Monthly Archives: April 2010

April Update Letter

April Update Letter

I hope this finds you healthy and comfortable. We are finally almost back to normal after having some sort of cold go through the family.

I have John Luke signed up for a “preschool club” at Publix, and they send him something in the mail every month. In March, it was a chef hat to go with the apron they’d sent previously. John Luke LOVES this set!

And Sarah Ruth turned ONE!
On the same day, we moved our shed from one corner of the yard to another, and put it on a platform that Robby’s dad built for us.

Sarah Ruth loves playing the computer, like the other kids. Of course, she doesn’t know what she’s doing — YET!

For April 1, I decided to do something fun for a change and we did dinner a little differently. For the main meal, we had cupcakes (meatloaf with colored mashed potato “frosting”) followed by dessert of “cashew chicken” (dried apples and pineapples, cashews, “green beans” made of fruit roll-ups wrapped around sunflower seeds, and “peppers” made of strips of fruit roll-ups in red and yellow).

We took one evening and went up to the battlegrounds in Fort Oglethorpe, GA, where they have a tower that has about 150 steps to the top (I’m not sure of the exact number) and we walked up. It was fun, if a bit tiring! We had to get a picture at the top, of course! (I was taking the picture, you know.) We went around to several locations for photos after that.

I love the little sweet interactions I get to see with my children— especially with the littlest ones. I captured this picture one evening while they were watching a video.

April 10 was Bobby’s 17th birthday! It’s so hard to believe he’s 17 already. He chose to have a big cookie instead of cake.

The same weekend was the annual Ladies’ meeting to which I look forward every year. They always decorate things beautifully and have a lot of good information for helping us as wives and mothers to best serve our families and, more importantly, God.

Another day, I took an old shirt of Rachel’s (that doesn’t fit her anymore, but was way too big for Sarah) and made it into a little dress for Sarah. I think it turned out very cute!

A few days ago, I decided it was time to try to make a pineapple upside-down cake. I’d never made one, and the only one I had ever eaten was when I was a young teen (and I wasn’t impressed at that time). I got a recipe from the internet and here was the result:
It turned out absolutely delicious, and I will definitely be making it again sometime—maybe with a different fruit.

We went bowling as a belated celebration of Bobby’s birthday, and it was a lot of fun! We’re far from professionals, but that didn’t matter. I love this picture I caught of Bobby & Sarah when it was almost time to go home.

We’re hoping to go bowling more often, since our local alley has a special night when it’s only $1 per game and $1 for shoes— that makes it a lot more affordable for our family.

I hope you’ve been able to enjoy the spring weather like we’ve been having here! It’s been sunny and warm during the day and cooler at night— just perfect, in my opinion!

Until next time!

An Honest Love, by Kathleen Fuller

An Honest Love, by Kathleen Fuller

This story is about Anna, whose broken engagement in a previous town caused her to guard her bruised heart; and about the community into which she moved and how the people there and their loving relationships helped draw Anna out and into a loving relationship of her own. Anna also has a secret that she fears will cause a breach in that relationship, but she eventually finds that true love can overcome.

I enjoyed this story by Kathleen Fuller. Based in an Amish community, it is thought-provoking, entertaining, and inspirational all at once. The elements of romance woven throughout are realistic, as are the struggles we go through with the characters as we immerse ourselves in their stories.

I’m thankful that Thomas Nelson Publishers, via BookSneeze, sent me a copy of this book to review. I enjoyed it very much. You can pick up a copy yourself at or Christian Book Distributors.