"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Home and Garden Show


Thanks to being gifted with free tickets, we were able to attend a Home and Garden Show this month, much to our delight! We had not been for years, so it was a real treat!


 Chad found the rockers at this display to be quite comfortable.

We were treated to colors, sounds, tastes and smells!


(Photo credit for candles to Kristina)



Our sense of humor was tickled when we happened upon this be-draggled looking chicken in one of the displays!



 What could be more perfect for those of us who are needing hope of spring than a scene like this?!


Wouldn't you just have loved to be allowed to curl up in that amazing looking chair for a few hours? I'd have opted for a good book and a light blanket, not the binoculars in the chair, but they could have stayed tucked in there too just in case I wanted to use them! This display had not won the "People's Choice" award but in my opinion, it sure should have!

 The photo does not really show it, but water trickled down the chain to the garden.

The display also contained visual treats in the form of these wood displays.


I kept going back to this display to study it some more.


The next photo was from a display that showed whimsy by incorporating children's toys, colanders and other items as planters.


 When Katya's school was done, we picked her up and brought her to the Home and Garden Show to enjoy it with us for awhile too. She was a trifle overwhelmed but over all liked it! Having her own goody bag to stash "loot" in was something she enjoyed! She loved the flowers too.


Just lovely, lovely! Spring is coming!


Are you anticipating spring? Is there anything you like to do to help keep hope of spring alive?? Leave me a comment to talk about it!

(Special thanks to Charity and Kristina for the use of their photos.)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A Birthday

Kristina turned 15. Things were very busy so we went for very simple.

It was easy to choose her color theme as the Valentine themed things were on sale.


Her Dad brought home a rose and some baby's breath to go along with the color scheme.



Katya was interested in the preparations.


She enjoys beautiful things!


Kristina had a happy birthday. She was quite pleased with her presents. She wanted to wear one of them--a new skirt--when she went to interview a retired public health nurse for a biographical sketch she was to write for school.


Interestingly enough, when Katya saw I had the camera, she jumped in beside Kristina and posed for me! You would never know she used to SCREAM and try to hide her face any time a camera would appear, would you?!



Love and care make such a difference!

Happy, Happy Birthday to our Kristina, and many more to come!