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rural Indiana
Loving living the country life!
Interests: photography, beekeeping, tennis, traveling, Indiana Hoosier basketball, my wonderful husband of 36 years, 4 terrific children and their spouses, my 8 adorable grandbabies
Recent Activity
This cousin threesome (my beautiful granddaughters!) is part of the Bomb Squad softball team. Yes, Papaw and I are spending lots of hours at the ballparks these days...6 grandchildren are playing on 4 different baseball/softball teams. And we love it! Kelsey (9 1/2 years old) is a pitcher and infielder...... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our 8-year-old grandson Abram plays baseball in his hometown league in Harrison, Ohio. He IS the cutest one on the team. In my totally unbiased opinion... Abram understands the game and is always ready to make the play. Daddy Kyler was a great high school baseball player and Abram is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our 4 1/2-year-old grandson Koda is playing his first season of baseball this summer. Oh my goodness...he is SO adorable in his tiny little uniform! The coach pitches each one a few balls, but if they don't hit a pitch then the players hit off the T. Koda's batting technique... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
On our way to Ohio to see our grandkids there, we usually drive through the small Indiana town of Metamora. Along the river there is a huge eagle's nest and we always look to see if the Metamora eagle is there. The last several times I've been down there I've... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our beautiful daughter-in-law Kara is expecting our newest grandchild to arrive any day now. Her actual due date is May 22, but since this is her fourth child to birth and she was early with the other three, we're all thinking she won't hold out another two weeks. Of course,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
There are 3 Gators in this photo...and 2 Gator fans... Over the weekend, Kim and I took Kristoffer and our grandsons Karter and Kaden to fulfill one of their Christmas gifts from us. We flew down to Gainesville, Florida to see my sister Maria and her children Wyatt and Seanna.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My daughter Emily is head coach of the Shenandoah High School girls' tennis team this spring. And I'm helping her as a volunteer assistant coach. Although we have some good players, this team is not special because they are particularly talented on the court. It is special because several of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Baseball season is here! For the first time in years, Middletown Little League's Opening Day actually felt like summertime. Twelve-year-old Kaden is in his final year in the majors. Kaden had a good day at the plate, getting a couple of nice hits... And he did great as first-baseman! Fierce... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My 8-year-old grandson Krew is involved in Trail Life. And one of their most fun and highly anticipated event each year is the annual Pinewood Derby. Krew was in the Foxes age group last year...this year he's moved up to the Hawks. There were 10 cars made by boys in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The most adorable 8-year-old praying mantis ever...grandson Abram at his 2nd grade school musical "Bugz"... ...with one of his army-ant buddies before the performance. Mommy Kara helps him get his costume on before he went on stage.... Abram's teacher went along too! I loved his neon green costume...easy to pick... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My favorite Easter Peeps right here...all 11 grandchildren and their parents were at the cabin to celebrate Easter last Sunday. But before our Easter lunch at the cabin, we had an amazing morning worshiping with our church family! Our brand new sanctuary at Sulphur Springs Christian Church was filled to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Track season has begun and this year we've got two tracksters competing for Shenandoah Middle School. Our oldest grandchildren...Karter is in 8th grade and Kaden is in 6th. Karter is the best long-jumper for the Raiders... You can see proud Papaw (he loves track!) and Dad Kristoffer watching along the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Go Big or Go Home. It's the Gray family motto. And if you're gonna party, may as well do it all at once. Our Ohio grandchildren all have birthdays within 6 weeks of each other, so to simplify things they threw a 3-in-1 birthday party over the weekend. Abram turned... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Wonder where I've been??? (Sometimes I wonder too...) I just got home from a 2-week mission trip to visit our missionary friends Dave and Jen Bell at their infant rescue home in Kenya. Here I'm holding one of the precious babies they are caring for. It's been a wild past... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
The Kalahari Desert landscape is scattered with pans. No, not the cooking kind. One definition of pan, according to Mr. Webster, is "a natural basin or depression in land." My alternate definition would be "big flat areas of nothing." In the dry season, these pans are barren. But when the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Not only does the Kalahari have huge herds of springbok and oryx as well as spectacular birds, there are also plenty of kitties around. The first cat we saw was this lovely lady leopard. Actually, it was this oryx who showed us the leopard, hiding in the thick grass. Let... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Good morning, Deception Valley! This huge area is very flat and, although it's hard to believe looking at this photo, in the dry season there is not a hint of green anywhere....just a massive dry sandy flat pan. Deception Valley got its name from the mirage that the sun creates... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I'm not much for roughing it, but an opportunity to camp in the Kalahari Desert of Botswana was irresistable. Even to me. But it ain't easy, especially in these days of Covid craziness, to get from Indiana to the hot Kalahari sands on the other side of the globe. We... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
And just like that, Krew is now 8 years old. My grandbabies are growing up on me! Krew's birthday was actually February 5 and his family had a little celebration for him at home. But since we were still in Africa, Krew wanted to wait for the family birthday party... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Right before we left on our trip, our granddaughter Ellie turned 7. While we've celebrated her birthday 4 times now, this is the first year I can show her sweet face since her official adoption into our family in December! Her birthday celebration was in our church's gym area, complete... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Ten days ago we arrived home again, after spending 4 weeks in Africa. Did you miss me??? While we had a FANTASTIC trip, we are SO GLAD to be back home. We discovered that 4 weeks is just too long to be away from our peeps and our "regular" life...we... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My 3rd-grade twin granddaughters, Kassie and Kelsey, are basketballers too. Their 3rd grade girls' school team is coached by Daddy Kristoffer and his former high school basketball teammate Russell. Girls are just so fun! I was blessed to get to take their "official" team photos this year. Like I said,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Living in Indiana, I'm not sure how I'd survive without basketball. I truly love the game and especially love watching my grandchildren compete on the hardwood. I've got several playing on various teams this winter, but I'll start with my two oldest grandsons, both middle-schoolers at Shenandoah Middle School Karter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our trip itinerary called for one final landing on Antarctica, but that was not to happen. All morning the ship's captain and our expedition leader searched unsuccessfuly for a spot with waters calm enough to launch the zodiacs. It was not to be. So instead of getting to walk among... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our final day before leaving Antarctica was a magical one. Google map We were just on the edge of the Weddell Sea, heading to the south side of Snow Hill Island... search of penguins. Again. But not just any old penguins. While we'd been thrilled to see literally thousands... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2022 at Not-Quite-Country Girl