Saturday, December 30, 2006

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Sneak peak of Christmas pictures...

Merry Christmas one and all! I'm not sure if I'll have a chance to update the blog again until after Christmas.

We had a blast taking these live nativity pictures. We got quite a few shots to sort thru... Hannah on the far left is Grace's best friend so she joined us and Jacob thought he was too old to participate. :-/

I long ago concluded that it was just as appropriate and fun to send Christmas greetings during the Christmas season so I'm not going to fret over getting them out after Christmas day. I'm just a rebel...

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas Redheads

Winner the cat...

You needn't worry about Winner being comfy!

Advent tree?

Well, since I'm trying to really teach my children about celebrating Advent, one of the new things we did this year was to decorate our *Advent* tree while waiting until Christmas Eve to make it a *Christmas* tree. I purchased 3 strands of purple lights at our Lowe's for $1.99 each and then just used what I already had to make it relevant to Advent festivities. I put the St. Nick ornament on it on the feast of St. Nicholas, the Our Lady of Guadalupe ornament on her feast day, etc. Just a few purple glass ornaments and gold ornaments to fill it up a little bit more. It's been an interesting experiment to help us build excitement for the birth of our Saviour!

Playmobil Advent calendar...

My kids have enjoyed doing this to countdown the days until Christmas as we did last year. This time we added our nun doll I purchased while on vacation so Lucas could sit beside "Sister Julia" on the park bench. God bless my Aunt Julia aka Sister Julia! :-)

We have our first double-yolked egg! The kids were thrilled.

The Art of Believing

Gosh,Cay has done it again. What a beautiful tribute to her father-in-law...

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I've been delinquent once again but we're doing fine. Hope to get a chance to upload some pictures in the next couple of days. The kids are all growing so fast! Emma's talking so much now! I called my dad a couple nights ago so he could hear her saying "Give me chocolate!" :-) She was helping me make chocolate chip cookies.

Can you believe it's almost Christmas??!!!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Bee-utiful day!

Okay, so that's pretty corny... but we had a wonderful field trip to Vollmer Farm a couple weeks ago and this is one of the photos we snapped. I'll post more later. We've been there several times and each time I go I wish I could join their wonderful business venture... it combines the best of both worlds! Agri-tourism at its best!

Name that plant!

I took this a few weeks ago and keep meaning to try to identify it. This is a lovely bush that is growing in the shrubs/bushy areas along the dirt road to our house. I thought it was some kind of wild thing but then I saw one in the landscaped area between two roads some time ago. Anyone know what it is? It's lovely and unique!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Family reunion fun

Saturday we had my dad's family's annual reunion with his siblings and their children and grandchildren. I always enjoy getting together with family and learning more about my roots. We had a guest there this time (who is actually my dad's sixth cousin) and he shared lots of geneology information and photos he had been collecting. And my children would be so sad if we didn't have an "old folks" game of football or volleyball or the like... my dh and some of my cousins in their 30's and 40's will be sore this whole week after the football game, I'm sure! :-)

The big one DIDN'T get away!

Happy husband and son after fishing on Saturday!

Friday, September 29, 2006

Fall is in the Air: A Photo Shoot

As beautiful as today was, we couldn't wait to get outside a while this morning to enjoy the little chill in the air. I couldn't resist snatching the digital camera from its home so I could catch the children in action. I hope you enojy this little glimpse of life from our neck of the woods.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Moms for Modesty

Anyone that knows me well know that I have a few soapboxes I occasionally (hee-hee) get on. One of them is modesty. I saw this graphic on a friend's blog and added it. As soon as I can, I'll link it properly. Other soapboxes for those who don't know are: breastfeeding, homeschooling, and being open to life in your marriage as the Church teaches.... I'll add some good links on these when I can.

Pear season

Pear Butter (from Ball Blue Book: Guide to Home Canning, Freezing and Dehydration)

20 medium pears
4 cups sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
1 t grated orange peel
1/2 t nutmeg

To prepare pulp: Wash and quarter pears. Cook until soft, adding only enough water to prevent sticking (about 1/2 cup). Press through a sieve or food mill. Measure 2 quarts pear pulp.
To prepare butter: Combine pear pulp and sugar in a large saucepot, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add remaining ingredients. Cook until thick enough to round up on a spoon. As mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking. Ladle hot butter into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. Process 10 mins. in a boiling water canner. Yield: about 4 pints.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Field Day Early Autumn 2006

Dawn has a wonderful Field Day Early Autumn at her blog going on. There are some really neat photos! Even our humble little blog picts are linked. ;-) I just love all the creative folks in the homeschool blogosphere!

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Need I say more?

High School at Home...

Angie's latest post makes so much sense. I hope you'll enjoy her article as much as I have. I have also purchased this book and plan to make good use of it. ;-)

The more I read, research and pray about it, I really believe that the road we're taking by homeschooling is what God wants of our family, even if it's not always the popular choice among our peers.

The kids are thrilled that we got another cat a few weeks ago... this is "Winner" whom is lovingly called "Winnie" and "Minnie" by Emma. :-)

Snakes alive!

We've had a couple too many snake sightings at our house lately. Here's the big one dh killed yesterday. It's a plain-bellied water snake according to my Audobon Guide.
There was a small one in the garage a couple days ago I almost stepped on. =:-O

Monday, September 04, 2006

Ah, a nice little turtle on our path, too...

We've had some interesting nature sightings around here lately... check out this spider who has made herself at home on my new porch hand-rail... look at those huge egg sacs hanging there, too! Poor grasshopper...

I'm not sure what kind it is? We'll research it as best we can. Let me know if you know!

9/5/06 UPDATE: Thanks to MacBeth, we now know for certain that it is a garden orb weaver . That's what we thought it was but wanted to be certain since it's such a prominent fixture of our house right now. =:-O Hey, and there are over a thousand eggs in each sac. Ugh... wonder if I could sell them? LOL!

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Emma's going to be a writer... she's always finding a pencil or crayon and proceeding to write on any paper or book she can get her hands on. And then there's my angel napping...

Here's my John Deere Boy being a ham! One has the back of Emma's lovely little strawberry-blonde head...

Okay, so I finally got my camera fixed and we've been having fun with it again. Some of these pictures were taken by me and some by my oldest son. There were some real winners this week. On the right is Jacob building a cardhouse. They've all been playing more card games since our recent beach trip with my family/clan. Jacob is growing up so fast!
The next one is Grace, Mary and Grace's BF, Hannah, in Grace's new room. Yep, those walls are different colors. ;-) She picked it out and the opposing walls are green and lavendar.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Here's the new addition to our family... meet Calico! The kids are thrilled that we've finally gotten another cat. She needed a good home and we were eager to bring her home. :-)

Yahoo! I finally got our digital camera fixed! Here's how my youngest cutie looks now-- wow, she's grown up so much this summer!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

EveryWakingHour: Mentors are not GHMs

Well, I'm finally about to catch up on e-mail and found this gem to share. I'll just say that her comments are SO right on. I think we've all met a few Gestapo Homeschooling Moms in our homeschooling history.

(Of course I'm about to catch up and then we're going on vacation next week so I'll be behind again, LOL!)

I promise to get some REAL updating done up here soon.

We've been officially in the new house for 2 months now and we're finally starting to feel a bit more settled. Our bookcases are starting to get filled. ;-)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Eight years ago I was lying in a hospital bed, hooked up to a fetal monitor, nervously waiting to see how our baby was doing, still thinking that things would be perfectly fine.
Eight years ago, I had a knot in my stomach, hoping beyond hope that *surely* things would be normal and I would soon be holding our precious baby in my arms.
Eight years ago, I had no idea that the next morning I would be rushed into surgery, praying that our baby would survive and all this was a very bad dream.
Eight years ago, I couldn't imagine I would have to say goodbye to my little child and let my husband travel home to bury her.
Eight years ago, I was still blissfully ignorant of how wretchingly horrible losing your child could be.
Eight years, eight months, eight minutes, eight seconds...
It all seems so vivid on days like today.

Hannah's mommy,
to Hannah's memorial

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Yes, I'm still alive and kicking. My digital camera was broken by one of my darlings so I haven't had pictures to share in a while. :-/ But I have been taking some with Jacob's little camera and my new cell phone with camera. So as soon as I get a chance to figure it out, I'll transfer some to the computer to share.

The house is just about finished, PTL! I'm so anxious to get in there and get settled. Walls are painted, most light fixtures are in, all flooring except the carpet is in. Next week will be plumbing fixtures, tile in the master bath and the fireplace surround, electrical work, etc. My double ovens are in as of yesterday, too! :-)

And the biggest excitement for today was...

we have baby chicks from our black cochin hen!!!! Woo-hoo! There are four little cute black chicks running around now. And we have two more sitting hens still working on some eggs, too, so there will be lots of chick pictures in future blog posts. ;-)

Oh, and the gargage foundation is done and the framers will be here for it on Monday, I hope.

DH has had a horrible work schedule for the past month so he's had to miss out on some of the house-building fun/frustration. He's been working 6 days a week, 12 hour shifts, plus the 50-min. drive to work. Ugh...

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Yesterday we caught a glimpse of a local hot air ballonist... our relatives are on his ground crew and we see it quite often in the area. I'll try to get a better shot of it soon...

Monday, April 10, 2006

House as it looks as of this morning. Today they put drywall in and dug the trench for the electrical service line so lots of progress happening now!

Front door going in...

We finally got a chance to drag the chicken coop to a new location in the pasture. Vince built it on skids so he could pull it with the tractor or truck.

It was a great day for flying a kite...