Tuesday, November 24, 2009


for my Dad's funeral. Julia is playing the piano. It all seems so surreal.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My Very First Giveaway!

I was so excited when this came in the mail! Isn't it beautiful? And it expresses my feelings perfectly. It is a wonderfully crafted plaque that is beautifully painted and stenciled personally for me. Click on the picture to get a closer look at how fine it is made. Over at Danielson Designs you can check out all of the different plaques and picture frames that they have to choose from. Each one can be personalized to fit your faith, decor, and personality.
Well now you can enter my very first giveaway to win something that will go perfectly in your own home. Please visit Danielson Designs and design your own unique special something. Please make sure it is $40.00 or less. To enter the giveway, please leave a comment.... something like this, "I really like #1148 and I would put my daughter Lisa's name on it." This giveaway will go for two weeks and will end on December 7th. The winner will get their very own personalized sign sent to their home at the end of the giveaway. If you decide that you would like to purchase something during the two weeks that this giveaway is running, please post the code THEREED8 to get $10.00 off your purchase. If you would be interested in hosting your own giveaway please email Rozlynn at rozlynn@poiemaplace.com. Finally, Danielson is expanding their company by taking this website to the Home Party scene. This is not yet official, but if you would be interested in this, please let Rozlynn know. Thank you!
Happy designing!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Doing Nothing is Special

Still missing my Dad, planning to attend his funeral on Tuesday....... but life doesn't stop..... nor do I want it to. One thing I have been reminded of is how special family is... and how each second spent with them is priceless.... even when we are doing nothing special. Well actually, just being with them is special.

Jonny had fun quickly putting this puzzle together.

So did Rachel. Though my girl is almost fourteen, not only does she occasionally get the itch to do baby puzzles with her younger brother, but she wants Barbies for Christmas. And a boy Barbie so that Jonny can play too. And that's one of the many reasons why we love her.
This morning we pulled out our apple juice change jar and rolled coins. The kids really enjoyed it.
Anna and Annalyn got the chance to explore the shanty again with Grandpa last week. They found some envelopes with a man's name on them. They went home and googled the name and found a biography on him--- and they were certain it was the same man. I let them print out the info and they then took the paper and crumpled it up and rubbed coffee on it to make it look old. Then they played detectives. For hours, they played.

I took this picture after Dennis had just woke up from having tubes put in his ears. He was barely sedated, so waking up was a breeze for him. He was ready to go in no time... and he was hungry too.
Alex is becoming very mobile. He really enjoys moving around the house on this little car.
He also enjoys licking frosting off of cupcakes.

I love these eyes. I have always thought they were gorgeous. William has a way of making them dance and sparkle.
Adam enjoys baking. Whether it be cupcakes or brownies, he always does a great job.
Dennis ate a lollipop and even three hours later his mouth was still blue. Still ---- I think he couldn't look cuter.
Recently I made ribs for dinner. Andrew asked John to drill a hole into this bone. I can't believe he wanted to wear a yucky pig bone around his neck----- this was a time I had to remember to pick my battles.

Last week, Jonny had to decorate a turkey for school. We had fun using glitter, cereal, and paint to decorate the turkey. It turned out really nice.

Dennis thinks he can make his own lunch. He loves to open up our pantry and find packages of fruit snacks that he can put in a brown bag and pack in his little car. He will then ride that car all day occasionally stopping to open up the trunk to make sure his lunch is still there.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Who would have known saying one little word could be so hard? It was and it is....... goodbye Daddy.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bless Both Their Hearts

Thank you for all of your prayers and supportive words about my Dad. It does comfort me to know that so many people are thinking of our family and lifting us up. No one should have to go through something like this alone. There is no real improvement...... bless his heart, and in the next few days some difficult decisions will need to be made. For the most part..... I have peace. I printed some pictures of my Dad and slipped one of them into my bible study binder. I smile when I look at his picture and it brings me joy to remember the good times with him. I still pray for a miracle.

Early tomorrow morning Dennis is having surgery to put tubes in his ears. Poor little guy may finally get relief......... and hear the world around him...... and I imagine this opening up a whole new world to him.

Thank you again. Hope you are all well.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Not Ready To Say Goodbye

Today had to be one of the hardest days of my life. I'm sure it was for my father, and for the rest of my family as well. Early this morning, I got "the call"--- my worst nightmare had come true. A loved one had a brush with death and was not out of the woods.... yet. Far from it. My Dad went into Cardiac Arrest early this morning. His heart stopped beating for nearly ten minutes. It doesn't look good. Not good at all. Just as I left this evening, we had finally got word that he could almost be considered stable..... almost.

We are interceding on his behalf--- "Lord, please heal him. May He wake up if only for one second, to hear him say that He accepted Jesus into his heart. We are not ready to let him go. If I have to say goodbye-- please don't let it be forever."

I am crying out to my Lord---- "Please ease his discomfort and make him whole." Selfishly... I am not ready to say goodbye. None of us are.

I'm exhausted. And I am weary. Comfort us Lord.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Alex Home Three Months

Alex loves to be outside! He enjoyed being pulled in the wagon! His smile says it all!

Dennis is so strong now that he can pull Alex in the wagon.

I have a feeling that Alex will be doing the pulling next year.

These three boys are best buds. They play together, sleep together, and laugh together!

And if you come over-- you better watch out for these three crazy drivers!

A few days ago I caught Alex walking down the stairs instead of his usual slide down on his bottom. I was so excited I could hardly wait to grab my camera. Everyday, I do some physical therapy with him like I saw them do at the hospital- and I am noticing a difference. His legs are stronger, his right leg straightens out more now, and he seems to have better mobility all together.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Daddy's Little Helper

Dennis loves to be outdoors. Especially with his Daddy. He is just a few days away from riding a tricycle..... I think. He wants to make sure he will know how to fix it when it breaks.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Next Cake Bosses!

A few weeks back, we decided to try our cake decorating skills using colored fondant. We had fun and it tasted fine, but we all agree that we need more practice. Lots of it.

Our fondant was on the sticky side and no matter what we tried, we could not get it smoothed out on the cake.

John was working on integers with Rachel until she finally understood what she needed to for her upcoming test.

The younger boys kept calling this a Play Dough cake--- I don't blame them.
Still..... we had fun working on it together and that is the main thing.
P.S. We're taking pointers. :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

What Are You Thankful For Today?

God is good-- and he has a sense of humor too.

I can name a thousand reasons why----- but I will keep it short.

This post is mainly to remind myself to be thankful in all things.

John lost his glasses sometime ago.

I was mad.

So I found him wearing Julia's just so that he could read.

It made me madder that he was stretching hers out.

This made me go on a quest to find his glasses once and for all.

In a matter of minutes-- praying as I searched-- I found them.

Next to the overdue book that he owed $24.95 for.

Thank you God.