What happened?  The snow melted, mud and viruses abound, and Sunday was gloomy.  That about sums up the last week; more like the last 3 weeks.

But that is too short of a post, so I'll tell you more about the pictures and life.

You know how the home cook with her last-minute meal can find substitutes for that one ingredient forgotten at the grocery store?  That's how I view Montana.   Substitutes.  Like sunshine, for example.

If you are seeking sunshine and cheer, up here in Montana, you have to find it tucked in the shy, sweet smile of a nephew; or the sing-song voice of your niece asking for more "those"; or accepting a hug from a shorter sister; looking at ultrasound your taller sister brings to the house . . .   Maybe it's from outside the family; being supercharged over the weekend at Fresh Life; creating a fun class for 8 four year olds; having a rabbit who has always hated you come look for a petting.

And wouldn't you know, sometimes the substitute can be just as good as or a refreshing change from the original.

My sister and I were just talking that we now have old memories in Montana.  Memories that come to mind, and you think to yourself, "Wow, that was a while ago; so much has changed."  One year and seven months has gone by like the whiff of fresh bread as you pass the bakery.  Enjoyable, evocative, but brief.  Time is simultaneously slow and racing by - theoretically impossible, I know.

Reminds me of a Christmas present. A necklace with the words,
Don't count the days.
Make the days count.

Be challenged with that this week. Make a day memorable, write it down and then visit it from the future and find encouragement in the amazing things God does.

Even if your outside is depressingly dull, seek a sparkle of sunshine in the treasures surrounding you.


February 17

Commentary tomorrow . . . 


Happy Valentine's Day


We almost missed the chance to say this on the actual day!

This afternoon we went out to visit Kacey and add a little pink to the day!

This is what Ellie was doing when we arrived.  
A dollie even while napping.

Rachel got right to work upstairs.

Ellie's closet is going to have a very PINK back wall in it!

Thank you, Rachel for doing such a fantastic job!


Can you all tell how sick little Hudson is?  He didn't have the greatest day today.


Do you think his look has something to do with the color pink?

Some say that the greatest form of flattery is imitation.

Grandpa, you should feel very flattered.

The 'turn the bucket upside down for a ladder' trick has been duly noted!


February already!

Hello there, friends,

Steve and I made it back to Montana.


I must admit,

This time there was some kicking and screaming!

Ah, the sun felt so good and brought such a happy smile to my face.

Once back from San Diego,

We got busy.

The window that wasn't

Now is!

Rachel did some fine painting for me.

I picked out some new light/fan sconces and it is good to go.

Well, there is that big space between the windows.

I've got an idea!!!!

Ok, the smiles did come to us up here as well.

It was just without the sunshine.

Unless, of course, grandkids are considered sunshine.

Isn't Ellie just adorably cute.

(a picture taken from Ashley's instagram for all you non-grammer's!)

Steve is back in San Diego already!

Please  hurry back, honey!