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Local Grandchildren Update


My summer "vacation" lasted a bit longer than normal since my daughter-in-law, Katie was on maternity leave until mid-September. So, just last week I started baby-sitting both Ryan and little Avery. Things have been going pretty well so far and there has just been one time when both were crying simultaneously. ๐Ÿ™‚

Ryan's vocabulary has increased by leaps and bounds over the summer. He still loves construction equipment and he also enjoys coloring and reading books. He absolutely loves to sing and when he's upset I can often diffuse a bad mood by starting to sing a song.

Here he is with a little construction vehicle:

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Here he is singing Oh Be Careful Little Lips What You Say:

RyanSeptember13Singing

Avery has filled out nicely and is now sleeping through the night. She smiles when you talk to her and is becoming quite vocal making all sorts of little shrieks and squeals of delight. Since she sleeps so much at night she often just takes short "cat naps"during the day.

Here is a rather solemn pose:

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Here is a smiling pose that her Aunt Nora captured this week:

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Mark and Katie are adjusting to having two children. Friends told us years ago that one child is a novelty and two children are a family. ๐Ÿ™‚ This has been a big year for them. Mark finished his master's degree in the spring and then Avery was born in July. Mark was named "Teacher of the Year" at his school. There was a special breakfast at a restaurant for all the teachers of the year in the county and he was given a gift certificate to purchase things for his classroom at a teacher store. Perhaps the best perk of all is that he was given a reserved parking spot for this year! We are very proud of him and his accomplishments.

Each of our children, their spouses, and their children are very precious to us and we are truly thankful to see the Lord working in their lives.

I hope you all have a blessed weekend and enjoy the lovely cooler temperatures. I hope to post a few new recipes soon.

Becka


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A blessing to share


We have been in Michigan for a couple of weeks and I haven't had much opportunity to post anything here on the blog. I took a Kindle which was useful for reading and checking email. I tried to write a few brief replies to messages and found it to be a frustrating process. We did laugh very hard one evening at the substitutions which auto-correct came up with for some of the names which I was writing--Topher was changed to Gopher and Maddie was changed to Madrid and then to Fed-Ex! My resident IT guy had even turned off auto-correct, but it was still trying to change things up.

In mid-July Rob and I drove up to Sharonville, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati and met Megan, Jim, and the children there. We spent the night and then returned here to Greenville with Megan and the children for a little over a week. We kept busy during that week and were able to get together with Nora and Topher and Mark and Katie and the children several times as well. One thing that we did forget to do was to take a picture with all four of the grandchildren together--it will have to wait until Christmas now.

The following week we headed to Michigan. Megan needed to be home to get a few things done before her thyroid surgery which was scheduled for August 6th. Megan wrote a post about the need for her surgery on her blog if you would like to read the details. On the way up we stopped at the Museum of Appalachia just north of Knoxville where we saw these old-fashioned children:

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After we took Megan and the children home we drove further north to visit friends for a few days--more about this in a later post. The day before her surgery Megan had some shopping excursions planned for us to help keep her mind off of the upcoming procedure.

I am very thankful to report that the surgery went very well and when the pathology report came back it determined that she did not have cancer. She was able to begin taking thyroid medication a week after her surgery and hopefully will regain energy and stamina quickly. I'm not going to go into great detail because I think Megan will want to write about this herself. She was particularly blessed by the ladies in her Sunday School class who planned something special for her a few days after she came home from the hospital. We are very thankful for the people of Faith Baptist Church of Warren who have been so kind and generous to our family.

I plan to post more about our trip to MI in my next few posts and also have a good recipe to share.

Becka


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What’s been happening around here


We've been keeping very busy around here for the last week or so, so there hasn't been much time to post. Just in case you are interested in what we have been up to, I invite you to hop on over to DD Megan's blog where she has a delightful post which very nicely sums up the activities we have been involved in this week. You can find it here.

Hope your week has been just as delightful!

Becka

P.S. We discovered quite by accident that the Cradle of Forestry is free on Tuesdays this summer, so if you are looking for an inexpensive adventure and can go on a Tuesday you might want to consider driving up to the forest.


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Sweet. Cute.


I've been thinking about things which are sweet quite a bit recently. Our pastor has an object lesson for the children each Sunday evening. This past Sunday he showed the kids a jar of dill pickles and a jar of peach preserves. He talked about how cucumbers don't start out tasting sour and pickled but become that way as a result of soaking in the sour brine. The peach preserves which are sweet are cooked in a sugar syrup and become even sweeter. The analogy is that we as Christians need to be careful not to "soak" in the bitterness of the world we live in but to abide in the sweetness of the Lord.

We've been keeping our little grandson, Ryan about once a week while Mark and Katie go for her regular prenatal visits and run a few errands. Ryan loves Buddy the cat and we have been trying to teach him to be gentle with Buddy. We have also been working with Buddy (who is, after all, a cat and is somewhat playful) to be gentle with Ryan. Ryan just beams from ear to ear as he pets Buddy and then he says, "Sweet. Cute." We think those adjectives fit both of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Early Monday morning we heard the joyful news that a sweet little granddaughter had been born. Little Avery Nichole weighed in at 7 pounds 12 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. Both mother and baby are doing well and hope to come home from the hospital soon. We are thrilled with this sweet (and cute) blessing from the Lord.

Here she is one day old:

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Here is the happy family:

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Becka


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Christmas Past


Christmas vacation is nearly over for DH--he returns to school tomorrow. I still have a few Christmas items to take care of and then it will be truly past and time to focus on the new year. I thought this would be a good time to show a few items which were made as Christmas gifts this year.

I made quite a few of these hand towels as gifts. I have a little gizmo that you use to make bias tapes from strips of bias cut fabric and it was lots of fun binding the towels with the bias tape.

Rob worked for months on this little afghan for Maddie's room and was able to finish it in time for Christmas. The pattern is called Rambling Rows.

I made Maddie a little dress with cross hatched pintucks in the bodice front.

I also made Rob's mother a new bag for her walker out of Christmas fabrics:

Grandson Drew got some Popeye DVDs for Christmas and wanted to try some spinach while he was here. Here he is tasting his first bite:

Here's his reaction. I did tell him that it might take at least ten tries before you learn to like a new food. ๐Ÿ™‚

One of Rob's students was unable to go home for the Christmas break and he spent part of the vacation here with us. Drew absolutely loved having David here to play various video and box games with him. Here David was graciously coloring with Drew:

We did try a few new recipes over Christmas and I will try to share them soon. I'll post one final picture of our youngest grandchild, Maddie taking a bath in the kitchen sink:

We learned at Christmas that there will be another new family member this year when Mark and Katie have a little one in July. We have even more blessings to look forward to.


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