My dad, Robert Gordon Horn, was a veteran of WWII.

in the service in the early 40's


His mom, my grandmother..Maud Jowett Horn…kept this service record from the time he entered the service until he finished:

this contained photos, a record of all correspondence sent and received from my dad, and newspapers articles


My dad was a member of the Army Air Corps (before there was an air force) as a bombardier:

my dad, far left first row, with his flight crew

My parents were married in June of 1943 and in January of 1944 my dad was sent overseas.

before being deployed


He was shot down over Germany in Feb. and was missing in action for all of the 6 weeks of lent. On Good Friday, my mom was notified that he was alive and a prisoner of war in Germany. He was a captive there for 15 months before he returned home at the end of the war. He was one of the lucky ones to survive the action of World War II.

Luckily my dad was able to come home and begin our family:)  He served our country and should be remembered for that. But he also served our family until his sudden death from a heart attack when he was only 44. We remember him today….


Honor all those who have served in the past and those who are continuing to do a huge service to all of us who live in this great, though sometimes flawed, country. God Bless You!


Happy Parenting!

D and C


Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to the two most wonderful Dads ever:

To my dad, Robert, who I still miss after 50 years…

and my darling husband, the awesome father to my great ‘boys’…who I will continue to miss forever…

Lots of love to the Fathers today….both here and gone!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Spring Bliss

What a beautiful weekend!!!

After a loong, hard winter, with very cold temperatures and record-breaking snowfalls…it doesn’t take much to make us smile…but this weekend was perfection!!

The colors of spring in Michigan are amazing…the gorgeous flowers and the shades of green that are not seen any other time…ahhh, love it:))

after being white for too many months.. this is perfect...


Beautiful spring and an absolutely wonderful weekend!

I am so grateful:)))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Shower Sunday:)

C and S’s first bridal shower was today!!! It was amazing! Shan’s mom is a wonderful organizer, planner, and ‘finisher’! Everything was beautifully done….so much work…thanks for letting me be a part of such a lovely event!


Be ready for photos because that’s just who I am:))

The wedding will be a burlap and lace theme with touches of horseshoes and cowboy boots…so this is all just perfect!

Isn't this the coolest thing ever? Don't you think S's mom could sell these???

and she made this, plus some beautiful plates as gifts!!

true love:)

doesn't show how gorgeous the back of the dress is...but Chad likes it!!

S and her mom!


C with a 'frou-frou' toasting glass:)

folks working on their game cards...

soo cute!

bridesmaids in charge


lots to open!

a beautiful homemade garter ( by sweet Marie, C's babysitter when he was little)


And my favorite….a framed piece with S’s parents’ wedding photo, F2′s and my wedding photo, and C and S’s engagement photo!!…It doesn’t show up here, but it is wonderful!!!!!

smiling lots...ouch:)

S and sister, Al

S and R

my 2 new daughters...soo excited to have them be a part of the family:))

S with maids of honor A and A!

a beautiful bride and her beautiful bridesmaids

happy mama with her 2 cuties!

cleaning up...

Yikes! Lucky kids!

What a treat to be involved in a son’s shower…it was amazing, and we are all so grateful for everyone who took part!

This may just be what parenting is all about…watching your children become independent, loving, responsible people who find other independent, loving, responsible people to spend their lives with….proud mama here:)))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #42

Hurray for Super Saturday #42…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!


Here are three things that make me happy:


1) being a mom :)

who wouldn't love being a mom to these cute little guys?


all seasons, all the time :)

big brother, little brother...

2) being a mom…. C and S   :)

my beautiful boy #1...

my beautiful boy #2


3) being a mom… my two guys and now my two girls :)

all adorable and all beautiful, inside and out!!


Being a mom is what my life is all about…I love it, I love them! I am soo grateful for all that I have:))))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Super Saturday #36

Hurray for Super Saturday #36…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!


Here are three things that make me happy:

1) watching the ice dancing in the Olympics….gooooo, Davis and White:))

2) “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”   Frederick Keonig

3) going out to eat with my buddies – whether on a Danube trip or a trip to a favorite restaurant in town – it’s always fun!! …anyone else want to join our fun??

I hope your day is sunny and bright :)

Happy Parenting!

D and C


Happy Valentine’s Day

Love and Joy, today and always!!

...a special surprise in the snow...


Love to my sweeties!

adorable, aren't they? ....and just as sweet!


Happiness to spread around….

...reading brings happiness too, right?


Love to my honey…always!!!

..he loved that car:))


Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone…and, as usual, find your joy….wherever you can find it:))


Happy Parenting!

D and C






Super Saturday #34

Hurray for Super Saturday #34…

Beautiful things, exciting things, inspiring ones…I’ll share with you those things that bring me joy and make me happy!


Here are three things that make me happy:


1) home from Florida…love to be home, but they certainly do have some beautiful sunrises!

2) spending time with Mom…lots of ‘eating out’ time and time with Carl…looking at photos from an album, writing in everyone’s names…he loved it!

3) …and this cute photo from FaceBook…who could resist??

Enjoy your day…good weather or bad…work on that fake smile if necessary. After all, your brain can’t tell the difference in why those facial muscles are smiling….might just make you improve your mood!!! Give it a try:)))


Happy Parenting!

D and C

Merry Christmas to All!

Merry Christmas to Everyone! Enjoy the time with your matter what you plan:)

From our growing and wonderful family to yours…

Happy Parenting!

D and C

Believing in the Magic of Christmas!

An original post from 3 years ago…do I still believe these words?? Absolutely! Have fun with your young ones…which will lead to fun with your kids as they grow older…

So…do you believe in Santa?

Come on, Santa, smile!!

That is always the question, isn’t it? Is there really a Santa Claus? How do you answer your children’s questions – blow it off, ignore it, answer from the head or from the heart?

We wanted our boys to enjoy those light-hearted, magical beliefs as long as possible. I still believe in Santa…the spirit of a giving soul expecting nothing in return! Shouldn’t we all be more like that “Jolly Old Elf”???

If your conversations with your children can begin to focus more on the gifts Santa gives to everyone else, how kind and industrious he is – it may help your children to develop some of those helpful characteristics in their own lives. Santa letters, Santa cookies to give to others, special Santa wrapping paper and bows, trips to see Santa, watching TV specials — how can that be wrong?


Make sure your child knows what you believe. You do believe in that loving spirit, don’t you? If you’re confident in what you want for your children in the way of believing or not, then no remarks by kids at school or by crabby relatives can shake them from those beliefs.

a present from Santa :)

The light and sparkle in your kids’ eyes should not be extinguished just because others may think your children are too old to believe in Santa. Hold on to what you want for your own kids. Chad and Scott never thought that we had lied to them when they were young but that believing in the spirit of Christmas continues into adulthood.

I believe in Santa, do you?

Happy Parenting!

D and C