Our favorite mother on Mothers Day.
||Sunday was Mother's Day. I am so
very very thankful for the three wonderful mothers that I have in my
life! To church at Barnwell where Bro. Wendell preached on "The
Christian's Future". We came home and I finished making up a
lunch of ham biscuit roll-ups with cheese sauce, fresh broccoli, corn,
salad and cookies. We all took naps. It was a beautiful day
outside. We went to church in the evening for a presentation on "Urban
Mennonite Missions" in Baltimore, MD. Interesting and challenging
The corn is several feet high now.
||Monday was kinda different. I
went in to work while Ina Sue started on the laundry. By
dinnertime though I pretty much had all my work taken care of so I took
the rest of the day off. This almost never happens but we have
been really slow for the last couple weeks. I came home and ate
lunch then I cut an access hole to the underside of our dining room.
I crawled underneath and spent an hour or two pulling out old
insulation, boards and misc. other residue from under that end of the
house. Carolina Sue and Landon helped by hauling away the trash
that I shoved out through the hole. Then I sprayed a bunch of
Round-up on our weeds, pressure washed the walks, and sucked up a lot of
the pecan fronds that have fallen with our blower/vac.
Claudia at 1 month.
||Debbie Hochstetler very kindly brought us a
delicious supper of rolls, grilled chicken, rice pilaf, peas & carrots,
deviled eggs, jello salad, and a spectacular peanut butter pie.
Wow! On top of all this they not only brought a nice gift for
Claudia but also for all the rest of the children. It is hard to
keep of with that kind of generosity! After supper I read
the children their stories and got them in bed then worked for several
hours spraying Boracare fungicide underneath of our house. I hope
it can keep this killer fungus dormant...
Ina Sue worked on the ironing Tuesday morning while I went in
to work. I was able to stay busy today but did come home at 5:00
so that I could spray a sealant on our concrete walks that I had
pressure washed yesterday. After a supper of leftovers, Ina Sue
took the children for a walk while I did a touchup with spray paint on
our front porch railing.
The ball game at the school picnic.
||I went to work Wednesday morning and
Ina Sue got the children packed up and took them over to Roslyn Stovers
for the morning while she took Claudia to the doctor for her 1-month
checkup. She weighed 9lb. 4oz. We are happy that she is
growing well. After she got home with the children she put the
little ones to bed then she and Carolina Sue worked for a while out
front raking the road gravels off of our grass yard. After supper
Landon and I took a bike ride while the ladies went over and visited
with Hendrick for a while.
Josh brought his own shade.
||Thursday found me at work and Ina Sue
sewing on a dress for Carolina. Our midwife Adrienne dropped in
for a short surprise visit. Ina Sue made us a wonderful supper of
meatloaf and asparagus casserole with a salad. After supper we all
went for a drive to get out of the house and to get milk. After we
got home the children and I made up a batch of mozzarella cheese.
Duane Bange brought one of his stereo speakers by and we used a jigsaw
to enlarge the hole in the box so that a new speaker would fit into it.
A nice time visiting with him. Ina Sue sewed while we worked.
Landon visits with Ms. Katie Kauffman.
||Ina Sue did her regular cleaning on Friday
while I spent most of my day at work on service calls. She said
that Claudia was pretty restless/fussy. For supper we had a salad
with strawberries, pecans and feta cheese. Delicious. Ina
Sue worked on making food for tomorrow while I mowed the town square.
Ina Sue took the children with her to Carl's to pick some mint tea.
We had homemade vanilla ice-cream with fresh strawberries for a
delicious treat before bed.
Claudia with her birthday tree. (A River Birch)
||Saturday was the ending picnic for the
school. We got up early to prepare food. The event started
at 10:00 with ladies softball. There wasn't really a program this
year because of all the preparation that just went in to the 30'th
anniversary celebration. Since Ina Sue and I needed to keep up
with 4 preschoolers we both bowed out of playing ball. The
carry-in dinner was delicious and we enjoyed the visiting and
fellowship. We left around 2:00 and came home for a really short
nap before I started the mowing. I also washed the car. Ina
Sue cleaned up in the house but started coming down with a fever in the
evening. She didn't sleep at all well and had chills and ached all
Our little mop-top
||In case you wonder where the curls came