Monday, July 26, 2010

Pigpen Awards

This weekend was our annual family campout. I love the campout. It's always so fun and this year was no exception. There are lots of kids in our family and they are so fun to watch. We did notice, however, that they got just a little bit dirty.

Here's our Joey.

Joe and Derek are showing off some animal bones that they found.

My nephew's boys.

Too funny that here are four girls. Two are relatively clean and two are COVERED in dirt. Megan is so much like her mama. At that age, Angela could play all day and not get dirty either. London was so dirty that the dirt was falling off of her.

Our little Andrew. His shirt used to be white.

His hair was so full of dirt that it hardly looked blonde anymore.

In spite of the dirt, we had a wonderful time. I love my family and I'm so grateful for this tradition of camping together each summer.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

"Hoping to Adopt:" Fastest success story ever

Maybe you remember reading my post a couple of weeks ago about Mike and Mary, who adopted our little granddaughter Rachel. After only three weeks on the "hoping to adopt" list, they have a new little son and he is BEAUTIFUL!

We are so happy for this beautiful little family. Baby Reed is gorgeous and we can't wait to meet him. Huge congratulations and much, much love to the four of you from us.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Obeying All Safety Rules

Boys always obey safety rules, right? Here are my boys doing just that:

Rule Number 1: Place a child at the wheel of a big piece of farm equipment and let him control it.

Rule Number 2: Stand on a precarious edge of that farm implement and allow the child to raise you high in the air.


Rule Number 3: Operate a chainsaw while standing on the precarious edge of that farm implement while that child is at the wheel.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Mike and Mary: Hoping to Adopt

You might notice the new gadget here on my blog that says "Hoping to Adopt." This link takes you to the blog of our very, very dear friends Mike and Mary. It feels strange to call Mike and Mary "friends" because they are really family to us, but we're not biologically related. Mike and Mary are the adoptive parents of our precious little granddaughter Rachel. Rachel will be two years old this month and we love her and her parents very much. We feel that Mindy was truly inspired when she chose Mike and Mary to be the parents of her daughter. Rachel's adoption has led to a sweet association with Mike and Mary that we believe will last a lifetime and beyond.

Now these dear parents are wanting to give Rachel a little sibling. I have added their link to my blog just in case anyone out there knows of a mother who might be considering an adoption plan for her child. Mike and Mary have my unqualified endorsement! Please consider them!