Saturday, October 31, 2009

Streams in the desert

      Is. 43:18-21
       "Forget the former things;
       do not dwell on the past.
     See, I am doing a new thing!
       Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
       I am making a way in the desert
       and streams in the wasteland.
     The wild animals honor me,
       the jackals and the owls,
       because I provide water in the desert
       and streams in the wasteland,
       to give drink to my people, my chosen,
     the people I formed for myself
       that they may proclaim my praise."

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Alphabitty Moments

The check out what Alphabitty Moments is all about, click on the link above.

I suppose most children cut their own hair at some time. Some escape a major hairstyle change while others require more drastic measures. When Madison chose to take the scissors to her hair, she cut some very short bangs and gave herself some generous layers around her face. So I took her to a friend who fixed her up and suggested this fun hairstyle to hide her one inch long bangs. We loved it!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Who's the leader, really?

I have created an opportunity to share stories or pictures from your family that are a bit amusing or odd. They can be current or from ages ago. My goal is laughter. Lots of it!
The rules are simple. Post a Whimsical Wednesday entry on your blog and use the button above in your post. Link your post to mine and enter your blog address in the McLinky below. Then have fun reading others whimsical memories!

This is my twin sister and I when we were about 4. I'm not sure if you'll catch the humor in it unless you knew us then, but this catches our personalities perfectly. This photo amazingly captures the essence of our childhood: we were always side by side. Me: curious, unafraid, gregarious, the first-born leader. Her: pensive, shy, letting me lead the way.
 I answered questions directed at her when she was too shy to answer. I led us into every new situation, with her pushing me from behind. You see, there is one thing this photo does not capture. Don't let her facial expression fool you. She was shy, yes. But she was the bossy one. I only led because she made me! Love you anyway, sis!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Just in Time

Today is a little toot my own horn but mostly a loud trumpet call in praise of God's provision.

We've been evaluating our finances via the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class recently, but we've been on the journey to financial freedom for about five years. This week we paid off our last debt. WE ARE DEBT FREE!

Now for the next steps: working toward financial peace by having all the safeties in place for emergencies. This week's lesson was on insurance, so yesterday Robb spent the entire day doing the tedious work of applying for health insurance, disability insurance, and switching life insurance. The whole shebang. Yikes. I'm glad he did it!
We've tried many kinds of insurance over the years, but finally have a plan that we are comfortable with and that doesn't completely break the bank.

So things are coming together. We feel good. We are making good choices. But this is the slow time for our business, so it's a little nerve wracking to have no home equity line of credit available. (Yes, we rent our house, but we have a piece of land that had a HELOC.) We have plans to save money, to have fully funded emergency savings,  but what good are goals if there's no money coming in?

Ever found that God is never late, but rarely early?
Not to worry. Robb always finds things to do. And God has been faithful. So it didn't surprise me in the least that a friend he worked with last year called today and asked if Robb could help him out. Starting this week. And he's booked until December! God was just on time!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Arizona Pictures


This funny looking contraption is a baby chipmunk house. Lovely. And, yes, there are two baby chipmunks in there. Here is one:

In my kids desperation to have pets, (I shall not go into details of our few attempts to care for cats) my children chased baby chipmunks around our yard, cornered them until they had no hope of escape, and successfully caught two poor creatures.  Being the home-school mom I am, I found a nature book that told us what chipmunks (specifically, Thirteen-lined ground squirrel) eat and we fed them unsalted sunflower seeds. (One can make almost any experience educational!) The kids were ecstatic when their little "pets" ate the provided food. Our family was successful in caring for these strange pets for a full 2 hours. Then we left for...something. When we came home our pets were missing somewhere in the mudroom. Unfortunately for my children, but fortunately for the chipmunks, the "windows" in the chipmunk house were big enough for them to squeeze out. Thankfully the door from the mudroom to the rest of the house was closed, so the creatures were confined to one room. And thankfully, (or not) my husband came home soon after we did, and, (though none too happy about it),  managed to find them and chase them outside.  Goodbye, poor pets! And good riddance!

P.S. Please disregard my children's strange attire. If I waited until they were properly dressed to take pictures, I would have none! We home-school, for crying out loud. Proper clothing is not required!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Alphabitty Moments: The letter G

It seems this boy only grows taller. He's a rail! He takes after his mother's high metabolism. Poor thing only wants to wear pants these days to hide his bony knees and skinny legs. Someday he'll be grateful~ when he's 30 years old and doesn't have to worry about watching his weight!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Whimsical Wednesday

I've created an opportunity to share stories or pictures from your family that are a bit amusing or odd. They can be current or from ages ago. My goal is laughter. Lots of it!
The rules are simple. Post a Whimsical Wednesday entry on your blog and use the button above in your post. Link your post to mine and enter your blog address in the MckLinky below. Then have fun reading others whimsical memories!

Look! Daddy's making dolly drive the truck!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tasty Tuesday

I'm back from warmer country and in the need of warm, comforting soup! Here's a family favorite- similar to a soup found at Olive Garden.

Toscana Soup

1 1/2 c Spicy italian sausage, browned

saute til tender, then set aside:
3/4 c diced onion
1 1/4 t minced garlic

bring following to boil then simmer 15 minutes:
2 T chicken base
1 Qt. water
2 medium potatoes, cubed

Add onions, garlic, and sausage to potatoes and:
2 c Kale leaves(I use parsley)
1/3 c cream
Simmer 4 minutes. EAT!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Whimsical Wednesday

I am creating an opportunity to share stories or pictures from your family that are a bit amusing or odd. They can be current or from ages ago. My goal is laughter. Lots of it!
The rules are simple. Post a Whimsical Wednesday entry on your blog and use the button above in your post. Link your post to mine and enter your blog address in the McLinky below. Then have fun reading others whimsical memories!

This is me.
Yes, it's real.
No photoshopping here!
I am NOT afraid to laugh at myself.
I am also not afraid to laugh at others.
When they are silly, of course.
But today is my day to be laughed at, so laugh away.
It is a hideous picture.
Especially with my eyebrows raised.
Never mind the rollers or the cheesy grin.
I hate to see pictures of myself with my eyebrows raised.
It's frieky scary and not at all the picture of a quiet and gentle spirit.
But I guess I could never claim that biblical goal as one I've mastered.
Not sure if I ever will.
Oh well.
At least I've got the smile thing down.
And laughter.
I've got that down too.
Sometimes at inappropriate times.
But this was not an inappropriate time.
This was my twin sister's wedding.
  It was a happy happy day for me as I married my sister off to a great guy.
And that is wonderful cause for joy and laughter.
And a good bit of sisterly fun!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tasty Tuesday

Nutella Dip
For apples, bananas....

1/2 cup Nutella
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sour cream

Monday, October 5, 2009

It's a "not me" Monday!

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by McMama. You can head over to to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

And now for my little bit of denial:
When on the computer blogging and facebooking this week I did not tell my children I was "working." Because that would be a bit of a stretch. Possibly even a lie. And I never lie. Nope. Not me!

I did not skim a novel looking for the highlights and then read the end just so I could go to sleep instead of staying up until the wee hours finishing the book! Nope not me! I never skip ahead. And I never get so engrossed in a book that I forget to live my own life. That would be irresponsible. And I'm never irresponsible. Not me!

I did not wait till the weekend to finish my Bible Study homework when class in on Monday, because discussion leaders never do that. And I never procrastinate. Not me!

My 8-year-old did not tell my 5 year-old "Stop hovering over me!" because she has heard me say it all too often. Because I never get frustrated or need my own space. Not me!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Dinner Conversation

 Another excerpt from Emily Post as found here. No discussion is necessary. This speaks for itself! Still laughing!

  One inexorable rule of etiquette is that you must talk to your next door neighbor at a dinner table. You must, that is all there is about it!
   Even if you are placed next to some one with whom you have had a bitter quarrel, consideration for your hostess, who would be distressed if she knew you had been put in a disagreeable place, and further consideration for the rest of the table which is otherwise “blocked,” exacts that you give no outward sign of your repugnance and that you make a pretence at least for a little while, of talking together.
   At dinner once, Mrs. Toplofty, finding herself next to a man she quite openly despised, said to him with apparent placidity, “I shall not talk to you—because I don’t care to. But for the sake of my hostess I shall say my multiplication tables. Twice one are two, twice two are four ——” and she continued on through the tables, making him alternate them with her. As soon as she politely could she turned again to her other companion.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The grass withers 
and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God 
stands forever.
~Isaiah 40:8

Friday, October 2, 2009


"Manners are made up of trivialities of deportment which can be easily learned if one does not happen to know them; manner is personality—the outward manifestation of one’s innate character and attitude toward life." ~Emily Post, 1922

I'd like to continue the conversation about Esther. Esther gained respect from all, and Beth Moore suggests her manners were responsible. So I researched manners. I looked up Emily Post, 1922's Miss Manners.(online for your reading pleasure here) I remember my mom having my sister and I read an ancient book of manners for homeschooling ages ago, and thought I may find some gems. I did. Some are funny. Some are thought provoking. I could use a refresher on manners. Could you?


  Instead of depending upon beauty, upon sex-appeal, the young girl who is “the success of to-day” depends chiefly upon her actual character and disposition. It is not even so necessary to do something well as to refrain from doing things badly. If she is not good at sports, or games, or dancing, then she must find out what she is good at and do that! If she is good for nothing but to look in the glass and put rouge on her lips and powder her nose and pat her hair, life is going to be a pretty dreary affair... Beauty and wit, and heart, and other qualifications or attributes is another matter altogether.

  A gift of more value than beauty, is charm, which in a measure is another word for sympathy, or the power to put yourself in the place of others; to be interested in whatever interests them, so as to be pleasing to them, if possible, but not to occupy your thoughts in futilely wondering what they think about you.
  Would you know the secret of popularity? It is unconsciousness of self, altruistic interest, and inward kindliness, outwardly expressed in good manners.

Etiquette must, if it is to be of more than trifling use, include ethics as well as manners. Certainly what one is, is of far greater importance than what one appears to be.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Alphabitty Moments: The letter E (&D)

I've missed four letters, but I think I can catch up on this project! The goal is to scrapbook one page a week and share our pages at 4theLoveofFamily. MamaBear says:
"The carnival was created as a way to record the little things your kids do. These keepsake book pages are meant to take a closer look at the ordinary and every day moments of childhood. Some day we will look back on all the little things and realize they were really the big things."

Sometimes I'm not sure I want to remember that Madison does school in her pjs with a mess of hair in her face. She actually had a bath that morning, but no one would guess it! She just threw her jammies back on. Who can resist being all cozy? And look at how she is enjoying our garage sale find!

 UPDATE: Catching up already!

I used for these pages.

Makeover Meditation/Prayer Card

I added a printable card to the bottom of this post.