Tuesday, June 30, 2015

10 Years Ago this Week Part 1

10 Years ago this week we were invited to our friend's family cabin in Montana. We were so excited as we had never been to Montana as a family. It is SOOOO beautiful there.

 The first 3 days was amazing! Hiking, 4-wheeling, visiting and laughing so hard you hurt (which is my favorite kind of laughter).

 Between all of our families we had a total of something like 18 kiddos. Which was awesome because everyone had a friend to hang out with.


 On the 3rd day however tragedy struck. The guys were out on the quads 4-wheeling and one of the guys accidentally drove in front of the milkman as he was coming down the mountain. It happened so fast that he pulled the front brake instead of the back brake to keep from hitting the other quad. That action made the quad flip over and fall on top of him.
 The guys brought him to the cabin and we knew he was hurt very seriously. The guys helped load him up in the van (all the while he would yell out in pain). Then Jeff, Kris and I drove him 11 miles down the mountain which took FOREVER because we had to drive so slow because any little bump he would scream! Once on the highway we drove the 30 miles to the hospital.
 When we finally arrived at the hospital they wheeled him away and we didn't see him for about 3 hours. It was the longest 3 hours of my life or it seemed at the time. When the doctor came and found us he informed us that he had a lacerated liver and spleen. The milkman was told that he would have to lay flat for a couple of days to see if it would heal enough so that he wouldn't have to have surgery.

 We spent a total of 5 days in the Butte Montana hospital at which time we were told that if we wanted to get him home he had to lay him flat in the van. Since there would be no seats for our kiddos to get home we called a friend of ours that is a pilot and asked him if he would be willing to fly up and get the kiddos to get them back home. Thankfully, Steve had no reservations and set a plan into place. He also brought with him a good friend of our, Chris who was a RN. I needed him because the doctor told me that the only way he would release the milkman from the hospital was if we stopped and took his vitals every hour to make sure he was staying stable. NO PRESSURE!!

 There was a storm rolling in so the pilot told me that I would have to meet him at the Bozeman airport which was 3 hours from where I was so that he could load the kids up and fly out safely. I kissed all of my babies good-bye and watched them fly out as the rain started coming down and my prayers went up! They were to arrive back in Kansas at our little airport at 5:30AM. At 7:00AM nobody not even the pilot's wife had heard from them. Finally at 7:30 nearly 2 hours after they were to have arrived, they landed. The pilot told us later that the storm was so bad that they had to fly almost to the Canadian border to get around the storm. They were running VERY low on fuel so the pilot had to basically do a "mayday" to find gas for the plane. He said someone over the radio told him of a grass strip that had a card key pump where he was able to land and fuel the plane. So, my husband is hurt very badly in a hospital and I don't know where my kids are. I still, as I'm typing this have that feeling in my stomach of how surreal everything was! Finally we received the news that they had landed safe and sound in which I cried and cried for a very long time!
 The next day we carefully loaded up the milkman, all of his medical files, a map which the doctor mapped out for us showing us the route to take that would keep us within a close range of hospitals on the way home. The doctor also told us of all the signs to watch for that would show that he wasn't doing well.  One being his blood pressure if it changed at all we were suppose to immediately go to a hospital. Again no stress! Thank goodness Chris was with us because he was so calm and he helped me drive the 3 days it took to get him home safely. Which we still to this day are SO grateful for him and the gifts God gave him to help us get home. As I look back and think about how close I came to losing everyone I am SO thankful that God allowed me to keep my family. It made/makes me realize that you can NOT take life for granted because you never know in a instance how your world can change. So make sure today that you take time to let the ones around you know how much you love them because tomorrow your world might not be the same.





Friday, June 26, 2015

Vintage Friday #68

                                                  Welcome to Vintage Friday!
 What is Vintage Friday? It is where I will list some vintage items that I want to sell.
Here is how it works:  If you see an item or items that you want simply leave me a comment with the # of the item (s) you want to purchase and your e-mail (so I can send you a payment request) and zip code (so I will know how much to charge for shipping it to you).
The first person to leave me their e-mail with their item # and zip wins!!  Your paid item(s) will be mailed out Monday. I will also combine items to make shipping cheaper for you.


There will NOT be a Vintage Friday next week due to the 4th of July weekend!



#1. A 1975 Milton Bradley 2 sided Map puzzle. It is in great condition and as you can see all of the pieces are there. The picture below shows what the other side of the puzzle looks like. $10 + shipping.


#2. A Snowflake Garland Pyrex #045 2 1/2 quart Casserole dish. It is in good condition no chips or dings. $10 + shipping.
SOLD!!!

#3. A 5 piece Fisher Price set. The only thing wrong with any of it is the horse's ear as you will see in the picture below. $8 + shipping.


#4. A 5 piece Fisher Price set. All are in great condition. $6 + shipping.

#5. A set of 2 Green and Black Thermos. They are in good condition. $8 + shipping.

#6. 4 Pyrex Aqua blue coffee mugs set. They are in great condition no chips or dings. $8 + shipping.

SOLD!!!

 #7. A Large Metal Floral Tray. It measures 17 1/2" x 12 1/2". $6 + shipping.

#8. 3 Children's books. "Hansel and Gretel" A Little Golden Book with a copyright of 1954, "The Little Red Hen" A Little Golden Book with a copyright of 1954 and "Bunny Button" a Whitman book with a copyright of 1953. $5 + shipping.

#9. A Rainbow Works Frame-Tray United States Puzzle. It is in good condition. $5 + shipping

#10. A Black Metal Floral Tray. It measures 17 1/2" x 12 1/2". $4 + shipping.Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you all have a great weekend. See you back here next week.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Harvest 2015

Around here the combines are running fast and furious including us. It takes a team to make harvest run successfully. So thankful we have a great team! Taryn ran the grain cart which dumped grain into the semi, then the milkman's dad took the semi to the co-op.



 My part of harvest is bringing out the supper meal. It is I think how "meals on wheels" originated. Ha! It is always a little bit of a challenge coming up with hot portable food.



 I love this picture below because it is Kenton in the combine and the milkman going to take over so he can eat his supper. I love it because I am so amazed of how our 15 year old is running the combine like a man. It is crazy! We are almost done with wheat harvest just 1 more field and then on to planting milo.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kyler's 5th


We celebrated Ky's birthday on Friday night. We went to a little water park that we LOVE for a several of reasons. #1. It is small and not crowded. #2. There is stuff for the big kids to do as well as the little ones.


                                         It was a perfect night!




Another reason why we love this water park is because they let you bring outside food in so we picked up some Pizza Hut pizzas to feed the crew.
And what a crew it was!




Ky was blessed with so many great gifts. She has such amazing friends.
We bought her, her first big girl bike and she was so excited when she saw it!

Of course before the party was over the girls had to snack on some of the candy that was in their goody bags. It was a great night! Ky was truly blessed and we are so grateful for all the friends that attended.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Vintage Friday #67 and the WINNER IS!!!

Welcome to Vintage Friday!
 What is Vintage Friday? It is where I will list some vintage items that I want to sell.
Here is how it works:  If you see an item or items that you want simply leave me a comment with the # of the item (s) you want to purchase and your e-mail (so I can send you a payment request) and zip code (so I will know how much to charge for shipping it to you).
The first person to leave me their e-mail with their item # and zip wins!!  Your paid item(s) will be mailed out Monday. I will also combine items to make shipping cheaper for you.

#1. A can of picture word Match up Game. It is great condition and I love the pictures. $8 + shipping.
   SOLD!!!

#2. A George F. Cram 12" Globe on a metal stand. It is in excellent condition. $25 + shipping.
SOLD!!!

#3. A Fire King Jadeite Alice pattern cup and saucer. So pretty! $10 + shipping.

#4. A Blue Max model car by General Mills. It is in excellent condition and never been put together as you can see in the picture. $12 + shipping.

#5. A 1950's  game of "Flinch". It comes complete with instructions. $8 + shipping.

#6. A set of Golden Book Dictionaries. The set is complete with volumes 1-6 and they are in excellent condition. The 2nd picture below shows what the pages look like. $20 + shipping.
SOLD!!!


#7. An embroidered baby doll quilt. It measures 11 1/2" x 26". It is in excellent condition. The corner is turned down at the top so you can see what the backing looks like. $10 + shipping.

#8. 2 Collector glasses "Barney" on left and "Bullwinkle" on the right. They are both in great condition no chips or dings. $8 + shipping

#9. The most adorable children's puzzle. It measures 11" x 14" $5 + shipping.SOLD!!!

#10. 3 Disneyland Records and books. They are in great condition. There is "Babes in Toyland", "Pinocchio" and "Sinbad". $12 + shipping.

#11. A Built Rite "At the Fair" Puzzle. It is in great condition. $5 + shipping.


#12. A Metal Recipe box. I love the flowers so cute! $4 + shipping.

And the winner of the Small Moments give away is... Jennifer Whitehurst. Leave your e-mail so that I can give you the details of how to get your free cards. Congrats!


Have a great weekend and I'll see you back here next week!