Thursday, September 18, 2008


My Dad in his younger years. What a handsome guy! I believe he was in his early 20's.

My Dad will always be handsome to me. My Dad will turn 90 years old this Saturday, the 20th. What a special day for him and all who love him. We will be traveling to ND to spend a few days with my parents and family before heading to our oldest daughters to help care for our 4 lovely grandchildren while the 5th is being born.

For many many years my father milked cows to help support our family. This was about 30 years ago.

What a big smile, This is one of my favorite pictures of my Dad and none of us even know who took this picture about 12 years ago.

Relaxing in his recliner. What a natural looking picture of my Dad!

He has hunted deer for over 50 years and always gets his deer!
He is a great farmer and always worked hard to support his family. This is 2 years ago but he still helps combine a few hours a day.
Dad in the combine.
Dad and my husband this summer with a nice stringer of fish.

This was around fathers day.
I took this picture in June 2008. The old pickup that everyone knows, the red barn in the background and my dear dad!
I often thank Our Loving Father in Heaven for my Dad, My mother and their Christian parents who brought them up in the true word of God.
These verses from Psalms 1 cause me to think of my Dad.
1: Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2: But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3: And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Remember this picture from my Aug 2007 Fair? The Baptism gown was sew en about 3 years ago just in case chick #4, our grandson would have been a girl. The past week I have been sewing a Baptism Romper.

This is the pattern I used. If you click on it you can see the different figures better. Three years ago I used view E for our grandson. This week I sewed view F as you will see below.
It has the tucks, ribbon and short pant legs. I sew the New Born size and even though our grandchildren are 8 or 9 lb, and only 1 or 2 weeks when baptized, it is still plenty big.
I added ribbon to the little boy bonnet so it would match the romper better. I used to sew a lot but in the past 20 years or so, I haven't sewed much and unfortunately you can really notice. It is fun though, especially when it is for a new grandchild.

Close up of the tucks, ribbon and tiny buttons.

This shows how the bonnet matches. The fabric I used is old! It had been in it's original bag for 36 years, since me and my husband were married.

Now you know the rest of the story! We received a white muslin pair of pillow cases and had never used them. I figured this would be a good time to use them.

This is the same dress as in the first picture. I washed it and changed out the lavender ribbon with white ribbon. It is ready to wear just in case our daughter's 5th child is a girl. They never want to know but enjoy the surprise. Our 6yr old granddaughter said it will be a girl, "Its a pattern Nana", she said, "girl, boy, girl, boy, GIRL" We will just wait until the 26th to find out and meet our new grandchild.

This dress also has tucks in both the bodice and bonnet. The over skirt is a sheer flowing fabric.

This is our oldest daughter with baby belly. I just think she is so cute and a very good mother. She home schools their children always keeping God the center of their lives and studies. You can see the deep love she has for their children. We are thankful to God for His great love and gift of a loving family.

Friday, September 12, 2008

The Sun Flower

Every year we have volunteer sun flower plants in our garden. We let a few grow mostly for the birds. This year however we had this huge, full, 12 " diameter head.
It was so big and heavy, it was just hanging.
I thought this would be a good head to use for fresh,
sunflower seeds.

WOW! Looks like the squirrels or birds thought the same thing. When I checked on it, this is what I found. I had to pick it, I knew it would not last even another day. THEY DID THIS MUCH DAMAGE IN JUST ONE MORNING BEFORE 8 AM! We have plenty of smaller heads the birds and critters can snack on.

You can see how big the seeds already are. They will finish filling by using the nutrition from the top light green crowns.

These sunflower seeds are great to eat even before they are salted and roasted.


Yum, Yum! This tasty peach pie was baked by our oldest granddaughter. It was for the county fair 4-H auction. Her Aunt, our youngest daughter bought it. When we arrived home from our WV vacation, there it was in our freezer, well at least a part of it , there were a couple slices missing. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tasty treat with such flaky crust.


Sunday, September 7, 2008

WV Family

It had been six years since we had gone to WV, my husbands home state for a family reunion and It was a great get-together.

This is the only picture where the five children are standing according to age from Left to Right. NO, I wont give the ages or names but you can tell from the several pictures below that they all enjoyed very much spending time together, celebrating their Birthdays as they are in Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec. Not necessarily in order of their age. Their oldest sister past away about 6 years ago and there also was a baby who past away over 50 years ago. Seven children in all. She made the cake and it was absolutely scrumptious
just like everything else she bakes or cooks!

The wonderful family picnic!
My husband posing with his niece and her daughter.
Family enjoying old picture albums from years gone by.
This is the family photo of child #6 - one son couldn't be there.

This is child#5 family photo except for the youngest son who couldn't be there.

This is child #6 with family, all except one grandson.

Child #7 with family except for one grandson and son-in-law. They got away before we took the pictures. I guess it was football practice.

This is a old photo from 1972. The 3 children on the right are the three who are pictured above. With child 6 in the middle, child 4 in the lavender and the baby of the family, child #7 at the far right.

We enjoyed a day at my husbands Aunt and Uncle's rural home.


Acting silly!

A Niece and her family!

A Nephews wife and family!

The three musketeers!

Cousins having fun in the tall trees. Playing with sticks as their swards!