Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sunday Afternoon In Winter

We've been playing card games and keeping the wood stove burning lately. One Sunday Harrison invited Nikki, his girlfriend to church and then to stay all afternoon.
I'm so thankful for my children and the friends they have chosen. I have tried hard to keep things running smoothly and happily while my husband has been on a business trip.
Harrison and Nikki walking into church.
Jessica, Victoria and Victoria's boyfriend Gabriel walking into church.
Garrett would rather go to his Sunday school class, but today was family church, so kids sit with their parents. He was a little disappointed, but then found out he got to sit by his friend Kyle, so he was so happy. Vivian and me singing in church. This photo is clearer than the next one, but I kept
this blurry one because I like our smiles better.
After church we ate at a pizza parlor than played Taboo by the fire.
Jessica and me playing Taboo.
Gabriel and Victoria by the fireplace.
In other news, Garrett had his Christmas program at school so we went out on one of the freezing nights to watch him. It has been hard on me doing things without my husband here. I feel for single mothers. Stacey, my husband does not have to travel too often, but when he does I find myself trying to stay on schedule and keep the kids doing all the normal fun things.
All of the children did so well. We love our little school. Our state has a very important vote coming up in January. Please pray for us that the measure will pass so that our schools can keep running. I know it's hard on corporate America, but I'm going to pray that they will decide education is more important than saving money and would be willing to be taxed for it. Our little school might close if this does not pass. I try not to get political on my blog, but I will for this issue by asking for prayer. Thank you so much. We watched Jessica sing in her jazz choir. They are amazing. We are so proud of her and she looked so pretty in her blue dress.
This time Garrett watched his sister perform.
Another shot of our livestock during the cold snap.
The chickens are so happy the temperture has gone up. They are laying better this week.
My holly tree. I wish I had about 20 of these and knew how to make wreathes for selling.
Victoria is taking a photography class and she and her friends enjoy snapping photos of each other during lunch. She and her friend Emily get pretty creative at times.
I love this one.
My next post will be about Christmas over at Sharon's house. I look forward to sharing that with you. Her home is so pretty and she worked so hard to make everything so nice for us. Now I am off to finish last minute Christmas preparations. We are all so awaiting my husband's safe return from India. Please pray for his safe return. God bless you Dear Blogging Friends. Love, Kathi "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." Romans 12:10 and 11

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Trip To The Beach With Dad

I have been looking through my photos and realize how far behind I am in posting them. In September my husband took our kids and Victoria's boyfriend, Gabe, to the coast. They are looking down at the sea lions.The sea lions bark loudly. It's fun to and watch them playing and sunning themselves.
My husband always makes the trip fun by stopping for doughnuts. One thing my husband forgets is to take pictures of himself. I appreciate all these that he took of our children though. Come along to the beach with them.
Garrett loves the sand and water.
Jessica enjoys the sun which just came out through the clouds.
One of the beautiful Gothic bridges along the Oregon Coast.
The crowd searches for baby crabs.
Harrison wows the people on the beach with his find.
Garrett would like to find some baby crabs too.
At last he sees some!!
Look at these little critters.
A jelly fish. I'm a little scared of them myself.
Love these cute bike racks along the streets in New Port. Thanks for coming along on this trip to the beach. The kids love to ham it up when they see them. Dear Blogging Friends, You all have a wonderful day. I will try to get around and visit you all. I'm also trying to post lots of photos from this summer. "And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:20-21

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Autumn Adventures With My Family

I have a lot of news to share with you, so get a cup of coffee and sit down a spell. I am just now finding some time to post a few things we have been doing.
In the news this week Garrett is beginning to like our new library.
He and Jessica enjoy finding a quiet spot and reading together.
We have come here several times. I love change, so it is sometimes hard for me to understand my little boy who does not like change. Things do grow on him and he does accept it in time.
One morning we had breakfast at my parent's home. My dad makes very good scrambled eggs.
My sister Sharon is cutting the cinnamon rolls. Us three girls, Kelli, Sharon and myself had a brunch with Dad and Mom and a meeting to discuss future plans.
Please pray for my sisters and I as we three are what they call the sandwich generation; we are caring for our own children and wanting to be helpful to our parents at the same time. Sometimes this takes much prayer and wisdom for doing what is best for our loved ones.
Back on the farm, I put Victoria and Harrison to work cutting the beans during our bean harvest. I then blanched and froze them.
Jessica happily, though in the picture does not look it, helped her Daddy stain the deck, my dad was up for a visit and looks on in the background. We always enjoy it when Grandpa and Grammie can come up to see us.
Later that day the kids went on a bike ride. Harrison's girlfriend Nikki on the right, also got to be with us on this Labor Day.
We had a pretty day with sunshine.
In the afternoon some of us got on the four wheeler and others walked out to this private area we call "Shady Thicket."
We love this peninsula surrounded by water on three sides. It's shady and private.
Harrison has used it for his air soft gun fights with his youth group and buddies.
We have a mobile campfire pit back here. We move it around when we are clearing various spots out here.
It's a simple ring of metal, which can be easily moved.
Harrison and Nikki enjoy a quiet moment.
It's almost like camping out here. Harrison and a few friends have camped out here.
Even out here Jessica takes the time to send a text to her friend.
I love being with my family and relaxing out here.
Victoria brought her book.
In the garden section of news, Kathi (me), picks the last of her tomatoes for salsa.
My Dad through apples over the fence to our goats and cows and waves at Stacey as he passes by.
Daddy and I bagged up apples for he and my mother.
This photo was sent in from my daughter Victoria. She's enjoying photography.
In the classified section, we had a garage sale on my parent's drive-way. My daughter Jessica was a huge help to me. We sold more things in their neighborhood than from our barn. I really appreciated the use of their drive-way.
In the sports section of Kathi's News, Victoria and I went to many water-polo games to watch her boyfriend play. He was named most valuable offensive player!!
Victoria sits with Gabriel's mother Renee'.
After the game Renee showed us her two little dogs.
Gabriel and Victoria after his game. I joked with Victoria and said she is lucky; boys who swim smell better after their games then do football players, so I am told... LOL.
In the "Who's Who and Hollywood Watch" section of Kathi's News, we find that there was a get together for the annual birthday brunch. My mom, and sisters Kelli and Sharon all have birthdays just weeks apart. So we like to celebrate at a cute restaurant and do some shopping. Sharon, my sister shows us one of her gifts.
My mother Shirley was able to come. She does not get out very much these days, so we are always glad when she can join us.
Kelli shows us some of her gifts. Sharon got her a cute Andy Hardy video and collectible dishes.
This restaurant sells really fun antiques and collectibles, so we walked around and shopped afterwards.
I enjoyed my curried chicken salad. My nephew Hayden was baptised in the river. It was wonderful to see this young man give his testimony of his love for Jesus Christ and commit his life to the Lord.
I love it that his Dad, Eric, got to participate in his baptism. It was very special.
Hayden's grandparents, Alice and Jim watched from up on the river bank.
I thought is was so sweet that they held each other's hands. They have been married about 55 years.
I noticed Hayden's older brother, Grayson watching from this perch and thought it was so ingenious of him to find the perfect spot to watch the baptism. Grandpa Leonard and Jessica both came to the baptism. My mother was not well enough to attend. The rest of my family was sick that day too, Kelli and her family were traveling and not able to come as well.
My sister Sharon, Hayden's mother, and my dad found a log to sit on.
I joined them.
Jessica and I went on a mom date after the service. She like KFC, so that is where we went.
She could use a warm jacket so we shopped around a bit.
We like this outfit and jacket, but not the price. We decided to try another store and did find one we both liked at Ross Dress For Less.
In other news, I had lunch with my mother-in-law Vivian.
We had a wonderful time shopping and eating lunch together. I'm so thankful for my dear family and all the fun things we get to do together. I'm thankful to God for all He has given me. The winds of change are blowing very hard in our lives right now. God is in control and will never leave us. He will guide and protect us. I have peace as I face the future, because God is holding my hand. I do adapt well to change and often find the challenge exciting. I praise the Lord for His love and faithfulness to me. Have a blessed day Dear Friends. Love, Kathi

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