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As you can all tell the post-a-day goal has not been met.  I made the trip to Oklahoma, came home managed to unpack, do laundry, and basically pack again before I left early Thursday morning for Springfield, MO. 

I did spend Monday evening painting my picnic table and benches with leftover exterior trim paint from my house. I took back the paint cans that I purchased to paint my lawn chairs and small matching table and made an exchange for two new cans of the same paint.  I took the new cans home and they quit working even faster than the first two. I swore that I was finished but when I went back to the hardware store I decided to try “one more time”  I checked to be sure that these were from a different batch code so cross your fingers and I will let you know how it goes this time after I get home and give it a try.  I will post pictures of the now infamous lawn chairs if I ever get them successfully facelifted. 

Tuesday afternoon was spent cleaning/organizing my hall closet with a dear friend and then spending a little time catching up with her while relaxing in my backyard. 

Wednesday I took the boys to work then went to Alicia’s house and baby sat while she ran errands.

Bright and early this morning, Thursday; Brent, Taylor and I left for Springfield.  We arrived in time to make a WalMart trip before the 11:30am game.  Taylor’s team lost the first game against the Nationals 2-1 and then won the second game against the Sluggers 13- 6.  We sat in the shade the whole time but when we checked into the hotel I found that I am really sunburned.  Just a reminder how much sun exposure you get that you aren’t even aware of. 

Dinner:  Panera-soup & salad


  1. World Magazine
  2. The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town by John Grisham
  3. Container Gardens 2008
  4. Money for Life
  5. Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris

I am listening to:

Baseball on T.V., yes that is what you do on a baseball trip, you go to the ball park and watch baseball then you go to your room and watch baseball then you hang out with other families from the team and talk about baseball.  If you have time you run to the batting cages and practice a little baseball.  I love my baseball boys!

Creative Endeavor:

I brought my pictures from the Greece trip and a ready made scrapbook kit that Alicia gave me a while back.  I am hoping that during free time here I can get a good start on a scrapbook.  Brent will have to spend some time working so maybe I can get it done then. 


The Panathinaiko Stadium I am still working on how to get slide shows on my blog or at least organized pictures but am not happy with the results yet.  Here is one picture from Athens, Greece on our recent trip. 

The Panathinaiko Stadium saw a return to the glory of its past, when in 2004 it was used once again as an Athens Olympic stadium.  Archery events would be hosted here, and it served as the finishing point for the men’s and women’s marathons.  Taylor enjoyed our stop here!

Go here for a virtual tour, it is huge.

The last few days are kind of a blur, I know there was a Thursday but cannot tell you exactly what happened.  The usual, driving everyone to work, picking them up, laundry.  That evening my mother and I went out to eat at Panera which was wonderful as usual and then to a chick flick, Made of Honor, we had a great time. 

Friday, Taylor did not work and Nicholas drove himself so no delivery service that morning.  Taylor and I stayed home and got ready to go out of town.  I tried to work on a project which was spray painting our old lawn chairs and tables with this special spray paint called “Fusion” that is made to paint plastics.  It has a picture of lawn furniture on the can.  It works great, if you can keep the can working.  I bought two cans and neither would stay unclogged for long enough to use half the can so the project is half done and I need to go exchange them for new ones.  I tried cleaning out the lids but that did not help.  It is amazing how much better they will look after the face lift.  Not a great idea to do a project like this when you have plans though I started the weekend with forest green fingertips and nails. 

After Nicholas and Brent got off work we dropped one of Nicholas’ BMW’s off at Tires Plus for an alignment and then headed to Oklahoma to see Brent’s mom and other assorted family members.   Ginny, Jeremy, and Libby went from their house too.  We had a low key family weekend mostly eating and hanging out.  Brent, Nicholas, Taylor, and Brent’s oldest brother, Dwayne went to see Get Smart on Saturday night and thought it was very funny.  I have been out of the loop of all the jokes ever since. 

We got to Kansas City about 7:30 Sunday night, picked up Taco Bueno for dinner and retrieved our dog, Ruby, from my mom’s then headed home. 


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Wednesday morning I took Nicholas and Taylor each to work and went straight to Alicia’s house to take care of Brendan and Lillian.  We had a fun day together eating, painting, reading, playing with playdough, singing, playing in the sprinkler, etc…  I rarely get to do this so it was a nice opportunity.  Alicia’s appointment was pretty quick so we all got to hang out together the majority of the time.  At 4:30 it was time to go pick up Taylor and head home so he could change and then to Pleasant Valley for his practice. Not much accomplished during the evening a little laundry and wrapping up of the junk drawer project. 

Dinner:  Twice Stuffed Chicken Potatoes and Salad.

List from Emilie:  Home Office

  • Desk
  • computer (opt.)
  • Shelves
  • Bulletin Board/White Board Combo
  • 4-dozen colored file folders
  • 12-5×10 envelopes each marked with the month for tax receipts
  • scissors
  • paper clips
  • pens
  • pencils
  • tape
  • thank you notes
  • postcards
  • envelopes
  • stamps
  • glue stick
  • home address labels and/or stamp pad
  • stationary
  • letter opener
  • memo pad
  • string
  • dictionary
  • telephone
  • rolodex

Currently Reading:

  1. Book of John
  2. In Christ Alone
  3. More Hours in My Day
  4. World Magazine

Yes, I am trying to do at least a post a day, only during this four week period don’t worry and the great thing about this is you don’t have to read if you don’t want to. 

Yesterday was more of the same as far as more taxiing of my wonderful sons, more household upkeep such as laundry, and more odd and ends of organizing, I worked through two junk drawers. I took off the handles from my front storm door sanded and repainted them, one of those little irritants that you never seem to have time for.  It took about 30 minutes total and no money, we even had the right paint. 

Dinner:  For dinner we had pork roast marinated in olive oil, garlic, onion powder, black pepper and then baked, sweet potatoes and salad.

Movie:  Usually this would be a recommendation but instead it’s a warning.  I rented (free thank goodness) a movie called “My Mom’s New Boyfriend” starring Meg Ryan and Antonio Banderas.  It was pretty awful and I would not recommend it for anyone. I watched it while I did a couple of other things so at least I did not waste any time on it.

 Tips from Emilie:  Here is the list of things for the car I made from Emilie Barnes’ book.  I will be working on gathering/purchasing the ones that I feel our family will need. As much time as we spend in the car I think most would apply.

  • Flashlight
  • Maps
  • Can Opener
  • Change
  • Reading Material
  • Jumper Cables
  • Business Cards (your own, which she recommends for everyone)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Matches
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Paper/Stationary
  • Blanket
  • Towel
  • Scissors
  • Rope
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Flares

Prayer Requests:  I personally know of several people in the hospital right now.  Norma Humbard is Susan Verstraete’s mother.  She is 74 and had been the picture of health until last week when she suffered a heart attack and a  massive stroke.  Susan is a beautiful testimony during this time and if you go visit her you may walk away feeling you were the comforted instead of the comforter.  Please be praying for this family as they make daily decisions regarding care.

Donna Eames was admitted to North Kansas City Hospital with Diverticulitis a few days ago as well.  Lots of pain and discomfort.  It was God’s Providence and a concerned husband that got her care as  quickly as she did.  Please pray that surgery will not be necessary to deal with this condition. 

Linda Denny recently had a planned surgery that went well.  Please pray that her recovery time will be short and that her family is able to cope well while she is limited in what she can contribute.



Cleaning the kitchen (again second dishwasher load from Greek Meal) plus all the hand wash stuff too.  Paper plates anyone?

Taylor orthodontist visit at 8am.

Taylor to work at Crown Center 11am.

Organizing bedroom, cleaning bathroom, working in yard, vacuum house, laundry, pick up Taylor from work.  Did I accomplish anything at all?  Not much to show for the day.  But hey at some point you have to see the family fed, clothed, transported and home safely as an accomplishment. 

One great thing that happened Monday was that Nicholas got a part taken off his car as part of a critical repair to get it running. This part was very stubborn and he had been working for days on it.  Hurray! Hopefully soon we will have another car in the household.



Yesterday was Father’s Day and we have several fathers in our Kansas City family right now Brent, Chad, and Jeremy. Brent was able to spend his morning at church then on to the ball park with his two youngest sons.  Hey, good times, Father’s Day at the baseball park what could be better?  The game was rained out but that did not stop them from going to lunch with old baseball buddies and glorying over old times.  Taylor was amazed at the detail they could all remember from games years ago. 

I was grocery shopping for the ingredients for our “Greek” meal and trying to make some hard copies of pictures from the recent trip to Greece.  I will post some soon, I made a slideshow with and could not figure out how to imbed it.   I made Gyro’s, Pita Bread, and Greek Salad.  Alicia made the best Baklava I have ever had, it was delicious, oh why did I send it all home with her? 

Who was here?  Brent, Shelly, Nicholas, Taylor, Alicia, Chad, Brendan, Lillian, Jeremy, Ginny, Libby, Barbara and Brad. 

Let’s just say that as far as household progress I am now two steps back after the family invasion but it was worth it. 

Just a quick explanation of the picture in my blog header.  It was Alicia’s idea to include a tree when we were looking at themes because of the title “Growing in Grace.”  I happened to look through some of the pics on my computer and in my files I found this picture of me with my son-in-law in Germany, I think it is Cologne.  I was visiting them for a week during the first few months they were married.  Alicia is the photographer.  I think it turned out great!

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