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Well, on one of the last blog posts I told you we are expecting our 4th grandchild.  About 3 weeks ago, our youngest daughter told us they were expecting as well and #4 and #5 will be just months (if not weeks) apart in age.  We are all beyond excited for this to occur next summer.  Tara’s actual due date is May 22 and Shawna’s date is July 23rd.  Do you all know anyone else that has that birthday??  Of course, it is our princess and she is so excited.  July 24th is Caleb’s brother’s birthday, so they have a number of birthdays they could deliver on.  Our family seems to be pretty good at doing this, but everyone says it is because there are so many of us (that may be true!).  So expect to see pictures of two little bundles of joy in the late spring and summer!

It is fun listening to them tell us at what stage the baby is developing and the grandkids telling us what size the baby is (pea, lemon, pear, apple, whatever they come up with!).

Now you know why I have been working so hard on baby blankets.  There are several friends in the community that are expecting babies but at the top of the list are those two that will belong to us.

Please pray for uneventful pregnancies for both daughters and easy delivery and quick recovery time.
And for those that are figuring up, no it wasn’t a honeymoon baby like Rachel Ross and I thought would happen.

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

Thanks.

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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.

 

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So many times I started to post something and things kept getting in the way.  I am going to try to commit myself to at least one blog post a week.  Call me out if I don’t please!!

So many thing have been happening around here I don’t even know where to begin.

OK, so work has been crazy busy and I have taken on a few more things.  I started teaching a food dehydration class about 2 times a year and it has expanded and I have been to Centralia schools a couple of times to teach them about that.  They have always been a fun group of kids and love what I bring for them to test.  Dried watermelon is their favorite (and by far the hardest to dry!).  Thanks to everyone that has attended and taught me something new.  I have also taught a few classes on various things at the Fulton Library.  Sherri McBride contacts me several times a year and we plan something (usually food wise).  Last year’s “One Read” was a book called “Station Eleven” where most of the population is destroyed and how people survive (Have to read the book to learn more).  So we had a discussion about foods grown in the wild.  We had a great discussion about this and I hope many learned that Nature provides us with many blessings.

This started the search for elderberries, you see my oldest started her own jam/jelly business and wants mostly stuff grown locally.  Strawberries, rhubarb, peaches, blackberries, blueberries and lovely elderberries.  They are tiny but grow wild in so many places here in Mid Missouri.  We started picking them and they are TINY!!  But they are a great source of immune building nutrients.  We are closely watching them this summer so we know when we can start picking them again.

Last month, I did another presentation at the library and we talked about food to boost your brain power and I will be taking this program to the kids later this month.  We talked about how smoothies are easy and quick to make and make a great start to the day.  We used bananas, strawberries, blueberries and cherries.  Everyone had their favorite and no one was the clear winner so that shows how versatile smoothies are.  We used local honey as a sweetener and  I told them they could add spinach, kale or any “green” to make it more healthy.  They were excited to go home and try it.  Can’t wait to teach the kids how to make their own breakfast.

I am still quilting and late last fall, Jimmy bought me a quilting machine.  No not a long arm quilter but it does a wonderful job and I love it.  Just need more time to work on it and learn about it.  Joined a quilter’s guild recently and we have a wonderful time.  It is really just a group of local ladies that are interested in quilting and we get together once a month, usually make a block with a theme and we draw for the winner.  One of the best times we have is that monthly meeting.  If you are interested in joining, let me know and I will have them add you to the Facebook group.

So Tara started her Jam/Jelly business called Fruit of the Spirit (check her out on Facebook), and it has been a journey.  She is always checking my freezer for my summer harvest to see what she can get and has ventured into my garden to “steal” some of my jalapenos.  She has involved the whole family.  I can’t tell you how many bushels of apples they picked and Greg peeled, how many gallons of blackberries the kids picked (and ate!) or how much fun they had planting the 40 rhubarb plants and 50 strawberry plants I picked up for them at an auction.  Sometimes we make runs for supplies if everyone is busy and she has cleaned me out on pint and half pint jars from my stash.  Luckily my mother gave me a bunch of quart jars and I found some at a garage sale (and a friend has been watching auctions for me).

Greg decided to be baptized and chose July 3rd as the date.  We were a little concerned because the weather forecast was for heavy rain for the weekend and he was going to be baptized at their lake.  We got 5 inches of rain but because we had such a dry spring/summer it wasn’t too bad.  The rain stopped and we all stood by the lake while Scott baptized him and it was a wonderful ceremony.  Ryker was really afraid for his daddy, thinking something like a shark was going to bite him.

Shawna decided she had enough of living in Columbia so she and her fiancee (yes you read that right) are building a house on our property just south of where Jimmy’s grandparent’s house used to sit.  They are doing most of the work themselves and have been wiring it this week.  They are getting married in September  and the time is flying by.  We have most everything done except the food which will have to be done that week.  Her first shower is in a couple of weeks and it will really seem real then.

Thanks for staying with me through all this rambling, next time I won’t wait so long.  Blessings to everyone reading this.

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If you have not received a Christmas letter from me by January 1st, I hope you can read this on here. Life has been a little crazy so yes I am very late getting my letter out. Promise to try to do better next year.
December 2013~~~Merry Christmas from Jimmy and Mylene. We hope your year has been as blessed as ours has. Jimmy is keeping busy with his job at Kingdom Telephone as well as all the other things he does, lawn care, gardening, helping out the neighbors when they call him, whatever he is doing it seems he is busy all the time. He recovered very nicely from shoulder surgery and the surgeon was amazed how well he has healed up. Mylene is busy with her job as well, teaching food classes throughout the county and has taught a couple of other “food related” classes as well, food dehydration and storage, emergency preparedness food storage and edible holiday gifts. She has really enjoyed this opportunity to help her friends become more prepared for the food markets to come. She also helped with a disaster preparedness exercise in July to help our citizens know what to do when and if there is an emergency.
We had a garden this year, only 32 tomato plants, 40 bell pepper plants, onions, lima beans, squash, jalapeños, Anaheim peppers and cantaloupe, everything grew very well and we were able to store food for the winter as well as share with others, providing some tomatoes and bell peppers for the Post Office Bar and Grill in Fulton. One of the neighbors provided us with sweet corn and Mylene’s brother gave her green beans and pears! Saying we are blessed in our community is an understatement. Everyone is always willing to help out.
We had so much snow last winter and it looks like we are going to have more this winter. Prayers that everyone stays safe when it is bad out. Then the summer was not as hot as last but it was still rather warm and dry again this summer.
Ryker James Stemme made his entrance on January 16th, 2013 at 1:07 am, which is Mylene’s Aunt’s birthday as well, one day after Mylene’s parents 53rd anniversary. He is such a sweet baby, walking at 10.5 months because he couldn’t let his sister and brother get away from him. They love him so much and it is fun to watch them interact with him. He is Papa’s boy and wants to be everywhere Papa is and will throw a fit if he can’t go.
Brock started kindergarten this year and has Mrs. Warbritton and loves school. I asked him last weekend if he still likes school and he said “What do you think, of course I do!”. He amazes me every time I see him how much he has learned, spelling, math, reading (although he says he can’t read really good yet but he is working on it). And he has lost two teeth, with two more loose. He is over 4 feet tall and weighs 70 lbs. He has just started wrestling practice with a meet soon. Good luck buddy, you are going to have to teach Nanny and Papa about wrestling because we know nothing about it.
Adrianna is the leader of the younger kids at Agnes’ house. She is going to school with Ms. Agnes according to her and loves working on it. She is in dance in Centralia and has a good time, learning to twirl a baton as well. Can’t wait to see how she does. She always wants to help in the kitchen, baking goodies as she says. She is so much like her mommy and Aunt Sha-Sha, sometimes it is like stepping back in time.
Blessings to you and yours during this holiday season and I hope each of you get to hear the wondrous story of Jesus’ birth sometime during Christmas. It is amazing and so special each time we hear it and want each of you to be blessed as well.

I have lots of pictures on Facebook to see how everyone is doing. We recently took a picture of the whole family at my parents house outside in the snow but the weather was nice.

Merry Christmas and happy new year from the Dunns.

Love,
Jimmy and Mylene

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We had so much rain last week and Thursday and Friday were the worst, massive flash flooding everywhere and no where to play outside because of all the rain. Saturday it sprinkled early in the morning and then turned into a beautiful day. Aunt Sha-Sha came out to play with the kids at Nanny and Papa’s while Mommy and Daddy worked on a garage sale project (later in June, lots of clothes and other stuff for sale). They decided to get the stroller out and take Ryker for a walk down the driveway and back. He enjoyed it because he was outside and moving around. Brock had to push because he is the big brother. Nanny was able to snap some pictures of them coming back up the driveway.

Hope you are finding something wonderful to do while we are blessed with all this rainfall.

 

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With the disasters that have gone on in our country lately, I feel it is time to get back on my soapbox.

First and foremost, please become better prepared.  If it is nothing more than understanding the difference between a warning and a watch and what to do in each situation.  Do you have a plan for your family?  Do they know it?  My two daughters are grown (25 and almost 30!)  and they still know if the weather is threatening, they can come home to the safe house.  We live in an earth contact house, so most of it is underground, our bedroom is the safest place in the house and they know Momma has enough food to last for several days (if it doesn’t get blown away and if it does, we are in trouble because that is one of the first things I will grab.

Do you have enough food to feed your family if there is a run on the grocery store after a disaster?  Do you have enough to share with others?  Would you be willing to share food that you have stored with others that did not prepare?  Only you can answer these questions for yourself.  Some people have strong opinions both ways and I know what I am willing to do and what I am not willing to do and in the event of a disaster, I do have a plan and it makes me feel more peaceful when those spring storms hit.

I also don’t want to tell you to jump in your car and head toward the disaster, sometimes that can cause more harm than good.  If you are down there and they don’t need you, you are taking valuable resources from those that need them.  There is usually a phone number set up to contact for donations (whether it be money or services), please contact them to see what you can do to help.  It might be more valuable for you to stay where you are and organize a local drive to take once the rescue is complete and they are in the rebuilding phase.  If you are rescue personnel, you know the protocol, please follow it.

My heart breaks for each and every person down there that has been affected by all the tragedies and was glad to hear a teacher say that she prayed.   Never underestimate the power or prayer.  It can give others comfort and peace, but know that God hears every one of those prayers.  Hug your family and friends a little tighter, call them up and tell them you love them, let them know you care.  We are not guaranteed another minute on this Earth.  My grandmother and grandfather didn’t expect to lose their oldest child at the age of 19 but they did.  My grandmother spent many years being mad at God (her words, not mine) and she said there wasn’t anything good that came of it.  She missed a lot of time basking in God’s love but came to the realization that sometimes we don’t know when we have to say goodbye so we should make the most of each day.

This time last week, we were laying to rest a beautiful soul (who just happened to be married to my cousin) and the preacher said he saw a sign that said “Choose your Attitude” and he believed that is what Susan did every day, she chose to be happy.  I noticed several people they interviewed in Oklahoma that had that same attitude.  They were grateful they were still alive and loved ones were as well.  In the midst of all that destruction, they chose to look at the positive.  If they can, how about you?  So now go back to the questions in this post and ask yourself them again.

Stay safe, become better prepared, make a plan, make sure those close to you know your plan, don’t count on others to help you out.  There is nothing more liberating than being self-sufficient when others are not.  Continue to pray for those that need our prayers (so basically everyone, everywhere) and most of all, tell your loved ones that you do truly love them.

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