"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy will." ~ Luke 1:38

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

~ Forecast: Light Shower with Plenty of SUNSHINE ~

We showered, my newest nephew, with love.

New mommy & daddy were recipients of much love as well.  :o)

How blessed we are...

The invitation read:  Born in our hearts, United by faith
we have a special delivery from many miles away.

Butterfly & Little Lamb made these simply cute & yummy favors

We had a house full of family and friends...it was a joyful group celebrating a joyous occasion!

  We used the colors of his new nursery...blues, greens and browns.  Do you see a theme?

Not "hand-made", but given with MUCH LOVE

The cake was a masterpiece!  It was also, delicious
I had it made from a bakery downtown; the same one that I ordered one of Conductor's cakes from....
"Every good and perfect gift comes from above"  ~ James 1:17

My sister led the "games"...too funny!  We can be a competitive group.

We had our guests bring gift cards because they are easy for mommy & daddy to transport back home...   many miles away.  ;o(    sniff.sniff.


My sister also made these adorable gift favors...filled with, what else, animal crackers!  Lions and tigers and bears.  Oh my!  Everyone went home with a little keepsake of our newest little family member.  Sweet idea!


Monday, July 30, 2012

~ Pep in My Step ~

Check out these SHOES

My husband has a pair that he has been wearing for about a year now.  I finally decided to try some.  I've been having some foot pain.  Not.fun.

These shoes have become a "few of my favorite things".  They put a pep in my step and a smile on my face.  I don't really care that they look like "monkey feet".  LOL.  They are SO comfortable!

Happy Feet!

~ Everythings Peachy! ~

Fresh peaches from the backyard!

Peachy in Color!

So excited that my orchids are not dead doing well! I have not had much luck with orchids in the past...although they are a favorite of mine. This one particular flower is very special - it was a gift from a friend.

 Here is a picture several days later. 
And now the flower is blooming nicely! 

My John Paul II roses are really thriving!  So lovely are these roses...I have this one in a pot.  It shares the space with a yellow calla-lily.  I may have to transplant the lily at some point...I hate to disrupt the roses.  Although they would probably benefit in the long run - I don't want to rock the boat!

 We have some tropical type plants now in place...aren't these beautiful?

  OK.  Last photo.  (I could go on and on and on...this is just the tip of the iceburg) lol.

"The grass is withered, and the flower is fallen: but the word of our Lord endureth for ever." 
 ~  Isaiah 40:8

Thursday, July 19, 2012

~ Simple Summer Breaks ~

From the garden

Something refreshing...

Something restorative...
A (as opposed to "The") Perfect Margarita...so many wonderful variations :o)
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and combine:
2 oz good/100% agave tequila
Freshly squeezed lime juice
1 Tbs. agave nectar
1/4 c water
Shake & pour over ice*

*moisten rim of glass with lime and dip into coarse salt.

Addendum:  when you don't have a lime on hand...lemons work just as well. ;o)

Saturday, July 7, 2012

~ Summer 2012 ~

Fishing.  Looking for "George".  That's what Little Lamb named this whopper of a fish that has evaded her, so far.  She's been very successful at catching several fish...but she's aiming for George. 

Popcorn thinks this is great.  She sits on the highest point possible and surveys all the activity.  See the tiny white blurry spot off in the distance...just above her left ear (our right)? 

This beautiful creature lost its mate not too long ago.  So sad.  :o(
Swans usually mate for life.  I think she may be lonely; she will swim up close to our area...She likes us; but she "hisses" at Popcorn.  Too funny.  Thank goodness swans are herbivorous - I think!? 

Rosen loves canoe rides.  L.O.V.E.S. them.  Conductor had just taken her out, tied up the canoe and was leaving the area when he turned around to find her back in the canoe...sitting & waiting.

Science lesson.  Entomology. 

Some zoology.

amazing faces!!!  Beautiful markings...
And I know there is a lot of literature~reading going on somewhere nearby...I just don't have documentation of that right now.  :o)  Butterfly is our little bookworm with an in satiable hunger for reading books!  Home-schooling fun is never-ending!

Having a very blessed summer...hope you are having one too!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

~ Final Rosebuds ~

Our final Rosebud meeting ended this past May. 
We had the annual May Crowning ~ so lovely...

Followed by a talk on a virtue and lesson in the Catechism.  Then the girls had a wonderful time creating these versatile bows

Some girls used them in their hair...or to transform their flip flops ~ very cute.

Little Lamb made several...in several different colors.


It was another wonderful year!  Deo gratias!
~ Giving thanks to God for those graces received ~

~ Weed-Eater ~

Last month we hired someone to come out and cut all our weeds.  He did a fantastic job.  It's hard work on somewhat of a steep terrain.  We were very thankful to have the help.

This month...as I was just about to ask my son to get out the weed-eater...along came this helpful and beautiful creature
natural weed-eater

Beautifully efficient (and with minimal clean-up).  :o)