In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets---some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage.
Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing.
" You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies." Psalm 23:5

Saturday, February 26, 2011


We were going to see my husbands sister and stopped on the way to see how Harper was doing.

This is a picture of Eleanor but Harper Rose is now in the same situation. Her bilirubin went up to 16 and now she will need to be on the light bed for at least a few days, maybe longer.

Ellie sure enjoyed her visit with the new baby

Grandpa looks a litlle sleepy but we were going out to lunch so he had better wake up

Ellie is trying to console Harper, she was getting fussy so we left.

We are praying for Harper and her mommy. Our experience this time around has been interesting to say the least. The hospital was not much for information , this can make for an overwhelming experience once you are home and alone. Mommy is trying to recover from a c-section, take care of a new baby and figure out how to manage a two year old who has the energy of an army( he went to the farm to play) Monday we will be back at the doctors office to see if the light bed is working
I sure wish I would have remembered to take pics of the resturant. It was a nice little place that had been remodeled to a fifity's theme. The food was good.
Enjoy your weekend!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011


Hunter is waiting for his mommy to go into surgery. He was so concerned about his mommy when ever the doctors came in he had to check them out. " mommy ok?" "Mommy no hurt" and then there was "Grammy go to playroom" and "Grammy take a walk"
Harper Rose is born
8 pounds 3 ounces
19 inches long
she is less than an hour old and her feet look blue

She was happy when no one was poking her and the warm lights must have felt good. She has her daddys chin and dimple...looks just like her brother did

Daddy, Hunter and Harper
A family

Grandma and this is number 6 grandchild and number 4 granddaughter

Grandpa and Harper

Uncle Michael with Harper

Auntie Karla, big brother and cousin Ellie....Ellie's mom will be having another baby in July

We are blessed

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Sunday we went to the Sportsman Show at the Civic Center here in Saint Cloud. It sits on the banks of the Mississippi River so I had to take a picture. It is still frozen but it won't be for long if these temperatures stay above freezing. With so much snow there may be a little flooding if the snow melts to quickly.

Ellie decided to play under the table with a few balls from the toy box.
I think she may have got the idea from the other day when Hunter was here. We tried to make a little fort under there with some blankets and then we kept hiding from each other. We all had fun.
She was doing quite well coming and going and remembering to watch her head...but the last time out she forgot and stood up to quickly. There was no more playing under the table and Grammy had to give lots of kisses to make it better.

We decided to make cupcakes for Valentines Day and Ellie was a good helper. Ellie put all the cupcake liners in the cupcake pans and she took her job seriously.

Grandma had an enjoyable time watching her

Maybe I could make a game out of this sometime to keep the grandkids busy.

A few of the liners were slipping out so she had to straighten them

One of my favorite things to do is watch the grandkids play and see how their little minds work. She doesn't like the noise of my kitchenaid, I think it is a bit loud. She will have me hold her and then look at it mixing but doesn't want to help as much as Hunter likes to do. ( he knows there will be a sweet taste at the end of mixing time)

Yes...this was very messy but lots of fun. It is so cold outside and we were trying to think of something to do. My sister had told me about playing with beans with her granddaughter so I thought I would give it a try.

The next day I went out and bought lima beans that are bigger and easier to pick up.

My new granddaughter will be arriving on February 21. There will be a 6 week maternity leave for her mother and then Hunter and his new baby sister will be coming to Grammys daycare full time. Ellie is coming full time now which is 3-4 days a week. Most weeks it will be 4 days. We are working through most of the challenges and when the weather gets better we will get more outdoor time and trips to the splash park. Hunter loves swimming at Grandmas but Ellie does not and with the baby I won't be able to take all of them to the pool anyway. The splash park will be a good alternative. They seem to be happy and all though I am in bed by 7 everynight I think it will be worth it for now.
~~God is and has been very faithful and good to me~~
Thank you to everyone who has prayed for me. I know it has helped.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


Hunter is beginning to watch movies. One day a week he comes late, around lunchtime and stays until 9 pm when his mom gets off work. He usually settles down a little after Ellie goes home and grandpa comes home from work. He doesn't realize that grandma is not as flexable as he is and insists on me being right next to him.

He has trouble watching the whole thing and sometimes he wants to change the movie 2 or 3 times. I think he likes the buttons on the DVD player
Gradma can I change the movie?

Maybe we should try this one

I have a little chocolate on my face left over from frosting grandpas birthday cupcakes, they were yellow.

OK..back to the movies

Ellie still comes at 7:30 so we got her a Dora movie but she doesn't sit long

She likes a little snack with here movies

Hi everyone

Ok grandma..that's enough...Let's go play.

We are getting along quite well. Everyone is learning to share and grandma is making lots of lists of things to do. We had one not so good day on Friday but I guess we all have a bad day every once in awhile...even grown-ups. The weather has been bitter cold and lots of snow so it is difficult to go outside at all. Hunter may have a little cabin fever so we are trying to think of some alternative play for him...he is all boy and very active. I tried putting together some beans( an idea I got from my sister) it worked well. I just need a few more sand toys. The kids play with them like sand. I was at Target but the sand pails and shovels were not out yet...time to dig into the tupperware I guess.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Saturday night we went to my sister-in-laws house for a surprise birthday dinner for my hubby. We have theme dinners when ever she comes to visit and now she has retired here in MN. Ellie and Hunter were getting along very well. Hunter did not lose any energy the whole night, I do believe he is like a copper top battery that never stops.
Ellie began to lose a little steam later in the evening. Hunter started giving hugs and kisses to everyone and then wouldn't stop giving them to Ellie. I think because everyone thought it was so cute he was getting extra attention. We finally had to say enough.

Hunter helped grandpa blow out his candles on the cake. He really loves blowing out candles so if they are in his reach he will blow them out and bring them to you. Sometimes he climbs up to the table and blows out the dinner candles before dinner.

Hunter enjoyed helping grandpa open a few gifts. He has to have every bit of paper removed before opening the box.....who does that sound like family?

We had a taco theme so we all had to get in a picture, the little kids did not like the mustache on everyone. ( Paul, Michael, Karla, Ellie, Mary and baby bump, Nate behind her, Cheryl , me and Hunter.

It was a great time and the decorations were fantastic a real fun time for everyone.
Thank you Cheryl and Jo

The real birthday is February 4 so the grandkids and I will be making him a cake that day, aren't birthdays great?
Mary will be having a c-section on February 21 so our new granddaughter will also have a February birthday:)