Tuesday, April 25, 2017


It's about time I shared some Easter photos, eh?  The grandkids and I colored eggs a few days before.  I always use the old-fashioned method with food coloring and vinegar.  It's the way my sisters and I did it when we were kids and it never occurs to me that there is any other way!

I love Easter morning service.  The more pomp and circumstance, the better I like it.  The processional and recessional, the decorations reminding us of the resurrection of our Lord, the brass instruments adding to the excitement--it all makes for a glorious celebration! 
The nave Easter morning

Our house was the gathering place for Easter dinner and egg hunting.  I have such wonderful memories of holidays at my grandparents, and I believe we are making great memories too.

Hannah listening attentively to her niece



Elizabeth and I--Our first selfie together!
(Why we never did it before I don't know.)

Justin and Arane

And in other news~

I've got a hobbit for a granddaughter!

The road goes ever on and on . . .

Sunday, April 2, 2017

April Already

Whew, it's April already!  That means the redbud trees are blooming and the daffodils are just about over.  Dave and I have been hoeing in the vegetable and flower gardens in preparation for planting.  He's going to till once or twice still, and besides, it's too early to plant.  I did get some pansies into pots.  The allium are growing full speed ahead.  When they bloom, I'll share pictures.  They are absolutely stunning!

The grandkids have been here everyday for the past six workdays. It's always fun, but it's sooooo exhausting!  They'll be here tomorrow too, but then it's back to normal.  We've made crafts, baked cupcakes, played games, played outside (between rainstorms), fed the geese and ducks, worked in the garden, washed cars, sorted Hannah's buttons, watched movies, read books, had baths, been to church, ridden a carousel, eaten and played at Chick-fil-A, visited the baby chicks and bunnies at the farm store with Grandpa, been grocery shopping, laughed a lot and even cried a little, because that's life.  Here they are helping to clean house~

What sweeties!  We are so happy to have everyone together in the same town now.  It's been year since Elizabeth and her family moved here and it has been great.  Grandma duty has kept me busier than ever, but I'm thrilled we can offer more hands-on support and encouragement.


Hannah has been working hard on things for her Etsy shop.  She's got some really neat stuff, including Hamilton-related things, baby quilts, doll quilts, and some kitchen items.  The embroidered tea towels are exquisite!  Her prices are reasonable and the workmanship is excellent.  Check it out!

Catching Up

Lake Michigan--gorgeous! It really has been two months since I last made a blog post!  This summer has been full of traveling, gardening...

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