Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Ok, maybe your income, Wrong---then it must be your brain!! Oh heavens No, that would make too much sense. Ready for this one? Your signature!
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This past weekend my nephew died as a result of taking his own life. Tomorrow we will be traveling to his funeral to reunite with many family members and share in the loss of this young man who had always added an extra "spark" to our family. Please keep my sister and her family in your prayers along with his wife and their three small children.
I hope to be back next week.
In the meantime, hug your children.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
It would be late summer when my shoes would arrive via mail order from either Sears or Alden's catalog. What an exciting event that was when the mailman dropped off a box too big to fit in the mail box! The shoes were so wonderful; bright white with the black under the white laces and the new smell of leather. Usually my shoes were a little big as my mom said I needed them to have room to grow so they would last the year. Consequently tissue was crumpled up and stuffed in the toe so my foot wouldn't slide up and down in the heal. Even so, I usually ended up with a blister on my heal after the first day of school and had to wear a Bandade for a few days after that. After a few months the shoes were looking a little worn so out would come the shoe polish to paint them white again to try to make them look spiffy!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
But now it is time
to join you again.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Tyne started her blog over a month ago; at first it was basically about her jewelry making but now it has grown into including fun and interesting comments and stories! I am so proud of her!
(I did a post on Tyne in May called- Somewhere Over The Rainbow... if you are interested in reading more about my thoughts on her.)
Take time to check out her blog at http://tynebodennecklaces.blogspot.com/
Hopefully, weather permitting, I will be sending you some photos of us using it in a week or so!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Pictures originally taken 1996 & 1997
Friday, June 11, 2010
After her husband died suddenly, she gave me a little teapot with this poem. I look at it every day and think of her. It means a lot to me...
The handle represents caring arms to hold you
with understanding and support.
The spout stands for the pouring out
of tears and laughter.
The porcelain signifies the beautiful
relationship we share-
a rare and precious treasure.
Thank you Phyl, you are a very precious treasure to me too:)
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
On game day we all don our Brewer's shirts grab our gloves- in case we catch a foul ball, and head to the stadium early to do some tail gating. This includes playing catch in the parking lot along with grilling brats and hot dogs.
There is something so exciting about the atmosphere of a baseball game; the sounds, smells, vendors, and fans all add to the 'ole ballgame! I always get nostalgic and think of my Grandpa and Dad when I go to games.
They loved the game of baseball and were very good players in their day. My Grandpa was a catcher for the local hometown team as a young man in the early 1900's.
Pictured back row -last one on right holding catching gear
My Dad was a pitcher and it was told that he was asked to play on a semi-pro team as a young man in the mid 1930's but his Dad needed him at home to help farm. Always made me wonder what could have been...
Baseball holds a special place in the lives of my family, including nieces and nephews alike. I truly believe it is in your blood and if that is the case the love of baseball will go on for generations...I hope so, I think my grandpa would be pretty proud:)
Friday, June 4, 2010
I ran across this little story the other day while rummaging through some papers.
Hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.
After all her dinner guest were seated, a woman asked her 6-year old daughter to say the blessing. "I don't know what to say," her daughter replied.
"Just say what you hear mommy say." Replied her mother sweetly.
The child bowed her head. "Dear Lord," she said, "why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?"
Have a great weekend, and remember to be careful what you say in front of your child:)
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
In the midst of all of this their son, our grandson, Connor was experiencing a new change other than the move itself. During his kindergarten check-up they discovered that one of his eyes was weak and he needed glasses! To put it mildly, he was not very excited about this, and there were many tears, folded arms and bottom lip pouts.
Friday morning our daughter called and warned us to not mention his glasses when we got there as it was his first day of wearing them and he was struggling with the adjustment.
When we got there,it was hard not to say anything as he looked absolutely adorable, kinda like the little guy on Jerry Maguire!
But we said nothing and all seemed to be going well until without a thought, I reached over to push his glasses up on his nose a little. Suddenly there was this pause...he looked at me and with a very firm, accusatory expression he said, "Grandma, how did you know I got glasses?"
Remembering my daughter's warning, I quickly responded with, "I didn't know about it!"He looked at me over the top of his lenses and suspiciously said, "Grandma... how did you know???"I very casually said, "Well, when I came today it was a surprise!"He worked his way around my chair saying, "Well, I don't want anyone to know that I have glasses, so DON'T tell anyone, OK?" I told him that I wouldn't tell anyone, and he said, "You promise? 'cuz I don't want ANYONE to know."
I could barely contain my laughter as we carried on this very serious conversation, looking at his big, bright blue eyes framed by those cute little round framed glasses. But if he felt secure that his glasses were invisible as long as I kept my promise and didn't tell anyone, then so be it. I kept his secret for the rest of the day:)
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Isn't life just one beautiful moment after another?
Monday, May 24, 2010
The little girl in these photos was named Albina Marie; a name that was pretty unique here but fairly common in the country her mother came from, which was Bohemia. Unfortunately her mother died when she was 18 months old. After that, her main caretaker was her paternal grandmother; along with aunts and uncles that still lived at home. Her Auntie Ann was especially attentive to her and this photo shows them sitting in a field of tall grass together. I would estimate that Albina was about 4 years old here. I love the straw hats they are wearing and her little hand that is resting on her Aunt's knee:)
This photo appears to be taken the same day and has her holding a big work horse whose head is the same size as Albina's whole body! It must have been a very calm, well behaved horse!
I was always intrigued about this little girl, so would constantly ask my Mom questions about her. It was told to me that Albina never remembered her mother as she was so young when she died. She did though, recall her Dad coming to the grandmother's house after work; he would pick her up on his lap and she remembered playing with his pocket watch.
I look at these photos often and wonder what her life was really like then...
Now that I am a grandmother I can relate more to this story and am comforted by the care and love she must have received from her grandmother and aunt. I am so thankful that this little girl had a loving family that helped raise her as Albina grew up to be a wonderful mother.
I knew her well; I called her Mom:)
Friday, May 21, 2010
I have a video of her singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow sitting in the rocking chair, and swinging on the swing set. She would start out singing in her sweet little voice full of it's baby lisps and vowel, consonant substitutions ... "There's a wand that I dweamed of, once in a wullaby." ~ Oh, how precious is that?~
Tyne is our 4th child. She was welcomed into the world by her big brothers Boyd, who was 11 1/2, Blake who was 8 1/2 and Kyrstin who was 4 1/2 years old. The boys thought she should have been a boy since they already had a sister, but "Oh well, I guess a girl is OK.." And Kyrstin was THRILLED to have a sister and thought we should name her "Marlena" after the soap opera star from, Days Of Our Lives.
She grew up to be a great student who loved school, and excelled in all the activities; clubs, sports, music etc...
All these years later, upon hearing Over The Rainbow, I immediately picture our little toddler tilting her chin upward as she hits the high notes of the songs, and then at the end, she stands and takes a bow:)