Friday, June 28, 2013

sign


This sign is special for Dick and Anne and us!


Thursday, June 27, 2013

The dresser I brought home from Michigan was bought by Mom and Dad when I was born.  Mom used the dresser in her apartment in Billings.  It is made from hard rock maple. Different ones in the family used it growing up.  Mom had it refinished  not too long ago.  I have put it in the room that Mom used here in our home.  I really like how it looks.  I will treasure it, especially since Mom and Dad didn't have a lot of furniture that they had from years ago.  My sister Becky has the buffet that Dad made out of walnut when he was in high school.



Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Around Home

Howard decided to mow the lawn today.  It really needed it.  A neighbor had mowed while we were gone, but it really needed it again.  We wanted to mulch around the trees and couldn't do that until Howard mowed.


 Cheryl had giving us some hollyhock seeds.  I planted them and they never came up, but a seed must have landed at the edge of our patio, or a bird carried it and I have a hollyhock plant there.  It's a funny place for a plant, but I will leave it.






The girls from International Friends, had given me this orchid.  I really thought it was dead.  It just had a couple of sticks sticking up on it.  I was ready to throw it out and I saw it had some buds on it.  This is what it looks like now!

We noticed that a bird had built a nest on our wood pile out back.  I got a picture of her before she flew off.  I was getting too close.




Tuesday, June 25, 2013

We are Home

We left Matt and Amy's this morning.  Matt had asked us to stay an extra night so he could take Amy out for their anniversary.  Their 2nd anniversary is today.  We got to babysit Abigail.




She will have changed a lot before we see her again.  



Monday, June 24, 2013

Michigan - Mom's Celebration of Life

Friday evening my sister, Mary Jean invited everyone out to her lake house so we could all be together.  I think there were 56 of us there.  My brother, Jim had brought the things Mom had left in Montana, so we could go through them and see what we wanted.

 My Dad loved to do wood working.  These are some the the boxes that he had made.
This is the dresser that Mom and Dad bought when I was born.  Mom had told me that she wanted me to have it.  I will put it in Mom's room when we get home.  It will mean a lot to me.  After the children went through Mom's things the grandkids all came out and took what they wanted.
We had a good evening sitting around and talking with everyone.
  
We left with Matt and Amy.  Laurie and Brett were not far behind us.  When we got on the highway heading home we saw a car on the side of the road and we ran over some of the debris. It wasn't long after that, that I got a call from Laurie to come back and get them.   Two deer had gone in front of Brett and they totaled the rental car.  Somehow they had gotten ahead of us (gone a different way) and that was the car that we passed.  We were so thankful that no one was hurt.  It was good it was a rental car that was damaged instead of one of ours!

Saturday we had a Celebration of Life Service for Mom  We had about 150 people there.  It was such a good service and I loved hearing people share about Mom's influence on others lives.



After the service we had a reception so we could talk to everyone, then the family all went to a park.  We spend the evening talking.  We had a meal brought in and was a perfect way to end the evening.


These are Mom's children.  Becky, Judie, Mary Jean, Dan, Ann and Jim

Mom has two brothers and two sisters still living.  Three of them were there.

Aunt Mary Jo, Uncle Jerry and Aunt Jeanne.  Uncle Bill was not able to come but his two daughters were there.  How blessed I am to have that many aunts and uncles still living.

Michigan - Down Memory Lane - Caro

On Thursday we drove across the state to Caro.  Howard was born in Caro and our kids have lots of memories of playing in the barn and visiting Grandma and Grandpa Graubner.
This is the house Howard grew up in, as well as his mother.  We went up and knocked on the door, but no one was there.  The barn has fallen down now.
Caro was also the place we lived when we had our first two children, Laurie and Larry.  We took  picture of the apartment building that we brought Laurie home to.


We also visited the cemetery that Howard's folks and  grand parents are buried.  We cleaned off the stone while we were there.


Howard, Laurie, Erin and Matt

Before we left that side of Michigan we went to Frankenmuth.  It is a Bavarian settlement.  We went to Zender's to have a chicken dinner.  It is so good.  I think I've only been there once before. They serve it family style and you can have all you want to eat!  Abigail slept through the whole dinner.

 Brett, Laurie, Daria, Erin, Amy, Matt, Howard and Abigail




Michigan - Down Memory Lane, Big Rapids

We drove up to Michigan from No.KY.  We were going to my Mom's Celebration of Life Service.  Erin flew in from CA, Laurie, Brett and Daria flew in from east TN and Matt, Amy and Abigail caravaned with us.

BIG RAPIDS

On Wednesday we drove over to Big Rapids.  My folks moved to Big Rapids from Mt. Pleasant when I was a senior in high school.  Dad started teaching at Ferris Institute, now called Ferris State University.



This is the house we all lived in.  Mom and Dad rented it for several 

 years.  This is the house I lived in when Howard and I got married.


This is the church we were married in.  First Baptist Church of Big Rapids.  The old sanctuary is gone and a new one is there, but this is the CE building we had our reception in.

Erin and Laurie

We ate lunch at Mill Creek Park.  We had ring bologna, cheese and Ritz crackers.  We always get that when we go to Michigan.  It was our lunch when ever we traveled.
Abigail and Grandpa.  Abigail traveled very well  while we were gone.

Our kids have memories of walking to the DQ and getting cones when they visited Grandma and Granddad. We had to stop and get one at the same DQ they went to.  We did not have DQ's in California.


When Erin was a baby Mom and Dad bought their first house.  This is the house our kids have memories of visiting.  It is not as well kept up as when they lived there.


We then walked downtown.  There was always a fountain downtown that was from a artesian well  It was still there.



 On our way out of town I saw this sign.  I had to get  a picture of it for my friend.  He is always teasing me about calling soda or coke, pop.  He says Pop was his father in law.  But pop to me, is a beverage!







Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Ft. Mitchell, KY

We came up to Matt and Amy's on Monday.  We are going to spend the week here before we go to Michigan.  Of course we were thrilled to see our newest granddaughter, Abigail Catherine.


Matt had always been so good with babies, because he has had so many nieces and nephews and has lots of practice with them.


Yesterday she took a snooze on our air mattress.



Mommy gave her a bath last night. She really liked that.  She didn't cry at all.


She is nice and clean and has a full tummy!! What more would you want?
Amy is a good mommy!


Tonight we walked down to Koconut Joe's, a frozen yogurt place.  She slept the whole way down and back.






Friday, June 7, 2013

So. Pittsburg, TN

Today we met Laurie and family in So. Pittsburg, TN.  It is about 1/2 way between our houses.  We had ordered wheat and etc from Bulk Natural Foods and it is delivered here in La Vergne.  Laurie and her neighbor had ordered over 300 pound of things.  We picked it up yesterday and took it over to her.  Her order looked very large compared to my 50 pound bag of wheat berries.  I like buying my wheat this way and milling my own flour.  It sure makes good whole wheat bread!!

We met at the Lodge outlet.  After shopping there we picked up sandwiches at Subway and then went to a park to eat.  It was a fun day.



Monday, June 3, 2013

A new granddaugher

It has been ages since I have written on my blog.  I had to buy a new computer and there are issues with it so can't use Outlook.  I'm going to try writing in here for my picture newsletters and see if that will work.

We have a new granddaughter.  She was born last Tues, May 28th.  Matt and Amy named her Abigail Catherine.  We have not seen her yet, but have pictures.


 She weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces and was 20 inches long.
 Mom and Dad are thrilled with her
 Holding onto her Daddy's hand
 Ready to go to church for the first time.
 Auntie Laurie made this dress and shoes for her.
Look at those eyes, wide awake!!