Thursday, May 27, 2010

Friday Fragments #5

With a long weekend coming up I thought it would be easier to get a FF done than none at all!

This weekend is Memorial weekend as we remember the service people who have fought for our country. We have SO much to be thankful for. God Bless the U.S.A.!
I feel like I should break into song with, "I'm proud to be an American..."

I am happy to announce that our daughter Tyne (see this past Monday's post- "Somewhere Over The Rainbow") has her own blog now! Check it out:
She has been designing and creating beautiful necklaces and has been receiving many accolades!

We will be helping our daughter Kyrstin and her family move this weekend. Her husband has decided to become partners with his father in the building business. Kyr is a teacher who has taken time off to be a SAHM, so she posts the fun crafts and learning things she does with her kids at home. Check it out:

We are heading up north ~ya, I many of you, Wisconsin is already up north, but believe it or not, we are going even further up-- to northern Wisconsin!!

We will be visiting family and friends for a nice long weekend. Always fun to go back "home":)
Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Yesterday was my last day of volunteering in my granddaughter's 2nd grade class, for this school year. Caitlyn's class presented me with these beautiful flowers with their names signed on the flower box! I went down the row giving hugs and squeezes to each of them; I can't tell you how much I enjoy each and everyone of those little people and the way they refer to me as "Grandma Peggy."
Isn't life just one beautiful moment after another?

Monday, May 24, 2010

A Little Girl

The shelf under my bedroom window holds a number of framed photos of days gone by... I love pictures of long ago; especially ones of family or ancestors. Of course there weren't a lot of photos taken back then, so the ones we do have are very special.

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

Somewhere Over The Rainbow...

Every time I hear the song Somewhere Over The Rainbow, I think of our second daughter Tyne :) She loved the Wizard Of Oz ever since she was 3 years old. She would sit and watch the movie over and over, to the point where we had to restrict it to once a day!

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.

As you would expect, Tyne got a lot of love and attention. She had the sweetest smile and twinkling eyes, and was my little shadow; if I sat down, she was like a magnet on my lap. Every night when I would rock her to sleep, I would tell her that she was my "little honey bunny," and she, with her adorable smile would reply back, "And you are my sweetie pie."

She grew up to be a great student who loved school, and excelled in all the activities; clubs, sports, music etc...

She is now an English teacher and sharing her love of books, and literature. Tyne is a wonderful aunt and has a steady boyfriend who by the way, loves Legos too, (See Wordless Wednesday) which endears her even more to her nieces and nephews:)

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:)

We can all take a lesson from this little girl, as our lives should be like a song; sung with gusto with a few mistakes, but at the end - good enough to receive the applause and to take the bow.
Wishing you many "over the rainbow" memories:)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wordless "Lego" Wednesday

My boys loved Legos growing up, and now they can continue their addiction with their own
children who love these building blocks just as much!

This picture is of our oldest grandchild, Billy. He created the "LEGO CITY" display which we thought turned out great!
His room has wonderful displays of many complex Lego sets--sorry I didn't think ahead to get a photo of those...maybe another time.

Monday, May 17, 2010

School in Church?

So, how does it happen that a bunch of high school students ended up in church on a Sunday night?
Well, last night our church hosted the Senior Baccalaureate service for the community.
Since Baccalaureate services were forbidden to be held in the schools a number of years ago, the churches in our community decided to take turns hosting it each year.
Seniors of all faiths and some of no faith, come to this service to hear about going out into the world and what can be expected to happen; all under the context of course, that God is always at your side, whether you want him there or not:) That's one of God's little quirks; he loves everyone and isn't about to leave anyone behind:)

Our minister has a way of getting young people's attention as she shares her sermons with funny stories and much laughter. Students and parents alike were enjoying all she had to share. I have no doubt they left that night feeling warm and content.
She told the group,
"Don't tell me that prayer isn't in the schools...As long as the teachers are giving tests, there WILL be prayer in the school!" :)

It was a wonderful evening, and I went away thinking that if one person, young or old was at all affected by the warmth of community, it was because of the love and grace that only God can give:)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Embracing May

I love the month of May. Is it because I love spring or do I love spring because it occurs in May? My daughter in-law made a comment on her blog how she loves April, as it is the month of her birthday and guess what? her name is April :)

That got me wondering if that had anything to do with why I have such an attachment to May, as that is MY birth month.

The flower for the month is the Lily of The Valley which grows in my garden and smells so sweet and fragrant when in full bloom. Rhubarb is abundant in the month of May as the juicy ripe stalks flourish in the warmth of the spring sunshine bursting to be used in tasty pies and bars. The trees are budding out with different shades and hues of green, blending throughout the forest, always moving as the wind blows through their branches. The yellow dandelions are scattered amongst the grass and add a brightness almost like sunshine, to the warming earth.

I sometimes wonder if my Mom and Dad looked at the month in this same manner on the day I was born? Maybe not at the time; I would assume they must have been pretty busy on that particular day during the month of May :)

But still, somehow, I feel very grateful for being part of the miracle of life during a time when life itself seems to be bursting and blossoming all around-- in the month of May.

Wishing all a wonderful spring weekend:)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thanks Robyn for The Award!!

Thank you to Robyn, One of The Jones- for the Versatile Blogger Award! I enjoy her blog where she often shares her wonderful photos that she takes of her family:)

The Rules for this reward are:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3.Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic. (In no particular order.)
4. Contact the blogger you have picked and let them know about the award.

Now to share seven things about myself...
1. I am seventh of eight children; the youngest girl--(three boys and five girls.)

2. I am one of the last of the generations that attended a one room school house... they closed them down in the state when I was in 2nd grade.--And NO, I'm not that old:)

3. I started writing to a pen pal in England when I was 9 years old, and we still correspond. She has been over to visit us twice and we have been to England and Scotland once. We hope to go again one of these days...

4. I met my future husband when I was 14 years old, and we have been together ever since! (See my April blog, "Once Upon a Time, parts 1, 2, & 3)

5. My mother died of breast cancer when I was 16 years old, and that was a very sad time for me, but the good Lord and my faith saw me through it:)

6. I love to sing and whistle around the house, dancing whenever the music moves me! Much to the embarrassment of my children:)
7. I just got notified last week that one of my writings based on my childhood, is going to be published in an upcoming Christmas Memory Book published by Reminisce!

Since I haven't been blogging that long, my list of 15 persons is going to be shortened.
Congratulations to the following as I pass on the Versatile Award to them!
1. View From The Shoe
2. Life in The Woods
3. Cfoxes 33
4. Life Lived Beautifully
5. Waccamaw's Legacy

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wordless "Star Wars" Wednesday

My grandson Tate got a new bedroom when his new baby brother Easton arrived.
My daughter in-law did an amazing job creating a Star Wars atmosphere for his room. We all "oohed" and "ahhed" when we saw it.

Thought you would enjoy seeing it too:)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Sweet Award

What a wonderful surprise--Gina from Mother of 1 Princess and 2 Princes awarded me the Sweet Award!

This is my first award as I have only been blogging a couple of months. Thank you so much!

I would pass it back to you if I could, but instead I am adding your button to my blog:)

The Rules are:

Give this award to 10 sweet, friendly bloggers.
Make a post about the award including the picture and mention who gave it to you.

Put the award on your blog.

Let the 10 nominated bloggers know you have awarded them by leaving them a comment.

I now pass on this award to these sweet, friendly bloggers:)

Hope you enjoy your award as much as I do! Have a great week:)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Surprises, Celebrations and Milestones

This past Friday we went to our daughter's college graduation. Probably not a big deal to anyone but us and the people who love her and have watched her grow up into the lovely young woman she is today.

We have done this college graduation thing before with our other four kids, but Kinsey is our last; our baby:) I had a week of reflection, and I often try not to go there as it makes me cry; happy tears, proud tears and a little bit of "wishing I could recapture some of those moments one more time"-tears.

Kinsey was born on Labor Day weekend- now how appropriate was that? We called her our "surprise baby" as at the time, we had been discussing when would be a good time to have another baby...then all of a sudden the good Lord decided that now was as good a time as any!

Our biggest concern at the time was where to put her--our house had 3 bedrooms and there was already two girls in one room, and two boys in the other.

Again, things worked out fine as this event finally gave us the push we needed to finish off the basement making two more bedrooms for our teenage boys.

We called Kinsey our little Sunshine because she was always so happy and laughing.

(Hence the name of her blog-- I Don't Know Why I Laugh Sometimes)

Of course she had the life of luxury with two big brothers who toted her everywhere and two big sisters who catered to her every wish! But somehow that didn't seem to spoil her; she remained a sweet girl with a very soft heart. Maybe that comes from having a lot of loving, supportive siblings...?

We have celebrated many things with her, from her birth through the first day of kindergarten and of course all the way up to her receiving her college degree in English/Writing.

Her "dream"profession would be to become a screenwriter. I have no doubt that will happen someday. Her other dream would be to be a wife and Mom someday; again, I have no doubt that will happen too.

For now, I just feel very grateful that the good Lord chose to give us this little "surprise", as she is part of the link that connects us as a family. We celebrate this milestone in her life with great pride and infinite love!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wordless "Springtime" Wednesday...

I grew up in northern Wisconsin where the woods were full of flowers each spring and summer.

I so missed those "lovely ladies" that I transplanted a few Trilliums into my flower beds.

My granddaughter Caitlyn admiring the Trilliums:)

Over the years, to my excitement, they have now spread throughout our woods!

Our flowering crab is ready to burst open to brighten the green hues of our property.

Have a great week!

Monday, May 3, 2010

I Lost My Grandkid!

I know of occasions where people have briefly lost their child in the store while shopping, but I lost my 18 month old granddaughter in my own house! How does that happen?

A couple of weekends ago we had five year old Connor and his sister Addie, 18 months old, for the weekend. We were having a wonderful time, Connor was able to go and visit with his other cousins while Addie took a good afternoon nap. All was going well.

After supper the kids were playing quietly and I noticed that Addie was not in the living room. No problem, I walked down the hallway toward the bedrooms calling her name, but no answer. After a couple of minutes walking room to room I was starting to get a bit concerned; where in the world could she be?

I kept calling in a very calm voice, "Addie, where are you?" Still nothing!

My tone was getting a little firmer, as I started looking in closets that I knew she couldn't open and under beds that I couldn't believe she would crawl under-but to no avail!

Suddenly I heard a little grunt... "Uhhh."

"Addie, where are YOU?" At this point I had narrowed this random muffled noise to the bedroom with the double bed, toddler bed and crib in it. "Uhhh." Where else is there to look in this room?

"Addie... Addie... answer Grandma!"--"Uhhh."

Totally perplexed and even a tiny bit panicky, I knelt down once more between the crib and the bottom of the bed lifting the white dust ruffle..."Uhhh." I am still at a loss, as I don't see her anywhere!

I turn my head toward the crib to push myself off the floor when suddenly there she is!
I keep the baby walker, which collapses pretty flat, under the crib. Well, there is our Addie, head crunched under the crib, sitting in the flattened walker with both legs inside the leg holes; obviously wanting to sit in it to play. I don't think she was in any pain as much as just uncomfortable? You think?

I started laughing so hard that I had tears rolling down my cheeks. I was torn between helping her get out and finding someone to share this with--so I ran and grabbed the camera. It was just too hard to explain to someone, I had to have proof!

Lo and behold, by the time I set the camera down, she had gotten herself out of that squashed environment and came crawling out.

I never thought I would misplace a child in my home, but as you can see, it did have a happy ending:)

Saturday, May 1, 2010


I was tagged by Robyn Jones -to show my 8th picture in my 8th album.

If any of my followers are interested in doing the same, we would love to see what you have!

This is our youngest grandson Easton sitting in the walker for the first time!