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What is going on?

One day last week I was talking to an old friend from my past while pulling weeds in our front yard. She told me about a girl who grew up with my two youngest sons….how this girl's oldest son was just diagnosed at age 3 with autism. This is such a common conversation. One that I probably hear about once a month with someone. Or maybe more often than that.

Two days ago the second top news story on CNN (the 1st being the lost plane) was that autism has increased by 30% since 2012! It now affects 1 out of every 68 children, or 1 out of every 42 boys.

What in the world is going on?

Did you know that 30 years ago autism was 1 in 10,000? Almost unheard of. I did not know one child with it back in the day when I was raising my boys. Then somewhere in the 1990s it began to take off like wild fire. And continues to soar, picking up speed with each passing year.

"They" don't know what causes it yet. Someday they will. But it will be too late for the many children being exposed…

The best part of yesterday...

We made history last night within our church. We now include girls ages 8 and up,
for our twice a year Woman's world wide meeting. (years before it was ages 18 and up)
But now we get to have the little girls with us. What a feeling of unity.

So all over the world yesterday we got to watch the broadcast,  and this little clip was my favorite part of it:

A family update from Portland

Remember about 8 months ago this happened… Leo and Scarlett
Tyler + Karen, and McKay + McKenna both had babies born in the same hospital, a day apart.

So here's a little update of Leo and Scarlett. I think they like each other!

Last week Den's two daughters came to Portland to teach classes at a fabric trade show,  so they also came to see my sons and their families.  (We are all just one family so it seems odd to put labels on them.) I heard there was LOTS of laughing and talking, as is the case EVERY time they get together.
Kris coming in the door….

Kim and Leo
And they even got to see Kim's new line of materials.  I am anxious to see them in stores around here since they are being distributed nation wide.
Den and I are going on a hunt this week to fabric stores around here. He especially loves seeing Kimberbell written on there…. afterall, he use to call her that when she was a little girl!

What is it with Frozen?

Have you seen Frozen? I haven't. Not yet. But I am just in awe over how this movie has struck the
hearts of SO many little girls….especially between ages 2-5.

Facebook is flooded with little girls singing the songs. But this one is my favorite…Frozen was on at Walmart and their mom couldn't get her twins to look away!

Some adults are even completely smitten by it. The clerk at Target said it's so popular
with the employees that it's playing on auto rewind in the break room. 

But I have yet to find a little boy who is quite into this movie. I asked Jonas, 4 1/2,
if he would like to go with me to see it (his parents had already taken him) and he said,
"Well….(pause)...okay….but it's really long." In other words, no thank you.

What if you had parents like this?
I mean really, have you ever seen a better lip syncing??)
Can't help but wonder what these two are like in real life…

Cookies I feed my grandchildren

They love these. And I love making them because they have no white or wheat flour, and over 4 cups of oatmeal along with TWO cups of chopped walnuts. Mostly all good stuff. Gluten Free. But my grandkids don't care about any of those things….only that they taste great. 
Even Amy will come over and ask, "Do you have any more of those gluten friendly cookies left?" Not gluten friendly….gluten free! But who cares about that fact but me. I had sent a bag home with her a few days before but she said Logan ate them all. 
A friend of mine who is celiac and raising 4 celiac children gave this recipe to me. I forgot to ask her if  she made this recipe herself or where she found it.  But trust me, it does not taste like any other gluten free cookies I have tried.
I will post the recipe at the end here, but first I want to show you how Violet makes them….

First she stops by Savemart to get some bananas for lunch….nothing to do with the cookies. 

She is one mighty and tiny little gi…

Cami and her Great Grandpa

Each year near her birthday, Brock and Erin put on a "ball party" for Cami.
They invite friends and family to bring balls and bounce them for 30 minutes.

Ever since she could barely walk, Cami would make a beeline for
Great Grandpa Rozier whenever he was in the room, and insist he hold her.

She can't talk, but it's obvious she loves him very much.

And notice the boy who comes up to play ball with my Dad….
I watched him leave his friends a few times, come play with my Dad, 
and then return to his friends. Dad doesn't even know him. 

Do you ever get dizzy?

If you do, get dizzy that is... this may help you.

A few weeks ago we got a call from Amy at the dentist's office. She just had some routine work down
but she was very dizzy and not able to drive home and could we come pick her up? (she wasn't feeling
well the night before as well) So Den and I both went so he could drive her car home, and I could
follow them in my car.

As we were driving along I kept trying to make eye contact with Amy. I was waiting for that pretty
smile of hers, reassurance to me that she was okay. But instead, her head never moved. She kept it
motionless all the way home.

Den helped her out of the car and into her house where she promptly went to bed. She stayed there all
the rest of the day. If she moved her head at all that horrible dizziness came back.

Later on towards evening I called to see how she was. Still in bed. Still dizzy. Still not wanting to

I thought back to a scary episode of dizziness that I had 14 years ago. Afterwards I asked my Dr…

Our green party!

Are we pathetic or what… We took our own picture waiting for family to arrive.
Normally we don't celebrate St Patrick's Day. As in never. But this year we became attached to our Irish painter, Patrick.  Loved all his stories about growing up in Ireland.  Sort of put us in the mood to be festive green this year. 
We should have at least invited Patrick, but we didn't. 
We aren't that friendly. :)
We aren't that authentic either when it comes to Irish traditions.
Den looked like the Jolly Green Giant waiting for family to arrive. 

The food was all ready and set to go:
Bacon, sausage, Oranges and kiwi, Aunt Sue's Potatoes aka funeral potatoes Eggs with toppings of olives, cheese, green onions, salsa, avocado, and sautéed peppers. Breakfast cake and blueberry muffins

After everyone arrived,  Den ditched the itchy wig and Amy threw it on.
Amy and Logan have such great kids.  Den and I were talking about them after they left.  (The older 4 had to leave early for musical practice.)…

Contention, Resentment, and Revenge

I had never given a thought that so much damage to one person could be done with a cell phone!
What a sad eye opener this was for me. 

Our version of the beautiful wedding

Thanks to my post surgery husband for taking us both to this gorgeous place last Saturday...

Dennis wasn't the most comfortable but he really wanted to attend this wedding, and he also knew how  very much it meant to me to be there. I've known Heidi Garvin since she was 5 years old  when we moved next door to them in 1990.
She's the one in yellow. The only girl between our two families. I think this was about 1994.  These kids were pretty much together most days back then.

There are many pictures of Heidi's wedding day last Saturday, flying all over Facebook,  but I will show you our version.
Amy, Logan and the twins coincidentally arrived about the same time as us.

Soon Brock and Erin and the girls arrived.

It was wonderful having my family so close to me….sitting there waiting for the wedding to begin.

This picture cracks me up every time.  Can't you picture Violet working in a library and giving that look to the talkers?

When I saw Heidi's parents walking do…