The Hiding Place

I enjoyed reading this book to the boys. We also listened to the radio drama from Focus on the Family. Many parts of the book made me cry. The unwavering faith the Ten Boom family had. I wonder how many of us would have done what this family did for the Jews. They lost so much, but never lost hope. So many people died, just because of Hitler's racist/ethnic views. 96,000 women who were not Jewish died in Corrie Ten Boom's concentration camp. This travesty could happen to anyone of us. In this book you will read both the love and lack of love for humanity. Love covers a multitude of SIN.

Decorating for Christmas

The boys decorated the Christmas tree this year. I came downstairs and they surprised me with the tree skirt and all.  I think they did a pretty good job.

 Elfie has been apart of the Christmas decorations for the past 20 years. He is looking good for an old guy. (hee hee)

 I only put out a quarter of my decorations this year. Here is some of my snowman collection.

This reminded me of my daughter when I saw it because I have actually told her this. Carissa, love is more than just words.

A Recital for Shane

Shane was a little nervous but he did just fine. He enjoys playing the piano. I think playing comes natural to him. He has been playing for about 2 1/2 years now and is progressing in his skills. He is practicing for the up coming Federation Festival, where he will go in front of a judge.

Jarrett shot a couple of videos of him playing. I have to warn you that you can hear Jarrett making noise. Go here and or follow the link here and here too


Jarrett made the cranberry sauce and it was yummy. Cranberry sauce is Jarrett's favorite Thanksgiving dish.

 Here are the all the games the boys wanted to play. We were not able to play all of them.

 Payday is a family favorite.
Shane and I played Phase 10 for two hours. This is an excellent card game.


I know that this is not the best picture. Jarrett is the 2nd child in the front row from the right. He has his hands in his pockets. He was one of six children in the choir that sang a duet for Veterans Day. He did a good job. He is sure having a great experience with his first year in public school. His teacher has been rather amazed how well he has transitioned.  He rides his bike pretty much every day to school. He seems to fit right in with the rest of the class. 
Jarrett is also a little handyman. He went to go start the zero turn lawn mower and it would not start. He charged the battery and it still would not start, so he checked the spark plug and noticed it was black. He wrote down the part # and called his dad. His dad said he needed to buy a new spark plug. I drove him to O' Reilly's and ordered the spark plug. The new spark plug is in the lawn mower and it is working. So now we can use the lawn mower to chop up the fallen leaves. 

My Journey of Health

I woke up this morning from a dream quoting this: No sickness or disease shall overcome me because of Christ who strengthens me. Wow, talk about power and revelation in these words. God is above all sickness and disease.

My journey started in August of 2015. I went to the ER because of electric impulses in my brain. They did not find anything. I went to a chiropractor the same day and found some relief. I saw this chiropractor through December 2015. During this time I started having other issues. I experienced night sweats, electric impulses throughout my body, bladder spasms, ovarian pain, and a racing heart. I did not know what was happening to me. I have never been sick, except for an occasional cold or flu. I went to so many doctors trying to find out what was wrong. They gave me medication and electric therapy, but nothing helped. I asked my primary doctor and two gynecologist to see if my hormones were out of balance. They would not do a test because of expense and my age. They …

St. Louis

We went to St. Louis a few weeks ago. Here are some pictures of our visit. We went to the zoo, City museum, the Gateway Arch, and the Hill. The Hill is an Italian neighborhood. There were so many Italian restaurants. I fell in love with the Hill.