Maybe God wishes to teach me a thousand new things, move me from being in a thousand different directions to just ONE, and show me a thousand reasons to BLESS his name. Maybe that is why He moved me 1,000 miles away.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Steve, first to join my no-shoe club

The other night Jackson, Audrey and I had the opportunity to meet Steve, a great grandfather and widower who is a native of the Lehigh Valley. After much conversation about my kids, his great grand kids, and his new house, he learned that we are from Minnesota. He asked if it was common or just the quirk of a MN friend of his to remove his shoes upon entering a house. Oh, I told him it was strict protocol to remove shoes when entering a home, and how hard it is for me to adjust to the shoe clad NorthEasterners who tromp my clean wood floors with who knows what on the bottoms of their shoes. He found this emmensly entertaining. The past few years he had decided that it is smart to have guests remove shoes before entering his home. He likes to keep things orderly, since his wife passed away. I told him I would try my best to get the shoe-removing manners to stick here in PA. He replied, "if you start that club, I'd be the first to sign up!"

Steve was so pleasant to talk with, I find myself hoping I will run into him the next time we stop in the Emmaus McDonalds for supper. The next old man we would meet would be ART. His club of choice is "No tresspassing or I'll call the cops on ya". That is another post, for another day.

Monday, May 26, 2008

For Benjamin

Many of you know that Benjamin spent Memorial Weekend in the hospital with

a bacterial abscess in his leg. He is home and doing well, but actually a bit fussy...perhaps it is the

medications, or that he is teething ( 10 weeks!). So, I made this video for him to watch and he loves watching it over and over again. He especially likes the picture of himself on the green mat. Anyway, he sends it out as a thank-you to all who prayed for him and consoled his momma.

Friday, May 16, 2008

I try to be a fun homeschool mother...

So I told Jackson today for his journal exercise to write a nice descriptive sentence but to make it gross and disgusting....within reason. Audrey was nearby and said, "like use the word blood."

Of course, without telling him the LENGTH of the sentence, he tried to come up with the shortest he could. Here is his sentence:

One day, Chloe had a tape worm.
I laughed so hard, delighted at his creative approach to being disgusting with the least amount of words, I didn't ask him to do it over again.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Jackson is the pitcher for the Lower Mac baseball team. He is having a great season....batters don't stand a chance against the heat that Jackson brings on.

Chloe and Benjamin look on in admiration and awe as Jackson drives away batter after batter; it's a no hitter inning with Jackson at the mound.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008



I'm hoping to work in a little computer time in the next couple days...but for now, hello friends! Hope to send a picture or story soon~