Jun 21, 2014

My Dad...

It has been a long time since I have been able to post anything...my last post was during a snow storm...today the humidity is so bad that I walked out to take a photo last night...and my camera fogged up immediately...making for a neat picture though.

If you have been following along on this blog...you know that my parents have both been doing badly, and I have spent a lot of time going back and forth. I wanted to let you know that my dad did pass away...one month ago today.  I was able to spend the last several days with him...and was there for his last breath...and then have been able to spend much time with my mom since. Which has been a blessing for me!

This eulogy, written about him...captures him so well...I wanted to share here on my blog.


1923-2014
There are many traits one could draw upon to describe Eugene, but the one that HE would probably pick and would want to be most known for go back to his roots as a simple "farm boy." Born and raised in the rural heartland of Arkansas, it is there that Eugene learned the definition of a "hard day's work,"…and formed the ethics that would follow him throughout life. With all his hard work and the responsibilities of the family farm, it wasn't until later in life that he would meet and marry his beloved, Mary, his bride of 62 years. They shared their vows in 1952 and would go on to build a home together, raise a family, and grow deeper in love with each passing day. It was just prior to that momentous event that Eugene followed Mary and her family as they trekked northward to Michigan in search of work in the automotive world. Eugene, too, would eventually land a position with General Motors where he extended the utmost in dedicated and loyal service for over 30 years until his retirement.
When he wasn't working, some of Eugene's favorite pastimes often involved enjoying a sunny day on the golf course,…perhaps the combination of friendship & fun at the bowling alley,…or a rousing game of cards, with his mastery being that of Pinochle and Rook. And though he didn't do it often, deep within this man resided the heart of a dancer. He could cut-a-rug with the best of them, and was smooth on his feet.
But to those who knew Eugene well, they'll happily attest to his most devout pastime being what he produced through his skills in gardening. The old adage states; "You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy,"…and this couldn't have been more true or applicable than in the man he was in his garden at home. He may have traded a plow for a hoe, but the end result showed his talents for the farm boy within. Whether for his vegetables or the gorgeous flowers he nurtured, his family and neighbors were the wonderful benefactors of a yard that he poured his heart and soul into,…and it showed. Perhaps most beautiful are his pride & joy, the rose bushes that adorn the rear of his yard which have multiplied into something worthy of a spread in House & Garden magazine.
Yet of all the aforementioned traits, perhaps most notable and revered would have to be the Christian principles he adhered to and the devout faith that guided his life. He was the spiritual leader of his family and brought them up in the path of Godliness. He was devoted to his church, and many will forever remember him for his place in the choir. His faith kept him grounded, and it also produced a man that many had come to know and love. To quote his family, "he knew everybody, and everybody knew him,…and he never met a stranger." Perhaps it's because he was always happy, always sharing a joke or two, or telling one of the countless stories that all had come to enjoy. Whatever the case, there's no doubting that Eugene made a huge impact on a lot of hearts and lives, and truly did his part in fulfilling the Great Commission.
And this was never more evident than through his place at home. He was considered a great provider for his family, and nurtured the bonds of love with humility and reverence. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will forever be remembered for the example he set, the faith he lived out, and the blessing God made him to be. From the beauty of his yard to the beauty in his soul, to God be the glory. He will truly be missed,…and loved. Go Rest High, Dear Brother.

Mar 21, 2014

Here Comes Honey's Boo Boo!!

No this isn't a post about the reality show 
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
But it is my reality...
My Honey MADE a Boo Boo
and I get to fix it!!

I was in Michigan...again
My Honey decided to start working on the trim in our my home office (this is a task we decided to take on ourselves when we got the new floor...so we could add the trim...after the room was painted)

So again...I'm in Michigan...
and my husband is left to his own devices...
and this is what he did...


ummm hmmm
he did...

He painted the trim around the built in desk/bookcases with the same white paint that is trimming the rest of the room

AND caulked it!!

Why you ask? 

 I haven't got a clue!
I wold like to paint my built in's white...but we are going to be downsizing soon...and think it best to leave that decision to whomever might live here next...
so why he decided to carry the white trim around this built in...
is beyond me. 
He is a very intelligent man...Masters degree...good provider...
great husband...great dad...wonderful grandpa...really good writer...almighty hunter...

but once in awhile he shows this total lack of common sense!

Since it was caulked, I thought the best way to fix it would be to paint it

So...
I went rummaging in my craft room for some supplies...


This was much easier than I even expected it to be...

Started out with the med brown you see on the upper right in the pic above

put just one coat on the trim...



The color was blending so good,
 that I didn't have to tape anything off...

Once I got a coat of that all the way around...I probably could have stopped. One coat was good because it was uneven...giving it a more stained look.

but then decided to take the next darker brown that I had and kind of give it a wash with that 
(thinning the paint down with water)


that gave it a bit of a look of grain...

and wha-la



Good bye Honey's Boo Boo!

Sharon

Jan 5, 2014

Be still and know that I am God...

The snow has been coming down all day. 
I went for a walk earlier...maybe we had about 7" then. 
I saw no other person...no moving vehicle...it was "still" other than the falling snow...beautiful...peaceful...and all I could think was
 "Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10


It was the best walk I ever took!


















Sharon 

Dec 29, 2013

Another Christmas has come and gone...feeling Blessed!



Yep another Christmas has come and gone. 
someone needs to put the Santa away...
and here I sit...

 We got home from Michigan last night...
 it gets harder and harder to leave my aging parents to come home after I visit them...

 My Arkansas son left this morning to go back home...
 my hubby left to go on a business trip...
It's quiet around here...which is sort of nice ...
but at the same time lonely...
I should unpack luggage...and repack Christmas...
but...
I may not get off of the couch...not even for church...

Thank goodness the sun is streaming in my windows...or I probably would be quite down...
Christmas always seems to come to a screeching halt...and I'm not really ready for the festivities to end!

apparently  Hallmark channel agrees, cause I'm still watching Christmas movies today!

We did have a wonderful Christmas! 

All 3 of my children were home...



I am so stinking proud of the adults they have become!!




Their beautiful families...







My Arkansas son's girlfriend and her 2 children were't able to be here...so I had to get random shots of him...of course he's the MIDDLE child, so I always get fewer pictures of him anyway!




We had a surprise visitor...

I don't know if I was more excited or the kids...and I took 1 million pictures give or take a few...but I'll spare you all...and  only show a few hundred of them...


(Princess) Sweet Pea was a little uncomfortable on Santa's lap...but otherwise loved him!








he brought small gifts, and did a great job with the kids...
he made it about Jesus instead of about him





The 3 Daniel Boone's


with a surprise in their back pocket...



The big kids stole them for a while...
and had a marshmallow fight!

little did they know...I got them each one to...we have had some kind of war at Christmas time for several years now...last year everyone got a bucket of pom pom snow balls...and we had a huge snowball fight...great for the wee ones!  One year before the little ones came along we used rubber band guns...didn't their mother ever tell them they might shoot their eye out? 
I bought them goggles to use...but they were to big and bad to listen to their mom and wear them...and yes one of them got it in the eye!

Great memories though!

I also wanted the little ones to play Santa this year...and since the older 2 just recently turned 4...and are only beginning to read...I used picture tags on the gifts...and that work out great!!




I wish you could hear this little one singing...
at the top of his lungs...
on my karaoke mike... 



"Deck the halls of falls with poll-ee
la la la la la....la la la la
tis the season to be chol-lee
la la la la la...la la la! 

I really should have recorded that!
ca...ute!

That was my Indiana Christmas...

Then on to see the family in Michigan!

I will show you just 1 pic to sum it up...
we are so blessed that my mom and dad are still with us this Christmas!
we were able to get everyone together for a picture...the first one with everyone in it...in many years...way before I had any grandchildren...
yes we were missing a couple of family members...but Mom and Dad's children...grandchildren...and great grandchildren...are all in the pic
(even if they are almost blocked by my big head!)



did we have more pics...yes
can certain individuals refrain from making goofy faces...no!

My husbands family also lives in Michigan...but I have no pictures...I was unable to go...since when I am in Michigan...I am full time care taker to mom and dad...and since I am the picture taker between my hubby and myself...there were no pictures taken with them this year...none the less we love them just as much!

This has been a rough year for my family with Mom and Dad's health...
all in all though...we feel very blessed!





May God bless you and your family!!

Sharon



Dec 25, 2013

Merry CHRISTmas!!


For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
 which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:11

King James Version (KJV)



I pray each and every one of you have a very Merry Christmas!!

God Bless
Sharon