Thursday, February 26, 2009


It's been a while since I last posted. Since then we've been pretty sick--for a whole month-- and gotten better (all except for Jim--he never got sick!); celebrated Jared's 10th birthday (2/16); AND had a 50th wedding anniversary celebration for my parents (this past weekend--their actual anniversary is today!).
RAK report: While we we sick, our friend next door made us a big dish of homemade macaroni & cheese! It's the boys' favorite! It was a HUGE blessing to me--one less thing to worry about while I was sick.

This is the cake that I made for the golden anniversary

my parents sitting with friends and family at my sister Donna's house

Jared on his birthday--there's only 10 candles, but the shot makes it look like lots more!

Page I made of Nathan when he was 2.5
Until next time...
blessings, joie
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Thursday, February 12, 2009


My sister just sent me this in an email. Her son received it from his on-line school principal...

On this day exactly two hundred years ago, two men were born whose lives would change the world – one for the better, one for the worse.

One man was ABRAHAM LINCOLN. Born to a humble frontier family, his only education was the Bible and a few books influenced by the Bible. Growing up with a Biblical frame of reference, he was repulsed by the idea of slavery, and later on ran for President representing a new political party that had opposition to the spread of slavery as a main plank. Thanks to his leadership, based on a deep sense of dependence on God, America survived its Civil War and abolished human slavery. We have had a long path to racial equality in this country, but we have to acknowledge Abraham Lincoln's significant role in making it happen.

The other man was CHARLES DARWIN. He grew up in a privileged home, the son of a clergyman, and received the best education available. He used his education to devise an explanation for variant life forms that did not recognize any Creator. Eventually he wrote that some human races were naturally inferior to others, and would become extinct through natural selection. His ideas were seized upon by people like Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, who advocated sterilization of black women, and by Adolf Hitler, who used them to justify the extermination of Jews and Gypsies. They also lent support to American white supremacists who wanted to maintain suppression of black people. Today they form the philosophical core of a self-appointed intellectual elite in education who seek to suppress any reference to the possibility of a Creator.

Two men of great influence, born the same day, but what different results their lives brought about! It illustrates the power of ideas, as ideas sincerely believed can have either dreadful or blessed consequences. This is why parents and Christian school teachers are willing to make sacrifices so you can have a Christian education. This is why you need the capability of evaluating all ideas in the light of God's Word.

blessings, joie


Here are my latest pages.

This past Thanksgiving. We had it on Saturday, and Jim had to work. But he stopped by later.
This paper already had the swirls and flowers imprinted on it. I cut two petals on the yellow flower to make it overlap my bottom photo. Plus at the top, I cut out a bit of the swirl to overlap the top left corner of my photo.

Owen with the ABACUS

I posted a picture of this page before, but this is clearer and I outlined the
CROSS/CALL letters to make them stand out.

Owen's pretty sick -- fever and cough. He coughed most of the night. Don't know how much rest he actually got. The thing about this cough, for all 3 boys, is cough medicine doesn't seem to help much!

Until next time...

blessings, joie

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Here's my sick baby. He didn't act like he felt so badly today. Still had the cough. Then by 4 o'clock, he said he'd like to take a nap. I got him up 2 hours later. By 7 (an hour later), he wanted to go back to bed, and he had a fever. This is what he looked like at the dinner table at 7. He said it was okay to take his picture!

Please pray for a speedy recovery.

blessings, joie
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Monday, February 9, 2009

Now my baby is sick :o( Tonight he has a fever and a cough. He napped today because he fell asleep eating lunch! Please pray that this passes quickly and isn't as painful as Nathan's [throat] was. Nathan had stomach issues at the end too. In fact, they were still an issue during the night last night. Today, he's a lot better, although his stomach still isn't right (Nathan).
Cowboy down!
(picture is from a couple weeks ago)

one of the sights of Christmas that I love (yes, and miss)

Our favorite chocolate chip cookies

cookbook that our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe is in
love the word "cooky" !

Can't wait for this sickness to be gone from our house!

blessings, joie
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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Boy, it's been quite a time these past 2 weeks! First of all, Jared got a miserable sore throat and cold on a Thurs. Jan. 22. A few days later, he had pink eye in both eyes. Jim took him to On-Call and he got Amoxicillin on Sun. 1/25. The cold seemed to get worse with a fever. But the fever didn't last long. The cough, however hung on! Then Sat. night, 1/31 he developed a mild rash. Jim stayed home with him on Sun. By the time I got home from church, Jim had been to On-Call and back, and Jared had this terrible rash all over! He had an allergic reaction to the Amoxicillin! Poor kid! However, a week later, he still has this terrible cough!

NOW, Nathan is miserably sick with a cold, fever, wicked sore throat, etc! In between the two boys, I had a rotten cold with a fever that lasted a day and a half. Thankfully, I feel better now. I still have the cold, but at least I can take care of Nathan who happens to be a tough patient! So far, Owen hasn't gotten sick. I can't imagine him going through this!

If you feel so led, please pray for our family's overall health. Thank you!

That's about all that's going on here lately... not fun.

blessings, joie