Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween 2011

Cop and Jail Bird



Panda gets into the candy.

Happy Halloween!

Pictures will be coming, but for now go read my sister's excellent, "Don't Trade Halloween for Reformation Sunday." My sentiments exactly.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

GE Recall

Thank you, CMW, for letting me know that GE issued a recall just today on their exploding cooktops. Do you have one of these? Turn it off and call GE.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Seeing his brother's hot chocolate...

Micah: I want that! I want sugar coffee!

Recent Listening

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

The Whipping Boy

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Help! It looks like it may be a month or more before we have a new cooktop in place. The problem is that a replacement will need a downdraft like the one we are replacing. There are limited options with this feature and the one we want would be a special order. Additionally, our microwave is on the fritz, only working every once in a while. A repairman is coming for that today, but the part may take some time to come.

In the meantime, nobody in this house is willing to go without eating so I need meal ideas...grill, crockpot, electric griddle recipes to feed a large family. Can you help? Send me your family favorites. Thank you!
Micah: Can I have some (something unintelligible)?

Me: What?

Zachary: He said, "Can I have some ceremonies?"

Me: What does that mean?

Zachary: You know, like royal ceremonies with fancy things.

Me: Why would he want that?

Zachary: Why wouldn't he?

Sunday, October 09, 2011


Jacob: (Walking around with his hands full of Pyrite from the mountain mines) I'd be rich, if only I were a fool!


The last morning the Laurences were here our cooktop exploded at breakfast. Thankfully, nobody was hurt but ceramic glass shards flew everywhere. Very exciting. When we started to look for a new stovetop, we found reviews of this one (GE Profile) and discovered that it has been exploding on others as well, many others (14 out of15 reviews). So, if have one of these, be warned. We're very thankful nobody was hurt. Jacob told Father T about it after mass this morning and he said a prayer of thanksgiving with our family and asked angels to continue to protect us. That's the best insurance there is. We'll be replacing this with a different brand. Any suggestions?

Duke Gardens

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Quick Note and Update

Hello All!

I just wanted to pop in here and say Thank you to all who sent prayers my way for the morning sickness. I am happy to say that I am doing well. In fact, I've been doing great. I haven't felt sick at all now for a whole week!

And there's more than just feeling better. I'll write more soon and maybe post a few pictures of the fabulous last two weeks I've had. Truly, it's been like a dream. You'll see why when I get to posting pictures. Thank you again. Your prayers worked!