Monday, March 28, 2011

Mother Son Dance

My niece Jenny
featured a Mother/Son Dance
and a Father/Daughter Dance
at her wedding a few weeks ago.
What a great idea!
I don't often get the opportunity to dance with my son.
Isn't he a handsome guy?
And let me tell you, he's the BEST son in
the whole wide world.

Photos by the Rolletts

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Packing Up

Hi! My name is David and I am Nana and Ducca's
Dallas grandson. I have been
video chatting with my Nana and
Ducca for several months now and
seeing them as often as I can, but it's
just not the same as living in the same
city and seeing them anytime I want.

Here is my EXCITING news!
My Nana and Ducca (and many others) have been praying
for a long time that God would find
my dad a job in Colorado.
Those prayers have been answered.
My family will be moving in less than 2 weeks.
Just so you know, I am doing most of the
packing while my mom and dad
sit around relaxing!

All I can say is "God is good!"

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Catch a Sneak Peek at Selznick's 'Wonderstruck' Cover

Did you enjoy the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznik? If you haven't read it, you really need to.
It's a children's books, but really a book for all ages.

Selznik's new book Wonderstruck follows a similar format.

Catch a Sneak Peek at Selznick's 'Wonderstruck' Cover

Book Cover Courtesy of

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hello, Goodbye Window

The Hello, Goodbye Window is a wonderful Caldecott winning
book about a child who sees her grandparents
in the Hello, Goodbye Window each time she visits.
book cover courtesy of Titlewave

This picture wasn't designed to be a reenactment of the book
but I just couldn't help but compare.
David in the window with Nana
looking out at his great grandmother, Sweetie.
One of those sweet moments in life.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bluebell is Here!!

It's big news in Colorado Springs!
We now have Blue Bell ice cream.
Mandy first alerted me that she had found some at WalMart
and then I found it myself today.
They have even introduced a special flavor that will only
be sold in Colorado!
So to all our Colorado friends--
You've just gotta try it to see what your Texas friends
have been talking about!
And to all our Texas friends--
It looks like you will have to come and visit
us if you want to try the newest flavor,
Click on the link above to learn more
about this Colorado only Blue Bell Flavor.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Books for All Reasons

Kelly, one of our "official" family
decorators, decided to use
books as part of the decoration for
Jenny's Bridal Luncheon.
Jenny's wedding colors were green
and purple so she used books in
that color scheme.
I thought the colors
were interesting, but also the variety of titles.
You gotta love The Purpose Driven Life
right along with Runny Babbit and Harry Potter.
And then there's Stupid White Men.
Books are always fun, whether you read
them or decorate with them.
And I must voice my personal prejudice here--
although e-books have their place,
you certainly could never use them as decor.
And they don't smell like a good book.
Don't you just love that smell?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Moses Life Group

When David and I lived in Houston,
we were part of a very special Bible Study group.
Our good friend, Lance White, took
the picture above which the group
gave to us as a going away present.

When I was in Houston for Jenny's
wedding, I visited the group.
It is amazing how quickly you
fit back in with people you love.
We talked, laughed, sang, and studied
together just as we always had.

Thank you Moses Life Group for being the greatest!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Family Ties

People often ask me how long I am going
to continue to go back to Houston to teach
at UHCL. After all, they think, I must get
tired of traveling. The pictures below
might help explain one of the reasons
I like to keep my Texas job. It enables
me to visit my Houston family.
The middle child in the picture above is my grandson David.
The other two cuties are my two great nephews
Andrew and Nathan.
Gail (the other grandmother pictured here)
and I raised our children together and now
we get to enjoy each other's grandchildren.
So far, the only grandchildren on my side of the
family are little boys--5 of them.
These three sure had a good time today.

You just gotta love cousin time.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Miss You

Just taking a little break from Fun Wedding Week
in Houston to say I miss these little guys!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Jenny and Fili

For those of you who have nieces,
you can relate to the special time
I am going to have over the next few days.
My niece, Jenny, is marrying,
Fili on March 13th.
I have loved this precious girl since she was
a tiny baby (and even before) and now
I get the joy of helping her celebrate
one of life's most joyous occasions.
I will be out of pocket for several days so
will not be posting, but you can be sure that
I will have some special pictures and stories
of this wonderful time in our family's life
when I return.

May you find joy in those you love
as Jenny and Fili find joy in each other.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Little Speed Reader

I am so happy that all of my
grandchildren love books.
Take a close look at this picture
and you will see that David is a speed reader.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Book Review: Heart of a Samurai

Heart of a Samurai

One of the ways I choose children's books is to read as many of the Award Winning books as possible each year. A great way to find award winners for you and your children is by visiting the American Library Association Website.

Heart of a Samurai written by Margi Preus is one of four 2011 Newbery Honor Books. I wasn't sure how I was going to like it because much of the book is set on a whaling ship. I still have very vivid and bad memories of having to read Moby Dick in high school (and over Christmas vacation at that). I list it as my least favorite book of all time.

Heart of a Samurai is different. It has heart! Give it a try--I think you might just like it as much as I did.