Monday, October 22, 2007

Deb's 1000th Post Giveaway!

I hope everyone had a good weekend. I did...but it went so quickly!

My favorite blog to read is Mountain Musings by Deb from Virginia. Starting today, Deb is giving away four different gifts to celebrate her 1000th post. The gifts are wonderful and homegrown, so wander over and leave a comment to enter her drawing.

This morning I read Deb's, "Where I'm From" post and thoroughly enjoyed it. You hafta read it slowly to absorb all that she's writing...which is my favorite kind of reading! Mike's parents came yesterday. They will stay with Mike's brother and his family who lives 10 minutes away. We are only home for a couple hours on Sundays (between services), so our visit yesterday here was short and sweet. Grandma dropped off Christmas gifts and fabric (Walmart hasn't closed their fabric dept in FL stores, so I email Grandma with pictures of fabrics and she goes and buys out her local Walmart!) and Grandpa dropped off some ugly tractor "toys" for Mike and Glenn. I think it is a finishing mower for our Kubota tractor. Grandma came in and played a few card games with our children while Grandpa drank his usual glass of Coke. Then we were off to church. I forgot to get pictures...again...but we are having dinner together today and tomorrow, so I have a chance to redeem myself.

This weekend was like Christmas around here because on Saturday, Mike and I bought two new Pearl River pianos. I am so pleased.
Why two pianos? For several reasons. One is that it is hard to find time for everyone to get in their piano practice while the others are doing schoolwork. (Our Kawaii grand piano is in the living room which is open to the kitchen.) Secondly, I was raised in a home with two grand pianos, so naturally I was excited about playing two piano music with my children. Thirdly, I wanted to have a piano in a room where I could shut the door, but I didn't want to take the piano out of the living room. What can I say? I grew up in a musical family, and to me, having three pianos is not extreme but very useful. Anyway, I sure do feel blessed.

We have been praying about two pianos for almost two years. Many times the dealer would call us with great deals. But it wasn't until this past week that he let us know about the "deal of the century!" It still boggles my mind that the Lord gave us two brand new, beautiful (oak ~ just what I wanted!) pianos!

My children have been busy building treeforts deep in our woods. Here are three of them:

Schoolwork is finished and we're off to Mom's for piano lessons. Then we go to Glenn's for dinner with Grandma and Grandpa. The weather is beautiful and it will be nice for the children to go play on the river.

Many blessings ~ Kathie

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