Saturday Evening Post: 4/20/19

Doug’s been sick this week, and Hannah’s mother-in-law is in town, so we’ve had more time than usual with each other, and less time that usual with the grand babies. We’ve tried to take advantage of all this and have been able to get a lot of ministry work done. I really wish we had a week like this every month. It is so helpful to be able to work side-by-side. So much more productive.

Tomorrow morning I am up at the crack of dawn to spend Easter morning with the ladies and the local pre-release center. I am not looking forward to the early wake-up, but I’m really looking forward to being there. Then, I’ll head over to the church where Doug has been helping out as worship leader.

Had some very hot weather this week – well, hot for us. I think it was close to 80 degrees yesterday. Took full advantage of it. Did a little work in the garden—tidied up the peony flower bed to uncover the little sprouts.

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Thanks to some pre-storm, gusty winds we managed a little kite-flying.


The babies have some play equipment in the yard now, so we did a little of that.


They even took at stab at aerating and grading with their Grandma L.


Now, Doug is home from his meeting, so it’s time for dinner. Hope you’re all having a good weekend. I really hope you are able to be in church tomorrow. It’s a good day to be surrounded by the family of God.

He is Risen!

Saturday Evening Post: 4/13/19

I guess the closet thing we have to hobbies are gardening and grandparenting. Today we took our first trip to the local nursery. They have very wisely expanded their business from just a green house to a family destination, year by year adding something new to the property: a chatty macaw, a playground, an ice cream stand, a miniature golf course, and—Coming Soon!—a cafe.

So, when T & H asked us to babysit this afternoon, and I saw it was going to too nice to stay inside, I thought a trip to Nunan’s was a good idea.

Lucy loved the flowers, jumping in the puddles (in her new boots, that she loves so much she slept in them last night), and playing on the play ground. Isaac was pretty content to sit in his stroller or swing. I had a hard time getting pictures of him, and helping him do, but he had two doggy encounters and visited the goats. He seems to really connect to animals. He also enjoyed listening to some Miles Davis. Who doesn’t?

We all came home very tired and ready for a snack. Doug is at his meeting now, and I’m on my way to the supermarket. I’m going to really try to remember to take my good shopping bags this time.

Saturday Evening Post, 4/6/19

It’s an early Spring for us here in New England, and today was a beautiful day. The whole week, really, has been lovely. I am still hoping for one more snow day, but I’m also thinking about how much I want to get into the garden. Our schedule tempts us not to garden at all, but Lucy loves it. I mentioned planting pumpkins, and she got so excited. Hopefully, this week we can get some seeds in the ground.

We celebrated a birthday recently. Lucy is the officially candle blowing assistant.


We discovered a new toy. Have you heard of water beads? They’re a fun sensory toy I discovered online. I was able to get Lucy some a few weeks ago. They make for an inexpensive activity that she finds very soothing. They’re very Montessori, offering lots of opportunity to pour and scoop and sort. There are endless applications. We’re just starting.

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The kids bought some playground equipment for the babies last week, and they’ve been a big hit. Isaac is still learning to go down the slide—he’s so funny. It was a very windy day, and that’s what you hear Lucy saying, “It’s so windy!”


Doug raked some leaf piles this week, and Lucy discovered the joy of frolicking in them.



Lucy is tall enough now to stand on a step stool at the sink, and it’s become one of her favorite things. She is exploring what makes a good drinking vessel.  She’s also acquired an apron of her own.


I managed to capture Isaac’s infectious laugh on his birthday a few weeks ago. He’s such a charmer.


Time with our grandbabies is like oxygen for us. Doug’s new schedule has limited his time with them, but we’re working on that. First things first.