Wednesday, October 17, 2018

It was all yellow.











This year the leaves turned brown and dropped off the trees.
Isn't that weird?  I can only guess it is because of all the rain.


So there was not big flash of color in our yard.
The pine trees are dying too, a fugus, I have heard.

But the colors, they are here and there.  Bright reds and earnest oranges.
And I notice them as if I am playing a game of  hide and seek.

I won't compare and be sad.
I will be thankful....
and remember....





Encourage one another,
Donna


Saturday, October 13, 2018

A Cat Hat.






two thousand thirteen











Sometimes all it takes is a cat hat.

I get lost in my old photos.
I love them.

Donna






Monday, October 08, 2018

All of us.






We went to Omaha because Patrick and Shelby were coming to town with Dottie.
It was wonderful that all of the Bouchers could be together....
and that we could all be there to see Dottie baptized!














peek



The proud, loving parents.



Lorelei running in circles with the boys.  She is quite shy but it is clear she adores her cousins.






Dottie's hair is not this red.  The camera and the restaurant light made her hair much redder.
She is a happy girl and so very loved.


“Making the decision to have a child - it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ”  ~Elizabeth Stone



Hugs and kisses
Donna

I remembered my camera :o)






Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Happy October!

Hi!  I wanted to share some fun pictures from last weekend's wedding!


My niece Hillary was married to her long time love Michael over the weekend in Indiana.
Patrick, Katie and I drove down and picked up Uncle Paulie at the airport.
Emma and James drove in from Missouri.

It was a beautiful wedding with glorious music, a beautiful couple, and loads of family and friends.
I have tried for an hour to upload a few videos and they have not worked.  

Just imagine my niece Ellie and her husband singing The Prayer.
It was beautiful, emotional and powerful.


I liked Ellie and Stevens just as well....



The video was really cute.  With both Hillary and Michael!
But here is the bride as she passed by :o)






The newlyweds :o)


*****

Off on another adventure this weekend!
Yikes!

I'll fill you in on the flip side!

Love Wins,
Donna





Monday, September 24, 2018

In which my husband and I handle things differently.



At the end of last year, at school, I left my sunglasses in a black bag (that each of us use at school).
I was pretty sure I left them behind.  I was not concerned enough about them to go looking during the summer.   When I arrived this morning to SUB at my old school I looked for the bag but it was being used.  Which it should be, by one of the new assistants.

When I was outside, I visited with the other assistants.  
And it didn't happen instantly...but it kind of dawned on me when I spotted the 'Ray Ban' signature on the side of the glasses worn by a new assistant.
Cat eye Ray Bans.  I've never met anyone who had this pair.
But here they were.

I absolutely did not say anything about it.

I figured....finders keepers.

Glad she likes them.



When I told Patrick....he had a very different take!
"You didn't get them back?!?!


No....
what if they weren't mine....
(and as I look at this picture...they are black and maybe the ones I saw today were tortoise shell)
blah, blah, blah,

and then he told me that one day a few year ago he saw someone at work drinking a Mountain Dew,
and he knew it was HIS Mountain Dew.  
He pointed at the pop and said in a gruff voice, "Is that MY pop?"

And the startled woman said.....
'Oh, they are not for everyone?'
She offered to give it back, half-drunk.

He said. No.

Two years later, he is still ticked.


He can not believe I did not ask for them back.
I couldn't do it.  Those words could not come out of my mouth.

I'm not ticked.
They looked cute on her,



What would you do????

The happy loser,
Donna

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Emmy's finest.


The Emmy's were held on Monday night.  The red carpet was fantastic!
One after another....
I chose my favorites....
You will be surprised by one or two of my choices this year.


Ellie Kemper in her pretty pink ruffled dress is not surprise.
Classic Donna pick.





Have you watched The Sinner?  This is Jessica Biel, she is the star and producer of The Sinner.
She is remarkable in this role.
I love her dress!  The shapes are unique and the cut is interesting and gorgeous!






How I love this dress.  I would buy this dress and wear it every day to every event.
For my body type....it is perfection.  In fact, I don't think I have ever seen a dress at the Emmy's that I think I could wear ....that I also thought was gorgeous.
I will take it in every color!!
:o)



I know you love Michelle Dockery so I am sharing this picture.  The color blue is out of this world!!  And I love it!  The applique flowers are ....um...ugly.
But I will over look them because that blue is stunning.




Kristen Bell and her EARRINGS!
Holy giant diamonds Batman!




Her whole look is exquisite.  
That exaggerated neckline is special and sets this apart from other column dresses!





While I think a ball gown is not the best choice for the Emmy's....
This is kind of amazing.







This is Stefanie Robinson.  I do not know who she is but I thought this dress was a stand out.
I would make the shoulder straps a little thinner but the color and the tulle tiers are beautiful.





Taraji P. Henson looked fabulous.  The embroidery on her dress was pretty and feminine.  I like the shout dress with big, detailed train.   I think it is dramatic in the perfect way.
Her shoes and makeup are also lovely.  







I love this colorful, fun dress.
Technicolor.  Like TV :o)
I have never seen a dress with this color scheme in chiffon.
It's great!





And for those of you who love This is Us and Gilmore Girls....
Here is Milo making a cheeky, cute, Milo face!

Nice Tux.
It was great for a hot night :o)



There were many more lovelies....
Which were your favorites?

LoveeeeUuuuuuu
Donna




Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Gaps









You must have tickets ahead of time to go to the 9/11 museum.  We missed out and I would love to go some time.  

Katie heard people talking about the plane crash in Penn. (The fourth plane)  She did not know about flight 93.
She was only one when our country was attacked.  In the weeks following the attack Katie LOVED seeing the fire engines racing by with American flags flying behind them.
She learned to sing God Bless American and waved a flag around with glee.

I remember that whole fall seemed eerie. 
I remember feeling so on edge.
Jets flying over were scary.
News bulletins on TV were startling.

How could we ever forget?

And how can my 18 year old not know this whole story?
It's weird what you assume sinks in....I think we will watch Flight 93 tonight.

Donna

Remembering the lost and their families and loved ones today.







Tuesday, September 04, 2018

In the helping business.

Last year, starting in the summer, I wrote a prayer list and pasted it on the bathroom wall.
I'm sure I told this story on the blog.

I did.

Matthew's Fine

I was talking to Katie about prayer the other night.  I have had my struggles.
Right out in the open with prayer.  I think that struggle rubbed off on Katie.

She is not sure if she should ask for things.
I told her, I don't ask a lot.
But it's important to say 'thanks' and 'please forgive me'.

And then I remembered my prayer list and reminded Katie of that little list.

You see, every name on that list,
every single prayer has been answered.

In the best possible way.

Matthew will start a new job next week.  Thank you God.
Emma married a wonderful man. Thank you God.
Patrick and Shelby had a precious rainbow baby. Dottie.  Thank you God.
Katie is healthy and well. Thank you God.
Melinda worked thru her problem.  Thank you God.


Of course, I know that God is not Santa and
after Sue died, I wasn't sure that He was in the helping business at all.

But I took a little step last summer and every time I went to the bathroom I was reminded to pray and  I asked God for help for the ones I love.

They were not eloquent prayers.
They were short pleas.
If you wills
Help
Heal
Please.


A year of imperfect prayer said by an imperfect prayer.
But heard by a loving God who is apparently still in the helping business.














With Thanks and Praise.

Donna

p.s. I am full of gratitude to the faithful who have prayed for my family...I know you are out there...being the faithful angels that you are.  So thank you, too.  I love you.




Friday, August 31, 2018

Asher is 8




Hours old. Most alert baby ever.



and a smile




First kisses are sweetest
I need this hair again.



I'm so thankful to be a grandma, a Yaya, to these precious boys.

Happy Birthday Asher.  
You are an artist, a storyteller, a math wiz, a basketball star and a great big brother.
Eight is GREAT!

Love Yaya