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Happy Tuesday <3

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We had a wonderful time at our nephew Sam’s graduation.

Here he is with his sweet mom and dad…

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I know he is full on Reimer…but do you see a wee bit of our John in him? I do <3

Which is hilarious because John is like a clone of me…how does God do that?

The wonderful blend of genetics that make us family is one of my favorite gifts He bestows.

Sometimes I forget that the Reimers are only mine through marriage and I want to take some kind of claim for the likes of them…

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I’m sure you can see why…they are a smart and sweet and talented bunch.

The vase at the top of this post was crafted by Sam.

I have shown you the ones made by brother Grant and sister Olivia at their grads…and Sam is no slacker in the arts either…

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Ah-mazing <3

Sonja homeschooled these three smarties and so their graduations are so different from the public or even parochial ceremonies we have attended over the years.

Each family gets two minutes (give or take…mostly give…) to say something about their child and present a diploma. With 30 plus kids in their home school association, this takes some time…but I absolutely loved every story and every presentation.

The one that just blew me away was the dad of a beautiful girl who stood a head taller than her darling parents.

Long dark hair cascaded down the sides of her lowered face as her father emotionally shared her story.

When her mother was pregnant, she became very ill and the doctors recommended the only way to save momma was to take the baby’s life.

This father is also a pastor and truly the anointing of the Lord must rest on him when he preaches because in the two minutes he was given he gave one of the most compelling pro-life exhortations I have ever heard.

With a thick Hispanic accent he said (and I didn’t get it word for word, but to my best notetaking)…

“The Doctors told us ….

ABORT! ABORT! ABORT!

But God…He said…..

LIVE!! LIVE!!! LIVE!!!

It was a dark time for us as I thought I might lose both my wife and my baby. But the Church prayed and here she is today. My precious daughter.”

Best. Grad. Speech.Ever.

Although, Randy and Sonja’s came in a close second because…for the love of Sam…they rocked the parental blessing part <3

And now as a last little thing here…one more pic of Sam’s handiwork but please also note the genius of my sister-in-law…because in the background notice the old Scentsy container repurposed …love it!!!

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Friday Fun and then it’s off to the weekend <3

First off…I don’t know where you live in the world, but I hope you love your view as much as I love ours.

Oh believe me, my heart is stirred by mountain vistas and seascape sunsets as much as the next romantic…

but I can tell you honestly…

driving through the backroads of God’s country here in the Midwest often brings me to tears….

I was probably making a few farmers pause at the wheel of their planting gizmos yesterday as I stopped and snapped pictures…

but these freshly tilled fields of rich brown dirt framed by green edges dotted with dandelions…they speak life to me every spring.

What was dead and dried up has been turned over and soon little sprouts will make their way sunward…and I thank God for letting me live in the heartland of this country.

And speaking of heart-land…

I got to spend some time yesterday with those little people who take up a lot of real estate in my heart …

I celebrated Cinco de Mayo a few days early with this little hombre…

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His mom texted me this pic with the head’s up that he was hoping Lola would wear her grey sweatshirt so we would match…

I may have melted into a puddle as I made my way to my closet to dig it out.

Because…

you bet I will…

After we feasted…or fiesta-ed…I guess…with the squirreliest table of the most adorable first graders on the elementary circuit…

I watched a rousing game of kickball….

and let me tell you…no major league sport has anything on the passion of a kick ball game fueled by spring fever.

I thought we were playing for some kind of trophy or championship but then the bell rang and everyone scattered like pixie dust to grab jackets and get in line for the water and potty station.

I stopped by the house, where I discovered this one has written a book…

He read it to me, although he needed help with some of the words….

and one sentence he couldn’t read because it contained a bad word.

Did I mention…child wrote the book?

Seems the bad word was “hate”…as in “I hate spiders.”

Oh the subject of this book?

It was all about the wonderful world of…yes…spiders…he cracks me up.

And speaking of animals ….

this little mini-me of Graham lines his up just the way his big brother did.

And the shirt…

says it all.

Not to be left out of the circus…

little Miss is now….

 

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yes…standing on her own…and we are all just wondering where the last 11 months flew away to???

And finally…

I’m pulling thoughts together for a series next week highlighting some of my takeaways from Brave Moms, Brave Kids by Lee Nienhuis.

I am hoping it includes a guest post by one of your and my favorite young moms…and it definitely will include a give-away!!

So WOOT!!!!

Something to look forward to next week!

Hugs and I hope you have a wonderful day!

And a good time was had by all…

What a weekend…

we started with the 5K on Friday night with a three generation team…

We met up with these two cuties …

and headed to the starting gates.

They finished strong…

with this little man finishing his first 5K in 38 minutes…

pc Russ <3

But even better than that…we had such generous support for Russ’s efforts to raise funds for International Justice Mission and their efforts to fight human trafficking around the world so many thanks to all who sponsored him!!!

You all are heroes…

Thank you, thank you for your support!!!

And then…

We caught about 39 1/2 winks….before we headed up north to watch Gdawg use those 5K legs to play a soccer game.

Thankfully we didn’t all blow away and were able to pile into cars and head south to celebrate Tia’s birthday palooza….

We had a fast food stop for lunch because super heroes get hungry, you know…

and they need a lot of energy to love on Tia…

which they did with unbridled exuberance…

all day…

Flowers were planted…

baths were taken…

and our hearts were filled to overflowing…

We missed Uncle John….

but still…

Best. Day. Ever.

<3

 

Another chapter in the ongoing story of my encounters with the wild life <3

This has been a bright spot in this crazy Midwest Spring weather.

Pulling in the drive with the car heater blasting under overcast skies and seeing this made my heart skip a happy beat.

Until a robin decided to start building a nest in the top…which was not cool because apparently robins do not know about the niceties of porches and welcome mats and how they are not public restrooms.

So I started removing the strands of nest foundations as they would appear.

However, I discovered robins do not play fair and employ a form of retaliation in which we had even more evidence of the activity of bird-dom via dive-bomb droppings everywhere.

Russ said I would just have to wave the white flag, remove the temptation and do without a wreath.

So for a couple of weeks this trophy of Spring has been stuck on top of the shelving by the garage.

But as I simmered inwardly every time I saw it, I decided to research ways you can keep a bird away from a wreath on your door.

One option was to hang pie tins from the porch edges…I felt that defeated the whole concept of the porch being pretty so moved along.

The next option was a video from a realtor in some southern state.

She stood in front of her wreath, speaking in an accent dripping of magnolias and sweet tea, and literally held up the nastiest rubber snake that she said she had purchased from the Dollar Store.

She then demonstrated how she weaves this thing into her wreath and leaves the head poking out just a tad … enough for the bird to see but not enough to scare anyone.

Well, nice realtor lady…I was sitting on the other side of this screen having a mild heart attack and trying to stifle the urge to scream so I don’t think so…especially after she warned that the snake she purchased was one of those that expands up to three feet with water…yeah…that’s a big no for me.

One site recommended a fake nest and a fake bird because birds are territorial and if they see a nest they will go elsewhere.

This seemed doable so I headed to Hobby Lobby in search of my ammo.

In the section dedicated to all things fake, I found a miniature nest and then I spied some colorful lizard things made of light metal…and like the Grinch hatching his Whoville holdiday-bashing plan…I rubbed my hands together and …

voila!

Oh yes…

and for good measure…on top of the wreath tucked way out of sight…

Because the legs take away all the fear factor for me but hopefully the robins consider this nest-building goofball a threat not worth contending with…

and if you are shaking your head wondering how Russ reacted…

trust me…

I have worn him down to the point where he just nodded his head and went off to the kitchen to look at the mail and munch a handful of almonds before he went for a run.

Happy Wednesday….<3

 

 

Nothing profound because apparently it is winter again….

To the untrained eye, this may look like a picture from back in February but no…no…

it was indeed taken a short while ago from our kitchen table as I marveled at how the snow encrusted trees are quite lovely and yet have somehow lost their charm on account of…

you know…

it is April.

And no.

I didn’t leave Valentine pictures up on the door…

that would be the handiwork of some visitors on Saturday.

While this guy…

was at work,

this crew…

came to LolaPapi’s.

We ate, played and visited the Children’s Museum to give mom a break…

however…

she ended up putting away multiple carts of groceries…

because you gotta keep the shelves stocked somehow.

And Miss Caroline?

She was like Lola…the Children’s Museum is soooo loud and soooo full of well…children…and she would just rather play with…

shiny things.

So that was some of our weekend.

Hope yours was good and would someone tell Aslan that we need an end to this endless winter…please???