Tuesday, June 21, 2011


One of my highlights of the week is drinking coffee with mother. 

I just love this picture of daddy (Josh) listening to Keyona's (daughter) secrets.

What are Holly and Rebecca up to....

they have made Moroccan couscous and seven vegetable chicken tagine, and Indian chicken saag and curried cauliflower.

Our guests for this delicious food were Benjamin, Andy, Pedro.....


Shadrick, Misty, and Grant.

Around 8:45 the evening primroses started to open.

Then the sphinx moths flew in.  These moths look like humming birds, they are just a little smaller and they have a 3 inch needle on them to suck the nectar from the flowers.
  Fascinating to watch.

When I was dropping off my van to be worked on, I ran into Edith Shank, who was waiting for her car to get inspected.  I invited her to join me for coffee at mothers.  It was fun listening to them reminisce.

By the time our coffee party ended, we were joined by Linda Tice, Holly, and Sheri.

Mother thanks for a delightful morning.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fathers Funeral

All of our children were home this weekend for my fathers funeral. 

When Autumn arrived Saturday morning at 10:00am we had a brunch waiting.  Granddaddy and Grammy joined us.  Dave, we missed having you with us.

Cousins and family enjoying visiting.

Great, and great,great uncles and aunts.  Mother is in the center on the right.

All but 4 of the 42 grandchildren were at the funeral. 

Check out this blog to see another version of the "Spinout" quilt.
Scrap Squad Spinout

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Bitter Sweet Days

This week we are with our family in Virginia.  Father's health is rapidly declining and together we are caring for him.  These are bittersweet days.

When we ask father if he is in pain he usually shakes his head slowly and softly says no.  He sleeps a lot and this is a comfort.
We are having sweet times as we share past memories and there is more laughter in these walls than tears.

Oren Jr. and Mark making breakfast.


Uncle Willard dropped in yesterday and joined us girls shelling peas.

Last night we were treated to lattes by Rebecca.

Emily is excited about practicing her machine quilting on this quilt top that Barbara pieced.
I love the twinkle in the grandchildren's eyes. 

 We have been encouraged a lot by the way Father has responded to and handled these difficult times.  All of us are drawn to him with tenderness as he tries hard to respond well to the pain and misery.   This is a time when we are sharing precious times right along side the diffcult ones.  Though we love our Father, we are asking God to take him home.  We appreciate your prayers for us.
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