Saturday, April 4, 2020

Friday Night at the Movies

Our Children and Youth Directors arranged for our church families with kids to watch the Disney movie Onward together from their homes on Friday evening. And before the shut down order came, they even dropped off snack bags of popcorn and candy to folks who had RSVPd. It was a cute movie and a fun thing to be able to participate in.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Growing our Own Stuff

Davis picked out a couple pepper plants the last time we were at Dirty Dog Organic Farm in person. It's growing in a pot in our front yard now.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Scenes from Quarantine

The animals are super confused. Fergus now prefers the dog crate. 

Watering the church community garden. We have two evenings a week in the rotation. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

First Day of Virtual School

Scenes from our first day. It was incredibly stressful for everyone. The workload here is incredibly unrealistic for all three boys. The only bright spot was Parker's culinary assignment turned out to be a good dinner for everyone. The banana bread he made completely from scratch and made it allergy free so I could eat it.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


Sunday night while the kids were inside on Zoom for youth and pre-teen group, I snuck outside to enjoy some sunshine from the hammock in the front yard. Bracing for back to school this week with virtual school at home. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Happy 16th Birthday, Parker!

Sunday was Parker's 16th Birthday! We cancelled the large family birthday party with the great-aunts and great-uncles who were supposed to come up and celebrate. Instead since Daniel's crew was here to finish installing the floor, we had fajitas for dinner and a birthday cake and a few presents. 

Last gift of the day was outside. It was a promise fulfilled - if Parker completed his Eagle Scout Project before his 16th birthday we would take car of his first car. He thought we traded in the Equinox a month ago when I got a new car and he was so super sad for days. He was definitely surprised to see it come back home.

Thanks to Eric and Robin Gerstemeier for letting us hide the Equinox behind 
their tax office for the last month! 

We know this birthday isn't quite what Parker really envisioned, especially since his DMV appointment for his driver's license got cancelled for this week. But he's rolled with everything so well. We're so blessed by this young man in our lives. 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Floor Remodel

When the water heater died, it caused bubbling in all of the laminate flooring we had out in the living room, the foyer and the back dining room. Problem was the flooring was continuous not only in those spaces but out to the front dining room and also Parker's bedroom and a hallway. The trustees approved it all coming out and being replaced and let us pick what we wanted as a replacement. 

On the weekend of Parker's Eagle Scout project, Daniel and his family along with Joey and CJ helped us tear out the old floor. Then we shopped for new flooring. We decided on Cherry Walnut Vinyl plank and Daniel picked it up from the Floor and Decor store in Brandon and brought it up last weekend to start installing it. His family spent all day Saturday and Sunday working hard and came back this weekend to spend all day Saturday and finish. He also taught our boys how to install floor. We are so thankful for Daniel, Dawn, Kayla and Bethany coming up to help out and donating their labor to the church in this situation! 

Old Floor 

Floor Installation 

All Finished!!