Posts Tagged ‘Family’

Yesterday, my son and his wife had a little baby girl…



We are all so blessed,

so thankful,

so grateful.



What a wonder!




She is so beautiful!

What a miracle!


More pictures to come…
(I’m a grandmother now, so that comes with the territory!)
These are all cell-phone photos,
but I can’t wait to have a “real” photo shoot with her!
Won’t that be fun?!?!!  🙂


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Road Trip

I’ve been away…


My husband & I were visiting our son & daughter-in-law.
So much fun to be with them!


It was a long drive, but well worth it!
We went through seven states just to get there!
Can you believe it??
And we saw some beautiful scenery…





It was an unforgettable time together.


I am so thankful we were able to go,
and I can’t wait to see them again!

Have you hugged your kids today? 🙂

Love to you all,


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My daughter & I recently took a trip together.
It was so much fun!

We wanted to make it a history/quilting/sewing/fun trip.
We planned to visit historical places during the day and in the evenings
we’d quilt or sew.   (We had to go up & down on steep mountain roads,
so we decided we’d rather not do that while it was dark!)
Can you tell we grew up in the city?!




We were able to stay in a friend’s cabin up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.
Close to the cabin was a beautiful waterfall.  It wasn’t easy taking a “selfie”, but here we are.  🙂




The third day we were there, it snowed!!
We were in a cozy cabin, with a nice fireplace, so we were happy, quilting…

It was kind of like going on our own Quilting Retreat! 🙂



It wasn’t a lot of snow, but it was beautiful!!
The mountains in the distance and the woods all around us were
covered in a nice blanket of snow.
We were inside, cooking, quilting…
I felt a little like the frontier women of the 1800’s…
quilting, tending the fire, roasting a nice chicken in the oven.  🙂

Thankfully, I didn’t have to kill the chicken myself.
Some of the modern conveniences I am totally ok with.



This is the quilt top my daughter was able to put together.
She didn’t get to finish it (she still has to add the borders and quilt it).
But she did get a lot of it done and I think it looks so pretty!
I love the fabrics and colors in this.






These are the two mini charm packs I took with me.
I wanted to make something small, like a table runner.

These little packs were $3.75 each, there’s 42 squares, 1 1/2 in. each.
I got them from Missouri Star Quilt Co.  They have great prices.
They also have a great daily deal program.




I used the 1 1/2 in squares in strips of four across and then in the border,
I made half triangles for the border using a tutorial.
It made it go so much faster, and much more fun.



I didn’t have a pattern to follow, but I just used what I had on hand.
I like how it turned out and can’t wait to finish it.




We had a lot of fun on our trip
and I’ll be posting more of our “adventures” in the next posts.

Have a blessed weekend,


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Recently,  my husband got me a gift…

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I was very surprised, since it was HIS birthday, not mine.

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It was beautiful… a dozen red roses, each one a masterpiece.

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I smelled them, gazed at them, took many, many photos of them.

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I don’t particularly like the color red.  I own very few items (maybe 2 or 3) that are red.
How can I not like these??
Together they make a truly amazing display.

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I didn’t have any place to put them except for this glass jar I bought at an antique store…

I’m learning to look at the details…
They can be beautiful, too.

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My husband is always thinking of me, how to make me laugh, bring me joy…
Every time I looked over at the roses, I couldn’t help smiling.
Even now…

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I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but one of the things I’ve been
re-learning this year is that, “Actions speak louder than words.”

Let your loved ones know you care.
In our house, we say the words, “I love you” many times a day to each other…
But somehow when we do something totally unexpected,
it speaks so loudly,
and unforgettably.


Have fun thinking up ways to surprise your loved ones!

(Let me know how it goes :))



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Today, in honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to mention my father.



He has been an inspiration and a joy to me my whole life.

When I was just a toddler, he left his country to bring his family (my Mom, my brother, and me) to a country in which he did not know one single person and could not speak the language.  He gave up the career he was studying back in his country and signed up for some English language classes and a program in the nearest technical/career school.  He graduated from both and though he did not become wealthy, he was successful in his field and was able to provide for his family.  He is a hard worker and is also one of the kindest and most generous men I know.

Growing up, not a day went by that I did not know for certain that my Dad loved me.  The older I get, the more I realize what a tremendous gift that was.  I thank God for my father, and my desire is to show him everyday that I love him, too.  I call him every single day, we chat for a bit, and always end every conversation by saying, “I love you”.

I feel very blessed and thank God everyday that my Dad is still healthy.  I almost lost him many years ago and he was miraculously healed.  I often tell people not to take their loved ones for granted.  Cherish them.  Call them.  Tell them over & over how much you love them.

Happy Father’s Day everyone!



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This is the word I’ve chosen for 2013.

I’m keeping a journal, filled with photography and writing as I find joy in each day.  I’m really looking forward to it!

As I look ahead to 2013,
Here are just a few of the many things in 2012 that brought joy to me…


Taking photos of our friends’ kids and blessing them with a scrapbook filled with the prints as a gift.


So much fun to take photos of children!




Trip to Venice Beach, FL with my daughter and son-in-law.




Playing with Kitty and finding a home for her and her kittens.




My son’s graduation from College!




Trips to the beach.




My son’s wedding!




Trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.




Lloyd, the wonder dog 🙂



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Trip to the Capital and the Smithsonian museums.




Sewing and Quilting…


And I have tons of other photos I could include here,
but I’ll look forward to many, many other reasons for joy in 2013
and I’ll be posting about them.

Have a blessed Sunday!!

Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with JOYful shouting;
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
Psalm 126:2

Love to you all,


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Walking the Dog

We visited our son & daughter-in-law for Thanksgiving.  They just got a dog recently and we volunteered to walk him early in the morning.  The weather was beautiful and I was so glad I took my camera with me…


It was so quiet and peaceful.  I love this time of the morning…(once I’m up).



Lloyd is a beautiful, well-behaved doggie.  We immediately took to each other.  He is a sweetie! 🙂  He enjoyed the walk immensely.  He tried chasing the squirrels but we kinda discouraged him.  Kinda.




I tried to keep up with my husband and Lloyd, but I kept getting off the trail…
(I had to take pictures!!).

There were a few other people out for their morning jog/walk/run… One of them stared at me for a while… I guess it’s not everyday you see someone taking photos
on an exercise trail.  I just want to say, for the record, that I did exercise…
I had to run between photos in order to catch up with my husband & Lloyd.



I think Lloyd enjoyed the scenery, too…don’t you?



When we got back, Lloyd was tired out.
By the way, my husband asked if we could call the dog, “Nacho”…  We tried but he wouldn’t respond to that name.  I guess he’s stuck with Lloyd.  🙂



After just a few minutes, Lloyd was asleep.
What a life!



I’ll leave you with this lovely morning picture.

Hope you’re having wonderful weather as well…  Go walk your dog.  If you don’t have one, borrow the neighbors’.

Happy walking,

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