Saturday, August 24, 2013

Happy 18th Birthday

August 25, 1995 was a day like no other!! My greatest blessing was born!! Brady was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen......looking into my eyes......and then screaming....LOUDLY!! It was the day Rick & I had prayed for over and over....year after year.....and it was amazing!!
The days rolled on......our blessing grew into a beautiful baby who was bright eyed and curious!! He grew into an inquisitive toddler questioning everything and conquering each task!! He grew into a little boy who loved to learn and read and play in the woods and read and play video games and read!! And then...... he grew into a man who is bright and good looking and kind and caring....and these things happened over night!!
Sometimes......I look at Brady and I still see my little beautiful baby!! Sometimes....I look at him and I'm amazed at his talents and the way he has risen to each and every challenge before him!! And sometimes.....every time I look at him and wonder what I ever did to deserve such an amazing kid!!
Happy 18th birthday sweet child of mine!! May you be blessed with as much joy as you've given us!! May you giggle and belly-laugh.....may you learn....and love and grow!! And may you know that you are loved more than you can imagine.....from here to the moon and back a whole bunch of times!!
Happy Birthday Brady!!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Where's Pooh When You Need Him?

Rick and I were sitting outside for a moment after dinner and look.....

Even closer.....

Uh oh!! I got stung twice the other night while Brady and I were walking and these puppies are venomous this year!! The only thing.....they are working so hard....and it is soooo pretty....I kinda want to let them build a little while longer so that once they are all gone.....I can have the hive!! :O)

Oooooohhhhh Riiiiiiiick!!!
Have a buzzin' good weekend!!
Tah Tah for Now!!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
                                                                      ~Isaiah 41:10
We went to a new church Sunday and this was the verse. It was what I needed!!
I am still.....

....but I am also excited!!

Have a great week friends!! Kiss your kids and hold on extra tight!! :O)



Oh! The Places You'll Go!!

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!" ...

..."Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!"
By Dr Seuss


Monday, August 12, 2013

How Now Brown Cow?

Milk!! It does a body good!!

It certainly makes for strong minds and strong bones and strong bodies!!

However......for a laptop......milk ain't so good!! :O( In fact it's kinda like......
Our sweet and darling Miss Bella.... a little rambunctious!! While "visiting" Brady in his room (meaning flying around like the tazmanian devil)......a glass of milk got spilled all over Brady's laptop!!
Brady's expression....

We took it to our "computer fix-it guy" (I'm pretty sure that's his title!!) and he goes....
....and so we told dad that Brady had to go get a new laptop for school cause he leaves Thursday and Rick goes.....
Sooooo.......we had a fun weekend!! How was yours?????? :O) Have a great week!!



....all is forgiven!! :O)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Boat For Sale!!

Our Fall Line-Up

We are busily working away every free moment we can muster....preparing for our fall line-up of shows and special adventures!! We will proudly attend....

In the Spirit of Friends
September 28

10a - 4p
Malabar Farm
4050 Bromfield Rd
Lucas, OH
A Simple Country Gathering
October 5, 2013
9a - 3p
Days Gone By
13925 St. Rt. 644
Hanoverton, OH
Gathered Treasures
November 2, 2013
10a - 4p
Richland County Fairgrounds
750 North Home Rd.
Mansfield, OH
We also may through in a few surprises so you'll have to keep watching!! LOL!!
Sadly......we are unable to attend Piney Creek's A Humble Past this weekend....but do check it out!! It is always a great show and Debbie (and her home) are just amazing!! Bring the kids.....there are lots of animals to chat with!! Bring the hubs.....there is some great food!! And for sure bring your wallets cause Debbie's shop is AMAZING!!!! :O)
Have a grand day y'all!! Start saving your pennies today and plan on coming to see us this fall!! :O)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Uh Oh!!

Guess what day it is.........

Woooooo Hooooooo!! Happy hump day!! tee hee hee!!


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I'm Melting!! Meeeeee-lting!!

I love being in my 40's I tell ya!! This is me one moment.....

.....and then here I am 5 minutes later.....

Here I am graciously asking for a little assistance from Rick......
Here I am when he has asked how my day was.....
It's funny one has really even noticed these slight lil' changes....'s all good!! And now.....
....or whatever!! tee hee hee!!
TTFN y'all!!


Monday, August 5, 2013

We Par-tay'ed!!

This weekend.....we celebrated Brady's graduation......him turning 18 in a couple weeks.....and prepared him for his journey toward the Class of 2017 at THE Ohio State University!! Wow!! What an amazing group of friends and family we have!!

OH MY GOSH!!  A friend and caterer prepared a fine feast for us all to enjoy!! Rick of Mama De' are an amazing friend.....and an even better cooker!! LOL!! Everyone soooooo enjoyed the food!!

A few years back...we found an amazing bakery in "Philly" that we of course I called Litty's....and ordered the yummy half white....half chocolate cake with banana Bavarian cream filling per Brady's desires!! We took down the pix for the decorating and paid the bill!! On Friday when we went to pick up the masterpiece.....there was a note and cash attached to our receipt with a note letting us know.....someone had come in and paid the bill!! OH MY GOSH!! What a generous and thoughtful act of kindness!! Through wet noodle interrogations.......we found that Rick's sister and brother-in-law Donna & Donald bestowed the gift!! WOW!!! Everyone sooooooo enjoyed the cake!!

The McClure's are blessed beyond measure with an amazing group of friends and family who came out to celebrate with Brady!! Truly each and every invite we sent was to a person who in some way played an important part in Brady's life!! We decided that indeed there were many of his teachers who should for sure be invited to thank them for they surely helped build the firm foundation upon which Brady now stands!! many came!! It was sooooooo much fun catching up and remembering with them!!

We had decorated the tables with snapshots of Brady throughout the years!! Baby with friends laughing......class pictures!! Everyone laughed at Rick's dark young we looked.....goofy hair styles.....and how much love Brady has always been surrounded by!! Truly my family has been blessed!!

Brady begins his new journey in a week and a half fully prepared to hit the ground running!! Thank you to each and every one of you....Family!!.....Friends!!....and each of you reading from afar too!! I know many of you keep him close in prayer and share with us a comment or two at our shows!! Thank you for that!! :O) Again.....we truly are blessed!!

My cup runneth over.....and it seems the overflow streams from my eyes as I remember the babe in my arms......the lil' boy running around.....the crabby teen stomping around :O)....and now the amazing man blooming before my eyes!! Indeed.....I am truly blessed!!

Thanks for sharing with us......and on a side note.......I get to start making my own schedule just a week and a half!! LOL!! Enjoy your week my friends!!