Saturday, October 19, 2019

Cousins Camp V

Well, it's one for the books!  Cousins Camp 5 was from Oct. 8-11 at Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim.  We camped at Mather Campground with the eldest four grandkids, and had a cool time-- a VERY cool time, with temperatures deciding to plummet well below freezing unexpectedly!  But we hiked, played, saw the sights, and grew in our love of God's creation and each other!  Here are a few of my favorite shots.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Spring Projects

Well, sewing time has been sparse with the onset of summer gardening and travel season!  I have chipped away at a few big projects:  working on blocks 18 and 19 of a BOM challenge, working on 6 appliqued place mats  and a table runner ready for quilting, and getting a little more done on the endless pineapple squares for a quilt for my bed.  Most of the completed projects have been gifts for the grands, and a few others.  Here are the things completed this spring:

A small table topper and coasters

A set of kitchen hand towels for my sweet dil

A little dino for a new friend

I made fabric valentines for the grands, with note pockets on the back, and each note pocket had an original couplet poem for that child. I made 6, but only got photos of two, front above, back below.

I made a plethora of tiny stuffed animals for the grands for Easter: little chicks, a couple of sock bunnies, an otter, a bug,
and a swan.

Two grand daughter birthdays meant doll clothes.  I am missing photos of a couple pieces.

And ahead: a new twin-sized quilt for grand daughter #2, and birthdays for two more grand daughters, and then Christmas!  So much sewing and so little time!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Christmas Projects

I haven't yet posted photos of the Christmas projects completed for this past holiday, so here we go:

First there were three doll quilts for new dolls, and a set of doll nighties and doll jumpers.

Carys received her doll bed, complete with bedding ensemble, and built so that Ada's bed can set on top and form a bunk bed.

The two little received their step stools:

I made a plethora of flannel rice bags (for heating in the microwave)  with extra lavender in the filling to make a warm, aroma-therapy treat:

I also completed a plethora of felt nativity ornaments.

One of my nieces got a set of small travel bags:

And for my sweet sister, a quilted bed topper of bright stars:

And now on to a new year of quilting fun!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Happy Birthday Ada Bell!

Ada, you have been a joy to us for seven years now.  We are so blessed to call you grand daughter. We love you forever!  Happy birthday!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas Letter 2018

Well, the cards are off, Advent is rolling along, and it is time to report here, and post pictures of the highlights of the year.

Before I do that, for the sake of balance, let me list a few lowlights:  dealing with bodies that have been through a lot is a pain, sometimes literally. Watching as our parents age is also difficult. And living in this broken world is downright hard sometimes for all of us.  That said, we have much to be grateful for!

I am going to work backwards from the biggest, most recent event of the year, towards the earlier ones.  This year, we officially added another granddaughter to our family. Eliana Jean Yaritza Finnegan (E3) has been part of our family since she left the hospital and entered Tim and Nikki's care over a year ago.  But at the end of October, she became part of our family forever.  Adoption is such a sweet doctrine, and now it has been made more real to all of us as Tim and Nikki opened their family to this sweet daughter!

In September, Dave and Chris enjoyed two weeks in the Northeast: Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.  We had never been to that part of the country, and it was glorious!  Highlights include rivers with waterfalls (and real water flowing), covered bridges, Acadia National Park, the Maine coast and its lighthouses, and spending time with dear friends.  It was a wonderful time.

Just before we went to New England, we had the privilege of some extra time with Ben and Elsa's girls while Ben and Elsa fought a hard battle against an infestation of small vermin in their apartment in Phoenix.  Their loss was our gain, and we enjoyed several weeks with Ada and Carys, while their poor parents and baby brother fought the good fight in Phoenix.

Late June saw us celebrating our Fourth Annual Cousin's Camp, with the parents and the littles and various other friends and relatives joining us to celebrate July 4th, all at our house in NM.  It was our first time to have 4 cousins attend, and our first time to have a boy! We had great fun sleeping in the camper in the back yard (the forests were closed due to fire concerns), hiking at Bandelier, doing crafts, and building a fort in the backyard.

All of these fun events were made possible by one major event that happened in May.  After 34 years at Los Alamos National Lab, Dave retired.  He set immediately to work renovating our bathroom, and hasn't slowed down since.  Since he was retiring, I decided this would be my first year in about 30 or so that I would not teach anything.  It has been a nice change, and I was ready for it! It has been wonderful to have a more flexible schedule, but what they say about retirement is true: we can't figure out how we ever had time to work!

One of our first fun retirement activities was to take up kayaking in an inflatable kayak.  We spent the summer enjoying the local reservoirs, and it has gotten us back to swimming laps at the local aquatic center!

Spring break in April found us gathering in the middle-of-nowhere-- quite literally!  We met outside of Chiricahua National Monument in southeastern Arizona for a week of hiking and relaxing, first with all the grands and their parents, and then with Chris' parents.  It made for great memories!

So, looking back, 2018 has been a busy year, full of change, full of challenge, and doubly full of blessing! We have been amazed over and over again with God's goodness to us, and His presence with us. And we pray that as our New Year begins, we will be ready for all the blessing and adventure God provides, as well as all the challenge and trial He sends. We know He will provide His presence to us as we walk the way before us.

May you also be ever in His presence, dear family, fond friends, and gentle readers. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!