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Monday, February 25, 2008

The flowers are springing up!

Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. The fig trees are forming young fruit, and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming. Song of Solomon 2:11-13

I was so excited and grateful to get up and look out my back door and see this today! I love spring and I immediately started thinking about where I can go to find more reminders and gifts of beauty from our God who loves us so much. Z and C, you may be in for a trip to find some flowers tomorrow with Granny and her camera!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine Gift

The peas (from my favorite scrapbooking message board) have been posting their homemade "clip it up" scrapbooking storage product this week and I was envying them so I e-mailed the thread to Basil and he made his version for me for $0. It was made with a heavy duty clothes hanger, some cup hooks and some little clips that I had laying around in the junk drawer.
Here is the original version, which costs $60 and takes up a lot of room on the table. I think this is much better and gets some of my embellishments out of drawers and baskets out where I can see them and use them.
So here I sit on Valentines Day listening to Best Hits of the Sixties (think "The Lion Sleeps Tonight) and scrapbooking with my new Cosmo Cricket 9,000 piece kit from QVC.
Thanks, Honey!

Friday, February 8, 2008

My Valentine

I found this forty year old picture in a drawer a couple of weeks ago and put it on the table in the den to replace a lost picture of a Florida sunset. (That picture got lost when I decorated for Christmas. I also lost my forty year old bible from my wedding but I found that this morning.) We had been married about 3 weeks. I think my sister in law, Freda, took it. There has been a lot of water under a lot of bridges since that day. We have been through a lot. We have had a lot of joys and some sorrows. We have had three little girls and and we love them so much. They have made our lives worth living and have made us proud as well as humble. We are very much aware nothing we have done has made them the amazing women, wives and mothers they are. I would like to tell you, if you are in the time of your life when you are caring for your children, that your life will change when they get older. You will never stop caring for them or loving them or wanting to be with them, but it will come back to you and your husband...and it will be wonderful. If you are like us, and had children soon after you were married, you may be surprised. I was....I found out what good friends we really were and why we were attracted to each other in the first place. The first time we went on a trip together, alone, I actually told him..."Hey, we have fun together...I really like you!" And it's just getting better every day. So, hang on girls, raise those precious babies and have fun with them. Hang on through all the sanding and rubbing up against the rough parts of each other...great days are ahead when you are a mature,wise old lady.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Our Weekend Trip to Lubbock

Wendy and her boys and I went to Lubbock to visit Courtney and her family this weekend. Here are some of the things we did:

Digital scrapbooking lessons

We ate too much. Courtney is a wonderful cook and if I were her neighbor, I would be crazy with the smells coming from her backyard!

We had too much coffee.

It was a beautiful Texas weekend and we played outside.

We talked over old times and checked our favorite blogs on our laptops.

We to Science Spectrum. The older kids and I went to an Omni movie: The Living was wonderful! The younger kids played in the interactive exhibits.

We had bedtime stories.

Parting is such sweet sorrow! And we are very thankful for the safe trip!