Thursday, September 25, 2014

Let's Try This Again!

How could I let most of a year go by without posting anything? I have kept up-to-date reading several other people's blogs, but haven't done much commenting. I'll try to do better, as I know how encouraging comments can be!

So, over the last several months there have been a good number of family gatherings.

Andrew continued to grow.

The whole family pitched in to help Trina and Josh move in February.

Visited at Mom's several times. She went with us to the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in February.  Wish the photo wasn't so blurry.

Benny and I toured our newly refurbished state capitol building in Topeka. I'll try to do a separate post about that another time.

We took a trip to the Amana Colonies. That should be a separate post also!

In April I sang with the county community choir as we presented selections from Handel's Messiah. What a joy that was!

Look who learned to walk!

I lost something the end of May! Fifteen inches were chopped off, destined for Children with Hair Loss, a group that does not charge for wigs for children who need them.

In June we celebrated Andrew's first birthday!

I helped with VBS, which is always a fun time!

Brittany (DIL) and my sister-in-law and I went on a walking photo tour of our county seat the middle of June. Of course that resulted in many interesting photos, so I have my blogging work cut out for me with yet another potential post!

There's more to catch you up about, but I'll leave off here for now, with this shot of Andrew and me on the Fourth of July.

Monday, December 09, 2013

In Thankfulness

(Welcome to any visitors from sweet Linny's "A Place Called Simplicity"This is my first time linking a post, and I sure didn't mean to use the generic linky image, but guess that didn't stop you! Would love to have you come visit again sometime!)

Somewhat over a year ago (October 30, 2012), I had surgery to remove my thyroid, which as suspected, did have a cancerous growth on it.  The surgery went very well, with no follow-up chemo or radiation needed. I only need to take a thyroid pill every day the rest of my life.  I can do that!

After the surgery, praise the Lord, I could talk! (but not loudly)

I could read orally! (but not for long, or with the usual inflection)

After several months I could sing! (but not with a reliable sound/range)

Yes, I was grateful for the talking, reading, and singing ability that was there.  But... things just weren't like they were before the surgery.  They weren't "normal" and the feeling of a lump in my throat remained, even though there was nothing physically wrong with my vocal cords.  It was 
for a long time!

Fast forward.

Last evening the annual Community Christmas cantata was presented after nine weeks of practice.  It was such a BLESSING to be able to participate!

I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
--Psalm 104:33

God is good!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


Thought I would feature our indoor cats, Ching and K.C., since  I heard that today is National Cat Day. They are twelve and thirteen years old, with distinct habits and personalities.
K.C. is shy and soft-spoken. She has learned to "High five!" with me.  Almost every morning I find a toy she has brought from another room and left in or near my shoe as a present.
Ching is our socialite, curious if we have visitors, very vocal (as would be expected being Siamese), notices right away if something new shows up, and loves to jump up to our shoulders and snuggle.
It wouldn't be the same without them around!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

He's Growing!

This was last month during a brief visit to the farm.
Now I'm thinking it's about time to go to his house for a visit!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

We Have New Names!

As of June 4, thanks to the arrival of Andrew Michael, Benny and I have new names.  We are now Gram E. and Grampa!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

First Day of Fall

My good friend, Pat, hosted our church's Sarah Circle and our families for a gathering at their cabin at the lake.  It was a pleasant first day of Fall.

Who says you have to have level ground to play croquet!?
The kabobs were quite tasty, as was the rest of the food everyone brought!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Look Close!

If you watch closely on My First YouTube Video, keeping focused toward the top of the screen at the front of the boat, you'll see the dolphins that were having fun racing with our day cruise catamaran for awhile (while we were visiting Alaska last summer.) It's very short, so if you don't see the dolphins the first time through, just replay!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Alaskan Wildlife, Part 2

These are some of my favorites of the wildlife we saw on our trip to Alaska last summer.

-Tufted Puffin-
: )

 -contemplative Sea Otter-

In Seward there were rabbits of all colors hopping around the residential area.  I happened to see this greedy one.  Or, maybe he was just really hungry. Or, maybe he was headed somewhere to share!

I never dreamed I'd have the opportunity to see whales in my life! I don't remember for certain, but I think this was a beluga.

They are quite common in Alaska, with signs all along the roads advising caution and to be alert for them along the roads. This family actually lives in Benny's sister's neighborhood. She said the twins were two years old, and would stay with their mother one more year.  But, they were something I had really, really hoped to see while we were there, so I was sure grateful that they made an appearance right toward the end of our visit!
"All things bright and beautiful, 
All creatures great and small, 
All things wise and wonderful, 
The Lord God made them all."

Monday, July 16, 2012

Alaskan Wildlife

On our first day in Alaska (last summer), this eagle and a gorgeous blue sky welcomed us.

 -A lone Harbor Seal swimming up the Kenai Bay-
I named him Murphy!

Murphy stopped to smile for the camera!

-Some of the birds on Gull Island-
I think these are mostly Common Murres and some Pelagic Cormorants off to the right, but do you see the two Tufted Puffins?
 Papa Eagle watches over his family (that was in another tree) at Homer.

This was a cute squirrel, but he was really a thief after the contents of Laura's bird feeder!
-Steller Sea Lions slipping and sliding, and soaking up some sun in (I think) Resurrection Bay-

Seeing these animals and birds was great, but in part 2 of Alaska Wildlife, I'll show the ones that were my favorites!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012


February 4, 2012
Kelsey and Adam move--no more apartment life

May 5, 2012
Brittany and Matthew

June 30, 2012
Trina and Joshua

July 3, 2012
I took a nap!
: )