Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

Prologue: Sept. 30th, 2017

Hi! My name is Priscilla. I am the wife of a Methodist minister, mom of two (soon to be three, coming December 2018!), a piano teacher and musician. I feel inspired to share with you stories of our family, especially our cute kids! I also want to include pedagogical thoughts, resources and theories about my piano teaching career. I hope you love the stories, enjoy the tips, and find some things useful.20171001_104215_hdr.jpg

 

Baby Amnesia and Life With Three! January 10, 2019

Baby Amnesia and Life With Three! January 10, 2019

It is so easy to forget from one baby to the next all the little things! For example, how much laundry one baby can mess up, how many dirty diapers you change in a day, all the feedings and the lack of sleep, trimming their tiny little finger and toe nails (by the way, nothing strikes fear in my heart like trimming a new baby’s finger nails!), and how tiny and helpless they are when newborn. All of the seemingly negative things are miraculously forgotten because of all the love and wonder that fills your heart! They are worth it a hundred times over and you will do anything for them! Even at three am when you are dead tired and wish you didn’t have to crawl out of bed!

Here are some pictures that Andrew took for us at the hospital that I didn’t get to share with you yet!

Samuel is doing well for his three week old self. πŸ™‚ He is starting to stay awake a little bit more during the day, and likes to be carried around. I can’t decide if it’s because his tummy feels better when he’s upright, or if he just likes to look around! He does seem to have more of a touchy stomach than our other two did, but as I said previously, it’s easy to forget these things.

Trying to adjust to life with three has been a little crazy, and I’m so thankful to be married to a wonderful man who can cook and who is willing to give me a little break. Andrew has been great about taking David and Emma out of the house and doing things with them. They love spending time with daddy!

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Emma is starting to adjust to Samuel being around and seems to be doing a little better. Since school has started back this week we are trying to get back into our routine, and I believe this will help. Emma has entered this phase of asking the question, “Why?”! She wants to know why… This is a phase David never went through. Thank God! πŸ™‚ I have been able to spend some time with Emma outside the last couple days. She has started trying to learn how to ride her tricycle. This has been an interesting process to watch. She wants to sit on the “seat” that is below the actual seat and pushes the tricycle with her feet instead of pedaling. πŸ™‚ After some coaxing (have I mentioned that she is stubborn!?), she finally tried sitting on the actual seat and pedaling. She hasn’t quite got the hang of it yet, but it won’t be long! πŸ™‚

Recently we have had an interesting and funny conversation with David. He has brought it up a few times now. It goes something like this.

David: I’m going to marry Emma when I grow up.

Me: No. You can’t marry Emma because she is your sister. You can’t marry anyone you are related to.

David: Who will I marry then? Me: I don’t know. You will meet someone.

David: {with a rather worried look on his face} Who? (sometimes he will name someone he goes to school with. πŸ™‚ )

Me: I don’t know, but you don’t need to worry about it. You have plenty of time! Daddy and Mommy didn’t get married until we were around twenty-four years old.

I can only pray that he someday will find the right person to marry, that it’s not his sister :), and that he waits until he is at least twenty-five! πŸ™‚

Love,

PK

 

 

 

Precious Baby Time! January 1, 2019

Precious Baby Time! January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!! I feel like I have been in a mommy cocoon since Samuel’s birth. Losing all track of time and days. We didn’t even celebrate the new year, except I was awoken from some much needed sleep by fireworks from our neighbors at the midnight hour. (In any other phase of my life I would have loved the fireworks!) I am by no means complaining however. I love spending these precious moments with our new sweet Samuel! It is quite evident that this time of infancy will pass all too quickly!! By this time next year, Samuel will be one year old and no longer a “baby”.

 

David and Emma spent a few days with my parents over the weekend. They had a blast with Papa and Nana. Emma is so smart. (Yes, I’m biased, but her vocabulary is unbelievable for a two year old. For example, we cross the I-40 bridge going from Arkansas to Memphis, TN regularly, and Emma will say “we’re crossing the Mississippi!” in her little two year old voice!) She says that she is Papa’s buddy and Nana’s baby!Β  David loves spending time outdoors with Papa helping him do “big” stuff too. I appreciated the extra time to spend with Samuel and the opportunity to take an extra nap or two, but I missed my other babies! I know, it’s probably the post-partum hormones making me feel all emotional, but I was glad to have David and Emma come back.

 

We are still adjusting to life with a new baby, and we try our best to keep David and Emma in their usual routines. This helps with overall adjustment, and I hope it will help with the lack of attention they feel they are getting from me currently. Andrew tries to help with this as much as he can, but Emma especially, just wants mommy! She will say, “Mommy play with me” while I’m nursing Samuel, and I have to tell her that I will play with her after I’m through feeding Samuel. This hurts!!!! I hate telling her I can’t, and she’s just wanting security that mommy still loves her too! This is the worst part about adjusting to this new normal!

I am finally able to reach my toes!! I know, this is laughable and gross, but I needed a pedicure badly! It felt so good to trim my toenails and paint them! πŸ™‚ Emma saw me painting my toes, and she wanted to paint her toes too. I probably ordinarily would have told her no, that she was too little, but I saw it as an opportunity to make her feel special. So I trimmed and painted Emma’s toe nails. It was her first pedicure! πŸ™‚ Her little toes and feet look way cuter than mine! She sat so still and let me paint them too!

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Samuel has already had a few firsts this past week! He went to church on Sunday for the first time! I dressed him in a cute outfit that Andrew’s aunt sent.

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Samuel also had his first bath last night! He did not like it one bit! He cried the whole time!! We are not yet able to immerse him in the water, so I hope once we can do that he will change his mind about bath time! We have a tradition that Dad gets to give the first bath! He has gotten better at it each time! πŸ™‚

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Love,

PK

Samuel James Kjorlaug! Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Samuel James Kjorlaug! Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Our precious baby Samuel was born a week ago today!!! A healthy eight pounds and eight ounces, and nineteen and a half inches long. We are blessed with a healthy baby and a safe delivery.

My very sweet and kind doctor gave me the option of inducing when I went for my weekly appointment on Wednesday the nineteenth. I decided to go for it!! The kids went with grand-mama (who thankfully was already there), and Andrew and I went to the hospital. Samuel was born at 10:15pm that night!

The next day the kids came to the hospital to visit their new little brother. They were so sweet and precious. David, who has been through this before, was a champion. He wanted to hold Samuel. David has done really well as a new big brother! Emma wanted to hold Samuel too and was fascinated by his tiny feet. She however, has had the hardest time. She does not want to leave mommy and becomes visibly sad when mommy can’t play with her right away. I remember David having a very hard time too when Emma was born. He was three and told me I had broke his heart. 😦 Ouch! Talk about driving a dagger through my own heart! Emma I’m sure feels the same way, she just hasn’t expressed it verbally that way, yet! Hopefully in time she will adjust to the new normal! πŸ™‚

We brought Samuel home on Friday. We were able to spend a few days adjusting to home before Christmas celebrations began.

 

The Sunday before Samuel was born, David was part of the children’s choir Christmas musical at church. He did so good, and remembered his speaking part! Plus I took advantage of the opportunity to dress them in their Christmas outfits because I didn’t know if another opportunity would present itself. πŸ™‚

Here are a few pics of both the Kjorlaug Christmas and the Noyes Christmas gatherings. The Kjorlaug family celebrated before Samuel was born, and the Noyes Christmas after. Emma wasn’t sure about the whole opening presents at first, but by the time Christmas morning rolled around she was into the whole present thing! πŸ™‚

Andrew’s parents took care of the kids while we were in hospital, and they were able to meet Samuel at the hospital. I’m so thankful for such wonderful in laws!! My family came to our house a few days after Samuel was born, and were able to meet Samuel and celebrate Christmas with us. I don’t know exactly what they were doing, but my favorite picture is of my dad playing with David and Emma at the Lego table! They were clearly having a great time!!:)

 

Christmas day we enjoyed family time here at home. We had breakfast, read the Christmas story, opened presents, and then just enjoyed the rest of the day.

I’m so thankful for a husband that can cook!!! Andrew has been amazing! He cooked a Christmas lunch for my family on Sunday, and then Christmas dinner for us last night! I don’t know what I would do without him!!! He’s such an amazing man! We are very blessed with beautiful children, and are feeling especially thankful for our little Christmas miracle!

Merry Christmas!!!

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Zoe. Friday, December 14, 2018

Zoe. Friday, December 14, 2018

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This has been a bizarre and difficult week! It all started this past weekend. One evening Emma and I were at home and out of no where Zoe starts hollering, growling, and being defensive at Emma. Emma was just sitting on the couch watching Mickey Mouse! I picked her up and explained that Zoe was just scared of something. After a while I was able to get a hold of Zoe and put her outside. A day or two later Zoe did the very same thing to David, who again was just sitting on the couch minding his own business. It terrified and upset David so much he went and shut himself in his room! Zoe’s behavior was more intense this time, and I had to shut her in one of the bedrooms until she calmed enough for me to get a hold of her. That whole day she acted strange and that evening she kept having this type of behavior. We put her in the garage until the kids went to bed, and then we let her back inside. Andrew and I were sitting on the couch watching television when all of a sudden she does it again to me! Once again we could not calm her down, and had to shut her in our bedroom. It took a good forty-five minutes for Zoe to calm down enough for us to get a hold of her. By this time Andrew and I are both distraught, and can not imagine what is wrong with our usually very sweet and tolerant cat! At the recommendation of a good friend, we took Zoe to the veterinarian the next day.

The veterinarian kept Zoe for a couple days and ran some tests. Unfortunately they could not find anything physically wrong with her. I say unfortunately because if they found something wrong that would at least explain the behavior and then we could address the issue. Instead it means Zoe has some kind of psychological disorder, perhaps? We are still left with a lot of questions…. The veterinarian gave us three options: 1) We could try her on some medication that may or may not work. It’s was very expensive by the way. 2)We could try keeping her outside and see if she can acclimate to living outdoors. 3) Have her put down.Β  The doctor told us they don’t usually recommend the third option, but when a family is in our situation with a potentially dangerous animal they will. Zoe apparently exhibited some very bad behavior even at the vet’s office.

Zoe is only about three years old. We have had her for about two and half years. She has become part of the family, and we all love her! Even though her behavior has scared the kids they still love her and want to pet her. The whole time Zoe was at the vet’s office, Emma would say, “Zoe at doctor’s office”. Andrew and I have been very torn about what to do! We don’t trust her anymore to be inside around the kids because we don’t know what or when she will be triggered to become crazy.Β  We couldn’t bring ourselves to have her put down. We are trying to see if she will adjust to living outside, and in our garage. After several months we may try to let her back inside and see what happens, but I just don’t know yet. Please say a prayer that Zoe will acclimate to living outdoors! Right now she is going from window to door during the day meowing because she wants inside! We are just upset about this, and don’t know what else to do!

Zoe is typically a very sweet and loving cat!

 

Despite our troubles with Zoe this week we have tried keep in the spirit of the season. We bought our Christmas tree and decorated it! David was so excited about getting the tree, and loves to decorate! Emma wanted to help too, and they both actually did a very good job of hanging ornaments! I of course had to readjust a few here and there. πŸ˜‰ My favorite part of decorating our tree every year is our ornaments. Pretty much every ornament has been given to us by friends and family, and they have a special meaning to us. It is great to unwrap the ornaments every year and remember who and what the ornament represents!

Hope and Peace,

PK

Gingerbread Men! Sunday, December 9, 2018

Gingerbread Men! Sunday, December 9, 2018

No, I’m not in labor. The baby is doing fine. We (some of us anyway) are waiting patiently, however excited to meet Samuel in person very soon. I am visiting the doctor every week now, and the kids went with me for my doctor visit this week. They both behaved very well, and David was excited to hear the baby’s heart beat. David wanted to see if he could hear a heart beat in his stomach! The doctor humored the kids and let them see if they could hear a baby in their tummy. πŸ™‚ “Nope, sorry guys, no baby in your tummies.” πŸ˜‰ Because the kids were well behaved at the doctor, they got to take a trip to the book store. They love going to the book store, and (no I didn’t buy them anything)Β  looking at and reading new books. David did pick out a book he wanted to add to his Christmas list. πŸ™‚

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David’s preschool went on a field trip this week to the Peabody Hotel in downtown Memphis. The kids watched the famous Peabody ducks march to the fountain, and then ate duck cookies. Andrew accompanied David on this trip and took some great pictures for me! (I went to have lunch with a very good friend that day.) Our conversation went something like this: Me, “Please take pictures for me.” Andrew, “I always take pictures.” Me, “Maybe like one…” “Please take pictures like you are mom.” I have to say I was pleased when he texted me several pictures before the end of the trip! πŸ™‚ They had a great time, and I love my sweet boy and the Christmas tree! πŸ™‚

David has been asking me for nearly two Christmas seasons to make gingerbread men cookies. They are not something I grew up making, and I’m not a huge fan of the actual gingerbread taste. However, I gave in and decided to make actual gingerbread men this year. While I’ve discovered I’m still not a huge fan of the taste of gingerbread, the kids had a lot of fun helping to make the cookies and decorate them! The recipe is super simple, and you can make the dough a day or two ahead of time. Just keep it in the refrigerator and when you are ready to make the cookies be sure to let the dough sit out long enough to become soft and workable. Here is the recipe forΒ Gingerbread Cookies!Β  In this recipe it recommends rolling out the dough between plastic wrap instead of using a floured surface. I highly recommend following this tip! It keeps the cookies the color you want. Also, don’t be like me and think you can use wax paper instead. It doesn’t work! The dough will stick to the wax paper. Use plastic wrap, the pioneer woman knows what she’s talking about!

The kids had the most fun decorating! I put royal frosting in piping bags and had a variety of different sprinkles for them to use. It was messy fun! Even Andrew got in the spirit and helped decorate! I love his creative ideas! πŸ™‚ Especially the “Don’t Eat Me” gingerbread man, and the one with the broken arm. πŸ˜‰ Such personalities! If they last long enough, we might hang them on our tree!

We were blessed with a wonderful table shower for Samuel at church today! Our hearts are thrilled and amazed at the generosity of this wonderful church family. Thank you for being so warm and excepting to us! We are going to have a gift opening here at the house in a short while, and I know David and Emma will have fun.;) When David first saw the gifts on the table and were told they were for Samuel he became upset and jealous. I had to explain to David that the gifts for Samuel were baby items, like diapers and wipes. Things that he wouldn’t want, but that he could help open the gifts for Samuel. He was then okay with that, and wanted to help. πŸ˜‰

Peace,

PK

Anticipation! Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Anticipation! Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

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Anyone who knows me very well, knows that I LOVE Lucy!! I have all the episodes on DVD and have watched them many times. One of my favorite episodes is theΒ Lucy Goes to HospitalΒ episode. It is even more funny since I’ve experienced this episode almost personally for the third time. Lately the picture above is exactly what I feel like! Yes, I look like I could pop at any time, and while I’m perfectly fine and feeling good, I feel that everyone else is staring at me exactly the way Ricky, Fred and Ethel are staring at Lucy in the picture above! πŸ™‚ Luckily, Andrew isn’t quite as bad as Ricky when it comes to holding himself together during labor and delivery! πŸ™‚

David was invited to a friends birthday party, and they made gingerbread houses and had gingerbread cupcakes at the party! If Samuel is born before Christmas, I’m going to have to remember this idea for one of his birthday parties! David was proud of his first gingerbread house! He and Emma loved their gingerbread cupcakes too! (Thank you Jenny for sending cupcakes home!)

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Emma and I made cinnamon rolls yesterday! I wanted to make some to put in the freezer to have for Christmas morning. I also plan on making another batch because cinnamon rolls make great gifts too! Emma had a blast helping out! She loved throwing the flour onto the counter top, and then sprinkling the sugar onto the dough! Her sprinkling was more like big piles that I then had to even out, but who cares! πŸ™‚ It all taste good in the end! πŸ™‚ As you can see there was no shortage of flour everywhere either! πŸ™‚ The cinnamon rolls turned out beautifully, and we love them! You can find the recipe forΒ cinnamon rollsΒ here!

I have been attending a community Bible study, and they have a children’s program too while the adults are doing their study. Today, the children presented their Christmas pageant. Emma was so cute! She was having one of her “I want mommy” days, and as soon as she spotted me had to come sit on my lap. She was still a sweet little lamb! πŸ™‚

Love,

PK

‘Tis the Season! December 1, 2018

‘Tis the Season! December 1, 2018

The kids and I spent the first day of December at the zoo! The temperature was in the seventies, and it seemed the perfect opportunity to go see the animals. David and Emma both love the zoo. Emma loves it more now as she can identify the animals and imitate their sounds. πŸ™‚

 

 

My pretty little red heads!! πŸ™‚

 

 

The weirdest sight of the day! By far! The gazelle standing upright and looking out over the fence! πŸ™‚

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This week has been very busy, and a little unusual. Andrew has been under the weather most of the week. I feel like I have been trying to keep everyone fed, dishes washed, and kids safe… it’s been a week of survival! πŸ™‚ Maybe because I am feeling tired and slow right now!! Samuel could technically arrive any day now, and we can’t wait to meet him! Emma is so funny! When we ask her who is inside mommy’s tummy, she says, “Mickey Mouse”! I have no idea where she got this!! I hope she’s not too disappointed when we bring home Samuel instead! πŸ™‚

I can’t believe this Sunday marks the first week of Advent! I did manage to do some decorating earlier this week, and I have our advent wreath all ready to go. Advent represents a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of Jesus. Tomorrow we will light the candle of Hope!

 

We will also do a little devotional with some activities for the kids each day of advent! This year I am going to use a series put together byΒ Focus on the Family.Β (You can click on the link to download it for free.) I won’t go into great detail about our Christmas beliefs and traditions as I believe I did that last year. Our main goal is to teach our kids that Jesus birth is the reason for Christmas, and the importance of keeping our focus on Him during the season. It is increasingly more difficult to do this when all around us seems to be focused on the “other things” of the season. Hopefully we will be able to instill in them the true joy of the season!

Here’s some more photos from today. The kids wanted to take their picture with “Snowball” the polar bear. πŸ™‚ They actually tried to smile for their picture!

 

With Hope!

PK

Thanksgiving 2018! Sunday, November 25, 2018

Thanksgiving 2018! Sunday, November 25, 2018

We spent Thanksgiving day at my parents house this year. My siblings and their families were all present and we enjoyed being together. My mom cooked an amazingly delicious meal!!Β  The kids and I made some desserts to take with us the Wednesday before thanksgiving. I made an apple and cherry pie, and a mandarin orange cake. The kids enjoyed helping out with the cake. Emma is old enough now that she wants to help too! πŸ™‚ David and Emma both have to make sure that they are included in whatever the other is getting to do, and that mommy is not paying attention to one more than the other. I think and hope that it’s just pre-baby gitters! They of course had to have a hand in licking the cake batter. πŸ™‚

 

I remembered to take a picture of my pies, but since I have pregnancy brain, I forgot to take a picture of the cake! The cake was super moist and delicious. It is a cake that my Grandma used to make, and so it seemed extra special to make it this thanksgiving.

Some apple pie recipes ask you to cook the apples ahead of time, but I have come to love the recipe I use that does not ask you to do this. It’s so simple and delicious! I love it when the apples are not all smooshy and still have a little bite to them. Here is theΒ apple pieΒ recipe I use. My cherry pie was made from fresh cherries that I had put back in my freezer. For some reason fresh cherries were very scarce and an unreasonable price this year. I’m thankful for my one bag of frozen cherries I had left in the freezer! Here is theΒ cherry pieΒ recipe that I always use. My grandmothers mandarin orange cake is one that I’ve made only a couple times, but it is so easy to do. I don’t know why I don’t make it more often! The ingredients include 1 box of yellow cake mix, 1 15oz can mandarin oranges undrained, 1/2 cup oil, and 3 eggs. Mix well and pour into well greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 325 degrees for about thirty to thirty-five minutes. Let cool completely! For the frosting: 1 large can of crushed pineapple, 1 package of instant vanilla pudding, 1 9oz container of cool whip. Drain the juice from the pineapples into a mixing bowl with the instant vanilla pudding. Mix well together. Add the pineapple and cool whip. Mix well and spread on the cake. Refrigerate the cake overnight.

 

It was a beautiful thanksgiving day, and the kids were able to play outside quite a bit. I tried to take some pictures, but it was hard to get cooperation. πŸ™‚ As you can see from the pictures above, we had the “adult” table and the “kid” table set up for thanksgiving dinner. Emma was so funny, she looked around and had the expression of, “why am I sitting over here away from mommy and daddy?”! She picked up her plate and literally carried it over to where we were sitting and sat it down. She moved herself to the adult table! πŸ™‚

I was very happy we were able to be together this year for Thanksgiving. We just buried my grandfather a few days before and we miss him, but are thankful for him and the memories of others we love that are not with us.Β  Since the weather was nice we took a trip to the cemetery to visit the graves of those we miss dearly. My maternal grandmother passed away my first year of college in 2003. I never knew my maternal grandfather because he passed before I was born. It may seem a sad or depressing thing to go to the cemetery on thanksgiving, but it was important and profound to us. In fact, I hope we do it every year. It was meaningful to remember and say thanks to those we love who are no longer with us.

 

The day my grandfather passed it snowed. I love snow, and it was hard to have such a painful event mixed with such a joyous one. I will always think of my grandfather when it snows! The ground only accumulated about half an inch, but it was Emma’s first snow. She didn’t know what to think. This was her expression when we first went outside. πŸ™‚

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She eventually started to enjoy herself, and wanted more snow! Hopefully we will see more snow this season.

Speaking of the season, I have recorded a Christmas album! You can listen to it by visiting my Media page!

I dressed the kids up for church this morning and tried to take some pictures of them together. There are no words to describe how nearly impossible it is to get them to pose correctly at the same time! πŸ™‚ This is the best I got! I hope they do better for family pictures once Samuel arrives. Am I dreaming? Is it too much to ask? πŸ™‚

 

We finally have the nursery put together and ready for Samuel’s arrival! The only thing I lack is the curtain for the window, which I have ordered a matching valance. I think it is super cute and sweet. I love the colors! Only a few more weeks till we meet Samuel!

 

 

By the way, I have been putting up with a lot of shenanigans this past week! David and Emma have both been pretty rambunctious, and with the days being shorter it’s hard to wear off that energy outside. Maybe I’m just too pregnant and tired! Either way…, the picture below is the kind of things I’ve been finding! πŸ™‚

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Peace,

PK

 

A Celebration Of Memories. Monday, November 19, 2018

A Celebration Of Memories. Monday, November 19, 2018

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This is my Grandpa Harvey. He departed this life and went to be with our Lord this past Wednesday, November 14th, 2018. It has been a difficult week, filled with many different emotions. My Grandma, Betty, passed away in 2015 and it was very hard on my grandpa. In fact, that is a gross understatement. I don’t think a day went by that he didn’t visit her graveside and mourn her loss. He wanted to be with her so much that he lost the will to live this life. On top of that he suffered from dementia/Alzheimer disease, which steadily worsened over the years. The disease became especially noticeable after the passing of grandma. If there ever was a true love story here on this earth to be written, it is that of my grandparents.

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This is a picture clip from a local newspaper celebrating my grandparents sixtieth wedding anniversary. They were married in 1951, and my grandmother passed in 2015. They were just shy of making it to sixty-four years total, if my math is correct.

I have so many great memories of my grandparents. I am thankful and blessed to have had them in my life for so long. When I was four years old I was in a four- wheeler accident and my leg was broken. I had to spend a lot of time in the hospital and my grandparents were always there. Grandpa spent many hours playing a board game with me that I loved. Being four, I had devised a way that I could always win, and he was always a good sport about it. πŸ™‚ (Everyone also had to put up with my obsessive love for the movie Charlotte’s Web. I watched it non-stop!) Once out of the hospital and back at home,Β  they would come by the house every Wednesday night after church and bring me ice cream sandwiches.

When I was a few years older, my dad built my siblings and I a tree house. It had a rope tied to a nearby tree, and I would climb the tree house with the rope and swing off. (Yes, I liked to live on the dangerous side of life as a kid! πŸ™‚ ) My grandpa would come by the house and watch me swing off the tree house. He was amazed at how much I loved doing that. It is one of the memories he would always mention to me later, when he couldn’t remember much else. So I know it made an impression on him.

Every summer/fall during harvest season, mom would take us out to the farm and we would visit with dad and grandpa. We loved watching the farm equipment and getting to participate in the work. (My dad and grandpa farmed together for MANY years.) We would take turns riding the combine or the tractor with grandpa. It was a special time to just sit on the combine with grandpa, whether in conversation or silence. He loved showing us how the equipment worked, and would even let us steer sometimes. πŸ™‚

Grandpa loved fishing! Dad would take us fishing at some local pond and grandpa would almost always come along too. We would have our fishing poles all baited, cast out, and keeping an eye on them. Grandpa would start visiting, and on more than one occasion we would be talking only to look over and discover that his pole was missing. πŸ™‚ Some fish would have dragged it into the water. Then it became amusing watching him try and retrieve it back!

Some of my greatest memories of my grandparents are at the holidays. They loved having all the family together. I can hear my grandpa now reading the Christmas story to us from the Bible. He did that every year before we would open presents.

If anyone knew how to have a great time it was my grandpa and grandma. They were a living example of what living a life for Christ looked like. They always prayed for all their family to know Christ and share in His love, so that one day we could have the greatest family reunion yet. I believe that one day we will!

While we are very sad and sorry for ourselves because we will miss him so much. We are also given peace and hope to know that he is no longer suffering, his mind is healed, he is in Heaven, and reunited with loved ones. I can only imagine the joy he felt as he was reunited with grandma, and they are now walking, singing, and praising God together.

 

Hymn of Promise:

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

 

Let us be thankful for those God has given us to love, and for His grace and resurrection.

PK

 

 

 

A New Ride! Monday, November 12, 2018

A New Ride! Monday, November 12, 2018

It is official. Andrew and I have become typical and old! In the last six months we have become homeowners, bought a lawnmower, and now a family car has appeared on the scene. We have purchased a Chevy Acadia that has a third row, and capable of holding a soon to be family of five. We are all super excited about this new ride!! It is the nicest vehicle we have ever owned, by far! Our old cars are/were simply not large enough to put three car seats in, and we knew a new car was going to have to be purchased sometime before Samuel’s arrival.

After purchasing the car and driving it for awhile, we parked it carefully in our garage. Then Andrew and I both stood staring out the garage door window at it. We couldn’t stop looking at it! We are silly, proud and ridiculous! πŸ™‚ David loves it almost more than we do however. He already claimed the back seat before we even purchased it, and was so excited to sit back there by himself. He then had to tell everyone we came into contact with yesterday at church that we had a new car! It was funny and almost embarrassing! πŸ™‚

I have some recipe’s to share with you that I’ve tried in the last week! First, a roasted beef tenderloin recipe! It was so amazingly delicious and easy to fix!!! Great for a week night or even a fancy gathering! All you do is smother the meat in kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper with a couple other optional seasonings. Roast it on an oven safe rack at 475 for fifteen to twenty minutes or until the inserted thermometer reaches about 140 degrees. Here is the recipe forΒ Roasted Beef Tenderloin! Andrew had a butcher cut and trim us a tenderloin. Otherwise, they can be very expensive, plus you have to go to all the work to trim the fat off if the butcher doesn’t.

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I also fixed scalloped potatoes as a side dish with the tenderloin. Mine didn’t look exactly like the picture on the recipe and I’m not sure exactly why, but it still tasted amazing! I love anything that involves potatoes and cheese anyway! πŸ™‚ Here is the recipe forΒ Scalloped Potatoes.

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By the way, as I sit here and type the carpet is being laid in the nursery!!! I know, it’s about time! I can’t wait till they are finished, and I can get in there and put the finishing touches on it! Keep you posted!

Love,

PK