Showing posts from May, 2010

Memorial Day


Day is done...
Gone the sun
From the lake...
From the hills...
From the sky.
All is well...
Safely rest
God is nigh.

Fading light....
Dims the sight
And a star....
Gems the sky....
Gleaming bright
From afar....
Drawing nigh
Falls the night.
- Major General Daniel Butterfield
Thank you Grandpa William for Iwo Jima, Thank you Grandpa Al for being a tank destroyer driver in Europe.  Thanks Uncle Raymond for your naval service. Thank you to my great uncle who was shot down in WWII and spent time in a German Prisoner of War camp.  Thank you Dad, for Viet Nam, and Uncle Jim for your service, too!
How blessed we were to have you all return home.  
Thank you to all who served in the armed forces and to those who gave their lives while serving.  We owe you a debt of gratitude.


Here is the result of the sneak peak I showed you.  I LOVE it!  We hung it on the arch that leads into the small garden at the front of the house.

Here is what it looks like from further away - We painted the picket fence today and the arch got a fresh coat of paint as well!  It was very hot and humid, but with Tim, Emily, Lindsay and I all painting it went fast!  A few months ago, Lindsay, Rachel and I painted the picket fence with primer so we were already to go!

I think my lamppost needs to be painted next!  I also did some other spray painting today as well.  

This is one of the projects.  I bought this 'cottage' sign at JoAnn Fabric two weeks ago on clearance.  It was marked down from $19.99 to $5.99! It originally was white but as soon as we hung it I knew it needed to be red!

I know it is hung a bit oddly, but it is hiding a hole in the siding.  My parents are going to be adding an inlaw quarters on to our home, in the next few years, and so we need to wait to reside the ho…

A Sneak Peek...

When we were in Missouri my brother in law saw that I liked this hanging sign.  So he was sneaky and bought it for me.  It was very kind of him.
I knew right away that I wanted to paint it - I thought at first of white or black and then even the daring thought of red!  I knew I wanted it to hang outside.  Tim and I were at Lowe's the other night and I found Rust-Oleum's Hammered line in copper!

I like it as it is a subtle change, but so much better!  I have several projects in the front garden that I am working on...this is just a sneak peak, of course.
You know I will show you when it is all finished!



Kayleigh and her dad have spoken and worked things out.  They will be moving back to her dad's home tonight, with better communication and understanding.  I will let you know the news regarding the ultrasound tomorrow.
Oh, and since it was so hot already by time Lindsay finished with her riding student, we went to Hershey Chocolate World!  It is free, air conditioned and you get a free candy when you get off the tour ride!  Kyle had never been there and he loved it!  He went on the ride 3 times!  Such excitement and fun!
Thanks for your encouraging words and prayers.  We could still use the prayers and the encouragement was a real gift to me.  Thank you!

Sometimes God's Plans Are Different Than Ours...


and so I have a choice.  I can fight it or I can accept it as His good will for my life.
I have been feeling drained lately - not so much physically but emotionally and mentally.  It is pretty typical for me at this time of year - finishing co-op, finishing our school year, the month of May is filled with birthdays, well, you get the idea!
Just when I am thinking that it would be great to have some down time, we got a call from my son and his girlfriend.  Their living situation with her dad deteriorated and they needed a place to go.  So guess where they are? It makes it sticky for us because they are not married so we will not let the share a room, so my son is on the couch right now. It looks as if he is going to be getting a job with a power washing company that should start in a few weeks.  
They had a weekly check up this morning, she is 38 weeks now, and since she hasn't gained any weight the last 3 weeks, they have ordered an ultra sound for tomorrow.  Their …

Happy Birthday, Nate!

Twenty one years ago, I became a mother for the first time.  What a blessing motherhood has been to me.  I have learned so much, and especially I have learned so much through this man who is my firstborn.

How is it possible that you give birth one day and the next day that baby is a man who is about to become a father himself?  Time goes by so fast.  Our lives are truly a vapor.

It is our job to faithfully raise, the children the Lord gives us, to adulthood.  We want our children to be mature adults and faithful parents, themselves.  They have to learn to rely on the Lord for guidance, just like we learned to do.

God is so faithful. 

Nate is excited to be father and we are praying for him and Kayleigh that God will be their help and give them wisdom as parents.

Happy Birthday, son!  

We love you!


We had a lovely day today.  We really enjoy our church so much, especially the sweet fellowship with our church family.  A bunch of us went out to lunch and then we came home to rest, the little ones having been up late Saturday night.  
Lindsay, Emily, and their friends, Chelsea and Mindy went outside to take photos and have fun.  It is precious to me to see them have a great time together.
Tim works this weekend, crazy hours, so he went home to bed after Sunday School, and will get up soon to head back to work.  He really dislikes working on Sunday.

Rachel, took all these photos this week - I guess I have a budding photographer on my hands! 

She will be 11 soon, and is such a sweet spirited girl.  She is at that in between stage, not only a little girl, but verging on young womanhood.  She is a delight to us.

I am trying to live one day at a time, taking it all in, enjoying my time with my husband and my children.  I want to live my life in a way that honors the Lord, that brings Him ple…

A Bit Of Garden Work


After attending a great graduation last night, I have spent the morning working a wee bit in the garden and mowing.  It takes about an hour and a half to mow the grass areas we have here on our property.  Thankfully we have a riding mower, or I would never finish the mowing!
A benefit to doing this besides getting out into nature, is that I plug in my earbuds and listen to my ipod.  I have lots of good music on it, as well as a lot of good sermons and conference speakers.  I listen mostly to messages, things that are harder for me to listen to in the house without being interrupted.  Music is always playing in our home or car and that is easy to listen too, even when little people want to tell you stuff.  This is why I got my ipod.
This afternoon we are going to a family thing, and then it is supposed to rain.  This will be good for our garden.
What ever you are doing today, I wish you much joy in the doing!

Happy Graduation!


Our co-op has 8 seniors this year.  
My congratulations goes out to:
Olivia Angelica Elizabeth Bethany Rebecca Christopher Jonathan Michael
Otherwise known as :
Livie Angel Liza Bethany Becky Chris Jonathan Mikey
I have known most of these young adults for 10 + years.  I like them a lot and am very proud of them!  They will get alot of attention tonight, as is normal for graduates.  
However, I want to CONGRATULATE their parents!
What a commitment to your children you have made!  You'll never regret it!
So congratulations to:
Mike and Bonni Steve and Bev Carl and Belinda Jake and Sue Mike and Beth (twins! Chris and Becky) Warren and Becky (two sons graduating, Jonathan and Mikey)
Well done, dear friends!

We're Off To See The Wizard....

The 'eyeball wizard' that is!
Time for our yearly check ups.  We really like our Optometrist.  He is funny - he convinced our friend's sons that he was actually a dentist filling in for the eye doctor!  That still makes me laugh!
I think my prescription has changed - hopefully for the better.  For some reason, last year, after warning me for years that I was going to need bifocals, my prescription improved.  Apparently my astigmatism flattened out some. 
So we shall see.  The kids all have their dad's great eye sight, though he is now using readers.  Our kids who have worn or do wear glasses only have had them for focusing muscle issues.  The year Emily didn't need them anymore was a sad year for her!  She wanted new ones!  Poor girl.
Have a great day!



This morning our two kittens died.  Fiona started to not do well yesterday and struggled through the night.  Dickon however was running all over the house yesterday, so his death is a surprise.  
My girls are sad.  It is alot of work to try to care for kittens that have been abandoned.  They worked so hard everyday to feed them, bathe them and give them love.  We have had litters of kittens before so we knew the signs to watch for indicating development and tried to follow that. Sigh....
They may have had some internal issues that we did not know about - they were abandoned, after all.  Or perhaps they had not been well cared for initially, I guess we will never know.
Tim is out digging their grave, and the girls are cleaning up the space where they cared for them.  
Meanwhile life goes on, as it always does.  The work of life must continue.  Lindsay and I planted our garden on Monday.  Four kinds of tomatoes, 3 kinds of sweet peppers, lettuce, bush beans, purple podded …

Full Weekend

Here are my Mom, myself and my girls at a Mother/Daughter tea that the Women's ministry team from her church sponsored, on Saturday.
It was lovely, held outside at a beautiful home

The tables were simple yet pretty - white tablecloths, a bit of pink tulle, and peonies cut from someone's garden.  The placed a couple of pedestals on the tables with chocolate covered strawberries, brownies, lemon bars and rice crispy treats.

They also had chilled strawberry soup - it had an unusual spice added - cloves!  I had never thought of using cloves with strawberries before.  I don't care for the strong flavor of cloves so, it was not a favorite with me.  Bummer!  I love strawberries!

It was very bright and sunny - so we all had our sunglasses on!

It was also my sweet Momma's birthday!  She is 39 years old.  She says the scary thing about being 39 is that she is now younger than her own children!  Amazing how that happened isn't it?

On Sunday I threw a baby shower for Kayleigh.  My g…

My Mother's Day Gift And A Kitty Update

My girls are so sweet.  They bought me red Converse for Mother's Day.  Lindsay and Emily both have cool converse, Emily got to do a "design your own" as a 16th birthday gift from Grandpa and Grandma, and Lindsay bought a pair of lime green Chuck's low tops.  Every where we went on our vacation they took a photo of their shoes at the location - very fun stuff!  Rachel and Sarah have the cutest 'converse like' shoes.  Rachel's are brown with color polka dots and Sarah's are the cutest ever, with a red madras plaid pattern!
Well, while we were on vacation we were in a Target (of course) and we saw these red Converse, the ones with the star on the side.  I mentioned "Hey, those are cute!"  Because of course, I am a fan of the color red.  
So, now I have red Converse.  I feel 17 years old again!

Here are Fiona, on the left, and Dickon.  They are bob tails though in this photo it looks as if Dickon has a tail. They are eating well, and are growing!  …

Peonies and Roses

They started out on my Zephirine Drouhin rose bush.

But look beautiful in a little glass holder, with the sun streaming through the blinds...Did I mention they smell heavenly?  They have that classic, damask rose smell.

This is one of my peonies.  I don't know the name of it, but it smells like my roses above! The flowers on this peony get enormous!  I can't quite capture the color, it is darker and richer than it shows here.

I love this time of year, in the garden.  

Song of Solomon 2:12 - 

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land

The Books You Read And The People You Meet

Motivational speaker Charlie "Tremendous" Jones used a saying that my husband likes to repeat "You will be the same person in 5 years except for the books you read and the people you meet." 

I have found this to be very true.

I was thinking of some of the books that I have read that have influenced me and shaped my thinking.

Going back to the beginning of my married life, I would say the biggest influence on my home and how I thought about the home was Emilie Barnes

Her book "The Spirit of Loveliness" was a huge inspiration to me.  The chapters include "The Spirit of Welcome", "The Spirit of Creativity," "The Spirit of Hospitality."  Emilie's books stirred up a desire in my heart to make my home a warm and welcoming place, both for family and for friends.
Her book "Things Happen When Women Care," 

challenged my heart to reach out to other women.

Helped develop my love for tea and how to use tea to reach out to others…

A Beautiful Response


My friend, Belinda wrote this beautiful reply to my May 4th post called Test Prep , and I wanted to post it as a regular post and not in the comments section!

Standardized tests…'s kind of, not so much then.I'm Liz's mom.Liz, 18 years old, is one of six children - number 3 in the line-up. We homeschool. Last year I was worrying because my youngest wasn't doing as well as I thought he should on the 3rd grade standardized test.My evaluator heard me and dug out the standardized test that Liz took in 3rd grade.Their scores were almost exactly the same.My evaluator smiled and said, "Don't worry.This is how all of your children test at this age. They are slow to get going but once they do, they really take off."Boy, was I glad when I received that encouragement. We didn't push math with Liz.She was just able to do it and we just moved along as she progressed.Yes, she’s …

This and That

What a beautiful weekend we have had!  Our homeschool convention was as always fantastic.  We were able to buy what we needed for next year.  A great thing about home educating for the long haul is that you have lots of great materials from years past!  Next year we will be doing American History again, after studying World History for 3 years.  I already have everything we need, plus we supplement with good books from the library.  I love to use good historical fiction as well as biographies of people from the time period we are studying.

My garden as you can see is growing nicely.  I love the spring when my garden finally gets going! 

I am not a fancy gardener, I don't have the time to fuss with plants.  I do love them though and I love being able to go out and cut fresh flowers for my home!

The strawberries are coming along quite nicely...some of the plants have berries on them but are not ripe yet.

Mother's day was a relaxing wonderful time.  My husband gave me two movies I ha…