"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Isaiah 30:21

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spring Break 2012

For spring break this year, we took the kids up to Gaylord and Grayling for 2 days and a night.
We had such a wonderful time with just the 4 of us.
I am so blessed with my little family.

Here's some pictures from our trip.

Watching the Elk

A visit to Call of the Wild!

At the hotel. We did lots of swimming!!!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Emmitt's Ponderings

This morning there was a light dusting of snow on the ground. After having 80 degree temps in March, it was weird to see snow again.

Emmitt and I were leaving the house, and Emmitt asked "Mom, why did it snow last night?"

I told him that God decided to send us some snow.

He said, "Yeah, because God was getting really hot up there, right Mom?" :o)

We got in the van to head out, and Emmitt asked "What does God drink Mom?"

I told him that God doesn't need to eat or drink because he never gets hungry or thirsty in heaven.

He said, "Yeah, God doesn't need anything to drink. All God needs to do is protect, right Mom?  He just protects us from everything. He protects us from robbers that steal all my toys."

Yes, God protects us. He sure does.  I take this protections for granted.

Thank you, Emmitt, for the reminder to be thankful for God's protection every day.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Blessed and Loved

Isn't this a beautiful set?!?!

I won it!!!

I'm so excited. I never win anything.

This set is from Dayspring, and
it's beautiful and perfect!

The set includes a gift bag with tissue paper, a tea cup set, a journal and a yearly daybrightener.

Every time I drink tea I will remember that I am 'blessed and loved.' My God has
definitely blessed my life, and I know His love for me is unfailing.

I flipped the daybrightener over this morning to March 12, and this is what it said:

"For it is often life's smallest pleasures and gentlest joys that make the biggest and most lasting difference.  Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."
Sir James M Barrie

Wow! Is that appropriate, or what?! 

Kristin, you brought sunshine to my life by sending me this gift. It is a small pleasure I will forever cherish. Thank you!

I entered this giveaway over on my bloggie friend Kristin's blog. She is so sweet,
and a wonderful woman of God. Make sure to stop by and say hi to her :)

Thanks again, Kristin!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

My hubby's hobby

My husband is an avid hunter and trapper.
He loves this hobby.

He sets snares and traps on property and checks them daily.

He's had a really successful winter!

Here is a beaver, rabbit and a muskrat that he caught.

He's also trapped more raccoons than we can count! 

His main obsession - coyotes.

They are plentiful here, and such a nuisance.

He mostly shoots them in the field behind our house.
They are back there all the time.
At night you can hear them howling.
It's eerie.

He has caught several in snares as well, but the one below was shot behind our house last week. A nice big male.

This is a tiny mink that he caught in a trap.

 Emmitt loves to go check the snares and traps with his daddy.

 Emmitt walked in carrying this last week. He was so proud!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Olivia turns 12!!!!!!!

My daughter is 12.


I seriously cannot believe it.

Where did those 12 years just go?

I will never forget her birth day.

She was born at 3:33 in the morning.

And I have never seen so much hair on a child. Black hair. Everywhere.
Her head was just thick with it.
And it was all over her back and her ears.
I was so scared that I had just birthed a sasquatch.

"Will all this hair go away?" I asked the nurses.

Yes, they assured me it would.

And it did.
 Thank God.

So we celebrated that little black haired girl on Saturday, her birth day.
We had a friend over.
We had family over.
We all went bowling!
What a blast!

Here are some pics from the day.

Daddy and I got her a nail care system. She loves!

Everyone enjoying a little bowling!

Go Liv!

Cousins Frank, Henry and Chloe enjoying some snacks.

The Yount kids, and Emmitt :)

Mabel patiently waiting for her ball to hit some pins. I thought this was just precious.

Olivia and her friends, Audrey, Bethany, Madelyn and Katelyn.

I'm 12!!!

 Sweet Peyton enjoying cake!

Uncle Drew is always tormenting the children.

Zachary, Chloe and their gift to Olivia. Thanks guys!

Olivia's new dress from Grandma Kathy and Grandpa Steve! She loves it!

A new coat from Aunt Sue and fam - super cute!

 Part of her present from us was getting her ears pierced, a second hole this time! She doesn't remember getting her first ones done b/c I did it when she was 6 months old :) She was nervous, but did so good! Cousin Madelyn was there for support and for a hand to squeeze.

So cute honey!

We sure love you, and are so proud of the godly young woman you are becoming!  Muah!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Emmitt's many faces

Love this sweet child, and his many faces :)