Miss Mallory Jane

What fun Jane, Shelley and I had Sunday evening taking pictures of Mallory Jane. She was so cooperative and enjoyable to watch as the three older women posed her. We chose several places around Wabash. We had beautiful weather and excellent lighting for the pictures. The one I liked the best was a place you wouldn't have thought would be nice. It was the place we took the black and white photos of Mallory. I am not sure which of Shelley's other 3 children will be next, but I am sure we will have just as much fun. Little Miss Abbey may be a challenge ! I promised I would share the photos of Mallory.


Wilbur ..... what are you doing?

Wilbur is my squirrel. Well he isn't really my squirrel. There are several fun loving squirrels that eat my 'bird food'. Of course if you know me well, you know that I don't actually feed the birds. I do like the birds, but most of them are sparrows or doves. Nothing real exciting to watch. But...those squirrels are so funny. I am anxiously waiting on the black squirrels to come to our neighborhood. I have dubbed them all to have the name Wilbur. One year we had 3 young squirrels. I named them Huey, Dewey and Louie. They do the such funny things. We bought the bouncy squirrel feeder several years ago. Even the Chipmunks jump up and eat the corn. 'Wilbur' was jumping up to the feeder this morning. He was doing a very good job of it. Here is the video to watch of Wilbur jumping and below is a photo of him on the feeder.


Mother Natures handiwork

'Mother Nature' has a way of creating beautiful scenes. The other morning I had seen on the Doppler that there were storms coming in from the North. They looked to be bad storms on the Doppler. I could see lots of green, some yellows, oranges, and plenty of red. Oh...that isn't good. When I looked out of my office window, this is the view I was greeted with.




Fathers Day

I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he is rich

Our family is very fortunate to have such good Fathers.

First there is my Dad. A quiet man. He is one to let you live your life. He is a quiet strength to our whole family. Always ready when needed. We celebrate you on this special day.
Next is my special husband. Through all the years, the adventures, and the wonderful children we have been blessed with, you have given our children a strength to carry forth to the next generation.
Thirdly is our son. We are so proud of the man he has become and the man he is. He puts his family first. He is so much like his Grandpa. A quiet strength, but you definitely know he is there for you always.
Lastly we have our son-in-laws. They were not born into our family, but added by that special bond of marriage. They have stepped in and become a part of our family.
We wish each and everyone a very special Father's Day. We love you so very much.

Dad with Tom, Rick, Kyle and Mark

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Grandpa Wagoner with Tom, Spencer, Malia, Alex, Rick, Kyle/ Luke, Rainey and Mark

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He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.

God is our spiritual Father who corrects us, His children, because He loves us (Hebrews 12:5-9).



Tomorrow is here,
The day
That I feared
And God
Is still
In control

~Phyllis C. Michael


Up close and full

Up Close:

I was outside this afternoon checking the roses. My roses are over 35 years old. They came with the house. They have the best fragrance. To my surprise while I was looking at my roses, I literally stumbled upon a small robin. I had been walking in the very area the robin was sitting. There is no way I could have missed it when I stepped over to check the roses! When the baby robins were in their nest I would go and talk to them several times during the day. Was this one of my babies? I ran inside to get my camera, hoping it would still be there. I was able to get with in an inch of its face. It didn't have any fear of me, and made no effort to avoid me. I nudged it with my foot, but the little critter just sat there. I proceeded to take my pictures. I was so excited ! The photos are so detailed. You can even see the 'whiskers' on its face. If you wish to see them larger, just click on the picture.


We have several squirrels that eat the 'bird' food I put out. I should be completely honest, I don't actually feed the birds. I put the bird food out for the squirrels. Yesterday morning, I had eight squirrels. I saw the squirrel below resting on the feeder that my Dad made. It looked like it had been eating and was so full, it had to rest. The animals are so much fun to watch. This morning there was a young squirrel eating. One year I had three young squirrels. I named them Huey, Louie and Dewey! Nature is immeasurable enjoyment.


Graduating. . . .

There is no need to reach high for the stars, they are within you, reach deep inside and you will find them.

Alex's high school graduation was Saturday evening. It was held in the Ford Theater at the Honeywell Center. This was the first child for Stephanie, our first grandchild, and my parents and Tom's first great grandchild to graduate. She was presented with a Core 40 diploma. We are all so very proud of her.

Congratulations to the class of 2009

Alexandra Leigh Mahan

Alex's proud family-Rainey, Mark, Alex and her mother Stephanie

Grandma and Grandpa with Alex

Alex with Great Grandpa and Grandma Wagoner

Great Grandma Mahan (Chig) with Alex

Alex had her Open House Sunday at the Women's Club House on Hill Street. She had a very nice reception. We wish her the very best for a happy, productive and meaningful future.

Now that you've graduated,

Your adventure has begun.

Your schooling has prepared you

For the race life has you run.

We praise you for your efforts,

And send good wishes, too,

For a future filled with happiness,

And your fondest dreams come true.

By Joanna Fuchs