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


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.