Today’s Smile

I never know what to expect with my children.  Adrian came upstairs after playing by himself for awhile.  I had to laugh!  He had stuffed his shirt with two blankets!  After seeing me he decided that was not good –I think he thought “not big enough”, so he exchanged it for his Tigger stuffed animal. Looks pretty close to me!

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!

Kidnapped!

This weekend I was kidnapped and held very willingly in this cute little cottage!

Allan surprised me by arranging for Oma to watch the kids for two days while we celebrated our anniverarsary! It was a very peaceful and relaxing two days.

Thursday we went for pizza in Goshen and shared a coconut almond ice cream Sunday from the “Chief”. We were told about a nice bakery in Michigan so we went there for lunch yesterday.  It was a nice ride and great lunch.

Our “weekend” was great! Now to celebrate with the kids. The girls are making our special dessert tonight-Rice Crispy Treats.

Mini Vacation

We took a quick trip to visit some friends in Michigan this weekend. It was so nice seeing the Sellers and just being able to relax and talk to them again.

We got to enjoy a few hours at the beach and then a cookout. The kids really enjoyed being able to play in Lake Michigan.  There were some nice waves! Adrian did not like the water at first, but soon enjoyed it as much as everyone else.

It stormed on Saturday night! The boys slept in a cabin while the girls, Adrian and I slept in a tent.  Most everyone slept very well.

After church Sunday, it was time to head home, and the car was quiet as everyone fell asleep soon after saying goodbye!

Keeping Cool

After working hard today in the garden and helping clean house for Daddy, the kids needed a break! They really wanted to go swimming, so they asked to set up our pool.

They decided that I needed to get wet too, so they attacked me with the hose! It was COLD!

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!

More Evidence for a Creator

This morning we watched four Monarchs emerge from their chrysalises.  It is so amazing seeing how God created them.  We have enjoyed watching their transformation from egg to butterfly many times, but we still ignore everything to watch them form chrysalises and emerge as butterflies.  My God is so very good!

Talking to Daddy

Daddy is out of town right now.  Everyday he calls and we talk.  Tonight, when it was Adrian’s turn, he was all ready for his important conversation.  Not only did he  have on these wonderful glasses, he changed his voice!

Hoping that Allan can find a really good English resturant that has excellent fish and chips–served in paper!–for dinner tonight.

Growth

It was so neat seeing Adrian ask to have the butterfly on his nose today. He was watching Audrey play with their newest butterfly and he decided to try it himself.  The cool thing is, last year he would hold the butterflies, but he was very timid about it and would get upset if we did not remove them quickly enough.

Yes, there is a secret to getting a live butterfly to land on your nose and stay there…but I am not telling!