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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
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Tomorrow marks the momentous 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing. It's one of those moments in my life that I remember vividly, despite being just 12 years old. I shared this post ten years ago and rereading it once more I feel the absolute awe and wonder I felt... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
While we were basking on the beach, our orchard was being invaded by a vast army. Japanese beetles. Hordes of them. I remember the first time I saw a Japanese beetle. I was about 10 or 12 years old. We were visiting my grandparents in North Carolina and Grandpa Britt... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Love me a good book! But I don't read nearly as much as I'd like to...somehow by the end of the day when I've got time to sit down and relax, my eyes just don't wanna stay open. Vacations are when I get my best novel-consumption in...and this past week... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
We are back home in Indiana after a fantastic week with our family on Emerald Isle. I've seen thousands of gorgeous sunsets all over the world but I'm still just as "wowed" by the daily sky show God paints in my own backyard. Right here in good old Indiana...spectacular sunsets.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Not-Quite-Country Girl
As you read this, I'm revitalizing and rejuvenating with some salt air and ocean breezes. I'll be back blogging next week, but for a few glorious days I'm chillin' with my peeps... ....and getting my vitamin sea. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
'Twas a mighty fine 4th of July! Our day began before daylight, as we headed down to our creek for some fishing...I tagged along with Kim's dad Kenny, Kim, Kristoffer, and the two oldest grandsons Karter and Kaden. The Amish neighbor greeted us... we headed down the road to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
After 243 years as an independent nation, the United States of America is still without a doubt the greatest country in the world. I've traveled all over the globe, and there is no place that even comes close. A United States passport is a coveted treasure we must never take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our very own Sulphur Springs Christian Church's 5th Annual Summer Shindig was a wild-but-fun celebration! It was HOT! So hot that our faithful Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department was at the ready... Kaden at bat.... Kelsey played herself into a sweat! Nothing a snowcone can't fix.... But despite the heat,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
What girl doesn't love a gorgeous, romantic field of delicate and aromatic lavender? This spring, I learned of a lavender farm about 50 miles away, so we decided it warranted a girlfriends' trip to check it out during its peak bloom time. All girlfriends' trips must begin with food and/or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
What grandparents make encourage their grandbabies to work for their food? Guilty as charged. But they didn't seem to mind at all. In fact, they loved it! We have a few black raspberries near the cabin, and Papaw led the way to the bigger red raspberry patch in the garden.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our snowball hydrangeas are showing off this year. They are the prettiest they've ever been, and absolutely full of big beautiful blooms. Now that's my kind of snowball... Summer snowballs. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
A great blue heron, looking a little old and beat up, scans a nearby pond... ...with its beady yellow eyes. Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
There's no group of friends quite like a girl's cousins. My sisters and I were blessed with 9 of them on Dad's side, that we saw often and grew up alongside. We spent hours together at family get-togethers...I realize now that we were making precious memories with forever friends, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My oldest grandson Karter just turned 11. Eleven. ELEVEN!!! Seriously! My how those 11 years have flown by, and what a handsome and wonderful young man we have to show for them! Karter is the oldest of my oldest, Kristoffer. On Father's Day weekend, we celebrated this sweet boy's birthday... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Oh, beautiful little Lucy-girl (now 3 years old)... make my heart smile. Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My niece Emma is the newest graduate of the Gray family clan, Floyd Central High School Class of 2019. And yes, she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside! (And she rocks those earrings!) This fall, Emma will be leaving her Floyds Knobs, Indiana home... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
What a perfect evening for this traditional start to summer! Since Kim is not into parades (in the 37 years we've lived here, he's never once gone), Dana invited me to go with her. All four of her children were in the parade, so of course Gramaw wanted to go!... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Just down the road from us, this scene pretty much sums thing up around here in Indiana. Rain. Rain. And then some more rain. A spring to remember. Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
I survived!!! Our church's 2019 "ROAR!" Vacation Bible School is in the books. I love VBS week...but boy, is it exhausting!!! It's one of our two big summer events, and this year's VBS was the biggest ever! We had over 90 children ages 3-10, and I was especially thrilled that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
All-consuming, joy-filled, energy-zapping, faith-renewing, Jesus-focused...Vacation Bible School is one of my favorite weeks of the summer! It begins this morning. I may or may not be posting this promises either way, we'll just have to see how this Indiana Bible safari goes. One thing is for certain.... ...VBS craziness... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Our family kicked off summer with a birthday splash bash on Memorial Day. Our sweet little foster-grandbaby J celebrated his 2nd birthday... ...surrounded by his sister and 9 cousins. Eleven littles under the age of 11 makes for quite a splashy time! But dark clouds were circling overhead, and they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
If there's anything cuter than a fluffy kitten... would be two cute little girls holding two fluffy kittens. Juni (3 1/2) and Kassie (6 1/2) are both animal lovers. Cuteness overload. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
My brother Mark (pictured here with Mama back in February) was an incredible athlete, both at Hagerstown High School and also at the United States Naval Academy. In 2013, he was inducted into the Nettle Creek School Corporation Hall of Fame for his many athletic achievements. My sisters and I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
Before I even begin sharing photos and stories of some cousin fun, a Monday morning grammar lesson for you. I pass along a warning someone once gave me...if you aren't careful you might learn something new every day. So you can file this in the category of "Who Knew/Who Cares?"...but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl
A couple of weeks ago (yes, I'm a little behind in my photos/posting...), our son Kyler and his wife Kara took a 4-day trip to San Antonio and we were blessed to keep their 3 children while they were gone. I'm a bit out-of-practice watching 3 littles (ages 1, 3,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Not-Quite-Country Girl