Showing posts from May, 2011

Happy Birthday Rachel!

What a gift this girl is to our family.  Tenderhearted, baby lover, horse riding, baking queen, reader, sister, friend, daughter, granddaughter.  That's this girl.
She continues to grow in Grace, sensitive to the Lord.  A few years ago, I was talking to the little girls and mentioned, as an example of some discussion we were having, that if you take a cookie without asking that is the same as stealing.  The next day I found a note on my desk from Rachel confessing that she had done that very thing.  She went on to say "I didn't know it was wrong and I will never do it again.  I want to honor you and God."  Precious heart.
Happiest of Birthdays, my Rachel.  
We love you!

In Memorium

Thank you to all who have served, and to the families of those who gave the "last full measure of devotion," we grieve for your loss, and can never repay what has been given.


The grass withers, 

The flowers fade,

But the word of our God stands forever!

Isaiah 40:8

What Happened To My Followers?

When I logged on this morning, they have all disappeared!  Boo Hoo!

Has anyone else had this happen?


to meet new "old" friends a week ago.  Can't believe it is only a week...

Lovely young women, one and all.  Thanks for your sweet hospitality!

Another blessing is the way our church helps and supports each other.  A few weeks back Tim had a stump grinder for the weekend and after grinding many stumps here in our pasture, and one for our neighbors, he went and ground some giant stumps for a family from church.  Tomorrow this friend is going to help Tim by using some of his earth moving equipment to help Tim in the pasture.  Tonight he dropped off a backhoe and tomorrow he is bring a bobcat as well.  I think they are going to be having some fun!  It is a blessing to help each other!

"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel."  
                                                        Author Unknown


Our county has the largest number of homeschoolers in the state.  We have an organization that provides insurance for support groups, as well as quarterly breakfasts for support group leaders, a monthly newsletter, and they organize a graduation every year.  Nate and Lindsay both opted not to participate in this graduation.  If you click on their names, you can read about their choices for how they wanted to celebrate finishing high school.

Emily wanted the big graduation and a chance to participate with several of her friends - our co-op had quite a few graduates this year; Emily, Chelsea, Emily, Bethany, Vanessa, Emily, Josh, and  Amber! There were a total of 90 graduates who participated in the graduation this year!

Here Tim and I are meeting Emily on the stage.  The couple at the podium read a brief statement about Emily, her plans etc, and after she hands me a rose, we hand her a diploma, and hug.  During our hug she said "I love you Mom.  Thank you for everything!"  She …

Graduation Day!

I'll be back tomorrow with photos and lots to tell!

Such A Good Day

We had such a good day...

Tim and Nate went to run errands and have breakfast together for Nate's birthday.  Rachel and Sarah had a sleepover with Grandma and then went bowling and for pizza to celebrate Rachel's birthday next week.

Emily and I went to lunch before evaluations, Kyle came along, too.  He is so fun and dear.  He had fun doing his word search and watching the tv show about volcanoes!

Emily had her evaluation first and did very well.  Tracy, our beloved evaluator, said she loves to evaluate Emily.  "She sees what I am looking at in her portfolio and starts talking about what she learned or liked.  I don't even have to ask any questions."  She has been our evaluator for 7 years - that means Emily was 10 the first year she did our evaluations!

Rachel and Sarah also had evaluations and Sarah had achievement testing, as well.  They both did very well.  So this year is finished and now we just have graduation on Thursday evening!  

When we got home we had a me…

Happy Birthday, Nate!

As far back as I can remember I have wanted to be a mother.  To have sweet babies to love and care for, to raise crazy toddlers to adulthood...

22 years ago, God granted the desire of my heart when he gave Tim and I a son.  Nathan Joseph Rabe.  The baby who wouldn't sleep, and had colic.  The toddler and preschooler who loved music, would ask me to sing a song over and over again until he had learned it.  He became a big brother 5 times over and it took that fifth time before the Lord granted a desire that he had to have a brother!  All of his siblings love him very much and like to hang out with him.  

Nate is creative - a musician, a writer, sensitive.  He is a fantastic dad to his daughter.  He is learning patience, self sacrifice, giving yourself for another...all those lessons that parenthood brings our way.

We love you son, so very much, and are praying that this year will bring you joy.


There is beauty in my garden. 
We arrived home yesterday, to my garden in bloom!  I cute some of the peonies right away.  I adore them.  These are the ones that smell like old fashioned roses. sigh...

We have a busy day ahead.  In Pennsylvania we must have year end evaluations for homeschooling.  Today is the day!  We are pretty much ready but need to print off our book lists, curriculum lists, etc.
Guess what?  My evaluator just called and needed to reschedule! I have a day to breath now!  The Lord knows what we need!  My whole day has just eased...

Our vacation was such a great time.  I am thankful for the opportunity to spend time with my mother in law and my sister in law.  I am thankful for time spent with our dear friends Rick and Jane!  I am thankful for friendships that are easy and you can pick up where you left off the last time you saw them!

I am thankful for new friendships that feel like old ones!  I am thankful for my husband.  What a wonderful man he is.  

I am thankful for …
We have had the best vacation...topped off by a visit with one of the most wonderful families!  Lots of good food, fellowship, smiles, playing, sharing, singing, family worship.

We hosted a small portion of this family a few years ago and had such a good time.  They encouraged us to come by and stay with the family anytime.  We finally took them up on it, and boy are we glad we did!

Have you ever meet people who instantly feel like old friends?  We Tim said it is because of the Lord!  We were treated to wonderful hospitality - this is a precious family.

The girls and I enjoyed making supper with them, and talking and talking...

Kyle enjoyed running around and playing with all the little boys who live on the farm...

The family and their farm are set up for hospitality...

The big house...they moved it from town years fantastic.  High ceilings, fans, tall windows!  Perfect for Southern summers...

These girls had such a wonderful time! Adeline and Martha you were so delightful…

In Theaters September 30th


From Beauty to Frog Legs...

We spent the first half of our day in Mount Dora.  I love to visit this little town.  We had lunch at The Garden Gate.  It is so pretty and very 'Shabby Chic' in style.

Can I just say that I adore my family?  We had such a fun time together.  We all ate really good chicken salad, quiche, carrot soup, rosemary chicken pie...

My little handsome guy.  He loves to sit by me!  When we left those sweet ladies sitting in the background talked to him and were so taken with how well he did during lunch...he charmed them of course!

Beautiful, but simple flowers on the tables...

Photos being taken everywhere at our table!

Very pretty lighting!

Later in the day we picked up Grammy and she took us to Buffet City!

Turns out it is mostly a Chinese food buffet - which is fine because we like that kind of food.  But they had one surprising item on the menu...

Frog legs!

Kyle tried it too - he said "it's good" but he didn't know what he had tried.  When the girls told him…

We're Here

Here is a photo of the lake from our guest room window in the living area.

Here is the view from the kitchen.

Here is the kitchen...

There is a trundle bed in the kitchen - Lindsay and Sarah have claimed it - Sarah is excited to be on the trundle....

Here is the double bed and single bed that is in the living area - there are two easy chairs in here and a television.  This may seem like an odd set up but this motel is at the headquarters of the mission we used to serve with.  It is intended to house families that come to headquarters when they come home from the mission field, or come for meetings etc...some folks are here for several weeks at a time.   So it is nice to have a kitchen.  This is a roomy motel room it is actually 3 rooms if you include the bathroom, and 4 rooms if you include the walk in closet that is the same size as the bathroom!  Guess what it is going to cost us?  Well, actually Tim's Mom is paying...but it is only $20 a night!  Unbelievable!
Kyle and Rachel are sle…