Butterfly Camp

While getting a tour at camp Patmos, I was shown a garden and told, “during the day, there are lots of butterflies there”.  So, of course, I needed to try to capture some of them.

If you click on a thumbnail, you can view a slide show of enlarged pictures.

One, Two!

 Megan is two years old now. We celebrated her birthday while at camp. It was a very unique birthday for her!

She got to do some of her favorite camp activities; ride a bike and explore the rocks by the water.  Because camp was over and the pop house wanted to share leftovers instead of throwing them away, she also able to pick her own lunch, which turned out to be ice cream, nacho chips, a slushy, and a cone without ice cream. I discovered what all she ate after she enjoyed them and when she refused to eat a “normal” lunch.

Megan is starting to talk more.  She is starting two word sentences, but knows only one two syllable word – ice cream.  She is also learning to count.  She surprised us on the ferry counting cars, and getting to five! She knows a few colors and loves to ask what color she is coloring with.

Happy Birthday Megan.  You are a wonderful little girl.  I love you very much!

Camp Patmos Sunset

For the last week we have been at helping some  friends at camp. The first weekend Mark was a camper.  Allan helped in the scenario based activities. The girls and Adrian got to help in different places too.  Megan and I offered to take pictures for the weekend.  Camp was  a lot of fun!  I will tell more about it later though.

We are on a small island on Lake Erie.  The sunsets have been beautiful, but last night’s sunset was spectacular!



This weekend, I was having fun making kaleidoscopes with the mushroom picture I posted earlier.  Each kaleidoscope starts with the same initial cut.  Then I cut them in different sized angles to form the kaleidoscopes.

I love how one picture can create totally different kaleidoscopes, depending on how it is cut. 

The last time I tried to make a kaleidoscope, I did not do very well.   However, after Allan answered a few questions I had, I was able to do these pretty easily.

I like them all, but I think I like the six sided one the best.  The “lace work” in the middle of the twelve sided one is neat too.

Which do you like the most?

Happy Birthday Andrea

Andrea turned eleven today!

Andrea is such a special girl.  She tries hard at school and tries her best most of the time.  Even though a few subjects are extremely difficult for her, I rarely see her upset anymore. She often asks to help Adrian with his books. When Adrian needed to learn how to tie his shoes, she was the one to help me teach him (and the one to to scream when he tied his first shoe!)

While she loves “girly” things like pretty dresses and giggling often, she does not hesitate to play a rough game of soccer.  She holds her own very well.

Andrea is sweet too.  After opening her presents from us, she had one bag left.  She planned a gift for each of us! She found verses that she liked and then wrote a note to each of us on a notecard.  I am often finding love notes and thank you’s from her around the house.

It is neat watching Andrea become the girl God created her to be.  I pray that she grows strong in Christ!

Happy Birthday, Beautiful!  I am so glad to be your Momma!

Praying Mantis

On Friday, we found a Praying Mantis in the garage.  The kids put it in a jar and brought it inside.  We did a little research to learn how to take care of it so we could maybe keep it for awhile.

When no one could catch any live flies for it to eat, we decided to let it free.  On Saturday, Audrey took it outside and came back inside with it.  “Mom, what is on the mantis?”

The Praying Mantis was laying her egg sack, called an ootheca!  We will keep the egg case somewhere in the garage until spring, when we hope to see the babies hatch.

“Mom” was put on the bushes in the backyard.  Maybe we can find her again to play with again later.



Quoting Audrey, “Yoohoo! I got it!”

I saw this marble picture the idea in a book and thought it was interesting.  I wanted to try it to see if I liked it on one of my pictures.  It is different, and I can see possibilities.  I even had fun playing with other pictures. But, I don’t think I will use it very often.