Sunday, March 2, 2014


There hasn't been a lot happening around here other than snow and the occasional day of school.

Grace can't seem to get enough of the outdoors.  Luckily she has an amazing dad who has just as big of any imagination.  They are outdoors at least a couple of times a week tromping through the snow on an adventure or attempting to create something in the snow mounds.  Snow is so much fun when you experience with a 5 year old than being 30 and having to help shovel the drive on a weekly basis.  Think Spring! Think Spring!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Monday, December 23, 2013

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Last month on Orphan Sunday our church did a slide show of families within our church who were in the process of adopting.  As we were hearing about the different families one particular family tugged at our heart strings.  This family has been going through the process of adoption for a couple years because they are wanting to do it debt free.  As Rich and I were talking about this family's story later that evening at dinner Grace chimed in and said, "Can we take care of their baby until they can pay for her?"  We explained to Grace that we could not do that for this family but that we would like to foster children at some point.  Grace said she wanted to help this family.  Rich and I began to think and came up with the idea that during the month of December Grace's chore money would go towards this family.  Fast forward a month and a half later and the night came for Grace to bless a family.  I had contacted the family and told them that Grace had done a service project for their family and we would like to stop by and present it to them.  We showed up at their house this evening with them having no real idea why we were there.  They invited us in to their home.  Once inside Grace introduced herself and told them she had been doing jobs at home and earning money.  She then told the family that she wanted to give them her money to help them adopt a baby.  No sooner had Grace gotten the words out did the mom shed tears of gratitude for Grace. The family was grateful for Grace's servant heart and prayed a prayer of thanksgiving for Grace.  Words can not do justice for how Rich and I felt watching our little girl who God entrusted us to raise follow her Creator.   We know God was in Heaven saying, "Well down my faithful servant Grace."

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Lover of the Arts

From Grace's first lesson she has loved every moment of piano lessons and practicing.  You never have to convince Grace to practice.  She is always more than willing to work on her lesson.  Often times she will just go into her room and play for the fun of it.  Grace's teacher is moving with her family to San Diego where her husband is taking on a position with the San Diego Children's Choir.  Therefore, her teacher decided to end their time together with a recital.  Grace was able to choose her own piece and practice it up.  Grace played the entire piece by memory!  We were so proud of her.  The recital was at Ascendo Piano, where Grace will continue lessons. This was a chance for the parents to meet the new teacher and discuss the possibility of taking lessons at this studio.  After the recital and talking with the new instructor there was no doubt in our mind we signed Grace up for lessons and Grace has now asked at least 5 times this evening when her lessons will start.

Such concentration!  
She was just a little proud of herself.  
Future musicians!  
I am crossing my fingers that Grace inherits her dad's abilities when it come to music.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Fall Fun

The Dickmeyers found a fun family run pumpkin patch to visit in Decatur.  The kids loved it!  We were able to play, feed the animals, take a train ride, take a wagon ride and even go out in the field and pick our own pumpkins.  What more could you want?

Climbing to the top of the hay mound
I'm queen of the world!

Searching for the perfect pumpkin

Quality time with Emmy

Ending the trip with a barrel ride
We ended the month with our annual trip to the "Haunted Hall of Hoops."  Grace was super excited to get to wear her monarch butterfly costume.  She loved seeing the players up close.  She is hoping her dad will take her to a game this year.  

Starting out on the parade route
Group photo

Grace is putting the finishing touches on her Operation Christmas Child shoe box and getting excited about Christmas.  I loved viewing Christmas through the eyes of a child.  

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Monarch Festival

While looking for books one day at the library we came across a flyer for The Monarch Festival. It was love at first sight for Grace.  She has loved butterflies since her day with Mrs. D at Canterbury.  We knew we needed to try and get to the festival.  As the day drew closer Grace decided she wanted to invite her cousin Ellie for some "girl time."  The plans were made and the day came.  

 Making bracelets about the life cycle of a butterfly.  
Reading books about butterflies.  

 Searching for monarch butterflies.  
 Pretending to drink nectar from her probiscus.  
Flying through the field with their butterfly wings.  
The festival was super kid-friendly and everything Grace hoped for and more.  It will definitely be on the calendar for next Fall again.  

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Here she comes world....

I Trust You'll Treat Her Well  by Dan Valentine

 World, I bequeath to you today one little girl in a crispy dress.. with two blue eyes...and a happy laugh that ripples all day long, and a batch of light red hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs. I Trust You'll Treat Her Well.

She's slipping out of the backyard of my heart this morning and skipping off down the street to her first day at school.

And never again will she be completely mine...

Prim and proud, she'll wave a young and independent hand this morning, and say goodbye and walk with little-lady steps to the nearby schoolhouse...

Gone will be the chattering little hoyden who lived only for play, and gone will be the delightful little gamin who roamed the yard like a proud princess with nary a care in her little world.

Now, she will learn to stand in lines...and wait by the alphabet for her name to be called...

She will learn to tune her little-girl ears for the sound of school bells, and for deadlines...

She will learn to giggle and gossip... and to look at the ceiling in a disinterested way when the little boy across the aisle sticks out his tongue.

Now she will learn to be jealous...and now she will learn how it is to feel hurt inside...and now she will learn how not to cry.  No longer will she have time to sit on the front porch steps on a summer day and watch while an ant scurries across a crack in the sidewalk...

And she'll find her new heroes.  For five full years I've been her sage and Santa Claus...her pal and playmate...her parent and friend.  Now, alas, she'll learn to share her worship and adoration with her teachers (which is only right).

No longer will her parents be the smartest, and greatest in the world. Today, when the first school bell rings, she'll learn how it is to be a member of the group...with all its privileges, and, of course, its disadvantages, too. 

She'll learn in time that proper young ladies don't laugh out loud...or keep frogs in pickle jars in bedrooms...or watch ants scurry across the cracks in a summer sidewalk...

Today, she'll begin to learn for the first time that all who smile at her are not her friends. That "the group" can be a demanding mistress... and I'll stand on the porch and watch her start out on the long, long journey to becoming a woman.

So WORLD, I BEQUEATH TO YOU TODAY ONE LITTLE GIRL in a crispy dress, with two brown eyes, a happy laugh that ripples all day long, and a batch of light red hair that bounces in the sunlight when she runs.