What have I done for someone today?
Have I done any good in the world today?
You will never regret a kind deed done to someone in need.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


 After about 6 months, it was time to end our relationship with our hogs. They transitioned nicely to the trailer so that wasn't a big deal at all. They loved eating the apples we gave them. They barked and snorted at us whenever we came to them. Kevin and I drove up to Pinconning and dropped them off and it went amazingly well. Kevin had to "push" them out of the trailer with the feed box but they went into the holding pens without any issues. We left them with some apples and will receive them again when it is time. Thanks for the fun, pigs!

I should take a picture of their yard. Marissa made them a little mud hole when they were little and the mud hole grew as they grew. They really enjoyed their mud hole on those hot summer days. They would be covers in the mud on both sides and all the way up their snouts. You had to really watch out if they started swinging their tails because they would fling mud everywhere. By the time we got them on the trailer, their yard was totally harrowed up from them just rooting and rooting.

Oh boy!

Naomi got into the upstairs bathroom, unattended, and turned on the cold water by standing on the toilet next to the sink. Unfortunately, she must have gotten it turned on pretty high because it couldn't go down the drain fast enough, so it overflowed. I have no idea how long it was on for but it ended up going through the floor and down to the ceiling tile in the kitchen below. It was just dripping away through the tile. We put a towel down that we had used upstairs and waited for it to stop dripping. Then I got the bright idea to take the tile down so it could dry out flat. That was a bad idea (not so much a bright idea) because as I tried to get it down, it broke to pieces because of the wet spot. I should have left it there (lesson learned, recorded, and passed on). What a mess! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Always remember

I love it when Camdilyn is coloring and she starts singing Primary songs. It helps me remember years ago, when Ben and Marissa and Emily were small and they would sing Primary songs, too. What a wonderful thing to hear and treasure.

I love when I walk into the living room and see the little girls all "reading" books. They look intently at the pictures and turn the pages and are just enjoying some quiet time, on their own. Naomi will even sit on the couch or the floor and look through books. The older kids love to read, too, so I guess we just need to make sure we have good books available for them to enjoy.

I love watching the little girls be creative in their play. I don't love their messes but I do love that they will play together and have fun pretending.

I love watching my little baby wiggle inside me. I love anticipating her arrival. Which also helps me to love time with Naomi before the new one arrives.

I love the autumn colors.

I love chatting with my older kids and trying to help them deal with life with a better attitude - which is sometimes hard for me to do so I need to be patient with them as they try to figure it all out.

These children of mine are pretty awesome and I just need to remember!

Lined up for Family Home Evening skits. Love these sweet kids of mine!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Playing games and hanging out

Tamara and Felix stayed with us for part of the time while they were visiting Saginaw. It was so fun to have them here. The younger girls loved playing with Felix and we all enjoyed talking with Tamara or playing games. She always has great games to play. 

Friday night, Kevin was able to Facetime with Steve on Tamara's phone and it was good to catch up with him, too. I guess we should be better about staying in touch... I'll work on that.

They left this morning and we were all sad. Camdilyn asked about playing with Felix tomorrow. I'll have to distract her somehow.

Thanks again for coming out to see us and spending time with us and sharing with us! We love you guys!

Youth Stake Dance for two

I think it's a little interesting that a holiday that occurs on one day, can actually last all month long. No, I'm not talking about Christmas. I speak of Halloween. There are parties, dances, trunk-or-treats, pumpkin carving, and other sorts of things that all happen throughout the month of October to celebrate the holiday that actually happens on the very last day of the month. Anyway, Ben and Marissa went to the stake youth dance tonight, dressed up and ready for fun. Fortunately, we have a friend who loaned us the costumes and I thought the kids looked great!

Marissa as a witch - just in case you couldn't tell.

Ben as Sherlock Holmes - just in case you couldn't tell.

I told Ben he should wear a cowboy hat, the cloak, a doctor's scrub shirt and camouflage pants. Then when people asked him what he was he could say, "I'm confused." I laughed when I told him because I really thought it was a great idea. Oh well.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tamara came to visit us!

My friend, Tamara, moved away last July (with her husband and little boy) and my whole family was sad to see them leave! But she came back to visit us and we were so happy! She brought her little boy with her and Camdilyn was so excited to be with him again - they are the same age and are true buddies! We went to Johnson's Giant Pumpkin farm with them and had a great time.

First stop was doughnuts!

Then we were off to see the farm.

A couple goats were out and about,
so my kids had fun with them.

Naomi actually touched one!


Feeding the goats.

Naomi thought Tamara should go for a ride!

Noisy, violet geese.

Tamara paid for all of us to go through the soybean maze.

My friend and I!

What a fun outing with a fun friend! My kids were thrilled to spend time with our friends so I guess I shouldn't be selfish in calling her my friend. Anyway, it was awesome!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fun line of kids!

For Family Home Evening, the kids wanted to do scripture skits. We had them line up and it was the best thing for me to watch. They got each other in their proper places and Naomi ran to the end of the line. It was so fun! There they were, my crew, all lined up and looking so awesome! I hope they remember how much fun they had doing these skits. They are always so funny and creative and playful and silent. They don't talk during the skits, they just act it out and even the little kids get into it. What fun memories!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Apple picking

Our friend, Kathy, called to let me know her neighbor had apples we could come pick. So we went over and got loads of apples off the ground for the pigs and picked loads of good apple for our own use. It was a little scary because there were wasps (yellow jackets, hornets, not exactly sure what to call them) and they were all over the apples on the ground. Fortunately, we did a great job not getting stung as we collected our apples but we had to bang the buckets when we loaded them in the car to get the wasps off the apples. Unfortunately, Naomi ended up getting one stuck on her neck and it stung her three times before it made it's escape. Poor little girl! 

Found lots of these strange black beetle like bugs.

Kicking the bucket to get the wasps out.

There was lots of apple eating, too, and we came home with lots of apples. I'm sure the pigs will love their apple treats. Now I have to figure out what to do with all the apples we brought home for us.

(Note: Early this morning Kevin took the Fab Five with him to the church to do our annual cleaning of the building. They worked hard planting grass seed, raking, planting new plants and so forth. They had a full day of work today and I wanted record their work!)