Gigi’s Mulch Crew

The yearly mulching-at-Gigi’s happened in an eclectic fashion. Getting this many folks’ schedules to coordinate just wasn’t working, so we did it in several sessions.

Melanie and her kids, along with Anna Marie and her kids, with some help from myself, took one late afternoon to work on it. We made good progress and mostly took care of the front area along with maintenance in the back.

Another morning, Dad and Mom worked over the whole back area, spreading mulch. That evening, Melanie and crew, along with Christopher’s family, and Anna, pitched in to finish it out. We’re grateful for so many helpers to tackle the big project. Of course, we ended with a pizza party.

Somehow, the little kids feel like they have great power over Ellie.
Only they really don’t. Ellie does what she wants to do.

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16).

Mother’s Day Recap

Happy Tuesday! I’m catching up on some recent events–thankful to have an opportunity to compile them.

Mother’s Day truly was a beautiful day of celebrating the mother (s) in our lives. I forgot to mention a Happy Mother’s Day to my sisters-in-law!

Anyway, we made Mom her favorite food, gave her gifts, enjoyed worshipping together with our brothers and sisters in Christ and celebrating moms there too, and then late afternoon, 7 out of the 8 Maxwell grown “kids” were together. Sadly, John’s family was quite under the weather, otherwise they would have been with us too.

We’re very grateful for a mom who loves us, poured her life into educating and raising us, and still invests!

Mom’s birthday breakfast: pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and yogurt with granola
Lunch with Gigi
The girls participated in a special community build-a-bouquet from local businesses. You paid a small fee for the vase and then used a map and went around to local businesses to get a flower from each one. A sweet labor of love!

“Strength and honour are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come” (Proverbs 31:25).

Jesse and Anna Maxwell’s Wedding Pictures, Part 3 and Happy Anniversary

Today is Jesse and Anna’s 1st Anniversary! Congratulations! We love you both so much and delight to see the Lord’s blessing.

I realized I hadn’t finished with the final part to their wedding pictures, and I thought it fitting to do so today. If you haven’t seen Part 1 and Part 2, you can click on the respective links.

Because of COVID regulations, Jesse and Anna weren’t able to have a reception, so we took photos in the park, and then they came back for family good-byes.

Jesse and Anna were such a fun couple to photograph; their love for each other was very apparent, and Anna’s giggle is contagious.

Happy Anniversary!

Jesse and Anna Maxwell

Then onto family good-byes.

Anna saying good-bye to her brother!
Goodbyes to Anna’s parents!
Christopher and I photographed the day
The Maxwells with those who could make it
Jesse and Anna now, a year later

“The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever:
the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether”
(Psalm 19:9).

Nonstick Fry Pan

One of our Scanpans

Several years ago, when Teflon was being brought up as a health concern, we were introduced to a non-stick technology that wasn’t Teflon and wasn’t supposed to have the health problems of Teflon with its tendency to flake off. We bought Scanpans that used the new technology.

Not only are Scanpans nonstick, but you can use metal utensils on them. They are expensive, but we decided our health was worth it so we invested in two big skillets and one small one. We are quite happy with them and use them all the time from frying eggs to browning meat to oil-free stir fry (post on that coming soon).

Over the years, it seems that some of the nonstick has worn off, and there is a little build up on the pan. But usually if we follow the directions to boil water in the skillet and use a metal scrubber on it, we can get most of it off.

Our Scanpans are the Classic models. Since we bought ours, they have developed some other lines of Scanpans. We don’t know how they compare, though. The links below are Titus2’s Amazon Affiliate. (See our privacy policy).

Scanpan 12″

Scanpan 8″

The lids are sold separately.


“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).

Grandma’s Bookbag

If you want to see other posts in my Grandma’s Bookbag series, see this link.

Through these almost thirteen years of reading to grandchildren, the Usborne touchy-feely book series “That’s Not My . . .” has been a top favorite. We have three of those books, but when I am at our married children’s homes, I see others in the series.

Our three books are:

That’s not my tractor (Titus2’s Amazon affiliate link are in this post–see our privacy policy).

That’s not my train (you’ll have to toggle to the different options, because the paperback and hardcover link wouldn’t show up)

That’s not my truck

These board books are toddler books designed for interaction. On each page, we learn why the tractor, or whatever the theme of the book might be, is not “my tractor.” It might have windows that are too shiny. On that page, the child can look into the shiny train windows. Perhaps the next page tells us the train has a side that is too bumpy where the child can run his fingers over a corrugated insert. The book ends with, “That’s my train” and the special reason why.

In addition to that cute theme on each page is a little mouse, bunny, or bird. That gives something else to ask interact with the child concerning. They can point out the animal when asked where it is after looking around the page for it. And I can teach them the animal and how to find it if they too young to do it on their own.

Two of those books, we bought twelve years ago and the other, I purchased used. They are all still in good shape and part of my toddler Grandma bookbag.

“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and
become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom
of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little
child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3-4).

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