Just down the road from our house is a big privately owned company called Epic. If you go to the doctors office or the hospital you most likely have see an Epic product. They make the software that many, many hospitals have that compiles your information, I think. haha.
It is owned by a woman....which is cool.
It is wildly successful.
She has kept big builders working thru the recession.
The latest phases has been these beautiful farm buildings and farm houses.
And the next phase is going to be Harry Potter inspired. Hogwarts. Yup.
If we thought this complex was remarkable and Olympic village like before...
I know the Harry Potter buildings will be out of this world!!!
Every day I think of Sue. Especially these two months...the months we knew she had a brain tumor will always be the months of loving Sue the best we could. Trips back and forth to Missouri. Daily chats with Cindy and Keith and even Sue. Sweet memories of our time together. Funny things. Darling things. Kisses. Giggles. Eating. Tears. Love. Broken Hearts. Our gorgeous, brilliant, generous, loving, fabulous sister. I miss you. I remember you. Love you. Mean it. Donna Elsie
I tried a new app last week. It is called Print Studio. The app is free. From inside the app you can chose your pictures to make prints, books, or even cards. Then you pay for them with a credit card...and they send them to you. It could not be easier.
And the best part...even better than the ease of use...is the quality of the paper is fantastic!!! Just the best! I am so happy to have learned of this print co. Thanks Susan Keller!
So you know....it took one week to get my pictures.
What a wonderful thing to be in the GOLD bracket at yesterday's volleyball tournament! First time in GOLD!! We came in second place overall.
We played locally too and that was so nice!
Only one more tournament and then club volleyball will be over for this year.
I think volleyball is my favorite sport to watch, I really do love it!
Wishing you are great week to come.
Off to the Luke House to serve meat loaf and mashed potatoes!
Melinda and I took the boys upstairs to find some light and get a few pictures.
They behave like normal children. Full of life and glee.
I snapped and sweated and chirped and sang.
They wiggled and squirmed and screamed.
And then...a moment of tenderness and light.
Oh! They are so dear. They are really nice to be around. Matthew and Melinda are doing a wonderful job parenting the boys. It's a pleasure to see.
When it comes to formal portraits at this age, singletons are best for those perfect poses.
More than one child in the picture and I have to change my idea of perfection. In fact, it has to become about capturing the moment. I have never met a 2 1/2 year old and a 10 month old who will sit pretty for a portrait. And in order not to drive myself crazy I have to relax about it. In acceptance lieth peace.
They are such dear little guys.
Thank you Matthew and Melinda for making the trip and visiting us!
Matthew and Melinda were not able to come home for Christmas...and so they missed the iced cut outs my husband makes. These are the only thing he still makes from his days as owner of Boucher's Bakery. Yes. We once had a bakery in Marinette.
I know I have told this before but here it is again.
Patrick does the rest.
I never worked at the bakery. Well...once or twice in 17 years. I was home with the children.
But every day we had cut outs. Fresh white bread, brownies and cut outs.
The boys worked for their dad when they were old enough to do something. I remember Matthew running the bun slicer. Oh dear Lord. It was a big machine.
And Patrick delivered baked goods in Michigan a week after he got his drivers license.
Hit. the. ground. running.
So I thought it would be really nice to bake cookies when they kids were here. Besides...everyone wants to eat them and it would be a fun activity.
Here we go!
A little cheer :o)
Asher holding the cutter.
The cut outs were adorable shapes and quite large. I saved some when we sold off the bakery equipment and handed them out the the Boucher children. But Patrick likes this little cutter I found for him at a rummage sale.
"You say you're not special
because the world doesn't know about you,
but that's an insult to me.
I know about you.
The Fault in our Stars.
I'm almost done with this heart-breaking, thoughtful book.
It happens to be all the rage for the teens.
Katie read it first and I wanted to read it so we could talk about it.
I know I should do it the other way around but...I don't.
It is a good book that can be hard to read.
There are many important themes in this book and lots of poignant quotes to save and ponder.
I enjoyed the writing and the characters and the words.
"The world is not a wish-granting factory."
Not for anyone....which is strangely comforting to me.
All we can do, really, is love one another...really really well.
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ~John Green, The Fault in Our Stars Do you love a book like that? What is it?