Showing posts from 2008

The Gang's all here!........well almost

We're missing Rick's 3, no 4, oldest kids and Tim's family. Mom is in all of our hearts. This is my family after we've all stuffed ourselves silly eating a Thanksgiving feast at Rick and Donna's house. This is also the official kick-off of the holiday season. I wish all of you some of the best times and fondest memories. In the midst of the bustle, don't forget the One who we are celebrating.

Ryan's Hope

Ryan "dancing" in his wheelchair
Striding and Riding
Jenn giving the ole rabbit ears behind Ryan
Rick, Ryan and Donna walking in front of us
Some of the walkers
Before the event started
All ages came to support loved ones and MDA
Jenn in her t-shirt and button
Little ones came for the adventure too
Face painting to show support (it's suppoed to be a web and Ryan's name)


A single hummingbird amazingly sits still while feeding.

The perched hummingbird defended his spot, which was the entire feeder, all day. He chased off several other birds as they would attempt to come in to feed.

I captured this split second shot right before the defending bird chased off his intruder.
The other birds took advantage of the freqent chases to come and take a few sips before they got caught.

Wow, it's been fun watching the little tiny, and territorial, hummingbirds this summer. I have a feeder just outside our sunroom window. One rainy Sunday afternoon I sat for a couple of hours with my camera poised and captured some pretty neat shots of the chases and steals this day of the numerous hummingbirds that came to feed, or tried to feed. I must have taken 50 or so pictures this Sunday afternoon, many of which turned out blurry because these tiny and fascinating creatures fly so fast! I thought I'd share just a few of my favorite pictures.. Enjoy.

Oh Deer

We've had quite the flurry of activity this spring and summer. To our knowledge we've had at least 4 new deer families. One mama deer would "drop her baby off" every morning and then pick it back up in the afternoon. The beautiful fawn would eat for a little bit (yes in my gardens) then lay quietly all day waiting for mom's return. Later on we had a mama and her twin fawns. We got to watch those fawns grow up and begin to loose their spots. Now the twins show up without mama. Just recently we've been host to a mama and her triplets. We've only seen them a few times. The most recent is a mama and her twins. We are wondering if this may be the mama with triplets but may have lost one. This mama has some serious injuries to her leg and chest, yet we caught her playing "get 'cha" with her fawns a few weekends ago, even though it was obvious that she was in pain by the limping when she walked and the big gash on her leg and chest. Thought I'd…


I just finished reading Angie Smith's blog ( I laughed while relating to some of the things she shared about raising her daughters, and I cried.

If you're reading this and have not followed Angie's blog, you are missing out. Angie is the wife of lead Selah singer Todd Smith. Angie and Todd recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, their fourth daughter, and 2 hours later, quietly handed her back to God.

I came across Angie's blog when I was searching for new CD's that might be out from Selah as they are by far one of my favorite praise and worship groups, not to mention some of the most talented singers ever! I jumped into Angie's blog in the middle of her story, of her struggles of learning that the baby she was carrying may not take a breath of air. I cried then too. This time I cried as Angie shared her and Todd's pain as they struggled with making hard decisions that many of us have never had to even think about an…

More Pics of Jenn's graduation

Jenn accepting her diploma

At the arch

Jenny Graduates!

We traveled to Findlay this weekend to watch Jenn walk across the stage to accept her diploma after attending University of Findlay for 6 years. We couldn't have felt more proud.

Jenn's New Car

Jenn's old Honda broke down (blown engine) so she was forced into buying a new one. This is a 2008 Kia Rio. My momma's heart feels better now that she has a new safer car!

Our closest neighbors

The deer in our back yard.

The deer come to visit almost every day.

They are cautious, but don't seem to be too afraid
These are a some of the smallest ones we've seen.

Christmas 2007

Dad and Laurie came for our first Christmas together in over 20 years.

Homemade noodles are a family tradition

Family at Christmas 2007

This was taken at our front door after Christmas and before everyone started to leave back to their homes. It was a good time.