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Monday, May 4, 2015

These three...

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{when we all work together}

While he didn't get to play - he did get to sit in the dugout for what was the last inning, I believe... and do his best to be a good sport.

So, while I did my best to try and put these photos into some semblance of order... they still aren't.  I hope you can follow along with our "busy" weekend.  The gist of this post is just to brag on my three little "blessings"!  and to say wow - we did it.  Especially when we willing choose to all work together. :)
Coming off of yet another very, VERY busy weekend.  Last weekend was this special occasion and now this past weekend - we pretty much moved Scott's Mom - a.k.a. Grandma Susie - to a "just-the-right- size" apartment here in PA... to live next door to our family.
Can I just say... OUR KIDS...were amazing!!

We left the house around 4 AM -on Saturday morning. Arrived in NY around 6:30 AM. Loaded up a moving truck, and our van, with all her things and turned right around and headed for home.. arriving around 12:30- 1:00pm.  Almost in time for Caleb's baseball game.   (We actually missed it... sad for him.. but we really tried hard to make it.  We arrived just in time to give his teammates a "root" and a cheer... and that was the end of game.)  We live only a mile or two from where the game was being played and headed for home to begin the arduous task of unloading the moving truck.  Around 4pm.. we stopped - just to "unwind".  Give the kids baths, grab a bite to eat (pizza ordered in) and then Scott and I headed to one of these meetings.
 ((It was so super interesting and I'm super excited to get on board with this.. anyway.))
My brother, Nate, came over to watch the kids for us... and get them to bed.


Sunday... wasn't much different.
Obviously, we attended Service... but, Scott and I were asked to fill in as substitute teachers for one of the Children Ministry Classes.  Can't remember ever being in charge of teaching a whole class - only "helping" with one... so that was something completely needing to be covered in prayer and well... truthfully... it went really well. 
Only to come back home and pick up where we left off. And that was to FINISH UNLOADING the moving truck.  Our "big" red wagon was a God-send - and I think that helped to keep the kids interested in sticking to it!!
We wrapped things up around 3pm.

The truck got cleaned out.

Didn't get too many photos of this part... but Caleb was having fun - being in charge of opening and closing the truck's large door and manning it's latching system.  Helping with the gangplank, etc.
Gave my  two"boys" their haircuts... out on the front porch. :) love that...
Grabbed a couple of showers.

And by 4pm... Scott was out the door to attend a Scouting Ceremony for a young man who earned his Eagle Scout - the highest honor you can achieve in Scouting!
After he returned home from that...
we needed to return the rental (moving truck)  and we decided to grab some WAWA hoagies, on the way home... and have a picnic supper at a local park.
It was a perfect evening.

Again... these three.  Our kids!  Wow!  What troopers!!!
They did so great all weekend..
helping to... Load & Unload etc.

 A couple of the items that came along with Grandma's things... were these two dolls that were supposed to be given at a later date... but, apparently they couldn't wait to be played with. :)
Oh .. my girls are having the time of their lives with these dolls.  As you can tell by these photos.

A night at the park was just what we needed - for everyone.  At the end of the day there was nothing like crawling into bed under the blanket of a full moon overhead.

We awoke this morning, to a beautiful day!!  Perfect wash day - and muchly needed... in playing catch up!  Sheesh!
There was nothing like three - four rounds of laundry on the line and having to get creative in getting it all to dry... or to fit on the line, notice the sides of the washbasket? ... and giving Grandma's bed some fresh clean sheets for her lovely abode.  Greatly appreciated.. I know.

What a privilege to bless.. like this.
When we all work together - how much happier we'll be!

How was your weekend?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Five Minute Friday :: door {Mugs & Muffins Winner ~ revealed}

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A decision maker.
A welcome.
A shut in the face.
A risk factor.
Not all... some.
A measure - in place.

Two sides, depict..
A surety.
Inside or out.
Which side to pick?
The reality?
A turn about.

One way or the other..
to hear - depart!
Turned away.
Knock... "step closer"
Whispers the Heart.
"Come in, to stay"!

One door and only one and yet its sides are two. I'm on the inside.
 On which side are you?


The winner for the Mugs & Muffins giveaway - will be announced some time later...today!
 Stay tuned..

Updated to add:  
The Mugs & Muffins winner is...


Thank you, for entering...the drawing...and Amanda.  I'll be getting your item of choice out to you - ASAP!  Please email me... with a specific item of your choice.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One Special Wedding Day {Justin & Kelsey}

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The last couple of weeks have been busy - helping - and readying my brother, Justin, and his girl for their 
Special Wedding Day!
Which happened to be this past Sunday - afternoon.

Lots of love, time and energy.  Not just from me - oh no!  I feel like I hardly did a thing.  But, everyone...involved.
The two Mothers (of the bride and groom)...were especially busy!
As well as many other friends and family members.

So - here, today, is just a fun filled documentary of photos trying to capture - in a sense - the joy of the day - we still hold dear - in our hearts.

The day we welcomed Kelsey into our family - as Sister (in-love)!

All photos of "bridal wreath" tucked in and around for floral displays...
Enjoy the photos!  
The first few, here, are from their Wedding Shower (a couple of weeks ago) and of a few gifts, that I made, by hand, to bless them with.

Mr, & Mrs. sign - took some tweaking and redoing for it to be just right... one of our gifts to the Bride and Groom.

Here are a few snapshots from the Rehearsal....
One handsome and nervous Ring - Bearer!

Getting ready to head to the Church, Sunday afternoon, before the Ceremony...

It was neat!!  They obviously couldn't pick just one flower girl; or ring bearer... so they included all of the nieces and both nephews as part of their special day!

My Mom (a.k.a. Grandma Rhoda) had sewn up all these little "Flower Girl" dresses.  I only helped...
A few, now, from the actual wedding ceremony... and folks... there were so many "photos" I missed... due to just sitting, wiping tears and enjoying the service.  I had the perfect seat... and still I missed so many. :)  It was a beautiful day!!

My uncle Vernon officiated the wedding!  He would by my Dad's older brother.  We really missed having my Dad here, on earth, to witness his firstborn son's wedding day!  (lots of tears...bittersweet, of course!)  I'm sure he was smiling, too!!

This first photo was taken from the "best seat" in the house...in my opinion. :)  I felt blessed!

Father and Daughter danced to Butterfly Kisses.  And the Mr. & Mrs. danced their first dance to a Frank Sinatra favorite tune.
Aubrey took this photo (and many more of these posted here, today!) - and it's one of my favs!
The Bride's Bouquet!
The remaining  photos are just a few favorite photos of the day - with really no rhyme or reason... just friends and family!!
The ultimate photo bomber - right here!!
dear friends!! and guests

One of the hymns, in the Wedding Ceremony, was sung by a trio of folks from our church - a song originally done by The Martins.
We all said - "move over Martins" - because these three just knocked it out of the park!  It was so, so beautifully sung.  The acoustics in the church were astounding!
I regret that I did not get, at least, their photo.  Nor, did I record them singing this.  Big Fail on my part.  So, we'll just have to close out this post with THE LORD'S PRAYER - sung by The Martins, instead.  Please, enjoy!!

Congratulations to the Happy Couple!!
And, boy... are they ever happy.  Let's just say - if we were to see them right about now... well... we'd never even be noticed.  There is not another soul on the earth right now!! :)  It's beautiful!!

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