Thursday, December 21, 2006


It's almost here! Around our house it is beginning to look very special!
I will admit I am a die-hard tradition loving soul. I just love the atmosphere of Christmas. The lights and garlands, the tree, nativity, the presents, the secrets, the food, family.... I look forward to this time of year very, very much! I can easily be consumed in all these very temporal things and fail to appreciate the deeper meaning. I can't wait to make special cookies, wrap presents, get cards and pictures in the mail....all good, but I often need a reminder of the greatest gift we celebrate.
Not only Christ and the life he gave for us, but the life he now gives us through him! I have so much to be thankful for. A wonderful husband, a beautiful and healthy little boy, and another (VERY active) little one on the way! Now, I just need a good dose of self-control with a first Christmas here for Paul. No one warned me how hard it is to walk into a store at Christmas time and not come out with everything for your little one!

A tale of basic health care...

How do you stay healthy in the month of December when everyone you know or work with is coming down with some sort of nasty sickness? The flu or a persistant cough... maybe that sore throat?
Well, first you pray. Second you take good care of yourself and third, you use good common sense and STAY AWAY FROM SICK PEOPLE! :)
So we have been busy here in our little corner of Nemaha county, pounding down vitamin C and eating raw garlic in just about everything! Paul is actully the one who promted that.....
After baking at a friends house last week, I left with some extra winter squash from their gardens bounty and several bulbs of garlic. We love this hearty bulb and season a lot of our food with it. On this occasion I just put the whole box in the living room, thinking Paul would enjoy playing with the squash. He did, but the garlic was much more interesting. I figured all it would take is one good bite and he would leave it alone. Not Paul. :) He somehow broke off a clove and stuck it in his mouth. He liked it well enough to suck on it for about 15 minutes! After that it started to get a little hot for him and he would spit it out, only to pick it up again and chew on it for a while longer! I was amazed, but not about to stop him.... that is a cheap way to build the immune system!
It must have done the trick because both Scott and I have had light colds, but Paul is staying very healthy. We pray this continues and are keeping plenty of garlic on hand just in case! For those not interested in the power of raw garlic, try this immune boosting idea that is very tasty!
4 bulbs of garlic, split into cloves
4 TBLP. butter
Lay the garlic in a small baking dish. Cover the garlic with pats of butter. Cover with foil and bake at 350* about 35 minutes, or until garlic is soft. Can be eaten warm plain, (yummy!:) or used as a spread on bread. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Pregnant profile...

For those of you who have asked.... here is a rather posed shot. I feel a lot bigger this time around- I guess everything is already stretched out! I am hungry all the time too- which is better than being sick all the time! We can't wait to meet this precious gift from the Lord!


Paul is learning to walk. Our little baby is growing up! The week of Thanksgiving he really decided to figure this walking thing out- and he has become very successful! He is not totally steady on his feet yet, and cannot get up off the floor without something to grab and pull up on, but he takes many steps by himself all the time. I only wish I knew how to put those video clips on here so you all could really see him in action! :) From chair to shelf...
And shelf to Mom.
Sometimes you fall down and it is really funny!
Sometimes you fall down and really need a hug!
"See my teeth?"
Hahaha! That's funny Mom!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Smile for Grandma!!!

I have been trying to get a picture of Paul so you can all see his teeth- but he is always making these funny faces instead! You can kind of see them in this shot- I will be working on a getting a better picture up soon!

Scott's new job...

Well, I know it has been a while since I have posted- I will try to get you up to date! :)
The first of November Scott began a new job here in Seneca. He is a Corrections Officer at the Nemaha County Jail. He was approached for the job by one of the deputys and was eager to find out more. Although it was actully a little pay cut, we felt it was an excellent opportunity to get into the law enforcement area, and there are nice perks like insurance and overtime pay. Working out the schedule has been interesting... the jail was going from 2 full time jailers to full staff, 24/7 with 5 jailers. However, one of the other guys did not work out, so they are working odd ball shifts for now. Currently, (and indefinatly) Scott works 4 days and has off 3. They work 10 hour shifts- which means either 7am-5pm or 5pm-3am. (Or in the REAL laungue of the Sheriff's department, 7-17 or 17-3 :) And to make that more interesting, Scott works 3 days on one shift, and the 4th day on the other shift. He has Wed, Thr, and Fri. off each week. So a little change and a lot to get used to! But he is really enjoying it.
I have learned a lot about how a jail works in the past few weeks- it is not a place I am planning vacation for anytime soon! There is a big difference between jail and prision, and here you have about 3 good options for you time. Sleep, watch tv, (Is that really a good option???) and play cards. You are fed one of three cereals (rotated by the jailer daily) for breakfast, and you get a tv dinner at lunch and supper. If you are lucky, some relative may want to order pizza or a sub sandwich for you- which they can; as long as they provide enough for you, the other inmates, the jailer and the dispatcher. Oh, and as long as you and the other inmates have been good- no fights or other problems. One in trouble means all in trouble. Oh, and talking about trouble, you will be locked down in your cell for the day; as long as you get out for 1 hour out of 24. Because that is one of your 2 rights in jail. Right #1, at least 1 hour out of 24 out of your cell each day. Right #2, 2,600 calories a day. Everything else is extras.....
Anyway, Scott is provided some mighty fine looking uniforms, and wears cuffs and a handgun to work everyday. They did special weapons training last week, and Scott is now legal to conceal and carry. Wow! Although they do not really recommend it. They say that the best help you can usually give when off duty and by a crime is to be a good witness. You do not want to get into a shoot-out with a guy at the gas station when you have your wife next to you and she could get shot!
Don't mess with this fellow....:)
So, we are doing well. Deer season starts tomorrow, so we will be out way before light to try to bring in some antlers,.... errr meat. :) For our anniversary last year Scott got us both new hunting rifles, and this fall he baught a nice scope for mine. It is a 7mm Remington Short action ultra mag. (For those of you who know what that is, that's a nice gun, for those of you who have not a clue, I really could not explain it... But it shoots big bullets!:) It has a good kick, but I am ready for it! Hopefully I will have a picture or 2 to follow up on this subject soon!

Thursday, November 16, 2006


The past few weeks have been weeks of change in Paul's young life. He has reached several milestones all at once it seems. Through the end of Oct. he cut through his first 2 teeth. They are in the middle on the bottom, and they are REALLY SHARP! :) I would like to get a picture of them soon, but it is hard to get him with an open mouth, without his tounge in the way!
Then last week he completely weaned. This was harder on me than Paul. He seems very happy with a bottle and real food. It seems hard to believe that my little baby is growing so fast! It is a good thing though, we wanted my body to have a few months without feeding Paul before the baby is born.
The third big thing was also last week at my folk's house. Paul had his first real haircut! I had trimmed around his ears before, but the whole head needed to be done as he was starting to curl in the back! Knowing that 10 month old little boys do not sit still very well, we enlisted the help of my family. And it took just about all of us!
I started out with the clippers, Mom held Paul, Scott took pictures, and about 3-4 sibilings took turns feeding him different foods to keep him happy.
Here is a "play-by-play" of the whole process!
Before the cut- totally oblivious :)
"I am ready! What is taking so long?"
"Ummm, I don't like this any more!"
"Mom- what are you doing to my head???"
"Boy am I glad that is over! Look at all the hair on the floor!"

Sunday, November 05, 2006


A burst of inspiration, a quick search on the world wide web and a few thoughts running through my head...
In the year 2003-
· The Nation had an estimated 2,153,464 burglaries in 2003, a slight (+0.1 percent) increase from the 2002 estimated figure. The rate of burglary in the United States was 740.5 burglary offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, a 0.9-percent decrease from 2002 data.
· Victims collectively lost an estimated $3.5 billion as a result of burglaries in 2003 with an average dollar loss of $1,626 per incident.
· An examination of the burglary data indicated that forcible entry accounted for 62.4 percent, unlawful entry comprised 31.2 percent, and attempted forcible entry made up 6.3 percent of all burglary offenses.
· Most burglaries (65.8 percent) occurred at residences; most residential burglaries (62.0 percent) occurred during the daytime.
In the year 2005 residential fires claimed 396,000 homes, injuring 13,825 people, killing 3,055 people and creating a direct dollar loss of $6,875 MILLION.
Not to mention the thousands of foreclosures each year.
By Edgar A . Guest
It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home,
A heap o' sun an' shadder, an' ye sometimes have t' roam
Afore ys really 'preciate the things ys lef' behind,
An' hunger fer 'em somehow with 'em allus on yer mind.
Home ain't a place that gold can buy or get up in a minute;
Afore it's home there's got t' be a heap o' livin' in it;
Within the walls there's got t' be some babies born, and then
Right there ye've got t' bring 'em up t' women good, an' men.
Who used t' love 'em long ago, an' trained 'em jes' t' run
The way they do, so's they would get the early mornin' sun;
Ye've got t' love each brick an' stone from cellar up t' dome
It takes a heap o' livin' in a house to make it home.
If you have a home- why wait to the 23rd?
Thanksgiving is the smile a conntent heart wears.

Playing in the leaves...

Paul sure loves being outside! I am clinging to the last nice days of autum as I know that soon it will be too cold to spend much time outdoors. Of course deer season starts at the end of the month, so we will be out a lot for a few days, but Paul may get to stay inside with and aunt or uncle some of that time! :)
How are you today!
Let me see what is over here.....
Oh, these taste good!
The End! :)

Grandma Sue's visit!

We loved having Scott's Mom come in October. The last time she was out was in July, and we missed her very much! Now that the visit is past we miss her again and can't wait to see her around Paul's birthday. Paul LOVED his Grandma coming to visit. He spent a whole afternoon one day playing with Grandma so Dad and Mom could take a nap. (A rare treat!)
Thanks so much Mama Sue for bringing out the crib and the stroller for us. (A mint condition garage sale steal- a double stroller that will get a lot of use next spring!) We can't wait to see you again! Stay warm and safe.

Snack time!
I love my grandma!!

Thursday, October 26, 2006


No posting would be complete without some pictures of our precious boy. Paul is growing and so much fun. He is beginning to become board with some of his toys, so I am trying to be creative when it comes to keeping him productive. He is thinking about walking, but not taking any steps yet. And big news! He is cutting his first teeth!!! You can actully feel 2 teeth on the bottom of his mouth! Scott and I have joked for so long that he was never going to get teeth. He will look different- I can't wait! I gave Paul his first hair cut this month. Just a trim around his ears, but I need to wrangle him down and give the whole thing a trimming. It is starting to curl in the back.... too long for our little boy!:)
See how big I am?!
I love that camera!
Scott's mom made it out for a visit this past weekend and Paul really enjoyed spending time with his Grandma. I will try to ge those pictures up soon.
Thank you all for your patience with our blogging troubles.... I hope to chat with you all again soon! God bless!
Lydia for the Ansons

Weddings and friends....

Well, Scott has been looking around, and we think we may have a fix for our blogger problems... But we will see!:) We have had a great October, the fall weather has stayed, but becoming rainy and cooler. We have enjoyed a lot of time with friends through this fall and that has definatly been a highlight. We also had those 2 weddings I mentioned before. Kayla and Jonathan Pollock had a very sweet and simple country wedding and Scott looked so handsome as a groomsman! The day was sunny so people hung around for quite a while enjoying the weather and visiting.
The new Mr. and Mrs. Pollock :)
The second wedding we attended was Emily B. and Allyn Weddle. Their wedding was a little bigger and had a full meal afterwards. My family was very involved in food help for the meal and Rebecca and I were honored to cut cake. All in all, we spent a good time laughing and having fun in the kitchen. I have heard that the new Weddle couple is back from a northern trip honeymoon but have yet to contact the new bride myself! :) Mom doing veggies, Rebecca eating, and Justice very, very sleepy....
One of the great things about weddings is the friends you get to see and spend time with. Our good friends the Gurnseys from way northern Neb. came down early and stayed with Scott and I for a few days. Mandi and I go way back and we had fun spending a few days together. Alex and Scott were troopers watching little ones while we women did "wedding stuff". :)
We also had Rebecca and Andrew stay Saturday night. It was a short visit, but great to spend a little time with them. Andrew even treated us all to a Dairy Queen ice-cream cake! Yummy!!!

I think there are 2 guys tired of wedding talk and ready to get some sleep :)


Dear Friends,
I am sorry I have not posted in so long! I have been having great difficulty logging on to our blog. Either something is messed up with our computer or blogger is under some construction. Anyway.... I am here now! Hopefully I can post a few pictures before I have problems again. :)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Outside boy...

Paul really enjoys being outside and the weather has been great for that lately. We always laught that Kansas has two seasons- summer and winter. No fall or spring. However, this year we have had a really nice September. Nights in the 40-50s and days in the 60-low 80s. Harvest is starting and leaves are beginning to fall. Ahhh! What a beautiful time of year. Fall has always been Mom's favorite season. I think it has always been tough on her, growing up in NY to come to a state that has such pathetic weather these autumn months. Growing up here in the country though, I am afraid I would take the combines and grain trucks over the neighborhoods of red maples- no matter how stunning! :)
The cool weather has brought apples, and I have enjoyed making applesauce and freezing it for later. Paul loves applesauce, so I don't think I can have too much on hand!
I saved some for eating though, and we "share" one most mornings after our walk. I take a bite and he gums all the juice on that part. :)

One evening we walked up and down our drive for a while as we waited for Scott to get home from work. Paul loves the cows our landlord keeps here, and just had to go over and investigate. It looks like the cows are as curious as he is!

He is a little country boy!

After a long walk, those heavy eyes would not stay open one minute longer! :)

This weekend we are looking forward to the wedding of some dear friends. Scott is honored to be part of the wedding party. We are so excited for Jonathan and Kayla!
And next weekend we have another wedding- a good girl friend of mine is getting married. (Only 8 days to go Emily! :) It looks like we will have a house full of company staying here by Thursday, so I may not get on to blog for a bit. I will try to keep up!
Enjoy this fall!

Grandma Su

We sure miss Scott's mom. We keep hinting about a fall visit, but she is trying to save up vacation time for February. So we call and post here.
This week Paul got a special package. He loved the envelope. :)
Thats right!
We love and miss you Mama Su!


Can you tell Paul loves to eat?
He must take after his parents. :)
He is learning to feed himself, but still makes more messes than really getting much in his mouth. Little movements that I take for granted, require such concentration from him. I can see why the fork was invented though.... imagine eating the whole meal in little pinch- portions!
Look at that belly! No starvation going on around here!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Growing up

Paul is growing up so fast! I would blame my lack of blogging on his activity, but it is more an issue of time management than anything else! We have been doing really well. Septemeber came with cooler weather and beautiful days for being outside. Scott is busy at the dairy, and really enjoying it. Most days he works 8-6 with a lunch break that he enjoys here at home. :) Once or twice a week he works 3:30am to noon. We actully like this shift as it gives up the afternoon together. (After a long nap) They run a varied schedule so everyone takes turns with the weekends. THis week he worked Sat and Sun, but had Friday and Monday off. It is fun to have a little variety.
As some of you know, Scott has continued to pursue his law enforcement dreams this year with the patrol again. We found out recently that he did not make it again this time, but we are not discouraged. We are praying about Scott finishing his degree starting this spring and then trying again after he has finished his schooling. He already has 20 hours from night school he took back in Chicago, so we have some of the work already done!
Paul is crawling very well and pulling up on everything. He has been on a better schedule lately and that helps out everyone. He is beginning to say "mama" and it is sooooo precious! He is eating a lot of "real food" now. I still nurse him often, but he can put down a whole sweet potato in one meal! We also just started yogurt, and that with banana is a new favorite.
Until recently he was still waking up several times a night to nurse, and for the sake of peace and quiet, we just gave in, but this week, we started laying him back down. THere were two rough nights, but last night he slept ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS LIFE!!!!! FROM 8:40PM TO 7AM!!! What a praise the Lord, the busy nights were hard on me, and this a huge blessing.
Not to say we don't have our crazy days still- even Paul has a bad hair day in this shot!
I have been doing well, feeling good which is a blessing. Yep, for those of you who do not know already, sometime in mid-February there will be another little Anson joining the family! We are excited and the pregnancy is going very well. I did not have near the morning sickness I had with Paul, all together much better in that area. I have had some headaches this time, but that is usually because my blood sugar is dropping and I need to eat something! It is a bit of a challange some days, I feel between feeding Paul and being pregnant I just need to eat all day! Thankfully food sounds good! :)
Paul and I have been walking each morning. He really likes the stroller and a few times has even fallen asleep! I enjoy the exercise, especially now that the weather is nice. Most mornings we start out with a sweatshirt!
Well, that catches you up a little bit on our lives. I have been working on my own schedue lately and feel really good about keeping up on the house- Thursdays are supposed to be my day to blog, but don't hold your breath! :) However slow I am at times, we really enjoy this way to stay in touch with people and share pictures of what is going on. Your comments are always so fun to read!

God bless! Lydia for Anson farms

Bath Time!

Paul really enjoys bath time. Scott usually gives him his bath in the evenings and they both enjoy a little "Daddy and Paul time" while I clean up from supper. The perfect way to relax and play after a long day!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Cousins :)

Did you ever see two sweeter boys? :)
May they grow up to love the Lord and His ways!

Shepard visit....

The second week of August was a fun week for us. Scott had finished at Haug, (The computer place he was working at full time) and had a week off before he started full time at the dairy. Rebecca and Andrew have been working on an addition on their house for over a month and we had really wanted to go down and help them for a while. So on Tuesday the 8th we headed down to Parsons for the week. I would post a lot of pictures of the work- except I feel that is Rebecca's news, so hopefully she will blog soon, :) (THeir computer has been having problems lately as I understand it- so be patient!)
We had a great time though, and the guys worked hard. (Rebecca and I enjoyed visiting, watching the boys and helping out here and there:) We can't wait to go down again!
Paul- FINALLY happy at the Chinese resturant, playing "drums"
with Uncle Andrew

Justice- layed back and enjoying the meal
After a hard days work.....
Aunt Rebecca with the boys!