Wednesday, June 30, 2010


This quilt is one that I call retro/vintage. I was given this quilt top all pieced together several years ago. I put it in storage and brought it out a month ago to see if it could be used. A few years back we had an elderly lady in our church who used to get together with a group of ladies and make quilts The lady who gave it to me is the only surviving member of the quilt group and she was down sizing to move into a very small apartment. All the squares are hand cut and hand sewn the material is truly a scrap quilt. I took the top to a quilt store in our area to see if it could be dated, well the ladies started looking at the squares and dating the materials back to 1930 thus the vintage label but they also dated it up to the 1970's thus the retro label. So the top has pieces of history for about 40 years in it. If you are into nostalgia this quilt is for you. The material I used to back it is a pale blue and cream vintage looking pattern. I had it machine quilted so it would hold up to use. It has been an interesting quilt to look at and guess what certain square materials were used for... gramma's apron, curtains a beloved blanket, dress ... So I am trying to sell this quilt for $125 it measures 52 inchesX 78 inches . If you are interested please e-mail me at or leave a comment in the comment section of this blog. All money the we make on the quilt sales is going towards our adoption of JOY.

Thanks for supporting us as we try to bring home another child to her/their forever family.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

We are nearing the end...sort of...

Tomorrow will be the LAST day of school for Elaina and Phoebe. we can't wait, it is soooo time for a break. The reason I say sort of is because Phoebe starts summer school next week ugh... just 7 days off. She will be gone in the mornings so not a total loss. She just needs to maintain what she has learned this year, plus keep her speech up. So we have no exciting plans and that's not a bad thing. We were gone over the weekend to take Beth to the camp she is working at for the summer. I can't believe she will be gone 9 weeks, I'm missing her already. The girls are missing her also. She always gave them attention, play on the trampoline, watch Mulan for the 1000 time, make cookies with them. She is a wonderful big sis. We are praying she has a wonderful ,learing growing time, while she is there, oh yeah she will make some money too:)
We are plugging away at some adoption things here. I will be doing some fundraising here shortly, so stay tuned for the big reveal. I have 2 quilts that I am going to post for sale and 1 that we are going to do a raffle on, They are quite beautiful, and will make you a wonderful addition.
Will post the pictures and details soon

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

So True

We saw this and thought how appropriate for the days we are living in.

Field Trip

This spring has been very busy. I have been taking pictures and writing blog posts in my head but they have not managed to make it here until now. We have been to Missouri and Illinois in April, to see Aaron graduate boot camp, we have done clothing revue for 4-H , had some very hot days, and school field trips. I have also started walking with 2 other ladies 4 times per week, a Bible study and trying to get paperwork for the adoption around, and do laundry and put meals on the table. You ladies know, we call it LIFE.
So on the field trip we went to Niagara Falls and then to Fort Niagara. It was a long bus ride but worth it.

Rites of passage

In our family we have a little tradition. When our girls turn 10 years old they may get their ears pierced. This started way back, when Jessica was little and she begged and begged to get her ears pierced well Dad did not want her to get them done, so he told her "when you are 10 you can get them done". Then we blinked and she was 10. Jessica held him too it, she had been counting down the time to get them done. at that time her great grandmother drove down from Buffalo picked her up took her back up to Buffalo, they went to lunch and then got the ears done, she stayed the night with her and brought her home the next day. What a big moment for Jess and she still talks about it to this day. The same thing with Sara when she had hers done. We took Bethany when it was time and then went to McDonalds . Well Elaina will be 10 in 2 weeks. I really can't even believe that she is already 10. We have to quit blinking... Any how Bethany is leaving at the end of the week and will be gone for 9 weeks (sniff sniff) and she begged me to take Elaina while she was home so she could be apart of the milestone. So this last Friday we took Elaina and went to get them done. So here are some photos of the big event

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Psalm 16:5-8

"Lord You have assigned me my portion and my cup;
you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I will praise the Lord who counsels me;
even at night my heart instructs me.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Word on Wednesday

"My God shall meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus"
I really needed that reminder today. We have our first (actually 9th) home study on Monday and we need to mail out the money this week...gulp.... BUT MY GOD, He shall provide.
We are taking baby steps in "Operation JOY". The older kids are trying to talk Dan out of the name Joy but he won't be persuaded. I am trying really hard to be patient as this process is going agonizingly slooooow.....
We finish off at Houghton Academy this week and then Alex and Beth will be done. Beth has a job lined up for the summer and Alex still needs to find work. Matt will start his job in another week. In this time of economic downturn I am so grateful that they were able to get jobs for the summer.
This picture of Ava is too sweet not to share, it's pictures like this that make you say awww.. lets do it again ;) And makes Daddy say okay