Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Mom celebrated her 94th birthday!
We've found a fun place to play in the woods.

We had one day that hit 94 so we ate lunch outside.
Andrew got to visit Samuel's classroom.
We saw a mother bear and her cub in a tree.
The trees and flowers are blooming.
And the best surprise of all.....We got a new dog. Everyone, say hello to Lincoln.
He's part boxer and (we think) part shepherd.
We kept it a secret until the day we got him and Samuel was so excited and happy he started to cry.

Poor baby was so tired the first night we got him that he fell asleep in my lap.

Andrew loves him too.
We will be closing on our new house on June 8th.
Happy Spring everyone!

Sunday, May 7, 2017


Our spring has been filled with lots of flowers blooming....
..... lots of snow melting, which makes the rivers run high....
....some sunshine....
....discovering nature....including worms....
....and a couple of ducks that live in the woods behind our house.
We have names them Steve and Stacie.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


One of the many benefits of living in a small town is that the snow plow driver remembers your kids and when he comes by in the spring to clean up the sand he lets the kids climb in the loader.

Monday, April 24, 2017


 Our last big snowfall in April brought wet snow, so we were able to make these two guys.
 The very next day they melted. Winter is over.
 Within a couple weeks we were out with no coats on and exploring the woods and creeks.

 Then we celebrated Easter.
 Andrew was very excited.

 Sam and Andrew are really enjoying each other these days.
 Sam is off riding bikes with his friends. Andrew loves playing in the dirt.
 We go on walks together and found.....
 ....this duck family.
 Andrew loves just sitting and watching them.
Andrew has discovered worms. He's holding one in his hand.

Monday, March 6, 2017


1. IT'S SELFISH TO SAY, "NO." Our lives are our responsibility. We need to manage our souls since they are a gift from God. Our growth is God's interest on His investment in us. To say, "no," to something is to protect God's investment.

2. IT'S DISOBEDIENT TO SAY, "NO." An internal "no" nullifies an external "yes." God is more concerned with our hearts then our outward compliance. Always say, "yes" out of a heart of love. When our motive to saying "yes" is fear we love not.

3. IF I SET BOUNDARIES PEOPLE WILL LEAVE ME. Boundaries are a litmus test for the quality of our relationship. Those people in our lives who can respect our boundaries will love our wills, our opinions and our separateness. Those who can't respect our boundaries are telling us they don't love all of us. They only love us when we say "yes" or comply. That is not really loving us.

4. BOUNDARIES HURT OTHERS. Boundaries don't control, attach or hurt anyone. They may cause some discomfort or inconvenience, but it doesn't cause injury. We are all lumpy, bumpy and unfinished sinners. God doesn't always say, "yes" because sometimes "no" helps us move. We want to be allowed to be human, so we need to allow others to be human too: to be busy, to be unavailable, to have time alone.

5. BOUNDARIES MEAN I AM ANGRY. Anger is ok if it tells us that our boundaries have been violated. It gives us power to solve a problem.

6. OTHERS BOUNDARIES CAUSE ME INJURY. Accept others boundaries as you want them to accept yours.

7. BOUNDARIES CAUSE GUILT. Just because we have received something does not mean we owe something. True gifts don't come with strings. Just as we should provide out of love without expecting anything in return, so should we receive with a simple, "thank you." Just receive and be grateful.

8. BOUNDARIES ARE PERMANENT. Your boundaries don't own you. You can always change them as circumstances change.