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I am not very good at talking about myself but here’s a bit. I’ve been blogging here since 2009. That’s a long time. Through the years readers have watched the lives of my family unfold from weddings to the gutting and remodeling of a foreclosure house, to farm life, to publishing quilts, to the births of grandchildren. I use my blog as somewhat of a journal and open it up and let you all in.
I was married to a self-proclaimed redneck…and I loved him like crazy-still do actually. Sadly on June 2nd of 2019, he lost his battle to lung cancer that had metastasized to his bones. We had been married for 32 1/2 years and we were very happy.
God blessed us with five great kids who continue to keep my life busy in a good way. They can really make me smile…what more can a mom ask for?..except maybe grandkids.
Here’s the rundown on the kids:
Kelli is married to Jason. She’s a nurse at a rural hospital in the Med/surg unit. Kelli and I often team up together and work on quilts. Jason is a farmer raising steers and crop farming with his family. They have Georgia, twin boys, Eli and Emmet, and a goofy dog named Puppycat.
Kayla is married to Spencer. She was a family consumer sciences teacher (Home Ec). She now is working in the computer field. She does all of the tech stuff for the blog. I don’t know a thing about tech stuff. She is the one who originally got me blogging. Spencer is an industrial electrician. They have Jasper and a yellow lab named Bruce.
Buck (real name is Kasjen) has kids with Lora. Buck works with a large home builder as the jack of all trades who supervises the building of apartment complexes and homes. He is often busy with side jobs. They have three kids …Scotty is the oldest, Lucy is the middle child, and Lilly is the youngest.
Karl is single and currently lives four houses down from me. He was in Houston Texas teaching 2nd grade until Kramer got sick. He decided Texas was too far away. He now works in Human Resources and focuses on Spanish translation in HR for a large pig producer.
Kalissa is married to Craig. They live right in the same town I do so I end up blogging about them a little more than the other kids. Kalissa is a nurse and has a blog at ThePinkShoelaces. Craig works at the farm that Kramer used to work at. It’s a 2000 acre farm with just under 1000 head of cattle. They have three boys…Carver, Gannon, and Anders.
I work part-time at the local vet office by day and blogger/quilter/cross stitcher by night. I also have a website www.makinglearningfun.com. It is an early learning printable site that I worked on to help teachers, parents, and childcare providers to have projects that were educational for the kids they work with. I have a passion for children and believe the best way I can help them is by helping the people who care for them. Previously I was an in-home childcare provider and also did work teaching adult continuing education classes to childcare providers.
I am a very active Grandma and very active with my adult kids. We are a little bit too close sometimes… HA! Not a day ever passes that I don’t hear from most of the kids. It’s okay. I love it…but it keeps me busy.
If you have read the blog you know that I love my family, quilting, antiquing, reading, gardening, thrifting, and cooking. I am not into house cleaning or decorating. Since Kramer’s passing, I’ve started to chronicle life as a widow.
In 2009, the house started to feel a little empty so I begged my husband to let me get a house dog. I actually told him, that either we get a dog or we look into adopting a child. He quickly said, “Let’s get a dog!”…first we had our rescue dog Gracie who passed away in 2012. Then I had Ruby who passed away in 2019…and now I have Rosie. All are beagles.
I started fostering dogs with a local rescue group in the Fall of 2022. I ended up adopting my first dog Izzy. She’s an Australian Shepherd/doodle mix. She looks like a black poodle.
In 2015 our daughter Kelli and I published a quilting book. We aren’t publishing books anymore but we do have many quilts published through magazines, American Patchwork and Quilting, Quiltmaker, McCalls Quilting, and Primitive Quilts and More are where you can find us.
Several years ago I started a mission to help others through quilting. I now organize a network of longarmers who finish quilt tops for others and then the longarmers donate the finished quilts to worthy charities and benefits in their area. I never dreamed it would expand to what it is today.
New posts here happen often. You can look for about 13 new posts a week…2 a day minus Sundays. I am very honored that you take time out of your day to stop by and read the blog.
If you have a question…ask. Truly, I help if I can.
I am a real simple girl with a real simple life and I hope it always stays that way.