Friday, October 14, 2011

The Latest at the Ewings

Woo Hoo!!! A photo was finally posted on the USAF BMT fb page that has Nathaniel's face in it!!!!!

He looks very somber and exhausted, but it is just SO good to see his face. :)
His last letter says he is enjoying the marching and finds BMT quite easy, "just follow the rules". The hardest part for him is that it's "...kinda boring. The stuff isn't that hard." He has made it his goal to graduate with honors. Currently Nathaniel is able to do 74 push-ups in 60 seconds, making him top in his flight for this. He continues to experience severe headaches from this kind of exertion though, so please pray for him regarding that.

Check out another new item... Luke's new look!!!!

Ok, that is not Luke's new look exactly. He is trying so hard to give a big frown. lol

What is really new are the glasses!!!

I had suspected since Luke came home that he needed glasses, but it was not a pressing need until recently when he kept complaining of his eyes tiring while reading. Now, doesn't our boy look studious?!

Now, I want to show you the new apron that I made for myself, from some of my favorite fabric. I also made one for my mom and sister, (hopefully will post pictures of those later).

And my final share point for today is Ryan singing at the CHRF Annual Church Campout Talent Show, Come Thou Fount. He did a fantastic job!! Everyone praised him. He kept his eyes closed the whole time so that he wouldn't be distracted. It must have worked! At one point many of the men in the audience seems compelled to join in. It felt quite inspired. It was such a blessing and he did so well. Click Here to hear Ryan him sing.

Monday, September 26, 2011

I am thankful for...

... for a first phone call from my son at basic training! Yay!! :))

... for a face book page with pictures of boys in boot camp! (Maybe his face will show up soon!) USAF Basic Military Training

... for the excitement of things to come.

... for new days and fresh hope.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Trying to be Thankful

I am thankful for...

... for french fries with ketchup.

... for warm, moist air that feels so tropical.

... for pretty new ducks in the back yard.

... for baby turtles eating, drinking and toddling around.

... for naps.

... for...

.......the strength to take the next breath.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Edit Note

I missed the memo. No Christmas visit this year from Nathaniel. We will make a trip to TX for his basic training graduation, then will see him when he returns to the east coast in DE.


It seems life doesn't like to sit still. We are excited to find another of our kids ready to
begin a life on his own. Nathaniel has asked Christa to marry him and she said yes! What a beautiful girl she is too!!
First, before he marries though, he must pay his dues to the Air Force Reserves and spend some time at boot camp and then tech school. He leaves September 20th, returns for a short visit at Christmas and is off to Dover, DE in April (tentative plan). That is a tough pill to swallow. Nathaniel has a huge presence in our home. And we have all grown very close to him, especially over the past year. It seems the teen-age days are over and we have our old, very close relationships with him restored. Thanks be to God! Nathaniel will be greatly missed!!!
So, as I have learned to do during challenging times,... I will begin once again to list the many blessing that the Lord is so good to bestow upon me. It helps me to stay focused on His love and reminds me of the joy that He wishes me to live in.

So to begin my list:

I am thankful for....

for friends who remind me to keep remembering what I’m thankful for.
for ring shopping with my son.
for a big shiny diamond on a beautiful gold band ... on a pretty girl's hand.

for beautiful young girls who fall in love with boys.
for friends who pray for friends.
for scriptures that remind me how to walk in His way.
for son's strong arms to hold a hurting mom.
for listening ears and encouraging words.
for photos.
for music.
for sunshine.
for hope.

Friday, May 20, 2011


Today, I was gone most of the day running errands. I got home and threw frozen pizzas into the oven and called Luke in from his favorite place to play, the chicken yard. He put away all his things, fed the dogs and was headed upstairs to clean up for supper when he stopped in his tracks. "Mom! I have a present for you.....I found a cockroach for the lizards. It's in my pocket!"
Now first, you have to know that we do like to get crawling bugs for our lizard pets, so catching bugs isn't all that unusual.
I asked him, "You put a cockroach in your pocket?"
"Yes ma'am!"
"Do you really think it is still there? better get outside to find out!"
He steps outside and puts his hand into his back pocket. He reaches, digs, feels around. "No, I guess it's gone," he says with disappointment. He digs a little deeper, his back bending backward as he feels the corners of his back pocket.
"WAIT!! Here it is! It's still in here!.....Mom? Why don't you like cockroaches?"
Is this little boy adorable or what?!? I am so glad God blessed me with this boy to keep me laughing!

Sunday, March 27, 2011


I now have a beautiful new son-in-law!! The best son-in-law in all the world! I have the best family in all the world!! And nobody compares to the immeasurable quality of my loving friends!!! You are all such an incredible blessing to me. I don't deserve one of you, but yet you love me. I am truly humbled. I love each of you too. Thank you for making the most important day in my daughter's life so absolutely perfect. :)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Thank you God for...

...David making a nice flower garden for me to plant in.
...Whitney and Nathan diligently plowing away at the production of wedding party favors.
...Nathan running David to get sized for his tux, so that I don't have to.
...chickens laying more eggs than I can keep up with.
...your healing touch on sick bodies.
...wild flower seeds.
...sweet,hot tea. plans slowly coming together.
...Ryan raking leaves and cleaning the yard like a mad man. parents traveling out to see us.
...Whitney baking brownies.
...Whitney planning Sunday's meal. husband coming home after three days away.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thank you God for...

...Shoe Buy.
...peacock feathers on baskets and pillows.
...our old wedding keepsakes that get to live a new life.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I am thankful for... planning with Whitney.
...lunch at Olive Garden.
...Nathan cleaning my carpets. :)
...God's protection of my parents when the trailer came off the hitch on the interstate.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I'm Thankful For...

...a very good night's rest. decor in the living room. plants. (I know I said this one before but I really like them!)
...two more chicks hatched out, arriving a little late.
...walks with Whitney and the boys.
...eggs from my own chickens.
...24 total chicks hatched, even though it was a very laggy hatch.

Monday, March 7, 2011

I am thankful for...

...encouraging words from my loving mom-in-law. :)
...waking up to chicks pipping and hatching in the incubator.
...Lord's day fellowship with close friends. darling husband. :)
...mornings when I wake way before anyone else. dedicated dog who comes to find me as soon as hear me in the morning.
...fresh, Hot chicory coffee.
...anticipation of visiting family!
...five cats looking in the window...two looking out.
...six chicks so far.(6:45am)
...Michael's coupons.
...6 more chicks hatched. (11:45am)
...the last piece of white on white cake.
...six more chicks. (4:45pm)
...two big black dogs nicely brushed...and I didn't do it. :)
...two more chicks! (5:45pm) parents heading out tomorrow to start their journey to Virginia.
...dry red wine with dinner.

Friday, March 4, 2011

I'm Thankful For...

...mornings, fresh and new. with real cream and stevia.
...Nathaniel spoiling the boys with ice cream and guy-time so I could have mom-time. Yay!!!
...thrift stores.
...working traffic lights.
...tortilla coupons.
...successful garage sailing!
...Pampered Chef stones that cost only three dollars each. :) daughter making meals.
...a neighbor who let us drive through his yard to get home when someone took out a power pole, blocking our road.
...a delicious meal fixed by my daughter. husband arriving home safely after a week away. :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I'm Thankful For... faithful dog, Cha-Roo who follows me devotedly every step I take.
...sun shining through my windows in the morning.
...the smell of clean laundry.
...Manx cats.
...good friends.
...praying friends. flowers.
...freshly raked grass.
...hard working boys.
...a pretty blue peacock made up of the letters N and W. baths.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

I'm Thankful for...

...a lunch date at Apple-Bee's with my son, he bought!
...spring warmth. houseplants.
...chickens pecking corn in the yard.
...the smell of Gardenias.
...dark, healthy soil. driving on winding, country roads with someone I trust.

Friday, February 25, 2011

I am also thankful for...

...texts received.
...a clean kitchen in the morning when it was dirty when I went to bed.
...grace given.
...grace received.
...tacos. Mmmmmmm
...trees that fall in the the right direction!

Thursday, February 24, 2011


I am thankful for....
...a friend's reminder to be thankful.
...being there to hold my son while he weeps.
...long walks in the swamp.
...Red Robin.
...sweet, hot tea on a sore throat.
...little boy smiles.
...husband hugs.
...praying friends. plans.
...peacock feathers.
...17 Beta fish in the living room. mom, who understands.