Sunday, March 19, 2017

Project Life week 4- Quilting

One of my personal goals for 2017 is to learn to quilt at a basic level.  I would start January with some table runners for two special women.  

The first would be for my Mom. She is the person I love to give gifts to the most.  She loves receiving gifts so it works out well. The second was for a woman whose heart is hurting from the loss of a son.  I knew him well in my younger years and her pain hurts me deeply.  A special lunch on this week was the perfect time to give these table runners.

A week with normal in it too such as a fast game of tic tac toe with rocks. A favorite of Mr. Luke's.  

The truth is these are filled with a lot of mistakes.  Lots of learning to do this year.  Life is filled with a lot of learning also and paths to walk on that are hard. My current lesson for the week.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Project Life Week Three-Katie and Snow

On week three of the year we would celebrate Katie. She came home ten years ago this week in January.  She has filled our hearts in so many ways.  She has taught us so much with her personality that takes life as it comes.
The snow we had this week was much needed.  As I currently sit many weeks later our state is so very dry.  Praying we see this moisture again here soon.

Andy was on a traveling basketball team this winter. The goal of the team was to participate in tournaments rather than just games.  Brian and I took turns taking him to these events.  On this particular tournament Andy and I had some great one on one time.  Something that is so rare for a kid who is one of five.  Lots of good talks during the waiting times.

It does feel so good when it snows to get outside and shovel. Barely enough to cover the walk but we will take what we can get!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Happy 15th!

This little boy is not so little today.  He is fifteen and next week will be driving! He is a young man that we are so proud of and excited for what his future holds.  

When I look back on the last fifteen years some of them are fuzzy. Lots of kids that were little and so many changes.  One of the themes that has remained in his life is his love for his siblings.  Out my window the other day was all five of them playing football with him as the leader.

Family means something to this young man.  I am so grateful for that. Good friends surround him and this year I have seen him find mentors in life.  I am so lucky to be his Mom! Happy Birthday Riley!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Project Life Week 2

The second week of the year. Seems like a long time ago but nevertheless here it is.  The wind was super crazy that week to the point of being scary.  Fallen trees, power outage, and a candlelight dinner. The kids loved eating in the dark!

All the sudden everyone was gone.  He sure missed his siblings.  Trying to figure out how to play a few minutes on his own. A true struggle of being number five.

A very sweet package from Korea this week.  The most adorable shoes that light up.  A letter with his foster Mom's heart written all over it.  Thankful for these connections and love!

I choose a word this year and it is brave.  I feel some new roads coming in my life as things change in the next year.  Clearly we never know where the road may take us just hoping to be brave and move where life is headed.

Sweetness at four.  Always up to something.  Love the sounds of little feet and playing in the house!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Project Life Week 1- Papa's Birthday

Looking back to January as I work on my project life for 2017.  The year always starts with my Dad's birthday.  
The day was filled with family and a turkey dinner.  Celebrating the 72 years Dad has been on this earth. All the changes that have come and thinking how lucky we are that he is loving his life.
A rare photo of my family with Dad. Everyone was fairly agreeable  which is very helpful for photos!
Loved listening to Luke and Katie. These two really get along and seem to have personalities that match well.  
My Dad comes from a large farming family and this is one of his younger sisters.  I do believe it is important for my kids to see these connections in their grandparents life.  
I am a little slow getting my project life going this year.  I know I need this time to create and write our stories.  If I am lucky I will get more weeks done this weekend!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

State Bound!!

This  freshman is headed to state in wrestling!!  I am so very excited for him.  The season has been filled with so many emotions and hard work.

He started out the season with a broken arm.  The result of the last game of his soccer season. His missed some wrestling matches due to his arm but he practiced every day with it.  

As soon as the cast came off we realized he had ring worm.  Not so much fun and it took us awhile to get it healed up. Practiced through all of it and missed some more matches.  I know his heart was sinking but in good Riley fashion he moved forward.  

Then this weekend came and regionals were upon us.  Yesterday he took 4th and this week he will be heading to state.  I was there on Friday for him but could not be there yesterday as I had to be Mom to the rest. My heart was with him and I am so excited! 

In honesty wrestling is not something I understand. I cheer for him and admire that work ethic that will serve him way beyond the mat.  These two boys have been friends a long time and they will both be on those big state mats this week!  What a weekend it has been!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dec 20 Sleepover at Grandma's

The four oldest girl cousins have a new tradition of helping Grandma decorate for Christmas.  There is one sign that you know you have made it to Grandma's house and that is the tinsel.  She loves it and I am thinking these girls to do.  I wasn't there but I do believe they decorated a lot more than just the tree with tinsel.  My mom had written this note to us in her card thought it was perfect to add to this page.   
I love this photo of the girls all camped out in the living room.  These four get along really well and have a great time together.  How lucky are they to call their cousins their friends:)

It is almost time for us to start our Christmas celebrations. Hoping you all are feeling ready and with those you love the most!

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