Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Lewis Edition: March

Chamber music concert!

 Texarkana Symphony Orchestra;
I got a balcony seat (my favorite)!

 Beautiful rose from a friend!

 Another friend gave me this giant acorn. 
I've searched the internet and field guide, but haven't been able
to figure out for sure what kind of oak tree it is from.
Ideas, anyone??

We took a 9-day trip to Tennessee over Russell's spring break
and had such a wonderful time!!!

I brought the flats of tomato, pepper and squash seedlings
I'd started and Sarah and I replanted them into larger containers.

All finished and in the greenhouse!

I neglected to take another picture the whole time we were in Tennessee, 😖
but I will list some of the highlights for us:

  • Getting to be there to celebrate Katherine's 2nd birthday!
  • A "girl's outing" to Hobby Lobby and lunch out with Mama Flo! 
  • Spending time with dear friends and family
  • Getting to see the new church building
  • Long morning walks (Rebekah and me)
  • Our traditional trip to Jackson and Starbucks (Russell and me)

I was surprised by how much our plants grew while we were away!

A fun project I brought back from Tennessee -
look for pictures of the finished product next month!

A card I made using ideas from the book
I got on clearance at Hobby Lobby ...

... and the reason for the card;
the grandmother of one of my students gave us this piano bench!
We were so blessed by her generosity!!!

 Texas Wisteria amazes me!  It is so vibrant and prolific!!!

 Herbs from family and friends ...
so cute in this planter!

Happy Spring, everyone!
Remember the Lord and Giver of Life as you see new life unfold around you!

"All things were made by him; and without him
was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men." 1 John 1:3&4

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Happy Birthday to Katherine!

On March 11th, our sweet little Katherine turned two years old!


She celebrated her birthday at her Moore grandparents' home...
...with a beautiful and delicious cake made by her Mama...

...enjoyed with brother...

...and lots of cousins

Time to party!!!


Lots of cards and presents for a dearly loved little girl!

New shoes from her
Mama Joyce


New hat and purse
from Mama Flo

And the outfit wouldn't be complete without cool sunglasses from Aunt Maggie!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

World Down Syndrome Day

-Today is a special day!-

March 21 is the day set apart each year to especially honor, support, and celebrate 
some of the most beautiful people God has created

Here are some of my favorite people in the whole world!

A few facts about Down syndrome...

1. People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes rather than the typical 46.
They have an extra copy of the 21st chromosome, resulting in three - thus the significance of March 21st (3/21) being World Down Syndrome Day.

2. Down syndrome is the most common genetic condition. About one in every 700 babies is born with Down syndrome. 

3. People don’t have “mild” Down syndrome, or “severe” Down syndrome. Their ability is not dependent on their condition, but rather on the individual.

4. Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels equally. 

5. Regardless of what others may think, people with Down syndrome are not always happy. They experience the same emotion as everyone else.
  -They have feelings; it hurts them when they are left out or ridiculed, just as it would hurt you.

6. People with Down syndrome may accomplish some things in a different way or at a slower pace, but they are by no means "disabled"!  We all have different abilities and strong points, and these precious individuals stand out for their unwavering acceptance and unconditional love, which is of far more value than the abilities or skills most of us admire! 

7. Most families who are blessed to have a member born with Down syndrome are loving their life, and experiencing the goodness and joy of the Lord each day, as they witness a pure love and forgiveness that most of us lack.

If you don’t know someone with Down syndrome,
you are missing out!


Friday, March 2, 2018

The Lewis Edition: February Fun!

Squash and cucumber seedlings!

We've had a lot of activity at our bird feeders.

Time to make Valentines!!!

My favorite

I enjoyed making cupcakes for our piano and violin students.

Packaged and ready to be distributed!

This was "The Month of Visits from Family" for us!
We enjoyed every minute of it, and didn't want it to end!

First, we hosted Deborah, Daniel and Caitlyn.

Caitlyn was just starting to pull up on things.
Look at this girl!

Happy baby!


Next, Steven, Anna, Eva and Hudson visited for several days!

Sleepy early morning smiles ...

and yawns! :)
(Pictures taken to text to Aunt Rebekah)

Eva working on a beaded monkey

Russell and Hudson engrossed in a new book

Eva and Hudson made chocolate covered strawberries!

They did a great job!

Enjoying the fruits of their labors! ;)

On Sunday afternoon we all attended one of Russell's concerts.
(Sadly, Steven wasn't nearby when we thought to snap a picture.)

Baroque Music Concert with the Marshall Symphony

And, last but not least, we had Daddy and Mama for a few days!

Daddy and Mama at the East Texas Oil Museum.
We thoroughly enjoyed touring it!

Printing Press at the Museum

And thus ended a very enjoyable month!!!