Sunday, July 28, 2013


Joshua has decided he would like to learn to play the bagpipes. So, as we've pursued this, people we'd never had suspected came out of the woodwork as bagpipe players! 
This wonderful man, Mr. Sheaffer, has been a kind and generous supporter of our children's 4H lamb projects at the fair. We met him in the sheep barn 5 years ago. We've marketed to him ever since then. 
When Joshua mentioned in one of their letters that he was taking up the bagpipes, Mr. Sheaffer responded right away, telling him to bring his chanter in the next time the kids came. When we got to his office, he said, "Hey, I have my bagpipes here, would you like to try them?"....
Here is Joshua giving it a go....takes a LOT of air! We had a great time! Can you imagine hearing bagpipe noise coming from the top of a bank building in the middle of a work day? Don't know what the rest of the bank thought.....

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Some Birthday Pictures

Thought I'd post some of the evening's pictures - celebrating our toothless 8 year olds!
Peasant blouses made from this pattern. and some denim leggings that look nice under dresses (and long tunics!) and tuck into furry boots easily. 
We like our little girls to look....well, like little girls. (Seems to be difficult to achieve this w/ ready made clothes these days!)

Rachel bought them these sweet ballerina shirts.....

and Emily bought them these sweet ballerina books. 

Sarah Jayne set up a lovely treasure hunt...this morning...and they are enjoying listening to a 'princess-ish' violin cd, which was the prize at the end of the hunt.

Now, out to the pickle ball court, and then to some frisbee - the games of choice for the birthday girls!

Our Favorite Flavor of M&M's!

Today, we celebrate 8 years of Twins....Affectionately called the M&M's in our home!

We are so blessed by this sweet addition to our family! Never would I have imagined I would have twins....My dearest friend had twins (in fact those twins are my oldest daughter, Sarah's, best friends) Several other acquantances have twins...but, as we were pregnant for our 9th time, I had rather not given it a thought.....oh that fun day of the ultrasound.......the technician chatting happily, finding out about us and teasing that, "oh, maybe you'll get twins this time!", and then, as she begins the scan, going quite silent....we thought something was amiss...perhaps in a bad way.....and then she looks at us and says, "there are two of them..." Gregg grabbed a chair, and I (if you know me, you will NOT be surprised by this) giggled....and giggled...which is NOT conducive to taking measurements if you are a technician...but, there I was...uncontrollable giggling...I could stop for moments, but, then would just begin again. Poor technician...not only did her job just get doubled in length, but this momma wouldn't stop giggling.

Okay...enough of that...
Here are our toothless 8 year olds today!

Still making me giggle!
 They are kind, precious little girls that are a blessing to everyone in our family! I love to see how each of them interact with each of the other children. AND how they interact with each other. 

Megan Joy is a thoughtful child. She likes to know how and why things works. She thinks....and watches and figures things out. She likes to sing...sometimes rather loudly.

Madeline Hope laughs. She is quite care-free and easy going. She is quick to forgive.

They are the best of friends.

Today, we grew out of carseats. In our state, law requires children to be in car seats until they are 8 years old. We have had carseats in our cars for 22 years. Eight years ago, upon their arrival, we had to have 6 carseats in our car.
Today, we have  zero. 
So exciting for them! A bit melancholy for me. More room in the car for everyone!

Very Happy Birthday, Megan Joy!
Very Happy Birthday, Madeline Hope!

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon  you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift His countenance upon you, 
and give you peace.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Family Day!

Yesterday, Gregg was able to take a day off of work. We decided to do a family outing...(missed you Sarah and Benjamin!). So, we started off at our favorite (and local) coffee shop,  Old Town Battle Grounds:

Then we headed to the beach. When we go to the beach, we try to pack a snack of "sausage tarts and marmelade rolls" as the quote from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang goes. This trip we used a recipe off of Pam's blog. I used a non sweetened dough for the sausage and the one as written for the plum jam.

We have affectionately called these little homemade poptarts, PamTarts. They are delicious! and this is now our 'keeper' recipe!

We stopped and bought a frisbee on the way, and played w/ it as best we could in the wind!

(Sarah!!! Where are you? Can you believe NO ONE even got wet enough to need to change clothes? AND we finally brought everyone a change of clothes!!! Oh Sarah, without you we cannot get wet! - and as a result, the drive home was....strangely pleasant!)

The day was cloudy and cool and VERY FUN! Notice the blue sky trying to break thru! It finally did by our next destination!

 We stopped at a Costco and got some pizza, and then headed to.........
                                                                                                          photo credit
                                                                       the Astoria Column.
There are 164 steps up to the top, and then you get a beautiful view of the mouth of the Columbia River as it empties into the Pacific Ocean. We climbed to the top, and then ate our pizza on the grounds.
That is our beautiful state, Washington on the other side of the river!

If you are ever in our neck of the woods, we'd sure love to show you 'round!

Thursday, July 18, 2013


 I have many things to blog about....but not so much time at present......partly due to the fact that Sarah is......

These travelling ladies are on the final 11 days of their 7 week expedition! They reached Anne just yesterday! and will get to be there for several days!

I will have to catch up on my blogging, but in the meantime, w/ Sarah...where she is, and Benjamin working full time at HP for the summer, my taxi service business has increased immensely. Josh is working almost someone else's home, and Em is taking summer school and working, James has been gone this week...camping w/ my parents and everyone else is trying to make up for the lack of the above mentioned people.......I have other things (HAPPY THINGS, mind you) taking my attention!
 It is a great summer and everyone is doing just exactly what we feel like the Lord has for them to do!
Have a lovely day, resting in where the Lord has you!