"These happy golden years are passing by, these happy golden years." Laura Ingalls Wilder

Friday, July 30, 2010

We Return To Normal

Summertime is rolling right along.  We've had two rounds of company so far ... and one more for the month of August ... my folks; they are easy to have as house guests as they know their way around town and offer me respite throughout their stay :)

I'm amazed to see how much Nathan has grown this summer in height and weight.  Not that he's a large boy, but he definitely is growing.  Camp exercise and fresh air give him a good appetite.

I just couldn't resist posting this pic of Jacob and Daisy Mae (his new puppy).  Both come over for regular visits to melt this grammy's heart!

Today was berry picking day at the local farm.  I picked two quarts of raspberries and 2 quarts of strawberries to make some freezer jam and stockpile the freezer with frozen berries for winter treats.  

Hoping your summer is spent with family and friends making good memories.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Yes, I'm Still On Vacation

... with family (at home;) ... but I had the best epiphany last night and woke up so peaceful and rested in spite of not getting much sleep.  It had to do with dogs, kids, marriage, and life passing quickly.   All this from playing with an adorable puppy and being aware of God's stirring during the night to abide in Him. 

Pic:  my newest 'granddaughter' Daisy Mae

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mrs. Mac has ....

.... company this week.  I'll be down at the lake, out to lunch, BBQing, gardening (always) ... catch you soon.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New Graduate ...

Now employed.

Ann hustled the week after graduation dropping off her polished resumes and cover letters at area dental offices.  Last week she was called in for an interview ... and today had a paid working interview ... and ... and ... and ... was handed a new employee packet at the end of the day.  Yippee!  Praise the Lord ... Thankful girl ... hard worker ...

Pic:  (1) Ann's grad night, (2) Ann and Patrick, (3) Ann heading out the door for her first interview, (4) Excited Ann with employment papers :)

 "I can do everything through him who gives me strength"
Philippians 4:13

Monday, July 12, 2010

911 What's Your Emergency?

"Hello ... This is Mrs. Mac.  I have a little son with Down syndrome and he's missing from his bed.  His shoes are gone and his older sister heard the front door shut about five minutes ago.  We've been looking for him inside and outside ... calling his name.  It's pitch black and we live in the woods.  pause ... blood curdling scream can be heard outside (sounds as if coming from a girl) ... Sir ... we've found him, thanks .. and sorry for the trouble.  Click."

Mr. Mac soon calls out that he's found Nathan.  This happened last night around 10PM.  Ann was already in bed and the Mr. and I were watching a movie downstairs in the family room.  The scream??  It was a neighbor girl ... seems Nathan just walked into her home unannounced.  Later I asked why he left and he said he wanted to watch a movie with his friends.  You can bet we will be hiding his shoes at night.  You can bet that our home's alarm. door chimes are once again turned on.  And you are wondering why I have so much gray hair?;)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

What Not To Do ... Let's See

I don't feel like doing anything today.  But .. so far I've managed to pull weeds, make humming bird food, cook Nathan's breakfast and think about not doing anything for the rest of the day.  OK?  If I decide to work, here's what I'd be doing today:

  • driving to town to purchase spray paint to refinish an antique metal bed frame for the guest room
  • baking bread (too hot)
  • canning pinto beans (too hot)
  • reading a vintage magazine
  • changing the bed sheets (Mr. Mac is sleeping until 3PM .. so that'll have to wait
  • sipping ice tea and snoozing under the shade of a big tree on the hammock
  • cleaning the windows (MIL is arriving in two weeks;)
That's it.  Now I'm off to not do something on my list (except maybe the hammock and tea).  Have a blessed Saturday.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Here a Berry ... There a Berry

The strawberries and raspberries are ripening ... a few at a time.  That means they are snacked on and I return from the garden with an empty pail in hand ... juice dripping down my face.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Pics:  Jacob playing peacefully at our neighborhood lake June, 2009.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

A Quiet Independence Day Planned

For Mrs. Mac.  Mr. Mac will be taking our company and kids to a minor league baseball game complete with a fireworks show for the Fourth of July celebration.  I get a  nice relaxing day (almost) alone with Nathan and the dawg.  They don't 'do' fireworks ... and I need a nice loooong rest after this weeks activities.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Take a Seat ...

... and grab a cuppa coffee!

It's been a busy week at the Mac home.  Father's Day ... graduation ... Patrick's birthday ... BBQ's ... and a visit from my newest grandson.  Newest AND oldest.  Let me introduce you to Junior.  As in Patrick Junior.  That's right!  He's my little grandson that has been haunting me for the past four years.  You see, he was born to his Korean mother ... and my oldest son.  Sadly .. they are not married .. but that's water under the bridge at this point.  I met him briefly nearly two years ago and he melted my heart.  Then I came home and pined away praying to God about the little fellow wondering if I'd ever be part of his life.  His story is one of complications that go way beyond his understanding so we will leave it at that.  I'm just happy to have him with me this week!  We've got lots of catching up to do, stories to read, games to play ... and trips to the park. This grandma needs a nap!

Pics:  Top ... Patrick & Junior, bottom ... Jacob & Junior (cousins)