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

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


 Noah Michael was born yesterday July 26 he weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces and was 20 inches long. He was a scheduled C-section for the next day so you might say he came a day early. We are happy he did,,, he had pooped and if they breathe that there can be complications. I always love it when we realize God is in control and knows what is best. His mommy had planned on him being born on her mothers birthday which would have been really nice since she passed away when she was a little girl. I have to say I was a little nervous because they lost their first baby and it was a boy. I am glad God was watching over this little fella. He is a lot bigger than his daddy who came 8 weeks early and weighed in at 3 pounds 6 ounces and only 16 1/2 inces long.
The pictures are a bit fuzzy because I tried to enlarge them from the little ones. I wish I was better at figuring out all this tecno stuff.
Now Ellie has a baby brother.

Noah is going to look a little like his daddy I think!

Ellie doesn't relize yet that this little baby is coming home with her. She loves Hunters sister Harper and Hunter was so excited to see baby Noah. again...sorry for the fuzzy pictures maybe I can figure out how to enlage them without making them so fuzzy.

Friday, July 22, 2011


We all gathered at My sons house for a bar-b-que and home fireworks . Ellie was waiting when we got there , she loves it when we all get together

Grandma took them outside for a swing while everything was getting ready. They have so much fun together

Ellie saw Hunter pass the fruit plate and help himself as he went out to the deck so she thought she mght try it also but she is a little shorter and had a little more difficulty. It was so much fun to watch these two cousins interact, they might just become best friends

Hunter wanted to eat oustside so Grandma found a shady spot. He loves corn on the cob, it might be the only vegetable he eats right now.
The kids have two different swimming styles. Hunter loves to jump, splash and do stunts

Ellie likes to wade slowly, no splashing and dip and pour the water in various buckets or toys

She was trying out Hunters chair because he fell in love with hers and was sitting in it. She didn't mind sharing this item.

It was time for fireworks and Uncle Micheal was showing Hunter how to be safe. He had so much fun helping and telling Uncle Michael when to run away after it was lit.

Which one next Uncle Mike?

Ok now...don't forget to run
Harper just sat and watched the whole thing

Karla will be having the baby on July 27. The weather has been very hot and very humid so she is not very comfortable

Auntie Cheryl and Auntie Jo sharing their first fourth of July with the family
We even had a bonfire but the mosquitoes got so bad we had to go inside. It was a great time of food and family.

I am so behind in my blogging and now my daughter and her family are visiting so there will be lots more pictures to share when I can get some time. I hope to catch up on my blog reading also. The weather has cooled to high 80's but still is uncomfortable with high humidity. I miss Washington (home) where the wether is less HARSH.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Hunter loves Disney Cars so his choice for grandmas birthday cake was Lightening Mcqueen and Mater. He was very proud of his choice.
 One of my favorite places to go for lunch is Just Like Grandmas located in Osakis Minnesota not far from where I live. It is a bed and breakfast and tea room. There are also a few shops behind the main house. They have had to downsize the last couple of years and it has changed ownership but still a great place to visit.

I had the Chicken Strawberry salad with a Ruhbarb Muffin it was delicious but hubby had his luch half eaten so I was unable to get a picture

Here is my husbands sister and friend who made this beautiful necklace for me. I think she should start a little business of her own
There are 3 birthstones on the side for my children and in the nest the stones are for my grandchildren. We called it The Empty Nest
The food is really good  here we have a Chicken Salad Crossiant and Wild Rice Soup

 Cucumber Cream Cheese on a herb roll amd Chicken Wild rice Soup
I love the Stain Glass on the top of this window

There is also outdoor seating but the weather was a bit cloudy and windy this day so we ate inside

here is a shop with hats, jewlery. and some garments to buy

 The rest has a variety of gifts from Garden to North Woods. I got something for my sisters. I didn't take a picture of the main house because I thought I had one in my files but I could not find it when I went to post my pictures.
My Birthday was June 10 ... I had a great day with Dinner at the Red Lobster and the next day lunch here.

Friday, July 8, 2011


Ellie will be getting a baby brother soon and will not be coming to grammy daycare anymore. Hunter was at the farm this day and Harper was sleeping so she busied herself with a doll. If she doesn't have trouble with jealousy she will be a good helper. She rocked her baby, let her play in Harpers gym and changed her diaper she also had fun reading to her baby. She plays well by herself. She likes to help grammy with Harper and sometime copy grammy. I am sorry to say that babysitting all week is to much for this middle-aged grammy but it was worth the try. We are looking for a good day-care for Hunter and hopefully Harper will join him sometime this winter. My mind is young but my body tells another story. I will try to have them at least one day a week or maybe two. This winter I should be able to get back to writing my cookbook and hopefully finish decorating my home.