Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I have allowed myself to get into some bad habits/vicious circles....again!  Too much time spent playing games on FB, too much time spent lamenting playing games on FB and not getting the stuff done that I need/want to do--knitting, writing....and then too much time spent playing games on FB feeling guilty for not getting anything else done.  Sound weird?  Yeah, to me, too!

It is time to exercise self-control, both with games, and as usual, with my eating, which has gotten out of hand again, as well.  I have been in a funk.  Not sure exactly why, but I'm on a quest to figure it out.  A lot of it probably has to do with a couple of broken relationships that I'm not sure what to do about. Some of it has to do with my weird first paragraph.  I have so many things that I could be doing, that I should be doing, but then I piddle around and the time is gone.  UGH!

I finally took the time this morning to get pictures off my camera, so here are a few of our beauties from the last couple of months.


Oh, how I love this man!

Who, me???

Ready to celebrate Resurrection Sunday!

Just too pretty not to post!

I'm ready, too!

Yes, I have an ornery streak.....


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"Despite the warm temperatures and sunshine, I do not want to be here!"

There weren't very many tulips blooming in Pella, despite the fact that Tulip Time is supposed to start Thursday.  We found a few for photos.

Friday, April 26, 2013

I feel as though life has just been one big mass of crazy for the past couple of months.  Physically and emotionally exhausting!  The weather has been so very November-like that it has hard to get motivated to do anything and yet, it seems that there has been so much to be done!

The girls are growing so fast.  It is amazing to watch their learning and transitioning.  I think that when I was in the midst of raising my own children, I just took quick notice of their new things, wrote them in their baby books, and then moved on with the rest of the day.  With the granddaughters, I can just sit and watch them for long periods of time.  I so enjoy their different types of chatter.  E, the oldest, has conversations in her baby talk, while the little one is really starting to coo and babble.  There is something gloriously wonderful about a child growing and learning.  Some days I feel as though I just cannot get enough!

We've been getting a few things done around the house.  Two new windows put in (I've wanted the one behind the kitchen sink for so very long since it was nearly impossible at my height to be able to open and close it without first getting on a stool!), a new kitchen sink, and a really cool new faucet.  Since the weather has started to feel like spring this week, I've cleaned and organized my big main closet, getting a lot of the toys and kid items stored in an organized fashion.  I took several bags to the Salvation Army and am going to work on my clothes today.

Some things in life have been particularly challenging these past two weeks.  Oldest daughter has found herself in a real financial pickle and it's difficult to know how far to help.  I'm aware of some of her spending choices and they really bother me.  I'm aware that we've given sound advice numerous times that has not been taken.  I'm aware that boyfriend is not doing all that he could to help alleviate the situation.  Sometimes it keeps me awake at night.  I want God's best for her, but until she's willing to lay it all at His feet, her sin, her choices, her unbelief, I realize that very little will really change for her.  It makes me sad.  But, I know that God is in control and that He loves her.  She will find her way to Him, I have no doubt.

Monday, April 15, 2013

The world lost a wonderful man today.  A loyal, loving husband.  A wonderful father who raised 4 great children.  A legacy of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A man who played a significant role in WWII by helping the Navajo code talkers.

You will be greatly missed.  Rest in peace Grandpa Fred.