Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lovely blooms!

Flowers from Valentine's Day! So BEEEE UUUUUU TIIIIII Fulllllllll!!!!!!!!

A day in Grand Haven

I had some errands to do today and thought I would take my camera with me and take a couple shots of the Grand Haven Lighthouse. It was cooler outside so I did not take a lot of shots. I parked by the Bill Mar Restaurant and took pics with my 300mm lens. I did not zoom in all the way either. Here are a couple shots for you to look at.

I really enjoy taking pictures!

The reason I went out to Grand Haven in the first place is because we have a friend of my daughter's living with us and she was raised with a lot of disadvantages. She has been sheltered and held back in so many ways and we thought we would try to help her get out into the real world and out on her own. So today, I helped take her to some places to fill out some applications. I pray that she will get a better job and will be able to get out on her own. I know she wants this too but does not know how to go about getting there.

We went into a local art store. There were several paintings that someone has done and also photographic pictures too. Thought to myself was that I could do that. Not the painting, but taking the pictures. I love doing that anyway.

I could not zoom this all the way into 300mm because I would not have gotten the whole shot in.

I might show you more pictures that I have taken in the upcoming year. Just trying to experiment with my camera and get to know it better.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


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Enjoy your day!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Amanda's Prom her Jr. Year

There once was a young lady named Amanda. While in her Junior Year it became time for the Prom. There was a lot of planning and preparation. A beautiful dress to be bought, jewelry to go with the dress, hemming the dress, plans with boyfriend Matt, paying for the prom tickets, making reservations for the restaurant, Charlie's Crab, and ordering and picking up the boutonniere and Corsage and then head off to the Prom at the Masonic Temple in Grand Rapids this year. Plans to have friends come and do hair and make-up. Before the hair was done, Amanda spent time in magazines and online looking for hairstyles that she liked that might work. Now I will show you some pictures of the start and to the finished result. Hope you all enjoy.

This is Allison and she did a great job on Amanda's hair. As you see they both have smiles on their faces and enjoying the moment. I kept running in and outside so I could get the flower bed area done with some mulch and flowers so I could take pictures. I went to Countryside Greenhouse at 9am on Saturday so I could get started on that. Laying mulch takes a long time, especially the big area that I have to do. I like doing the outside work.

Next was Make-Up time! This is Faith and Amanda, also smiling and enjoying the moment and conversation. All the little things that it takes to put one's self together for a nice evening out. A moment that you will want to remember and cherish for the rest of your life here on earth.

Thank you to Allison and Faith for doing all of this. Thanks to Gayla for having the make-up that we wanted and needed.


BEAUTIFUL!!! Amanda, you have turned into such a beautiful young lady. I thank God for you daily! Your Dad would have been proud of you.
I hope that your future turns out to be the best that it can be. Keep God first, then everything else should fall in place! I love you!

This is Matt. So fun and happy! He is excited to take Amanda out and she is excited to be taken out. LOL

Matt is an extremely well mannered young man. He is kind, courteous, full of life, always looking out for the concerns of others.

Here they are! Together for a fun night!

Saturday, April 12, 2008


There is a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end the choice you make~makes you"

Here is a new way to look at a deck of cards!! You will be glad you did.

It was quiet that day, the guns and the mortars, and land mines for some reason hadn't been heard. The young soldier knew it was Sunday, the holiest day of the week. A s he was sitting there, he got out an old deck of cards and laid them out across his bunk.

Just then an army sergeant came in and said, "Why aren't you with the rest of the platoon?"

The soldier replied, "I thought I would stay behind and spend some time with the Lord"

The sergeant said, "Looks to me like you're going to play cards."

The soldier said, "No, sir. You see, since we are not allowed to have Bibles or other spiritual books in this country, I've decided to talk to the Lord by studying this deck of cards."

The sergeant asked in disbelief, "How will you do that?"

"You see the Ace, Sergeant? It reminds me that there is only one God.

The Two represents the two parts of the Bible, Old and New Testaments

The Three represents the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.

The Four stands for the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

The Five is for the five virgins there were ten but only five of them were glorified.

The Six is for the six days it took God to create the Heavens and Earth.

The Seven is for the day God rested after making His Creation.

The Eight is for the family of Noah and his wife, their three sons and their wives -- the eight people God spared from the flood that destroyed the Earth.

The Nine is for the lepers that Jesus cleansed of leprosy.. He cleansed ten, but nine never thanked Him.

The Ten represents the Ten Commandments that God handed down to Moses on tablets made of stone.

The Jack is a reminder of Satan, one of God's first angels, but he got kicked out of heaven for his sly and wicked ways and is now the joker of eternal hell.

The Queen stands for the Virgin Mary.

The King stands for Jesus, for he is the King of all kings.

When I count the dots on all the cards, I come up with 365 total, one for every day of the year.

There are a total of 52 cards in a deck; each is a week - 52 weeks in a year.

The four suits represent the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter.

Each suit has thirteen cards -- there are exactly thirteen weeks in a quarter .

So when I want to talk to God and thank Him, I just pull out this old deck of cards and they remind me of all that I have to be thankful for."

The sergeant just stood there. After a minute, with tears in his eyes and pain in his heart, he said, "Soldier, can I borrow that deck of cards?" Please let this be a reminder and take time to pray for all of our soldiers who are being sent away, putting their lives on the line fighting & Prayer for the Military.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


I thought I would add this cool picture that I seen. The photography in this picture is awesome. To catch a raindrop or two with a splash of excitement of hitting the deck rail.

I love when it rains and helps my flowers grow better and my grass get more green. Just the past couple days I have noticed how much the grass has brightened up. Did you know that lightning also helps with the grass color?
Well, that is what I heard one time.

That wind out there is really really strong.
You can just hear it blowing like crazy out there. Would wind be called wind, if you could not see the trees and other things blowing in it? How much hairspray would one need out there tonight? HAHAHA! 60MPH WINDS!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Great day!

Had a wonderful afternoon outside and not having to wear a sweatshirt or coat. I got to clean up the rest of the flower beds and whatnot. Shawn was outside playing while I did all of this and the air was so nice and the sun beating down was great to feel its warmth again. I still have to clean up the piles. Had to wait for Tom to take the blower off of the lawn tractor so I could use that with the trailer that I attach to it. I will have to finish that up Monday or something. Had some friends come over tonight and we cooked out, kids were making a fort in the woods and we adults played a couple games of sequence. Yes, Ted and Tom, beat Faith and I again.

Have a great day tomorrow!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Horton Hears a Who

Just wanted to let you know that kids got a good point out of that movie. Shawn said, even though there are little people, they are still important and still a person.

Yep, that is what they said in the movie too. Even though you may be a small person, you are still a person!!!!

Also in the movie, the female kangaroo, (Carol Burnett's voice) said about Horton talking to the spot on the flower, if you can't see them they must not be real!

That is a good point: Just because you can't see God the Father, does that mean that He is not real? No wonder it is hard for people to grasp things at times and understand the true meaning. Anyway, I have to go outside and do some raking and Shawn going to shoot his 22.

Take Care!


What a beautiful day! We have had a nice steady rain last night and the sun is out now. This weekend will be good for cleaning out the landscape bedding. I am excited to work in the yard now. It will be nice to be outside in the fresh air and preparing the yard.
I wondered why my husband wasn't in the bed last night and this is what he said--he said that I was like in a boxing match last night. Wondered what I was dreaming about. He said I actually hit him in the back and kneed him where a man would not want to be kneed. I cannot believe that. It is so strange when we dream about something and sometimes our body will physically act out. CRAZINESS!!!
Does anyone have a story about when they were dreaming and anything interesting or unusual happen?

Tuesday, April 1, 2008



Hello there. I just wanted to say a few things that have been on my mind lately. Sometimes my mind just randomly goes to thinking about Randy. You see, I have two children from him and they remind me of him also. But, as Amanda and Shawn get older I think of things. Amanda is going to graduate next year and I think of how proud her Dad would have been if he was here. All the milestones in their lives he is not here. The fact that Amanda and Shawn have to live life without their father. The songs that come to mind are To Where You Are by Josh Groban, I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me (those two I had at the funeral) and I like Homesick by Mercy Me also. Randy does not have to imagine what Heaven is like-he is there!

I pray that my children know that I did love their Dad and I am sorry for the way things had to turn out for them. I also want them to know that life does continue on and that we do grow from every situation or pathway in our lives. Everything is a growing experience. God is always in control and He is always by our side-as long as we let Him be there. I know that my children accepted Christ as their personal Saviour but my hope is that they will continue to follow Him. And to know that there is a "better place" that we are heading to. We don't always understand why things happen but there is a reason and we will find out someday.

In Christ there are no Goodbye's. In Christ there is NO End. So, close your eyes and see God's face and put your sight on home (our heavenly home).

God takes us down certain roads or pathways and the ones we have traveled have been difficult at times. We all love our life and the way that it is. God has brought two more kids/step-brothers (Mitch and Mason)and a wonderful husband/step-dad (Tom) into our lives and we are looking forward to what is to come.

WHO AM I ???

It is so amazing that God would have his Son die for us. Because of what He has done, we will have life not because of what we have done or who we are! He hears us when we call, catches us when we fall, we are flowers that quickly fade-here today and gone tomorrow. I hope you enjoy the video that I have found. I think it is so cool how this video is put together.