Friday, March 30, 2012

Flash Back Friday 247

Today, Maria is 20 years old.  I put this together for her high school graduation - I will hopefully get an updated  pic of her Sunday when we go out to celebrate!

maria 4th b-day

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Love Thursday: A Prayer for Spring


Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today; 
And give us not to think so far away 
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here 
All simply in the springing of the year. 

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, 
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; 
And make us happy in the happy bees, 
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. 

And make us happing in the darting bird 
That suddenly above the bees is heard, 
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, 
And off a blossom in mid-air stands still. 

For this is love and nothing else is love, 
The which it is reversed for God above 
To sanctify to what far ends He will, 
But which it only needs that we fulfill.
-Robert Frost

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Playing with His First Turtle


I went to Frederik Meijer Gardens last week with my friend Allison and her new baby who I first met in the hospital when I took his photos.  So this time, I got to take a picture of him playing with his first turtle.  Perhaps not a lot of action, but it was a lot of fun.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Finch Among the Buds


A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song!
Lou Holtz

Friday, March 23, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Love Thursday

The Magnolia blossoms are about a month early here.  Love them.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Repeat Champs

We had a chili cook-off at our church this past Sunday eve.  Bridget & her friend Emily wanted to go for a repeat performance of their very fine championship from 4 years ago and so they concocted a new version of their Dr. Pepper chili.  This one had jelly beans as a side dish and they really did win!!  There were 8 different types of chili - all very very good even on a hot winter day.

They were so little the first time they won it all!
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Reflective Kitty

moon-3059 "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Everyone Loves a Full Moon!

moon-3050-2 March 8, 2012 Full moon over Grand Rapids (also seen in Celeryville, Ohio)

Monday, March 12, 2012


"Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment." (Ellis Peters)

It's early March and we know there could be a snow storm around the corner. This is Michigan, after all, but it sure feels like Spring is here!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Love Thursday

Bridget, Katie, Jessica, Elise & Angie in front of portrait of Maria done by a friend of hers.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

In Broad Daylight

Bridget and her friends got tp'd in broad daylight

Bridget took the ACT test at school on Tuesday and they were done with school by 1pm.  To celebrate, she had her friends Jessica, Elise, Katie & Angie over to watch a movie.  Now I don't know how it could have happened exactly, but another friend, Nate, came over and went downstairs while his friends strung toilet paper, fishing wire and pickles on their cars and in the trees out front RIGHT UNDER MY NOSE!   I had just told the girls I was looking for some inspiration.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

And They Called It Puppy Love

This past weekend, we celebrated Cathy's birthday with a birthday supper at Olga's one night and a party at her house the next.  Her family got this puppy just in time to celebrate her birthday so I took a photo on her birthday to remember.

Monday, March 05, 2012

My Own Front Yard


“We don’t have to go far to find the treasure we are seeking. There is beauty and goodness right where we are. And only when we can see the beauty and goodness that are close by can we recognize beauty and goodness on our travels far and wide. There are trees and flowers to enjoy, paintings and sculptures to admire; most of all there are people who smile, play, and show kindness and gentleness. They are all around us, to be recognized as free gifts to receive in gratitude."  -Henri Nouwen

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Love Thursday

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Someone gave me these on Sunday and I had to take some pix.  I love red tulips!

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Happy March!

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