Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Downswing

We just got done spending three weeks doing extra work around our house to get ready for company.  We had company overnight this past Sunday (a my sister-in-law's family of seven).  We had the same family and my mother-in-law over Monday.  Yesterday afternoon, another seven member family came to visit and spend the night and this morning with us.  They had to leave this afternoon.


We planned on not doing much except relaxing this afternoon/evening, but I have been feeling out of sorts.  The rest of the family has been napping, knitting, playing board games, watching videos, and listening to music.  I did take a nap earlier, but I just don't seem to know what to do.  I'm at a loss.

Then it hit me!  I am experiencing the same feeling I used to get at the end of a week of church camp when I was a child/teen.  I miss my friends and I'm sad they had to leave.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


We have the following on our plates:

My husband is finishing his Spring quarter of college.  He was inducted into the community college  honor society this past Saturday.

The children are finishing up their final unit of their main homeschool curriculum.  I'm still going to push math and reading, probably clear through the summer.

I finished my Spring semester of college.  I did well.  I have one class to take over the summer, so I can stay on schedule to graduate in the Spring of 2014. I've been fighting poison ivy for a couple weeks now, but it seems to be healing now.  I spent the last two years avoiding it.  I got it doing some yard work in our back yard.  I have now gone back to being super careful (read anal) about not getting anything that might have come close to it close to me.  I really don't handle it well.

We are all working on reclaiming our home after the crazy months of both parents being in college.  It is a huge task (emptying out each room and cleaning it from top to bottom).  We hope to finish the downstairs in time for a Memorial Day cookout.  Then, we hope to finish the upstairs a couple days after Memorial Day. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Wow, I haven't posted here for quite a while!

Things have just been too crazy busy.

So, I'm sitting in a college library (not my college, my husband's He's across from me working on an assignment.) avoiding doing my assignments.

Yes, my husband and I are both back in college.  Yes, some of our classmates aren't much older than our children.  Yes, we are having a blast!  We're having to work hard, but things come so much easier than they did right out of high school.  We're also more confident and less self-conscious.

Anyway, I'm avoiding my homework because I already finished and turned in one major assignment today.  I was up late last night and up early this morning in order to get it finished on time.  There's also this little thing called spring break that I was officially on as of about 12:00 pm today.  I have some major projects due right after spring break, so I will have to make this a working break.

Anyway, maybe I'll actually get to start posting on here more.  One of the things that was stopping me before was our internet connection at home.  Our home computer is a dinosaur that has dial-up, so it was not at all easy to get a post to go through. 

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Full Plates

Wow! Our plates have been full this month! I had intended to write for this blog every day, but that just hasn't been possible.

We have replaced our sump pump, water heater, and two furnaces this month. Today, we had to have our van towed to an automotive service shop. We think the starter is bad. Hopefully, it will be a simple fix and we can get it back tomorrow. Otherwise, we will have to figure out a solution to our transportation needs. Our other working vehicle only seats six.

January has been full of cuddles on the couches under heavy comforters reading historical fiction trying to stay warm and boiling water for baths and washing dishes. Activities that were suspended for the holidays are back in session, making our schedule full.

Now that we have heat and hot water, we're more able to focus on lessons and projects that were so difficult to attend to before. I miss the cuddling during the day. The children seemed to bicker less. So, I continue to read to the children snuggled under the comforters when we can in the evenings. Actually, I even called a snuggle time during the afternoon yesterday.

Our plates have been full and our finances have been tested. However, God has supplied our needs just as he did for the Philippians.

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


I intended to start posting to this blog on New Year's Day. I have had so much on my plate lately that that did not happen. My inbox contained the Christian HomeKeeper (TM) Network e-mail with a new Homekeeper's Journal entry. So, just to start things off and allow you to get to know me a bit, I have decided to participate in today's journal. You can find the original Journal here.

Today’s Journal is all about Winter and what you do to make your home warm, inviting, comfortable and the things you struggle with in the Winter.

In my Winter Kitchen…
there are artisan rolls in the oven. I'll have to pull them apart after baking them. I forgot to check on them while they were rising. When I remembered them, they had already spread to the edges of the stone I'm baking them on.

I have to heat water for washing dishes today. Our water heater went out Sunday. Hopefully, my husband will be able to install our new one this afternoon when he gets home from work. I spent most of yesterday heating water so the girls and I could bathe before going to our Sonflower Scouts meeting yesterday evening.

The hardest part about Winter for my household is ….
stopping the drafts. Our house is very old and difficult to heat.

My favorite Winter time meal is…
hmm. I'm not sure I really have a favorite.

I Do/Do Not (choose one) tend to be depressed in the Winter…
I do not really get too depressed in the Winter any more than I do in any other season.

A favorite Winter time activity my family enjoys is …
snuggling under blankets and watching movies or shows. We also enjoy playing in the snow. We are all set this year with snow pants, snow boots, and snow gloves for everyone. In the past we haven't always had much more than coats and mittens.

To help my home look and feel inviting in the Winter…
I love burning candles and simmering homemade potpourri. My favorite scents are vanilla, cinnamon, and apple.

How I dress to stay warm …
Dressing in layers is a must in our home when it is cold.

One really important health rule for the Winter time I’d like to share …
is wear gloves! I tend to skip the gloves when I really can't afford to. My hands really get dry in the winter. Even when I wear gloves and use lots of lotion, my hands will crack and bleed. I keep New Skin on hand for sealing the cracks.