Saturday, May 30, 2009


This picture doesn't really show how it works, but if squeeze the sides of the flower, it opens and closes, like a mouth, a dragon mouth.


It has been over a year since my Mom died. April 13, 2008. I haven't been to the cemetary to visit her grave. Friday night I was coming home from some errands in Benton and Bryant, and decided to drive down Highway 5. It's such a peaceful drive and I can check out landscaping along the way. I guess because night comes late, the gates to Pinecrest were still open. I decided it was time to visit my mother's grave.
It may seem strange to visit a cemetary, but we were raised to visit the cemetary several times a year. Our brother had died at a young age. I guess our parents wanted us to remember him and honor his memory. He died before the three youngest of us were born. My parents had Robert and Anita, my Mom was pregnant with Ann, when they had the wreck.
It was always a big event to visit the cemetary, we took flowers to decorate the graves of my grandparents, my brother, several uncles, and cousins. Then my Dad died and we continued to take our Mother to visit. It was a part of our life.
Now my parents are not here to tell me to visit the cemetary. I went, but didn't have any flowers. I paid my respects to my family. I have had a little guilt about not going this past year.
I decided that I do not have to visit the cemetary to remember and honor my family that have gone on before me. I remember them all the time.
When I work in my garden I think about how much my father loved working in his garden. My sisters and I dug up plants out of his garden before we sold the house we grew up in. I have iris, buttercups, and 4 o'clocks that came from his garden. Some of the 4'oclocks came to me by way of Ann's house. I brought his round stepping stones from the front yard and placed them in my garden. I step on them whenever I do yard work.
My Dad built a chest when he was in the navy. I have had it in storage for years. Ron got it out for me and fixed the broke legs. I am in the process of sanding and restoring it.
My Mom, in her younger days, laid a slate rock patio. Last week I was making a rock walkway, and I thought of that patio. I guess I always loved growing things. My Mom helped me plant radishes when I was young, my garden was maybe a 2 foot square, I have vivid memories of watching them grow.
I am in the process now of helping my children and grandchildren make those memories. Monday, I had Jackson and Tucker help me plant some cosmos seeds. And they got to pick fresh blueberries from my bushes. Veronika had a dance recital tonight, I was able to pick her an orange lily from my garden.
I want the memories of my family to be full of happy times, that they will know how much I love them. And they will remember the times we spent together. I want to be at every ball game, every recital, every party and I feel so blessed to be invited and able to particiapate in these events.
Paula told me a funny story. I had taken Veronika, Jackson and Tucker to a play at the Childrens Theater. We sat in the garden waiting for the show. I picked a snapdragon and showed it to the kids. Paula said when she cut a muffin sideways, the boys said , "Oh, that looks like a snapdragon, like Dodi showed us."

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


The last MOPS meeting for the year was last Wednesday. The moms had a short meeting, then they had the volunteers come to the Life Center to thank them for taking care of their kids during the year. Then the MOPPETS sang. This is Brother Marks version of Deep and Wide. Jackson and Tucker think it is hilarious!


This is from August 2008. We have hummingbirds, but not this many yet. They usually increase in the numbers in the heat of summer.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Getting Tagged

I, of course, will goof up this getting tagged thing, but here goes.

First, 8 things I look forward to:
Having a new grandson, Phoenix.
Spending time with my grandchildren.
Growing flowers, especially sunflowers, zinnia, cosmos, morning glories, and food like, tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries, etc. and perennials.
Getting to swim this summer, especially with the grandchildren.
Getting my house finished so that we will have more room to enjoy the grandchildren and the enhanced view of the garden and birds.
Planning Ron's 60th birthday celebration.
Waking up each day, enjoying the first cup of coffee while watching birds at the feeders.

8 things I did yesterday
birdwatched(I can't hardly get dressed for watching the birds)
enjoyed my coffee
went to Jackson's TBall game, sat in the van in pouring rain until it was cancelled
ate dinner at East End Cafe
remembered why I do not like dinner at East End Cafe
read the newpaper
went to bed, but couldn't sleep, so watched TV until 2:00, which actually was today, which caused me to be sluggish all day today

8 TV shows I watch
American Idol, 1st year for me and I have really enjoyed it
Ugly Betty
30 Rock
How I Met Your Mother
Big Bang
(when I watch TV I also read the paper, home decorating or gardening magazines and play solitare on my iphone, which would explain why I don't get ANY house work done, even though all we have right now is the pool house and bedroom.)

8 people I tag
any and everyone who might read this

Monday, May 04, 2009

Awana is over for the year!

Veronika is in Sparks. She received the First Book Award. I know that Veronika worked really hard to learn her Bible verses to complete the book.

Jackson received his first year award. These kids learn the Bible at Awana! They have Bible time, devotion time, play time and snacks.

Awana stands for "Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed". This program teaches Bible scripture to kids. I have not really worked with the actual Awana program, just the Pre-Cubbies, the kids too young for Awana.

This is my 6th year teaching Awana. I still love it, but I still feel like I do not know what I am doing, it's hectic, crazy, kids everywhere. Some nights all we do is feed them, take them to the bathroom, change a diaper or two, and try to keep them from hurting each other.

Every Wednesday night I just pray they received a little bit of the love of Jesus amid the chaos! By the end of the year they amazed me with what they knew. They start the year learning to talk, by the spring, they can tell you that Jesus died for them!

This year we had 13 children! Andrea, Amanda and Paula have all helped this year, along with several other mothers of the children. Thank goodness for the help, it takes every hand available to help these little ones.

Awana Cubbies

This is Jackson's Cubbie awards.


This is the PreCubbies singing at the Awana closing on Sunday night.