Monday, November 30, 2009

Foto Friday note Little Feet

Feeling sad.. I don't think I'll be joining Foto Friday this week.. Little Feet is the topic, and NO one has them in this house.. :(
What have we learned in 2,064 years?

"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."

- Cicero - 55 BC

So, evidently nothing.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving Day and an Angry Mob

This year we celebrated Thanksgiving with the Vulhops.. as usual, they set a beautiful table..
My pictures are all backward again.. the rest of the Thanksgiving days are at the end.. wonder if I'm dyslexic?

I only got one picture of anyone in the kitchen preparing the meal.. JJ and Keith did a fabulous job.. but... here's Wendy helping to get the food ready

So, now, these are out of order.. Saturday night after we had pizza for supper, we went to King's Restaurant and treated the grandchildren to an Angry Mob Sundae..
The adults had their own table, and Wendell and I sat with 9 of our 10 grandkids..

John and Cory treated themselves to an Angry Mob Sundae..
and finished it all! The manager said if they finished it, they'd get a poster..

The Angry Mob is 12 scoops of ice cream, toppings, whipped cream, cherries..
It comes in a huge bowl with an enormous spoon..

We ordered 2 Angry Mobs for 9 kids.. they ate till there was nothing left!

Joyce and Annabelle waiting for their sundae..

Thick as theives.. Isaac and P3

Gayle and Daniel..

It was worth the wait.. Esther enjoyed hers for sure!

Eli and David are my 'ice cream boys'.. they never pass up a chance to have a big bowl of it. That was our serving bowl in the above photo.. when it was pretty much done, Eli took the huge big serving spoon and helped himself to the melted ice cream in the bottom.. Where was my camera then?!

This is David.. and he proudly finished his big bowl of ice cream and
got his poster !!

2 scoops for Annabelle..

JJ, Paul, Keith,Amy, Mandy,John,Cory, Wendy..
Their dad had to go and settle them.. they were being rowdy..

Mandy and John on Thanksgiving Day

Joyce helped get drinks

That's me with David and Asher

Cory and Wendy

Gramma and Asher


Thursday, November 26, 2009


This week's Foto Friday challenge was "thankful".. and , boy, do I have long list of items.. and a couple of photos to show..
Not necessarily in this order, but our new home, and our family are high on my list..

Since Asher didn't get to join in the next photo, I'm adding him here..
I'm thankful for my beautiful loving family.. every one of them.
I'm in awe sometimes when I think Wendell and I started out .. just the 2 of us, and then there were 6 of us.. today, that number has grown to 20! Imagine that! We are so very blessed in every way.

Amy & Paul Blair, Jennifer & Keith Vulhop
John Zombeck, Wendell, me, Cory Valentine, Esther Valentine
Amanda Zombeck, Paul Blair, Joyce and Annabelle Blair, David Blair in front of Joyce, Isaac & Eli Valentine, Daniel Blair.. Wendy Valentine behind Daniel, Gayle Valentine
I didn't take this picture, of course..
but it reflects my thanksgiving in such a big way.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What Thanksgiving should be

What Thanksgiving should be

"How wonderful it is, how pleasant when brothers live together in harmony!"
Psalm 133:1 NLT

Fighting historical vandalism
"In an article in Focus on the Family's Citizen magazine, Douglas Phillips describes how he took his family to Plymouth, Massachusetts, a few years ago and was shocked at what he found.
Atop Cole's Hill, the burial ground for Pilgrims who died that first hard winter, Phillips was startled to see a city truck pull up and men pile out carrying shovels.
They told Phillips the city was placing a new monument."Most revolutions are staged at night," Phillips wrote, so he wasn't surprised the next day to find stone markers all over Plymouth designating Thanksgiving as a day of mourning — a day to recall how the Pilgrims murdered and stole from their Indian neighbors.
That afternoon, demonstrators — mostly white college kids — celebrated their victory by defacing the traditional monuments.
Plymouth had transformed a tale of religious freedom into a story of genocide.
The historical reality is totally different.
While it's true that later settlers abused the Native Americans, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians lived together in peace for 50 years.
They signed covenants, bought and sold property, and fought against mutual enemies.
The modern obsession with group identity and victimhood encourages us to see those assigned to other groups as our enemies.
When we interact with them, we ought to recall the relationship between the Pilgrims and the Indians and model not hostility and hatred but brotherly love.
As the psalmist notes, a willingness to get along with others makes for a pleasant and peaceful life.

adapted from How Now Shall We Live? Devotional by Charles Colson (Tyndale) pp 631-32

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

new house in place

When I retired from the hospital, I realized that this major step was nothing more than turning a page in my life. Today we are doing just that once more.

Notice chickens in almost all of these photos? funny birds!
This afternoon we will get to take a walk through again.. an inspection tour to make sure no glass is broken and that it is all that we agreed to.
I'm walking on air..

new house, moving in place

Wheels..lots of wheels

new house, driveway

They pulled across the driveway first, then had a conference to discuss which way would be best to move the trailer in.

Over the bank, of course

Ground is softish.. they hooked the bulldozer up to the tractor and pulled the house onto the driveway

WOW! That was some fancy maneuvering

new house.. turn 3

Home stretch.. 3rd turn was a bit of difficult, but the driver was excellent.

This one, of course, is making the turn

Approaching the last sharp turn in our road

New house turn #2

This one was after he got through White's turn.. another sharp one!

Approaching White's turn

New house arrives Nov 24,2009

Naturally, these are backward... this is the trailer after they got through turn #1.. It was the hardest I think. They had to back up several times.. not an easy thing with a 76' trailer. Hats off to the driver.

Making the turn at Kennedys

Heading for turn #2.. up Kennedys hill