July Birthdays and Bunnies

Elisabeth turned 13 this year. I took her that morning to lunch at the Golden Corral… a special 13 year old treat. Then we went to get her ears pierced. She and I had a wonderful time. I am going to do that with each of our girls as they become a teen. Matthew too but minus the earrings.  : )

We still had dessert at home though…

Then we had Benjamin’s birthday. Big boy! He turned 4 this year.

Even with his disabilities, he’s coming along. Just recently we have been able to walk him quietly out of a room that we don’t want him in (kitchen, gets into EVERYTHING), and he walks with us nicely and says “Good boy”. We have great hope now!

Homemade blueberry cobbler….

…and then there’s the bunnies. We bought three of them, they are so adorable. I let the kids bring them in sometimes as long as they are on a towel. Look at how cuddly they are!

This is the lion head bunny. So adorably cute!

The twins had their 7th birthday together July 24th.

The kids bought them presents and couldn’t wait to give them to Tabitha and Anna on their birthday.


They went all out…


Happy Birthday Girls!

Putting Down Roots

I may have a few more photos to share in the next few days. We are finally putting down roots here. The kids just started going to church in town on Wednesdays and Sunday morning and evening. We are so glad to have them finally involved. I have attended as well and like it. All the people I am closest to or have a liking for attend here, I have felt a pulling to go here for some time and now it seems to be time. The kids love it.

I got the kids involved in a good sized homeschooling group here just recently. It seems mostly Christian based, we just missed the Creation Museum outing in Branson but next month we are attending a Military Museum in Springfield. We went on a park play day at a beautiful local park recently and a wonderful, wonderful tour of the Dunnegan Art Museum last week. We’re so looking forward to getting more involved with others through this group. The leader is a wonderful lady, I feel I have a connection with her already, I couldn’t be happier.

My mother is in a Memory Care Home in Corvallis Oregon. I and two of the girls are flying out to see her in early November. My heart hurts for her so much right now, I can’t share much right now but I am in a state of grief just trying to keep my head above water every day. I don’t know how I am going to see her without crying the entire time. I love her and miss her dearly. This has been very hard on me lately. Please keep my mother, my sister and myself in prayer. Matthew’s dear mother in San Diego sent us some money so we could go out and see her. I will ever be so grateful for this dear woman.

I’m still losing weight but only 20 more or this year… premenopause you know. But, here’s a photo of my much skinnier face compared to last year. Sorry it’s blurry, it’s better to have a big smile with a blurry photo than a not so cheerful face!

Other than that, I am going to see if I have some birthday photos on my camera (I probably do), and upload those this week to get all caught up. I hope everyone is doing well. We’re down to just a few followers now, I think I lost some of you when I went from aprayerfullife.com to here. Hopefully they will find me somehow. I miss you all. Take care…

25th Annual Wheatland Harvest Festival

I took all of the kids but Benjamin to the Harvest Festival early September. We had a ball. It was so fun for the kids.  There are more photos after the parade photos (there’s a lot of parade photos), so if you get bored of them, you can scroll down. Just a few are out of order.

Matthew being a boy.

Tabitha… that’s dried corn in front of her.

Looks like a fun corn box.

Leah and Miriam won something…

Our table was full of candy after the parade. Don’t worry, Miriam had hers all eaten before dinner.

Hannah showing me her pile of candy.

Sorry, the parade photos aren’t posting in order. But you’ll get the idea.

Look at this mans’ happy face. that’s why we love it here… happy doggy too!

You don’t get this in Washington State.


The band… good ole country music.

Be prepared for the painted faces…

Tire Track Face…

Leah, you look a little different…

Hanni, you’re always cute!

Girls having fun… they love it, they would never get away with this at home!!!  : )

Enjoy it while you can Elisabeth!  ; )  Only you would pick the most drastic red color and design! I love ya!

The famous potato sack race…

Hannah was the winner… she’s always the winner, I’m not surprised. She’s quick as a whip.


Tug A War…

Hoola Hoops… it was a full day. We were here 5 1/2 hours or so. Pretty hot day too. I did find a stand that sold you a good size glass of iced tea for only .50.





The Collins Pie Festival

Auctioning off pies… banana cream, peanut butter, apple crumb, coconut cream, everything you could imagine. I believe the coconut cream sold for $35.

The twins sharing an icee…

Some of the pies being auctioned off.

They had a car show at the pie festival. This 20 year old man who bought this beauty offered to let me take photos of the kids in his truck. He also has a small home paid off. Now there’s some hard workers around here! It is a different kind of folks and country out here from where we come from!

Hello Elisabeth!

Now I should have parked myself in there…

Leah my little love…

We took a drive down the street to the local store to stock up on bottled water and chips so we could go back for some more fun. The kids played in the local park for a few minutes.

Back to the Pie Festival… they played on the bouncy house the next 1 1/2 hours.


Still have more posts coming. It’s been a fulfilling Summer…

The Hickory County Cooking Class

I signed up myself and four of the olders to a free cooking class that the Hickory County Health Department was putting on. It started in August. We went every Tuesday for six weeks from 4:30-6:30  to prepare a nutritious meal – including a dessert. We then were sent home the same ingredients to duplicate the meal at home with the kids. It was a blast for us. Matthew attended a couple as well since I wanted him to see how much fun it was and I was sick one week. One of the participants sent me some photos… so very kind of her or I wouldn’t have these for a memory.

Allison our instructor is the one standing…

Time to eat!

Preparing good stuff…

Oh Hanni, you’re looking at me!

Clean up. The kids didn’t complain when they did the dishes here… I wonder why?

Dad and Elisabeth filling out the questionnaire on the last day. I was super sick…

They got to eat this when I was down…  : )