Tuesday, November 25, 2014

November Snow




This is how it looked out my back door yesterday morning.

Without my glasses on.  hahaha

The drive to school takes three minutes now.
If last years driving stress was added to Emma's condition stress,
I think I would drop my basket entirely.

This year..

The snowflakes were pretty and quiet
instead of slippery ice devils falling from the sky.

And for that I am thankful.

There is always something to be thankful for...
Always.

I'm still here.

Full of thanks this morning.




Encourage one another,
Donna aka Aurora  (Give My Daughter Her DRUGS!)  Greenway


















Wednesday, November 19, 2014




“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”
A.A. Milne


Love
Mom




Tuesday, November 18, 2014

coming home

drive home

Driving west toward Wisconsin last Thursday afternoon.
The light in this part of Iowa has delighted me more than once.
The road rides up high with farms on both sides of the road, slopping downward.
It's feels like flying a bit.
No trees to block the sun or the view.
It's my favorite place to drive...at the perfect time of day.




There are two ways of getting home; and
one of them is to stay there. The other is to 
walk round the whole world til we come
back to the same place.
~CK Chesterton




Encourage one another,
Donna

hat tip to Corey Amaro for the splendid quote



Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow is for the young...at heart.

Let's go play in the snow!! #earlymorningromp


Early morning romp with Katie and Ginny.
Ginny loves snow as much as she loves water.
Which is a lot.





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#Snovember
#joyful
#welcome

Encourage one another,
Donna

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Meeting

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I like this because of the light on the baby's head.
Fresh from the womb.


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gentle


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Benjamin Button: I was thinking how nothing lasts, and what a shame that is.
Daisy: Some things last.




Encourage one another,
Donna








Friday, November 14, 2014

Ezekiel James is here!

So tiny! So quiet! Welcome Ezekiel James. Melinda, stop being so gorgeous three hours post delivery!!


Matthew and Melinda had baby #3 on Monday!

 (I went to Omaha to watch the big boys for them.
I didn't want to tell on the blog because Katie was home alone most of the time...and the door might be open.  So I had to be kind of quiet about it. )


Doesn't Melinda look fantastic three hours post delivery?
That's just not right!






Ezekiel is very little. Burping time is a good time to see his sweet face and funny expressions. This is nearly a smile :o)

Burping time is a good time to see his sweet face and funny expressions.

I see a little smile :o)





He loves when I kiss him!! #asher

Here I am with Asher.  He is four now.  I am kissing him and he is trying to get away!
He was very sweet with the new baby.


There we go. All three boys up today. Patty cake with daddy. #matthew #malachi

Malachi is 18 months old.  He wanted to touch everything in the hospital room and push the baby bassinet around.  He is a beautiful busy boy!

Ezekiel is quiet and sleepy.
He weighed seven pounds even but looks so small....especially compared to his big brothers.

My friend Bonnie who also has three little boys told me something sweet she says when people tell her that her hands are full.

She says her heart is fuller!

I'm so proud to be Yaya to these three precious boys and their remarkable parents.

How I look forward to seeing the little person Ezekiel becomes.


More pictures tomorrow!

Encourage one another,
Donna





Friday, November 07, 2014

Freshman year upate.




This is my ideal school setting.




But in reality....


The local high school experience has been fantastic so far.

Katie is doing so well in her new school and classes.
She likes French class.






And she likes MATH!





She was well prepared by her little parochial school for the rigor of high school.
She was not encouraged very much...and left feeling kind of dumb, etc.
Doing extremely well at high school is a wonderful thing for her confidence!

I'm so proud and thankful.


So when it comes to our choices we make for our children and ourselves...




I mean it.


Encourage one another,
Donna







Thursday, November 06, 2014

Poppies



One hundred years later.







Seen from the air...
astonishing.

Art meets loss.

So moving.

Donna

p.s.
not wasted




Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Lost on Flickr

Or should I say...me...lost in flickr....



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Model Fatigue


69/365


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Well. this could go on all day.


“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.”
Henri CArtier-Bresson



Encourage one another,
Donna



Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Death Comes to Pemberley









Death Comes to Pemberley


Have you read the book?
Have you watched the mini series?

I have just watched this on Masterpiece theater.  It grew on me and I can recommend it to you all.

A well known mystery writer PD James wrote the novel Death Comes to Pemberley.
I didn't read it.  I couldn't imagine I would liked it.  At all.
But then I stumbled upon the mini series and I started watching.



Eventually I got used to this Lizzy and this Darcy and this Wickham and this Lydia.
They looked different...but they acted the same as the characters I am so familiar with.


It's a great mystery movie....set in the loveliest of places with people I have grown to adore.

I really liked it.

Perhaps someone brighter than I would find fault with someone toying with Jane's story....
And I am usually quite snobby about my Darcy and Lizzy...must be Firth and Ehle...no one else...
ever.  never.

But gosh.  I loved this.



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I am frightfully afraid of what is being done to Into the Woods.  It is being made into a movie and from the clips I have seen...it sounds off and weird to me.
I will be there.
I will watch it on Christmas day.

I hope I am as surprised with Into the Woods as I was with Death Comes to Pemberley.



Monday, November 03, 2014

Ginny is Three

Happy Birthday Ginny Potter Harper Daisy Glyman Boucher!! We love you sweet girl.  #three years old

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Here she is with her mommy.


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On the drive home.


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oh honey


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We love her so much.

What a good dog.
~Barbara Woodhouse








Friday, October 31, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In which the girls rake.

Just out of the hospital, are you?

Very sorry to hear that.

Here's a rake.


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CAR!!

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Learned this from Matthew.


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Crunchy and comfy.


“The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools.” 
~Henry Beston







Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween movies @ Pdubs website

Hi!

I wrote a post for the Entertainment section at The Pioneer Woman's website again.

It's for Halloween movies.

Halloween Movies for Chickens


Have you seen Misery?  
Kathy Bates' wardrobe = My wardrobe-the homeschool years.
That's scary too.



Have you seen all the movies on the list?

 Miz BOO
aka
Donna 





Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I will.

InjunSummer/ChicagoTrib.


~From the Chicago Tribune of my childhood



My little corner of the world.


“If by my life or death I can protect you, I will. ”
~Tolkien


In searching for a perfect 'light' quote, 
I found the above Tolkien quote.

Tears sprang to my eyes.
I have felt that much stronger than ever before.
My girl is vulnerable.
I  want to move into her apartment and
sleep in her bed and touch her face in the night.

But, we are being brave.
Her friends are watching out for her.
God bless them.

Nonetheless, my heart aches.
I want to be there.
But my place is here.

Here I hope.
Here I wait.
Here I count the days.

It will get easier.
With every day that passes and every brave step she takes.
It will get easier.

It has to be.


XOXO
Donna