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

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

The kids scooped out their pumpkins and drew the faces, then Dave and I carved them. We pulled together a couple of costumes from the dress-up box~Kate dressed as a cowgirl and Grant was a ninja~ and then they were off to a few of our neighbor's homes to trick-or-treat.

A church near our house holds a "trunk-or-treat" party every year that we went to, also. People have candy in their trunks and the kids just walk around to all the trunks and get candy. The trunks are all decorated and people from the church hand out candy at each of the them. It is nice and simple and safe.

After going through all of their "loot" when we got home, and eating a bunch of it, the kids were pretty tired and went right to bed. So, it is quiet here now and I can grab a few minutes on my husband's computer before heading off to bed myself. G'night! :-)

Monday, October 29, 2007

More Fall Days

The computer is gone. Well, for a little while, anyway. We are in the process of getting a new one, but I will not be able to post updates and pictures very often until we get it. It seems like I hardly have time for that lately, anyway. The weeks just keep whizzing by while we go about our regular activities. How can it be the end of October already??

The kids and I are enjoying our school days. Both of them are improving so much at reading, which has been very exciting for me! :-) Last week we took a walk on a sunny day and then Grant and Katie sat and sketched drawings of things that were of interest to them. They really got into it! And, we recently went on a field trip to a local farm, where the kids learned about various animals raised there and got to go on a hay ride.

Tonight our family attended a Harvest Party at the home of a family who lives out in the country. There were games and prizes, another hayride and crockpots full of delicious chili. The whole thing was put on by generous people who use what God has blessed them with to bless others. Many of the children invited to this party live in the inner city and have never been to the countryside before. What a wonderful experience this was for them, and for us, also.

So, those are a few of the things we have been up to lately. We are enjoying being outside on these beautiful fall days before they are all gone! :-)

Sunday, October 21, 2007


The kids and I were downtown the other day and stopped to take a few pictures. We went to a market there that has shops and restaurants run by people from all around the world. We had a delicious lunch at a Middle Eastern food place. It was really nice to be around so many different people and cultures. We are looking forward to going there again soon!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Fall Is Flying By

Wow, time sure seems to be flying by! Last Saturday we finished up fall soccer with a special tournament day called, Super Soccer Saturday. It was a gloriously beautiful fall day, with cool temperatures but lots of sunshine. Perfect for playing soccer. The kids both had fun playing, got lots of snacks and both got trophies, so it was a good day. :-)

I love this time of year. The fall colors are everywhere. Grant and Kate have been raking leaves into piles and then jumping in them. The air is so crisp and cool. When the kids come in from playing, their cheeks are rosy. :-) We are enjoying our school days. Life is good.

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Grant's Soccer Game

Well, I finally made it to my son's soccer game early this morning! Dave is coaching Grant's team and it was fun to see both of them in action! :-)

Grant is so proud to have his dad be coaching the team. I am really glad it worked out with Dave's schedule for him to be able to do it!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Your own personal translator

Do you want to send a love letter to your sweetheart in say, French, only you don't speak French?

Well, don't let that stop you! Just head on over to the Translator Beta website, type your letter in English and click on the translate button. Your letter will then appear in French! No laborious language lessons, just a simple click of the mouse, and you can become "fluent" in a new language!

It's fun! :-) Just click here.