Today’s Smile- The Butcher

I realize that some people will think this is absolutely disgusting! But I loved the creativity of this picture.

Mark loves pomegranates. I asked him to cut up the last one we had for lunch. As he was cutting it up, you could tell he was thinking about something. When he was finished, he drew this picture. Since I was busy getting lunch ready, I did not see what he was doing until I found the card a little later.

Esther Raye

I have a niece who is very special.  When she was little Esther Raye would spent the night sometimes. She sat with us in church and would snuggle with me. Now that she is getting ready to graduate, it is fun to be able just to talk to her.  She is growing up to be a beautiful girl!

This weekend she is helping to earn some money for Riley Hospital. She had to raise some money, and then will work with classmates to make different pots tonight. They will auction those pots to earn more money for Riley.  I forgot how much they wanted to raise, but they are close to it. We went to visit her during “prison break” and the kids were fascinated with watching them work on the pottery wheels.

O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8 NAS

What Do you do with a (Lost) Hungry Kitten?

My girls love kittens, especially Andrea!  She would love to own a kitten.  She knows that Daddy and Mommy do not want one so she collects stuffed animal cats and has a very nice sized collection of them.

So, what do you do when you hear a small kitten meowing pitifully outside your window for a long time?  Do you ignore it?  Or do you let your children feed it, hoping that it just needs a little more food to get home?

My children were so excited when I gave them permission to feed it some milk (two bowls full!) and then some water.  They watched the kitten all afternoon. He was not mean to the children, but he was extremely shy of them at first.  He would run away whenever they came near.  After the third bowl they took out to him, he would start coming to them, but never let them near.

We then decided to make a sign saying that we found a kitten, hoping that someone would come and pick up their lost pet.  I had each child draw a picture of the kitten so that people driving by would know what he looked like. The kids prayed that the kitten would find his way home and we left for the evening.

Next morning, I thought I heard the kitten a few times, but we have not seen him since.  For one short day, Andrea was able to pretend that she had a kitten for a pet!

Elephants and Beaver’s Tails

Today my daddy spoiled us at the fair. Before leaving, we got to see the elephant show. We enjoyed it very much.

When we got home, my kids wanted to eat some more! Not sure why, they ate a lot with Grandpa. So we made Beaver’s Tails. Adrian decided he wanted an elephant instead of a beaver’s tail.

If you want to know what Beaver’s tails are, check out Andrea’s recipe for them!

Momma Picking Flowers

Adrian brought this picture in for me today and told me a story.

Once upon a time, there was a kid named Momma. She was walking through the woods. She found a flower. Then she was hiking through the woods again and found another flower. Then she was hiking through the woods again and she found another flower. Then you were hiking through the woods again and you found another flower. And that is all. You were done.

I asked him to sign  his name and he said there was room on the front.  I am glad that I rescued the picture and got him to write on the back. He drew Daddy a beautiful picture too, and then signed his name in blue crayon right across the middle of the picture!