Saturday, September 27, 2008

My Parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary

Today we celebrated my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary! They were married 50 years ago to the day and we had the special privlege to have the open house in the same facility where they had their Wedding reception 50 years ago! I think that is so romantic!

The open house was hosted by my sisters Karen, Sue, and I. We had a lot of fun setting up on Friday (yesterday) afternoon talking and laughing. The three of us don't have a chance to get together very often since my sister Karen lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Today was a very memorable day for everyone! We had a lot of fun and my parents enjoyed seeing some friends and family they haven't seen for awhile! My mom's sister Kathy, from California, was able to be here and she will stay for one week!

I talked with some parents of my old high school friends and got to visit with my old history teacher, Mr. Hoyer, who is now my nephew's cross country coach and still teaching at Malcolm High School! It was also exciting to meet up again with a friend I grew up with, but had lost touch with when we were both in our early 20's.

I hope you enjoy the family pictures I posted! I am so very thankful for my parents and the opportunity we had to honor them on their very special day!

My Parent's 50th Wedding Anniversary

These are the "before" while we were setting up!

This is after (although we didn't have the centerpieces on the table yet!!!)

My parents, Richard & Melinda

Cindy, Karen, & Sue

Our Family
Me, Dad, Mom, my sister Karen, & Sue

Ether, Marikita and Marissa with their cousin Scot.

Hannah & Gretchen at the guest table with their cousin Dustin and a "new" friend!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Beautiful Advice

I received this in an e-mail today from a very good friend and I think it is noteworthy, so I am going to post it here! I hope you enjoy it!

An Angel says, 'Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.'
1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that
will compromise your mental health.

5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over
time; don't lump the hard things all together.

10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns . If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have
you do and let go of the anxiety . If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden,
extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of
15. Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help
improve your quality of life.
21. Write down thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in the bud. Don't wait
until it's time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.26. Remember that the shortest bridge
between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Heavenly Father”
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best theycan).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36 Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never

been grateful for before.
'If God is for us, who can be against us?' (Romans 8:31)

Monday, September 22, 2008

I want to jump on the trampoline

After school today while I was fixing dinner, Hannah came in the kitchen to ask if she could jump on the neighbor's trampoline down the street. I told her that she could not. (I am overprotective when it comes to trampolines!). She kept begging me and begging me. When I firmly told her no, she started to cry and kept begging. She asked me why she couldn't and I explained that she could really get hurt. I was starting to get a little annoyed with her continous asking when with crocodile tears she said "why can't I, I'm not going to die, I promise." I almost started laughing and it was so cute! Then she kept wailing "I'm not going to die, I promise."

I have forgotten some of the cute things she has said from the past, but this incident today reminded me of a couple of other times........... a few weeks ago Pat & I checked out from the local library the movie "Mutiny on the Bounty" which is ages old from the 1930's. (Hey, Pat picked it out and I was reluctant to watch it). Hannah & Gretchen were watching it with us and they show a tropical scene with palm trees, etc. Hannah is sitting on my lap and out of the blue Hannah says matter of factly, "those people must be poor, all they have to eat is pinecones." (I laughed out loud because it caught me so off guard and was so funny) Gretchen says, "Hannah, you mean pineapples?" Hannah says in an Eeyore tone of voice "yeah, I meant pineapples." I still get a chuckle out of that!
One other story.........about 6 months ago Pat & I had the girls with us while running an errand. We were heading downtown when we saw a cadillac or large type car and I said to Pat "look at that boat" and he said "yeah, that is a boat." Hannah very innocently and inquisitively says "that's a boat." I laughed out loud again. (Probably not good for confidence building). I could just see her little mind thinking about how that car could be, or turn into a boat. It was so funny!

The end!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

We are getting ready for my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary Party. It has been lots of fun planning, shopping, and ordering to get ready for it! I have a sister who is flying in from Florida this coming week and I am excited to see her because she only comes at Christmas time! I have an Aunt who will fly in from California who I am anxious to see also! It will be a fun and memorable day! The very cool thing about the day is that it is EXACT 50th Wedding Anniversary and will be held in the same reception hall as the day they got married! I guess we are a family of romantics! I know I am!

Getting ready has gone so smoothly, I keep wondering what the glitch will be?

Our family gathered with our many other relatives to celebrate my dear Grandma's 100th Birthday! She doesn't remember and know all of us anymore, but she still has that smile I will always remember. She is a little more quiet than she used to be and so I miss her little giggle when she would tell us a little story or thought she was funny!

We have 3 very talented teenagers. Since becoming involved in theatre they have been bitten by the "theatre bug" and cannot be seen in a picture without a little drama!

Hannah & Gretchen have become little fisher girls and have on occasion gone with Dad to fish a little here and there!!

Hello friends and family! I am excited now to have my own blog! I never knew it could be so easy! Thanks to those who got me started, you know who you are!

You can be easily introduced to our family by looking at the pictures on the side. We are a family of 7 with 1 very enthusiatic Beagle! With 5 children we are (needless to say) very busy all of the time. My husband eats and breathes fishing and Cornhusker football! He always teases me whether this picture (above) is his favorite or our wedding picture!