The countdown to the New Year is on,  in approximately 4 hours it will be 2009.  How can it be possible that a year has passed since we rang in 2008?  It never ceases to amaze me how quickly time passes,  are there times when you wish you could slow things down a bit?  I know I feel that way often, when I realize how quickly Drama Queen and  my grandbabies are growing up, and when I visit my mom and see how frail she is becoming,  I just want to find a way to make time slow down.

I suppose it’s a good thing that time is not something we can control, we just have to make the most of each moment, trusting God to give us wisdom and direction for each new day.  I’m looking forward to 2009 and all the possiblities it holds.  I pray that the New Year will bring you joy, peace, health, and happiness.

Happy New Year!



Christmas Pictures

Here are some of our Christmas photos I wanted to share, I took so many over the holidays I had a hard time choosing just a few, but I finally narrowed it down.  Here is Drama Queen on Christmas morning with her new game. 


            Wanna play Yahtzee?


The babies intently checking out the contents of their stockings from Nana and Papa.


 Here’s Natalie modeling her new sweater!


Beth helping clean up the aftermath of  opening presents.


Phillip and Drama Queen playing her new Wii game.


  Here’s Joey trying out his new hoodie.


     Ashley enjoying the fun!


 Nana and her babies together Christmas morning.


Oreo’s more interested in chewing on his stocking than checking out what’s inside.


Drama Queen’s birth family, together for Christmas!  Holly, Marcie, Drama Queen, and Hillary.

God has blessed us so richly this past year, I can’t thank Him enough for our precious family, they mean the world to me.   There are no words to adequately express my gratitude for His mercy and grace.  He is more than enough!!

Have a wonderful night!

Love, Velvia

Here Comes 2009


I’m a little early wishing you a Happy New Year, but since I haven’t blogged at all over the holidays I decided to get a jump on 2009.   My family and I have had a wonderful holiday season.  We were fortunate to have Ashley’s parents, and his sister and her son here for Thanksgiving, along with all our children and grandchildren.   

We were also able to get together for Christmas with our children and grandchildren.   Natalie, Joey, Cupcake, and Blue Eyes came down on Tuesday and stayed until Friday morning (they spent Christmas Eve with Joey’s parents).  Phillip, Beth, Spiderman, and Ladybug  joined us for dinner Tuesday night as well as Christmas morning for brunch.  It was more than wonderful,  I marvel  every time we are all together at God’s goodness to our family. 

We were also blessed to have not only our immediate family here Tuesday night for dinner, but to also have Drama Queen’s birth mom and sisters with us as well.  Her sister Hillary, came down and stayed with us Monday through Wednesday, and then Marcie (her birth mom), and her sister Holly, came down early afternoon on Tuesday.  They exchanged gifts and spent family time together, and then stayed and had dinner with us.  It was so much fun, it was great to celebrate the wonder of the season with the people we love.   I’ll try to post pictures tomorrow!

I’m looking forward to a wonderful year in 2009, despite the economic and other uncertainties we face as a nation, I know that God is in control and no matter what the future holds, I know He holds the future!  I pray you have a safe, happy, and healthy New Year!

God Bless!


One year ago today, I started blogging.  It’s seems odd to be posting about this since I haven’t been blogging much lately, but it is a milestone of sorts I suppose.   

I would post more but it’s past my bedtime, so I think I’ll just say goodnight and try to post something worthwhile tomorrow evening!

Have a great night!

Love, Velvia



Thank you God for all the wonderful blessings you have bestowed upon me, I am truly grateful.  Thank you for all the difficult things I’ve experienced in my life, they’ve drawn me closer to you.  Thank you for the challenges I’ve faced, You’ve used them to make me stronger.  Thank you for the times I’ve failed, they’ve humbled me and made me realize that I am nothing without You.  Thank you for the times when things haven’t turned out the way I’d hoped, it makes me know You have a better plan.

Thank you for loving me just as I am, and loving me so much that You won’t let me stay that way!

Happy Sunday!

I don’t have much time to blog tonight, I’m working on our homeschool lesson plans, so I decided to post a few recent photos of my sweet little munchkins.  Since this is Thanksgiving month I’m going to focus most, if not all my posts on things I’m grateful for, so here are four of my most precious blessings!

                   Blue Eyes – Cheese!

This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago when Cupcake and Blue Eyes stayed with us for several days while Natalie and Joey took the girls in their care camping.   Isn’t he sweet?  I love the way the sun is reflecting off his blond hair, it makes him look angelic (which he is— most of the time).

            Cupcake – Too cute for words!

Another one of the photos I took during their visit.  I  think she looks more like Natalie the older she gets, she has Joey’s coloring and his disposition, but she reminds me so much of Natalie when I look in those big brown eyes.   I think the expression on her face is so precious!

          Ladybug – I stuck my finger in a light socket!

I took this photo of Ladybug last week while she was jumping on the trampoline, the static electricity had her hair standing on end!  I love this picture, but the sad part was every time I touched her I shocked her and she looked at me as if to say “Nana, why did you do that?”  She’s such a little doll!

           Spiderman – You’re the Man!!

What a cute little guy!  If you look at his neck you’ll see his vein popping out, when he’s angry or upset it looks like it will pop right out of his skin.  My son Phillip and I share this trait with Spiderman so I guess it’s genetic, although I don’t think ours is quite as pronounced as Spiderman’s. 

Well, that’s my post for this evening, I’m off to finish lesson plans and to prepare for this week of homeschool.  I hope everyone has a great week this week.  Don’t forget to vote!!

Love, Velvia

Fall Fun

It’s really hard to believe that November has arrived, what happened to September and October?  They flew by in a blur, as most months seem to do now.  I guess it’s because I’m getting older but the weeks fly by like days, and months like weeks.  Ah well, another Halloween has come and gone and before you know it we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving.  I love this time of year, the cooler weather, the beautiful colors that God has painted the landscape with, and the anticipation of the holidays.  I have so much to be thankful for, God has been so good to us and I’m grateful for the opportunity to express my gratefulness always but especially during this month.

I want to share three of my most precious blessings, Spiderman, Ladybug, and Drama Queen all decked out for trick or treating last night.  We had pizza together before Ashley and Drama Queen, and Phillip, Beth, and the little ones went around the neighborhood to get candy.  I stayed home to pass out the candy to the kids that came to our house.  I think everyone had a great time, the kids got lots of chocolate so the adults get to share in the loot!

   Ladybug and Spiderman ready to go!

They looked so cute and were so excited about going out to get candy.  Little Miss Ladybug got tired so Beth brought her back to the house and the others went back out to finish up.  Spiderman told Beth “I’m ready for the next level of trick or treating”, meaning he’s big enough to go to more houses now.

                     Too cute!!

                Tough Guy!!

Well fiddledeedee! (Our own Scarlet O’Hara)

Drama Queen changed her mind yesterday afternoon about what costume she wanted to wear.  I had put together a scarecrow costume for her to wear at her request, but at the last minute (almost!), she decided to wear her Scarlet O’Hara costume from two years ago.  Thankfully, it still fit, all I had to do was let the hem out.  To her credit she did wear the scarecrow costume to the Girl Scout party earlier in the week, so my effort wasn’t in vain.

The only thing that would have made the evening better is if Natalie, Joey, Cupcake, and Blue Eyes had been here with us.  Natalie is going to email me pictures of their little ones dressed up, so I’ll post those as soon as she sends them.

Well, I’m off to iron our clothes for church tomorrow, have a wonderful Sunday!

Love, Velvia