Dare You!

I should have learned by now, but never, ever dare your children! Yesterday we were talking to our friend, Miss Krista, about hunting for salamanders.  She said that right now is the perfect time to go looking for them. Miss Krista told us a little about how to find them and then mentioned that there were some salamanders at the gate house.

Adrian’s eyes lit up and he really wanted to go see them and maybe hold them. So, Miss Krista arranged for a mini field trip for us. We got to meet a few salamanders and a hissing cockroach.

Then the kids dared me to hold them all. The cockroach really did not bother me much.The salamanders were cold and funny feeling but, they were not to bad. I would rather hold a salamander than a snake!

Don’t tell the kids, but salamanders are sort of cute too 🙂

Now we hope to go out some evening and hunt for some salamanders. The Tiger Salamander and the Blue Spotted Salamander are both native to the area, so we might be able to find some.




First bowling shoesOn Tuesday, we were invited out by our pastor and his wife.  They treated us to bowling, black light golf and go carting plus pizza and pop.

Megan had never gone bowling before, so we tried to get some pictures of her in her first pair of bowling shoes and her first game (she and I were a team).  I was so disappointed to get home and discover that my small, travel camera malfunctioned and all the pictures were blurry. I cleaned up one or two, but the special ones I really wanted–like with Pastor and Miss Kay–did not work at all.

But our evening was extremely fun.  Watching Adrian cover his head after throwing the ball, seeing the wild and crazy throws of Audrey, seeing Mark figure out how the ball should be thrown and improving immensely, watching Megan’s excitement to see the ball roll down the ramp, screeching and giggling with Andrea as we learned how to drive a go cart, listening to the yells and laughter as we got to know our pastor and Miss Kay even better–are all special memories.



Get Away

Allan and JoyceOn Sunday, Allan and I went away for mini vacation at Serenity Springs near Michigan City. We stayed in a little cabin that we got to by horse and buggy. If we needed anything, we put a note in a box and then turned on a signal light.

Serenity Springs CarriageWe spent the weekend being extremely lazy. It was a great way to relax with Allan before he started his new job this week.


Answered Prayer


Last night before heading to bed, Megan prayed for snow.  When we got up this morning, I discovered we had two or three inches of perfect packing snow! When Megan woke up and discovered the snow, her eyes got huge!

We don’t usually get packing snow, so it was a wonderful treat.  We took a “two hour delay” and shoveled and then build snow forts, snowmen and snow animals.

I am glad that we delayed school, a lot of snow has melted and we are getting a snow rain mix.  We would have lost the chance to enjoy Megan’s answered prayer.