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My Creative Kids

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My kids love to make movies...yesterday Lindsay told them they she wanted to do a short film with them!  They even passed up a trip to the library with me to do this!  Can you guess what they chose?


Kyle as Tintin...


Sarah was both Thompson and Thomson...she changed her mustache for each role...Rachel was the legs and feet for one of them when Lindsay filmed a walking scene...


Movie still...Tintin and Snowy...


What do you think?  I love it and I love their creativity...they worked on it for hours!  When Lindsay gets it edited I'll make sure to show you!

Have a delightful weekend!

Kamryn and Grandma

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I had a visitor this evening while I was at my desk!  Kamryn came in to see what I was doing.


Here she is checking out what's on my computer screen...

Photos of her cousin Logan!  She and I both think he is cute!

Kamryn doesn't always want to take the time to sit with me, and I was so glad she did.  Last night she brought me her blankey and a book and climbed up on my lap!  I love that!

Did you see the manila envelope on my desk?  Our seed order came already!  I'll show you some of what we ordered soon!

Glow Pots

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The girls have been busy making what we call "glow pots."


Beeswax from the natural foods store, a water balloon dipped into the melted wax...


Delightful on a winter morning...

Let's Talk Herbs

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www.allposters.com When Lindsay and I placed our seed order the other evening, we made sure to order herbs this year.
Now I should qualify that to say that we have ordered some herbs in the past, cilantro and parsley, and they have grown very well for us.  In fact we were able to save seed from our cilantro!  We just love it in fresh salsa!  And we use our parsley fresh and dried in our homemade buttermilk ranch salad dressing!
But this year we longed for more and decided that we are going to do a separate section just for herbs in our garden.  We ordered lavender, basil, chamomile, a new variety of parsley and we also ordered Echinacea.  
Technically, Echinacea is a flower but it has great medicinal properties, so I wanted to grow some to use in tea or to grind up the root to use in capsules to help build up the immune system.  All the echinacea that I have grown in the past have been from commercial growers.  The ones we will grow are heirloom seeds!

Echinacea in my garden in June 2011
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Esther Bolick's Orange Marmalade Cake

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I have been a big Mitford fan since I read the first book in the series, many years ago.  I love how she makes all these characters come to life and you feel as if they are real people.  Over the years I have read all about Esther Bolick's Orange Marmalade cake and wondered what it tasted like.

Right before Christmas, I made a quick stop at our local library and while there I popped into the little used book store.  I found this gem and another Mitford Christmas book called The Mitford Snowmen.  They are both just short stories, but a sweet read non the less.


I am sure you can guess what this one is about...


In the back is the recipe and instructions for baking this cake.  I just had to try it, so I bought all the ingredients.  They sat in my cupboards for a few weeks until Saturday.


Saturday I got out the cake flour, which I had never used before...


I baked the cake in two 9 inch pans and after a bit of cooling, poked a bunch of holes in them to pour the orange syrup (orange juice and…

Snow Day, But Looking Ahead...

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Tim and Lindsay are both off to work this morning.  Not sure that we will have any customers today, but the farmer's market was open so we opened too.  


For a while this morning we were getting sleet but then it turned back to all snow...


We have about 3-4 inches.


I loved Maxx's paw prints on the deck!


The view out of my front window...don't look too closely - we need to scrape paint and put a fresh coat on the window sill.  I actually would like to replace this window...


Now thinking ahead...Lindsay and I worked on our garden plans last evening.  We went over what we planted last year, what grew well, what didn't, what we would like for this year.  We are only keeping our raised beds for our strawberries this year, and are going to plow up a bigger space.  We also are going to grow some heirloom corn this year!

We made our list, I got online at www.rareseeds.com and placed our order!  Love the convenience of technology! 

Do you garden?  If so, do you save seeds?  Do you can…

Hiding God's Word In Their Hearts

A Few Great Quotes And A Thought From My Husband....

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www.allposters.com Une Petite Fille - William Adolphe Bouguereau Christ will be master of the heart, and sin must be mortified. If your life is unholy, then your heart is unchanged, and you are an unsaved person. The Savior will sanctify His people, renew them, give them a hatred of sin, and a love of holiness. The grace that does not make a man better than others is a worthless counterfeit. Christ saves His people, not IN their sins, but FROM their sins. Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. ~Charles Spurgeon
Sometimes it seems that the American church’s highest value is what Francis Schaeffer called “personal peace and affluence.” We want to be accepted. We don’t want to be controversial. Above all, we don’t want to suffer. It is time for Christ-followers to stand up and say, “We must do what is right, regardless of the consequences.” “But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than men’” (Acts. 5:29).  ~Randy Alcorn My blogging friend, the sweet, te…

We've Been Watching A Lot Of This

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Are you familiar with Tin Tin?  A lot of people we know have never heard of him.  Our friend Denny said " I've heard of Rin Tin Tin." We laughed.


www.images.google.com We discovered Tin Tin when our son Nate was younger and looking for something interesting for a boy to read from the library.  He really enjoyed reading these stories.  A few years later we discovered a cartoon series of the Adventures of Tin Tin.
After Christmas we decided to see a film as a family and we choose Tin Tin - though the girls had all seen it.  We enjoyed it very much, especially Kyle.  So when he was looking to use his Target gift card last week, and not being able to find a toy he wanted in his price range, we headed over to the dvd section to see what he might find.  (I find that most of it is, to borrow Charlotte Mason's term, "twaddle.")  Just when we thought he would have to give up his search I spied "The Adventures of Tin Tin," season one of the animated series!  
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Challenges

Life is filled with challenges.  Sometimes they are harsh challenges and sometimes they are just a bunch of little things....


Right now dear friends in California are asking for prayer as their dear mother/grandma, who is elderly and suffering from dementia may be near the end of her journey here on earth.  


We are busy with the store and learning so much.  I ask that you would pray for us to continue to work well together and to enjoy the process.


We are so blessed with a wonderful church fellowship.  Today was communion and a meal together.  A long afternoon of fellowship was followed by coming home to a house full of young people!  Nate's good friend whom we used to call Dreadlock John is in town.  He is a Marine now and is in training to be a crew chief on a C130.  I looked at him tonight - he is a man now, who serves his nation at a challenging time.  Pray for him - he grew up in a Christian home but I am not sure where he is at with the Lord right now.


Tim's work rotation ch…

Bookcases and Books...

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A few weeks ago Brenda @ Coffee, Tea, Books and Me showed us some of her bookshelves.  Being an avid reader, I love to see what other readers have on their shelves. I thought that you might like to see some of the books that I have on my shelves.  These shelves are from the bookcase in the hallway, and house books I like to keep close at hand...

Health For Godly Generations by Renee DeGroot is an thoughtful book about making wise food choices.  So is the book Real Food,by Jessie Hawkins.  Biblical Womanhood in the Home by Nancy Leigh DeMoss is excellent as well.  What Makes A Man Feel Loved by Bob Barnes (husband of Emilie) is one I always recommend to young women who are getting married or even women who have been married for a while. 

These are books that have challenged me and encouraged me.  I don't necessarily endorse every thing in every book.  There.  That is my disclaimer.


This shelf houses current homeschool materials...

This is our huge bookcase downstairs.  I have been orga…