Monday, September 29, 2014

Last of the Wedding Pictures!

This is the last of the wedding pictures, courtesy of Joe's phone,  He was taking photos along with the photographer and I think they turned out really good,

Rachel's blog has a good share of photos, so feel free to hop over there to look at those!  

David and Joe

David and his dad -

..........and his mom

These boys were beyond excited!!!

Walking out to the country lane for the bridesmaid photos!

Courtney, the maid of honor, Rachel, Liz, David's sister, and Cassie

The Krause Family......minus Jonathan (who was with us through SKYPE!)

Hmmmm, must be looking at something interesting!

I have NO idea what has possessed these boys.....I wish someone had pointed this out before the pictures were taken........not good.

A great one of Rachel and David!

 A proud mom, getting to hold the bouquet while dress adjustments were being made!

So between the photographer, Joe, and all the other people that took pictures.......I'd say we all have a lovely record of the day.  It was so beautiful and the weather couldn't have been better!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

It's Starting to Look Like Fall!

The monsoon rains are over, the temperatures are cooling down, and in our little part of Arizona it's starting to have that "Autumn-look".  I love it!  The little boys are in the throws of school and AWANA, David is enjoying his sophomore year and being on the football team, and the pigweed is on it's way out!  Joe and David are so allergic to that nasty weed, so we all rejoice when we see it finally withering and turning brown.

Our two cats and two dogs have reached a mutually agreeable truce.  Here is Willie, the dog and Cocoa, the cat eyeing each other - and you can see leaves on the ground!

Here is Buffy, Jonathan's dog, who will be eleven this January, enjoying a good chew on a
bone.  Jan Karon, in her Mitford series refers to Father Tim's aging dog as "The Old Gentleman". This fits Buffy perfectly.  Can't wait to see what he does when Jonathan returns sometime
this winter!  It should be a grand reunion for sure!

Joshua and Isaac - I am constantly amazed at the progress these two have made.  Living in an orphanage for the first two and half years of their lives is not a good way to start out, but they are resilient, joyful, and enjoy life! They are truly happy little boys, brothers, and best friends!

Isaac LOVES animals, especially the kittens!

I caught David and Joe in the middle of their mowing and tractor work.

And David is sporting a brand new bike!  Isn't that snazzy?!! did he go from a Nebraska shirt to an Alabama shirt in a matter of minutes?
Just noticed that......

You can see the leaves beginning to yellow.

And last of all, Isaac is learning to mow! *Sigh*  My little baby boy is growing up!

So this is a glimpse into our lives this lovely fall weekend!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Are We Back to Normal?

After all the hub-bub of the wedding in August, I was really anxious to get back into a routine for my sanity as well as the boys.  My van had a major transmission episode within the hour after dropping Courtney off at the airport........and I still don't have it back.  I'm not really an "on-the-go" kind of person, but not having a vehicle most days has forced me to hunker down here at home.

So what has normal been for us lately?

Eating lots of corn on the cob from our local U-Pick-It.  It's the best
 sweet corn I have ever had!

We had an impromptu lunch at Costco with Rachel and David one Sunday!

Boys being creative during the day after school is done.

Enjoying the sunshine!

We had a nice visit from Rachel the other day after she had finished a test.  It was
so great to have her back home for a bit! Willie was so glad to see her!

She brought some extra medical supplies for the boys to play with.  Here's 
Dr. Joshua Krause all ready for surgery!

Ahhhh.........sweet father and "married" daughter once again!

David's enjoying football again this year........he's in there somewhere!

Jonathan continues to enjoy his short stay in Poland........working on his biceps in his spare time!
(What are you under?)

Update.....................Jonathan says this is a Polish SU 22 fighter.

And Courtney, looking as beautiful as ever, is busy with school and her internship.  Have to brag here as her mom.......she got an award for the "Intern of the Quarter"!  That's my girl!!

And to add more chaos to our attempt to get back to normal?  Well, we are getting the brunt of
Hurricane Odile, that slammed into Mexico.  It's coming straight up through Arizona, and some maps
are showing us getting six to ten inches over the next several days?  Really?  How are we supposed to deal with this?  Could be interesting...............................

So are we back to normal?  I guess so..........

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Just Because She's So Beautiful.........

Still waiting for the official wedding pictures to come in from the photographer.  If this is
 any indication of her work..........they should all be stunning!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sixty Years!

September 4, 1954

Sixty years ago today, my dear parents were married in the First Methodist Church of Lawrence, Kansas. My mom always told me it was 104* that day and the church was un-air conditioned!  
After just experiencing Rachel and David's wedding, I cannot imagine how everyone dealt 
with the extreme heat!

Don't they look young here?  They were both 23 at the time.  We have always laughed and
said that my dad looks about twelve years old in these pictures!

My grandparents, Williams, on the left, and Carey on the right.  I miss them.

I have the article out of the "Society" section of the Lawrence Journal Star.  It goes into great detail on what the bride, the mothers, the bridesmaids, etc all wore.  The flower bouquets, as well as the sanctuary decorations are described in great detail!

"Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a snowy white gown of Chantilly lace and nylon
 tulle, fashioned with an illusion yoke, etched in scalloped medallions........Her veil of illusion
fell from a half-hat of lace.  She carried a bouquet of white carnations and stephanotis."

Many years passed filled with happiness, and yes, sorrow, sickness and health..  We had a lot of great times as a family, and always enjoyed doing things together.  We had great vacations and those are some of my favorite memories - Longboat Key, Florida!!

Here they are sometime in the 1990's.

At 83, they moved from Florida to Tucson this past spring.  That was a hard move for them,
 but we are so glad to be closer together and to get to see each other more often!

And the crowning moment?  They were able to see Rachel and David get married - what
a joy!  They got to spend time with Courtney, too, on her short visit, and are looking forward 
to seeing their soldier grandson, Jonathan, when he comes for a visit sometime this winter!

Happy 60th Anniversary to the most wonderful parents ever!!

I love you both so much!