The school lessons start to slow down and you start longing for those long summer days when you can lay on a lounge chair, read your favorite book and sip lemonade. Then phone calls happen.....we need to go here and go there, plan this and that.....so on and so forth. Then you find yourself in the middle of July and asking yourself where has the summer gone and what have we even done?!?! It can be so hard to say no to all of the "extras" of life, but I encourage you to try with me and make time to lay on the grass with your kids to stare at the clouds and then turn over to watch those busy ants....while you are sipping that lemonade, ofcourse! hee hee :o)
Back in the fall we had 60 mph winds that continued for a couple of hours. Bird feeders went flying, shingles covered the lawn, and the patio furniture was across the yard. Insurance cut us a check for the roof and Aaron decided to save us some money and do it himself in the spring. The research began. Aaron talked with our dads, watched "how to" videos on the internet, and talked with lots of silver haired/experienced men at the local home improvement center (That he now calls by name and they'll be invited to Thanksgiving!). :o)
The first and second day he was up there I was very nervous. I prayed about it and tried hard not to think about him up on the steep roof....even though the ladder fell twice from the wind...aahhhh!
It took a little over a week to get the job done and it looks great! (Good work, hunny!!!!)
A thank you to Jeff and Jason for coming to help!!
A big "THANK YOU" to all the ladies that helped to make March 14th possible! An even BIGGER "THANK YOU" to Trina, who came up with the idea in the first place. She came up with the idea, picked the date and location and then satan attacked! Her jobs increased from one to four and the temptation was there to quite planning the get together, but she kept plugging a long and didn't let him win! The day was simplified and the work deligated. It was a major spiritual success! We all grew closer to the Lord and closer to each other. Which was our goal!
We are talking of doing it again in the fall and I encourage sisters around the country to plan fun days with your local sisters. Make it simple and make it fun! :o)
Every year when winter comes to an end, the snow has melted and we start to get those few "teaser" warm days....I'll find myself scanning over my flower bed for the first sign of new growth on my plants. I'll look intensely at the ground for any bright green color and today I found it! New growth springing up from the earth and I could feel my heart leap with happiness that winter was coming to an end!
If any of you know me you know that I love flower gardens! I'm really not very good at it. I just try to pick hardy plants that can survive my neglect and poor soil! :o) Besides, I have some other things growing in my home that are more precious and who I'd rather spend my time on.
Just for fun, here are some plants that I've found to be extremely hardy: Daises, Sunflowers, Iris, Hostas, Sedum, Snapdragons, Lamb's Ear, Zinnias, Cosmos, and Lillies...just to name a few. :o)
If you have found some plants that are hardy and can thrive under neglect...please let me know! I'm always on the look out for more.
Thanks, in advance!
On Saturday, February 7th from 10am to 12pm, I will be having a beginner painting class at my home. There will be NO CHARGE for my sisters during this session, except for some supplies that you will need. I am even willing to share what brushes I have (and that's a lot). I thought it would be a lot of fun to get together and paint. So, please let me know by Saturday, January 31st, so that I can reserve your spot. Space is limited.
Please send your response to email@example.com. Hope to see you there!