It was such a beautiful day, that when I went shopping, I left the kids at home to enjoy the weather.  When I returned home, Audrey came out of the garage and told me that she had a bad accident on the swing set while I was gone.  She said she fell off the swing and scraped her nose on a rock.

I noticed her limping and her foot wrapped in a bandage.  I realized that she was covered in bandages–in all different colors of face paint!


Flower Girl

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Megan was asked to be the Flower Girl for Esther’s wedding.  She did an excellent job!  She stood with the bride’s maids during the whole wedding and then followed them nicely when they paraded behind the newly weds.  You could tell she was a little nervous, but when the ring bearer broke away from her and ran down the isle, she still walked slowly to where she was supposed to be, tossing the bird seed she had been given.

She did not have flowers to carry, but we borrowed a small bouquet that Esther had for the flower toss at the reception because Megan thought they were pretty. She enjoyed being able to hold Esther’s bouquet some of the time too.

Here is what she thought of being a flowergirl:

I wore a purple dress. It was sparkly! It was so sparkly in the sun. Miss Tracy painted my nails green and purple. Miss Crystal put my hair up in a bow and put flowers in my hair. Esther helped me put on my dress. Someone put on shiny lip stick.

My job was to walk before Essie and smile and show everyone my dress.  They knew the bride was coming next!  It was an important job. I walked down the hill. I dropped birdseed down the hill before Esther came. I stood by Miss America and the girls. They were nice.

I was just standing when Esther got married. All the girls were watching too. When Esther kissed Essie’s Alan* it was the end. I followed the girls down the hill to the bridge.

Then we took ten pictures. Then we went inside. I ate lasagna, bread and cheese. Then I just had to look pretty. Then I went to Oma and Opa house!

I liked being a flower girl.

*“Essie’s Alan” is how we differentiate between my Allan and Esther’s new husband.


AssistantLast weekend was my niece’s wedding. Esther had an outdoor wedding near my parent’s house. The weather was perfect and the leaves were starting to show their colors.  It was a wonderful day for a wedding.

Esther had asked me months ago to be her photographer.  Knowing I would need a second camera,  I recruited an extremely handsome and talented photographer.  Not only was he the assistant photographer, he was my encourager!

Thank you Allan for all your help. You are wonderful!  I love and respect you very much!

CC Club

Bridge On Friday, the kids and I went with my Mom and explored the Conservation Club down the road from my parent’s house. When I was growing up, we were there often, exploring and enjoying the paths.  Once we went with a friend’s older brother, who took us through some unknown territory, but we usually stuck to our favorite paths.Long steps

Friday we discovered that we missed a lot of great spots growing up!  Andrea discovered a neat bridge and then she and Mom found a path that took them near the river.  We were running short on time, so we could not explore that path, or my favorite one growing up.  We plan to visit what we always called the “CC club” again soon.  I know it should be the EC -Elkhart Conservation-Club, but I much prefer our childhood mistaken name.


SoccerFall soccer has started up again.  Audrey chose not to play soccer this year. Maybe one day she will race, but for now, she is happy just to run.

Andrea is playing on a traveling U13 team.  Most of the girls are from her team last year, but she has a new coach and a few new players.  We have watched her new coach and are impressed with what we see.  We also like the improvements Andrea is making.  The best part though is listening to her giggle and watching her smile while she plays.