Archives for August 2010

Across the Threshold

It’s time to bring Time for Photo Fun to an end, but I thought I’d do it by giving you a peek into a new beginning. Here’s our brand new son-in-law carrying his bride (our daughter!) across the threshold of their first real home together. Are they cute or what?! :)

Even though we helped them move further away from us this past weekend, we were so happy to get a look at their new stomping grounds and be a part of this new chapter in their lives. Not only are they crossing the threshold into a new home and marriage, they are crossing the threshold into a new city, a new school for Jake, and soon a new job for Kelli — as well as all the other new stuff that a major move entails. And yes, all prayers are appreciated! :)

Through our photos, I hope you’ve enjoyed sharing in all the excitement that’s been going on in the life of our family the past several weeks. I’ll be getting back to more of my regular posts soon. I appreciate each one of you!

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

*Don’s mother was dismissed from the hospital on Monday. Thank you for your prayers!

More Childhood Days

Time for Photo Fun continues here on the blog with more from my Childhood Days (see post below). I hesitate to show some of these photos because I seemed to have lost some of the cute factor as I grew older! :) But, because you might get a kick out of them, here goes!

Back in the days of Easter bonnets, my sisters and I proudly sported ours (above – Debbie on the left and Janice on the right). And then…

…a year or so later, we sported them again — though Debbie and I exchanged bonnets, trying to capture a fresh look. Don’t ask me about my bangs, please :)

After the trauma of having to wear the same Easter bonnets too many years in a row, we turned into these very solemn sisters…

…but smiles were restored a few years later, even though I look more awkward than ever! :)

And just so you get a true picture of who I was — no, I wasn’t always wearing an Easter bonnet or behaving all ladylike in a dress — here I am with my junior high softball team being my own ornery self. I’m the 2nd from the right on the front row, ready to burst into laughter at any moment. Yep, I was always the crazy one. Still am, for that matter… :)

I love you so much that I am delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but my life as well, because you have become so dear to me. (my paraphrase of 1 Thessalonians 2:8)

p.s. In the photo above, Debbie is behind me to my left.

p.p.s. And yes, I have three sisters, but my baby sister Carolyn didn’t come along until I was almost through the 8th grade! :)

*The current issue of Life Notes, my inspirational quarterly email newsletter, came out last week. It’s not too late to get it. Sign up is free and to the right!

Childhood Days

Before finishing out Time for Photo Fun later this month, I thought you might get a kick out of seeing some prehistoric photos — shots of me as a baby and preschooler :) Don’t hold the cuteness against me :)

Mom is holding me in the photo above, and below, my older sister Debbie has the audacity to look cuter than me in the same shot :)

Next, we move into our matching dress phase…

…which we happily continue for only a few short years.

I show my true colors in the shot below, and then…

…before long have to go into the witness protection program with my younger sister, Janice. Not the only time she’s suffered for my wrongdoing unfortunately… :)

Hope I made you smile today :) Have a great rest of the week!

*The current issue of Life Notes, my inspirational quarterly email newsletter, came out Monday. It’s not too late to get it. Sign up is free and to the right!

**Don’s mom had to go back into the hospital last week. They are treating her for a blood clot again, but she has developed another problem as well. They are trying to find the right balance of medications so that she can go home soon. Sure would like life to slow down for us before long…

Wedding Weekend = Family Reunion!

Wedding weekends provide the perfect opportunity for family reunions, and my family takes advantage of each one. Since it had been two years since the Hoy clan (my parents, sisters, me, and all of our families) had gathered, Kelli and Jake’s wedding weekend immediately became the next reunion destination.

Before the wedding activities took over full force, we spent an evening just hanging out together. With our son-in-law Shawn’s help, we managed to get this timed family photo in our hotel dining room. The staff probably wondered what they were in for when we began rearranging furniture and making the place our own. We redeemed ourselves, though. We put everything back just as it was — or pretty close :)

As I continue my Time for Photo Fun celebration here on the blog, I thought I’d share a few pics shot during our wedding weekend turned family reunion. Hope you enjoy!

As the gang arrives…

…smiles and hugs are freely shared. So good to be together again (brother-in-law Keith, nephew Adam, and my husband Don)…

Can’t tell you how sweet it was for us, the Midwest portion of our family, to sit and breakfast with our loved ones from Arizona and Florida. Time together — precious and treasured indeed…

…especially when some of us were meeting for the very first time! (Mom and I getting to know Benjamin — Mom’s great-grandson and my great-nephew.)

Of course, the family reunion quickly took on a wedding theme, as everyone jumped in to help with the preparations on Friday. Here — appearing for the first time anywhere — are the Tulle Girls :) (My sister Carolyn, my nephew Adam’s wife Lyndsey, daughter Kristin, and also sister Janice)…

And finally the Hoy women in all our glory the night of the wedding. We never tire of taking a picture like this (looking forward to the better quality of the photographer’s shot), so let the “wedding” of Wedding Weekend take a back seat for a moment — it’s time for Family Reunion!

“…I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy.” 2 Timothy 1:4
*The next issue of Life Notes, my inspirational quarterly email newsletter, comes out this week. Sign up is free and to the right!

**Don’s mom had to go back into the hospital this past week. They are treating her for a blood clot again but have caught it early this time. Please pray that the medicines will be effective and that she will get to go home soon. Thank you!