Boy Mom, Morning Rituals, Starting the Day Right

The cold wet air of February awakened my senses early,  too early. Yet reluctant to leave that lovely deep sleep I had been enjoying, I lingered.   Not a morning person, to say the least. 
 My cheerful daughter popped her head in the room to see if I would like a cup of coffee,  and I heard the stirrings of the children:  someone making breakfast...oh yes, today would be Jim's day.   I could hear the muffled giggles and squeals from Olivia and Gabe  along with a rhythmic bump on the wall.... so surmising they are swinging in the hammock with the cat.   The other boys are doing the outside chores:  firewood, chickens and other animals, starting the generator,  and they have noises too, usually shooting and crashing sounds,  because, in their minds,  they are ever in a battle-  saving the day as all around them danger and evils loom. 
 We have 5 boys, you  know...these boy noises  have been an ever present part of our married life, which is now nearly 29 years.   These boys of ours…

Back In The Land Of The Living

Well, Hello There!
Firstly, Thank you so much for all the kind and caring emails during my long absence!   What an encouragement ya' all are!
Secondly, I have had a serious extended illness since July that has really,  really been a difficult thing to live with and get anything beyond  getting dressed each day a possibility.   But, Praise the Lord,  I am back to feeling well, and so very, very grateful to have energy, vitality,  and reasonably good health.
So, to catch up, everything has gone along fairly well, regardless.   The children and my dear husband have picked up where I left off,  doing the cleaning, cooking, laundry and anything else necessary to keep the household functioning. Meanwhile, I was posted in a comfy chair only able to give encouragement and counsel.   They did a remarkable job but are very glad to have mama back in the kitchen,  taking walks, able to be out and about and physically functional!  
And my, have they grown in the last 6 months!   Jim passed me up…

The New Grandbaby!!

So there we were,  3/4 of our journey competed....500 miles yet to go  on our trip to New Mexico to see our daughter and son in law and forth coming baby, when, 5:00 in the morning, we got a call....yes, Anna was in labor!  Straightaway we hopped in the suburban and drove, drove, drove.....   arriving 40 minutes after the newest grand baby was born!  
  I was allowed into the birthing room right away to meet this newest blessing,  help wash her, measure her, and cut the cord.   Scott was perfectly at ease with the sweet little bundle,  ...I was impressed. 

Mary Joy  made her way safely into the world that Monday,  surprising us all at 8 lbs 2 oz  and having plenty of dark hair, which was a great relief and delight to her mama.
 Needless to say, we all fell completely head over heels for this little girl.
Oh, My!!  What a darling!!!
I cannot possibly look upon these pictures without a little squeal escaping- she is SO PRECIOUS!!!

With eyes of wonder,  all of the family stared and stared …

Traveling To New Mexico

Vacation time has come and we have planned for months now to pack 9 of us in our 9 passenger suburban and travel 1500 miles to see our newest grand child, along with our daughter and son in law, of course. At he time we left Idaho, the baby had not been born...that story is for another post.

So, we packed VERY lightly for our two week trek, and hoped for the best.  Since we lost our 15 passenger van, this is our first road trip with all of us, everything would be cooking in a crock pot while driving...there just isn't room. No big cooler with lots of homemade yummies for our tummies...there just isn't room.  No plethora of games, books, pillows, and blankets...there just isn't room.

So......what we did do is....
1. Pack a small cooler with lunch meat, cheese, mayo and mustard.  And another box with bread and store bought snacks to be given out in between rest stops. We choose fruit snacks, goldfish crackers, granola bars, and trail mix.  These were all XL …