Monday, January 04, 2016

Highlight of 2015

In pictures....


Time with the girls...


A turnabout dance with friends....

Shooting our food.  Sesame noodle kick.  #dumplinghausmadison Every bite. Delicious!

Me and Katie eating at the best place in town.
Dumpling Haus at Hilldale shopping center.

Katie's wonderful Aunt and Sponsor. Susan is the most loving person! We are all lucky to have her in our lives. #confirmation

Katie and her dear Aunt Susan at confirmation.


Masters for Emma


proud. relieved. happy.



Finally getting to Omaha to see the babies....and their parents.

First place. Gold division.  Way to go!!

First ever. First place.  Exciting.


Quiet Life get together. Di Wheeler came to Wisconsin and these gals stopped by to meet her and chat for a bit.


A visit from Patrick.



Even tho having a house full at Christmas may be loud...I do not care.
This is how I will remember it.


Downton Abbey's 6th and final season began last night.
It was wonderful. It had the feel of the first few seasons.
I have mourned Matthew's death for over two years and have not forgiven
Dan Stevens for leaving the show...but every thing else was on point and I was happily distracted by many other good parts last night.

I shed a tear or two and even giggled one or twice.
And I didn't hate Bates.  So dang happy they are done with all of that depressing stuff.

Bring on the joy and humor and beautiful music.


that goes for YOU 2016 too.

Bring on the joy.
the love.
the laughs
and the beauty.

Encourage one another,


  1. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Beautiful photos, as always.

    Is Ginny always so polite as she waits for the door to be opened for her?

    Bridget in Minnesota

  2. Anonymous11:13 AM

    Such sweet memories of precious family and friends, thanks for sharing 2015.
    "Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come." Alfred Lord Tennyson
    Love and prayers and hope for all at QL in 2016, jep

  3. You had a very full year, Donna. This is a great round up of photos.

    I am glad you were pleased with the episode last night. I thought the "spirit" of it was just right.

    I relished the hunting scene, beautiful red coats and pretty horses. Glad we didn't have to see the poor little fox !

    Edith gets prettier every year.

    I thought Mrs Patmore earned MVP award.


  4. I loved every picture from your year in review. You are a blessing.
    Those grandbabies are too sweet for words, so I won't even try.

    Katie always makes me smile. She is a bringer of light.

    Wishing you all the best. Joy, love and happiness.

  5. Great photo round up of your year! That last picture, though. LOVE it.

  6. Amy J in WI5:28 PM

    Great post, Donna! You really do have a wonderful life :).

  7. A beautiful recap of your year, Donna. I'm so glad I get to read your words and see the beauty in your photos here. The happiest of new years to you and your family!

  8. Great pictures. A good reminder of the faithfulness of God.

  9. Life didn't look so quiet there! Haha! ... Beautiful.

  10. Lovely pictures of a lovely family! We also had a house full over Chirstmas and it was noisy and wonderful. Episode 1 of season 6 was just right. I am glad the Bates issue has been resolved and not dragged out any longer. There were some fun laughs too.

  11. Happy New Year! Love your blog!

  12. That QLCS gathering was a highlight of the year (and snuggling on the couch with Ginny and walking around Madison with the amazing moon rising, and talking, talking, talking.) Thanks for being a 2015 Highlight in my life, my friend.

    I love all your pics, Donna, but those little boys in their jambes really are amazing. What a beautiful family you have.

    Hugs to you,


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