Christmas Day

Our kids have always wanted a Christmas tree. We haven’t had one in many years, I decided to get one for them.

We had to put it in the guest house as there isn’t much room in our house and Benjamin would likely begin disassembling it as soon as it went up.

The three girls decorated it while listening to Christmas carols. It was such a memorable day for us girls.

Then on Christmas morning, we went over to the house to open presents.

So excited! Matthew and I didn’t think to use the other colors of wrapping paper… maybe next year.

Benjamin all excited too…

I love your happy face, Matthew.  The girls got some bead kits…

Matthew got a remote controlled truck.

Play dishes for the littles…

Back at the house playing with dishes and water…

Matthew chasing Ben with his truck…

Ben’s little police car…

Merry Christmas… the kids shared it was the best Christmas they have ever had.

November in Missouri

Looks like I need to edit this post….  something went wrong.  : (  

This is from our snow storm in October/November frame time. We only got a dusting during the recent snow fall. Miriam is in her own igloo here. 

The igloo… I love the kids creativity. 

Hannah in the igloo… 

Big snowballs… 

 

  

Going back to Fall… leaves… 

Happy kids… 

Leah holding Ginger

Nice of the olders to give the littles wheelbarrow rides. 

Elisabeth holding Ginger now. Spoiled kitty…  ; )  

It was a beautiful, invigorating day… 

Natalie… I think Leah looks like you here. Natalie is my sister.  : ) 

   

Leah’s 9th birthday in October. We can’t believe she’s nine… 

Strawberry shortcake on yellow cake. My stepmother used to make it this way. I miss her. She passed in 2012 at only 57 years of age. She loved me… 

Tiny Tabi… you aren’t so tiny anymore. 

My $45 cedar chest… just a beautiful addition to our home. Summer blankets are in there now. 

 

Back to the Fall scene… chestnuts

They loved gathering them and playing with them. Matthew and I had to take care not to slip coming out the front door.  : ) 

 

Sweet Matthew… 

Some of my older photos… this is a dove flying near our home

The before strawberry… 

The “after” strawberry after I put it through photoshop. Shutterstock accepted this photo of mine. 

They felt this one was too “grainy”. I decided to pour my time into photography and see where the Lord takes it. While taking a forensic photography class while working on my criminal justice degree 20 years ago, I loved it so much I had considered switching my major. Now I wish I had. I am taking a 21 hour online course for only $10 through udemy.com. Tons of cheap courses there… I believe some are even accredited.