Monday, April 10, 2017


Softball has begun!
It is finally nice enough that we begin outdoor practice next week!
It now officially feels like Spring!

Sunday, April 9, 2017


We don't really do pranks for April Fool's Day..however the kids have really gotten into it.
This is what we found that afternoon...At least I got one that looks like a person on my side. Lol.
The toothbrushes were also missing, toilet paper removed from the holder, all of my pencils and markers hidden, and many more little things.
What kinds of pranks do your kids pull?

Saturday, April 8, 2017


This goes all the way back to February.
The Pioneer Girls hosted a Father/Daughter Dinner Dance for the community.
The girls were soooooooo excited to go.

They had a band and a special surprise for later on!

A horse and carriage ride, reminiscent of Cinderella's coach!
How awesome is that?


It was a special time for all of them and they ALL enjoyed themselves,
 by the way, not just the girls.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Mid-March, 4-H held public presentations. For those of you not familiar with this, there are judges and you are scored on a variety of categories from appearance to content to time. This was MJ's second public presentation and Bean's first.  Since it was Bean's first time, she had to choose something archery related, MJ could choose anything.

She chose to research and speak on archery targets.

For her pointer, she used an arrow.
Clever, huh!

MJ chose to research and speak about the history of legos!
Anyone surprised by that? ;)

I am very pleased to say that they both did fantastic jobs
 and earned blue ribbons which is equal to an excellent!
Our judges were on the tough side this year too.

Great job, Kiddos!  Keep up the good work!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


I pretty much love everything about this picture.
The upside-down glasses, the curls, the finger placement, the music.
I really do hope that at least one of my children becomes proficient at an instrument.

Monday, April 3, 2017


It is really a blessing and a tragedy that life continues on.

On one hand, it would be so nice to just stop everything and just grieve.
The thought is there that we get so caught up in the daily grind that we, dare I say, forget the unforgettable even if just for a moment or two? 

I have to say that my ability to grieve privately was taken away and I was rather angry at that.
I dreaded going into the place knowing that everyone knew and that there would be comments--well meaning as I know they were meant to be.
On reflection though, what was done was Biblical--we are called to bear one another's burdens (Gal. 6:2).  
How can we bear them, if we don't know what they are?
How can we rightly pray for one another if we don't know the struggles?
 It doesn't mean that I necessarily want to talk about it, but knowing that there are people praying really is a comfort.

Life does go on from one minute to the next. This task, person and the next all needing attention and we fix our focus outside of ourselves.  That is a blessing. We don't focus all of our self ON ourselves and OUR feelings and such.  Now certainly there cannot be a time limit--not Should there be--on grief.  

We are back to a "regular" schedule this week.  My husband is back to work, we are back to schooling and like I said, I'm a bit torn.  I am thankful to have these tasks to do so that I'm not focused on just the heartbreak, but on the other hand, it is not something I can just "put behind" and move on.  I am grateful that the weather is beautiful and sunny today and it seems that Spring is finally here..Easter is right around the corner and with it the remembrance that with the Resurrection is a hope for a new life.

"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy."
~1 Peter 4:12-13