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Monday, January 30, 2012

Friends and Family

When friends and family are one-and-the-same...

The Three Amigos:
Christian, Luke, and Matthew. They've known each other 'forever' and are still the best of friends!

Eric, Tara, and 'Monster'...hosting a Christmas Eve gathering in their home.

Matthew, Nora, and 'Coffee Bean'.

My good friends (and now family): Mary Bauer and Kathleen Mathers.

Nora and great friend, Raydeemie.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Nearly Christmas

     Christmas is nearly here! We enjoy this season of singing in the Valley Voices community choir, snow, making and buying gifts, and celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus. Last night, Mitch and I attended a Christmas carol sing-a-long at church. I love, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear and Joy to the World. 
     Our family picture this year is all brown and tan...and the first one since Eric and Tara were married. She is hosting a Christmas Eve feast in their home. Looking forward to it!

     Homeschool pictures:

Nora, 10th grade

Matthew, 8th grade

     What a great day when God's Light came into the world!
     Hark, the Herald Angels Sing: "Glory to the newborn King!"

Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's All Fall

     Autumn is crisp mornings, beautiful colors dancing in the trees and decorating the ground, and visits to the Pumpkin Patch.
     Nora was asked once when she was a toddler, "Of all the things that God created, which are your favorites?"  She answered,  "The colors."

     "I believe that God's goodness is the point of His creation...He colored the world for our childlike delight." -David Roper

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

An Underhill Update

     It's mid-September already! I love Autumn and the start of school...the schedules and the books. We began our homeschool year last week. (I've been schooling my kids for 16 years now!)

     Beginning with the youngest Underhill...

     Matthew began 8th grade this year. He plays mid-fielder/defense on the city-league junior high soccer team and will participate again in 4-H shooting sports (archery and pistol). Last month, he entered a tool box in the fair and won first place. What a great smile!

     Nora also entered items in the fair. She won Best Article for her hand-sewn table doily and first place for a unicorn drawing. This fall she'll be taking art lessons from Tara (a great, award-winning artist) and participating in shooting sports - archery is her specialty. Such a sweet girl!

     Mitchell keeps extremely busy with landscape and handyman work. At the end of this month he'll be travelling to Burbank, CA to continue his sword-fighting training and attend a Cold Steel (knives, swords, etc.) Exhibition. He also spends a lot of time writing short screen plays - hoping to film some this fall/winter. An awesome young man!

     Eric - a happily married newly wed - works at a horse ranch by day...and rides bulls at local rodeos by night (every once in a while). A similar picture was also featured in the Summer 2011 edition of  Escape magazine. He and Tara live nearby and are enjoying their new home and life. I'm proud of them both!

     In addition to schooling Nora and Matt (which I love), I enjoy reading, writing, and sewing when I can. I have several quilting projects lined up to finish by Christmas - including two for my "sisters" in Japan.

     Greg will begin a new job soon and is truly looking forward to it. God bless him on his 51st birthday!
(Picture taken in August, 2011)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Wonderful Wedding Day

     Eric and Tara's wedding was warm and wonderful...in Plains, Montana, on July 23.

The bridal party: (back row) Raijoice, Nora, Jaymie, Alaina, Tara, Eric, Mitch, Joe, Roman, Matthew 
(front row) Torrance, Gracie, Caleb

Eric, Kathleen, Greg, Tara

Eric and Tara at the reception

The amazing wedding cake

Janee and Caleb

Clint, Ada, Greg, Manuel

Wayne, Tara, Eric, Darlene

Riding off into the sunset...