Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Until We Meet Again...

We said goodbye to our sweet 82 year old neighbor last week. I know that I have mentioned Celia several times on here. Usually for a treat or meal that we shared with her.

We had watched her health decline that last few years and then in the last 6 months she was to the point that she could barely hold up her head and walk.  I received a morning call almost a week ago that she needed some assistance.  She had gotten herself to the kitchen and was unable to move from the kitchen table.  I helped her to the couch and it was decided that evening that she needed full time care. Thankfully home health was able to come in so she didn't have to leave her home.  That was her wish....

On Tuesday of last week we were told that she was worse.  We went over that evening and were able to spend some quality time with her. She passed away the next evening and this is what I wrote on my Facebook page....

 Yesterday Chuck and I were honored and humbled to spend some time talking and praying at the bedside of our 82 year old neighbor, Celia. One of the things we talked about was that she was going to meet sweet Jesus soon. Well, this evening she entered the gates of heaven. I am saddened that I won't have the comfort of looking out the window and knowing she is there or sitting on her back porch chatting. My heart is rejoicing that she is healed, whole and sitting at the feet of Jesus! We'll miss you, Celia, but look forward to seeing you again one day. 

She was like family and had a special bond with Megan.  As sad as we are we know that this is God's plan... life, death, hardship and joy... through it all life keeps moving on...

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Glazed Fruit Salad

Sunday was our church picnic. Unfortunately we were unable to attend as Megan wasn't feeling well.  I had already prepared my dishes to take so I sent them in with my mother-in-law.

Glazed Fruit

29 oz canned peach slices, cut in half
20 oz canned pineapple tidbits
Small box of instant vanilla pudding
1 banana, sliced
1/2 pint blueberries
1 lb strawberries, sliced
1 cup sliced grapes

Mix peaches, pineapple (along with juice) and box of pudding until dissolved.  Stir in remaining fruit and chill. 

Megan orders a glazed fruit dish at a restaurant we sometimes go to.  She asked me if I had made this or bought it from the restaurant.  :)  I know I will be making this again as Megan is already asking for a different fruit combination next time.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Playing Catch Up

After last summer I said that we were going to have a slow one this year. Ha!  We are being more intentional about what we are doing but it still seems to be busy and moving by at warp speed.   A good kind of busy!  So here are a few highlights...

Unbelievable that my girl is eight!  We celebrated with dinner at a restaurant with family and back home for some cupcakes and presents.  Simple and sweet!

The Fourth of July we attended a small, local parade and then watched fireworks.  Again simple and sweet.  Hum-mm... are we seeing a theme. :)

An unplanned project also happened during the long 4th weekend.  The back porch was pressured washed.

We are getting a new roof on our home and back porch due to a hail storm.  We had hoped to paint the back porch next year but this has moved it up a little bit.  The plan is to at least have the rafters and anything that touches the roof painted before work begins.

An afternoon spent at Papaw's house (Chuck's dad) meant fun on the zipline!

We've had the opportunity to spend time with friends.  Our friend, Rob, is a kid at heart.  We love this guy!

A cookout with friends allowed Megan to play with ducks.

She is in love!

We have had lots of friends over and have been making treats to share.

The weather has been great and many days have been spent in the backyard.

I am a firm believer in kids having lots of time outside to run, play and use their imaginations.

On the agenda this week is grocery shopping, making a meal for a friend, VBS and the first of the green beans will probably be ready.  If I don't pop back on this week you will know why!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, July 07, 2014

A Day with Friends

My friend, Nicole, recently had her sixth child. Since then she has been sick and hospitalized several times for a non-birth related issue. Many of us at church have been stepping up preparing meals and offering childcare. The kids recently spent the day with us.

Eight kids that ranged from nine to two.  Things were certainly hopping around here!

I didn't think to tell the kids to bring swim clothes so we used the pool like a large water table.  

Don't worry there was constant supervision. :)  They had a blast!  They all played here for a good hour. 

After a full morning of outside play we took a break for lunch and naps for the little ones. 

To keep the house quiet while the little ones settled down we watch an episode of 19 Kids and Counting and then did some puff painting. 

This stuff is neat.  

1 Tbs self rising flour
1 Tbs salt
food coloring
1/4 tsp water

You may need to add a little more water to get correct consistency.  Once the picture is complete microwave for 30 seconds and watch it puff.  (The thicker the paint, the more it will puff.)  

New friends were made.  Eli (and Abe) both enjoyed Adelise.   Maybe just a little more then she enjoyed them! ;)

We ventured back outside for some more playtime. (I feel that kids needs lots of outdoor time.)

Late afternoon we were all hot so we headed back in.  The older girls headed to Megan's room.

The boys and Adelise stayed with me in the living room.

The kids were well behaved and we had such a fun day!  Sweet Adelise came back and spent two days and a night with us while mom was back to the hospital.  All the kids will be joining us for a day or two this week as it looks like Nicole will be having surgery.  Megan is excited for her friends to return.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

United States Shaped Flag Cookie

If you need a simple and fairly quick item for a 4th of July gathering here you go.  I made this last week for a get together.

You can find the instructions and a much better version of the United States here. I made two on the same cookie sheet and the bottom of the United States ran together and really messed it up. Making Texas huge and Florida too short.   Bummer!

 The only changes I would make is to use cookie dough from scratch. I didn't care for the store bought stuff. I also slid a map of the United States under the parchment paper and then carefully slid it out when done instead of tracing it on the parchment paper. Oh, and you might not want to put your cookies too close together if baking two on one sheet! :)

Our 4th will consist of grilling out, parades, fireworks, a gathering with friends and hopefully a project or two worked on.  Happy 4th of July!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014


We had a very relaxed vacation and the only sightseeing we did was to visit the area lighthouses.  

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The house for the Assistant Light Keeper.  I thought all of the houses were cute.  

This home was for the Lead Light Keeper.  It had been turned into a neat museum with the history of lighthouses.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Bodie Island Lighthouse

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!