Monday, June 26, 2017

Three of a kind family

I snapped a few shots of the boys as I was getting ready to leave yesterday.
The garage light was too bright.  But I was getting used to my camera after being separated from it since March.  I was not on my A-game.
Group shots.  Hardest to shoot.
Always such a blessing to get.

Baby Ezekiel.
Bright. Spunky. Independent.
He talks in complete sentences..but you have to be in his inner circle to join in the conversation.
He likes to dress well.
Annoyed by tags.

You may remember Asher.
So Smart. Helpful. Mature.
Lover and defender of Michael Jordan. GOAT.
Smartest kindergartner that I know.

Clever. Playful. Funny
He's the life of the party and has the best smile in the world.
Many bruises on legs. :o)

Katie, Emma and I had so much fun watching the boys last week.  They (the boys. haha) behaved so well and got used to all of us quickly.  We stayed in a lot when the temps neared 100, venturing outside only for sprinkler and slip and slide fun.

Saturday was for baseball games.
Asher's age group resembles a baseball team.
Malachi's age group does not.  (No one remembers to run after the ball is hit.)
The weather was perfection and the boys made it easy on us by sticking close in the parking lot and listening well.  (These are the important things, you know.)

I used some techniques I learned at school 'on the boys'....
 Timers for sharing and lots of noticing when they were doing things right...pointing out their GREATNESS.  They looked at me a little strange at first but I think they liked it.
It made me giggle to emulate the teacher's from our school who work hard on the Nurtured Heart method.  
Plus, I go with the Esther Jean school of child rearing....
stay home.

Matthew teased me about a brown patch on the lawn and my recycling methods...but I said, 
I remembered their medicine every night.

How well they behaved for us and followed the family rules is a testament to Matthew and Melinda and their hard work with the boys.
It's easy to forgot how tiring it is to be on the go from sun up to sun down.
Katie was a little stressed, worrying about the boys.  She being our baby has not had much opportunity to be around children in their natural habitat. 
Emma is the best with children and is much more fun than ole Yaya.
She is always ready to head outside, read a book or tumble on the floor with them.

Matthew and Melinda had a wonderful Anniversary trip to Waco Texas.
They went to see Chip and Johanna's Silos.  They were happy to see it but it was so overcrowded they could not even get a cupcake.  DisneyWorld-like lines to get in the bakery.  Lines one hundred people long.  UGH.  Happily this did not spoil the trip for them.  (It would have for me. Totally)   They found many other nice things to do and enjoyed the cozy Air BnB they stayed at.  

They came home happy.

Which made me happy.

The End.

More tomorrow.  
I heard the most beautiful quote this morning as I finished watching Genius.
But like I said, more about that tomorrow.  
Can't wait.

Love ya,

p.s. GOAT means Greatest of all Time.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Keep me reasonably sweet.

I read this wonderful quote in Gateway to Joy by Elisabeth Elliot.
It is attributed to a seventeenth-century nun.

Lord, You know better than I know myself that I am getting older and will someday be old. Keep me from... the fatal habit of thinking I must say something in every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom it seems a pity not to use it all, but You know, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. Keep my mind from the recital of endless details-give me wings to come to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others' pains, but help me to endure the with patience. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I will be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet. I do not want to be a saint-some of them are so hard to live with-but a sour old woman is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And give me the grace to tell them so.

Ain't that the truth!

Donna Elsie

Thursday, June 15, 2017

School's out. Summer fun.

Summer is here and school is out.
I am recovering.

As you know I do not think I am old.  I look at people my age and think,
they are pretty old.  And then I realize I am their age.  It's the weirdest thing I have ever experienced.
This aging thing.
At school I was nearly the oldest one.
(At home where no one sees me...I am in denial)
I was working for a 32 year old supervisor.
Could be my child.
Our neat art teacher was 22.
Could be my child.
Younger than three of my children.
Our students.  K-1's.
Could be my grandchildren.

In my head, I think we are peers.
And then I think of my age and look in the mirror. (and leave the house)

It does not fit.

I am older than Aunt Bee.

I'm recovering.

Trying to sleep past five.
Trying to stay up past nine.

I cried many tears on the last day as I said good-bye to a student.
(I grew very fond of the kids)
We said our good-byes and I'll miss yous....
And I had to walk back to class with big tears in my eyes.

I do not have a job next year.
I will look for something over the summer and if nothing comes up...
I will substitute like I started out doing in the beginning.

Next week, Katie and I will go watch Asher, Malachi and Ezekiel in Omaha while Matthew and Melinda go on a vacation to celebrate 10 years of marriage.  (Emma's going to come for the weekend too!)  We are going to have so much fun!!!

So this summer we will make memories.
Visit family.
Make a few college visits.
(For KATIE...since she will be a SENIOR)


Lots of those around here.

As Carl Reiner says,
"If you're not in the Obit,
eat breakfast."

As I tell myself,
Avoid mirrors,

Encourage one another,
Donna Elsie

I'm so middle name is coming back in style!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The half-life of love is forever.

~The half-life of love is forever.~

Some people, were born to sit by a river. Some get struck by lightning. Some have an ear for music. Some are artists. Some swim. Some know buttons. Some know Shakespeare. Some are mothers. 
And some people, dance. 

~The curious case of Benjamin Button.

Encourage one another,

Saturday, April 22, 2017

love shining down

                               The Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1988 by Van Gogh

Perhaps they are not stars but rather
openings in Heaven
where the love of our lost ones shines down to let us know
that they are happy.

Eskimo Legend

Encourage one another,

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Little Katie posing like a Degas ballerina.

We went to the Art Institute last Saturday.  I'm sure Katie does not remember this picture...
But she LOVES the art institute now...with a passion.  
Both of my girls have become great lovers of art.
Katie is rather emotional about it.
She cried her way thru the museum.  
So many friends seen for the first time...or at least with new eyes.

Today is the most gorgeous day.  It is nearing the 70's and the sun is shinning.
The screen door is wide open and I have in heaven.

Ten years ago we went to Paris.
We loved everything about Paris.
Even the rain did not dampen our spirits!

I traveled three weeks in a row in March.
First I went to Columbia Missouri with my sister Cindy for a baby shower for our niece's baby shower.  Sue's daughter in law and son Wesley are expecting a little girl soon.  We wanted to let them know how happy we were for them and show them some Auntie love in person.
Then Katie and I drove to Omaha for Melinda's Nursing School graduation!!!
We are just so happy and proud of Melinda!  She passed her boards this week too!!!  So all sorts of great things going on in Omaha!  The boys were adorable!  So is their dad.

Last weekend Emma turned twenty-eight. She wrote me and said
"Come to Chicago for my birthday and get matching tattoos."

I told her I would come...but would have to think about that whole tattoo thing.
Emma has two. I have never wanted one.  
But I can not say no to my little red headed girl.
And I figured that I am so old, what does it matter if I die with some ink on my arm.

And so.

Friday night we got matching tattoos.

Our tattoo says,

"hey boo"

Mine is at my wrist.
Katie created the font.

It hurt like the dickens.

So now you know!
I'm a wild and crazy mom.

Love you lots, friends.
Any secret tattoos our there I don't know about?

Donna Elsie.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Zeke. I can't.

Oh my goodness, how could I have waited so long to post.  I am really sorry.

Here is a cute little story.

Melinda says that Ezekial says, "I can't want to."

And today Matthew took Zeke through the car wash and Zeke said, "I can't like it."

How funny is that?  Learning language is hard.  But he is figuring it out....
he'll get his contractions correct in no time.

But for's so cute!

Encourage one another,

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Oscars Red Carpet 2017

 Hello friends!

I had a great time watching the Academy Awards last night.  I was just waiting to hate it because I thought it would be way too political.  But it wasn't.  Yay.  Jimmy Kimmel, who I don't even watch regularly was a fantastic, funny host.  His fake feud with Matt Damon is so funny and made me laugh out loud so many times.  I love when the celebs read mean tweets.  Cracks me up.

The opening song and dance was my favorite....ever. And I am not even a JT fan.  But Justin Timberlake set the tone for a fun and loose awards show.  Brilliant!!!  Plus he sang a tiny bit of one of my favorite songs of all time. (Lovely Day)  

This is Kate Bosworth.  She is arriving at the Vanity Fair party....and well....
It's my favorite.

Taraiji looks stunning in this wonderful dress.  Her necklace was spectacular too.

George and Amal were not at the Oscars...haha...
but I saw this dress on the internet today and had to share it.
Amal is expecting TWINS.

Another after the show dress.  Pretty.

This is the director of Lalaland.  His lovely date is wearing one of my favorite dresses of the night!


Halle Berry.  Her dress is just perfect on her.  Interesting and pretty.
Her hair is unique.  

The thing about Nicole....she takes risks.  I like her better when she dresses like this.
Not with crazy peacocks on her shoulders.

I thought Scarlett Johansen's dress was so comfy and pretty looking.
Not a fan of her hair...but Halle Berry saw her hair and said....I want mine short again...
And I thought.  yes.  

Emma Stone in the perfect dress to win an Oscar in.

Here is her after party look :o)

Hallie Stienfeld.  Or something like that.  This dress was very floaty and beautiful.  It was pretty see through.  It's so pretty.


Emma Roberts wearing a dress so similar to Michelle Williams...but with different textures.  I like them both very much.

Felicity Jones.  I saw this with a belt and thought it was even better that way.  But it sure is my kind of dress.

Gorgeous dress and hair and everything. 

Hey Girl.
I wore ruffles just for you...
to remind you of your high school prom.

Gorgeous.  I actually like this fringy dress better than Emma's....
So pretty.

The bodice of this dress is plain...and so is the skirt....
But the volume of this skirt and it's length made it a favorite of mine.

Hello. Pretty Lady.

Do you like my choices this year?
Did you watch the show?  Did you enjoy it?
I know I left out many pretty dresses...there were so many wonderful dresses!!!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

oh. hi.

This picture popped up on Facebook.
It is of my mom and her new friend, Sue Scott, in-law-to-be.
Joanie Scott posted it...and I have never seen it before.
Joanie Scott was my sister Nancy's college friend...
Nancy married Joanie's brother Binky soon after our parents died.

As I have mentioned before Sue and Vern Scott were especially sweet to all of the Glyman girls after our parents died.  

If I have it right, this picture was taken in the summer of 1973. 

I could stare at it all day.

So happy to see these happy faces.
Love you.
Miss you.
Mean it.

Donna Elsie

Sunday, February 19, 2017

I like to watch.

Hi Friends,

Have you all been watching Victoria on PBS?

It's very beautiful to watch. Victoria's dresses and lace necklines are stunning.

The first two episodes me.

Episodes three and four have been much better.

What do you think? Are you loving it?


I have been sitting very much on the weekends.  Sitting and resting.
Sitting and resting and watching.

All sorts of things on Netflix and Amazon.

Here are some of the shows I have binged on and have been watching lately;

Westworld (HBO) -Science Fiction. Very weird. Robot theme park. Great Acting. Rated R
Stranger Things- Science Fiction. Katie and I both really liked this! Kids. Reminded us of ET.
The Crown- Excellent.  A bit slow.  But most of you will LOVE this.
Victoria- Enjoyable. Beautiful.  Not as good as the movie the lovely The Young Victoria (2009)
The Man in the High Castle (Netflix)- Engrossing. What if the Nazi's won the war and came to America.
Outlander- (Showtime) I love this program.  We do not have Showtime so I purchase the episodes...thus I have only watched the good parts ;o)  If I preview an episode and it is all warring....I skip it and look for Jamie and Claire portions.  I know this is unthinkable to some...but I really don't like warring.
And speaking of War.
Hacksaw Ridge (movie)- Amazing true story of faith during times of war.  I could not watch approximately 1 hour of this film.  Rated Gruesome.
Lion- AMAZING MOVIE.  True story of a man looking for his lost mother and brother in India.
The OA- Science Fiction Thriller. About a blind girl who goes missing and her with sight.
The Leftovers- What happens when there is a partial rapture?
The Path- Aaron Paul in a cult.
Gilmore Girls- Great fun.
The Americans-  can't get into it.
House of Cards- I resisted this for a long time.  But it is kind of amazing. Rated R
History of the Eagles-  You know, the band from the 70's.  We just loved this documentary!!!
Jim Gaffigan Cinco-  WATCH THIS!!  It is hilarious.
Catastrophe (amazon) - This show is hilarious.  It is very racy and raw.  But I think the writing is amazing.

What do I recommend?

If you love science fiction I would pick The OA for you or Stranger Things.

If you love historical, British pieces, I would recommend The Crown and The Young Victoria movie if you have not seen it.

If you like men in kilts, watch The Outlander.  The acting and story are tremendous. (if you do not like nudity on screen, don't watch this.)

For political intrigue watch House of Cards.

For clean comedy watch Jim Gaffigan:Cinco and for very mature comedy watch Catastrophe.

It is Oscar month so TCM is showing Oscar winners all month.  Now, Voyager was on this morning ;o)

Patrick and I check the channel regularly for some fine movie choices.

What have you watched that you would recommend?

Chance the Gardner

Saturday, February 04, 2017

School Marm.

I look like this less often as the weeks go by at school.  Honestly I am met with some situations that have me seriously searching for the right way to react.  

But it's getting better.

And guess what?
I have been asked to stay for the rest of the year.

I am getting the hang of the early hours,
My feet don't hurt anymore.

But for a person who rarely has a cold....
well...I've got another doozy.

Never in my life have a had a person sneeze in my face.
This happens regularly at school.


But every day something fun happens,
I learn new things
and our kiddos do something great!
They teachers I work with are hard working and dedicated, they are sweet to the children and tireless.

(Sometimes I wish I could choose the curriculum...haha
that was a highlight of homeschooling....)

But the school I am at is very hands-on and takes many field trips.
I never taught my children about electricity...with batteries and solar pads and wires, switches and lights and buzzers. But learning about electricity in class this week was interesting and informative. I liked how the class worked in groups (or alone) to figure out how it all worked.
Everyone was engaged.  
It was a good week.

Katie is in Chicago at a Model UN meeting again this weekend.
I don't hear much from her when she is gone.  Hope it's going well.


Thank you all for the kind, thoughtful comments on the last post.
They meant so much to me.


Monday, January 30, 2017

One week ago...

I'm sorry I've been gone so long.  
The worst possible thing has happened...

Patrick and Shelby's baby could not make it.
Shelby did not feel any little kicks so she went to the Dr. office to have a check up.
There she got the worst news.
They could not find a heartbeat.

Poppy was born the next day.
She was 31 weeks and weighed three pounds and was 17 inches long.

Patrick and Shelby were very thankful that they could meet her and see her pretty little face.
They held her and loved her for hours and they will never forget those precious moments with her.

As hard as it is for us....
it is a million times worse for them.

Please pray for them.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

What really haunts me....

This picture.  
Out of all the pictures I have ever taken....
this is the one that haunts me.

It was taken in 2011.
We did not know Emma had epilepsy.

When you learn that you have epilepsy you are told to be careful of certain situations;
Swimming, bathing, climbing up high...

And I think of all the times Emma swam and bathed and climbed up high...

And I am ever so thankful that she did not get hurt....
or fall off of a 32 story building.

True anxiety thinking about this.

But it didn't happen.
But what if it did.
But it didn't.

God has taught me a lot of things.
But the greatest of these is love.

We may have political differences...
there may be tattoos.... ;o)
Some people may have big opinions...
and be rather dramatic.... 

But with the help of God's love and His ways of forgiveness...
love deepens and relationships thrive.

I am keenly aware of how fragile life is.
Fragile and fleeting.

Let nothing come between you and your loved ones.

"We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable.  It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives."
~Maya Angelou

Encourage one another,

Monday, January 09, 2017

Red Carpet 2017. The Golden Globes.

  In no particular order....

I loved the risk of this dress.  This year since I was following the red carpet in pictures on the internet, I was not able to see the dresses move until I watched the show.  The moving dresses are much better in most cases.  I love color and prints and this is just so interesting and different.
Olivia Culpo looks stunning in her Zuhair Murad gown.

This is beautifully classic with a modern feel.
Cristy Teigen in her Marchesa.

I really love Kristen Wiig in her Reem Acra dress.

Viola Davis in Michael Kors.  This dress was perfect on her.  She looks beautiful.

I thought this dress was yellow...but it is gold.  I think it is a risky choice....something we haven't seen before.  Beautiful.  
Kerry Washington/Dolce

Zoe Saldana.  
This is my favorite.  LOVE.


Milly Bobby Brown from Stranger Things in the perfect dress for a 12 year old.
Jenny Packham the Duchess of Cambridge (Kate)
Milly is from England and is delightful.

This dress stood out on stage.
Naomie Harris looking sparkly and gorgeous.

Prada makes a maternity dress for Natalie Portman.  It is so lady-like and vintage-y and regal.
I just love it.  They call this color green....I thought it was yellow...but I can kinda see it as green if I squint.  Lovely.  So lovely.

Caitriona Balfe from Outlander in a unique dress.  The fabric and flower and cut are gorgeous.
Personally I would not have gone with the Chicago Bears colors.  Not sure what color I would pair with that blue...
What do you think?

A very sweet moment from the show.  Dev Patel walked out with the little boy he acts with in Lion.
Their suits look identical and it was just the cutest thing....
They were both absolutely adorable and charming.

That's it for now.
I've got to get ready for school.

Love you.
Miss You.

Tell me what you think?

Encourage one another,