November 28, 2012

It's been a week...

...and it's now all starting to sink in.

         Our home of 18+ years was destroyed by fire and smoke early in the morning of November 18th.
                                            THANK YOU,  Lord we all made it out safely!!
                                    We can not be grateful enough for the blessing of life today.
                                                    The Lord must have more work for us.

It's been a lot to process. All the memories, all the photos lost, running through the house in my mind and remembering where everything all runs through my head.  I'll never be able to bring any of my kids back "home", we'll never have family devotions in the living room again, I'll never make pizza in the kitchen again - all the "never again" things that run through your mind make me pause and realize my life just changed. A lot. We're all "down-sizing" and taking inventory of what is important to us. I know the Lord has a lesson for my family in all of this. Romans 8:28 must be taken to heart and trust that God will use this gigantic loss for GOOD.

Thank you all for your prayers for us. We have a lot of things to deal with today and as we look ahead.

November 13, 2012

3 Months and Counting!

It's been three months since little Joanna made her grand appearance!

We are so thankful for this little bundle of joy and are enjoying watching her grow.

October 19, 2012

A Good Hair Day for Joanna

Hair courtesy of Hannah.  

October 13, 2012

October 11, 2012

Fall Tour is ....almost over?

Only three weeks and days left! Where has the time gone? 

I was sick the day we left on the trip so I didn't even alert our facebook page to the fact the Fall Tour was starting. Joanna has been taking to bus life fine. As long as she has food she is one happy little bus passenger. :) 

Daddy keeps her happy on the front row!

Meeting people is an adventure!

Ok, Joanna is up from her nap...gotta go. :)

October 05, 2012

Fall catch up

Getting ready for trip isn't as easy as it sounds when you have a little baby to take care of. :) It also meant WAY less time to blog. Joanna was present at her first concert on the "outside" the day after we left. We were so busy taking care of her we didn't get a single photo. :)

Here are a few photos with Grandma!

September 20, 2012

August 30, 2012

August 10, 2012

Within 24 hours

                                                              THRILLED TO PIECES!
                                                                   Thank you, Lord.

July 25, 2012

Summer Flowers

                                         Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
                                                                        Psalm 34:14


July 23, 2012

Bump Photo Update

We are 37 weeks and days now....! Seems a little unreal I'm NOT going to be 
pregnant anymore in a few weeks and instead I'll be taking care of a little baby. Exciting times. :)

July 17, 2012

Crazy [happy!] people

Week 36

We're on week 36. THE END IS IN SIGHT!

Granted it's still 3 weeks + days but hey, time to plodding on! Actually speeding along.
I have lots to do before I get laid up tending to Thumper!

Here's the most recent shot of the growth....I think family shots might be in order Sunday!

It's hilarious to look back at the weeks gone by, especially the early weeks; I practically
 didn't even HAVE a bump. :D 

It's been super super hot here recently. I'm really looking forward to the t-storms tomorrow.
Good-bye really hot annoying weather and hello high 80's and less humidity. : )

June 29, 2012


:wonders how well eating seeds will work  while typing...:

Oh hello!

:seed shell exits mouth:

Ok, I'll stop so I won't gross you out completely. These sunflower seeds are YUM.

This is the view off the French King Bridge. I probably have posted a similar photo of it before,
but here is a new shot of it. :)

The heavens declare the glory of God; 
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1 NIV

June 28, 2012

A little seedy...

                                                       Someone's got a slight addiction....

June 25, 2012

Backseat photos

I've been working on other projects (like baby hats!) and flowers/nature shots have taken a
backseat for a little bit, but I snapped this really quick last week. Color contrast!

Week 33 - family photos

My darling [hardworking] husband has been working some long hours (a 25 hour shift!?),
so Sunday I took advantage of him being HOME and we took family photos!

Just under 7 weeks to go....

                                                                   So thankful for my family!

          Photos: by mom

June 21, 2012

33 weeks .....tomorrow

Hi everyone! Just chilling out after a walk and decided to blog real quick. It's VERY steamy
at least for us, in the Northeast today. Thankfully the heat wave is scheduled to be over
tomorrow. YES!

Seth worked super late (25 hour shift!) so I was messing around and learning how to layer
again the other night. I had learned before, but I tend to forget something if I don't use it.

So anyway.... finished product of my learning labors.

I don't have a baby bump photo today but we are hoping that we'll have time for a
Hollis family photo shoot Sunday. Looking forward to that!

Blessings and ya'll stay cool now, ya hear? 


June 12, 2012

31 Weeks

I like my baby bump. Life is speeding by it seems.

May 19, 2012

28 Weeks

                                                 And the bump keeps getting BIGGER! :) 

Trusty red water jug in the background. :) 

(We're almost moved = less "stuff" in the background.)

May 14, 2012

27 weeks

Over the weekend we SANG after a month of break. It was great to get back in the saddle again.
We have one more week off and then, a couple busy weekends.  Looking forward to it! Now I just
need to adjust my wardrobe choices to reflect thumper!

27 weeks

I kinda look a wild with the hair but, haha, you get the picture. 
Little baby is getting bigger!! Which is awesome.  I was very pleased 
the lady who we were buying pepperoni today asked if I was craving it. 
That means people can actually tell I'm pregnant. YAY! :D

Ok, gotta tackle some dishes! Toodles. :)

May 13, 2012

                                                                            Happy Mother's Day!

April 25, 2012


Blogger changed the format in which I post. Let me just get my barrings.... Ah. Ok. I can do this. I hope. :) I'm getting bigger and bigger in the front.
24 weeks and a few days here. I love feeling the baby move around and kick me and nudge me. So sweet! I've heard it gets painful when the thumping gets harder. I'll just enjoy the "fun" for now. :) I've been neglecting the camera almost since we've been home, but today I took a walk to some places I'd noted would make fun photo shoots and tried to beat the sun going down. My efforts today garnered these offerings...
Ooo. I like how blogger is posting the pictures EXACTLY where I want them and not at the top of the page as usual. :likes new change: Well, that's all for tonight. Morning seems to come early these days! Maybe I'll be able to put a news posts together soon....after I get the onions planted and the strawberries mulched!

April 18, 2012


"That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” Romans 10:9 & 10

April 13, 2012

Welp. Baby is 23 weeks and I'm feeling good. Yay!

My laptop went into the store for a fix and I don't have a replacement yet so no new photo edits to share.

Here's a photo from last year, of a cheerful type. Spring is in the air here for sure though...maybe I'll get some fruit tree blossom photos of our overloaded trees!

April 01, 2012

21 weeks was Friday. Never got any more 20 week pictures. Bummer. Anyway...

Does anyone have any organizational tips for sewing/craft areas? I've found some neat ideas, like using comic boards for bolts and using see through containers on-line. If you guys have found some hints from websites or have your own methods. I'd love to hear them.

March 31, 2012

I'm taking a breather. I planted a long row of peas with mom with morning and just finished lunch a bit ago. The baby is kicking and Seth felt Thumper 4 times in a row last night. So sweet!

This is a last minute "20 week" picture. : P You can excuse all the "moving mess" behind me right? Thank you. Anyway, hoping to get some nice shots tomorrow if it's not too cold. I'd better check the weather report...

Ok, back to work! :)