Friday, July 25, 2014

Spending Time Outside


The weather (in my opinion) was glorious yesterday. Temperatures in the 70s with low humidity...so enjoyable! Today promises to be the same and I am *loving* it! The children enjoy it but are still wishing for hot temperatures so they can swim more!

The girls were just itching to get out and free range for a while...


So ~ out they go...




Flowers...




Playing Frisbee...



While playing, the children spotted a hornet's nest!



Xavier is getting better with his banjo playing! It's so fun to listen to (and watch him play)!




How has your weather been lately? 
Have you been enjoying it? 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Little of the Ordinary

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich. 

~Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I'm so thankful for: 

Madelyn made lunch for her and Jaxson (X was helping Pa)...


An egg salad wrap...hits the spot!


Home (humble as it may be)...



Madelyn, Jaxson and I played the Hobbit game...


Xavier was there too (but he didn't want to play)...


It's such a cute game...




We had fun!


Here is an area in my dining room. I added a painting I have from Katie Berggren. I love her artwork. You can find her HERE!


Isn't it beautiful? I see it as me with my three children. :)


Today was spent doing some household chores, running a few errands, swimming with friends, and trying to stay cool. I am more-than-ready to head up to bed with my planner, my Bible and another book I am reading by R.C. Sproul. I actually think my bed may be calling my name! ;)

 I bask in the richness of the ordinary! :) Do you?

Warmly,
Katy

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Little Sadness....A Little Forge

A Little Sadness....

The past four days have been quite difficult. Friday morning, I got home from spin. Jack-Jack (the cat I have had and loved since I was 17 years old) did what he always does, steps right in front of my vehicle while I am trying to pull into the garage. So, I did as I always do...inched forward a little at a time. I opened my car door and called out to him...as he always comes when I call....and this time he didn't. My heart is heavy to admit that I hit him with my back tire. Just typing it makes me cringe and shudder as I remember. I wish I could get the sight of it out of my mind. I ran in and yelled for Chris...but it was too late. I have such tremendous guilt about it and spent most of Friday weeping. 

That evening, we attended my friend's brother's viewing. That was so hard and laid heavy on my heart as well. It definitely put the right perspective in my head though....as much as I loved Jack, he was a cat. People are *much* more important. I will miss Jack and cry because of how much I miss him (he has been with me for half of my life!)...but the tragic loss my friend Jess (and her family) are experiencing is so much worse. It helps me shift my eyes to her pain rather than my own. 

*Then* early this morning, on my way to spin class, I passed my inlaws' house and saw something up ahead laying on the side of the road (it's a main, highly used road). As I went by, I saw that it was their dog, Maggie. My heart sank. I went ahead and turned around and came back to her and stood with her. She was gone. I called Chris who came down and helped me get her into my vehicle (in a tarp). She was stiff. It must have happened in the wee hours. Chris called his dad...he came out but didn't come over to her. It was probably better that he didn't. We called Chris's brother (who lives just up the road from us) and we took her out to bury her. It made me so sad....I know how bad Pa is feeling. 

So, sadness has been hovering around us lately...but there is some happiness as well. Beginning *and* ending a post on a sad note can be so depressing. 

A Little Forge....

Chris and the boys made a forge. 


They did a really fantastic job with it and Jaxson was so excited. He was the one who asked his daddy if they could build a forge!



That hose is to an old vacuum...


They made use of a lot of old things. Chris is seriously a real-life MacGyver!



I'm not quite sure what the milk jug was for...



To see the boys' excitement (including my husband) over this was heart-warming and after a time of grieving this weekend...it was so welcome.

And so, life goes on....

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Time Well Spent

Spending time with my sister and nieces is definitely well spent! We enjoyed our day with them! (Xavier is missing in the photos because when we all met at my dad's garage, X stayed there working with my dad and Chris!)

Dinah always bee-lines for the piano when she comes in. She *loves* playing it and slides from one end to the other of the piano stool to make sure she plays *all* the keys!


Lunchtime!


When the girls were finished eating, their mama cleaned them up and then I took them out to swing! Dinah loves to "Sving! Sving!"...



After swinging for a while...we went over to the basketball court to ride bikes...



Although Eloise didn't *need* to be pushed, as she pedals quite well on her own, Dinah had fun pushing her!



Eloise loves riding her bike!


Dinah loves El's bike too!


Dinah loved the chickens...


She chased them into the garage...



Back to swinging...(She kept saying "TiTi, Sving! Sving!)...


The girls loved swinging together...



Madelyn and Jaxson with the girls...




Yes, the girls are wearing coats...it is chilly here in Western PA. I find the weather to be absolutely delightful...but just very surprising for the middle of July! I am definitely *not* complaining though! So far, we have not turned our air conditioner at all this year! We've had some warmer temps...but nothing so unbearable! I am quite happy as that means our electric bill should be a bit cheaper! :)

Now, I am going to spend the rest of my evening matching socks. We have a basket-full that don't seem to have matches (where oh where do socks GO?). My boys are somehow *out* of socks and I have washed all their laundry. Quite frustrating....especially when some socks never have their match found...so we end up throwing it out or using it as a dust cloth (and then a year later, its match shows up!). Oh dear! Please tell me you have issues with socks too!? Well...it is doing a service for my family...so I suppose matching socks is time well spent too! :)

So glad you dropped by!
Happy Thursday Friends!

Joyfully in Christ,
Katy