Grace’s Birdhouse and Our Rhubarb

We gave Gracie a birdhouse for her birthday that suctions to the window.  We put it up on her bedroom window and within a week a bird arrived!!  These pictures were taken the end of May.IMG_0578 We got lots of good rhubarb this year!!  I learned I could freeze it too, so that was great!IMG_0582 The next day there was more progress on the birdhouse.  And by the time the bird was done, the entire house was filled up so high we could barely see into it!  Grace could hear it every morning coming and going.  It was a neat experience for her.IMG_0584

Fun with the Goats!

Monday evening, May 25th, after the conference had ended, Amy, Reagan (or Regan?), and Jonathan came over to meet the goats (and chickens).IMG_0556 IMG_0557 Reagan made some new friends fast!IMG_0558 IMG_0559 IMG_0561 Gracie showing Jonathan the chickens.IMG_0562 IMG_0563 Even Mom and Amy got in on the fun of feeding the goats!!  I think Katie is saying, “Amy, stop laughing and feed me!!”  Haha!!IMG_0564 Ethan and Lyvie were showing the kids how the goats love to run down the hill behind them.IMG_0565 IMG_0567 IMG_0569GRACIE, GET DOWN THIS MINUTE!!!!
IMG_0572 Amy was such a good sport.  Weston insisted on introducing her to the cows next door.  So she went over to meet them.IMG_0573Reagan and Jonathan were getting the hang of the goats!
IMG_0575 IMG_0576 They also took a quick trip down to the creek.IMG_0577We were so glad Amy, Reagan and Jonathan were able to stop over for a quick visit!

It was a blessing to get to know them.

Memorial Day Conference 2015!!

Conference time!

 Conference was May 23-25th.  Here is Gracie holding Henry.IMG_0476Here’s Mimi with her famous chocolate chip cookies!  Check out her apron~~the lady has a chef hat that says “Mimi” and the apron says, “I’m still in charge”  :)IMG_0478 The kids were organizing a game of “Capture the Flag”.IMG_0479 Here they go!IMG_0482 IMG_0484 IMG_0488 Ethan and I were sporting our NAVY shirts in honor of Memorial Day.IMG_0492 Mom and Dad were walking Mr. T to his car.  He can still fit into his uniform from when he served in WWII.  He just turned 99!!  God’s Goodness just flows from this man!  He is truly an inspiration and an example for all of us.IMG_0493 IMG_0494 Yes, he still drives and here he is pulling out………IMG_0495 Lindsey and Ava!IMG_0496 Ava playing with her Uncle Shawn.IMG_0500 IMG_0505 Ava and QuinnIMG_0512 IMG_0513 IMG_0514 IMG_0516 IMG_0534 IMG_0536 Sweet!IMG_0537 Lorna and Ruby.  IMG_0541 I love Weston’s face here. He hurt his hand hitting that hard volleyball.IMG_0544 So he switched to a beach ball.  Much better!IMG_0545 IMG_0546 Someone made a comment or we just realized ( I can’t remember, it was too long ago!) our hair was done the same way, so we had to get a “sisters” picture.IMG_0548 Four Square Fun!IMG_0550 Volleyball!IMG_0553 IMG_0554 IMG_0555Fun times!

Our Family’s Memorial Day

Friday, May 22nd marked 4 years since the boys’ passing.

We gathered to remember.  Of course, we always remember, every day we remember.  But on this day, we gather as a family to remember.IMG_0468 IMG_0469 I liked the way Dad captured Boppa’s headstone in the picture also.  IMG_0472We miss them all dearly.  And we are especially sad because the boys left this earth at such a young age and so tragically and suddenly.

But praise GOD we have a hope that not everyone has.

I Thessalonians 4: 13-18

13  But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  14  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.  15  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  16  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first.  17  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.  18  Therefore comfort one another with these words.

Dinner at Mom and Dad’s

Still playing catch up…………

Thursday, May 21st, we had dinner at Mom and Dad’s with our conference guest speaker and his family.  Mom made tacos!  Here is the kids table.  Our four kids, Hudson, and then two of Clay and Amy’s children~~Reagan and Jonathan.  The rest of their clan stayed back home in TN.  The kids had fun getting to know Reagan and Jonathan!  And we really enjoyed our time with Clay and Amy, but I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture.  IMG_0462

Creamy Italian Chicken

I found this recipe on line when I was looking at those crockpot freezer meals.   You know the ones where you go buy a bunch of stuff, put them in ziplock bags, freeze them, then pull them out, thaw or not thaw (everyone has an opinion), and put in crock pot.  I didn’t really want to do all that this last week.  I just needed a simple chicken crockpot meal.  And I found it!  I was going to name the blog I got it from, but she named the blog she got it from and so I don’t really know where it originally came from.  Anyhoo, here it is:

Creamy Italian Chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 – 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 can cream of chicken
  • 1 dry packet Italian dressing mix

Put all ingredients in crockpot.  Cook on low 4-6 hrs.  If desired, shred chicken and serve over noodles, rice, or a vegetable.


That’s it!  Easy Peasy!  Just a few notes………

  1. I doubled the recipe for our family of six and we got at two meals out of it.
  2. I mixed the cream cheese, the cream of chicken and the dry packet of Italian dressing first in a bowl, then poured it over the chicken.
  3. I cooked it for longer than 6 hrs, it was more like 7 and I started it on high for an hour or so, because I was doubling the recipe, my crockpot was chock full and the chicken breasts were still partially frozen.  The chicken was really easy to shred when it was done.  We served it over egg noodles.  But I had a little rice left over from the night before and tried it with that also and it was super good.  So whatever your preference is.  Another option is ~ and I was going to try this, but didn’t have any on hand ~ to make noodles with zucchini and serve it over that.  Or even easier, just serve it over steamed broccoli.
  4. Everyone LOVED it and chowed down!  We will definitely be making it again.
  5. And there is always the option to combine everything in a ziplock bag and put it in the freezer, but to me, it’s so easy, I see no need.

Hope you guys like it as much as we did!

Throwback Thursday!

Here we are 8 years ago on Nov 13th 2007!  Making sugar cookies and decorating them.IMG_1869 Leaves and acorns!IMG_1870 IMG_1871 Yum!IMG_1873 I can’t remember if this was the day after Thanksgiving or what, but it was Nov 23rd 2007!

Here are the Three Amigos (Lindsey, Amanda, and Hillary) during the talent show we had.IMG_1876 LOL!!  (Love you, Linds!! 😉 )IMG_1880 Hillary, Shelly and Brooke.  It’s their face with someone else’s arms putting on the make up, knitting and making a PB&J!  Too funny!  I just noticed~I am pretty sure that is Hillary’s hand grabbing Alisa’s arm!!  Haha!  Does she have control issues??IMG_1889 Check out the bookends in this picture below!!  Who would have ever thought they’d be married four years later!!??

L-R:  Brian, Chris, Hillary, Levi, Alisa, Lindsey, Shelly, Abby, Uncle Jerry, Amanda, and Brooke!IMG_1892Good memories!!

The Tooth Fairy, The Point, and Some Backyard Fun!!

Still playing catch up!

Going waaaay back…..

Here we are on Sunday, May 17th!

Weston lost his second tooth!IMG_0381 IMG_0384 After church and lunch that day, we headed down to the Point.  It was a beautiful day.  The kids love running out on these rocks.IMG_0385 IMG_0387 IMG_0388 IMG_0389 Weston brought his kite and he and Sam got it up in the air and then left it to join us over at the beach.  See it in the sky above and behind the pine tree?IMG_0390 This guy kept flying his drone all around.  I am not sure how I feel about that.  But that’s Sam and Ethan to the left of the port-a-potty watching it.IMG_0395 I know I’ve said this before, but when we lived down here at the Point, on New Year’s Eve, they put a ball on the flag pole to drop at midnight.  Then they would have a big bonfire and singing.  It was so fun!  We loved walking down to it.  Or just watch it from our window.    Anyway, I thought the flag looked so pretty against the blue sky.IMG_0396 IMG_0398 After some fun on the beach and the rocks, we took a walk.IMG_0399 I thought this tree was so pretty.IMG_0401 IMG_0404 And, oh, the flowers!IMG_0406 IMG_0407 IMG_0408 Oh!  Look at those cute kids!IMG_0409 IMG_0410 IMG_0411 Sam and Ethan racing.  I can’t remember who won?!  But I thought it was funny how similar their stance was in this picture.IMG_0412 IMG_0413 I loved the little courtyard in front of this house.  They just re-did this house.  I am pretty sure this house used to be called “The Minnow” or “Minnow”.  I would know if I was standing in front of it, but by just looking at this picture, I can’t fully see the houses around it.  Martha, can you tell??  It was called that because it looked so tiny next to the ones around it.

UPDATE:  Sam and I went on a date Thursday evening (11/19) to Noah’s in the borough.  After dinner, we went for a walk.  I was right.  This was the “Minnow” house.  The sign is back up.IMG_0414 Race #2.  :)IMG_0415 Here’s our old house!  Well, not our house, but the house we rented.  We rented the second floor.  They have totally re-done it and it looks great!IMG_0416On the roof of this little jet-out {below} was our deck.  It was our favorite place to be when we lived down there!  IMG_0417 I am so blessed.  IMG_0418 IMG_0421 After our fun at the Point, we stopped and got McDonald’s dollar cones and coffee.  And headed back home.  Sam let the goats out to graze.IMG_0423 Weston was saving some ice cream for later.IMG_0425 Jump-roping!!IMG_0427 IMG_0428 IMG_0430 IMG_0432 RhinoIMG_0436 Then they moved onto soccer!IMG_0438IMG_0440 IMG_0441 GOAL!!IMG_0445We had such a fun day together!

Our Little Farm

Today, (or should I say, yesterday!  Now that it is past midnight.) Nov 17th, we had Little Miss Ava!  Here I am putting her down for her nap.  Lyvie wanted to get a picture of her hugging her bear.  😉  She did great today and we always love having her.  And besides Ava, it was school, school and more school!IMG_5055   I went out to check the goats with the kids at evening chore time.  Here is Katie.IMG_5059 The kids wanted to get in the picture with her but I knew as soon as they jumped up there that she would want down.  She prefers to have the rocks to herself!  Sure enough!  But I grabbed a quick picture before she took off!IMG_5060 Ethan had some fun on the mini bike before chores.IMG_5062 Sylvie is such a rascal.  When she is out of the buck pen, she wants in and when she is in the buck pen, she plays “hard to get” and they fight terrible.  She spent most of the day in there with him, so we are hoping she is bred.  Here they are “kissing” thru the fence.  Can you tell we enjoy our goats?  We really do.  They keep us laughing anyway!IMG_5065 Here is what chore time looks like at dusk.  IMG_5069See the crescent moon just above the peak of the barn?
IMG_5071 Buster is saying, “Hey, where’d all my girls go??”IMG_5074 Gracie made Rhino a bed.  I think he likes it.IMG_5075You wanna hear something crazy?  I was looking in iphoto just now and the three photos below are the last three photos in the “last 12 months folder”, so when I scrolled forward, it took me to this day but last year.  Well, I realized I took a picture of Rhino snuggled up in his house on the back porch on November 17th at almost the same exact time of day, only 10 minutes off.  This year I took his picture at 4:27 pm and last year it was 4:37 pm.  I just thought that was the weirdest thing.  But really it’s even weirder that I actually noticed it.  And I am putting this “weirdness” in here so the kids can read it, because by tomorrow, I will have completely forgotten about it.  So, that’s that.IMG_5076 My view from the porch.

 Obviously, my camera doesn’t catch the beauty completely, but just pretend it does.IMG_5077 It’s blurry, but you can see one of the kids in the barn doorway below.IMG_5078Sam got home late again tonight and he had been working since 1:30 am (as in this morning after about 2 hours of sleep).  Needless to say, I was so thankful when he finally pulled in tonight.

P.S.  I tried a new crock pot recipe tonight that we all loved!  It was Creamy Italian Chicken.  So easy and so good.  Maybe you’ve heard of it.  If not, and you want the recipe, I’ll be happy to share.  :)  Good night!