Monday, June 5, 2017







  We are so happy to have some beautiful weather after a LOT of rain this year! We had record breaking amounts. Normally a record I wouldn't mind breaking (I love rain!), but this year it's just too much! We have a ton of outside *and* inside work to do, and it's been such a good feeling to finally get at it. We're loving the bright sky and fluffy white clouds over the soggy ground and dark clouds. We love saying goodbye to dark heavy clouds both literally and metaphorically. I am feeling lighter inside than I have for quite a while, and am working on getting lighter physically. Weirdly (ha!) I gained even more weight during David's recovery last year (ugh!). I have happily discovered that I like green smoothies and am feeling so good having them for breakfast. I actually have energy to get moving right away, like I'm actually turning into a ...morning person!!!! I'm finding that I am losing my craving for breads, too, which is a biggie for me. David recently told me that he is feeling like himself again, which also makes me so happy!  I find that people see he looks well from the outside and think he's all good, but so often only people who have been through similar physical traumas really understand how long healing takes, physically and emotionally.                                                       My oldest daughter and cutie-pie granddaughter came up for a quick visit recently. Alaina is getting SO BIG and SO OLD. David had actually had to go to Tillamook the day before with some of his coworkers and they all had lunch with Rachel and Alaina. Grandpa was pretty proud to show them off, heehee! This pic was while we were picking him up from work the next day. I just love her  to bits, good grief. I've been pulling patterns and fabric out during our clean out. My own baby girl is 5, Emma, 12, and I've got to sew for them NOW, while they actually want me too! I do not want to kick myself later with patterns and fabric still sitting, waiting. I've found some fun older patterns at Goodwill, one of my favorite places to find patterns. My mom had the top two patterns, and I laughed when I found them in the same bundle at Goodwill; she had made my sister blue corduroy knickers and a blue blouse with the same patterns. I had a purple-y set. I loved those knickers and am wondering if Mia would like some or if I'll end up just making her shorts to wear with tights.  I'm trying to make some summery things and cold weather things, so I can plan a couple easy and quick to knit sweaters, too. I do think she'd be adorable in knickers and a cable knit sweater, though. We'll see! ❤

Monday, April 10, 2017



I'm in my room with my coffee, planning our week while HAIL is pounding against my window. Umm, hello there spring! We've had some crazy weather this season, rather matching the crazy in our lives this year! First, my sweet sister and her family just returned to their home yesterday, after taking a long sabbatical after losing their little Lem in January. They could use some prayer as they reenter regular life. My grandpa died in February, which was more joyful than sad, as he is now wholly healed after several years of his body simply failing him more and more. My grandmother is considering moving up here, bringing her much closer to family as she ages. 


In March, we lost my great aunt to lung cancer, four weeks after being diagnosed! We got to keep my cousins three younger kids while she went and cared for her mom. It was a fun, sweet time for the little kids, though also exhausting for my introverted family! I would find Owen or Mia, off on their own, explaining, "I just need some peace and quiet for a while." My older boys slept upstairs in their rooms, but my younger three and the three cousins camped out in the living room together. Towards the end, nerves were being rubbed raw so I sent Owen and Mia to sleep in my bed, while I snuggled my little three year old cousin, who was greatly missing mama, on a couch. I found them snuggled up so sweetly next morning, I just love this picture of them!
 

   I just got these cuties in a bag of assorted notions at Goodwill. I LOVE those bags! If only I could convince hubby that I would be thrilled beyond belief to get them for presents, haha! There are many more pretty buttons and button cards in the bag, but that needle card was my favorite. Speaking of hubby, he is back to work today after five weeks at Academy! Since he's been a Police Officer, Corrections Deputy, and now a Parole/Probation Officer, this was his third Academy! Hopefully the last. I can't see any other job changes after this, at least pre-retirement jobs.



As I was finishing up this post, I realized our deer family was having breakfast outside, so had to take a couple quick (bad) pictures. There's about five in this group. They're so pretty, but as things begin to ripen and bloom, my affections sure are tried! Ok, I'm always tempted to talk about EVERYTHING when I'm not blogging regularly, so I'm signing off now, and hey - the sun is out!!

Monday, January 30, 2017

January

I let blogging go for the end of 2016, spending all my time just getting things ready for the holidays. We had some emotional times, as the end of the year marked one year since David's heart attack. The weather, Christmas music and movies were all beautiful but also a bit difficult, as they brought memories back of being in the hospital for David. It's unsurprisingly a bit of a struggle to know you've really and truly almost died. The new year found us with energy finally increasing, feeling as though we were waking out of a  weird dream, finally. I don't think I've ever posted a "word of the year" here, and I don't have one every year. This year though, is "Do". Pretty simple and straightforward. Do the things. Don't focus on losing weight, but DO exercise and eat well, DO teach the kids WHY they need the vegetables. DO the projects, DO the family time, DO read through the bible with the family, DO serve people, DO love people, DO make our home a warm place for friends, DO have those friends come over, DO keep track and enjoy blogging again. We were gearing up and doing well when tragedy struck my beautiful sister's family. After an accident, my sister's beautiful little boy was in the hospital for two weeks, spending his first birthday in a coma. He died two days later. His funeral was on Friday, it was so beautiful, and HUGE. My sister's family is so loved, God has them so very well covered. Over $26,000 has been raised for financial needs, their church and community love them and are ready to care for any physical needs they may have. To see how Lemuel's death and the family's faith has affected people has been wonderful. It's been certainly different to be on this end of a crisis. While we are all so sad to lose Lemuel here, it's such a joy to know he is fully healed, in the presence of the Lord, as well as all the family we have there. Healing has already begun, though we will always miss this beautiful boy.                                                                                        
Lemuel Craig Houston Jan 18, 2016-Jan 20, 2017
                                                            1 Thessalonians 4:13,14                                                              


But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.