Showing posts from March, 2011

Family Life/Family Culture

A post over at Down To Earth made me think about the way we live our lives here at Creekside Cottage.  Our lives can be busy in the day to day living, but over all we live a simple life.

From the time our children are young the learn to work along side my husband and I in whatever we are working at.  Dishes? Yes, the help and eventually get to where if necessary they could do it all themselves.  Laundry?  Yep, they learn this too.  They start by helping to fold, and eventually they learn to run the washer and how much detergent to use, and since we make our own laundry detergent, they even learn to do that.  In fact, Rachel who is 11, just made a huge batch of laundry detergent this morning.  She is capable of doing it just as well as I can.

The kids also learn to work hard doing outside work.  They are their Dad's right hands when he is chopping trees down, or pulling nails from old pallets.  Even Kyle (age 5) helps in what he is able to do, which is actually a lot.  Our kids thriv…

Tea - Yorkshire Gold

I've been enjoying one of my favorite teas lately.  Yorkshire Gold.  

Here is a blurb from the English Tea Store

Yorkshire Gold Tea is a blend of some of the world’s finest teas from countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Africa, and has a rich, refreshing taste. It makes a rich brown liquid with a malty taste. This is a very popular English Breakfast type tea, and makes a stronger tea best enjoyed with milk and sugar to taste.

I like this tea iced as well.  Unsweetened.

It helps to have a piece of homemade cake to eat with it.

What is your favorite tea?

Graduation Banquet

The banquet was a fun and beautiful event last night.  It was held in a beautiful hotel.  We dressed up and looked pretty spiffy, though I don't know what was happening with my bangs...sometimes my hair has a mind of its own. Sorry...I digress.  Back to the banquet.

Emily and her dear friend Chelsea.  Aren't they lovely girls?  Their dresses were so cute, Emily's had big red roses around the bottom.

Grandma and Grandpa had to get a photo with their girls.  All my girls' friends call them Grandma and Grandpa. My Dad is very proud of that suit too.  He has owned it for over twenty years and it still fits.

The grad colors are turquoise (teal), silver and white.  It was very pretty with teal balloons, and silver and white and teal decorations on the tables.
Perfect accessories for the table - little packages of kisses tied up with teal ribbon.I still have 4 out of 5 kisses in my purse.  I was thinking of sharing them with my kids, but I may just have to eat them while I am ou…

So Much On My Mind

I am greatly saddened this morning after hearing that Marcia's nephew was severely injured in Afghanistan. Marcia and I grew up in the same hometown in Southern California, and though we did not know each other then, she has become a friend now.  I am praying for him and their family.  You can click on her name above and read her post about it.

I also have been doing a lot of online reading.These are interesting times.  With the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, along with the nuclear reactor problems, the unrest in the Middle East.  I am thankful that I know and belong to the ONE who holds everything in His hands.

We have a fun and exciting evening ahead.  We will be attending a banquet celebrating the graduation of 90 home educating students!  The graduation itself is in May but tonight, we feast!  I hope to post photos tomorrow.

Exciting Times

Emily got her cap and gown last night at the monthly graduation meeting, and she also picked up her announcements.  We are now two months until graduation.  She is graduating a year early - having worked hard to earn the required credits.

This week is the graduation banquet for the graduates and their parents and other family members.  We are taking my parents as well. We are sitting at a table for 10 and the other five at our table are the folk from Hospitality Lane.They are bringing the grandma's in their family.  We are looking forward to a fun night together.

Today we will likely be shopping for a new dress.  I believe that I will take her to lunch as well.  I love having this time with her.

She is a joy to us, a gift from the Lord.  I am humbled and thankful. 

Rainy Day

We had a beautiful weekend here.  The weather was perfect for Spring.  Friday it was even almost hot!

Tim and the kids spent Saturday cleaning up the yard, freeing it from winter debris such as branches, twigs, looks great and in a few weeks it will be time to mow again.

Yesterday, my Dad took the girls to look at a pony at a local horse rescue.  They liked him, but are going to look at him a few more times.  So we will see.

It is raining today.  I need to take Kayleigh to work.  My throat is sore and thick and my sinuses hurt.  I think overall we will have a quiet school day, doing what is necessary, but keeping it low key.  Lots of tea, lots of rest.  Sounds like the perfect remedy to whatever is trying to ail me!

Sarah, Rachel and I started watching "Pride and Prejudice" last night - the Colin Firth version.  I think we may finish that today as there will be very little outdoor activity today.

I have spent some time this last week reading online about some issues o…

An Evening Of Tears and Thankfulness

Our home school co-op concert was last night.  It was wonderful.  Becky from Hospitality Lane is in charge of our concerts.  She had a Welcome to the Family theme last night, and the kids sang their hearts out!  You can read her post about it here.

I always cry at these things, not great sobbing tears, but a bit of tears as the kids sing praises to the Lord and my heart is touched.
Last night, while the 3 oldest choirs were singing the last song, "My Savior, My God" I started to sob.  I hid it the best I could, then when they finished, I moved over to sit by Becky, and said "I forgot my tissue" as I grabbed a few.  I glanced at her and saw she was crying too.  I handed her a tissue.  Just then one of the dads who had done a bit of speaking last night, started to talk about us and we realized that they had planned a bit of a sweet farewell for us.  

Beautiful bouquets of flowers and fun gift cards! Lots of tears.  Precious thank you's. These families are so specia…

And Yea, All Their Descendants...

Our niece Crystal and her husband, Andrew, had a baby girl, two days ago. Her sister Melissa and her husband, Geoff, have two young boys, and my nephew Ryan and his wife, Alicia, have and two year old son and a baby on the way.  My own granddaughter is 9 months old.
It is a beautiful thing to see another generation be born and come into the world.
Tim's great grandfather had many children and everyday he would pray for them by name, and pray for their children, and for their grandchildren and "yea, all their descendants."  His prayer was that they would serve the Lord and honor Him with their lives.
This prayer has been answered in many ways through the generations.  Almost all the family are believers and walking with the Lord.  There have been many even who have given their lives to Christian service as missionaries and pastors.  There has been little divorce.

This new generation being born is bei…

This and That

Lindsay and I spent sometime yesterday planting seeds and looking at the garden, plotting out where to put new beds, etc.

We are trying some new (two us) varieties of lettuce and we are trying onions this year.

I got these plant markers in the dollar section at Target.  They came with five markers and a fake sharpie to write on them.

In the garden we have some cilantro coming up!  We love it!  It smells and tastes so good!

The pile on the left is a compost pile that we started last year.   It has a fresh heap of wood ash on it, from the stove.  We need to turn it all over.  The pile in the middle is mulch and the third pile is compost as well, I think.  Perhaps mulch.  

I am thankful to be able to grow food, and work in the garden.  I am thankful to be able to work side by side with my children to learn new things.  
I saw footage on the news this morning of empty shelves in Japan, because folks are worried that if the crisis gets worse there that supplies will run out, so they bought them …

Home Keeping

We've been doing a bit of this...I made a skirt for me, a pair of pillowcases, worked on Lindsay's dress, and we started the vest last evening!

We are always cooking.  Always.  This week though we must finish up some left overs!

Tomorrow is Laundry Day!  We do a bit of laundry every day but having a "laundry day" helps us to keep on top of it!

I continue in my decluttering.  I am having a great success with this and am very happy!  Why do we need so much stuff?

We have water running in our creek again!  We are so happy. It just isn't Creekside Cottage without the creek!

I am looking for different curtains for my living room for spring and summer.  I have lovely red velvet curtains in there and have for several years.  But I want to lighten up for the summer.  With our yellow walls and white trim it is lovely and I want something fresh.  Any ideas?

I just love home keeping.  What is your favorite thing about caring for your home?

My Savior, My God


There Are No Words...


The earthquake and tsunami have lead to more disasters.  Now one of the nuclear power plants has had an explosion and is leaking radiation.
Many, many aftershocks continue, some are the size of a decent earthquake.
I'm praying, thankful that the One who holds it all in His hands, is in control.

Two More Weeks

and co-op will be over for this year.  It also means an end of my time with the co-op.  

The co-op started in the Fall of 1998 and we were one of the first families who participated.  The next year I was asked to serve on committee, and have done so since then.  I have been leading the group since 2006.  

I have loved it, for the most part.  I love encouraging Moms in this great task.  So many have little to no encouragement from anyone in their personal lives, they just know that God has lead them to this.  There have been many difficult things over the years as well.  This has required wisdom, prayer, and much time.

The Lord showed me this year that I was working hard with the co-op and that I needed to give more attention to my own children here at home.  He showed me that it was time to pass the leadership onto someone else.  Thankfully we work together as a leadership team, and the Vice President will be able to step right up!  She will do well. She has a great team behind her!

I hop…

My Cottage Garden

Of course, this birdhouse will be in the cottage garden.  I love it!

My cottage garden has, peonies, daisies, purple cone flowers, black eyed susans, roses, salvia, hydrangea, spirea, fever few, a hibiscus, and some daisy like mums that bloom in late summer into the fall.  I plan to keep them all and possibly add some others.

What are your favorite cottage flowers?  What should I add?