Thursday, June 23, 2011

Awesome Husband, Awesome Dad

We had a fun time celebrating Jim on Sunday for Father's Day. 

Stacy had a wonderful lunch for him and one of his favorite desserts, coconut cake!
 We missed Shawna. She had strep throat and was not able to join us.

Waiting for lunch!

Card from Molly :)

Fun picture of him with his sons in law

Coffee machine he was hoping to get for his birthday. 
 I just had to get it for him early.  We have been enjoying it all week!

We all thank the Lord for him!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

True friend

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A gracious lady...

In 1973 the Army moved us to Oahu, Hawaii, where we lived for almost 5 years.  We attended a small church on the North Shore and it was there that I met a wonderful lady, Helen Tanaka.  She played the piano for the church and was also my Sunday School teacher.  I always admired her faithfulness to be there every Sunday.  Helen was always so sweet and kind to us.  We moved from Hawaii in 1977 and shortly after that I began sending her a subscription to Guideposts.  She continues to enjoy this magazine and when she finishes reading it shares it with the ladies in her Sunday School class.  Twice a year she sends us surprises from Hawaii. We are always excited to see what the package holds and are never disappointed with her choices.  A few days ago a package with a thank you note arrived. 

Helen is in her 80's now and still teaches a women's Sunday School class.  I thank the Lord for this gracious lady who continues to serve Him and continues to bless our family with her friendship.
 I want to be like her

Monday, June 13, 2011

Dance Recital

Yesterday was Colette's dance recital! 

We had fun attending it with her family.
When it was over she came out, ran to me and gave me a
huge hug.

Today I think of the happiness she brings us and
the blessing she is to us!
I thank the Lord for bringing her into our lives!


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Friday, June 10, 2011

Birthday week...

Last week this time I was just starting my birthday week.  Now the festivities are over and my sister is back in Honduras.  I am thankful for my wonderful family and the fun week we all had together.  I felt like I was on a vacation.

 Stacy baked me the cutest cake for my birthday.
Strawberry cake with white chocolate!!

And gave me this cute glass! 
What fun it is to drink tea from it.

One gift I gave Stacy for her birthday was a necklace!

We had fun celebrating our birthdays together this year!

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Awesome surprise

Friday started like any other day with me fixing breakfast. Afterwards I decided to read a book until it was time to get ready to meet Stacy and Shawna at a nearby tea room for lunch. They were taking me there for Mother's Day since Jim and I had been out of town on that day. Jim came into the room, so I laid down my book and we were sitting there talking when I saw something move outside. No, it couldn't be, yet at the same time thinking it was. I jumped up, went to the door and flung it open. (I would like for you to see my surprised look but those pictures did not turn out! This picture was taken at the tea room.)

There stood MY SISTER

She was supposed to be in Honduras where she is a missionary, not at my front door.  I think the first words out of my mouth were, "How did you get here?"  I was in shock and really have no idea what all I said. I gave her a big hug, brought her into the house and kept saying I could not believe she was really here. 

What an awesome surprise!! 

Stacy had picked her up at the airport, then headed to Shawna's house to surprise Ashlynn.

Then they all drove to my house to surprise me and Jim!
Ashlynn looked so pretty in her new dress.

Before leaving for lunch we wanted to surprise a friend!

While I was knocking on her door she drove up!

We had so much fun at the Cocoa's Tea Room.

We were close to another friend's house so after we finished eating we decided to surprise her!
We realized we went to the wrong house after reading a sign about cats. Nope, Deanna does not have cats!
So we called her daughter and found out she was shopping at Dillards.
We hurried there hoping that she was still shopping and
 that we could find her.

She was and she was totally surprised when she saw Stephanie!!

That evening we played a game we all loved called Nertz.
Even though Stephanie had had almost no sleep she WON!

When I woke that morning I could have never guess all that the day would hold.

Thank you Stephanie for flying all night to come for my birthday week!
Thank you Stacy for picking her up at the airport and taking pictures all day!
Thank you Stacy and Shawna for keeping the secret and for planning my Mother's Day lunch. Thanl you also for my sweet gifts.

 It was a wonderful day! 

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Our firstborn's birthday!

Happy Birthday!

We prayed and God answered that prayer by giving us our precious daughter

 Stacy Diane

You continue to bring us joy with your loving ways.
You are creative, capable, smart, and love having a fun time.
You are a beautiful woman of God!
We are proud of you and  love you very much!

In memory of my precious mother-in-law, Louise. 
She was Nanny to all her grandchildren.

She and Stacy share the same birth date. We are so thankful for the times they were able to celebrate their birthdays together. 

This is a favorite picture of Stacy and Nanny at
Stacy's wedding! 

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