Paint Time

Saturday, several of the family worked caulking Joseph’s house. Caulking seals the wood from moisture, and although time-consuming, it provides better durability in the long run.

Tuesday, the guys painted the house. Joseph chose a light green, which turned out great. Then, yesterday, Joseph painted white trim.

Looking to Jesus,

You can tell the temperature difference by afternoon.
Jesse held a makeshift cover over gutters along the front of the house while they sprayed.
Peppermint chocolate tea. BTW, if one wonders how you make that tea: boil 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups water; steep peppermint tea for several minutes; add 1/4 to 1/3 cup milk; add three spoonfuls of cocoa; add sweetener of your choice; add a small amount of vanilla. Delicious.

“And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”
Psalms 90:17 

“We The People”

Today Anna and Jesse’s voted in their first presidential election!

I hope each one of you, who can vote and is willing, makes the effort to cast your vote today. In addition, may we be faithful to pray for our government officials all throughout the year. They need our prayers!

We continue to pray for those affected by the storm.

PS – The rest of us voted last week in advance, so they were the last two :-).

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;”
“For kings,”
“and for all that are in authority; “
“that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life”
“in all godliness and honesty.”
“For this is good and acceptable”
“in the sight of God our Saviour;”

“Who will have all men to be saved, and to
come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

1 Timothy 2:1-4

Transformation on Joseph’s House

We had good weather this week in Kansas so Joseph took the opportunity to work on the outside of his house. Each day the look of the house changes so much!

First Joseph tore off the siding and the brown shingles from the front area. Then he and Jesse stapled up the green house wrap. After the guys sided the front, they took down the “porch.”



Joseph found an abandoned egg in a nest.
The “porch” is gone! I missed the take down for pictures, but doesn’t it look amazing?

“And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us:
and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;
yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”
Psalms 90:17 


What Did We Do On Anna’s Birthday?

We girls had a sewing day! We went “shopping” in our own sewing cupboard, picking from a nice collection of fabric we had that needed to be used. Mary chose a beautiful brown corduroy, I picked a light brown with flowers, and Anna selected a beige floral. After we each decided on a pattern, we set out the cutting mats and began to work.

We took a break for the tea party and lunch, but after that, we were once again busy in the dining room. Just like when we sewed with Liz earlier this year, we set up several sewing machines on the dining room table. What a special time we had amidst the sounds of the sewing machines whirring, Christmas music playing, and our own voices chattering with each other. By mid-afternoon, Mary had completed her skirt, Anna’s was done except for the hem, and mine was making good progress. However, we needed to stop sewing in order to prepare for the birthday party, so we packed up our sewing materials and moved on to cooking.

For those who would like pattern #s:
Mary’s: Butterick B5421
Anna’s: Butterick B4136
Sarah’s: Simplicity: 4188


“She seeketh wool, and flax,
and worketh willingly with her hands.”
Proverbs 31:13 

Making Memories

We had a surprise tea party yesterday for Anna with the nieces. Melanie asked if Anna could come over at 10:30 because Abby wanted to give her a card. As Anna entered the house, Abigail and Bethany sang her “Happy Birthday.” Very quickly, Abby asked what kind of tea she wanted. Then, Bethany asked what kind Grandma would want. Anna didn’t know she had been invited for tea, but she deduced it from the conversation. The Grandma part was confusing, so she explained to Bethany that Grandma wasn’t coming over.

Abigail could hardly wait for Anna to open her gift, so they went into the living room, and about that time, Mom and I came over. Yes, it was a surprise tea party for Anna! We missed Mary, Anna Marie, and GiGi. Mary has a cold, and she didn’t want to give a new one to the little girls, who were just finishing colds, which is why Anna Marie and Gigi didn’t come.

Melanie and the girls did a great job decorating and making the “tea party” special. Abby likes to decorate with rocks (notice the table), they had bought a balloon at the grocery store the previous day, and they hung streamers too. So, we enjoyed our tea, fruit, and peanut butter balls.

Anna was surprised and was blessed by it!

Special memories.

Happy November!


Tea time
Clever way to drink tea. Don’t worry. It wasn’t hot. Ice cubes took care of that.
Happy aunt and niece

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…”
Proverbs 17:22