if you stop like we do.

We decided to head South.

Several days before our departure the heater and AC in the car broke. So... in the early morning as we left Michigan we were freezing. And in the second half of our trip we had to open windows a little because of the heat. LOL

Downtown Atlanta. This is the World of Coke, a really fascinating place all about Coca Cola. In the picture are my three daughters and my new son-in-law.

Mary, Anne and Zach. Is he sweet or what?

World of Coke included a 4D movie. Here we are all ready for the experience!

Piedmont Park in downtown Atlanta. It was a lovely place and we so enjoyed our long and peaceful walk there.

Yours truly in the middle. My daughters are each at least two inches taller than I.

Yes, it was 24 hours of driving for three nights and two days with Anne and Zach. Totally worth the effort. And I love that I can now picture where they are. We had a great time!!