Monday, April 30, 2018

This is how we roll...

Our church goes rollerskating together once a year. It's the only time we go (although we should go more because we have so much fun!). Chris and I never fall...our children on the other hand...oh my! Each year they get a little better....but it never fails ~ they end up with bruised knees and have a hard time walking for a few days after! 

I just have some fun pictures to share. I didn't take any pictures of these are just some of my loves! 

Madelyn is there in the pink below talking with family friends (and that is one of her best friends in the blue shirt) and my hubby is to the right in the green...

The pictures are blurry for the most part because of the movement and less-than-great lighting!

 I caught Jaxson for a picture while he paused to catch his breath!



There's Xavier in the black shirt and in the pink to his left is Madelyn...

I did lots of skating too...I even ended up with a blood blister on my toe! Ouch! We had a lot of fun! I think Chris and I were among the oldest out there ~ most of the other adults were too afraid to fall! ;) Funny how we can have so much fun just skating in circles...around and around! Hahaha! We have fun and always look forward to it when the annual skate date arrives! :)

Today has been a *busy* was the last class day (for this school year) for the homeschool co-op we are a part of. It was a *long* day and I am absolutely exhausted! What I really want to do it take a nap....but I need to hang out some laundry (as the day is gorgeous and perfect for line drying some clothes) and then head into the gym for a workout. Not sure if anyone will show up for my spin class tonight. Class numbers dwindle when the weather is wonderful because people would rather be outside than in! So I'll do a workout before my scheduled spin class....then if no one shows up I'll be able to come home and spend the evening with my family!

I hope you all have a lovely week!
I'll leave you with a fantastic, thought-provoking quote by Matt Chandler to chew on when you go!
Thanks so much for dropping by!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Home Happiness

~J.R. Miller

It is my great prayer that I fill my home with light, joy, blessing and inspiration! I love that quote above by J.R. Miller. I love a lot of things he said actually! :) You'll find his quotes in many of my blog posts over the years (sometimes used more than once!). In the photo above you'll see flowers from Papa Bull's funeral that were given to a few of us girls/grandkids. I almost didn't make it to his funeral....

Resurrection Day didn't turn out as I had planned. I woke up in the wee hours with a stomach bug (but since no one else in my family got sick I think it may have been something I had of the pieces of lettuce I ate the night before tasted just awful and I believe may have been the culprit!). Since I was sick I didn't get to go to church or any of the family meals/get togethers unfortunately! I was thoroughly disappointed but didn't have a choice in the matter! Papa Bull's funeral was Monday and I praise God that I felt better and was able to go. I needed to be there for Chris...and I am so glad I could be. It was a long, exhausting, emotional day....but it was good. :)

We've still been experiencing winter weather in Western Pennsylvania! It is seriously depressing! I am thankful that I exercise daily as that keeps my spirits up! I was really excited though when last weekend we had a couple warm days in the 70's! I had the windows open and the laundry out on the lines! We spent time outside cleaning leaves out of garden beds and tidying up outside! It was absolutely glorious! :)

 Sunshine! Glorious sunshine!

We celebrated my dad's birthday earlier this week! My sister and her family (that's her hubby in the blue Bills shirt there!) were able to travel to be there too ~ so that was really great (especially since I had to miss seeing them on Resurrection Sunday!).

 Just a few random photos to share from lately...

My boys (aren't they getting so big!?) and me (after taking them to their music lessons one day)....

Me getting to snuggle this cutie-patootie (my nephew Dusty ~ who is now 9 months old and, everywhere! Ack!)...

Supper one evening was homemade sausage gravy and biscuits (Yum! It's one of my favorites....but I refrained and ate a healthy substitute instead)...

We're rounding up the end of our homeschool year. I plan each Friday for the week ahead. I used to leave it until Sunday and then I always felt crunched to get it planned out in time. My friend told me she planned every Friday and a light bulb came on above my head! Why didn't *I* think of that!? It made great sense and works so much better! My weekends feel so much less stressed knowing that is out of the way! :)

Madelyn made rolls for hamburgers for supper one night... don't they look good!? She is going to be one prepared wife! My girl can cook, bake and clean! I'm so proud of the woman she is becoming! The Lord is so good! :)

I gotta run! I knew it had been a while since I posted and I wanted to do so while I had a chance! I'm super excited as a friend from high school is in town so she and I are going to get to visit for a few hours! I haven't seen her in years and years! :) It'll be fun to catch up! I am going to have some lunch and then go pick her up!

I hope you all had a lovely Resurrection Sunday and that your weeks have been filled to the brim with joy and all things done to God's glory! If you're struggling with this "Narnia Weather" (always winter) like I am....hang in there friends! Spring is a comin'!!! Before long we will be busy in our gardens and ready for the heat to cool off! ;)