Tuesday, April 22, 2014

17? Already?

Lollipop Pop turned 17.
I seriously do not understand how that happened. 
I mean it was yesterday that she entered our lives.
  She has always had a strong will and independent spirit. 
She drove boats and motor homes at the age of three but has yet to get her driver's license.
She is a loyal friend who cares and feels deeply.
She is a big sister who Sugar Plum Fairy adores and a little sister to who tolerates Shaggy's  older brother-isms.
She is the first granddaughter on both sides and was and is cherished.
She is a daughter who has always had her Daddy wrapped around her finger and who actually likes her mother!
She could not make us more proud to be her parents and I think we may keep her.
Happy Birthday, my sweet girl. 
I love you.
 



Monday, April 21, 2014

They are Here

Late last summer we lost our agriculture well. 
The pump was pulled and there she sits in all her rusty glory.
Well drillers in this state have been booked solid and we have been on their lists ever since. 
Their services are in extremely high demand.
 
They don't give you a date as to when they will come. 
They don't always tell you how many wells are "in front of you". 
You don't call and hound them fore those details. 
You trust that they will come as soon as they can.
And they do. 
Last Friday, the rigs and trucks came.
Today, the drilling begins.
By the end of the week, we pray, there will be water flowing and giving our trees their first drink of the year.  

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 
 

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth,   for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  

 
 

When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Colossians 3:1-4  
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easters of Past

Easter as a child was always extra special spent together as a family.
My first Easter
My sister and I usually had new, homemade dresses and patent leather shoes.
My sister and I in our new dresses. 
What a great place to grow up! The grass...the sidewalks....perfect for kidnicks.
I also vividly remember reaching into some lily type leaves in front of our house in Upper Lake and locating a toad instead.
Yup.
I think my folks may have laughed...uproariously.
I wonder what memories our kidnicks will have from their Easters.
Easter 2005
Easter 2012
Hopefully with smiles.

Friday, April 18, 2014

An Easter Tradition

Several years ago, I made Resurrection Cookies with the girls.  
My blogging crush/inspiration LemonadeMakinMama shared these and it has become a tradition in our home. 
Each year, as we prepare each step, we talk about each step Jesus took.
The ingredients and process is simple.
The message is powerful.
The memories are priceless.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Moon, A Campout and 2 Scaredy Cats

Did you stay up to watch the Blood Red Moon on Monday night?
  The girls and I did. 
We gathered nearly every blanket in the house and set up camp on the trampoline. 
I took one single picture at the beginning and decided I didn't want to be bothered. 
I think we were all a bit disappointed that it didn't appear, to our naked eyes, more vividly.
Lollipop Pop's chemistry teacher explained it had to do with the cones and rods in our eyes.
The girls sang the soundtrack to Frozen and we had a great time laughing and just enjoying each other. 
 Hubby came out a couple times and peered into the sky but wanted no part in the tomfoolery.
Lollipop Pop had school the next day, so she left us after the eclipse became full, but Sugar Plum Fairy and I decided to stay out all night...until the dog started growling and barking at something.  Coyotes, more than likely.
We are big babies.
We grabbed the flashlights and our pillows and went inside.
Quickly.
Even though the moon wasn't what I expected fully, seeing the eclipse and spending this time with our girls is a memory that we will always share with smiles.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The New Garden

I shared the beginning of our garden building adventure a few days ago.
I got the boxes built and Lollipop Pop and I squared and lined them up.
  I had 4 cubic yards of soil delivered on Friday afternoon. 
At this point I began to think I may have bitten off more than I could chew.
 Hubby would be out of town until Sunday and I was not sure we were going to be able to move this to the back. 
Especially before he returned.
What I had not figured into the project is how much of a help Lollipop Pop would be. 
That girl stepped up and worked hard. 
She lugged wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow without a single complaint.
 Each bed took three wheelbarrows full. 
 The trek to the back is mostly over grass and rough. 
The bed with the cabbage was also an issue. 
 It was part of the garden we had last year...before I had "the" garden vision. 
It was filled with soil and turned the opposite direction. 
 My eldest daughter took the soil out and together we repositioned  and refilled the bed as well as helping Sugar Plum Fairy replant her cabbage. 
She is hoping to enter it in a contest in the fall.
We also unearthed two walnuts that had been dropped by birds and begun to sprout. 
 They are now in the pot for the time being and have become a science project.

  By Friday night, we were pooped and made it an early evening. 
 Saturday morning was filled the ACT test and Catechism class before coming home after lunch to finish. 
We also replenished the trough. 
With the additional beds,
I am able to make this strictly for herbs.
I am thrilled.
Hubby had called earlier in the day and was planning on coming home Saturday instead of Sunday...but wanted to surprise the girls. 
So I pushed,  kept us all focused and we had a clean driveway, filled and planted beds before he arrived. 
We did it!
And the girls were, indeed, surprised.
 Woo Hoo!!!!
The girls gave their Dad the tour and he asked me if I want a picket fence around the garden. 
Yes, please.
It will then be perfect.