First Football Game

img_6873-football_shareOn Friday we went to a Western Michigan Broncos verses Toledo Rockets football game. It was the first football game I have been to since high school and the first one the kids have ever been to.

It was extremely crowded and it drizzled on and off all during the game. Megan snuggled with her uncles for the first part of the game and then came to keep Allan and me warm.  Even though we did not understand the whole game, we all enjoyed it and were glad that we went.

Megan especially liked the marching band and the color guard.She was disappointed when that part was over. However, when we left before the last quarter since we did not want to be caught in the crowds leaving, she was excited to ride in the back of a golf cart.  We were thankful for those carts because we had parked the car a lot further than we remembered!

We learned later that the Broncos won 55-35.

Sewing Project

From an oversized Goodwill buy to an adorable Thanksgiving outfit!

We were looking online for some fun thanksgiving crafts to make.  We found a few really cute shirts, but Megan liked the one with her hand prints the best. Andrea and Audrey helped me design this dress by picking out the material and then learning how to make a circle skirt to attach.

Momma’s Break

mommas-breakThe last few days have been extra crazy. Tonight I was told to relax and not do anything but enjoy some quiet.  So I did my favorite things; found a good book, made a cup of tea, lit a candle and went outside. I read outside for over an hour until my feet got cold.

Allan is so wonderful.  He has been busy with changes at work and comes home to fix everything that is falling apart in the kitchen. He helps Mark with math that is way beyond my ability. He needs a quiet evening on his own, but he tells me to relax . He knows how to make me feel special and loved!


walkingI am so thankful for neighbors who are willing to help my children learn the value of hard work!

Not only do all the kids help to the best of their abilities, they are also learning so much more.  Yesterday, when Megan got tired, she sat and talked with our elderly neighbor she just met.  Everyone worked hard; there were lots of leaves to take care of, but they took time to be silly and laugh.  When they finished the first house, they had other responsibilities they had promised to help with, so the kids figured out how to get everything done even though they rearranged who did what.

They were exhausted at the end of the day.  I know they all felt good though.


coming-homeMark turned eighteen today! It is hard to believe the 5.1 pound baby we brought home is now at least 6″1′. He came home in a carry cot that Auntie Sao gave us that we had pushed under the driver’s seat because he was much to little for the carseat we had for him. Now Mark is cramped in smaller cars.

Mark is a wonderful son, showing Allan and me respect and love by his attitude and actions.  Mark laughs easily. He is hardworking and patient.  He works diligently at his school assignments. He loves his siblings and shows it to them in many ways. Many of our neighbors call him when they need help. It is wonderful watching how God is working in him and seeing the man that Mark has become.

Happy Birthday “Handsome Boy”.  I love you very much!18