Sunday, April 28, 2019

Easter Birthday

I haven't gotten much posted. Mostly it's because I dropped my computer and Tyler dropped it once (he didn't know the backpack was zipped all the way up and the weight of the computer pulled it open) and the slot for the photo card is smashed. So I had to get an adapter. 

And I hadn't replied to comments because I'm no longer receiving an e-mail when I have a comment like I used to. 

Winter's second birthday fell on Easter this year. So in the morning we had an egg hunt for River and Winter at the beach as we have since River's first Easter (I think).

Winter came over in her sleeper and got dressed here.

Flying kites on Easter is a Haitian tradition we have followed since the twins came home.





Rick and River



In the evening we had Winter's party at a nearby park. She was pretty tired out from the day.

I need to get a new computer. I, of course, let my crash and dent expire a month before the computer was dropped or they'd have to fix it. I currently have an ASUS. What computer does everyone have and do you like it?

Saturday, April 20, 2019

New House Update

The house we bought was built in 1968. It has a lot of light pink, light green and light tan (??) walls. I have been trying to brighten it up.

This is what I have done so far.

My office:

The color is called Classic Turquoise. The room has a large window that overlooks the street.

This is the kitchen:

It is a similar color to my office, but it's a different shade. It's called Echo Lake Aqua, and  both Jasmine and Kayla's rooms will also be this color.

This is the master bedroom. I was tempted to paint it the same, but wanted something more "relaxing" rather than "energizing."

We share the room with the two mom cats and six kittens.

I am finishing the hall, and then starting the dining room/game room. I also have to go back and touch up the ceilings and woodwork where I've bumped them. Easier than taping the whole thing.

More to come. I'm still several posts behind, but I haven't had much down time.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Kitty Update

All of the kittens have grown so much since the last photos of them!

Kind of hard to pick them out on this blanket!

They are getting playful.

Litter one was born March 2.

And litter 2 was born March 11.

These two will be going to a new home together in a couple of weeks. 

This is their new mama, and she's excited to be adopting them. And I'm happy that two are going together. They are all so close that it's going to be hard to split them up to go to new homes. And I know the mama kitties are going to miss them. 

Same as last post, I'm going to plug a couple of my books. My royalties are pretty much non existent at this point due to changes in the industry.Please consider adding the books to your child's Easter basket.

This first one is one of only two I have that are for both boys and girls.

Learn a little Bible trivia while learning more about God’s message within the Bible. This One Year book features 365 trivia questions that lead into meaningful devotions about the questions. Each devotion also includes a For You section, which gives a simple application to kid’s lives. And the answer to the opening question wraps up the devotion and gives readers biblical references to read.

This book will keep curious kids on their toes and give them a reason to open their devotional and Bible daily. They can also use their knowledge to test family members each day.

This gift book for young girls is the perfect next step in the Tyndale princess line. As young girls grow and leave behind some of the fully illustrated picture books, they still want to feel special, and they still need to know they are loved as God’s daughters. This is the book to share with them. This devotional book is full of Scriptures about God’s love, protection, and promises. The book’s 100 devotions tie in the Scriptures to help young girls apply them to their lives. This diary-style book will attract the growing girl while still making her feel like a princess, a special child of God.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

New Orleans

I am SO far behind in blogging. And a lot has happened. So I'll just jump in and tackle it one thing at a time.

Tyler, Jasmine and I left for New Orleans on March 17, and as you know from the previous post, we were involved in an accident. It took a while to sort it all out, but now our car is being repaired, and we'll have to go back to MS to pick it up.

By time cars were towed, the car rental place was closed, so we missed the St Patrick's Day activities that we were going to NOLA to experience. We arrived a day late, and the first thing we did was jump on the On and Off bus so we could get an overview of NOLA. 

The photos below were taken from the top of the bus. If you've been to NOLA, you may recognize some of these places.

We got off at Magazine Street. Our first stop was a donut shop!

Jasmine told me I looked too bored in the first photo she took, so here is my "not bored" picture!

We shared a sliders meal and two donuts.

Then we went to the Lafayette cemetery, a historic cemetery in the Garden District.

The cemeteries in New Orleans are referred to as "Cities of the Dead," because family tombs resemble miniature houses, complete with iron fences, lined up along a street. Bodies are buried above ground due to a high water table which would cause bodies buried below ground to float!
Confined within a single city block, the Lafayette cemetery contains approximately 1,100 family tombs and 7,000 people.

There was a guide conducting tours for tips, so we joined in.

 Cemeteries intrigue me. I always wonder about the families buried here. Each person has a story to tell, and I wish I knew those stories. I guess I am naturally nosy about people. :)

Some of the guide's information was so, er, interesting, that I wondered how much was true. But it turned out what he said was accurate. When someone dies, he is put in the cemetery wall in a casket for one year and one day. Then his remains are removed and added to the family tomb. So there can be 100 people stacked on top of each other in the tombs.

The bodies are placed in the tomb with a ten-foot pole, which is where the expression, "I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole," came from.

People place a variety of things in front of the tombs. This one has a shoe thrown during a parade in front of it.

I was sad to find out that the tomb in Double Jeopardy was a fake! This is where it was placed.

 This appears to be the tomb of three children.

People leave toys in front of this tomb, one of the societal tombs. 
The Jefferson Fire Company No. 22 Tomb is the largest of three volunteer fire company tombs in the cemetery.

I'll end with this, or you will all have serious NOLA photos overload.

But I want to put in a quick plug for my books. They are earning an embarrassingly small amount of royalties. There have been too many changes of editors, plus Legacy was bought by Rose publishing, who was then bought by Hendrickson, and the books seem to have fallen by the wayside.

If you have a local Christian bookstore, please check for them there. Otherwise, you can order them on amazon. They would be Easter presents with value! This link unfortunately includes some books that aren't mine, but I think you can find the legit books at the real price.
I'm going to mention two in particular in this post.
 The Quiz book is a fun, interactive book for ages 8-12 and a lot of fun done with a friend or sister.

Brief description: Packed with Christian advice for girls ages 10-12, the Christian Girl's Guide to Me: The Quiz Book will help you discover what your personality says about you! Find out the totally awesome girl of God He made you to be, and have fun with the devotionals, quizzes, and crafts along the way!

This One Year devotional features women of the Bible and how their stories apply to tween girls today. Some women are discussed for an entire week, while others have one day devoted to them. In 365 days, girls will know more about the women in the Bible who faced the same troubles and issues girls today face, and they will be more committed to following the godly examples and avoiding the ungodly ones. At the end of each day’s reading, girls are encouraged to “Think It Through,” a section that asks them questions related to the devotion and prompts them to apply the lesson to their lives. After each week of devotions (seven days), a full page is devoted to activities utilizing information from the prior week’s devotions (puzzles, quizzes, etc.).

Please consider gifting these books to your daughter, niece, a Sunday school class or girls' group.

More coming about NOLA, the kittens, the new house and more!!