Showing posts from March, 2008

Modesty and Swimwear

I have been enjoying a series on modesty over at "The Sparrow's Nest." (the link is on my sidebar) I think this is an issue that needs to be talked about. With warm weather on the way, we are thinking about grandpa opening the pool and swimming, so I thought I would share what we have chosen to do for swimwear in our family.
I read a book several years ago called "Christian Modesty and the Public Undressing of America", by Jeff Pollard.

It challenged my thinking. One example is; how many parents would let their daughters stand in the front yard in their bras and panties? Yet, many allow their daughters to go to the pool or beach in a bikini, which are often less covering than the bra and panties! Some how we have the idea the bikini is ok because it is a swimsuit!

While have never allowed the girls to wear bikinis, they used to do one piece suits, which can be immodest also but when the girls started to get older we discovered Land's End tankinis. Two piece …


Thanks to my dear sister in law, Miss Paula, I have been reminded that my 1 year blog anniversary came and went without my notice! The date was the same as Miss Paula's anniversary of her marriage to my brother Robert.

I have had a lovely time posting. I hope that it has accomplished what I wanted; for it to be a place of encouragement, hospitality, and friendship! Here is the whole first post:

Welcome to Creekside Cottage.We like to practice hospitality at the Cottage, and I hope you feel welcome here. I trust this will be a place of encouragement and friendship.

I have a wonderful husband, and 6 great kids. We home educate.

Some of my interests are homemaking, decorating, gardening, sewing, taking tea, reading and Jane Austen.

So again welcome, make yourself at home.

Mrs. Rabe

I have enjoyed meeting so many new friends, and keeping up with my delightful family spread out throughout the world!

I will think about a blog giveaway! With my camera still not working, I couldn't post…

Plans, Plans, Plans

These days seem to be filled with many plans.

We are in the early planning stages with my parents, to build an in law quarters addition on our cottage. We went to look at a large home the other night, one with lots of bedrooms and some acreage for the horses, but it was not a good layout for what we need. It is fun to look and to see what others have done. Any building would not happen until next year, but it is good to start the process and to think about how to do it. Our home is R1 so we are only able to have one kitchen. This means we need to enlarge the existing kitchen, and we probably will add a great room on. They will have their own space, including a living room were they can go to escape the grandkids, but we do need a space to hang out together, like we do on Sundays etc....We also do not have a garage here so that will be part of the addition.

Other plans are more immediate. We are going to be repainting the girls bathroom and getting some new bedding, for spring and summer…

Keep Praying for California Homeschoolers!

Good News!
Court of Appeal Grants Petition for Re-hearingOn March 25, the California Court of Appeal granted a motion for rehearing in the 'In re Rachel L.' case--the controversial decision which purported to ban all homeschooling in that state unless the parents held a teaching license qualifying them to teach in public schools. The automatic effect of granting this motion is that the prior opinion is vacated and is no longer binding on any one, including the parties in the case. The Court of Appeal has solicited a number of public school establishment organizations to submit amicus briefs including the California Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and three California teacher unions. The court also granted permission to Sunland Christian School to file an amicus brief. The order also in…

Charter Day

Every March, Pennsylvania celebrates the charter that King Charles II gave to William Penn for the land between Lord Baltimore's province of Maryland and the Duke of York's province of New York. Every Charter Day all the state museums are open for free!

This year we went to the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum in Strasburg. This was an easy choice because of it's location and Kyle's love of trains.

Here are the girls waiting at a replica of an old train station. Don't they look thrilled?
Here is one of the trains in the museum.
This is what the kids were waiting for. Getting to climb into some trains and pretend to drive!

They couldn't wait to have Grandpa climb up with them!
Kyle had such a great time! He didn't want to leave!

Emily's Birthday

One of our favorite shows is Food Networks "Ace of Cakes". It follows amazing cake decorators in a shop called "Charm City Cakes" in Baltimore.

For Emily's bday we decided to try to make a cake using fondant and other such techniques.

We originally were going to make a shoe cake, but the cake we uses was too moist and crummy (great for eating,terrible for designing). So we made a normal cake and then Rachel and Lindsay made "shoes and purses" out of fondant for the top. We had fun with the colors, after all Emily was turning 14! By the way, Duff and Company have nothing to worry about from us!

Emily got a Cranium game from her favorite cousin Evan!
We also ate yummy pizza!

Happy Birthday Emily!

Easter Pictures!

Thanks to my Dad, I finally have photos to share from Easter!

Don't they look like a bunch of Easter eggs? The younger girls dresses are made from the Girls Regency Pattern from Sense and Sensibility Pattern Company. I made Lindsay's aqua linen skirt.

Look a real smile from Rachel!
The egg hunt is a highlight for the kids.
It was a beautiful day, but cold!
Kyle had a blast collecting eggs!
Sandy checking out the egg hunt.


What a fantastic day we had. Our church service was awesome - He is Risen! He is Risen indeed!

We had a lovely family dinner, minus our oldest who wasn't able to make it. We had roast beef, potatoes and carrots, sweet potato casserole, croissants, and Lemon Delight.

The kids looked adorable in their new dresses, and I made Lindsay's skirt. Kyle looked so handsome in his new khaki's, white polo shirt, and yellow and blue sweater vest!

They had such fun having an egg hunt!

Lindsay rode Sandy for awhile and taught her Grandpa how to do some training games with horses.

It was cold, but beautiful yesterday!

We played Rummy and Mexican Train.....

I would love to show you all photos of our great day, but with our camera not working, I am depending on my dad to send me photos. I just know he will do it one of these days. Of course, I am still waiting for pictures from the bathroom I repainted for them, and Emily's birthday photos.....hint hint Dad! :)

I trust your day was fant…

He Is Risen!

He is Risen Indeed!

Good Friday

Once for ALL.....

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Wonderful Quote

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I read a quote by Margaret Thatcher that I just loved. I read it on someone's blog the other day and I can't remember whose it was. I have searched for it and I can't find it.

Here is the quote: "A leader is like a lady. If you have to tell someone you are, you aren't."

Isn't that marvelous? Sometimes, we feel like we have to advertise our "gifts", so others can appreciate them. However, this is wrong thinking, isn't it. When we are functioning in the gifts that God has given us, it flows naturally and people do recognize it, they just may never say anything to you about it! But why do we lead? Is it a natural functioning of our engiftments, or is it to get attention and affirmation from others? I believe that when we function in our engiftments, we don't always recognize that we are, because it is so natural to us. Some are behind the scenes kind of people, some are in front kind of people. That's ok. Do wh…

Ready for Spring!

I am so ready for Spring! The temperatures are much warmer now, and you can feel that the seasons have changed, well, ok, officially tomorrow!

March is a blustery and wet month here in Pennsylvania and we have been known to have a snowstorm in this month as well. BUT, you can see the bulb plants above ground and eager to burst forth with their beautiful flowers. Spring is a beautiful time here.

These pictures are from my garden last year, late spring or early summer. (Yes, our camera is still not working) This year, I need to do some work on landscaping. We had our drive way redone in the fall, and the flower beds by the road need to be changed. I am thinking of incorporating our mailbox bed with one of the beds. I think it will look nicer. I also need more ever green shrubs.

My climbing roses always do well, and add beauty inside the house as well.

I adore my birdbath, and I love the picket fencing that my husband surprised me with last year! The kids love it too as it gives th…

Big Boy Kyle

I love this picture of Kyle - this was taken in February. I wanted to take a new picture but our camera is not working. He has brought so much fun and laughter into our family - he has always been very verbal. At his 2 year check up they asked if he used 3 word sentences, on occasion. That surprised me very much. He hadn't used that few words for a long time! Recently he said to me "Hey mom, I a man and a dude." This cracked me up. The girls said "who told you that?" His answer was "Nate, told me that." Then we were driving in the car the other day, and Rachel was putting earrings in Sarah's ears. Kyle said "Mom, I want earrings." I said "why", his answer "cause I need them" This comes from being at home with 4 older sisters! On Thursdays, when we go to co-op, he gets to spend the afternoon with his Grandma. He was eating a red pear last Thursday when Grandma got to our house. He said to her "Hey Grandm…


Today was simply beautiful here.

I went to my parents to work on the downstairs bathroom - I am almost done painting, I just have the cabinet doors to finish. Then the rest is all theirs! hee hee

Then I drove home and picked up the kids and their great friend Danielle and drove to meet Danielle's dad. They moved to a different county and we live more than an hour away, so whenever we have the chance to work it out, she comes to stay a few days with us, or my girls go there. It is a friendship worth working for and continuing.

Then we met my husband at his work and he took the littles home and the older girls and I went to the mall ( a rare occurance) to look for shoes. I just hate most shoes these days or else they cost a fortune! We came home with a couple of books instead!!!

Now we are going to eat our spaghetti and meatballs, and enjoy the rest of the evening.

My darling and I may even bundle up and sit on the deck together for awhile. Alone. Seriously.

Have a Blessed Palm S…

Big Shopping Day

Every other Friday, I embark on my bi-weekly enormous grocery shopping day. Whew! I am tired already!

First I make a menu of 14 meals, and then I compile my shopping list. Our menu for the next two weeks is as follows:

Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and green beans.

Beef and noodles, with corn.

Potato Cheese Soup

Chicken Curry with brown rice.

Tacos and Rice

Chicken Corn Soup, homemade cornbread.

Burgers and home fries

Oven BBQ Chicken, cheesy biscuits, and salad.

Sweet and Sour chicken with brown rice - in crock pot

Spaghetti w/meatballs.

There is no particular order for these meals - but having the menu allows me to choose a meal to make at a glance and know that I have all the ingredients to make the meal. This allows me to choose meals based on the time required or the ease of the meal if I need the girls to cook etc...Flexibility is Key for us!

I also use this day to run errands. With the price of gasoline, I like to not run out everyday, and also with homeschooling it is importan…

Passionate Housewives, Desperate for God

I recently read this book, and I really enjoyed it!

It is written by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald. And yes, it is an intentional play on the title of the t.v. show.

They decided to write this book, after becoming discouraged by the "me first" message, even by other Christians. They say that "We were dismayed by the numbers of women publishing articles that urged Christian homemakers to put themselves first and seek happiness before service." They go on to say that "the message of the gospel is the reverse, you want to be first, go last. You want to be great? Be the least. You want to find rest for you soul? Serve others."

I find this very refreshing and challenging! But I believe it is right on. They do not rely on their own opinion either, they continually go back to what scripture says.

A section I really like is in a chapter called "Mama don't let your daughters grow up to be housewives", says this " You see, homemaking isn&…

Happy Anniversary, Miss Paula and Robert!

25 Years ago today, my brother Robert married the love of his life, Paula. He had loved her for many years, from a boyhood "crush" to a manly love and care. It was a lovely evening wedding with candlelight. Through the years their love has grown, as they have grown in the Lord. I am so proud of them and am happy to be their sister! Love you both!

Brain Type Test

At the following website you can take a test to see what kind of "brain type" you are.

I am a:

"Educator"teacher/pastor; socially sophisticated; expressive, ambitious, catalyst, cooperative, devoted, fluent, imaginative, emotional; opinionated; interested in ideas and possibilities; seeks order, language skilled.

What do you think, does that suit me?

Parental Rights

With the homeschool situation in California and just a general push to take more control over our lives, Homeschool Legal Defense Association and others are working for a constitutional amendment that would insure parental rights.

You can read more about it at a website called "Parental" (

We need to pray, that God would favor us with the right to truly be in charge of the children He has placed into our families!

Blog Award!

Ok, I finally got it straightened out! It was given to me by Chelsea, who is the daughter of Becky from Hospitality Lane. She gave it to me for encouraging her in her blogging, but she encourages me, with her blogging and her kindness to others! She is a sweet girl, she has been a student of mine this year. I love it when young girls are walking with God! She is and on her blog she is having influence on other kids. Way to go Chelsea! I thought it was she who gave it to me, but then I couldn't find the post about it on her blog, Alicia from Renewed in Him reminded me. Now I think I remember that it came from Chelsea but from her Mom's blog!!! So no wonder my confused mind!

An Apology

Someone sweet gave this award to me - but and here is where the apology comes in - I can't remember who it was! Oh, I am pitiful.... You see it came in the middle of sick kids, and other craziness, so I saved it thinking I would post it when I could give it some attention.... If you were the sweet person who gave this to me, and if you forgive me, would you please let me know who you are?

Happy Birthday Esther!