Well, the days are coming that I dread, colder, darker and hibernating in the house.

The crops are out at our house (that was accomplished on Monday) and I have to say, we have had wonderful weather for harvest.  I think for the month of October, we have had 0.5 inches of rain.  We haven’t had any measurable rain since Mid September so we are kind of dry around here.  The garden is long gone and almost all the crops in the area are stored for the winter.  Hopefully the dust will be settling down a little bit plus it is supposed to rain today, but we will see how much we get.

We are going to have to cut some wood soon, we still have quite a bit from last year since winter was so kind to us.  AND I like to cut before it gets too cold.  My asthma doesn’t like cold weather, so I try not to aggravate it too much.

Last night we mowed one of the churches we take care of for the last time this year and did the other church on Monday.  We will finish up our yard this week, then wash and grease the lawnmowers and store them away for the winter, anxiously waiting to get them back out as soon as it starts greening up next spring.

I think Jimmy is going to work on cleaning up brush piles and pulling sprouts around the farm the rest of fall and into winter so hopefully I will be able to burn some things and get it cleaned up and back into the soil.

But I have already started some preparations for winter, I need to pull out material and plan for some quilts I need to get finished (and started!!), I have one baby quilt for a very special little girl coming in December.  Can’t wait for the panel I ordered to come in so I can start on it.  I could probably work on about 20 quilt tops that I have wandering around in my head right now.  Yikes, the winter might go really fast (or I am dreaming and wishing anyway).

I have started some of our Christmas shopping but still have a ways to go.  But I have almost 2 months left right?  Need to get the house decorated and that usually happens the day after Thanksgiving at the earliest, hopefully I can get the lights up outside again this year.

We are always busy but never too busy to stop and thank God for all the blessings he has given us and continues to give us.  Have a great fall and enjoy this beautiful weather, even if the  mornings and evenings are really cool.  Yes we are playing the game at home, how long can you survive without the heat on.  I guarantee I will be caving if it gets much cooler.

Craft Day!!


Thanks to whoever took this picture, I do believe it was one of the Borman gentlemen.

I can’t believe it is almost Craft Day!  It is always the 1st Saturday in October and this year it is October 1st (yes this weekend).  This is always an exciting time in our little community.

Our little town of Hatton is maybe 25 people, we don’t have a post office, store or things like that.  No Starbucks, McDonald’s, Wal-Mart or Dollar General.  BUT the one thing we have is a Community Hall, a Church and a former Store that we work out of for this event.  The Hatton Community is much larger than the 25 people that live in town.  The community works together to solicit and vet vendors (everything has to be homemade!), organize groups to man the food booths, bakes pies, pies and more pies.  They also make ham and beans, cornbread, hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken salad sandwiches, pimento cheese sandwiches and ham and cheese sandwiches.  We also make donuts and cinnamon rolls, caramel apples and have plenty of options to drink, tea, lemonade, soda, coffee!  We also offer hayrides with tractors and mules to and from parking lots so you don’t have to lug all your buys from the vendor site to your car.

So before we get too busy here in Hatton, I would like to take the time to thank a few people.  Abby Biggers, Elizabeth Knipp, and Amy Groves-you guys do an amazing job with the vendors (plus everything else you do!), it is a hard job and you work all year long on this, always making sure we clean up so we can possibly add more vendors or make their location more comfortable for them.

Jill Fansler-wow, you are amazing, you have the shopping down to a science and Marilyn Jones would be so proud of you taking over for her.  You are great at organizing everything, sign up sheets, donut makers, and donut fryers, keeping everyone on schedule all day.  Usually buying enough (and not too much!) food and drinks to last through out the day.

Lynn Linnenbringer-for being the “money” person all these years, making sure the drawers have the correct amount of change to start the day and working after everyone is finished to get numbers to us the next day.

Agnes Hatcher-for taking charge of everything from cleaning for weeks before to cooking all the beans Friday night into Saturday morning.  Asking for pies, pies, and more pies, sending a sign up sheet for cornbread and asking for help from everyone from the very youngest to the oldest.  You can always find a job or place for them to help out.

Jimmy Dunn, Ron Fansler, and Carson Humphreys for getting the grills going so early and getting that smell in the air!  Nothing like grilling burgers and dogs at 8 am right guys, but people want them so you all deliver.  And we always hear the compliments that they are the best anywhere.  I know I am kind of partial but Jimmy can grill the best hamburgers, he is my personal grilling chef and I would rather have a hamburger than anything else.

All the ladies in the afternoon community club, thanks so much for all you do in preparation of the big day.  There are too many ladies to list here and I don’t want to forget any of them.

All of you ladies and gentlemen that offer to work the early shift because that is really when the big rush comes, everyone wants those donuts, cinnamon rolls and coffee before they go shopping.

Most importantly, all the people that offer to come work all day long.  I know it is a very long day and starts way earlier than 9 when the vendors open or end at 4 when the vendors shut down but you are why we have money to give educational scholarships, keep the community hall running and paying for NeighborFest and Independence Day celebration as well as other things throughout the year.

I can’t tell you enough how much you each mean to this community so just remember to take the time to thank someone working on Saturday for all their work.  It takes the entire community to make it a success and we have the best community around as we have been showing everyone for the past 44 years.

If you are interested in helping in any way and don’t have another job, please look for Agnes Hatcher or myself, we are usually in the kitchen of the community hall and we will put you to work.  If you can catch Jill Fansler, she will do the same thing but she is all over the place!

Hope to see lots of shoppers there, the weather is supposed to be beautiful and the food will be wonderful (like always!) and the homemade pies are awesome.

Just want to give a shout out to a couple of people that are vendors:  1st of all, one of our own Verna Shryock, she has been a vendor in every Hatton Craft Day, she does beautiful work, go see her.  Second of all my daughter: who is very new to the vendor side of Craft Day.  Her booth is Fruit of the Spirit and she sells jams, jellies and butters, they are yummy and if you were able to come to the wedding last week, it was her apple and pumpkin butter there on the tables.  Next Cool Graphitti, the Knipps own a shop in Auxvasse and have been friends forever, they have awesome things and I love their Jack Daniel Patio table!  Last Green Window Designs: Lori Doerhoff has lived in the community all her life and does some amazing things by repurposing materials, books, sweaters, old windows and doors.  Please take the time to stop by their booths and tell them thanks for being part of our community. And there are 171 other vendors to check out as well.

How do you get there to join in on the fun and food?  Well, take Interstate 70 to Exit 144 (Hatton Exit) and go North approximately 6 miles and turn west on State Highway E, you will start seeing traffic but it is about 2 miles down the road.  Oh yeah, be careful, farmers will be out in their big equipment so you might have a little bit of a delay and feel sorry for them because they can’t get to Craft Day to get a sandwich or donut.

See you all on Saturday, remember vendors open at 9 am.  Food booths are usually open by 8 am (and maybe a little bit earlier!).

Well, the wedding is over.

So the wedding happened on Saturday evening, everything was perfect and of course, Shawna looked beautiful!  We cried tears of joy and laughed a lot as well.  Lots of people were there, not sure of the exact number, I was a little busy doing other things.  Like finding everything the boys lost or just couldn’t find.  I will have to say Caleb was organized and had his stuff under control.

We literally live 2 minutes from our church and I can’t tell you how many trips we made back and forth but we finally found everything we needed and got it together and pictures went off like they needed to.

One thing, I don’t know who forgot to tell Mother Nature it was the end of September and is not 90 degrees.  Looking back at other years this day, we were talking about wearing sweat shirts and being cold, that was not the case this year for sure!

When Shawna walked down the aisle, I snuck a peak at Caleb’s face and the look on his face is one I hope stays there forever when he looks at her.  I have never seen anyone look at her with so much love in their eyes except her father and me.

They wrote their own vows and read them to each other, with tears in their eyes and voices.  She walked down the aisle to “One Thousand Years” and their unity sand ceremony had “Die a Happy Man”, then after they were pronounced man and wife, they walked out to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”.  Such a variety of music but that is them, they like all music.

So the veil, if you all follow on facebook, I talked about the story behind the veil, so here it is for you all to have a laugh.  Many of you that know me, know I hate to shop at all.  Shawna kind of knew what she wanted in a veil and we talked about it, she showed me pictures on line and one day conned me into going into David’s Bridal.  Nothing against them but there were way too many women in one place for me to feel comfortable, all these girls trying on dresses and such, squealing and giggling, talking, being obnoxious in general.  So we find the veils and of course the one she wants to look at, we can’t reach (short girl problems, I know).  We finally get someone to help us get it down and try to find a place to try it on and lay it out.  She really had her heart set on this veil, UNTIL she saw the price tag.  It was $250.00, and if any of you know Shawna, that wasn’t going to happen, let’s just say, she is very frugal with her money.  So we go home without the veil but she is on a mission to find one reasonably priced (according to her).  We find a couple and they are around $50-75 dollars, too expensive for her still, after all it is just tulle and lace right?  So she finally finds this one for $26.00 14435259_10201816863179942_2500384300123250468_o-1

Granted, this is the same veil from David’s Bridal that she looked at so she is super excited and has tried this thing on I can’t tell you how many times.  Now if you look at her reception dress that a friend made her, the lace matches exactly the lace on the veil, we didn’t realize it until the dress was cut out.  That was strictly luck (or divine intervention) because we didn’t have the veil with us when we bought the lace for the dress.

The dress was a vision in her head and a picture she found with some modifications.  She went to our very dear friend Debbie and explained it to her.  Debbie said this is the first dress she made without a pattern and she did a beautiful job and was just perfect, exactly as Shawna had imagined it to be.  Her wedding dress was from her Grandma Moore who wore the dress on her 50th anniversary.  Look at the smile on her face, it was there all night!


Everyone said the food was great (thanks, we started working on it about a month ago and did it all ourselves), everyone loved the pumpkin and apple butter that Tara’s company Fruit of the Spirit (check out her facebook page!) made and we had so many people take it home with them to enjoy.  Remember she has 2 events coming up in October, Hatton Craft Day on October 1st and an event in Centralia MO on October 15th.

We all had a wonderful time, my parents won the anniversary dance by being married the longest, 56 years!  Congrats Mom and Dad.  You all are amazing examples.

Bet you all would like to see a picture of the groom as well, right?  Well, not to disappoint, here he is as well.


Jimmy and I are happy to have two sons now that love our daughters very much.  To Caleb and Shawna and Greg and Tara may you enjoy many years of happily ever after!

If you have pictures of the wedding, please post them and tag them #CSGetHitched.


3 days to go~!

I am sure this will be my last post before the wedding because everything starts working into a frenzy tomorrow.  Please pray for long fuses (I seem to remember Jill Fansler doing a children’s sermon on this recently) for the entire family.  Wedding time is always stressful but we are working to make it as stress free as possible or spreading the stress out.

We will be moving some of the furniture into their house tomorrow, stove, refrigerator,  dining room table, bed and night stand, maybe some of the cabinets!!  But first we have to sweep, vacuum and mop the floor, that will be my job tomorrow morning.

The tent will go up tomorrow afternoon and tables and chairs will be set. Lights will go up and Friday decorations will be set up.  Food will be made in mass quantities tomorrow and refrigerated, some will be taken out of the freezer to thaw for Friday night rehearsal dinner and we will start on the groom’s cake since he has a special request.  At some point, Shawna will be baking pies for rehearsal dinner as well.

Family will be coming in for Caleb and friends will be arriving soon as well. His brother Charlie will arrive on Thursday and Caleb is making the trip to pick him up.  The rest have made arrangements to get here.  Can’t wait to meet them.

But today, the yard needs to be mowed and trimmed, laundry needs to be washed and hung out, folded up.  And we are taking a little time off to go celebrate the kids in our church.  Jimmy is grilling for KFJ (Kids for Jesus) and Youth Group kickoff tonight and I am working the registration table.  It will be wonderful to see some of these kids that we haven’t seen all summer, many of these kids go to other churches or are unchurched and come to our Wednesday night programs!  I am fortunate enough to be able to help once again in the littles group, 2-3 year olds and it is so much fun to watch them grow throughout the year from not talking to anyone to being the leader of fun and games, music or the little band we form every year.  Plus one of my favorite people is the teacher for that group.  This is the first year in about 7 years that I don’t have a grandchild coming (they are going to their home church this year!).

So prayers are appreciated that all runs smoothly and any wrinkles are worked out with a minimum amount of stress and tears.  Will share pictures soon.

AND Next week we will be shifting gears quickly because Craft Day is just around the corner.  and is only 10 days away.  so stay tuned.

6 Days!

There are only 6 days left before Shawna becomes Mrs. Scott.  Our lives have shifted to hyper busy mode.  We have been working along on the planning for months now and have most of it complete.

Crystal Beamer did the flowers and they are beautiful.  We love them, Adrianna has been “practicing” walking down the aisle with hers for a couple of weeks now.  We love how you incorporated Granny’s rosary in Shawna’s bouquet.  One of the “something old’s” she has. Love you so much, words can never say how much stress you took off me by all your offers of help.

Debbie Ludwig, I know we asked the impossible of you with the reception dress, but as always you nailed it perfectly (that is definitely her something new!) .  I can’t wait for everyone to see it and realize that you created it from a picture and ideas in Shawna’s head.  Amazing!!  Adrianna’s dress suits her perfectly, the best dancing dress ever!  The bridesmaid’s dresses are beautiful and all fit so perfectly.  Words will never fulfill the gratitude we have for you.  We love you and everything you do.

Pat Stemme, for your willingness to help out and for painting centerpieces, we thank you.  Cant wait to see them on the tables, they look amazing in the box right now.  I am sure we will be asking for your help this next week as well.  Love you!

Kent Moore for offering to smoke the pork, that made Jimmy’s life so much better, he had a wonderful time visiting with you and you are just one of the reasons the Moore family is as wonderful as they are!

Corey and Ginger Hawkins for talking me through so much of the cooking process, how much and what to do.  Ginger for just checking on me to make sure I am still sane.  I love you guys so much.

The “Hatton Ladies” for your willingness to do whatever we asked.  I know you all will be amazing at serving the food.  We so appreciate you all doing this, it is one of the first things she asked for when we started this planning, “Can you ask the ladies to serve at the wedding reception right away so they don’t plan anything else?”  She loves our club and can’t wait for the house to be finished so she can come to some of the meetings!  And even though she won’t be home by Craft Day, she will be with us in spirit that day as she flies home.  We love each and every one of you for your willingness to help out in any way.

Our parents, Mangus and Margaret Moore and Liz Dunn, thank you for allowing us to store wedding stuff at your house, when it started taking over ours!  We so appreciate it and knew it would be well taken care of.  And for so many other things, Mom for the wedding dress, she is so excited to wear your anniversary dress down the aisle (Something borrowed), she has been waiting 6 years for this moment.  For all the help you and Dad have done through this whole adventure of building the house and wedding planning.  Liz for the quilt that you made her, it was the hit of the church shower and made us cry when we read your card to her.  We love you all and depend on you for so many things, thanks will never be enough.

My sisters, brother, nieces and nephews!  Yes we are a crazy bunch but we stick together and get things done.  Marlene for painting the centerpieces, they are wonderful and we so appreciate it (one little task I was not looking forward to), Melinda for all the crazy calls, asking for things to pick up or borrow and our big project, “The Dance Floor”, can’t wait for Caleb to come home today to see it.  Shawna said last night, “That is huge!”.  Mike, oh my gosh, where can I start with you!  Helping on the house, when it seemed impossible to complete the dry wall, you came up and spent the holiday weekend helping get it all hung, being the calm one about getting it done!, then coming up to help on the dance floor because you knew we needed help.  I am still amazed that it only took two hours from the laying of the pallets out to putting the final screw in place.  Not without some fun conversation, what I really want to know is who invited the heat!  I thought a cold front was supposed to come through Friday!   Oh well, not like we aren’t used to heat and work. To all the nieces and nephews, thanks for help planning, offering suggestions on the wedding and decorations, being there to make Shawna and Caleb relax and take a step back when things got stressful, teasing her about being frugal (one word for it right!!), helping on the house or just talking to them.

Tara, Greg and the grandkids.  Thanks so much for being part of the planning.  We have had some great laughs.  Greg, I know we have asked a lot of you by taking your wife and kids on some crazy shopping adventures or helping around here.  Those kids of yours have a true servants heart by wanting to help others, you both should be very proud of them. Love you both and those sweet babies!

Tara, thanks for being so much like your momma, taking charge and organizing those bridesmaids and being willing to run interference for your sister.  Offering suggestions for ideas and never being afraid to tell people that you don’t think that will go with the wedding plans or you don’t think Shawna and Caleb would like it.  Changing things in the middle of the stream when plans change and just being there to support us and your sister.

The bridesmaids and groomsmen, what can I say about you all!  The bridesmaids willingness to supply Shawna with empty wine bottles for centerpieces.  Your unselfishness is amazing.  The bachelorette party was a blast, thanks for inviting me, those memories will make me smile for many years.  Caleb really needed what the guys planned for him, the stress of building a house and being involved in the wedding was starting to wear on him.  And you guys know him, getting to do what he loves was just the thing he needed a week before the wedding. Also a big thanks for those that helped on the house!  Oh and the sampling of recipes for the wedding.  Glad you all voted on the same thing!

I am sure there are many other’s to thank so if I forgot anyone, I promise to update this post with you when things are a little less busy!

And lastly, to Shawna and Caleb, thanks for making the planning easy.  And not dragging me through every store within a 100 mile radius.  And for being frugal, borrowing things, finding them on sale or asking family/friends to make things (see the above paragraphs).  Building a house and planning a wedding has been very stressful but for the most part you both have handled that stress very well (can’t believe I am saying this about you Shawna!).  You are going to have a wonderful home to create a whole new set of memories in.  I am sure Grandma and Grandpa Dunn are looking down from heaven with approval, with your choice of location and your willingness to stay together forever.  We love you both and hope your day is everything you hope it will be.


This post was started on September 4th, didn’t get it posted then, too much life going on.

As I went to bed last night, I told Jimmy it was 16 years ago that I last talked to you.  The next morning, before I went to check on you, you had left this earthly life.  Mom went in and talked to you for a minute and then she took your dog out to potty.  We heard you breath your last and knew you were enjoying all heaven had to offer.  We still miss you every day but know you are in a far better place.

We have so many happy memories of you.  Mike and I were talking about the cherry tree last night that you had at one of the houses you all lived at.  I remember the apple tree at the house in Calwood and how we ate green apples, never to make that mistake again.

I remember when you had to retire from the state hospital and how sad you were to leave your patients but God had bigger plans for you.  Grandpa needed care and you were able to be with him.  There were so many times you had to be there to save him!

And the memories with you and my kids.  Every time the Spice Girls come on or talk about a reunion, the girls start talking about watching them at your house and laughing.  Shawna’s favorite picture is of you with the bikini on over your clothes.

Just wanted to say we still miss you every day and you would be amazed how your family has grown.  I know you are smiling down on them every day.  So many times I want to pick up the phone and call just to talk to you or when I shop at the grocery store, I think I need to go over and pick you up.

Love you and please take care of all our loved ones in heaven, we will see you again someday.

Today marks day 29 until the wedding of Shawna and Caleb.  So many things left to do, but the girls are taking a break this weekend and traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks!  I am sure I will be posting more about the private conversations we have had through messenger but that will have to wait until the weekend is over.

Shawna has no idea what we have planned and I think she is a little anxious.  You see, she is much like her father (way more than they will ever  admit), she doesn’t really like surprises and is a little worried about what her “girls” have planned for her.  It probably doesn’t help that every time I received a message last night I giggled and she had no idea.

We are leaving the boys at home to work on the house so we expect to see lots of progress without us there to interrupt them.  Prayers that they find something to eat this weekend.  They are not very good at remembering to eat without us there to feed them.

In other news about the wedding, the flowers are done and look amazing!!  Thanks Crystal Beamer.  Several of the dresses are done, Adrianna’s, Tara’s and Amanda’s (I think), Shawna’s reception dress, the flower girls dresses and they are gorgeous.  We love them Debbie Ludwig, as always, your work is beyond our actual vision.  Can’t wait to see it all come together. Most of the decorations are compete, thanks to Marlene Freels and Pat Stemme.  Brittany Bastian and Melinda Bastian, thanks for the use of some of the decorations.  More thanks to come later I am sure, but these things are in my living room right now and need to be put away so they are on my mind.  Thanks to my mom and dad and Jimmy’s mom, Margaret and Mangus Moore and Liz Dunn for allowing us to store things at your house since ours is overflowing!

Pray that our men survive without us this weekend.  Adrianna is being left behind to hold down the womanly responsibilities, pray for her that she survives and doesn’t pull the princess card on them! because she won’t hesitate and they will bow to her wishes.  Pray that the guys get lots completed on the house and have a good time doing it.

More after the weekend is over and we can reveal what all we had planned for her.