Proverbs 24:3-4

By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Date Night

I could hardly wait to be able to sit down to post this.
Eric and I had an impromptu date night last week.
He jumped up in the attic to get down some old friends we haven't seen in at least 7 years!
We put the kids to bed and Josh was happy to stay at the house for us.
Since they just repaved our road we had plenty of road to skate.
I was a little wobbly at first- Eric, of course, took off like a rocket--showoff!
It amazes me how little you can do and still have such a great date!

David and Goliath

This quarter I've been aiding Miss Kathryn in teaching the Preschool Sunday School Class.
It's been so much fun to be able to be with all the kids.
Sunday before last our story was David and Goliath.
Luke got to be David and Charlie was Goliath.

Photography by Eric

Eric came running in the house last weekend darting around for the camera.
It's only every once in a while Eric will take the camera in hand....
Boys will be boys! They never outgrow it!

Did he miss his calling?

It seems that once Eric gets to cutting down trees, he just can't stop!
A couple of weeks ago we headed over to the Olivetti's so he and Josh could help Jared cut down this old tree.

The kids were thrilled to see Daddy up so high.
I had a nice visit with Lisa and all in all it was a good time.

The guys were pretty tired by the end of the day.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Bouncing Baby

Sharla Maples

I had to share this little clip of my cousin, jumpin' bean Sharla!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

While Mommy was away......

....Daddy played....
Err, maybe worked himself almost to death! :-)

While the kids and I enjoyed four more days in Texas, Eric decided it was time to build Luke's loft. He hammered, screwed, stained and varnished his rear-end off!
He matched Luke's desk and dresser (which is now in the closet), perfectly. Ever thoughtful and planning ahead, Eric built the bottom to be finished off for another bed.

Luke was just as thrilled as I was. After we rearranged his room we decided it was time for a fresh coat of DuraClean paint. :-)

What an amazing Daddy. I can't begin to imagine the hours of work he put into building this bed in four days. The bed is a great reminder of the love Eric has for our son; a reminder of the skills the Lord has blessed Eric with; and a reminder of how blessed I am to have him for a husband and father of our children.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Tx - More Fishing

The kids were BEYOND thrilled to be able to have one more adventure before we came back home.
Nana and Pappaw took them over to the neighbors, The Winkler's, for some pretend fishing in the tank.

Luke got so excited he could barely tell me about the "GI-NORMOUS cow" that came to say 'hello'.

What a thrill----no seats and no seatbelts!
True Texas Style Traveling

Growing up we used to walk over to our neighbor's house quite often.
It is one of those, straight out of a book, memories. We'd scoot under the hot wire fence, across the pasture and down the Winkler's gravel driveway. We never used the front door, but instead went around to the back door of the old white farm house. It led us straight into the kitchen of Mrs. Winkler. There was always fresh baked cookies and lemonade or sun tea, always. I have very vivid memories on my taste buds of her sugar cookies. That's probably why they are a favorite of mine. Mr. Winkler was never too busy to give us a wave from the tractor or give us a 'Hello.' "SAAAAAMMMM," Mrs. Winkler would yell, "those young'ns are here."
It makes me a little sad as I sit here pulling out old memories, of a time when things seemed so simple and the great time that has passed. I've never realized just how fond my memories are of the Winkler home, what a treasure I've dug up out of my mind. Their voices, the smell of the kitchen, the layout of their home, the curtains on the kitchen window, the bench and swing on the front porch, the flowers, oh the beautiful flowers.... I've never realized until now, it was a welcoming picture of what I want my home to be. Shame on me for not stopping by. It is a shame to have let the opportunity pass, it won't happen again. I pray the Lord will bless Sam and Mildren with His grace, I pray they will be richly rewarded for their kindness and love and I hope to see them again.

'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these, you do for me.'

Tx Friends and Family

Along the road of life we meet many friends and share many memories with family...Great Grannie & Krista

Nana & Krista

Isaiah & Krista

Great Auntie & Krista

The Valentien's

Jennifer & Sharla

It's a wonder so see your children's feet touch the same grass where your feet little feet once ran and played...

The kid's enjoyed Nana's kitties, though I don't think the feeling was mutual.

Luke even found a Texas Frog!

Cousins by birth, friends by choice...

We all got new shades on our trip.
They were thrilled to have Texas sunglasses.

Thank goodness Nana and Pappaw had a pool to cool off in,
the temperature got up to 100 degrees a couple of days.

The kids had a good time with their Pappaw aka the wrestle machine.

Unfortunately, the night before Daddy left to go back home, Kayla got very sick. She ran a high fever and threw up just about nine times in a 24 hour period. It took her two days to recover.

Luke, Kayla and Krista

Siblings, Friends, Precious Gifts


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