Friday, June 15, 2018

Girls craft day and a little blog catch up

Hey friends! Wow, I was just thinking today about the fact that I used to blog every other day. lol  Those days are gone, but I need to blog more often than I have been ... because I have a hard time limiting my photos.  I am a total visual person, ( not so much .. a writer. Which I'm sure you've noticed) lol  Photos say so much. They make you feel like you were there.  Speaking of which, I sure wish all of you crafters could get to enjoy time with this group of gals, like I do. I don't know how I was ever so blessed as to have them in my life. Yes, we all love to craft, but there's so much more to these friendships than that. We are there for each other. We all know we can count on each other for anything. We've been there for each other thru all of life's joys and sorrows. We laugh together and cry together.
Today, there was lots of laughter. Those days are best!  :)
( Deb was unable to make it, so we missed having her there, but Karen's friend Renee joined us. Always fun to meet someone new, who enjoys crafting. She was sweet and didn't seem to mind the non stop chatter than happens when we are all together. lol

Karen had us all to her house and she lined up this fun project. She had seen it on the cover of her Jary Janes Farm magazine.  Super cute project... and one that we could do while we chatted. So that was great.

A little silliness.Some shenanigans

 Always so much fun.. and food!

We also celebrated my sis Jan's Birthday.

Karen and her husband farm, and they recently built a new house near their original home.
I had to take the photo below to show you the view they have out all of their windows.    Is that amazing or what?  Miles and miles of beautiful farm land.

Until our little get together, I hadn't really gotten any 4th of July decorations out at all.  We all bring little gifts for each other when we get together and these were all 4th of July themed. Yay! it inspired me to put some things out.

I have my flag hanging here for now.. but haven't decided on what else to put here yet. Pondering :/

And a little something out in the trees on the side yard.

Have I mentioned lately that I'm still so glad it's not winter!  And we are supposed to have triple digits the next few days.

Since I posted last, we made our trip to Minnesota to our great nephews graduation and it was wonderful!  We are all so proud of Austin!  This guy has had to overcome some major hurdles in his life, and he comes out shining like the star he is!  Austin has Autism... but nothing stops this kid! He also battled Leukemia when he was 4 and beat that! He amazes me! Sometime I'll share photos of some of his Art work. Talented guy!   

He success has been a team effort. This is a family that works together!  Greg and Trina are the most amazing parents, working and encouraging Austin all the way.  And Adriana is such a loving and supportive sister. It's so heartwarming to see how they work together.

This ( Greg, Austins dad)  is my sis from Florida's son .  ( I have a big family, so I'm always trying to keep that straight here, when I talk about family) lol.  Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think about my little nieces and nephews being grown adults with children. lol  Dan and I used to take "Gregor" with us camping and fishing when we were first married and they lived in NE.  He was around 10-13. We have such great memories of that time.  It's crazy sometimes how fast time seems to go.

I had to go look at photos in my files and found these.  Decided to share

Greg ( and Dawn) when they were little

Austin when he was little. 

So... we were especially lucky enough to get to see my Florida family again! (after us just being there for a visit).   As you can see from the cars... those of us who were close enough drove.
Their home is so beautiful and inviting. And luckily had room for all of
They are the kindness, most loving bunch and we enjoyed every minute of getting to visit with everyone.

We spent lots of time out on the deck visiting. The weather was beautiful and check out the view of their back yard.

Loosing our sister Donna unexpectedly in January has been hard on all of us.  We sure thought of her a lot when us three sisters got to be together for this celebration.
I get a little teary when I think about how blessed I am to have these two in my life. They are just the most kind, loving and giving sisters any one could ask for.
We chatted it up, big time... as you could imagine. lol

So thankful for this amazing time with family. We came home with hearts overflowing.

credit: One Velvet Morning free printable

Thanks friends for stopping by... and I hope your week has been wonderful!