Showing posts from April, 2011

Beauty All Around

I am loving Spring.  This past week we have gone from having 80+ degree sunshiny weather to a mostly cloudy 70 degree day.  It feels quite chilly out.  Everywhere I look there is something beautiful to look at.  My favorite peonies in my cottage garden are coming along nicely and will bloom in the next few weeks.

Lottie was wandering around, too.  We met up in the driveway.

Tim is grinding stumps out in the pasture this morning. This area is going to be an arena for the girls to ride and train the horses.  Lindsay will also use it for giving riding lessons.  I am thankful for a husband who is able to do many things.  I know our kids are too!

I love the wild violets that grow in our yard.  I know that many people will think I am nuts, but when you live in the country you can't keep out every weed from your yard.  I love the way the violets look.  Very sweet.

A few years ago we planted hostas and irises and other plants along the creek, tucked into the trees.  It is really pretty all su…

Up Early...

To watch the wedding.

Day 180

Today we hit our official 180th day of required schooling.  I have a love/hate relationship with this.  Part of me loves it - "WooHoo!  We're done!"  But actually that is the reason I hate it as well!  I don't want my kids to have the mindset of being 'done' learning.  

Actually, we have until June 30th to turn our evaluations into the school district.  And our evaluations are going to be May 25th.  That is a whole month away.  In the meantime, we are going to continue to read, finish up some math, pull together our portfolios, print off our reading lists, decide which art projects we want to show our evaluator, etc.

I do love being finished before our state homeschool convention, which is next month.  That way I can focus on next year.  Some years when we are not finished before the convention, I am so excited thinking about next year that I don't want to finish up what we are working on!

I am going to do more of a year round learning sche…

Easter Girls


The Garden In April

I planted Ranunculus in my red pot for my porch to give a bit of color out front.  I really like them.

This is the lone yellow tulip that shows up every year!

Lindsay transplanted Strawberries yesterday, from the front flower beds to one of our raised beds.  We really need another one just for Strawberries.

Our Italian parsley and cilantro...coming up from self seeding last year.

Lindsay made our arches, for our pole beans, out of some birch branches...

Our creek has been flowing beautifully this year.

Trees in the pasture...

Sandy in sunlight...

While I mowed yesterday, the girls weeding all the flower beds, front and back and Tim brought home mulch.  They spread the mulch while I made our dinner last night.  

These are some of the Strawberries that still need to be moved.  The peonies are some of the most gorgeous I have ever seen.  They get very large and smell like old fashioned roses.  Can't wait until they bloom next month!

This front garden area is a delight to me.  When everything i…


I am sitting on my bed, cross legged, which is my normal way to sit on my bed.  I have my computer propped on Tim's pillow and I am thinking of what it is I want to share with you.

Spring is here in full force, but instead of beautiful weather we have had a lot of rain and chilly weather.  We are due now for some days of 80 degree weather and more thunderstorms.  However to think about the beauties of Spring, the dogwood trees are blooming, our Cleveland pear is is flowering, the tulips are pretty, and my lilacs are just about ready to burst out with blooms.  The scent of lilacs is so lovely.  I adore cutting them and bringing them into the house.

I am going out this morning to ride my John Deere lawn tractor and mow our property.  It takes me about an hour and a half and I really enjoy it.  I put my headphones on and pick out things to listen to on my ipod.  It is such a great time to listen to sermons and other messages, to pray, to think through issues.  It is mostly uninterrupte…

Taking A Break


to focus on Easter, and it's deep importance in the life of a Believer in Christ.
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.
O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugge…

Williamsburg Love

The photos are horrible but I wanted to show you my watercolors that I bought while visiting Williamsburg. 

These prints are very reasonably priced at about $15 and then I buy the frames at Williamsburg Pottery. It's a lovely way to add art to our home and to be able to view different buildings in one of my favorite historical places.

The angles are weird because I was trying to avoid the glare on the glass...

This is a real watercolor painting that is of one of the taverns in Williamsburg.  I found it at Goodwill last year for $6.95!  I love it!

Thanks for dropping by today - hope I don't scare any of you away with my terrible photos!


Psalm 107:8-9
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,  And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Thanks Jewels and Melissa for your thoughts this morning!

A Longwood Kind Of Day

Sunny, nearly 70 degrees yesterday, we took ourselves to Longwood for the afternoon!  

It is such a gorgeous place - 

There is beauty everywhere...

Flowering trees are in bloom, so were many tulips, daffodils, violas and pansies.

This little Miss, enjoyed the sunshine and being outside!

The vegetable gardens are one of my favorite places at Longwood.  I love the structures they use and the fact that they plant flowers among their veggies too!

Kyle and Sarah ran through the paths reading the plant signs.

Kamryn and Auntie Em...

Nate enjoyed going along with us yesterday, too.

I could have sat and looked at this view all day...

In the Summer these arches are filled with climbing roses...

Forget me nots' up close...

Gorgeous tulips along the garden walk...

Flowering trees...

Lovely water features...