Wednesday, May 1, 2013

It's time. . .

Here I go. . .  closing my eyes and taking the leap.  I’ll do what I always do; I’ll figure out the landing  on the way down.  


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

It's official!


It's official! 

This son of mine is now older then I am. 

Happy Birthday Honey! 

Love, Mom 


Friday, April 26, 2013

the Pepper Mill

You remember this guy don't you? 

My little boy. . ."Stevie Wonder"

It seems like it's been so long since I posted last - I thought you might have forgotten. 

We all know this son of mine is my doer. 

His hands are always moving, always creating.   

But recently,  he has let some of the things he loves go . . . like woodworking.  Here once again, I see myself in him.  I have let blogging and my photography go.  It's not that Stephen and I don't really enjoy these things. We love them. But, you know how it is. Sometimes life just gets in the way and the things you really enjoy slip away. Before you know it. . .  a lot time has gone by.  

Last week I mentioned to my son that I haven't seen him working on anything lately.  I asked him what was going on. He just shrugged and said, "Hmm, I don't know? "

and then yesterday 

I heard the lathe running and I grabbed my camera. 

Without missing a beat Stephen stayed focused on his work.  He was making the pepper mill he told me he was going to make at Christmas time.  


I took his picture and then posted it on my blog. 



Sunday, April 7, 2013

Catching UP

I am totally off my blogging grove. I haven't posted, visited my blogging friends or up loaded photos in weeks.

 It just seems wrong to me. 

I didn't show you the wonderful Easter Eggs Liz colored with her girl friends. 

I didn't tell you about Leah ((the little girl next door )) buying Liz a best friend necklace and being so excited to give it to her.  

I didn't tell you, this child is four years old and just as sweet as she can be. 

I know I have told you she cannot talk but, speaks volumes. And, Leah will be sure to steal your heart. 

I didn't show you the fun Liz and Madelyn had a few days later.  

Madelyn is Leah's big sister. She is a sweety too. 

Sometimes, even the best of sisters have to play with their bestie on different days and color eggs. 

That's just the way it is. 

There is so much more to tell you. . . but first. . . I have to clean the kitchen. 


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

the music in my life

It's been a world wind week with little time to post:

a visit from much loved aunt's, an impromptu recital, a surprise visit from cousins, a  Passover party, an Easter Celebration, and a 16th birthday for the girl that keeps  music playing in my life. 


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Inspiration by Leah. . .

"Today you are You, that is truer than true." 

"There is no one alive who is Youer than You." ~ Dr. Seuss 

If she could talk . . . I think this is what she might say. Sometimes silence speaks louder then words. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

hard saying goodbye

Spring Break came to an end yesterday.  

We had to take Matthew back to the airport to catch his flight to Kansas City and then a ride on to the college

It was hard to say good bye. 


Friday, March 8, 2013

his guitar

This afternoon I caught Stevie Wonder playing his guitar outside. 

He didn't notice me at first . . .but when he did. . . 

he indulged me a little bit and kept on playing.  

I love to take pictures of this son of mine,  hear him play and see how he has grown in so many way.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Me and my Nikon D5000

I didn't tell you. 

Santa bought me a big girl camera for Christmas. 

AND OH! MY Gosh!  

I love it. 

It's so much fun playing with it and learning new things. 

This week I am learning about the F- stop and what it means to my camera. Even though I don't really understand what it means. . . I understand how to make the back ground in my photos fuzzy . . .and really that's all I want. . . this week.  I'll get the rest sooner or later. . . I hope. 

So, what does F-stop mean??? Uhhh, well it has to do with aperture So, the lower  your f-stop number is the more out of focus your back ground becomes.  I know that much is true.  You should also have your camera set on aperture mode or A when you want this effect. 

So, . . . I think all this means - the wider the eye of the lens opens - the lower the f-stop goes - meaning more light comes into the eye of the camera. Or all this might mean - the lower with the f-stop the less light goes in to the eye of the camera. . . Mmmm, I have to study it more. . .don't take my word for it. 

You should look it up and tell me - as you can tell, I find it all very confusing.   

 I just know: I really, really LOVE the camera and I love the effect I get when the F-stop number is low. 

Bubbles anyone???

Little by Little

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Matthew's home for spring break. 

his little shadow has not left his side since. 


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday ~ Color







Friday, March 1, 2013

On his way Home

It has been nearly two months now since my oldest has gone away to college

Nearly two months to the day when I was dreading that day we were to pile in the car and drive 1000 miles to  a little town called  Atchison, Kansas. I tried hard not to cry the whole way. . . but you know what?  Even though I am not a crier. . . I just couldn't help it. 

Two months later, I still really miss  him. Even though, the house is just a little quieter: I have the  other three to keep me going - this home of ours is still pretty noisy, NOT at all much neater. . . or much cleaner. 

Tonight I'm on my way to Atlanta to pick him up for spring break and I can't think of much else.  I can't seem to keep my eyes off the clock or  get things tightied up around here.  Today even though I really care about the mess I just can't seem to get it done. I just keep thinking he's coming home and I have to get on the road in time to get him. 

I hope I don't cry when I see him . . . but you know what? Even though I really am not a crier, I am afraid I might.  I will be so happy to see him I think I just might.  

It's hard being a mom to almost adult children. It's really hard. 


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Giggles and Girls

Liz's girl friends came over the other day.  

We baked chocolate chip cookies. . . from scratch.  

It was serious business and they giggled all day! 


Friday, February 8, 2013

Pure Love

The theme this week over at I Heart Faces is Love. 

The love shared by these two is Love in it's rawest, deepest form.  It is the love a grandmother has  for her granddaughter. It is the love a granddaughter has for her grandmother. 
It is pure. It is simple. It is a perfect love. 
This Love, is all the things Love should be.  We should all be so lucky, to share a love like this. 

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday


 You maybe wondering why I put this under Hidden. This chimney is just past our house.  Every time I pass this site I wonder "What's hidden in the past here." 


The Missouri river in the Plain state  . . . This river runs past the college my son attends. 



Nashville .  .  . we stopped by here while taking Matthew to Kansas. The time past to fast. . . way to fast for me. 


Knowing , that while he is away at school, my son will attend Mass, confession and Adoration  in the chapel beneath this cross gives me great  a sense of peace.

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

My mother's hands

 are always working ~ are always busy: sharing, caring, loving. . . 

It all makes me wonder. . .

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? 

Milton Berle 


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C is for. . .

Contrasting Colors


Friday, January 25, 2013

This Little girl of mine

Lost a tooth

Cut her own hair 

and won't take off this shirt until her brother comes home from college.

She wears it everywhere with everything. She says she needs to wear it to support her brother and  so he wont forget her. 

This college thing has been a tough adjustment for all us.  It's a good thing he calls her often. 


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