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Normal Life...

(As Karen so aptly pointed out in her comment on the last post: What is "normal life?" A question, in a large household, that's not so easy to answer ;) . But it's good, and I love it!)
"For food and shelter and for toil, For all the gifts from sun and soil; For cares that help us to grow strong, For thought that guides us toward right from wrong, For tears that cleanse, and the need to be Closer in our touch with Thee, For every care Thy love bestows, For every joy each glad heart knows, For all good things we feel or see, Dear loving God, our thanks to Thee!" - Solveig Paulson Russel
Deborah made a popcorn string! It's very festive. :)
Art in gold and silver
Even dried weed-flowers can be pretty!
It's Mom's Birthday!
Happy Birthday to a very special mother. :) :)
Mom blows out the candles while the relic of a piano lesson rests on the piano near her... ;)

Trip to NE - Coming Home

A unique way to dress up old concrete structures! :)
Cute house, don't you think?
Ben :)
We were passing a slow-moving motor home & its towed vehicle when a sharp-eyed boy noticed the towed vehicle's license plate. ;)
And here's what the motor home said! ;)
Moving landscape
Happily, this "10-50 major," as the lingo goes, was on the other side of the road, so we weren't slowed up much!
A note on the term: "10-50 major" means more-than-minor damage to the vehicles; it may or may not describe the occupants' condition. We pray that no one was hurt in this crash; we don't know.
And I'll close our trip with this picture of Stephen & Ben. :)
Now, on to normal life! :) :)

Trip to NE - the Wedding!

Here we are at the wedding!
It began with lighting the candles...
Mark's sisters gathering...
Darling Sarah!

Some of the groomsmen
Mark was so happy. :)
The whole wedding party
What a smile :)

"May I present to you - Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hutchins!"
Sarah and her husband were in the wedding together - so sweet!  :)
Fall decorations at the reception
The cake!

Here they are!

The guys had a great time visiting. :) We especially enjoyed seeing Stephen H., whom we have missed!
Elizabeth H. & I. Lovely talking with you, Elizabeth! :)

Trip to NE - A Morning at the Zoo!

The next morning (Saturday), we had only two hours at the Zoo before we had to rush back to our hotel and change clothes for Mark's wedding, but it was well worth it!
The highway systems in Omaha, NE are absolutely convoluted and confusing -- we had to switch from one to the other to get anywhere, even close by! Thankfully we had Dad & Nathaniel -- they're terrific navigators!
Handsome Andrew. I couldn't ask for a better brother.
The Zoo had an enormous indoor rainforest. It was really quite neat!
My apologies for the fuzzy picture (don't you just hate fuzzy photos?), but this softshell turtle was just too weird to miss! It was probably about three feet or more long, and very gelatinous-looking.
A bearded monkey, just for Deborah (who hates beards ;)

Can you spot the baby?
Doesn't it look dead? ;)

Statues outside the aquarium!
It was a cold day -- 29* outside, even with the sun out!
Stephen was captivated by the swimming penguins.
These crabs were "like…