Dad and Mom

Since I’m always the camera man (woman), I rarely have pictures taken of me. First, I thought I’d share one of when I was 4 years old (1974). I remember this day. He took this picture in our home in Renton, Washington.



An Ipad picture…. not the best but this is what I look like this year. My hair is getting Blonde/Gray in some areas. I love it.

Dad this morning, using my shawl. I had to take a picture of him with my Ipad to show him how good he looks in it. Well, at least to me.  : )

Ben, Dolls and Birthday Parties

Well, I’m always a little bit behind. Here are some pictures going back to November:

Ben, after I cut his hair. I couldn’t decide between pictures of him so I posted quite a few here.


At 2 1/2, he’s still behind. He is barely eating with a spoon. He’s picking up words and small sentences now though.

Elisabeth sitting in the back room playing with dolls.

Showing off their collection. We have found most of these here in Missouri (most porcelain), for around $3.00 a piece.

They’re so excited!

Hannah’s latest beauty that she bought with her chore money. I believe she paid $1.00 for it. One of her prettiest dolls.

Wind chill of -19. This is what the window looked like in the morning.

Below zero but doesn’t look like it…. we have the skirting around the bottom of grandma’s house now.

Our kids do math and spelling on the computer in the mornings. Benjamin snuggles up with them and they gladly oblige.

Having a early morning tea party….

Leah’s 8th birthday party…

Elisabeth made a pretty decoration for her birthday.

A new doll for her birthday…

The sweet, little twins. I need to get some more of them and Miriam next shot.

Always writing things about minerals, atoms, geodes and boy stuff…

A common site this winter… all cozied up in front of the fire. 


Our New Puppy

We got a new German Shepherd puppy about ten days ago. His name is Malachi. He’s a sweet, two month old, troublesome little boy right now but he’s very smart. We house trained him in a day, kind of like how we train our kids in a day… all day long, every 15 minutes or so. He’s in with us now but will be our outdoor guard dog in the spring. I haven’t had a German Shepherd in years. We just love him. Who else loves big dogs?

Friend who knitted me this blanket two years ago…. don’t worry, we didn’t give your loving gift to the dog.  : ) He took to your blanket for a couple of days but he is on a towel now because we don’t want him to ruin it.

Inside of Grandma’s House – Unfinished

This post is for my mom as I don’t want to send this many pictures as attachments.  : )  This is so she can plan on where to put her kitchen, etc….  There are a lot of pictures so it might get a little boring – except to my mother.  : ) The side entrance that will go to our house. Hallway to bathroom and bedroom.The front of the house. I was thinking of putting the kitchen in the right hand corner but someone had a better idea for where to put the kitchen. Maybe she can have her dining room table where Elisabeth is and sitting room on the other side.This would make a good kitchen area. Ten feet by six and a half or so. Pup, you’re pretty!  Sitting area…  Kitchen area again. The windows are a bit lower than standard so it might be hard to put a sink under the window. Lots of room on these two walls though.   Big bathroom… They forgot to put a doorway from her bedroom to the bathroom right next to Elisabeth. We can have that done as we proceed.  The toilet can go somewhere over there, maybe under the window and washer and dryer stacked in the corner to the left.  The shower will go here.  The washer and dryer (stackable), and bathroom sink will go along that wall.  Grandma’s room, a very comfortable size.  We’ll put a bathroom door near Pup, here.  Two bedroom windows overlooking a new garden in the backyard that is plowed and ready to go this Spring.  Water heater will go in the corner in a closet (or separate closet next to the main closet).  The same wall…  Bedroom doorway…  Down the hallway from her bedroom. She wants flat ceilings.  Looking through the bathroom to the kitchen area… 

The side door again. Pup is ready to get out of here so she can continue her game of Hide and Seek with her siblings. I used her in the pictures for perspective of the size of rooms and walls. Nice sitting area, unless Grandma wants a kitchen over here.  … or we can do sitting area here.  Nice and open towards our house. She can see the kids playing or working with Dad.  This is where I had originally thought of putting the kitchen when I shared it would be small, Mom.  A nice window in the hallway. We wanted lots of natural light. A nice, wide hallway too. I could see her putting up a couple of pretty pictures here.  She only paid $14,000 for this structure from here:

Grandma’s House

My mother’s house is here. I have some pictures of the process to the arrival of the house the other day. Now it will be time to work on the inside.Lots going on here…

Preparing for the pouring of the foundation. A local Amish family business putting down the foundation.

This walkway will go to the backside of the house where we will have a nice ramp installed to the side door. Here comes the concrete…   And this little Pup wanted her picture taken.      Scraping it to make it smooth…  Once the concrete poured, they worked hard and steadily without a break until it was all set… 2-3 hours or so. Now for the walkway…  Felty’s wife here, we talked for a while. She is the sweetest woman, she looks very peaceable here. I could tell that she liked me as much as I liked her. I love meeting new people here in Missouri. They are one of a kind. 

Finishing up… Mother and daughter working together.     After the concrete was dry, the kids and a hired neighbor with a tractor came to put back some of the dirt around the house to level it.  The house came last Tuesday. I kept looking out the window until I saw it coming down the street.  I loved it and the colors right away. We did a good job! They did a good job!  Mom’s two bedroom windows, bathroom window and living room/dining/kitchen…  

It looked funny and out of place when Mom’s house was parked in the street. The twins laughed about it.     Here, he’s moving the house with a fork lift type of machinery. See the wheels on the other side?

Putting it in place…The front door.

Now we have skirting to put around it, a front porch, side porch with ramp, interior…  The paint here is Sherwin Williams – Herbal Wash for the house and Cottage Cream for the Trim. There’s much more to do, I’ll update as we continue.

Recent Pictures and Events

These are more recent pictures of Benjamin. He turned two in July. He likes to steal Mommy’s chair and rock in it.  : )

He loves to meander to the flowers in our yard. We love these pretty tall flowers that have been blooming since we moved in. They are our favorite. The people who were here have good taste.

Early in the morning, up for the day. Tabby (right), you look especially darling in this picture with your hair falling slightly forward.

Precious Hannah our animal lover. We just love this little kitty that they asked us to take. She blesses us with little loves.

Last week… the Mayor of our town digging for the water panel box for the meter that the water lines will go to my mother’s house. If I sound a bit ignorant of all this, it is because I am.

Two or three days ago… the water and electrical going to where the house will be in a couple of weeks.

My wonderful friend Judy (seen on our blog last Christmas Eve before Maine), made our kids aprons and the girls bonnets. Benjamin’s apron is put away until he can fit in it and Matthew, I don’t know where you put yours offhand. Does Elisabeth look sad? That’s because Hannah picked out the pink one first!  : )  I had to take this picture when her husband was here visiting. They are in Kansas city taking care of her mother and settling her in her new home and will be here around January 1st. We can’t wait! We’ve gotten close this past year since finally meeting. She found us through our blog 4 years ago or so… isn’t that something? Thank you for blessing our family with your love Judy. You are precious to us all.

A couple of weeks ago I took the kids to a Rock, Gem and Mineral show in Springfield. They love finding the fossils in our yard so I knew this would be a treat. I didn’t tell them where we were going until we were in the car. They each received an egg carton and could fill it with whatever they wanted from the table. It was fun.  They had different rocks and such from different countries. We will go again next year… only a dollar a kid for admission.


The kids in grandma’s yard again and she’s not even here yet! They made a pretend campfire and were pretending to roast marshmallows. I had to run inside and bring them a real bowl of mini marshmallows. They screamed with delight.

A very pretty Autumn day. Don’t mind our upside down strollers and such… Benjamin likes to spin the wheels.

Across the street from us…

Now I’m finally all caught up to yesterday… Leah’s birthday. You all have a wonderful season of Fall… my favorite time of year. I finally feel settled in so I will be posting regularly again. We’re so blessed and happy to be here! We’ve never been so happy!