Joyful Thursdays #23

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.

 

Joyful Thursdays #23

 

Here are three things that make me happy and bring me joy:

1) an AX reunion of college classmates from ‘just a few’ years ago…

lovely, intelligent, kind women!

great smiles!

more sweeties...

me with my AX 'daughter'

2) enjoying lunch with teacher buddies…hope for more get-togethers this summer

 

3) a simple quote:

“JOY. Jump for it.”

 

Yup, simple, but to the point….find your joy. GO FOR IT!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

A Postcard

In trying to organize old photographs from both sides of my family, I came across this postcard:

I loved the front…but had seen the photo before:

my mother as a baby...I can't say the date...she doesn't like sharing it:)

 

but check out the back….a note my grandmother had written to her sister…talking about not having paper to write on….

definitely not in pristine shape, but I love it...

What a treasure!! This is why it takes a lot for me to throw away anything that involves photos or history!  Keep saving your precious memories!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

 

H

water, water, everywhere…

The thought behind sharing all of these ‘water’ photos with you is that children love water when given the chance to explore it. These final photos…no, really!…show the kids loving the water individually, with each other, and with groups of friends.

Isn’t that what we really want for our children? …to find happiness in their own lives both alone and with others!!

We do love the water….

Whether playing in a backyard pool or lake, skipping stones in one of the Great Lakes near a freighter or the Mackinac Bridge, playing in water anywhere is a way to encourage a love of water for life!!

Brothers still enjoying the water!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #22

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.

 

Joyful Thursdays #22

Here are three things that make me happy and bring me joy:

 

1) working on some historical stuff for the family…

like this...mom and dad

and this...D and D

 

2) heading to a few graduation parties:)

3) celebrating a “sweetie’s” birthday…great fun, food, and company

the birthday girl and C

s, l, and me

We had an absolutely delicious dinner at a place called Lucky’s…..I think that name works for all of us:))

Yes, we are lucky and happy!!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Scattered Family

Family….important! We are scattered over the eastern part of the country, but we love it when we can get together.

Here are the Horns, the Gallimores, and the Finkbeiners…

and last year, missing a few….

Lovin’ the family!

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

The Proof is in the….water?!

This might be what made our boys so interested in the water….constant ‘watering’!!!

starting early

and often...

 

in the water…

under the water…

on the water…

near the water…..

more favorites to come from the Fink family…. we love the water:))

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #21

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.

 

Joyful Thursdays #21

 

Here are three things that make me happy and bring me joy:

1) waking up to a cool breeze blowing in the window and a loving cat snuggling close…

2) attending a 50th wedding anniversary for some wonderful friends!

3) nearing our one year anniversary of having our book published….check here to see the reviews !  How to Break 10 Common Childhood Myths would be a great Father’s Day gift for a new daddy but would be a fun read for helpful hints and/or funny stories for anyone!

Spring is springing!!! Are you, also….fly, people, fly:)))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Drawn to Water

Living by the water…any kind…relaxes me and brings me peace! Just watching it through a window is enough!

Torch Lake

Long Lake

Stoney Creek

and my lake...

at all times of the year:

and more:

Don’t you feel better already??

 

Next week I plan to share some photos of the guys as little ones learning to love the water as much as we do…

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Remembering

A couple of photos…taken through glass (sorry, I was afraid of wrecking the pictures if I took the frames apart).

Who is here?

just a 'few' years ago...Horn children...

and older Horns…

and our lovely Gramma and Grampa Horn...gone since '66 and '68...

Memories, yet again….do you have favorite memories of your grandparents? We spent so much time with them…many weekends, playing, eating, lots of laughing. Even though I can’t remember many of those times….I can remember how much I loved the time I got to spend with them, whatever it was we did!

I loved them a lot:))

 

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Joyful Thursdays #20

What brings you joy, makes you happy, gives you peace? Here are some photos, quotes, and thoughts that make me joyful.

 

Joyful Thursdays #20

 

Here are three things that make me  happy and bring me joy:

 

1) finally working on my own quilt…here’s the process, so far

organizing the tshirts and sweatshirts according to color

cutting to the correct size

lots of different kinds

my shirts and F2's also

7 rows like this

each row cut... then pinned into rows for sewing ( not by me )

Both boys have one, so now it’s my turn:)

2) making my first batch of pralines from my mom’s recipe….I used to get them in ‘care packages’ in college and then for many years as extra treats for Christmas…soooo yummy!

3) enjoying some beautiful flowers on my porch…

love the clematis

a new type of begonia...bright tangerine:))

….and the weather is perfect….70′s and sunny…life is good:)

Happy Parenting!

D and C