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.



So a couple of weeks ago, I posted a vague facebook post about hard decisions and people being hurt but I was turning it over to God.  AND I wasn’t ready to post anything else.

So now here it is.

It all started last summer, I noticed the election getting nastier and nastier, lots of untruths being spoken and written.  Facebook was overrun with “articles” about each potential candidate.  This got me to thinking about how terrible we can be to each other, and now that I think about it, it probably all started about 2 years ago with the Ferguson MO incident and expanded from there.

I had a friend on FB post that Black Lives Matter and I commented that All Lives Matter. Do I hate everything that has gone on in the world, Rwanda, Syria, Iran, Iraq?  Yes that is my point that All Lives Matter. Her husband verbally attacked me and told me I had no idea what those people have gone through.  First of all I take exception with the term “those people”.  We are all Americans and our ancestors have suffered at someone’s hands at one time or another.  Some of my ancestors walked the Trail of Tears.  Anyone feel sorry for me?  I sure hope not, because I didn’t suffer that.

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I guess the thing I hate most is the “racial stereotypes”, if you are Native American, “fire water” is a no-no because they can’t handle it, if you are African American “you are uneducated, lazy, etc”, if you are Irish American “you have to be in a service industry, fireman, police officer, waitress, etc”., Rural American “dumb, uneducated, unaware of the real world”
No Marc I don’t know what is like to be black, I do know what it is like to be poor and have to work for everything I get.  I don’t think that is what Black Lives Matter should be about.
I do know if you are a democrat or a republican or an independent or any of the other parties and we are friends, I will respect your opinion UNTIL it violates Biblical teachings or the constitution of the United States of America.
This is how I determine how I vote for someone and I don’t need candidates or their party telling me what the other party or candidate is doing/not doing.  I can figure that out my self.  Thank you very much.
On election night the one thing I kept hearing reporters and news anchors say was “Donald Trump is carrying (fill in the blank here) because they are a rural state.  We had no idea so many of the uneducated rural white males would come out to vote”.
Just a heads up to you city educated people (insert sarcasm here!!) we are not stupid by any means in the rural area, we listen all the time to the news, stock market, grain market, cattle and hog market and most importantly to world news, because all of that affects us in ways you will never know.  My husband, my father, my sons-in-law and so many friends are those rural white males (and other nationalities and races as well).  Do I know how they voted?  Nope!  Do I care?  Not really as long as they thought about the candidate and their record of how they are on issues that are important to our country.  Do I care that your vote may have cancelled mine out?  Nope, once again, you need to vote based on what you believe is right.  Do I care if they had to call off college classes because so many were too upset to function the day after the election?  YES!  If you are a student or a professor, you are an adult, act like one.  Don’t hide out and use your coloring books to escape the reality of the world, stand up and work through this.  That is the only way we are going to get through this mess we have made of America.
Now, saying that, decisions have been made, people are hurt but trust God to make things right in our Country again.  He is on the throne and we  must not forget that.  Turn all your troubles and worries to him, he will give you peace and remember he sent a baby to change the world.  What are you doing to make this a better place?  So many people posted on my facebook status that they would be praying that the right decisions were made, they had no idea they might be praying for election rhetoric to die down, or if it was something personal, I even had one person pm me to make sure Jimmy and I weren’t going through something health or marriage related!  They were all genuinely concerned and that one vague facebook post brought out the best in so many (and I have no idea their political leanings).
I love each of you for a different reason and you have been put in my life to teach me something, thank you for that.  Let’s pull ourselves up and no matter who is in the White House or Congress, we are a group of individuals that can come together collectively to make this country the best the world has to offer.

WE have an announcement!

Right before the wedding, our older daughter and son-in-law told us they were going to expand their family to 6!  They asked us to stay quiet about it for a while because it was so early in the pregnancy.  So we honored their wish for the most part.  They told their three kiddos and they had been telling a few people.  Last week they made it official by posting sonogram pictures with the three kids.

To say we are excited is an understatement.  Although, Miss A said if it is a boy, she is moving in with us, so our life will change drastically.  It has been quite a while since we had a 8 year old in this house (20 years ago to be exact!).  She says “You just don’t understand what it is like to live in a house full of boys!”

So in late May or early June (initial due date is May 22) our newest grandchild will make their appearance and we will be there waiting to spoil them, no matter if they are a boy or girl.  In fact, I have already started on a quilt for them, it is pretty gender neutral so it doesn’t matter.  The plan is to finish quilting it this weekend and bind it.  After Mom and Daddy see it, I will post pictures of it.  I got the quilt kit from Material Girl Quilt Shop in Centralia last summer and was waiting to make it for a special little one.

In other news around our house, the youngest daughter is very close to moving in her house (if not this weekend, then for sure next weekend).  It is looking good and turning out very nicely.  She will be posting pictures of it once everything is cleaned up and moved in.

Today is 38 days until Christmas, how prepared are you?  I have been buying along all year but I really need to get in shopping mode and finish up because in one weeks, I will be putting up our Christmas tree!  And we are not having Thanksgiving at our house this year, Grandma Liz told Shawna she could have it at her new house so that is the plan right now.  And I can get my house really clean before putting up the tree.  Now if I can get Christmas lights outside but they will be nothing compared to our neighbors, the Langworthys and the Scotts.  Yesterday on the news, they were talking about the Rockefeller Center tree and stated they would place 50,000 lights on the tree.  I texted Shawna and told her, they had nothing on her.  She loves to decorate for Christmas, trees, the house and everything.  She gets this from her Grandma Moore!

We are coming upon a very busy time and I hope you all are feeling thankful and as blessed as we do at the Dunn household.

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.