Saturday, June 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Sara!

The many faces of
Sara Bethany Shuler
Born June 15, 1995 @ 8:56pm
Chubbuck, ID

Papa Shuler with Sara

Snack time always takes a lot out of ya!

Bronco's biggest fan!

Church benches are always a good place to take a nap.

Blowing bubbles at Grand mother and Grand dad's place.

Sara could be bribed to do most anything with
a box of Altoids... Even walk down the aisle
in a wedding...

Birthday spankings are a must in the Shuler
household... Except when you're 18.

A proud moment of finding the cutest little seashell.

Mark Phillips with Sara and Flat Shipley...
Havasu Landing Bluegrass Festival.

During braces...
After braces...

Can you feel the love tonight...

Papa Shuler and Sara again... Best buddies!

Sara with her AMAZING mommy!

The Lone Sara...
Sara with all of her siblings...

And this is what we have today...

Sara Beth... A beautiful young lady that God
has placed in the Shuler family. We love you,
Sara... Happy Birthday!


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Playing Catch Up.

Not quite sure how nine months flew by... I will try to give as short of a summery, as possible, to update you on our "goings-on"...
For fourteen months (2011 - 2012) Colin, Jacob and Philip (Sometimes Sara) traveled all over the U.S., singing and evangelizing. The rest of the family stayed in Arizona, to care for Grandma Bunny. In June, Colin was asked to take a pastorate in Mountain View, AR. This was exciting and crazy at the same time. What would we do with Grandma? Well, that was an easy answer... We thought we had it all figured out. I had already made a commitment to her, so it was obvious what we had to do. Colin and the kids would move to Arkansas and I would stay with Grandma as long as she needed me. We sat the family down to talk to Grandma. We told her that Colin and the kids would be moving and I would stay with her... At first, nothing was said... Then she said, "I want to go too!" We all were speechless... That was the beginning of many miracles. We packed up and off to Arkansas we went....

While looking at houses on-line I found several that I fell in love with, but of course, they were not in our price range. We prayed for God to show us the right one. The next day we phoned a Real Estate Agent and told him our story. He told us to come in, he had just the right house for us. God had our house waiting for us...  He's so amazing!

We are so blessed! I cannot thank the Lord enough for His many blessings. He supplies ALL of our needs. Not only did He give us a beautiful place to live, but a wonderful church family... They have welcomed us right into their fellowship. We LOVE this place and everyone here!

In October, we drove to Montana to welcome grand baby #3, into this world. Titus Colin was born Oct. 26. Isn't he adorable?
We celebrated our first Thanksgiving here... First Christmas... First New Year's... Even experienced our first tornado watch/warning... Jacob works at Iron Works, Philip works at the hospital and both boys received scholarships and plan to start college this Fall. Sara graduated High School... Megan and Tommy are finishing up the 9th and 5th grade... We got a horse... Colin and I are busier than we've ever been before and yet we are more relaxed than ever before.

I know there are many, many other things that have happened but I couldn't tell all... God has blessed us beyond measure. We cannot thank Him enough for allowing us to be here, ALL together again. Looking forward to many great things happening in our little community.

I'll try my best to keep up...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

We Are Moving!!!

Please join us for some dessert and fellowship!
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 @ 2:00 - 5:00pm
13725 W. Bell Rd.
Surprise, AZ
We are so blessed to have met so many
wonderful friends in the Phoenix Valley.
We would just like to gather you all together and say,
“Farewell, until we meet again!”
Drop by between 2:00 - 5:00 and see us.
(Please do not park in Chick-fil-A’s parking lot,
we do not want anyone else to think they are open for business…
Park in the shopping center parking area.)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Happy Birthday Megan!

August 3, 1997 we had "Children's Day" in the
park, in Colorado Springs. I was walking across
the wet concrete floor, warning everyone of how
slick the floor was. No sooner did I get the warning
out, when my feet went right out from under me and
I landed right on my behind... The next morning I
went into labor and Megan was born... :o)

Here she is... A beautiful 15 year old
young lady... Having lunch at Panda Express.

The next day we got together with family for cake.

Mom and Megan!
 "Happy Birthday" song...
And boy was it an amazing song, sung
by these Shuler's/Doerfler's...

The years seem to pass so quickly.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

To Arkansas And Back

On July 12, 2012 I flew to Little Rock, AR to join
the family, attend Regional Convention and meet
new friends.

Convention was so refreshing. I met so many new
people and enjoyed the fellowship very much. The
messages were encouraging and I tried to just soak
in every minute of it. Of course, I loved to hear
my guys sing again.

Here is Jacob, Megan, Sara and Philip.
They were helpers in the Children's Church.
I think they fit in pretty good. :-)

The whole gang, minus Grace and her family.
I had to have a picture taken in this cool
Gazebo, in the Barker's backyard. Thanks
Sis. Charlotte for taking this picture.

 Monday, the 16th, we headed to Mountain View, AR.
On the way, we passed through Strawberry... Home
of Roger Bennett. He was a great piano player for
the Cathedrals Quartet and I always enjoyed his
stories about Strawberry, AR. My smile here, is a
nervous smile... The grasshoppers were very thick
and they were jumping everywhere.
 Onto Mountain View, we stayed with the James Dixon
family and they allowed us to ride their horses. It has been
many years since riding a horse but it all came back to
me when I jumped on. Of course we payed the price
the next day... Very sore muscles.
This is Sand Man... A very fun horse to ride.
 We had a great time visiting with the people in
Mountain View and we drove around town...
Walked down town, looked in some shops, ate
at the Soda Fountain and had a fantastic Coke,
with AMAZING crushed ice.
We had a BBQ at the park (A surprise graduation
party for Philip). We met more Church people
and had great food. We loved every minute of
our stay in Mountain View. Thanks to everyone
who took care of us, while there.

July 19 was the day for me to fly home. The plan was
for me to fly home and the rest of the family would
head to AZ after dropping me off at the airport.
While getting ready to head to the airport Colin
says he has a very uneasy feeling about me flying
home alone, on this trip... The more he talked about
it, the more flurbed out I got so we drove on,
not stopping at the airport in Little Rock and we
all drove together.... What a long drive! On the
way home their were some pretty nasty storms.
We made it back to AZ safe and sound, after driving
21 hours straight... I don't know how Colin does it.

On Tuesday, the 24th, I took the family down to
our neighbor's house, Jack and Penny. Jack is a
retired stunt man and was a double for the Lone Ranger.
He is so much fun to listen to... All of the shows he's
worked on, the people he's worked with... He even
brought out his Lone Ranger mask, hat, guns and holster
for us to try on... Those pictures are on FB.
Here is a picture of Jack. This picture was taken
50 years after the Lone Ranger, right out here,
in AZ... He looks great! He signed it for us...
He was so cute... He said he was the honored one,
being in the presence of such talent... I gave them a CD
a couple of months ago and they have really
enjoyed it...

So now, here it is July 29th... The guys head out
again tomorrow. They will be gone a month this
time and then it will be time for a new chapter in
the Shuler Book of Life... :-)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Week #4

Ok, it's been four weeks without the whole family.
The weeks are getting a little harder... I am now
counting down the days until I get to fly to AR...
I could make more quilts but I already cleaned up
the AZ room and put the sewing machine away.
If it were my house I would leave it all out and keep
working... So, I did finish quilt #3 for the new boy
coming in October. And I made the matching pillow.
I think it turned out pretty cute... Makes me feel like
Grandma Babe, making quilts for the Grand kids :o)

I took the Special K challenge for two weeks. I
didn't lose 2" off my waist as promised by the
advertising, but I have lost 4 lbs, so I can't complain.

I have been keeping busy with odd things here
and there... I won't bore you with the details.

8 more days and I get to see the family! I
am very excited! I am also looking forward
to meeting a plethora of people who are
anxious to meet the woman who belongs to
those crazy Shuler men.

Life can be cruel... But it's all good!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Week #3

Three weeks have now passed since the family went to AR.
I have had to slow down because I may run out of things to
do, and I have two more weeks to go.

I decided, with the extra material I had from the first
quilts, to make some pillows... I'm not sure I want
to do that again... I didn't enjoy that too much,
but they're still cute...

I started the third quilt for the new baby. It would
have been done a few days ago, but I made myself
walk away... I needed to leave myself something to do
next week.

Grandma had a few doctor's appointments this
week, so that helped make some days go by.
She had her yearly Alzhiemer check up...
She has donated her brain to the Research Institute
so they evaluate her every year. She is doing
remarkable for her age.

The normal weekly chores keep me somewhat
busy also... Although things don't get too messy
with just two people and a dog. Duke and I get
up and walk a mile every morning... He is
faithful (too faithful) to wake me up and we go.
Then I come home and have my coffee and we
start the day.

Tommy celebrated his 11th birthday
this last week. I think he had a good
time. Sara made some pasta salad,
he loves that stuff... We all do. The Dixon's
are taking great care of them. They're
having fun!

Well, that's it for this last week.  Next week
I'm pretty sure I'll have pictures of the finished
third quilt.

Two weeks from tonight I will be in AR.
So, looking forward to seeing my family!