Real Pictures

Today I went to pick up some pictures that I had taken of Megan.  I had a free coupon for a “newborn package” from a very well known company. The pictures are cute.  But I was disappointed on the cropping job. The smaller pictures are okay. But in the 8 X 10, Megan fills the whole picture, with no room for a frame.  Because her head is touching the sides, your eye moves to her clothes, not her adorable face. Now I have to go back and try to get it fixed, or have a picture that I am not too excited about.

So.  I decided to prove that I can get the picture that I want, without spending lots of money or lots of time at a fancy photography studio.  I am pretty happy with the results. Remind me this next time I want to get pictures taken somewhere! 🙂

Two Uses for a Tarp

There are lots of leaves still on the ground. We plan on working on then for the next few days, hoping to get them finished before it rains.

Yesterday, Mark and Andrea came up with a fun way to transport leaves. They tied a tarp to their bicycles and pulled it to the woods. There they untied the tarp and dumped the leaves. Mark enjoyed being able to ride in the woods with his bike. (They learned quickly to plan their ride and peddle at the same speed!)

When they were finished with the leaves, they made a kite with the tent. It was fun to fly!

I asked Mark what they were planning to do with their kite.  He said, “we were wanting to tie it Megan’s stroller. Well, to make it pull Megan’s stroller.”

I asked, “What does Momma think of that idea?”  Mark said, “No, probably not! But we would have had someone running alongside it, to catch it if it started to fall.”

Momma still said “No!” But I loved their ideas 🙂


Adrian came upstairs all ready to go exploring! He is a hunter, pirate, explorer, scientist. He is exploring the back yard for deer.

In his bag at his side, he has a poisonous frog with a hurt back right leg.  The frog has a band-aid on it and Adrian is nursing it back to health.

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

Mark and Tigger

When Mark was born, a Sunday School Class sent a HUGE care package full of surprises for us.  They sent Mark a Pooh Bear, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet rattle toys plus other toys. But he liked his Tigger the best.

For his first birthday we got him this Tigger. We  had asked Allan’s parents to buy him one. They brought it when they visited us when Mark was 9 months old.  Sam sent a smaller one that Mark loved too.

Mark still likes his Tiggers, but shared his collection with Adrian, who loves Tigger too.