Sunday, September 17, 2017

Still a Little Sick

And I'm getting tired of it.  Sigh. I think I am improving but this morning hasn't been good.  I'm functional but not happy. Nausea, fatigue, aches and pains.

Kevin has had it, some other kids have had it, Kevin's mom has it.  It is just taking a while to get through the system.

And when I am tempted to be whiny, I'm reminded of Nabeel Qureshi, who did pass away yesterday from cancer.  While I rejoice that he is with Jesus, free from his pain, I grieve intensely for his wife, his daughter, his extended family, and his friends.

Not that I know the man. I just know his books. His story is being repeated all over in other families losing loved ones far too young.  But for some reason his life resonates because his books have meant so much to me.



This is Mocha.  She is a small calico kitten (we presume female) who showed up a few days ago.  She is super skittish and won't let anyone touch her, though she is friendly with our cats.  We tried to capture her in the garage and she sank sharp teeth into Lydia's finger, then hid in the underside of Kevin's car, before fleeing into the back 3 acres.

But she was back the next morning, and is getting to the point that we can get within a few feet of her.  We're feeding her and hope she'll get comfortable enough soon that we can touch her.

We don't know her story, but she is small and needs care, so we've adopted her.  Or she's adopted us. Not that we need another cat, in any way, but...we're cat lovers and we aren't going to turn her away.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Weird Week


Let's start with the new car.  In the picture above you can clearly see the front bumper on the passenger side.  Looks pretty good, doesn't it?  Well, the second day we had it, I bumped the minivan into a pole!  It made a big dent in it.  Kevin has been toiling for a couple of weeks to get the bump out and paint on and it looks terrific now.  Thank you sweetie!


Chess.


Rose asleep on her bed.


More chess on the computer.


Our cold pool. It was a fairly short swim season due to a cooler summer than usual.  Kevin will be closing it soon.


I am sick this week. Last week was of course the great tailbone catastrophe, and it still hurts.  Now I have a virus on top of it.  It takes a lot to put me off my food, but this virus is doing it.  However, it really is just a virus and I really will only be nauseous for a few days. Compared to 3 months of early pregnancy, this is (sort of) a breeze.

I'm thankful for big kids who have been so helpful with the littles.  We did school this week and when the children weren't doing work, they were often helping.  And playing chess for fun.  I am not good at chess so it is wonderful we have several kids who enjoy it.

Naomi is doing very well with her college classes. She is taking 4 and that requires a fair amount of organization. So far she is getting high A's in 3 classes and a high C in the fourth; the last is due to some confusion on one of her assignments so I am sure she will bring it up.  I am so proud of her!

Lydia is toiling away in her class. She is doing well though she is shy so not looking forward to an upcoming group presentation, but I know she'll do fine.

In the middle of irritation over tailbones and viruses, I am both counting my personal blessings and grieving over Nabeel Qureshi.  He is former Muslim turned Christian evangelist and his book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus is a favorite of mine.  He combines excellent apologetics with respect for those of the Islamic faith and lifestyle and a big dose of humor as well.

He is dying of stomach cancer.  Like, last few days dying, probably.  It is heart breaking. He is only 34 with a wife and one child.  

Breaks my heart.  He'll be with Jesus but his family and friends will miss him so much!  Of course God can heal him and I do pray He will, but I really don't expect it for some reason. But maybe that is lack of faith on my part. Well, it isn't. I have faith the Lord can heal him. But I have a sense that this is one of those "I don't get it God, so I'm giving it to you" situations which happens all too often in life.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Gift of Pain

A totally fascinating doctor named Paul Brand, and a well known Christian author named Philip Yancey, wrote a book called The Gift of Pain.

The basic idea is that pain is a gift from God, because pain helps us figure out that we are hurt and therefore that we need to protect ourselves.

Paul Brand did groundbreaking work with people afflicted with leprosy. He discovered that the leprosy bacterium destroys pain sensors, and people with advanced leprosy stop feeling pain. They don't take care of themselves and their bodies are badly damaged.

As a simple example, many will stop blinking because their eyes don't register discomfort from getting too dry. And some go blind.

Diabetics have similar problems, especially in their feet.  High blood sugars can cause long term damage including the inability to feel pain in the feet.

Anyhoo, I'm in pain, and I'm trying to be thankful for the gift of pain.

I'm not in pain all the time, just when I sit wrong :-).  Wow, I walloped myself when I fell a week and a day ago!  I'm sure it is just bruised but it is taking its sweet time to heal.

But I have a nice doughnut pillow to sit on, and the pain tells me to sit "just so" to prevent a flare up.

Here's an interesting story.  Paul Brand did a test where he had people walk long distances in specially prepared shoes that had small blue gel balls under the foot.  As the people walked, the gel balls broke.  The result was that he was able to see the major pressure points during walking.

People without pain impairment will constantly shift their pressure around to prevent sores in the feet.  Leprosy patients will walk exactly the same way all the time unless taught not to.  Thus, even with good shoes leprosy patients will tend to damage their feet because they don't shift around to prevent blisters.

True for diabetics too, I believe.

Anyway, my tailbone is recovering slowly but I'm still not a totally happy camper.

But I am thankful for pain to tell me when I need to shift my position to take pressure off that sensitive area!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Our Precious Adorable Terror


I truly adore this kid!  She is so bright and energetic and amazing. But she's also a TERROR!

Today we had some guests who were buying our old minivan (yes, it is sold!  We pray it is a good vehicle for the gentleman who bought it.)  Rose had just had a bath and was wrapped up in a big towel in my lap.  She actually sat quietly on my lap due to shyness for, I don't know, 3 or 4 minutes!  It was amazing.

Because she usually will not cuddle with me. She is way too busy running around, throwing water on the floor, and writing on the walls (thankfully, usually in pencil.)

We are not lax parents. We have lots of experience. We discipline her.  We are working with her on self control and obedience.

And she is still a ton of work.  A TON!

We are very thankful for her. But if you happen to see a kid throwing a tantrum in Kroger, that might be our kid. And give us grace.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Garden



I don't think I've mentioned our garden this year.

Cucumbers have been great.  Beans Ok but not terrific.  And the tomatoes, oh, the tomatoes!

Kevin has been toiling away and we have 41 quarts of tomatoes!

Stay tuned for our sweet potato crop.  (Which Kevin thinks won't be wonderful.)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Thankful We Started School in August...

  I am not feeling too terrific today.  In addition to a sore bum, I have aching arms and legs and I'm tired. So I almost certainly have a virus. What fun.

However, one of the many joys of starting school early (in early August) is that I feel at peace about taking a week mostly off from school.  Naomi is full time at Clark State so of course she is working away. Lydia has her college class.  Most of the kids are doing math. But other than that, we're taking time for me to recover and the other sickies as well.

I don't think I mentioned that I had a minor bump in the new van the DAY after we got it.  Combination of distraction from a loud child and confusion about the way the car worked. Kevin has spent hours and hours learning how to fix it, and he mostly succeeded. It looks almost as good as new.  We have some paint on order to cover up a few scratches and then it really will be as good as new.

I am grateful, not for the first time, for a talented husband.

Right now, Hurricane Irma is sweeping through the Caribbean, heading toward Florida. It is scary.  It seems strange sometimes to be in a safe place when I know people in our country are dealing with floods and wildfires and hurricanes.  And in other parts of the world, very hard things are happening with natural disasters and wars and political craziness.

So in spite of not feeling well and being frustrated by not feeling well, I am grateful for what we have, and am praying for those suffering far more seriously than I am.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Hard Fall

  So I took quite the fall yesterday.

Rose likes to watch Sunny Bunnies and Monica Toy on Youtube. Don't ask. It's for little kids. But it keeps her quiet and less inclined to climb on the fans in the ceiling, so indulge her.

She was wiggling, as usual, and I was adjusting my arm around her, and I lifted her toward me, and I sat down on the computer chair...

Except I didn't.  Said chair, which has new castors, had drifted deliberately away from the computer desk and I instead fell hard on my keister.

And then Rosie, to finish the deed, fell hard on me and drove me further into the floor.

Major major ouch.  I was like, crying, literally, it hurt so much.

I have this vague memory of Rose either saying something encouraging or annoying, but I don't know which. I was in too much pain to respond.

Lydia asked if she should Kevin (who wasn't up yet) but I wasn't that far gone.

So, bruised tailbone. I was afraid it was broken but I'm nearly sure, now, that it is merely a bruised and/or swollen tailbone.

Kevin drove me off to CVS and we got a blow up pillow for me to sit on.

I rested a lot yesterday and today I feel somewhat better.

And I am realizing again the true blessing of older kids. It has been a hard day as I have a sore posterior and Sarah and Daniel and Lydia are not feeling well.  But Naomi and Isaac and Joseph and Miriam and Angela are doing a lot to keep the house in reasonable shape.




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

It's a BRAND NEW MINIVAN


  Last week, I told Kevin that I wanted a new car.

  Yesterday, we picked one up from the dealership.

  Of course (I hope it is 'of course') there is more to the story than a demanding  and spendthrift wife!

  Seriously, we've been thinking about replacing our old minivan for at least a year.  It has served us well, SO well, but it is over 17 years old.

  We've been looking around and thinking and praying about the proper replacement. After much cogitation, we settled on the new Chrysler Pacifica.

 Now we're enthusiastic about used cars.  You can usually get a good deal on a car that is a year or two old.

 BUT the Pacifica is new as of 2017.  There are a few out there on the market that are used, but they aren't substantially cheaper than a new one.

  We love the blind spot monitoring, the additional safety features. Kevin is excited about the ability to fold the middle seats into the FLOOR. So much easier on his back than hauling out the seats as needed.

 It has 8 seats.

  We can't quite pay for it outright so we took out a  loan which we plan to pay off soon.

 So Kevin had been in contact with a dealer for a couple of weeks and we made the decision a few days ago. Yesterday, we went over there and picked it up and I drove it home.  It's a sweet ride.

My Dad's Surgery

  Sunday afternoon, my dad had an emergency appendectomy.  It came out of the blue, really. Saturday night at 8 p.m. he suddenly felt sick, like really really sick. He was miserable all night.  My mother firmly took him to the ER on Sunday, and within a few hours he had been diagnosed, prepped, operated on, and was in his room.

  We are very thankful for good outcome for him!

  And here is the "God" part.  I will give the Lord the glory for this!

 A week or so BEFORE my father's surgery, our neighbor's 3 children suddenly showed up on our doorstep asking if Lydia could come next door to watch them as their father was sick with, you guessed it, possibly appendicitis.

  Lydia and I went over and sure enough, our neighbor was in pain and misery and was about to drive off for a CAT scan.  I offered to drive him but he said no, he could make it so long as he was sure the kids were Ok.

  And it WAS appendicitis, and he was operated on that day.

  So I mentioned this is an email to my parents, and my mother thought of appendicitis when Dad got so sick so suddenly.

  What are the chances of that?

 And to make things even more bizarre, our neighbor's nephew had come down with appendicitis a couple of weeks before he took ill with it! So our neighbor had possible appendix problems on his mind.

  We live in a world with sickness.  I am so thankful that we have good medical care in our country and that people with appendicitis can be operated on and saved.

And I'm very thankful my daddy is Ok.


P.S.  I just remembered that for Five in a Row this week, we are reading "Madeline", which is about a little girl with appendicitis!  She was in the hospital 10 days  in the book. My dad was released within 24 hours of surgery. How times have changed...

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Cats and A1c and Supergirl, oh My!



And the kittens are OUT!  Outdoor cats, I mean. They've been living in our sun room but getting more and more ancy.  Then one of them (who will not be named in a public blog) started peeing in the corners. Ok, we're done. So far they love being outside.  When winter comes, we'll beef up our cute little outdoor cat area. We already have little houses for them but I have plans to make an even nicer 'cave'.   We knew they'd be outdoor cats eventually and the peeing just made the decision for us.



And Lydia is Supergirl!  For Renu, the youth group. They are having a series of 'days' where they dress up like a superhero, or with crazy hair, and so on.  She won first place, not surprisingly.


Our sweet little one is actually mellowing.  She sometimes sits for minutes at a time and 'reads' books and drinks her milky. Though in this case, she had copped some yummy liquid from her grandmother.


Crazy photobomb.

And oh yes, A1c for ME.  I went in this week and my latest A1c was 5.0!!!  That is the best it has been since I was diagnosed. I have to think that my minor weight lifting is helping?  My weight is actually UP, as I said previously, but I have real muscles now.  I'll keep exercising.  My doctor took me off all diabetes meds and I'm now a "diet controlled" diabetic.



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Health and Weight in Middle Age


I have always been thin, and in that totally irritating way that probably has annoyed scores of friends.

Because, ya know, we live in a culture which celebrates being thin.  And my whole life I stayed thin without much effort.  

Now I haven't eaten anything I wanted since I managed to become diabetic in the middle of all this thinness, so I've been eating low carb for 14 years.  But yeah, in the midst of a restrictive diet I still ate plenty and stayed thin.  I lost weight easily post partum.  


I've rarely been in good shape as I disliked exercising and have spent much of the last 18 years pregnant or recovering from childbirth.

But I was thin, by gum.

It has been probably 18 months since I started taking Lexapro for anxiety and my weight has been climbing since then.  I'm up almost 15 lbs. now.

I have said, and thought I believed, that the important thing in life is not how much I weigh, but how healthy I am.  But the actual reality of being a bit chunkier has been harder than I realized.

In the last couple of months I have ramped up my exercising. I am actually lifting weights some, and doing other strength and core exercises. I have been able to do 3, count them THREE, push-ups.  Which really is a major accomplishment as I couldn't do a single one 2 months ago.

And yet, the weight keeps inching upwards.

It is really pretty easy to gain weight in this culture, isn't it?  I am wondering if my constant anxiety and adrenaline rushes meant my metabolism was ramped up a lot before Lexapro?

Or maybe I got to be in my late 40's and my metabolism finally slowed down?

I'll keep working at being healthy, but I really am trying to embrace that my weight may be higher and that is fine. It is better than fine.  I'm going to focus on cardiovascular health and strong(er) muscles and eating well and not worry about the weight.

Because it really shouldn't matter. But in this culture, it does and it takes hard work not to worry about it.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

It Begins

School for the year, that is.

This week, the children will start a very slow, gentle dive back into the waters of homeschooling.

Now that's poetic, isn't it?


The two youngest studying rocks.  We have lots of educational things around so the kids learn even when we're not in the throes of school, of course.

But yes, this week we will be starting math up as well as a little assigned reading.  That's all. The next week, more.  And more, until we should be up to full schedule by the beginning of September.

Naomi's school this year will mostly be at Clark State, a local community college.  She's studying New Media, which is a series of classes focused on digital media on the internet.  I think.

She has already taken 3 classes at Clark State and has A's in all of them.  She's a hard worker, and smart.  This fall will be the first time she has close to a full load so it'll be challenging but I am sure she'll do fine.

Lydia will take a one credit class this fall and then a freshman English class in the spring.

And everyone else will be taught entirely at home.  This year I have 7 school aged children which amazes me, since Sarah is now legal school age.

Let the homeschool year BEGIN!

The Rose


And just like that, this beautiful little lady is mostly potty trained. She is doing GREAT.  From clueless to an adept in one short month. We're so proud of her!

  She's also calmer and safer than she used to be. I say that because yesterday she had a really bad day, and reverted to her crazy ways, and it made me realize that she is generally wiser and more careful of her personal safety!

I took her to the library with 2 other kids mid afternoon and she was a total terror there, running all over and getting into stuff.  Later in the day, I hid in the bathtub enjoying a long epsom salt bath while our competent older girls took care of her.  In addition to other ballistic behavior, our sweet girl leaped from the top step into Lydia's arms when Lydia was chasing her up the stairs.

But as I said, she's usually calmer now (that kind of behavior was an all day, every day thing 6 months ago.)

Of course, we always love and adore and enjoy her, but I am appreciative of her new maturity in a number of areas.

And yes, we may have purchased our LAST box of diapers from Sam's Club. I just can't even wrap my mind around the wonder of THAT.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Miscellaneous mutterings


         This is our downstairs bathroom.  It is not remarkable in any way except for what is missing in this picture -- namely a diaper changing pad.
         Yes, our sweet Rose is doing very well potty training!  She's not 100% but I decided we could put the changing pad away.  It makes the counter look strange as there has been a changing pad there for most of 12 years!
        I am very glad things are going so well with Rose in the potty department.

       

Zane wants to be in the circus, riding a horse!  But he's stuck with balancing precariously on a rocking horse. So cute. The three kittens were all neutered this week and are doing very well.  They were a bit groggy for a day or so but are back to their usual crazy antics.



             Kevin went on a work trip this week to Arizona.  He went to an Air Force facility where many out of service airplanes are stored. Some (a few) are airworthy, but most are being kept for parts or research. Obviously that is a picture of a big old cactus. He had a nice trip but it was great when he got home.

             We are still missing Kazuma but I think lots of crying and mourning helped us process his death quickly.  At least it was the obvious right decision.

               We start school in a couple of weeks.  Wow.  I feel like the summer just started in some ways!  We always gradually move into school in August and I try to be at full load by September.  Naomi is planning to take 4 classes at a local community college this fall, which will be a big change for her.  She'll have to manage her time and schedule well.







Friday, July 14, 2017

Good-bye Kazuma


We are very sad today. Last night, our beloved cat Kazuma suddenly couldn't walk straight or steadily. He was staggering around, and this morning he was worse.  We took him to the vet who diagnosed, vaguely, something very serious -- stroke, seizure disorder, blood clot. We could likely find out what with extensive testing, but it wouldn't have changed the fact that he was an old cat with a major problem who was completely miserable.

So we made the very hard call and had him euthanized.  They gave him a sedative and I held him in my arms as the terror left his limbs and he fell asleep in my arms.  He was peaceful as they administered the drug that stopped his heart.

Kevin buried him in our back 3 acres after a little time of reflection as a family. He was a really good cat and this was really hard and we've cried buckets of tears.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Potty Training the Littlest


Potty training is not for cowards.

If that is indeed true, I am a brave mama for training 9 kids thus far.

Of course, it is the children who have done the really hard work.

And it IS hard work.  Yes, some kids just get it all at once and have the whole thing down in a day or two. I have a friend who told me her eldest had one accident total. One.

We have had a couple of potty prodigies, as we call them (though they weren't as amazing as our friend's daughter) but most of our kids have taken awhile to master all the complex issues surrounding using the potty.

There is the actual peeing and pooping. There is getting the underwear off and on. There is dumping the small potty into the big potty. There is washing the hands.

There is recognizing the need to use the bathroom in the middle of an interesting video or game time.

So having said all that, Rose is doing very well. She's consistently able to use the potty and while she has accidents, we're proud of her progress.

AND, she is the last kid. When she is done, we will be done with diapers!  For real!  Wow. Amazing.  17+ years of having kids in diapers and yes, we will be done done done!

Wow.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

20th Anniversary



Incredibly enough, Kevin and I celebrated 20 years of marriage this week.  It really is hard to believe, hard to FATHOM, that we've been blessed with 20 years together!

Marriage is hard works It is worth it, definitely, but it isn't easy.  I would say our first year was in some ways the most challenging, as we worked out what it was like to live together in marriage together.

On the other hand, back then we didn't have kids waking us up at night. Or fighting.  Or peeing on the floor.  Or falling over and scraping themselves.

In the Princess Bride, Wesley tells Buttercup, "Life is pain, Highness, anyone who tells you anything else is selling something."

It's a funny line in context, but there is a streak of truth. Anyone assuming life will be peaches and cream, all fun, is going to be sorely disappointed.  Our lives are joyful and happy.  Our marriage, our children, our GOD, are a blessing.

Yes, God has carried us through 20 years of marriage.  We are so thankful for His strength, direction and wisdom.

20 years.


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Lydia is 16!


Our sweet Lydia is 16!

I remember like it was yesterday the night she was born. I went into labor about midnight and she was born less than 5 hours later. She was tiny and beautiful and such a blessing.

And she still is.  Not tiny, but a very beautiful blessing.

She is fantastic with small children and animals. She writes very well.  She loves God and other people.  She is an extrovert.

We are very thankful for her.

Happy birthday, Lydia!





Saturday, June 17, 2017

Birthdays


Our smallest boy turned 5 a few weeks ago.


He liked his bubble mower, which makes wonderful sounds and blows bubbles (outside, of course.)


And Rose turned 3 this week.  I took the crew to Young's Dairy, a local ice cream place.


Lydia makes beautiful cakes.  She made both Rose's and Daniel's.


We are thankful for our small people.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

King's Island Day


Once again, we were able to go on our annual trip to King's Island, a fairly local amusement park, thanks to free tickets from the company I work for.  We all went except Rose, who is in a rough stage of running away from Mommy.  Not a good habit in an amusement park. So Kevin's mom graciously stayed home with her for the day.


This tiny little 'roller coaster' is actually a lot of fun.



Our company paid for a face painter to go to the company picnic.  Nice!



It was VERY VERY hot.  Like 90 degrees hot.  At 3 p.m., we went to a circus performance put on by Cirque du Soleil (not sure about spelling.) Very fun and interesting, and cool.

By 5 p.m. we were worn out and went home.  Two days later, Kevin and I are still recovering though the kids are full of vim and vigor!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Update

Well, wow, 2 weeks since I posted. That's bad.

So we are healthy again, praise God!  Isaac kept coughing and coughing and finally I took him in. His lungs were a bit wonky so the doctor put him on antibiotics for walking pneumonia.  He is all better now thankfully.


I'm usually the picture taker, not the person getting her picture taken. Kevin took my picture and it turned out well, so here it is.  It is interesting getting 'older'.  I mean, we all are all the time, but I do feel like I'm moving into a new season. No new babies,more than  few gray hairs (though thankfully to lucky genetics, I'm still mostly dark haired), more aches and pains.  It's all Ok.  I just have to adjust.


Try to ignore the horribly dirty window. The cats continue to be SO much fun.  They are cute and rambunctious and sometimes adorably cuddly.  

Lydia got her temporary driving license, which I may have said before. So far she is doing well on the road.

I took all the kids except Isaac (who was sick at the time) to get their eyes checked at the optometrist.  We have 6 kids in glasses.  Today I took all 6 of those kids in to pick up their new glasses, except for Isaac who had to have his old one's repaired.  (He sees the optometrist in a couple of weeks.)  An older gentleman in the office commented, "I hope you have good insurance."

And we do. We are blessed to have a vision insurance that provides one pair of glasses each year.  My own eyes are in great shape. I don't need reading glasses and indeed only need glasses at night.  My night vision isn't the greatest.  Again, getting old, but I'm thankful for my good vision.

I found a mystery series I'm enjoying by a lady named Miranda James. They are called the Cat in the Stacks mysteries.  They are of the 'cozy mystery' genre.  The violence is real but not graphic, the person who dies is always extremely, super, over the top annoying (so you don't really regret he/she is dead) and the main character is interesting and nice.  The solutions to the mysteries aren't brilliant, but they are Ok.

The writing is, in my opinion, better than in most cozy mystery series.

The only issue I have with it is that the main character (a male librarian in his late 50's) is totally mellow and happy about the sexual relationships of various unmarried people in his lives, hetero and homosexual.  He attends church and prays occasionally though there is no discussion of Christ so it isn't a Christian book per se.

It's fine.  It's just noticeable to me that many books accept out of wedlock sex as normal, and while it may be normal in our culture, I don't believe it is wise, right, and/or good for people.  Sex powerfully binds people together and therefore it is something that should be kept for marriage alone.  It creates a strong sense of intimacy, tying people together.  Sometimes people who shouldn't be together. All this, I know, makes my views seem old fashioned these days. I'm cool with that.

Ok, gotta go.  I will try to update more promptly next time.

Oh, this Sunday is the yearly excursion we've all been waiting for, our trip to King's Island!!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sick!


We broke a bad record this week -- most people sick in our family at one time.  And the answer is (drum roll please) 9 and a half.  Out of 11. The half is Lydia, who has a runny nose but is mostly doing fine. I'm not sick yet.  EVERYONE else.  Ugh.

Coughing, fevers, fatigue, and crankiness, oh my.  It is really been quite the few days of yelling and crying and people lying on couches. No one will die, no one is badly ill, we're just grumpy and sick.

The coughing has been very intense at times, Joseph especially.

We will survive this. I am thankful I am healthy.  It was a quiet and simple weekend since taking our crew anywhere would have been some kind of social crime.

Kevin has it though he isn't coughing too much thankfully. He has been really tired though.

I pray we heal up quickly.

Growing Creatures

Kittens remain incredibly cute.


Caterpillars are in their cocoons


Tadpoles getting bigger, but no little legs yet.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Creatures


Painted Lady caterpillars


Kitten


Pollywog.  Or tadpole.  The eggs are laid on our pool cover and grow into tadpoles. This year, I took a bunch of them (about 20) and put them in a bin outside under a tree. We'll see if they grow into frogs!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

3 Little Kittens



Some dear friends of ours kindly took in a pregnant cat which was dumped on their property.  She produced 5 healthy kittens.

Our older kids have been wanting a kitten for a very long time.  A few days ago, we prayed and felt that adding a kitten or two or three would be a good thing.

So yes, we took 3.  All males, all adorable.

We'll figure out where to get them neutered fairly soon, though they aren't quite 2 months so we have a little more time.

They are totally cute and a lot of fun!



Thursday, May 11, 2017

St. Croix pictures part 1

So many pictures.  So many GOOD pictures. I just decided to throw some on here.


There were feral chickens everywhere!


These giant fish were swimming around the boardwalk area of Christiansted.


Um, sugar thing?  Or something?  Old, obviously.  We think it was originally designed for making sugar.




This is on the parapet of a fort in Christiansted.  It is refurbished and very neat!


The view from our balcony.


Tasty meal. Kevin cooked. I did the dishes.  I think I did well with that deal!