Saturday, July 30, 2011

Great Yard Sale Finds

I'm not sure why, but Colorado Springs
is a GREAT place to yard sale.
Mandy, Jeremy, and kids were out this morning
enjoying the beautiful weather and some sales.
Mandy kept seeing things that she
thought I would like and texting me pictures.

Three red bar stools!
I passed since I have a red bar stool that I
am not using right now and probably
don't need 3 more in storage.
A retro ice cream freezer!
I really liked this, but wasn't sure
where I would display it, so again I passed.

She called about some bunk beds for the
grandchildren's room. They
were what I am looking for with
a full size mattress on the bottom and
a twin on the top, but they were metal
and I'm really looking for wood.
Again, I passed.

I have a very smart daughter-in-law
who was determined that she find
something that I was willing to buy.

The picture below was the last I received
from the morning's shopping trip.
The text message said:
"Want one of these?
$100 million each

My Reply:
"I'll take all 3.
It's a bargain at that price.
I would have paid double.

On a side note:
What do you call this kind of sale
in your part of the country?
In Houston, they were Garage Sales;
in CS, they are yard sales;
I have also heard Tag Sales,
Estate Sales (although I think those
are a little more shi-shi.
Are there any more names that I
haven't heard of?

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Play Date with Aaron

When you are the "little" brother,
you don't get a lot of alone time with
Nana and Ducca.
Today, we invited Aaron over for a play date
without his big brother.
Sweet Caleb was fine with that and went off
happily with his dad for some male bonding.
The first thing you have to do at Nana's is eat!
Then we headed down the stairs to the
grandchildren room to play.
This wagon is really cool, Nana.
The best way to play at the train table
is to climb in the drawer with all the toys.
Hi, Mama Duck!
I can say "bear" Nana.
This is a bear that was made for
Kelly and Jeremy
by Aaron's great-great Grandma
Bergeron many years ago.
This helicopter is really cool.
Getting in the wagon is even more fun than pulling it.
I am a smart boy and very good with puzzles.
And I love to read!
"Tupperware" makes the greatest toy.
But the best thing of all is to head down the
hallway to Ducca's office. I knock on the door
if Ducca is working and he stops to play with me.
Brooms are my latest obsession!
Clifford, Nana and I decided we would play outside
since it was such a pretty day.
Hey, guys, having Nana and Ducca all to myself
is the greatest, but I sure was
excited to see my dad and big brother when they
came to get me.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Family Reunion Memories--Winning a Car!

The newest member of our family
is Filiberto Hinojosa, Jenny's husband.
They were married in March and Fili
is just a super guy that we all fell in love with immediately.
On Saturday night, a large group of the family went to a
Skysox game. They are the minor league baseball
team who make their home here in Colorado Springs.
Someone had heard before the game that there were going to be
10 used cars given away at the game that night!
Guess who was the FIRST person to win a car?
That's right--Fili--the one and only family member
to be so lucky. Of course, there were a couple of
problems. Jenny and Fili had flown here, and they
both already had cars. So on Monday morning
they paid the taxes and sold the car.

I'd say the newlyweds had a pretty good story
to tell from their first family reunion
as a married couple.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Super Hero Reunion Memories

Sweetie made matching Superhero Capes
for all the little boys at the family reunion.

(left to right) Andrew, Caleb, Nathan
who had a big time playing together during the reunion
Sometimes Superheroes need a rest!
Sometimes Superheroes have no clue what all the
fuss is about!
SuperNana got to commission the
Heroes and tie on their capes!
This little Superhero needed a hug.
This is fun says Superhero Nathan.
The most fun was rolling around on the floor
and wresting since everyone had
Superhero strength. They were
even able to successfully conquer big
cousins Matthew and Josh.
Sweetie was even kind enough to make
a cape for SuperNana.
What a sweetie that Sweetie is!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Did We Have Fun?

Did we have fun at our family reunion?
Jenny and Fili did!
Jon and Andrew did!
Bethany and Jon did!

In the next several posts, I will show
you highlights of some of our adventures.
All of the pictures were taken by
talented photographers other than me,
but everyone was so busy snapping
photos, that I'm not sure which pictures belong
to whom.
I hope you enjoy!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011


My friend Vicky mentioned in a Bible class once
that she kept a stack of index cards on which
she wrote verses/quotes she wanted
to remember and then read them during her
quiet time. I started that practice and it has
been very meaningful to me.
Here are some of that have meant a lot to me lately.

"He led me to a place of safety; he rescued me
because he delights in me."
Ps 18:19

"I could have no greater joy that to hear
that my children are following the truth."
3 John 4

"It is well, it is well, with my soul."

"I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him."
Ps 62:1

"But for you who revere my name, the sun of
righteousness will rise with healing in its wings."
Malachi 4:2

"I am not afraid of tomorrow for
I have seen yesterday and I love today."
quote sent from my mother

"If you hold on to me for dear life, says God,
I'll get you out of any trouble. I'll give you the
best of care if you'll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I'll rescue you, then throw you a party. I'll
give you a long life, give you a long drink of
Ps 91:14-16 (Message)
Sent to me by my neighbor Carmen

Monday, July 11, 2011

Family Reunion Worship

Day 4 of our Family Reunion fell on a Sunday!
Our big family has been blessed with
unity of faith in our wonderful God.
We decided to worship together in the beautiful
Garden of the Gods.
(One of my nieces said we should
rename the park Garden of THE GOD for today--
pretty profound thought!)
We sang, prayed and heard stories
of both family legacy and a legacy of faith
while we worshiped our God in
his beautiful creation.

Wish you could have been with us!

Thank you Adrian, one of our newer
family members, for this great group photo!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Happy Belated Birthday Dear Jeremy

When your birthday is July 6th,
just two days after the nation's birthday,
it always seems like you get the BELATED
birthday wishes! Sorry Jeremy!
Wasn't he an adorable one year old?
This picture reminds me just a little of Aaron.
He had such fun with his big sister, Kelly.
He still enjoys his afternoon naps, just not with
Kermit the Frog anymore.
He is an amazing Christian man, friend, husband, father, son, uncle,
and all around good guy!
And he's not a bad dancer either!

Happy Birthday Jeremy!
Thanks for all you do to make
your mom and dad very proud to call you our Son!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Nana's Dream Come True

We had an unfinished bedroom in our
home when we bought it.
I dreamed that it could become
a room for the grandchildren.
My sweet husband, while
taking care of me after surgery and during
chemotherapy made sure my
dream came true before the
family reunion!
This is what I dreamed of.
Little David and Aaron playing at the train table.
All 5 of the boy cousins playing together.
From top right, Nathan, Caleb, Aaron, Andrew, and David.
The pictures aren't the best in the world, but
they were all so excited to be together
that they wouldn't sit still long enough
to have a really good photo taken.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A New Do

Well, friends, the day I had been dreading finally arrived.
And much like the quote from Mark Twain,
"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles,
but most of them never happened."
it wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting.

One of the side effects of my chemotherapy is losing my hair.
Those of you who know me well know that I spend
a lot of time and a lot of money making
sure my hair looks good, so naturally I was dreading being bald.
Several weeks ago, my daughter Kelly and I went to
a wonderful little shop here in Colorado Springs
called In Care of You. The owner is
a breast cancer survivor and she specializes in
helping women through the whole process of getting well
both physically and emotionally (which for me
includes a wig that I feel good in.)
We tried on several wigs and settled on the one above.
One of my sweet friends from church, Joan, had agreed to
shave my head when the time came. She used to be a hairdresser and
just has the most wonderful servant's heart.
But one day my precious daughter-in-law and I
were talking and she said that she would really like
to do that for me. Isn't that just the sweetest offer you
have ever heard? By the way, the picture above
is Mandy modeling one of my scarves.

The last couple of days my hair has been falling
out at an alarming rate, so I knew for certain
it was time. So this morning, on my sweet son's
birthday, Mandy came over and shaved my head.
Before she shaved it, she prayed over me and offered
to give me a Mohawk, saying it would probably
be the only time in my life I would ever have that
opportunity. I politely declined, but that set
the tone for the morning and we actually laughed and had fun!
Here is a picture of the new do.
Side and back view.
Sadly, I actually like the back of the wig better
than I like the back of my own hair.
Here I am in the cute little scarf that Mandy was
modeling earlier for times when I don't feel like
wearing a wig.

I do have a picture of me bald, but I must say that I am not
brave enough just yet to put that on the blog. Let's just say that when
I look in the mirror, I see my precious bald headed
daddy. Now that's not a bad way to spend the next few months
of my life, is it?
On another light note, shortly after my head was shaved,
I got the following text from Jeremy.
"Don't tell Sweetie about shaving your head. I heard
you can get into trouble doing that sort of thing!
I love you!"

Those of you who have known our family for many
years might remember a certain time when
Jeremy shaved his head without permission
while at camp. His mama was not a happy camper!

Thanks for your continued prayers!
Life is very good!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Strawberry Picking

There is a neat little Farmer's Market
called Froberg's in Alvin, Texas
The entire time I lived in Houston,
I had never visited this wonderful place.
When I was in Houston for my niece, Jenny's
wedding, my mom, sister and sister-in-law
spent one morning picking strawberries
at Froberg's.
The fruit was everywhere, and we were picking away.
Aunt Kim
Aunt Gail
Definitely the pro--she takes her grandsons a
lot during strawberry season.


I must admit that after about 20 minutes of
picking fruit for fun, I had a whole
new appreciation for people
who do this kind of work for a living.