Posts

Showing posts from April, 2009

Lilacs, French Bread, and Dishes

Image
Aren't these lilacs heavenly?  They smell amazing!  Our guest brought them to me last night! Delightful!
Here is a photo of the Sweet French Bread, well what was left this morning anyway.  I made french toast out of it for lunch today and with real maple syrup it was to die for! Thank you Karen for sharing this recipe!  If you would like the recipe to try for yourself you can go here for the post Karen did on her blog back in March!
While we were away overnight this week we went to a few thrift stores.  Emily and I both bought things at one store in particular.  These bread and butter plates are from Wedgwood & Co, Ltd.  Before you get too excited I looked them up and they are not Josiah Wedgwood, but a distant relative.  However they are lovely and on Replacements.com they list the pattern.  They do not have any of this size in stock, but list them for $7.99 a piece.  Do you want to know what I paid for mine?  50 cents a plate.  They are a really nice size for tea and scones.  

Friends For Dinner

The girls worked their last day at the store...they are happy to be done.  I do think they will miss the fun they had together there.  They made friends with the lady who runs the creamery...they treated themselves every afternoon...
When they got home yesterday they quickly jumped in to help prepare for our company.  Emily made her wonderful brownies and Lindsay vacuumed.  I had already been very busy...why I do things in such a crazy way, but I decided that I needed to finish the weeding in all the flower beds...well it was a bigger job than I anticipated! duh! Tim helped me finish up, and then I made bread.
Ah, heavenly bread!  I used to make bread a lot, many years ago.  Then I wanted to do it again, so we bought a bread machine.  Used it till it died...it was going to cost more to fix it than buy new, but it wasn't in the budget at them time, and we had a Pepperidge Farms outlet near us with very good bread, for very little dough...(ha ha ha get it very little dough).
Over the l…

Scenes From A Family Trip

Image
It was a quick trip, planned unexpectedly.  We left after Sunday School, and headed West.
The sky was so blue and the clouds so puffy - my favorite kind of sky....

In our early years of marriage, we were in training to serve as missionaries, and then we served with a mission board, so we did a lot of traveling....we still love it!  I love road trips with my husband and with the kids!  
This trip requires that you drive through four tunnels that go right through the mountains!  The kids love this and have contests to see who can hold their breath the longest...their Dad, the driver, loves to join in....I always tell him "the driver is not allowed to pass out!" hee hee.
These giant windturbines take advantage of the mountain winds....the propellers on these are each about the length of a football field...you can see them from far away!
What a happy boy....after checking into our hotel, we found a BK with an indoor playplace!  The littles were so happy to run around and play for a w…

This and That and Unexpected

You remember my photos of our shed demolition, right?  Remember how I said we were going to rebuild it?  Well the township threw a wrench into that plan....they mentioned our non-permanent structure for our horses....according to them, it should have had a permit - even though the regulations state "only if it is a permanent structure, ie:posts in the ground."  We were told that we had a week to come up with a plan to replace it.  sigh....long story short - part of our horse pasture is in a hundred year flood plain.  In order to do anything permanent, we were supposed to do a full flood plain study, etc...to the tune of $3,000. plus...then pay multiple thousands for a structure....
Well, after the shock left us, the Lord prompted Tim to call the engineering firm that did the preliminary study many years before we owned the property.  Told the guy what we wanted to do etc...This guy took our plan, looked at the property and contacted the township....just over $200 later and in…

A Great Quote...

Image
This is a granite monument to the Pilgrim Mothers, in Plymouth, MA.
It is inscribed thus...
"They brought up their families in sturdy virtue and a living faith in God without which nations perish."
At the end of my life, I pray someone will say the same of me.

A Bit Of Spring In My Kitchen

Image
My Lilacs are beginning to open!  Such a heavenly scent.....

One Of The Things I Do

is run a homeschool co-op.  Our group runs between 55-60 families.  That means a lot of kids from nursery age through high school!
We also offer once a month Mom's Meetings.  Last night we had one, for signing up for membership and to talk about our state law and how to keep track of your students' work for high school credits...
It was a really good time, with many questions answered and I think the Moms' were encouraged to know they can homeschool their students through high school.
This is often the time when homeschool parents get panicky and put their students into school somewhere, certain that if they continue to homeschool, they will somehow leave "holes" in their kids' education.
I say this is the time to stick with it and to enjoy it!  There is so much educational material out there, college classes that can be taken, apprenticeships, etc...
It is also prime discipleship time! For Tim and I,  a big portion of the reason to homeschool is the opportunity t…

English Country Dance

Image
Last evening, to celebrate the end of my "Emma" class, I hosted an English Country Dance.

When studying a book, I like to teach the culture of the time...how did people interact with each other, what was the clothing like, what did people do for entertainment.
Being a fan of Miss Jane Austen's books and a lover of the movies made based on her books, I thought it would be awesome to learn English Country Dance.  The girls in my classes have loved it!  It is easy and fun.  It is modest, and allows interaction between young men and ladies without impropriety.  And everyone can do it!  From a 3 year old boy to a grandma to our Pastor Mike!
Let me share our evening with you in photos...
Here are my lovely English Roses...
This is the delightful Miss Chelsea, who was accompanied by her father, and her two brothers!
Here are a lovely Mother/Daughter duo.
Here is a small group of girls starting off the dancing...
This handsome little darling didn't dance, but he loved the music...ma…

Creating A Beautiful Life

Melissa at The Inspired Room (hey this is my second post in a row that has mentioned her blog!)  has been hosting this "Beautiful Life" Mr. Linky fun on Fridays.  This is my first time participating, but it has been neat to read her posts (and others') about finding ways to life a beautiful life.

Today she encouraged us to think about capturing beautiful moments...
I feel very fortunate to have a close, loving family but it has delighted me to see the way my children have developed friendships with each other.  This week has seen Kyle, Rachel and Sarah spending alot of time playing together along the creek and in our horse pasture.  It also has been sweet to see my oldest girls as they have become very good friends to each other.  This is beautiful to me... 
What is beautiful in your life?

More Easter Photos

Image
Just thought I would share a few more photos of my younger kids....





These, as you may have noticed, are not any of my kids, but our really cool naturally dyed Easter eggs.  We used coffee grounds for the pale brown ones, black tea for the reddish brown ones, and purple cabbage for the blue ones!  The link to find out how we did them is here.  Thanks to Melissa from The Inspired Room for this great link!

Every True Home...

Image
www.allposters.com
"Every true home is an influence of blessing in the community where it stands.  Its lights shine out.  Its songs ring out.  Its spirit breathes out.  Its neighbors know whether it is hospitable or inhospitable, warm or cold, inviting or repelling.  Some homes bless no lives outside their own circle; others are perpetually pouring out sweetness and fragrance.  The Christian home is a far reaching benediction.  It sets its lamps in its windows, and while  they give no less light or cheer to those within,  they pour a little beam upon the gloom without, which may brighten some dark path and put a little cheer into the heart of some belated passer by.  Its doors stand open to every one who comes seeking shelter from the storm, or sympathy in sorrow, or help in trial..."
J.R. Miller - Homemaking, 1882

Photos Of A Demolition

Image
Like I mentioned in my last post, Tim was determined to get this old shed torn down.
Several guys from our church, were willing to help, along with a few of our older kids, and my dad so down it came.
I learned something new about a friend yesterday - Warren likes to tear things apart!  An Emily was having a grand time right next to him!
Here my dad, Jonathan and Pastor Mike were doing ground duty....Jonathan being so tall was such a blessing - he was able to direct the shingles and plywood from the roof down into the trailer!
Here you can see part of how they had it set up!
Warren and Emily made quick work of the roof!  
Here, Tim and Warren are preparing to carefully remove the trusses.  These will be reused to build a new shed in place of the old one...
We are so thankful for good friends and family who all worked together to get the job done...I think it only took them about 2 hours from start until the whole thing was down!

This and That

I trust you had a wonderful Easter!  Ours was very good...
We started the day early for our family, arrived at a local pond for a "sunrise" service.  A chill wind was blowing, my feet were freezing but it was fun to have a few readings, prayer and a song....
Then we quickly got into our cars and flew over to the church were we had a wonderful breakfast buffet!  It was enjoyable to have breakfast with our church family - usually it is lunch every other week!
During Sunday School we looked at maps of where all the events of Easter took place...and had discussion.  Church was good - with a good message from our assistant pastor.
Home to a nice lunch with my parents and oldest son...an egg hunt (photos later)...a rousing game of Rook (we'll get them next time Mom!).  I called Miss Paula to wish her a happy Easter, cleaned up, and then we watched a movie called "Resurrection" based on a short story by Max Lucado.  Then bed, for everyone!
Today,  Tim, Nate and some friend…

Blessed Easter!

Kids Curb Marital Satisfaction?

Image
Becky posted this morning about a news article she read on Yahoo,  "Kids Curb Marital Satisfaction".  The article talks about an eight year study of 218 couples that found that 90 % of couples experienced a decrease in marital satisfaction after their first child was born.  The study also showed that couples without children developed a dissatisfaction but having a child accelerated it.
Sigh......
I think the biggest issue with marital dissatisfaction is our cultures obsession with being autonomous beings without any real "responsibilities."  Just take a look at the decline of marriage and the distaste for children.  Yes, I did say distaste and that is what I think it really is.  The culture has come to a place where the thinking is that children are a nuisance and a difficulty.  How did we come to this place?  
I believe it is because we are selfish.  We don't want to be bothered to train our children, so they have become unruly and self centered themselves.  It …

Easter Photos

Image
Just a quick preview.....





More later....

Prayer Please!

Becky from Hospitality Lane  called me this morning, to tell me that they had called an ambulance to take her mother in law Georgia to the hospital.
Georgia has had trouble with bowel obstruction in the past and apparently was having issues today...
I will update you when I know anything more!
Thanks so much !

A Bit Of Fun

Image
Charles Bingley is renting a house in Hertfordshire!Mrs. Bennet became a fan of Charles Bingley.Kitty Bennet can't stop coughing!!!Charles Bingley is now friends with Mr. Bennet and Sir William Lucas.11 of your friends are attending Assembly at Meryton.Fitzwilliam Darcy is dreading this evening.Charles Bingley and Jane Bennet are now friends.Elizabeth Bennet is not handsome enough to tempt a certain gentleman. Ha!Mrs. Bennet had a most delightful evening!Mr. Bennet wishes that Mr. Bingley had sprained his ankle in the first dance.Elizabeth Bennet promises never to dance with Mr. Darcy.Fitzwilliam Darcy became a fan of Fine Eyes.Caroline Bingley is all astonishment.Lydia Bennet became a fan of Officers.Kitty Bennet became a fan of Officers.Caroline Bingley tagged Jane Bennet in her note Visit us at Netherfield.Jane Bennet finds herself very unwell. :(Elizabeth Bennet is going to stay at Netherfield with Jane.Louisa Hurst saw Elizabeth Bennet's petticoat and is absolutely certai…