Welcome to my personal blog!

Just as I share some of my personal thoughts and views, I invite you to share yours. All I ask is that you keep your comments appropriate. I won’t feel badly about removing comments that are offensive. That doesn’t mean you can’t be honest—I want honest feedback—but I like to fill my life with positive people and positive things. I guess that means that if you have to say something negative, say it nicely!

More than anything, I want you to leave here feeling inspired and valued—and like we've had a nice visit!



A Canon Camera

This will be short and quick, but several of you asked a few questions about the beautiful picture of Phoebe I posted last week, and I wanted to answer those. 

First, yes, Jon is a professional photographer. He's actually working on his degree in photography, and I feel so lucky to have him. He's always so willing to take last-minute photos for me, and he's great to have as part of our family! And as you can imagine, I had to really beg him to take those pictures of Phoebe! (smile)

He used a Canon 5D with an off-camera flash (whatever that means!). You can tell I'm certainly not a professional photographer. He didn't use a filter. 

Now, I'm off. I haven't been on the computer for a few days, and I'm not planning on getting on again for a few more. I hope you understand, but this week spent with new grandchildren and their mommies (and their siblings) is sacred to me. I'll be back at it full hilt next week! 


Finally with Phoebe!

Okay, I know it's been a week, but I said I would finish highlighting our trip to Australia. And I think the only thing I hadn't mentioned was dinner with lions! Yes, that's right; we ate dinner with lions just feet away. (Of course, there was a chain-link fence and a "hot wire" between us.) 

I wasn't nervous at all--except once. When you look at the photos, I think you'll figure out when! The entire evening with all the animals was fascinating. 

This last week was uneventful because I was so sick, but the past two days have been pure bliss as I've been able to hold Phoebe and play with the boys in the yard. I think I mentioned it before, but whenever our girls have a baby, I spend a week with them. I look forward to this time, as do the girls. They have lists of things they want me to do during my stay, and we enjoy lots of visiting...with a little bit of work on the side. So I'm giving fair warning now that you may not hear much from me this week because it's all about the Browns. 

Until next time...  



Phoebe Photos!

I know it’s late (I'm rationalizing staying up this late because I took a nap earlier!), but I just had to get online and share a few photos of our little Phoebe. I’m still not feeling well enough to go see her, but Shalae and Jon have been sending photos via e-mail for me to enjoy.

The doctor told me I need to wait at least 12 hours once my temperature is normal before going to see Phoebe (or her family, for that matter). I have NEVER taken my temperature so many times in a day! And I’m grateful to say that it was lower today than yesterday.

You’ll think I’m silly, but I had a friend buy me a second thermometer today just to be sure I was getting an accurate reading. Pretty desperate, huh? Unfortunately, the reading wasn't any different! I’m just so excited to start my week of staying with the Browns—something I promise the girls I’ll do after each child is born. Maybe soon…

Ashton (older) and Cooper love their baby sister and want to know if she can play trains with them or if she can nap on the playset (maybe the slide???) while they play outside. Shalae tells them that the day will come, but for now they need to be happy just holding her. I know I'm happy seeing these pictures!

I'm off to bed now, but you can bet I'll share more photos soon. . . .


No Phoebe Info Yet. . .

Thank you all so much for your congratulations and well wishes! I've returned from Australia with a great love for the Australian people, a wonderful appreciation for Australian food, and an icky case of flu--which I won't blame on Australia. (smile)

After we returned home yesterday, we stopped by Shalae's to see Phoebe and realized while I was there that I had a temperature. We left very quickly, but I did get a chance to see my newest grandbaby. She's beautiful! I will post a picture, as well as more information, as soon as I feel better. 

Right now, I'm headed to bed to nurse a fever, aching back, congestion, headache, and a bad case of feeling-sorry-for-myself because I can't be helping Shalae and Phoebe (and Jon, Ashton, and Cooper too!).

Thank you again for all your kind comments--have a wonderful day and we'll talk more soon. . . .


Welcome, Phoebe!

I know I said I wouldn't post again until we arrived back home, but we just found out that Phoebie has arrived! Shalae delivered her Friday night--she's 6 lbs. 6 oz and 19 inches long! That's really alI I know right now, but I can't wait to get home to see her and hold her!

I'll post more later, but I couldn't wait to share the news!