Every good and perfect gift is from above.
~James 1:17

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Summer Days

What have we been up to lately? Let's see... we have been enjoying the last bit of summer before school starts up again! The kids are really used to spending their days outside playing and it is going to be a shock to their systems (and mine!) when we have to get up earlier and have our days more scheduled! Until then, we will have a few more lazy mornings and trips to the park. :-) Grant and Katie have both had playdates with friends recently. Here are Gabrielle and Kate on a hot day at the park.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Swimming Lessons

Grant and Katie finished their swim lessons yesterday. They both passed the level they were in and will move up a level when they take lessons again next summer! All the time they spent in the pool while we were in Colorado really helped them become better swimmers and be more confident in the water. I'm so glad we were able to get them in these lessons when we got back.

Here is Grant during his swim lesson.

Gabrielle and Katie were in the same swim class, which made them both very happy. :-)

Monday, August 13, 2007


For someone who has been asking, here is a picture of me in my new glasses. I am not real crazy about them and am already thinking about the style I will get next. When I got these, I had tried on too many glasses and was just so sick of the whole thing. My husband said these were the best of the bunch we had narrowed it down to, so I went with them. They are okay, but I kind of wish I had gotten a different shape and maybe a brownish color. But, here they are and this is what I will have to use for now. At least I can see! :-)

Friday, August 10, 2007

My Little Cowgirl

Katie couldn't wait to wear her new boots. And, when she put them on with this dress and hat, she became a little cowgirl. Here she is... out on the prairie. :-)

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

A Wedding, A Baby

Last June there was a wedding. This June, a baby was born. Misty and Reid welcomed little Emma Leigh to their family and what a tiny, sweet, perfect gift from God she is! Oh, and four weeks later, guess who got to meet and hold little Miss Emma? We hit it off famously. :-)

New mom, Misty, with her daughter, Emma Leigh.

Precious Emma.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Tea Parties Are Fun!

Katie and I were invited to a tea party yesterday. While the grown up ladies enjoyed tea and scones, the little girls had tea and treats at their own table. I couldn't resist turning around and taking pictures of the little girls ~ they looked so cute in their dresses, having "grown up" conversation over tea. :-)

Katie and Gabrielle discuss important issues over cups of tea. :-)

Anne, Ellie, Kate and Gabrielle ~ full of tea!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Bridge Collapse

Many have heard by now of the terrible tragedy that happened last night in Minneapolis. It was rush hour. People were in their cars, backed up bumper to bumper, as they headed home from work. The interstate took them over the Mississippi River on a huge bridge. I have been over that bridge. You hardly notice that you are actually on a bridge because it is such a wide interstate highway. Last night at 6:05 pm that bridge collapsed. It is unthinkable that something like this could happen. There was a school bus full of children that had just crossed the bridge before the bridge fell into the river. All of the children got out safely, but oh how scary it must have been for them. We are praying for the families touched by this tragedy.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Rock Shop

Did you know that taking your kids to the rock shop is about the same as taking them to a candy store? I could not believe the squeals of delight that came from my children as they ran from pile of rocks to pile of rocks outside the rock shop we visited in Estes Park, CO. And then, once inside, they ran about giddy as can be, scooping up handfuls of little polished rocks and oohing and aahing at each new color, shape and shimmer of rocks they found. I let them pick out a few rocks of their own to buy. Oh, my, what a decision each chosen rock was! They were still ecstatic when we drove away with each of them clutching a little bag full of ...rocks. :-)

Look at all of these big, colorful rocks! (And colored glass.)

Grant found Fool's Gold!

So many rocks, so little time...