Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Home for Lunch!

If you recall, my third son, Grayson, got his license back in November. He bought a little truck and is totally mobile now! There are lots of worries and concerns that a parent has when your child starts driving, but there are also so many benefits to them driving. The obvious are, they can drive themselves to school and to work and they can help around the house by running errands. I wanted to tell you about one more nice thing about your child being able to drive.......they can come home for lunch! Grayson comes home for lunch about once or twice a week and it is such a nice treat for me. On this day he came home and I made grilled cheese sandwiches for the two of us. It is so fun to share lunch and have a nice conversation. I remember my older two boys doing this as well. It is really fun.

"You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore. " Psalm 16:11

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Eric!

Today is my sweetie pie's 48th birthday! My husband is camera shy, so I do not have very many pictures of him! I took this one last year when we drove up to Portland.

I am so thankful for this man! He is a wonderful husband and excellent father! Eric works so hard. He has amazing strength and energy. I know I am a lucky girl to have such a great man for my husband. I am crazy about him! We were high school sweethearts, he was 17 and I was 16! Eric is the strong and silent type, although around the family he can get pretty loud and pretty funny! Laughing is important to both of us and we make sure we do it every day! I am blessed because Eric is a really easy going man and he is very easy to be around. He is the leader of our home, but he is not overbearing or demanding. He is very understanding and very forgiving. He is my rock.

I am so thankful that 48 years ago today a little blond haired blue eyed boy was born! We are having a family dinner for him tonight and all the kids will be able to make it! That is the best present of all!

"I thank my God every time I remember you." Philippians 1:3

Love, Sharon

Monday, April 28, 2008

Church with the Family

My sweet mother-in-law, Alice, called us a few weeks ago and said that her and my father-in-law, Jim, would like to come to church with us and then take us out for breakfast to celebrate Eric's birthday (4/29) Jim's birthday (4/9). What a great idea!
They skipped their church and visited our church. It was so fun to have them sit with us during the service as well as Mackenzie and Brittany. Cameron couldn't be with us because he was out of town for a college retreat. The sermon was so good! It was just what I needed to hear about having faith and trusting God, especially when you have been praying for something and waiting for something for so long. Perfect for Eric and I right now! God is amazing!
Afterwords we went out to a lovely breakfast! Above is Hayden, Grayson and Alice after a scrumptious meal! What a delight to be treated to such a wonderful meal!
Alice and Brittany are busy in a good conversation.

Mackenzie and I feeling stuffed and enjoying our visit.

I am so thankful that both sets of grandparents live so close to us and most of our extended family live close too. Family is so important and we truly feel blessed that we get to see both sides all the time!

"And I will give them one heart and one way that they may honor Me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants." Jeremiah 32:39

Love, Sharon

Dog Day

Meet my new little friend! Yesterday after church Mackenzie, Brittany, Grayson and I went to Goodwill and I found this cute little mutt! This is one of my weaknesses, I just cave when I see antique porcelain dogs. They just talk to me and I love em!
The only problem is, he has no face!
All his little friends have faces. It doesn't seem fair that my new pup doesn't have any eyes or a nose, so..............
I used a fine tip Sharpie and gave him some eyes and a nose.
Now he can see and smell, except he still can't taste or talk because I didn't give him a mouth.
But now he can stand guard proudly at my windowsill with all his friends and can see and smell everything going on!

Happy Monday!

Hugs & smiles, Sharon

Sunday, April 27, 2008

One of God's great dont's


By Oswald Chambers, July 4th

"Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil doing."
Psalm 37:8

Fretting means getting out at elbows mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say "Fret not," but a very different thing to have such a disposition that you find yourself able not to fret. It sounds so easy to talk about "resting in the Lord" and "waiting patiently for Him" until the nest is upset - until we live, as so many are doing, in tumult and anguish, is it possible then to rest in the Lord? If this "don't" does not work there, it will work nowhere. This "don't" must work in days of perplexity as well as in days of peace, or it never will work. And if it will not work in your particular case, it will not work in anyone else's case. Resting in the Lord does not depend on external circumstances at all, but on your relationship to God Himself.

Fussing always ends in sin. We imagine that a little anxiety and worry are an indication of how really wise we are; it is much more an indication of how really wicked we are. Fretting springs from a determination to get our own way. Our Lord never worried and He was never anxious, because He was not "out" to realize His own ideas; He was "out" to realize God's ideas. Fretting is wicked if you are a child of God.

Have you been bolstering up that stupid soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God? Put all "supposing" on one side and dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about that thing. All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God. ~ Oswald Chambers


I just thought this passage would be good today. As I hear the news and read the paper, it seems like it is all bad news, gas prices, rice hoarding, rice shortage, lay offs, murders, identity theft, etc. We need to fret not and trust God. We need to remember that He is in control and that we need to trust him.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday with your family!

Love, Sharon

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Today is my parent's 52nd anniversary! I wanted to wish them a happy day today. These pictures are from two years ago when we celebrated their big 50th anniversary with a big barn party! They wanted a real old fashioned, country themed party and that is what they got! She had her prairie dress especially made and she wore flowers in her hair. They were so cute that day! Above is a picture of them sitting in front of every one while I was reading my mother's tribute to her husband. It was so sweet. Later, Kathi read Dad's tribute to his wife!

My sister's and I and our husband's helped plan the party for them. My sister, Kathi and her husband Stacey, had it at their farm in a big old beautiful barn. Their place is so beautiful! I want you to all go to her
blog and beg her to show full shots of her farm house and their barn and beautiful yard, it is like a park! They worked really hard to get their place ready for the party.

Planning a big party like this can be straining on a family relationship and we had our share of tense moments, but it all came together beautifully and the party was a success. Our parents had a wonderful day!

Above is my sister, Kelli, my mother's sister Dorothy, my mom, me and my sister Kathi. We decorated it with lights and hung quilts all around. Our parents had such a great day.
Eric and I enjoying the festivities.
Kelli with her husband Ralph and Ralph's mother, Carol. We had country wild flowers in blue canning jars on the tables and we had a blue grass band come and play great country music.

Kathi and Stacey taking it all in and having fun. Kathi wrapped tulle all around the barn poles and added white twinkle lights, it looked like a fantasy! Stacey did a ton of yard work and got that barn in shape for the party. We all had different jobs and contributed in different ways and it all came together like a dream.
Aunt Dorothy and my brother, Wade, catching up. Aunt Dorothy (whom we all love) lives in Washington and spends her winters in Arizona, so we don't get to see her very often.
Mackenzie and Brittany, they were just a baby couple back then! :0) Mackenzie made a 20 minute slide show for his grandparents of their entire life together, it was so beautiful! He did an excellent job. He put it to their favorite music that they had picked out. They have had a truly blessed life!

My parents and all their descendants. They are truly blessed! Everyone was there except my brother's three little girls. It was really great to see everyone! We invited nearly 100 people, family and friends that they have acquired over their 50 years of marriage. My parents had the party catered and we had BBQ pork sandwiches with the works! Yummy!
Here is a picture of them in front of the cake. We took pictures of their original wedding cake to the bakery and they copied to perfection! Isn't it a pretty cake! It is so wonderful that they get to celebrate their 52nd anniversary this year, last year when my father had the stroke, we were not sure he was going to make it, so we all feel so blessed!

Congratulations Mom and Dad!

"So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate." Mark 10:8-9

Love, Sharon

Friday, April 25, 2008

My Glamorous Life!

This is a picture of the area of under my kitchen sink, please excuse my torn shelf paper! Today I wanted to tell you a little story about my dishwashing detergent. For the past two years I have been using those nice little gel packs and I love them! They are so easy and no mess! Well, I ran out of them, so I went to the store to get more and I noticed the powder soap was on sale; it was such a good bargain, so I bought it. I just have it sitting under the sink in between the garbage can and the recycle can. (Now that I look at that torn shelf paper, it looks really horrible and I cannot believe that I am posting that picture for the whole world to see!).
Well, I went to grab the soap box and discovered that our sink has a new, small leak and guess what happened? Yep, it soaked right through the cardboard box for the detergent and it opened up the seal and it spilled every where. The bottom two inches of the box is like a brick because the water caused it to all cake together.
So what do I do? Being the thrifty woman that I am, I try to salvage it.
I poured it all into a big glass jar.
Because it got wet and some of it clumped together, I had to stab the chunks to break them down.

As I was standing at my kitchen sink in the middle of this little project, I thought to myself, "how much time am I wasting on this and how much money did I spend on that box of soap anyway?" It was probably under three dollars! Isn't my time worth more than $3.00? I know there are a lot of women out there who would just throw the whole thing out! I start thinking I'm kind of weird and I wonder why sometimes I go such lengths to save a buck.

Of course my jar had to be a cute one and I found a cute vintage scoop to use with it. I want to hear what you guys think about this, do any of you do this kind of thing? I do this with so many different things. I think it is good to be frugal and thrifty, but is this overboard? I know a lot of it has to do with we need the soap and I don't want to make a special trip to get more. Also, remember the saying.....waste not, want not!
Now the last thing..............
Leave a love note for my darling hubby!

"Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!" Psalm 90:17

Blessings! Sharon

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Kelli's visit

Last Saturday my sister, Kelli, came over for a visit. She brought her two sons Samuel and Joseph. We had such a great visit! She had a hot cup of tea and I had a cup of coffee and we were able to just relax, sit and talk and catch up. Our kids are all old enough to play quietly so us girls can have a good ol' hen talk! It was so nice!

Kelli has been such a wonderful big sister to me and our other sister Kathi (Feathering My Nest ).

Kelli is such a strong woman of faith and a great wife, mother and friend. Kelli is a a perfect example of God's grace under fire. Thirteen years ago her precious 4 year old daughter, Haley, died of a brain tumor (click here to read more). Kelli blew me away with the way she handled all of this. She was so amazing the way that she she totally relied on God through all of it and she clung to His word. God restored her and her husband, Ralph, and lifted them up with His righteous right hand. God has blessed her and healed her heart. She has been through so much and she is such a great inspiration to me. It is so marvelous to get together and exchange ideas and to inspire and encourage one another.

About two hours later Grayson came home from work at the gas station and he took us over to the high school to the "Animal Husbandry" barn for Future Farmers of America (FFA) to see his new pig.
They are already so big, they are just a couple of months old! He has to buy a pig for $135.00 and he feeds it and takes care of it, and then it goes up for auction at the FFA fair in the summer.

If your kids can get involved in FFA I would highly recommend that they do it. It is such a great learning experience and teaches them responsibility. Grayson has had to work very hard for his pig, the kids take turns cleaning out the barn and feeding them and it is not pleasant work! But, he enjoyed the experience so much last year that he signed up again this year. I hope that Hayden will want to get involved next year.

Here is Joseph, Hayden and Samuel in the pigsty.

The face only a mother could love!
Look how big the mother pig is! She is just a, well, a, a, she is just a.......pig!!! This is exactly how I feel on some days and/or how I think I look on some days! LOL!

There also was a pretty horse in the barn and the kids got to feed it. I am so thankful for this special time with my sister. I am so grateful to have two wonderful sisters who are also my good friends! We are also very blessed that all of children really love each other and like each other and they love to get together!

"I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;I will recount all of His wonderful deeds." Psalm 9:1

Love, Sharon

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Do you see the resemblance?

Every time I see this I get tickled! I find it very humorous that the shadow my van makes looks like Shrek! I know, I am easily amused, I have a simple mind and silly things crack me up, but you know, sometimes it's the little things that get you through! You gotta stop and smell the roses!!!
"Sarah said, "God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me." Genesis 21:6

Hugs & Smiles, Sharon

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

My Son the Actor!

Last Saturday night Eric and I went to see our son, Cameron, performing in his college play, they did Little Women. They all did such a great job, it was a very cute play.
Cameron played the part of Professor Bhaer and he did an EXCELLENT job!
I am not saying that just because I am his mother! He really, really did an EXCELLENT job!
His character is Meg's professor and friend and they end up falling in love and marrying. He had so speak with a German accent and he did a fantastic job.
I know I am his mother, but you have to believe me when I tell you that when he spoke his lines, he was riveting! He did a great job and was so believable. The whole cast did a marvelous job. This is Cameron's third play he has done, his other roles were comedies and he was really good in them too.
Here they are taking their bow at the end of the performance. It was quite entertaining! Afterwards so many people came up to him to tell him he did a great job. We are so very proud. A close up of Cameron as Professor Bhaer.
Proud father and Son.
Proud mother and son.

I wish that all of you out there could have seen it. It turned out wonderful. He is a senior at the Bible college and will graduate in June, so this is the last time he will be in a play. I am encouraging him to get involved in more plays and he said he might do community theater. He will be traveling this summer with an evangelism team that provides entertainment to different churches. He will be doing some acting with that as well.

"May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!" Proverbs 23:25

I can honestly say that we can say the above scripture is true for us with Cameron and with all our sons! We are truly blessed.

Love, Sharon
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