Pictures – Part II


Hannah’s 8th Birthday. She received a special musical box from Grandma Pam. There were some special items in it as well.


Ice cream. I made a black berry pie but something happened to it… I either burned it or the oven did. My oven was locked up and the temperature was up to the highest with E-2 on the display. We did get to eat most of it after dinner though so we had double cream that day… ice cream and then whipped cream on our pie that evening. DSC_0009 DSC_0019

Elisabeth grew this tomato. I believe it’s called a Lemon tomato. They ate some with lunch on Hannah’s birthday. DSC_0020

After his baby bath…. All bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Pictures Part 1

In the midst of the fire situation here, we still led a pretty normal life. The best part of the past couple of weeks was that my mother came to visit us for 2 weeks. Now that she’s gone, there’s an emptiness in our home without her presence. I miss her dearly already. I did take pictures of her but she isn’t too partial about me showing them on the blog so we’re just keeping them as family pictures.  : )

Miriam’s Birthday –


Little 4 year old…. Since we have strawberries in the garden, we’re doing strawberry shortcake again. Grandma liked our strawberry shortcake. Of course, Miriam did too! DSC_0015

A wonderful gift from Grandma Pam. Special books for Miriam. She loves her little books. DSC_0024

Benjamin napping on Grandma Pam. All content and comfy. Grandma loved holding Baby Benjamin and I know she misses him already. It was precious to see how much she loved holding her grandson. She’d look and look at him like a mother would. DSC_0038

Three cute little girls. DSC_0041

Benjamin sleeping as all babies do…. DSC_0051

Our beautiful baby boy. I love this picture of him. He has a soft spirit about him. One thing I don’t want to forget about him is that his eyelids open and close very soft and slow when I am nursing him. He has a very quiet place about him, not all babies have this.   : )

The Fire


The Mask Family


Fishing in a smoke filled lake…DSC_0014

Our family of quail decided to perch upon the rail of our deck the other morning.

The fire is nearing Loomis, the closest town near us. Fortunately, the evacuation level has been downgraded from level 2 according to our neighbor.  It is not expected to burn down any structures there. It’s traveling at about a mile a day so I’ll be interested to see where we’re at in about a  week or so.


August 22:  New pictures from our deck as the winds shift our way from the South to the North:DSC_0005 DSC_0007

My mother and I drove down a few miles towards Loomis Road. Here is what we saw… DSC_0117 DSC_0119

Red flames just beyond the hills. DSC_0120 DSC_0121

We’re about 6 miles from our home taking these pictures. All highways are shut down around us. My mother was supposed to go back to the Spokane Airport on Wednesday but it looks like she’ll be staying with us for a while:

Good firemap information here: Sometimes the map doesn’t load.


Here’s a picture of the smoke rising up from the fire many miles away South of Tonasket. We are up several hundred feet from Tonasket and surrounded by mountainous hills so to see this even from our home is quite significant. I will take a drive and take additional pictures to add to this later. Last night the view portrayed an eerie color of orange. We felt so bad for the people down South as we heard the winds pick up.   : (


Smoke from our backyard view. This was a couple of days ago… It was worst yesterday.

Pray – Wildfires

Please pray for us. The wildfires in Washington are coming close to us. The very town where Benjamin was born (Tonasket) is under immediate evacuation. The town is only 17 miles from our home. The hospital cancelled my husband’s biopsy in Tonasket that he was to have tomorrow morning due to the evacuation. The person he spoke to on the phone said they could see the fire coming up over the hill. When I heard that, I started to cry. I don’t know how quick things will turn and if we will have to evacuate soon but we’d probably have to go to Canada as all of the highways are closed due to the fires. Our neighbors shared they have never seen such a thing here. We are nervous. My mother is visiting us and has Parkinson’s Disease and would need more medication mailed to her. She won’t be able to go home next Wednesday as the highway is closed and fires are burning on both sides of it. My husband is surprised that we still have phone lines. I apologize for not writing some of you back much lately or at all. Please pray for us. I am in shock that this is going on and has come to this. We’ll update when we can.

The Twins are Three


The twins shared their 3rd birthday less than ten days after Benjamin’s birth. We didn’t do a whole lot this year but I did make a chocolate cake with ganache and fresh whipped cream.   : )



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Anna and Tabitha, I miss you dearly. Whenever I am in late pregnancy daddy starts to pull more weight with the last baby while Momma’s ability declines somewhat. Well, you two were the “babies” this time. Now I am caring for the “new” baby and I still miss my babies somewhat. Your babyhood has come to a quick end.  : (  Happy Birthday Girls! Wow, it’s been 3 years already. It feels like it though.

The First Couple Weeks

Here are some pictures of Benjamin the first couple of weeks or so. I do focus on the new baby pictures quite a bit the first few months.   : ) DSC_0051 DSC_0052

So upset! DSC_0056

The 1-2 days I did get some bed rest before Matthew’s emergency situation, I had Benjamin in bed with me all day. He made Mommy feel much better and I’m sure he contributed to some of the lowering of my blood pressure. DSC_0057 DSC_0063

Little angel… DSC_0066 DSC_0069

Cooling down after another sunbath. He had a good case of jaundice. DSC_0070 DSC_0074

Cute, little funny face. I bought him a new hat from Amazon that has a little tie on the top to add to his cuteness.  : ) DSC_0076 DSC_0078

Cute, little mouse friend that my friend bought for baby Benjamin.  ; )  DSC_0084


My, what big, pretty eyes you have Benjamin.

Update on Our Health


Matthew’s hand started swelling again this morning. This was taken just an hour ago. He went in for a regular appointment today and the doctor prescribed some steroids for his hand and wrist. His blood cultures were negative so we are so thankful for that as it would have been such a serious matter. You can see with his hand and the scabs that his swelling was so severe last week that his skin wept as they call it. He needs to elevate his hand 6 hours a day and I still need to stay low and off my feet due to the blood pressure. We’re really unable to keep up on the house other than meals and the kitchen. Anyways, Matthew has an appointment on Tuesday with his regular doctor and the doctor who admitted him last week so they collaborate together and see what it going on with his hand. Prayers are still appreciated for our household.

The First Few Days

I’m trying to play catch up here. I think for a time here we’re just going to be behind. Here’s some pictures from the first few days to a week or so of Benjamin.


Too Cute! DSC_0019

Laying on Matthew’s old spit up towels that I made him over 6 years ago. DSC_0017 DSC_0008

Big Brother… DSC_0005

We’re the same kind…   : ) DSC_0010Father and son

Pictures From the Birth (C-Section)

Here are the pictures that the nurse sent me from the birth.002

Dad waiting for the procedure to begin. Mom was already put under. 003

Remember from the birth story that dad was holding my hand here and praying. I squeezed his hand firmly while under anesthesia.


Our baby boy just born. Still with vernix all over him. Maybe he would have come out cleaner if he had been pushed out the normal way. 005 006 009 010 016

The sweetest picture.  : ) 017

Another sweet picture. I don’t post blurry pictures often but I couldn’t miss this one. 020