Saturday was a full day! After work I came home to a house full of family. My step-daughter, Missy, and her boyfriend, Shane had driven from Fargo to watch Micah and Jordan compete in a taekwondo tournament in Park Rapids. After the tournament everyone came out to visit and have supper together. I had put a roast in the crock pot in the morning and when I arrived at home Missy was whipping up some mashed potatoes and Bob was cooking some vegetables. After the meal Missy did the dishes! What a luxury for this foot weary working woman!
Missy and Micah, poised to take pictures with her snazzy new camera...
Hazel and Uncle Jordan hang out together...
Audrey wow's Grandpa and Shane with her stacking abilities...
And some taekwondo glamour shots!
Micah and Jordan drove to a church 1-1/2 hours away tonight. We've had snow storm warnings, so I've stayed up awaiting their safe return. Looks like Jordan is going to spend the night at his friend Ezra's house (our driveway is probably impassable for my car) and Micah just called to let us know she made it safely home. So, I'm off to bed!
Tomorrow night we head back to Minneapolis to put Jordan on a plane back to Texas. Prayers for safe travel are appreciated since we have more storm warnings for tomorrow! Hmmm...maybe Jordan should stay for an extra day or two! :D
Good-night and peace to you all! (All two of you who read this blog, hee, hee!)
Son Jordan has come to visit for a week! We got home at 2 a.m. this morning after picking him up from the airport in Minneapolis. After sleeping late we got up for a late breakfast and have just had a great day of visiting, babysitting and more visiting!
Jordan treated us to some of the worship music he plays at his church as their worship leader.
Audrey did some coloring...
and Uncle Jordan did a quick sketch of her using her crayons!
Odj also enjoyed trying out Grandpa's binoculars!
Hazel had fun rolling around on the floor, swinging in her swing and jumping in her jumperoo, in addition to lots of holding and cuddling time!
Here are a few random photos taken in the last week. We've gotten a LOT of snow. I guess we need the moisture, but it does make things challenging. The horses had fun with it!
Hopefully, I'll get more photos while Jordan's here. We're so glad he could come and so proud of the great person he's become.
Son Josh called this morning to update us on their move to Kentucky. It turns out that their mailing address is Paint Lick, Kentucky! Sounds intriguing, don't you think? I found this webpage with some old photos.
He doesn't sound too excited about the rurality of their new abode, but there are several larger towns nearby where they can find some "culture". It doesn't sound like they're going to stick around the area indefinitely; just until they graduate and he finds a job. But it's always fun to learn about a new place!
Glad it's my weekend off because I probably couldn't get out of the driveway anyway!
I took this earlier this morning. The horses are taking shelter under some evergreens. Notice the horse on the far right. She's picking her feet up high to clear the knee deep (horse knees that is) snow.
They were having fun chasing each other through the deep snow. It doesn't look very deep in this picture, but in some areas it's much deeper.
This was taken later in the morning when there was a little more light.
Josh, Jess and family made it safely to Berea, Kentucky yesterday where they will be making their home along with Jess's folks and siblings. We're looking forward to seeing pictures of the farm, complete with alpacas! When we get some photos I'll share them here.
It's a nice quiet weekend for us. I'm doing a little house cleaning and making up the sleeper sofa in the back bedroom for Jordan who will arrive from Texas onTuesday night. Bob and I will be making the trek to Minneapolis to pick him up about 9:30 p.m. so it will be late when we get back home. We hope to get in some good visiting until he returns to Texas on the 19th. That will involve another trek to Minneapolis to catch a 6:00 A.M. (!) flight. I've arranged my hours at work so I can catch up on my sleep! (He's worth it!)
I'm also reading through all of the materials from my Long-Term Nursing Care class so I can take my CNA (certified nursing assistant) exam in May. It's been 3 years since I took the course, so I was concerned that I would have to take the class again before I could take the exam, but the instructor said I could challenge the exam without taking the course over. Yea! CNA's don't make that much more than I do right now at my deli job, but I think it would be rewarding work without the extreme responsibilities of a registered nurse. I'm aiming for working in a nursing home or home health, NOT a hospital.
Other than that, I'm getting in some art time and enjoying home life when not working. I'm determined to trust God for that looming student loan, but He can take care of that better than anyone. After all, who, by worrying, can add one cubit to his stature? (Where have I heard that before?)
Oh, and here are two photos I just came across while changing my grandkid photos on the sidebar. See a similarity here?
Starry and Nathan at the zoo...
Audrey (on the right) and her cousin, Cali. (Don't lose your drawers, Audrey!) This is the picture window on the end of Micah and Adam's trailer and Audrey is pointing at the horses in the pasture. I thought these two pics were really cute!
Blessings on your household and may you be filled with shalom! :)
The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
My son Josh and d-i-l Jess (parents of Nathan and Starry)
Click on photo to go to Josh's blog.
Daughter Micah and Adam (parents of Audrey and Hazel)
Before Audrey's birth...obviously.
'Simple pleasures are the last refuge of the complex.' ( Oscar Wilde)
“All around you, people will be tiptoeing through life, just to arrive safely at death. But, dear children, do not tiptoe. Run, hop, skip, or dance, just don’t tiptoe.”
Tony Campolo as quoted in "The Irresistible Revolution" by Shane Claiborne.
Grandson Nathan Aslan Richards
What a little sassyfrass!
Love that little face!
Granddaughter Danielle Starry Hope Richards
Feb. 3, 2012
A little doll!
Clever use of feet!
Granddaughter Audrey Rayne Yliniemi
Hazel Jane Yliniemi
Our little peach.
My Pen and Ink Blog
MY BOOK REVIEWS
"We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased." C.S. Lewis
I live in the northwoods of Minnesota on a small farm. My husband, Bob, went home to be with Jesus on November 19, 2013. God is leading me through this new part of my life. Our seven kids ranging in age from 23-52 are strewn around the country and I'm proud of all of them!
I love to read (especially English literature), write, draw and sing. My main goal in life is to become more like Jesus and make Him the center of my life. (I say goal because I haven't arrived yet!) My prayer is that my children will also live this out. Thanks for dropping by!
"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket-- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable."~ C.S. Lewis, British scholar and novelist. 1898-1963
My husband's great-grandfather, Hans Langseth. He's in the Guninness Book of World Records for his beard, which is 18-1/2 feet long in this photo. It is recorded as 17-1/2 feet because 12 inches of it were left on him when it was cut after his death.
Books Read from 2007 to the Present (in no particular order)
Fyodor Dostoevsky-Peter Leithart
Beyond Personality-C.S. Lewis
Green Dolphin Street-Elizabeth Goudge
Through Painted Deserts-Donald Miller (still reading)
Light From Heaven-Jan Karon
Blue Like Jazz-Donald Miller
Searching for God Knows What-Donald Miller
Hamlet's Dresser-Bob Smith
Crazy Love-Francis Chan
Breaking Intimidation-John Bevere
John Bunyan-Kevin Belmonte
One Writer's Beginnings-Eudora Welty
Agatha Christie-An Autobiography
Castle Blair-Flora L. Shaw
If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name-Heather Lende
The Irish Country Doctor
The Irresistible Revolution-Shane Claiborne
Bread and Butter-What a Bunch of Bakers Taught Me About Business and Happiness by Tom McMakin
I Capture the Castle-Dodie Smith
The Pastor's Wife-Sabina Wurmbrand
No Holly for Miss Quinn-Miss Read
Kabul 24-Henry Arnold
Reflections on the Psalms-C.S. Lewis
The Hollow Hills-Mary Stewart
The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth-Tolkien
Smith of Wootton Major-J.R.R. Tolkien
Leaf by Niggle-J.R.R. Tolkien
The Child From the Sea-Elizabeth Goudge
The Shack-William Young
You Gotta Keep Dancing-Tim Hansel
The World's Last Night and other Essays-C.S. Lewis
Letters of C.S. Lewis
In the Beginning-Chaim Potok
Space Trilogy-C.S. Lewis
On Stories and other Essays on Literature-C.S. Lewis
There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way." C.S. Lewis
Borrowed From Bread and Roses
Our minds need many kinds of exercise, and creativity which uses mind and muscles is a source of balance and a wellspring of joy. A woman who walks in the woods, who makes a lampshade, who bakes a loaf of bread, who refinishes an old chair, has not time for bitterness and depression.
-The Pace of a Hen by Josephine Moffett Benton
You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.S. Lewis