Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
We found a lovely neighborhood in New Haven IN in which to walk this morning. On the way home, we went back to a garage sale we'd visited on Wednesday. The tall, center shelf unit was still there. So Gary borrowed a pickup truck and hauled it home. We arranged several shelves we already had this way. Then I made curtains to keep out the dust. I used sheets I'd found in a box of freebies by the side of the road several weeks ago. They give this wall of the garage a coordinated look, don't you think?
Michael and Barb G. also stopped in, so we took a break and had a very nice visit with them before returning to finish the garage project. Gary mowed the lawn in the evening.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
A Mom's (and Grandma's) Prayer On the First Day of School
Here we are again, Lord. Their backpacks are loaded and their faces are scrubbed and their lunch accounts are full.
And I know you'll walk with them, Lord. You always do. But a mom still has to ask.
Will You walk with them? Will You whisper to them what they need to hear, when I'm not there to whisper it?
Will You please, oh please, cover their school with the protection only You can give, and will You keep harm far away?
Will You make their minds strong and ready to learn? Will You help them understand that hard work honors the One who created them?
Will You guide their teachers, giving them patience and wisdom and creativity and more patience? Will You bless them for their efforts?
Will You love all those children there, the ones whose lunch accounts aren't full, the ones who feel alone? Will You teach my children to be kind and unselfish and to love those who are different from them?
Will You point them back toward home just as soon as you can? Lord, I give them to You today and everyday, trusting them to Your care. Amen. (from Rocks in My Dryer).
Monday, September 7, 2009
A great day at a small park (Hendricks Park) in Merrillville, IN with 2 of our 3 children and their families...( Merrillville was a midpoint to meet). After lunch at Pizza Hut, we played on the small playground, played catch, baseball, and croquet. Before going home, we enjoyed a watermelon and some cookies.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Bad news for anyone with a sweet tooth... those sugary snacks and a whole lot more every day products are about to get more expensive. Today Illinois sales taxes are going up more than 500% on a variety of candies and soft drinks.
Illinoisans who have been trying to cut back on sweets have a new motivation. Sales tax is going up from 1 to 6.25 % on some of their favorite items!