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

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Ellie had a Monkey themed party. Hunter and Ellie's birthdays are one week apart Hunter was 3 last week and Ellie is 2. We all had a great time. I was amazed with both kids at how much they enjoyed their Birthday cards, at this age they usually toss them aside. They both really like the clothes they got also. Grampy and I got the trike and just to make sure it was a winner  grammy put some M&M's in the trunk. Hunter did not want to see the party end and go home.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Hunter is 3 years old now. He loved his bike.

Thursday, August 11, 2011


While our daughter and her family were visiting here from Washington my son Michael and his wife added a little boy to their family. Noah Michael born on July 26 a day early weighed a little over 7 pounds and was around 20 1/2 inches long. My daughter-in-law had gone to work but wasn't feeling very well and it wasn't long until she ended up in the hospital with our 7th grandchild. Ellie is very excited to have a little brother she was able to move out of the crib into a big girl bed. She is a big help at home and is enjoying being a big sister.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Each summer my daughter and her family come for a visit on their way to her husbands family reunions. They drive the long distance from Washington State so the first few days they are here we try to have fun locally. This day we went to The Splash Park near our home in St. Cloud
Alyssa is the oldest grandchild she will be 7 years old in October and going to the first grade. She like this splash park even more than the one by her house.

Alyssa loves to sing and dance around when ever she is in the mood
Madelyn (we call her maddie) is our second grandchild and takes after her mother. She is shy and does not like to be the center of attention  She is 4 years old this July and will be going to preschool in the Fall. She said God made her so special because she gets to have three birthdays every year, one at home, one here with Grammy and one with the other relatives at her Fathers Family Reunion.

Maddie takes a time out to rehydrate, a very wise girl. The heat and humidity are high and sometime kids forget when they are having so much fun to drink something.
Carter is our fouth granchild. He will be getting a baby brother in December , a welcome change from his bossy sisters

Carter is still a little shy of Grandpa and Grandma. He only sees us once a year so we decide to take a trip out there and visit them. I hope we can have some more bonding time and get to know him better.
Hunter also joined us at the park with his mommy and sister. He is our third grandchild and will be 3 years old in August. He was so happy to have his cousins here to play with.

Hey guys...
Harper also tried to join in the fun. She is our 6th grandchild and 5 months old

Hey mom...I think I am hungry and would like to take a nap
My daughter Michelle who is our middle child a brother before her and sister after her. She will be having our 8th granchild in December and it will be a boy

Hey mom, is that a McDonalds behind me? Maybe we should get some ice cream to cool everbody off
Eleanor (we call her Ellie) wasn't able to come to the park this day. Her mommy was about to have a baby. She is our 5th grandchild and will be 2 years old at the end of August
Baby Noah is Ellie's new baby brother. He was born on July 26 and is our 7th grandchild
Well after a fun day at the park we all went back to the COTTAGE for a beautiful  lunch prepared by Grammy then it was off to naps for the little ones and more swimming later in Grammys pool.( Carter is 2 years old until January where he will turn  3)