Saturday, April 13, 2019

                         10 days...
                                      9 nights....
                                                    3 boys...

Tom and I took care of Levi, Silas and Isaac
while Lulu flew back  East for her back surgery.
Kimmy, Mark, Ila May and Nathan, were with
Lulu on this journey.

The boys got to choose where 
they wanted to sleep.
So they chose "Papa's" office.

Here are a few things that we did during their stay.

We did Homeschool

They came up with creative ways of playing.

Laundry room, watching the clothes go around and around.
Coffee table cars.
In an empty tub with cars.

We kept Kimmy's daily schedule.
which included Track practice, twice.

Isaac and I walked the track, while Levi and Silas


I always had a helper in the kitchen!
Silas loves my Taco Rice Casserole
and Silas helped me make a huge batch.

The reward, eating what they made.

Next it was Levi's turn.
He had created a dish called, Pastage.
He was in charge of
making dinner.

Levi was closely supervised by Silas.

Ahhh, the rewards.

Isaac had floor duty.

And more rewards!

Because the boys live so close to us,
we would go back and forth to their home.
After breakfast at our home, we'd
go down to theirs to feed the bunnies, chickens and cat.
We had, Home school, down there and lunch.
Followed by a nap for Issac.

This day, we ate lunch outside.

Levi is reading so well.
I had him read to me as much as possible.
I don't know if he enjoyed it
as much as I did!

We took them to church, twice, during their stay.

Here's proof that Tom and I could do it;
get ourselves ready,
get breakfast for 3 boys,
get 3 sets teeth brushed,
get 3 boys dressed,
get 3 heads of hair combed,
be on time for church!


One of our last days together, Levi
picked me some flowers.
My heart just melted.

Lulu's surgery went really well.
Please check out Kimmy's blog 
for Lulu's updated progress.

Monday evening, we all drove to the airport,
 to pick Lulu and family up!

The excitement was overwhelming!
Words can't even describe the moment 
they came in sight.

The waiting boys!

Even friends came to support 
Lulu and family.

But the waiting was taking so long,
because Lulu was in a wheelchair,
they were the last to disembark.

Here's Isaac seeing them from 
HIS angle.

The doors opened and the hugging began!

My picture taking wasn't the best 
because I was crying and hugging
and just so thrilled to see them!

Lulu's friend came to wish her 
a welcome back home.

It was great to have so many helpers with 
the baggage.

 Nest stop,
HOME !!!...


"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. "

James 1:2-3

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Update On Lulu and Surgery

Many of you have asked about Lulu 
and how she is doing.
I thought I'd let you see for yourself by clicking onto Kimmy's blog.
Tom and I have been busy with three boys and  I don't have time to post much.

Just click on the words up above.

Thank you for the many prayers!
Our family has been blessed over and over with your love and support.


"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." 
 Ephesians 3:20

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Lulu's Surgery Send Off

I wanted to do something SPECIAL for Lulu
while she was in the hospital and recovering from surgery.
 She will be away from home, on the other side of the country, in New Jersey

Being so far away from family, friends and home
will be hard.
So I thought about something that will put a smile on her face.

I made this card and had most of our church
  (we attend to the same church)
sign it and add a verse.
Then had friends write on a note card a prayer or 
encouragement for her.

But first I made a mock-up card.

I purchased all my supplies, plus some.

I used three pieces of tag board for the folder
part of the card.
Leaving space in between each piece, 
using packing tape to hold it together.

The flowered paper went on the outside,
I took a few clues from Pinterest on how to do 
fold the corners that are inside.

I covered up the folder part of the card with
 a blank piece of paper.
It came together very easily for me.

Next, I added some vinyl letters that read,
We Are Praying For You!
 Ribbon ties were added so it can close.
Plus, it looks cute with a bow.

The finished card.
Inside, are all the signatures.

Lulu has a lot of friends and I took pictures of
each one, mounted it on a  ziz zag frame, that I made.
That way Lulu can set it up in her hospital room.

Even her big card can stand up, it she chooses.
It flattens down for traveling.

I thought I was done but I wanted to have the
pictures and note cards from her friends to be apart
of the card.

I added pockets made out of note cards and dollies.
I took a heart dollie and folded it in half, 
put it on the open end of the pockets.
Flower stickers were added for more "bling".

I can't wait to give it to her!
Lulu, I love you very much.


My girlfriend's daughter, Megan made this T-shirt
and book bag for Lulu.

The shirt says;
"I just had spine surgery...
I'm all screwed up!"

Lulu wants to wear it on the plane coming home.
She loves it!

This young girl has been through a lot.
She will have a six week recovery time.

She also had surgery on her tendons (both legs),
a few years ago.
click here to read.

Lulu's surgery in on April 1st.
They fly back to New Jersey on March 30th.
Recovery is 5 days in the hospital and
about 5 days in the hotel.
Please, keep our family and Lulu in your prayers,

Lulu's little sister, Ila May, will be going with them to New Jersey.
She's helping keep Lulu company and give extra love.
Which in turn, helps with recovery!

Sisters and best friends!

When Lulu has fully recovered,
it will be Nathan's turn to have his skull surgery.
More prayers appreciated.


"No one has seen God at nay time; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfect in us."

1 John 4:12

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