Month: January 2013

  • 35 Great Years

    This week I am celebrating 35 years with this wonderful man!

    Our Children were amazing in making this past weekend memorable.   Jeremy and Cheryl were in from Sunday evening till Tues. evening.    I hardly cooked over those days.  Cheryl made a wonderful brunch one morning.   Monday evening the kids pulled together and served a great supper.

    Israels had planned on coming in but at the last minute they had to change their plans.  Bummer.
    Then last evening the children surprised us by getting a group of our friends together to play Rook.   Diana had us come to their place for supper and when we walked in the door “Surprise” awaited usMy sister Barbara and Terry were in the group.  What a total and delightful surprise.    I forgot to get pictures from my sisters camera.  Maybe that will come later.    We are so blessed!

    Little Ariel Joy was a real favorite all weekend.

    Love this four generation picture.


    The boys love their baby sister.

    Sugar and Spice and everything Nice.

    I enjoyed making Silly Faces with Max.  Took a picture of us each making a silly face but didn’t have the courage to post it so this will have to do.

    A winter tradition I’ve started over the past years has been to get my ceramic snowman out of storage when we get our first snow.  I was afraid that wouldn’t happen this year but when we got a light dusting the other evening I thought it’s time to bring ole “Frosty” out of the closet.


    Now the company is all gone and time to get to work!

  • Easy Street And Christmas Fondue

    Easy Street ~ Mystery Solved

    Friday morning this is what my quilt looked like.

    All the units completed but they all needed to be sewn together.
    I literally sewed all day Friday and all day Saturday.  No cooking and little cleaning were done those days.     But by Saturday evening look what I had to show for my time!

    Bonnie Hunter thanks for putting on this fun mystery quilt.  I’m really happy with it but still need to add the turquoise and purple border.
    Stop by Bonnie’s “Linky Page and see what others have done.

    And now a few pictures of our family Christmas Fondue.   I know I’m way behind time with posting these pictures.

    Mark getting ready to read the Christmas Story.

    It’s such fun to see the little ones open their gifts.   Boaz was a hoot.  He would tear off just little pieces of paper at a time but would just keep at it.

    He even wanted to help Great-Grandma Alene.  I think he pitied her for only getting perfume instead of a toy!

    Mark seemed happy with his huge wall world map.   I figured he could find a wall at the Nursing Home for that!  He said he’d put it in his office.

    One Christmas tradition we have over the holidays is a fondue.  Each year I think maybe we can get by with not doing it but it seems the kids always look forward to it.

    What brought Diana to tears?


    Chopping onions for the fondue.

    We also have several flavored broth pots a simmering for raw veggies.
    This year we had all the trays of food and sauces on the island inthe kitchen.   That left lots of room on the dining room table for our hot pots.

    I made a festive jello dish to help cut the grease from the fondue.  It was way prettier then it was good.  Won’t make that again!

    Max loved the steak!   I’m always a bit scared with the hot oil with the little ones but let their mommy’s and daddy’s take care of them.

    Mom Yoder was a wonderful sport!  She “fondued” like a pro!
    It was her first fondue and my guess probably her last.
    I’m sure it didn’t go down as her favorite meal.

    Jeremy loves his choices of dipping sauces and has them all lined up there.

    Then in the evening we enjoyed a chocolate fondue put on by Holly and Diana.   (Served on my new Christmas gift)  Now that was some fine eating!

    Only half our children were here.   We missed Chris and Alicia who were with her family in ND.  Israel‘s in Michigan and Ethan’s in Malaysia.

  • January Sewing Circle

    Today I joined a group of precious ladies for our first Sewing Circle of the new year.

    This quilt was knotted and will be given to a family who lost most of their possessions when their house was flooded during hurricane Sandy.  It’s for a son of one of the ladies in our group.

    A lot of good conversation and friendships are strengthened during the day.

    I started the girls on piecing a new quilt top called

    “Simply Woven”.
    Here are the 13 blocks we completed.  35 more to go.

    A lot of cutting, sewing and ironing goes into each block.

    Wava’s doing a great job!

    Delores keeping that machine a humming.  I love sewing with these ladies.

    Darlene does all the binding on the comforts that are knotted.  I remember years ago when I was a new bride coming to sewing and enjoying quilting with Darlene’s mom Mary B.

    Kristen showed a purse she made out of jeans she purchased at the thrift store.  So creative!

    ~ Parting Shot ~
    A picture worth a thousand words.