Sunday, March 30, 2008

You know you are in trouble when...


It happened so quickly.


Sunday School preliminaries were beginning & Daddy Jonathan had to lead the singing. Mommy Karen was busy preparing for Junior Church service. And Grandma Sheila was the only adult on the row with 3 little ones!


The two boys were at the other end of our row and Paige was on my lap. I was feeling pretty proud of myself, being able to control all three without any help. Then out of the corner of my eye I got a glimpse of a little activity! All at once, Peyton & Parker were waiving their fists at each other & fighting over a snack baggie of cereal that was intended for the twins! I actually thought Parker was going to deck Peyton...who was fighting right back.


Up I shot, grabbed the snack sack, hauled Parker by the arm down to my end of the row, slammed him down, went back & got hold of Peyton, and then sat down & tried to act like nothing had happened. I suddenly realized that Daddy Jonathan had witnessed this commotion while directing the song service. I'm sure my face turned a deep shade of red! But what I did not realize was, that while directing the songs, Daddy pointed a finger at Parker--who quickly got the message that Daddy was not pleased.


Thankfully it was prayer time. And we all needed it! Especially the boys... I was quickly gathering our things so we could make an early escape to our Sunday School classes, when Daddy appeared!


I'm not sure just what happened, but Paige & I scurried up the stairs, hoping that Daddy would show a little mercy. Parker knew he was in trouble when he saw Daddy's finger pointed his way. And I think Peyton soon found out that he had been caught. You never know who's watching--and hopefully the boys learned a lesson....before they went to their Sunday School classes!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Pictures to share...







This is just a quick post so I can let some of my family see pictures from this weekend. It was a busy one!

Jeff with the birthday boy...
One of my favorite pictures of the weekend

My birthday was Thursday, we had an Easter brunch & egg hunt on Saturday morning. Then we had to get ready dinner for 18 on Easter Sunday, plus we celebrated Brycen's 2nd birthday. I think I'm still in "worn out" gear.


Bob with his Mom

The Thompsons

Bob, Mom, Kevin & Dad



We are in Revival services at our church this week so maybe I should devote my time to "reviving my heart" instead of blogging! Until later....when I have time to catch my breathe...







A rare photo op! We actually caught Bob helping with the dishes!!!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Birthday, Brycen!






























Yes, we are celebrating another birthday in the Thompson family this week!












Brycen Robert is two years old...the baby( by just over two months)of the family. He is a little doll baby & we love him very much.





Byrcen's mommy didn't think she was really in labor the night that he was born, but thought she would go to the hospital-just in case. Baby Brycen was born less than 3 hours after they arrived, in the middle of the night, with no cameras in sight! So...we have no freshly newborn pictures of him. But Grandma made up for it the next day!








He has been our "good" baby. One that would rather lay in his crib than be rocked to sleep, sleeps late, & sits quietly & plays with his toys. But in the last few months he has become very inquisitive & loves to touch things & explore! (That is how the birthday cake ended up on the floor. :)










So this Easter Sunday we will be celebrating Brycen's 2nd birthday with an Easter theme. From what we have read...none of us will be around by the time his birthday falls on Easter again!












Happy Birthday, Bryce--eeee! We love you very much!!!










Grandma & Grandpa

















Saturday, March 22, 2008

He Lives Within My Heart...



He Lives!

I serve a risen Savior, He's in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He's always near.

Chorus

He lives, He lives,Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with meAlong life's narrow way.
He lives, He lives,Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?He lives within my heart.


words & music by Alfred H. Ackley


This happens to be my favorite Easter hymn. It will officially be Easter Sunday morning for me when we sing this song along with "Up From the Grave He Arose"!

My parents were saved & began attending a Holiness church when I was three years old. Therefore, I don't have any memory of never being in church on Easter Sunday morning. We were always in church when the doors were open...health permitting.And Easter was one of our favorite times of the year.

I'll never forget my Dad's not always so melodious voice bellowing out "He Lives" along with some of his other favorite hymns. He didn't have the best singing voice--but he most definitely made a joyful noise...sometimes much to my Mom's dismay.

I also love the rebirth of everything in the springtime. Some think it not so religious to have the Easter bunnies, little chickens, etc. And I do see their point. But if you look around us & see the beauty of nature, you can see Our Father's hand in all of the new life that is springing up around us. So, when we have our little family celebration, I hope that we can instill the real meaning of Easter in those little hearts, & put the desire to always be in church, especially on Easter Sunday morning, just as my parents did those quite a few years ago!


May you all have a wonderful Easter!



Me & my brother Steve...

about 1954!

Friday, March 21, 2008

The Cake That Almost Wasn't


If you will read the comments on the previous post, you will hear the story of the cake that almost got tossed! Well--actually it did get tossed--or pulled on the floor. It was an accident & all turned out well. The culprit is the little guy sitting on my lap! : ) Brycen just hit his Terrible Twos a few days early. All is well that ends well...and the cake was delicious!
Carter. Brycen, Paige, Peyton & Parker
(we're missing Kerrigan tonight...)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

A sobering thought...

My first thought when I woke up this morning was that this time next year, not only will I be a year older, but I'll be entering another decade of my life. How quickly my life is passing by!


I'm not a person that has ever let my age bother me and have never cared if you ask my age. It just sort of slapped me in the face early today...next year I really am going to be a Senior Citizen!


Today is my 59th birthday. I was also thinking about how different childbirth & baby care is today. When I was born my mother was in the hospital for 2 weeks, and that was standard procedure-- way back then! (Laughing!) Mothers were not allowed to get out of the bed for several days--I think maybe even close to a week. I remember asking my Mom why they had to stay in bed so long & she said it was so"their wombs would go back in place"! Can you imagine? Also, there were no visitors allowed except the father & grandparents & then only for a very limited time. What about that, Karen? I'm sure CRH gets those mommies right on their feet & out the door ASAP!


So, I'm trying to age gracefully-just not sure how that is working out though. And the next time a store clerk asks me if I'm a senior citizen, I'll just smile & take my discount!






....see Karen's blog if you want to see that I really haven't always been this old!

http://www.thewaldenfamily.blogspot.com/

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A Good Way to get Spring Fever...




"The Secret Garden"



Spring time is my favorite time of the year. I've heard several people say that autumn is their favorite with all of the beautiful colors. But I still prefer spring. It always amazes me to see those tiny shoots of green sprouting out of the cold, damp ground after a hard winter of ice & snow. How do they survive the turmoils of winter? Thankfully, they do & soon we will see the first hints of green in our trees, the helebores will begin to leaf out & give us our first glimpse of color, daffodils will bring bursts of yellow under our trees, and then it will be tulip time.


Last week I was able to attend the Indianapolis Flower & Patio show with a friend. The gardens were beautiful! It is hard to believe that they construct all of the gardens in just a matter of a few days--bringing in trees the size that we might have in our yards, some in springtime bloom--creating streams lined with rocks & boulders that had to have been hauled in by heavy equipment--& they even built stone walls & walkways that I would love to have out my patio door!
"A River Runs Through It"








This years theme was "Hollywood", each garden taking a movie & building with that idea in mind. Now I wish I had taken more pictures. For you that were unable to attend, here are just a few snapshots.












"Father of the Bride"







This garden was designed by McNamara Florists in Indianapolis and was one of my favorites.


The pathway is full of white flower petals! All flowers in their display were different kinds of white flowers, with maybe a tinge of green. We couldn't believe what a variety there was! The columns were lined with beautiful ferns, and accented with crystal prisms & clear glass hanging votive candle holders. They were advertising for wedding receptions...way beyond my imagination!
























I forgot to notice the name of this garden but it was Mary Ann's favorite.


And last...but not least..."Hoosiers"--


complete with the barn, basketball goal & gravel driveway!







Thanks, Indianapolis, for a great gardening show--a wonderful way to spend a brisk, beautiful March day.



Monday, March 10, 2008

Happy Birthday, Amelia Ann!


































Today is our sweet little niece's birthday. Amelia Ann is now 3 years old!





Amelia


She is the daughter of Kevin & Rebekah---who are just a few years younger than us--so Amelia is more the age of our grandchildren! Doesn't matter...she is still a sweetie!





Amelia has recently been diagnosed with Type One diabetes. For a while she was having to have daily insulin shots. Amazingly, her sugar levels have stabilized and for now she is no longer having to take the shots. Her Uncle Bob says that it isn't amazing...we just need to acknowledge that Jesus has touched her little body & helped her not to have to go through that right now. Hopefully...& prayerfully...it will last for a long, long time.


Amelia & her big brother, Kevin


Happy Birthday, Amelia! We love you very much!!!


Auntie Sheila...& Uncle Bob too

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Pie...


Well, ladies, I did make the "Jeff Davis" pie I wrote about a few posts ago. I thought it was very good, just like Mom used to make, but was a little runny. I did find some other recipes posted for the same pie & they called for 4 Tablespoons of flour, instead of 2. So, they next time I make it I think I'll add a little more flour & see if that helps! It is a lot like a sugar cream pie. It was just my luck that I didn't have enough eggs in the frig to make meringue to top it off. And to my dismay I was even out of Cool Whip! We found out that vanilla ice cream complimented it just fine.
I do believe that I ate more than my share!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Tree Cozies!

























What would you think if you drove down the main street of your fair city & found the tree trunks wearing sweaters?



Well, if you lived in our arts-y town, that is what you would find. When I first heard about the Columbus Arts Council's idea of having a competition for the best "tree cozy"...I thought they had gone wayyyyyy out on a broken limb. But I try to have an open mind & decided to have a look at our trees in sweaters. Not bad! It sounds silly, but I'm sure if you are a knitter, you would be expressing your knitting ability in an art-sy way. So, this isn't to bad mouth our lovely city & the silly idea of putting cozies on our trees, but to let you see just what makes this city tick.


A few years ago I visited downtown Chicago & saw all kinds of silly chairs stationed on several of their streets. Their idea of expressing themselves with art was by seeing who could come up with the most whimsical chair!
And I'll never forget the crazy cows we saw in Kansas City...
So....maybe we aren't so far out with our cozy little trees. You never know what you'll find in Bartholomew County. Columbus--Unforgettable!! (By the way, that's our new city slogan. :)

You can view all of the trees at www.therepublic.com...if you care! And you can vote for your favorite. I voted for the Snowman!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Spring Hasn't "Sprung"...yet!


Looks like I might have gotten a little anxious for Spring weather. Our local forecast calls for---rain-sleet-snow-wind--& low temperatures in the teens. BRRRRR! I think I won't put my long flannel nightgown away just yet. :) This is a good day to stay home & get some much needed chores accomplished. Keep warm....but Spring's a'comin'....!!!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Song of Solomon 2: 11-12

"See! The winter is past;


the rains are over and gone.


Flowers appear on the earth;


the season of singing has come...


Song of Solomon Chapter 2-Verses 11,12 (NIV)




At last, today I was able to flip my calendar over from February to March! And the sun was shining and the temperatures felt just a little warmer. The days are getting longer...and I can hardly wait until it is time for the flowers to start peeping their heads above the cold, dark earth! And when it warms some, then I can begin my gardening!



I found a patch of Bluebells last spring, along a road we had traveled several times...but I had never noticed them before. This spring I will be looking for them!

Maybe because Bob & I both had the flu, maybe because we haven't been anywhere since last summer, or maybe we just always long for the winter to be over, it seemed that February would never end. I know it is several weeks until we will actually begin to see the rebirth of our plants & trees & flowers begin to bloom. But I heard a meteorologist say yesterday on the radio that they actually consider March 1st as the beginning of Spring. I wanted to yell "it's okay by me"!
But for more reasons than just springtime do I love March. There will be several birthdays this month to celebrate...





White River...from "Tinkey Bridge"...last spring

My friend, Pauline, will be celebrating on the 9th. Then on the 10th our little niece, Amelia will be having her 3rd birthday! She has recently been through the ordeal of being diagnosed with diabetes but has rebounded and is doing very well. A cousin, Paula, will be celebrating, also on the 10th. She was born just 4 days before our daughter, Karen...who will be celebrating on the 14th! Then I always seem to bring Spring in with a bang on the 20th... followed by our baby grandson, Brycen, who will be 2 years old on the 23rd. It will be so much fun celebrating his birthday on Easter this year.--Which I've heard will never happen again in our life times. This is as early as any of us will ever see Easter.

So...there is reason to get busy & clean my windows so the sun can shine in, start planning my garden chores, and order lots of birthday cakes! March is going to be a happy month.
Happy March, everyone!

Woodland Poppies...one of the first signs of spring!