It’s been awhile….

I know it’s been awhile, but we’ve just been so busy, what with house building, work, parents, god-children, and I don’t know what all!  I’m mostly going to post pictures of my loved ones, and update later.  There’s much to tell, but midnight is not a good time for me to get my thoughts together.

Emily and Nathanael have been doing a bit of ministering to my dad, Granddad to them.  He has been ill, and seems to be showing signs of depression (not necessarily medical, but somewhat down in the dumps).  His Dr. prescribed one of Dad’s favorite hobbies – rose gardening.  So…

Mamaws House March 6, 2006 025 Since Emily had practice from our own garden, she helped Granddad till up the soil for his rose bed.

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She really enjoys the work, and obviously Baby Roo doesn’t mind either!





Next is a trip to…Antique Rose Emporium March 7, 2006 055   


As Emily has described, it is a beautiful garden of roses, ponds, fountains, and arbors.  We had a lovely day.



Antique Rose Emporium March 7, 2006 013 All his life, Nathanael has revered his Granddad.  They are both passionate about Baseball, and can talk for hours about players, coaches, plays made, plays that should have been made…  Antique Rose Emporium March 7, 2006 025



Bub also encourages his Granddad to tell his wonderful childhood stories, which is good medicine for the dumps!


Mom also enjoyed the day, although Dannye had to tell her to smile for this picture!Antique Rose Emporium March 7, 2006 035




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Dannye got to go with us to the Emporium, and brought along her 3 charges.  They all had a good time.Antique Rose Emporium March 7, 2006 003






Beautiful, blue-eyed Parker – his Momma can’t decide whether to cut his hair or not.  He’s my lovey-dovey.  He just loves his Nonnie.

Antique Rose Emporium March 7, 2006 058 We truly don’t know what we’d do without Missy’s help.  She will be one great Mama when she grows up!  She is probably the most loving child I’ve ever known.

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Ruge and Missy walked every path in the gardens.  Ruge’s favorite place was the pond because there was an alligator AND a crocodile in it!  Of course, they were concrete, but he enjoyed them anyway!

Okay, back to Granddad’s house…

I wasn’t there for this part, but evidently Emily tried her hand at roping.  That’s right, folks, our Em was practicing roping those doggies…Mamaws House March 6, 2006 041 Mamaws House March 6, 2006 044









Good form, Emily!

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Dannye also took some beautiful “pregnant” photos of Emily.  I love watching her tummy blossom with this amazing new life inside.Emily Pregnant Pics  March 8, 2007 008 Emily Pregnant Pics  March 8, 2007 023 Isn’t she beautiful?










Last but not least, the house project.  Nathanael and Bill are working themselves ragged, and having the time of their lives building this house.  It seems to be going slowly, but we are trusting the Lord and our husbands that it is going to be done in a timely raising March 2-3, 2007 003

I think this is where Emily is trying to describe to her Dad what Bill and Nathanael have done so far.  He requested pictures!house raising March 2-3, 2007 005







The metal you are seeing is the floor joists of the house.  They are now working on the roof raising March 2-3, 2007 019

Bill is using a jenny lift to raise the truss onto the poles.  He then welded the pieces in place, and braced them until more framing is done.    

I don’t have pics yet, but tonight they finished raising the second truss.  It is really frightening to watch them, but I have been praying that the Lord will protect our men as they are working on this raising March 2-3, 2007 035  It is hard for many people to understand, but God gifts us all in different ways.  My husband is gifted in using whatever resources available to accomplish whatever needs we have.  He may not have the ordinary, usual materials available, but he is an extraordinary man who has been “wired” by an extraordinary God.  This house will be amazing, not simply because two very amazing men built it, but because our amazing, awesome Lord led, guided, prepared, and strengthened them for this task.  There are moments of doubt, perhaps even moments of worry, but every time this happens, the Lord does another amazing thing to remind us Who is in control!  Praise His name!

Soon will be the time for the volunteer crew.  We will be calling you……………

Have a blessed day!


About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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