Archive for May, 2012

Hello and welcome.  I just wanted to post a few quick thoughts about Memorial Day.  Yes, there will be barbecuing, yes there will be swimming and backyard football and a day off from work… but why?  Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?  What are we supposed to be remembering?  The answer is of course, all of our fallen service men and women who have given their lives for us.  These people literally lost their lives serving you and I.  Their families lost their son or daughter, their brother or sister…their daddy or mommy… their husband or wife…   For them, Memorial Day might not be as leisurely of a celebration.  My heart truly goes out to the ones left behind and I am humbled by their sacrifice.

CHALLENGE:  Don’t let this Memorial Day pass without actually memorializing our American heroes.  I think it would be really special if we all bought some flowers and took them to a soldier’s grave.  You don’t have to know them to love them.  Northville, MI’s  local cemetery “Rural Hill”  has a fallen heroes section and I have seen other area cemeteries that have them as well.  If your town’s local cemetery does not have a military section, please consider making a small donation to  http://www.nvf.org/  However you may choose to honor our heroes, please show your appreciation in a tangible way this Memorial Day! I would love to hear what you decided to do so please let me know!

And I will leave you with this poem that I think is so lovely and moving…

The Unknown Soldier

You need not ever know my name
This unknown soldier seeks no fame

I’m here to bring out thought from you
May your heart see more than your view

America, we marched with pride
We gave our life, for you we died

How well we knew the time might come
When life could sound that final drum

Please think of us as life moves on
We tried so hard till that last dawn

Do let our spirit fill the land
Pass treasured freedom, hand to hand

God blessed this country with such love
Hold in your heart, abundance of

And when you stand before my grave
Think not of one, but each who gave

©2003Roger J. Robicheau

Love to you and yours on this holiday. May we celebrate our faith, our families, and our freedom!


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Last week we happily found ourselves in the small town of Ravenna, MI.  It’s barely a dot on the map but it holds some of the folks that my fireman and I love the best.  Ravenna is home to my dear mom-in-law Penny, my sister-in-law and bro-in law Trish and Mark, and my 2 adorable nephews Nolan and Wesley!  Mark and Trish live on 40 acres of land with 1 horse, 3 dogs, 2 barn kittys, 1 house kitty, and more chickens than I could accurately count.  From what I hear, they will soon be joined by a pig that my nephews will raise for their 4H club to sell at the fair, and my husband is doing his best to convince them they need a goat.  Mark and Trish refer to their house as a “hobby farm” but between the massive stretch of land, huge garden in progress, fresh eggs, and the impending pig situation I’d say it’s a slightly larger operation.  But that’s just my city slicker opinion…  We love visiting the affectionately named “VerMeer Family Farm” and I want to share some pictures with you of this little piece of paradise :)

Welcome to the Farm!

Bentley’s first time seeing a horsey with Auntie Trish!

“Hi Horse. Let me see your hairs.”

This is Buffy. She’s a sassy chick! haha! get it? Sassy…. Chick… because she’s a chicken… Yep.

Buffy’s People

I forgot her name. Please don’t tell her. How embarrassing….

And here are some pictures of the loveliness around the farm…

Trish’s grape arbor. In the summer, the grape vines completely envelop this space and the bunches of purple grapes hang down around you. It’s the perfect place to relax with a glass of red while the kids play.

Barn Kitty named Hala. This is as still as I could get her to be :)

Barn Kitty named Kippy. Kippy was my cat who Trish graciously took in when I had to re-home him a few years back. He adjusted to country life beautifully… and I’m so happy he’s loved and cared for.

I have no clue how to spell this girls name! Its pronounced like this: Chew-boss-ka! Shes older than me but she looks fab!

“Smokey Joe” the house kitty has found the best thing ever!

A beautiful piece of Gods Country….

A special thank you to the VerMeers for letting me snap all these pictures! We love you and can’t wait to see you again! (we will actually see you Monday for garage sale heaven!) Thanks everyone for tuning in and I hope to see you back real soon!



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