Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

She said yes - to the dress!

We've been busy, busy, busy working on wedding stuff.  One thing that's been on top of the list is finding the wedding dress.
Last week we went dress shopping!

 We chose all kinds of dresses for Heather to try on. We were told to even take dresses that we didn't think we'd like, because you never know!


 My fingers were tired from all the lacing I did...
But, we found the dress!  After Heather put it on, none of the other dresses could compete.  It's beautiful.  You'll have to wait to see it though.  :)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September Flowers

We have been blessed with the most wonderful weather this past week.  It's been in the low 70's every day, and the sun has been shining.
Many of our flowers are no longer blooming, but a few really shine this time of year.  Here's a few from our yard.

 These are called Autumn Crocus.  They put out some rather ugly leaves in the Spring, which then fade away and nothing is seen, until suddenly these beautiful flowers appear in the Fall.


 Autumn Joy Sedum is white all summer long, but gets this pretty pink color in the Fall, which darkens to a burgundy color as the season progresses.


 I love seeing the berries on the trees.  Such a pretty spot of red!


This is our hydrangea tree.  This flower also is white all summer long, but then turns to pink in the Fall.  The pink gradually changes to a dusty rose color and often hangs on into the winter.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Queen Anne's Lace

One of the wild flowers I enjoy seeing in the summer is Queen Anne's Lace.  It's nearly done, but I found a few stragglers in the ditch down the road from me and thought I would share.










Pretty from start to finish!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cooking Thursday

Here's a good meal for the cooler days we're having. It's one of my favorite type of recipe - very easy, tastes good and uses a crockpot! For more recipes, visit Sandra at Diary of a SAHM.


Easy Beef Stroganoff
1 can cream of mushroom soup
12.5 ounce can beef broth
1 1/2 to 2 pounds beef stewing meat, cut in 1" pieces
1 cup sour cream
2 cups cooked noodles
Combine soup and broth in 4 quart slow cooker. Stir in meat.
Cover and cook on low for 9 - 10 hours.
Stir in sour cream and cook on high for 20 minutes.
Serve over the hot noodles.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Family Pictures

A few weeks ago I told you we had family pictures done for my whole family.  Our son Andy lives in Kentucky and had to drive up for this.  Adding in the crazy work schedules of everyone else made it quite a challenge to get set up.  Everyone cooperated though and the pictures turned out really nice. 
The photographer took lots of different shots of each family, kids, spouses...   Here's a few I thought I would share.

My Dad with his four kids.  
(Left to Right - Me, Cheri, Duane and Terri)


The whole group!  Dad and stepmom Ann, 4 kids, 3 spouses, 9 grandkids with one spouse and one fiance, and one great grandchild.


We are so blessed to have these two.  My dear Dad and stepmom, ages 84 and 85.


Dad and Ann with all the grandkids.


My family



Bob and I with Alaina


My wonderful kids! 
(Aaron, Alaina, Laura, Andy, Heather, Andrew)
 


A maternity shot of Laura.   
When this was taken she had 6 weeks to go.  The baby is due October 27.


Our sweet Alaina

"Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.   Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them."
Psalm 127:3-4