A few crumbs. . .

May 7, 2006

I haven’t been able to post anything for the past few days, so here is a catch-up post with several things that have been going on.

First of all, there is good news on MOM!!

She went to the Dr. Last week and had her monthly checkup. It went well and her blood tests were good. She got her tumor marker count back and it went DOWN another point!! Yeah, God is so good!


Friday was one of my last Mother’s Day Out days and Mom and I have been wanting to go to the Independence square and eat at Ophelia’s and window shop. So we took advantage of the day without chillin’s and went. They have several really cute shops with antiques and collectibles, they have a horse-drawn wagon that will take you on a tour of the historic sites and give some history (we didn’t do that one) and some good eating places. We had heard some great reports about Ophelia’s so we went there.

I have to say that I renamed this place “o’fool ya’s”

Here’s me and Mom, she is just looking quite chipper these days!

Here’s my lovely plate of “twisted quesedillas”

Ophelia’s is an uppity place on the corner with upscale food and atmosphere. Darkened room with high ceilings, rich woods, waiters in suits and a player piano greet you as you enter. They really cut their prices for lunchtime but even then it’s about $10.oo or so an entree. These quesedillas were really quite tasty. They had smoked chicken, cheese, peppers and cranberries in them. However, when we both finished our plates, Mom looked at me and said “Is that gonna fill you up?” I had to laugh because I was still hungry! She said she was too. We had a fun time, but were disappointed in “o’ fool ya’s”. Mom had a dirty fork, I had floaties in my glass, the food was quite expensive and we left wanting to go to McD’s and get a snack wrap. Oh well, life’s not all bad. At least the company was good!

We would have to give a two thumbs down for this restaurant. (unless you just want an expensive snack!)


Here are some cute pics of our family walk on Friday night.

We love to take walks in the summer. It’s one of those things that you can do with little kids that is pretty easy and everyone has a good time. Let alone, the exercise is always good for everyone. However, I think that this year is going to be a little more difficult. Evely has found that she can walk and has determined that since she can walk, she will walk!

So the walk was very slow going once we gave in to her screams and let her out of the stroller.

She toddled along the road and squeeled with delight.

There is this wonderful big mudhole that always has water in it no matter what time of the year and the boys love to stop and throw rocks in it.


Wouldn’t you know that the princess had to be right in the middle of that one too!

Check out my rocks!


Last but not least, I wanted to share a new blog spot to check out. My good friend Amber has started her blog called the “3 Little Whites”, she has some great stories that I am sure she will be posting. She is a wonderful mother and friend. She always keeps me laughing and I love how she always finds the positive in everything. She is truly an inspiration to me and I am sure you will enjoy checking in on her from time to time.

Click HERE to see the site.



12 responses to A few crumbs. . .

  1. Karen:
    What great pictures. You have a beautiful family!
    I found that picture of the Aloe plant in pot off of a Google search.
    I just posted it for the heck of it to give my mother an idea to paint next. My mother is Marlis who posts on Jules blog. She is a very good artist who paints a lot and gets awards on her paintings. She has made quite a profit off most of her paintings..
    She mainly paints nature, flowers and animals.
    I just send her ideas once in awhile.
    I got some of that calcium stuff so I will give it a try!

  2. So glad to hear the good news regarding your mom and look forward to continued miraculous reports!

    We enjoyed hanging out with you guys on Saturday and wish you could’ve stayed longer!

    We spent many, many hours as kids playing in mud puddles such as the one you guys enjoyed this weekend and I have to say that throwing rocks in water never gets old, even as an adult.

  3. Cute pics Karen. Great news on your mom! Thanks for mentioning my blog…..off to post something new now :-).

  4. I love family walks.

    I love seeing Evely in some of my girls’ clothes! I needed to see one more girl in them!!! Especially another princess!

    I am so glad Amber started her blog. I’ll have to check it out!!!

  5. Yeah, Carl, there is just something fun about throwing rocks in water. I fought the urge to throw rocks with the kids, but I think next time I will. Tom didn’t fight it. . .just did it.

    Jules, I so appreciate all your girl’s clothes. Evely would not be as finely clothed except for all your pass on’s. Thanks. There is something nice about seeing another child get use out of your clothes. I know, sometimes Amber would have Maya in an Evely outfit. Just seeing the outfit would bring back such memories of when they wore it.

  6. Those shoes were a gift to Lydia when she was a newborn baby. *Sniff* I think I need to have a good cry. I feel one coming on. It’s one of those days.

  7. Hi, Karen, Your mom give me this site info way back at Boxx’s anniversary. I “lost” it on my desk…..yes it is that messy and found it when I actually got around to cleaning it today. Enjoyed your site and all the pic’s especially those of your kids and hubby and Judy’s birthday. She is a surviver that’s for sure.

    Stole the pic of Mike and sent it to Brent along with your website…not that he will ever look at it…lol….busy boy! His wife and after Wed. both his kids will be in Taiwan for awhile. They have a business and are setting up a leg of it in Taiwan where she is from. Hard to have the family split up but they have agreed that it needs doing at this point in time. Jeremiah finished kindergarten and will fly over with a family friend Wednesday. We are so sorry to have them even farther away than TX but Brent can’t do child care and work and he needs to work even as the business builds in TX/Mo and Taiwan. They may even take it into Hong Kong when the opportunity arises later this summer. I guess I’m going to have to learn to take those 13 hr. flights if I’m going to see the g-kids often. Fang-Yu, we say Fong-ee, and Sydney left in Mar. I am trying to get a new computer that will let me get DSL so that I can download a specific program so that I can talk with them via computer for free. I don’t think even computer illiterate, Papa will go much longer without talking to the g-kids.
    Again, enjoyed your site.

  8. opps, forgot……..is the 3 little whites site one of the Whites that went to Blue Ridge school?

  9. HI CAROL!!! So good to hear from you. Sounds like Brent is really really busy. That will definitely give you a good excuse to travel! I’m sure it is very hard to be away from the grandkids.

    Yes, the 3 little whites is Jon and his family. He is Donovan’s younger brother. You’ll have to check out their site.

    Thanks so very much for posting. It’s so nice to hear from those out there reading. God Bless you all!

  10. Are you having a bad day, Jules? Sometimes it’s good just to cry. .. Remember Aunt Joyce’s words – “tears are our friends”.

  11. Beautiful spirit, beautiful family!

    I am wondering if your Mom will be attending the 4th of July breakfast in Allendale this year? I will be there and would like to see her. Would like to visit with her for a bit before I return to Little Rock.

    Please e-mail me if you will.


  12. Hello to all of you who read Karen’s blog.

    I have enjoyed reading her many posts and the many responses from all of you. There were times when she printed them off and brought them to me as I was unable to get to my computer.

    I have appreciated all of your get well wishes you have posted. I believe your words of encouragement were part of my healing process. Most of all I have appreciated your prayers. Our wonderful God has seen me through this most difficult chapter of my life. I still have a ways to go, but life has returned to more “normal” living; however, I do appreciate to a greater degree the things we sometimes take for granted–life, health, strength, sunshine, birds, flowers, notes, grandchildren, a car ride, friends, family, a lunch in a restraunt, being able to plant a flower in a pot, going upstairs,cards, scripture that brought encouragement, window shopping, phone calls, visits with family and friends, on and on I could go naming God’s blessings. He has been so good to me!!

    “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. ” Psalm 40:1-5

    I praise God for what he has done and what he is continuing to do!! I also praise him for the benefit you have been to me.

    In His care,
    Karen’s Mom