27 May, 2014

Sad Isn't Bad


Today we read the book "Sad Isn't Bad".   We miss our little Lizzy.
We are learning to live with a missing piece in our hearts.
Ruby Catherine is a rock star.  

I took out Nette's weave- and we celebrated a moment during Mustache May.



RuCat and Lalo hanging out on the couch.


24 May, 2014

Happy Birthday Elizabeth! We miss you~

Forget-You-Not

We had a party at Castle Park in honor of our Elizabeth

Eric and his friends played music-  One of Lizzy's favorite things.

18 May, 2014

Forget-You-Not

Madison Elizabeth Castle

I had  looked for you, waited for you.
I just didn’t know this was your part
A huge role you are playing baby girl
Although your time on stage was short

I found you Elizabeth, 
My wise Oak Tree
Now, with your help,
I am finding me.

You are helping me find my missing parts 
and making me complete
Showing me the best things of life
honoring what’s most sweet

Living life with No Regrets
Making the most of each day
Elizabeth is printed on my heart
And there you always will stay.

Reminding me to live in the moment
To soak up the light when it shines
To brave the darkness, allow the hurt
This little little light of mine~

You’re teaching me to honor my dreams
Your light within burns with hope
Reminding me that Jesus redeems
It is only through Him we can cope

To make the most of what we have
To honor each moment we’re given
You bring out the best in our family
You are Peace, Love and Forgiveness

With the ones I have now, I will treasure my time 
Your memories I will keep alive
Knowing one day, there will be no more pain,
When Jesus will finally arrive.

When living seems too painful 
Will you bring me the gifts that I need?
After the rain comes the Son
To Him we are blessed to concede.

Jesus Lives. 
My baby does too.
With me for just a short while,
You came and brought your gentle peace.
Your gift makes all the pain worthwhile.

I know now, the question I wondered…
Is it better to have loved and lost?
Absolutely yes Elizabeth!
You are worth the cost.

Sweet Dreams my child.
My little girl.
You are in my heart to stay.
We’ll be together again, this I know.
For God has planned it this way.

Love, Mama


~Heidi Lamb Castle

13 May, 2014

Thanksgiving Point~ Utah, Fun with Cousins


This girl loves pony's and purses.   So, she is pretty happy at this moment.  





Culvers Ice Cream


12 May, 2014

Idaho- Grandpa and Grammy

Riding around the farm with Grandpa.

Hiking in the mountains behind Uncle Bret's house.
Picking wild flowers for Lizzy and Mom.  (Mother's day was yesterday)

03 May, 2014

Heart Shattered

Shock, fear, deep raw pain is in my heart today.
Sweet baby Elizabeth died in her sleep last night.

I can't believe it is real.  My baby is gone.

Heaven help me.  Please send Angels.

Heidi

01 April, 2014

April in Northern Minnesota



We got nearly 2 new feet of Snow April 1st.   

29 March, 2014

Officially a Cub Scout

The big 8 year old!  Elias is such a good boy.
  He is smart. He is a kind, sensitive soul.  I thank God for him everyday.
I love you with all my heart Elias Jay Lamb Castle.



He had a lot of fun at the pinewood derby.  His car was super fast.
He took 4th place overall out of both wards.

22 March, 2014

Amish Road Trip-

Heidi, Ruby Catherine, Elizabeth and Grammy Lamby 
visited a number of Amish homes on our trip in 
Mississippi, Florida, Missouri, Kentucky and Georgia.   
It was a great experience.  
Who knew there were Amish communities in all these states?

Randolph, Mississippi-  
The only Amish settlement in the deep south. 
(sans the Sarasota, FL Amish community, but is Florida really in the South?)






Ruby Catherine and Elizabeth had fun with the Amish children- 
sand boxes, swings, and lots of warm outside time!




Logs from the Amish sawmill.




Handmade Amish rugs


Handmade Amish Rolling pins.


We visited 4 different Amish farms in Mississippi.


The Mississippi Amish settlement we visited are considered Old order Swartzentruber the most conservative of the Amish.  They are noted for their restricted use of technology, lack of SMV triangle emblems on buggies, and particularly plain lifestyle.  As is common for Swartzentruber Amish, those in the Randolph community permit only metal rims on buggies, and do not allow propane or gas lights.  They don't like pictures taken of their faces or to be identifiable in photos, but they did allow me to photograph things in their hose and on the farm.


The kind family we stayed with provided us with a delicious breakfast.
Scratch made biscuits, jams, eggs, home made cereals, farm fresh jersey milk-
A vegetarians delight!


Think these type of Milk cans are out of date?
In Clark Missouri- the Amish utilize them daily.




Death is part of life on the farm.
Ruby-Catherine stopped to pray for this fallen bird.
We have funerals for our small flock of chickens when one dies too.   
Ruby-Cat has a heart of gold- she honors life.  




Spring plowing in Missouri. 


 Ruby Catherine slept by Momma every night on our trip.  :)


The girls liked this swing so much -
Grammy is going to have Grandpa Cory build one for their house in Idaho. 




Ruby-Catherine, Amy and Elizabeth in Clark, Missouri.


This Amish store in Randolph, Mississippi made and sold Amish hats.  

18 March, 2014

Atlanta


Martin Luther King Jr. Monument-  Birthplace- in Atlanta

Fun at Aunt Robins house-

He new hobby is shopping.  Heaven help me.

The Varsity-  Downtown Atlanta



Check out these Steel Magnolias

And these are some nice magnolias too...