Sunday, November 22, 2009

there's a crispness in the air... you feel it?
or are you too busy to notice?


We're already into the final stretch to Thanksgiving.... can you believe it? Thanksgiving! I remember as a school girl the time between school starting (which ~ back in the day ~ was always the day after Labor Day) and the Thanksgiving Holiday seemed to take FOREVER!!!

Unfortunately, the minute the leftover turkey iand pumpkin pie is stored safely into the fridge our thoughts immediatly turn to
the next months holidays and the beauty of fall is forgotten. Here are just a few of my favorite images of the season!!!

Take just a few minutes to ENJOY!

Friday, November 20, 2009


is right around the corner!!!


.... busy finishing up TG cards!

so I can get them in the mail!!!


I have to be more on top of things! As Chuck likes to say this time of year: "The holidays are fast approaching!" and boy ~ is he right!
Christmas shopping is only about 1/3 of the way done.. but first.. .. the cards! Now, where did I put those?? I'm sure I bought some
right after Christmas last year! You know - when they were on clearance but ?...... hhmmm... NOW where would I have put those??
..something else to rummage through the house for!! Any suggestions??
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

waiting... and watching... and waiting.

... The birds in our neck of the woods are SO lucky!!! .... every day or so Chuck fills the bird feeders and the bird bath with fresh food and water. He's pretty sure they 'count on him' so he is very faithful to this task. This past weekend he had little helpers.... as he put more seed into the feeders and fresh water in the bath he took the time to explain what he was doing ... and why. Naturally, like most 3 yr olds they both took in this information... and were eager to see some of our fine feathered friends partake in either one or both...




I'm not sure that they ever were able to catch any bird action!!! ... as I'm pretty sure the birds were watching them! ..... and waiting.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

special delivery from...

the Lone Star state!

special mail from Texas..

I love being a Mom... I couldn't have asked for 2 more precious daughters than the ones God had selected for me. I've always really taken that task very seriously. The responsiblity I felt (and actually still do!) weighed on every fiber of my being! Sure, mistakes are made but I try to embrace every experience with them to the best of my ability at the time. It is still a constantly shifting role. But I love it! And I learn something new about myself with each situation we encounter.

Now it is so rewarding to see how they rise up to the challenge of that role in both of their lives!

I try to let God show me when and what to say that would be encouraging in whatever the present circumstance might be.
I'll be honest...
it's still hard!



the rewards!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009

season of change.....

At one time autumn was my least favorite season. I felt a sense of loss just thinking about the leaves falling to the ground. I'm not sure how much of that was due to where I lived... In the Dallas/Ft Worth area we did experience some mighty fast falls! Like one day the leaves were green (or brown depending on the summer conditions) and the next day they were on the ground! And all the trees were like giant bare sticks coming out of the ground. Or if my appreciation has just come with age... the older I get the more I would just like to slow things down. Time... seasons... years... all just go by way too fast. Living up here in Cincinnati I can't help but take notice at how beautiful this season is!!!



And it is to be savored!!




until that last leaf has fallen...