Joyful Play time with the grandkids ~

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Happy Joyful January to you! And… what better time to be joyful remembering some sweet summer time moments with our sweet grand boys!  I know.  Every grand child… every CHILD is so special.  I was just super tickled to get some great shots of these ever-moving, ever-loveable, super active kids!  Three Boys.  Oh Boy!! And Oh-What-Fun!!! While we are not …

a trip to the west coast ~

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Earlier this fall, Brian and I had the opportunity to visit the west coast, at Florence, OR in between two teaching weekends for me, at Pasco WA.   On our way there we passed through Sister’s Oregon, and of course, I wanted to not only see this little mountain village, but also the Stitchin’ Post quilt shop.  We enjoyed spectacular weather, a tiny …

my montana autumn ~

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All I can say is.  Glorious.  Montana. Autumn color is all but gone in the neighborhood, but i always love the look of the leaves on the lawns, and sparkly fresh with frosty dew… and I was grateful for a day out and about in the country side of Montana too. C’mon and ride along with me? In my teaching travels, …

B is for Beautiful ~

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Hi y’all ~ that’s the Montana drawl in case you’re wondering.  {*smiles*} Today’s post is reflection of the many wonders and beauties of My Montana summer.  When  Labor Day rolls around, I kind of go into a grieving mode of sort when summer starts to fade.  I just love those long sunlight days~I hate to see them go.  While I lament summer …

Published ~ Art Quilting Studio Magazine

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Oh my.  It may not be “really big news” in the large scheme of life events, but it is pretty darn cool for me!  To find my own art in a national magazine I’ve read and admired for many years feels pretty surreal to me: it’s the Summer 2016 Issue of Art Quilting Studio! I’m truly honored and humbled to be …

Wedding Blessings ~ Jake & Courtney

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greetings friends ~ last weekend, we just returned from travels to washington state to witness our kids “tie the knot.”  Here are some of the photo shots I came away with from this most spectacular day! courtney and jake chose  soft pink roses and tan as their colors…  this crafty little tree was the guest book; wedding guests sign by inking …

a walk under the montana sky ~

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howdy friends ~ we’re pretty spoiled, really.  a few miles in any direction is an easy walk in the country ~ one that is wildly beautiful, and far superior to any walk in a city park anywhere. {in my humble opinion!} it requires a great cap or hoodie to protect one’s ears from the piercing brisk breeze, but other than that… it’s truly “a walk …

healed and whole ~ sketchbook

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thank you all ~ for your kind words, your prayers, encouragement, and love. i am thankful to each and every one of you. my mom passed into heaven today.  sweetly embraced in the Father’s arms forevermore; “the wounds this world left on my soul, will all be healed and i’ll be whole.” I thank Him for a mom who loved …

grandbabies !

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hello!yup!  you know it ~ cutest grandkids, right?  lol  for sure ~ every child is precious!we sure enjoyed ours, as we don’t get to see them very often, unfortunately.  maybe… someday? “little” aiden ~ two years old, and cute as a button.  and then his new brother, liam.  precious.  it’s really difficult to come up with something unique, in describing these …