Tuesday, March 13, 2018

March Madness!

It has been so lovely outside, and we are all getting spring fever!
The morning temps are still fairly chilly, but the days have been delightful.

Little Miss is two and a half and loves to be outside!

Willie enjoys these lovely warm days,too!

Basketball fever is high this time of year!

Joshua and his NCAA bracket - he is rooting for Kansas!
(A boy after my own heart!)

Isaac is cheering for the Gonzaga Bulldogs!

We have so much fun each year filling out the brackets and
watching some of the games.
Anticipation is high!

Me?  I go back to my roots and still cheer the Kansas Jayhawks on to victory!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

AWANA Grand Prix Race!

The cars have been very creatively made and are lined up!

Tension, and excitement, is high!

Isaac's car is on the left, and Joshua's is on the right.

Double elimination - the race is about to begin!

Can you believe it?  After one previous race against others, the Krause boys ended up 
in competition against each other!

Mr. Cameron lines the cars up just so.

Isaac's car won!
And after several more elimination races, he ended up in 3rd place for TNT!
Way to go, Isaac!
(Posing with Pastor Paul)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Celebrating David's Graduation From Basic Training!!

David's graduation at Ft. Sill was at the end of January and I wanted to go SO BADLY!
We had talked about this so much as a family, but as the day of departure got
closer, it was decided that it would be best if I stayed home.

Having a torn ACL and a leg brace is not conducive to long drives, and maneuvering
around in the travel trailer would be a chore.
Then, there was all the walking as part of the graduation festivities..........

We knew the actual graduation would be live-streamed, so I knew that I could hoot
and holler from the living room.

Joe took great pictures, and he and the boys had a wonderful adventure!

Half the fun of a trip is all the adventure along the way!

Arrived safely, and all set up at Buffalo Bob's RV Park in Lawton, Oklahoma!

The clubhouse was filled with all sorts of interesting things to do!

The first evening they were there, they attended an information meeting on what would
be happening over the next two days for graduation.

The beautiful chapel where the actual graduation was held.

The next day, January 25, was Family Day.  The boys were bundled up against the cold - David
says that Lawton is the coldest place on the face of the earth!
Especially for 4:00 am PT........

After some speeches, and several skits illustrating the transformation of these soldiers
over the past nine weeks, the graduates made their entrance.
David was a flag bearer!

Man, doesn't he look SHARP!!!!!!

So proud of this young man!

I was able to Face time with David before they fed him!
Off to the Golden Corral where he could eat whatever he wanted!

They spent the afternoon at the RV clubhouse after eating and then going to
the Verizon store to get a new phone!

Graduation Day - January 26, 2018

Joe did such a great job in capturing David announcing his name, and then walking
across the stage.  We were cheering him on here at home!

They all ate well again, and then David sorted through some civilian clothes that
he had wanted to take with him to Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio.
(He later told me that anything they brought was immediately locked up once they arrived!)

They were all being bused out that night so time was short again.

But wow, what an accomplishment!
We are so proud of you, David, and can't wait to see where the Army sends you!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Jonathan's Truck - A New Paint Job

Jonathan has a great truck, and he got it for a great price.
However, the Arizona sun has taken its toll on the paint job over the years.

So last Thursday, he came out to the farm to prep his truck and get it painted.
The requirement was fair weather and NO wind.
The weather forecast was not good for Saturday  - a big cold front was to 
move in.....with strong winds.

So, Friday was the day to get it all done!

He washed it, with the help of Isaac and Joshua, several times, and
then had to put plastic and tape all over the not-to-be-painted areas.
Turned out to be quite the job!

Joe arrived back home early afternoon and was able to help out a bit.

Then the spraying began!

The finished product - it looks great!

Well done, Jonathan!
So glad you were able to come out and we could be a part of your big project!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

It Wasn't What I Had Planned.........

One of my favorite sayings, when things don't go as planned, is:

 "You never know what another day will bring!"

We tend to think that our days will go the way we want them to and are surprised
when the unexpected happens.

In early December, I rushed into the laundry room to hang up some laundry
 before making dinner, and stepped up on the stool.  It tipped, I grabbed the 
washing machine, and ended up twisting around.
And then I heard a BIG POP !

I was convinced that I had broken my leg.
Fortunately Rachel was home and helped me attempt to get up.
My leg gave way.

I ended up at the Emergency Room, where they determined that no bones
were broken, but they encouraged me to see an orthopedic doctor.

This is how I started out.

The immobilizer - felt good having everything held firmly in place.

After having an MRI, it was determined that I had torn my ACL.
Not good.

But God is faithful, and I am trusting Him to be completely back on BOTH feet!

I started physical therapy right after Christmas and the PT's have all given me
a very good prognosis.

And I'm making progress!

I have a better brace.

I have moved down to ONE crutch!
Which means I'm putting more and more weight on my injured leg,
which is good.

Last week, John, my PT told me to start using the cane when I am inside.
This was frightening!
I've come to realize that I am relying on that extra support, just for security!

So I am progressing, and that's what matters.

Through this whole episode, I have learned that I am more independent than I thought, and
I really don't like to rely on other people for help.

My family has been more than patient with me and have offered tremendous
help and encouragement, which has been a huge blessing!

So here are the Scriptures that are giving me hope:

Isaiah 35:6  NKJV

"Then the lame shall leap like a deer......"

Psalm 18:  33,36  NLT

"He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights."

"You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping."

Back to my strengthening exercises!