Josiah Building the Marble Parkour

Time-lapse video of Josiah building a kit called the Marble Parkour by ROKR. It required no glue. Total time was over two hours. The phone ran out of battery and stopped recording for a while. The video runs a little over five minutes and shows it working at the end. Plus Jason and Hannah are […]

Valentine’s Dinner 2020

On Friday, February 14th, 2020, Warner Avenue Baptist Church had a Valentine’s Day Dinner. The young people did an EXCELLENT job planning an enjoyable evening for 14 couples. They transformed our fellowship hall into a romantic, candle-lit restaurant. They had a western theme complete with western decorations and entertainment. Using card tables, each couple had […]

Living Room Transformation!

What a surprise! Sarah took Jeri and Tim out to lunch and a movie on Saturday. Little did they know that the rest of the family (including Hannah) were busy giving our living room a total makeover. It looks great now! New sectional, new coffee table, new end table, new lamps, new curtains, new area […]

First Avocado

Finally after a several year wait, we picked our first avocado! It weighed in at 15 ounces (nearly a pound) and was about five inches in length. (And, yes, we zeroed the scale before we weighed it.)

Girls in Venice, Italy

Nicole, Joanna, and Victoria left on Sunday, November 17th, 2019, for Italy. Departing from LAX, they connected in Paris for a flight to Venice (their first destination). Of course, they had to have some authentic Italian pizza. Victoria at Cafe Vero. Nicole at St. Mark’s Square. St. Mark’s Campanile (in the background) isn’t really tipping […]

Converse House Reunion 2019

Saturday, October 5th, 2019, was the day of Tim’s dorm floor reunion. Tim and Jeri also drove up to Ames the previous night to visit with a lot of the guys and their spouses. Saturday morning, Grandma Stogdill took us out for breakfast to the Cracker Barrel restaurant. Aunt Vickie and Rachel as well as […]


Jill, Maggie, Laura, Joanna, and Victoria (in order of appearance) sing “Smile” (music by Charlie Chaplin, lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons). “Smile” was the concluding piece for Dr. Ali’s voice recital at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA on Saturday, September 28th, 2019.

LA County Fair 2019

Because Josiah is now 13 years old, we didn’t get free passes to the fair via their school/home school education program this year. Although we had to pay to get in, we were able to choose a day nearly perfect weather. It was partly cloudy with a high around 80 F. Previously we were planning […]