Friday, May 31, 2013

Charlie Haughey. Photographer. Vet. Friend.



Watch this beautiful story.
Touched my heart.





We love to sing along with Kacey Musgraves.



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Happy Birthday Patrick.
It's been fun.

Loads of love!
Mom


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Happy Friday!!!

Encourage one another,
Donna

Thursday, May 30, 2013

How I loved Richard Scary

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simple
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Who did NOT have this book?



Do you know the bunny's name?

Source: google.com.au via Amber on Pinterest



Here is a really adorable costume.





Why are people so clever?


Happy Thursday!
One more day of school....and then....

SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!!!!


Encourage one another and have fun!
Donna








Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Naomi, Michelle, and Sienna.

As you might remember, I have a way with mixing people up.
Mark Ruffalo and Paul Rudd.
Amy Adams, Rachel McAdams and Isla Fischer.

I think its the hair.
Ruffalo and Rudd: curly brown hair

Amy, Rachel and Isla.
Often Redheads.


Behold. The blondes.



This is Naomi.  She was in The Impossible.
She is an Aussie and is married to Lev Schreiber.
She is friends with Nicole Kidman, I think.


Source: justjared.com via Donna on Pinterest



This is Michelle Williams.  She was in My week with Marilyn.
She was married to Heath Ledger.  She has a little girl named Matilda.
(I love the name Matilda.)
Born in Montana.
I would have sworn she was British.





This is Sienna Miller.
I do not think I have seen one of her movies.
She was born in America but raised in England.






And now Carey Mulligan comes along...



Source: topnews.in via Donna on Pinterest


Carey is British.  She is married to Marcus Mumford.
She was in The Great Gatsby and is know for An Education.



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Just some stuff that knocks about in my pretty little head.

Have a good day.

Love ya,
Donna

Who once looked a little like Pam Dawber.













Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Impossible.

Have you seen the movie The Impossible?




We chose it to watch as a family on Saturday night.  The other movies we were interested in were rated R so I picked The Impossible.
Well, after five minutes Katie was sobbing and had to leave the room.
She could not watch it.
The movie is a true story about a family that is caught in the terrible Tsunami in Thailand in 2004.
We follow along on their harrowing journey to survive and be reunited.
It is really horrifying to watch.
The acting is tremendous.  Michelle Williams should have beat Jennifer Lawrence for sure of the Oscar.
Ewan McGregor was also unbelievably wonderful.
The little boys were fantastic.
But really, I don't know if it is worth watching.
50% of the movie is excruciating to watch.
If you are sensitive to gore, don't get it.
If you want to see great acting....then okay.

I had to google the family after watching to see if there was any follow up information.
A few things I learned;
The oldest boy is interested in being a doctor like his mom.
While other families return to the resort each Christmas, this family does not.
They feel badly that they have all survived and others lost so many.
While it may seem fake that Ewan searched the hospital where his wife lay twice and did not find her,
it is true.
Sometimes having to pee is a huge blessing.


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Here is a neat picture;
it's my Grandma Glyman (Elsie) and Matthew.
Matthew is six weeks int his picture.

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I drove down to Chicago with the boys because my sisters were visiting Aunt Dorothy and I wanted to see them and show them our new baby.  I remember being very exhausted.
But I sure love having the pictures now.

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Sue was married to Keith a few months after this picture was taken and Cindy would soon get pregnant with her first, Brandon.
Matthew had a special effect on Cindy.
Even tho he appears to be crying in this picture!

Oh, how we love our babies.

Donna












Friday, May 24, 2013

Still loves chalk.



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Still trying to remember the ingredients.

Works just great tho.
We need to try this at home.
All you need is a toilet paper tube, plaster of Paris, paint, water, and....

well...

still working on that.


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Emma is coming home tomorrow morning.
So. Happy.

This will be a weekend of Brats and Weinermobiles and Clydesdales.

I'll take my camera along for the fun.

Wishing you a lovely and joyous weekend!
Have tons of fun and add to the beauty!

Donna

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Totes Adorbs.

translation.
Totally Adorable.

Get ready for the cute, people.







Yes, I have forgiven Camilla.  And I even like her now.
Charles too.




A great daddy and soccer player retires.
Well done you.





I want this.



This is Kate Upton.
I love this swimsuit.








Not only kittens and puppies are adorable.

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In which Katie and I have way too much fun watching Family Feud.







My laugh sounds very much like my Aunt Betty in this clip.
Isn't that cool...and eerie?

Love ya,
Donna











Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Don't Confuse Plaster of Paris with Plutonium

Today on the way to school Katie filled me in on their fun day in science class.
Yesterday they shot off their rockets.  Yup. All the children made rockets.
Some went very far, some only went a little way.

Then she told me they made chalk last week.
Chalk. Really?  Did it work?
How did you make that?

Katie said, " We mixed two things together..."
Long pause as she tries to remember what they used.

Ummm.

So I thought I'd help her remember.

"Did you use CARBON?"

"No."

"Did you use Hydrogen?"

"No."

"Did you use...."

"Oxygen....NO."

"I know.  Uranium!"

"NOOOOO!"

"PLUTONIUM!  Right???"

bwahahahaha

"No.  It was.....of Paris....something."

"OH!", I say, "Plaster of Paris."

"YES!  That's it."

"We mixed the Plaster of Paris with something else...."

"MAGNESIUM?"

"Oh mom."




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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Don't confuse life with God.

Pretty in the wind

Every where we look we see suffering, we see pain.
Chaos.
Fear.
Loss.

It is hard to come to terms with it all.
When I hear people praising God for protecting them I can only cry for those who do not have that same joy.

I think about this a lot.

In Philip Yancey's book "Disappointment with God", he shares a story about a man who had just about everything go wrong.  His name was Douglas.  Douglas told Yancey he was not disappointed with God.  He said, :  "Don't confuse life with God."

How profound.

Yes. Life is painful and unfair and scary.
Oh man, is it unfair.

But Douglas is right...

Our trials on this earth do not diminish who God is.

In times like these, we need His great Love so we can pass it on and we
need the hope He offers.

Let us be sensitive and careful with our words when others suffer and grieve.
Not everyone is in the same place in their faith walk.
It can be jarring and confusing to hear 'jesus protected my family' to a person who just lost a child.
(It jars and confuses me.)

Be sensitive.
It's kinder.



Encourage one another,
Donna






Monday, May 20, 2013

Weekend Update

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Things just pretty much revolve around Katie, don't cha know.
This weekend we played in the year end tournament.
We did not come in last.


        "We"
ha.  The team Katie plays on.

Ahhhh

The weather was spectacular.


GO KATIE!!

Making fine catches at first base.

Run-ning

On a walk with Gin-nay.

I love this dog more and more.
Katie says next year they will be the same age.

Both 14.

That's funny.


And there were church bells.



No, the game was not in London.
It was in Sun Prairie.

I don't know what they were announcing this time at 2:00 on a Sunday afternoon...
but they sure sound magnificent to me.



Encourage one another,
Donna




Saturday, May 18, 2013

Whose blog is this anyway?

Yesterday I posted the quote from Max Lucado.
I didn't have a main reason for posting it, I was just looking thru my Pinterest pins from this week and there it was and I thought it was nice.

And then I mentioned the fellow (Doctor, Proof of Heaven) who had that near death experience.

Yesterday, after I posted, Melinda texted me to say her beloved Grandpa was
near death.

And I marveled at how God used my little typing fingers to say something that might be of support to my dear daughter in law.  (Her beloved grandpa Raymond died this morning)

This happens a lot around here.

Many times I am silly and full of entertainment news and frivolous fun...and well then...
be assured... it's me.

But on those times that something touches your heart or lifts your spirit...
that's God taking over the blog.

Cause I am just a girl.
A girl who loves you and
loves God
and
just
keeps
blogging.





With love,
Donna






Friday, May 17, 2013

I just saw this picture this morning.
Isn't it sweet?


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The Boucher boys
Part Two.


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The Boucher boys
part one




Oh. I wish for Malachi and Asher to have as much fun as Patrick and Matthew.
And I wish for Melinda to have as much fun as I did.

Once you get over the birthing, no sleeping part...

It's gonna be great!


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Candice won American Idol.
Best Wishes!!!
Her voice is gorgeous.
May all her musical dreams come true.

(She tried out three times.  Simon told her 'I don't see a star, I see someone singing in restaurants and bars'.  Then she tried out last year and was cut early on.  She tried again this year.  Just three weeks ago she was in the bottom two.)

The little engine that could.

I like that.



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For heavens sake


I made the buckeyes.
Or should I say, I fought the chocolate and the chocolate won.

What a mess.
What a hassle.

Why is chocolate so difficult?

Never.
Again.


The dark brown blobs have been delivered to the school.
They taste good.
They look ridiculous.

Thanks to my friends on FB who talked me down from the ledge and sent in
many good tips which helped me finish the dipping (ha) process.

Dipping.

Ha.


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reminder.

I read a book and the author said he went to 'heaven'.
He said that he could hear and feel the prayers of people praying...
carrying him along.


Or something like that.


I like to think that is true.


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Lots of love to all.
Donna


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Hold on, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

The other night the light coming in the house was that greenish, pinkish, battle gray color.
I went out to try to take it's picture but wasn't having much luck.  It was still and quiet except for the birds.

Across town freakish winds (the rare heat burst) dropped out of the sky and blew power lines down and broke all sorts of things; 80 mile per hour winds.  Woosh.

While in our town.  Still.

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You just never know what a day will bring.

Hang. On.

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Oh. About American Idol.
Kree and Candice are really both beautiful women with beautiful voices.
Kree is country.
Candice is classic.

The song choices were not the best for me last night.
AND the songs written for the girls were horrible.  I hated them both.
Neither song will be a winner.  Did someone seriously think those were good....radio worthy songs.
Snooze-fest.
My favorite song of the night was sung by Candice.  It was the last song.
Now.  I don't see Candice becomming a big star.  Not like Kelly Clarkson.  Candice is quiet and humble.  She really fits the mold of perhaps Celiene or Whitney (not disco Whitney) or Jennifer Hudson but mostly Barbra Streisand.
So I can see Candice singing for movie soundtracks or in Vegas.  But I really don't think she has an acting bone in her bod....so no broadway.
Who will American pick....gosh..I do not know!!!
I voted for Candice because I loved her last song.
I do think Kree will have a record and I think she will be successful.

Around and around I go...



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Before and After fun.


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The sun is shining thru the hole in Katie's ear.  That is not an earring.
eek.



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Cropped and edited with MCP fusion actions.


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Thank you for praying for Katie Wagner.
Please say a prayer for Malachi today....and for Matthew and Melinda.


As 38 Special tells us....


Hold on loosely.
Don't let go.

Love,
Donna


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

volunteering and a fab new app

Teacher appreciation dinner is this Friday.
I signed up for three things.
I was assigned something entirely different.

Make truffles.

Don't they know I don't like trying new recipes under pressure.
In fact, they did not give me a recipe...the note said 'use your favorite truffle recipe'.
Do they know something I don't?

eek.

I thought I would just make Buckeyes.
They are truffle-y enough, right?

And just now I spotted this recipe on my pinterest page.
I had great success with the brisket I made from Smitten Kitchen's cookbook...

cross your fingers folks...
I'm going in.







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Yesterday morning I saw the cutest lettering app on Instagram.  I have looked at others and found them uneasy to use and not cute.

This one is easy to use and cute.

It is by #beautifulmess.
It cost  .99¢

Fun with #beautifulmess app

Thank you dear Kim M. I adore my beautiful handmade wash cloth!! Will you teach me? LOVE!! #ABeautifulMess

LOOK at what came in the mail yesterday!
Do you remember when I showed those pretty wash cloths a few weeks ago?
My friend, Kim, made this and sent it to me!
She was familiar with the crochet pattern and told me the most lovely story of making a blanket for her mom with this pattern.  It touched my heart.
And the pink and white is the most beautiful.

I asked and she said she would teach me to crochet.
I can not wait!

Isn't it lovely?

Thank you Kim!!


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Emma traveled all night to get to Omaha.  I can not wait to hear her stories and see more pictures.

The robins are singing.
The fan is blowing.


“The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off - and they are nearly always doing it.”
~Secret Garden


Listen and hear,
Donna




UPDATE:

My sister Janet has asked me to ask you to pray for their friend Katie W.
Katie is a seventeen year old girl in Arizona who has been fighting a very aggressive cancer.
She has really fought bravely and for a long time...and now the cancer has come back and is in her spine and lungs.  She is a girl of great faith and wants to keep fighting.
Will you pray for her and her family?

Lord in your mercy,
hear our prayer.















Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Yes. I did.

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Yes.  I did get a few pictures with the baby.
Matthew took this.
Some of them are amusing.
All unflattering.
But I was there.
And that's all I remember.



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I like this picture.
Asher if full of life and spunk.




See Baby Malachi




A few days later....


He sure has a cute voice :o)


Happy Tuesday!

Love
Donna










Monday, May 13, 2013

Link. Activism. Photos.


Happy Monday!

I wrote a fun new article for The Pioneer Woman that you might like to read.
It's about Moms in movies.
I think you will get a kick out of it.


Memorable Moms in the Movies


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Bonhoeffer
Chapters 11-16

This reading is heavy going but I'm afraid to skim too quickly.

In these chapters we see Hitler's tricky and quick rise to power.
He even fools the army into swearing to a new and strange oath.

Would you have continued to shop at Jewish stores?
Hitler instigated book burnings.  Does this make you feel different about this activity?
Do you think you would have left Germany?

In 1933 Hitler was already moving toward legalized murder of the disabled.  He thought they were a drain on Germany.
Can you see this happening in our land?


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I had a very nice mother's day.
I heard from all of the kids.
So that was super nice :o)


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I had a good time using my lensbaby.


Nice chubby cardinal

I took this picture out my bathroom window with my phone.
I just love bird photography and would like to get better at it.
This is my starting point.

Hello chubby cardinal.
(This guy was looking right at me.)


Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Encourage one another,
Donna