Thursday, January 29, 2015

Snow Play!


Snow is dumping on us here in Western PA. Roads are bad and the snow keeps falling. My children found this to be perfect weather for playing though and were excited to get outside to play (and Xavier to shovel. That boy loves to shovel paths!)...







A few pics taken from the warmth of the house...a bit blurry because of the screens...




Xavier....after doing a front flip into a pile of snow...


This bit of play is just what the children needed after last evening. We got a call from my mom to turn on our scanners...someone who lives on our road was in full cardiac arrest. (Chris's family, for the most part, all live around us). We turned on the scanner and heard the age and address of the person and it turned out it was right down the road (see-able from out our windows) at Chris's Uncle's house. He had a bad heart but has been treated and still going for years. He still worked and such.

I guess he was just watching the news last evening and Chris's aunt (who was in another room) heard something (I assume he fell over) and found him with no pulse. She is a nurse and called 911 and did CPR....but to no avail.

Chris's Uncle is the eldest of five tight-knit boys (men) ~  (they all live within around a mile of each other and are always doing things with and for each other). Their sweet mother is in her 90's and still doing well. This has been so hard on her and the boys.. Our hearts are so heavy at how sudden it all happened. He leaves behind a wife and his three girls (who are each married with children). He was only 65.

This will leave a gaping hole in the family...your prayers would be greatly appreciated. My husband rarely cries (I mean *very* rarely) but he shed many tears last night...as did I. My heart hurts for everyone who is hurting right now. I cried so much last night that my face broke out in hives.

Death is terribly bittersweet when the person who passes is a believer. Although Chris's Uncle is now with Jesus (which is the best place to be), we here are saddened at the loss of him. As we mourn his passing, we rejoice in knowing he is with the King. Are you sure your loved ones are followers of Jesus? He is *the* Way...the *only* Way. Share the gospel with those you love. You never know when their time will come.

Thanks for letting me share my heart. Truly, I appreciate your prayers!
Lovingly,
Katy

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lately...Here at Home...


We have kept busy here at home....schooling, housework, teaching spin (me), babysitting, instrument lessons (the children) and practicing, church, cooking, shopping, working on the house addition, family celebrations etc. Typically, the winter months keep us slowed down...but the snow isn't stopping us this year! We are busy bees! I treasure naps! ;)





Madelyn has been wanting to visit the next town over to go to JoAnn Fabrics for a while. I finally agreed to drive over. While we were there, we stopped at T.J. Maxx as well. I found this fantastic lazy susan for our pens, pencils and scissors....keeping them all at our fingertips during our homeschool hours...


I did some re-organizing in the kitchen. I always feel so good after doing a "freshening up" in the house...






Oh....little Stella. She is such a hoot. She loves to sleep during the day and then run around like a crazy girl when we are all ready for bed! She's so fun and silly and I'm so glad she's here. She sleeps in the funniest positions sometimes! Here she is, between the arm of the couch and a pillow...on her back with her hind legs in the air!



What have *you* been up to lately?

Kindly,
Katy

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Eloise is Four!


Can you even believe that my niece, Eloise, is four years old already? The Squeezle is growing up! She's so cute....she goes through phases of liking different characters....lately it has been the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! That was the theme, then, for her birthday party! My sister and the girls made these fantastic turtle decorations (Devon drew them and let the girls...mostly El, I think, color them!). They ordered out for pizza (since everyone knows the turtles all *love* pizza!). :)


Great Aunt Jo, holding Audra...


Eloise and Jaxson...


Playing with El's daddy's old TMNT toys...


Chris and Audra...


He was Leonardo...


The girls wearing their TMNT shells and masks...



This was a chest bump picture between X and Chris...I snapped the picture at *just* the right time!


 Mama and her two oldest gals...




The flash on my camera is terribly bright....it was quite difficult for El to keep her eyes open!


Blowing out the candle on her cake!


The girls enjoyed their cupcakes...



Father/Daughter antics...


The two Leonardos...


My sister's husband, Cory, got a Shredder costume and surprised the girls at the door! (For those who don't know who that is, Shredder is the *bad guy* of the show!)...


El guessed it was daddy...but Dinah was absolutely petrified!!!


She quickly took refuge with her mama...


Daddy took the mask off and Dinah as *quite* relieved....



Time for El to open a few presents!





Dinah and Chris...


The batteries in my camera died at this point... but I was able to capture most of the evening's memories! My sister took photos too! I am not sure if she will post them on her blog or not.

It was an enjoyable evening...although the trip home was not fun ~ we had freezing rain to deal with. We took our time getting home. The Lord was gracious and we made it home without incident. :)

Have a great start to your week!
Cheerfully,
Katy