Showing posts from September, 2011

Sharing and Caring

These fall days have been abundantly full to overflowing.  There is school to be done,  firewood to get (10 cord!) hunter's safety to be done for Joe, canning to be accomplished,  and a slew of ailing friends to be visited and cared for.  

The Lord is teaching me about caring for our community of friends. Honestly, I can get so absorbed in my own family life  that at times the rest of the world can go right on by without me giving a sideways glance.   After my own illness, I became very aware of just how much a helping hand means  when you are just unable to manage,  or how encouraging and helpful a get well card or a meal sent over    when one is discouraged by illness can be.
The Bible is full of admonishing words to care for one another,   bear one another's burdens, show kindness, and to put others above yourself.  As I prayed about becoming more servant oriented outside my family, as an extension of our family, the Lord provided abundant opportunities,  as friend after friend bec…


On this glorious fall afternoon, I could not help myself,   I just had to ask Rose to snap some pictures of a certain little blonde whom I think adorable.  It seems not so long ago that Rose was wearing this Daisy Kingdom dress,  playing carefree in the yard of our farmhouse, but in reality, it was over 10 years ago!

"The highest and most desirable state of the soul is to praise God in celebration for being alive." -Luci Swindoll

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners  who make our souls blossom" -Marcel Proust
 After all, one is only 5 once, and that seems to go so fast, it would be a pity not to enjoy every minute of it.

Feminine Modesty

In these days of public undressing,  it takes a woman of fortitude to go against the grain of the culture  and dress in a way that is both feminine and modest. Sometimes, it is nice to know you are not the only ones.   Or, just nice to see some other ladies ideas in compiling outfits that are lovely.

I thought I would share what we are wearing during these autumn days,  since feminine modesty is a hot topic.   Most all our clothes have been found at thrift stores.   Each of us women in our household have our own unique style.  
Anna is a die hard romantic.   I think her goal in dressing each day is to have some bit of lace embellishing a modest outfit.  She prefers ballet slipper type shoes, and avoids heels,  because, she says, "being tall is just weird."

I am more traditional, with a bit of that romantic touch.   My usual "uniform" is a long denim skirt,  black sketchers, and a blouse or pullover top.  Today, however, I have a tiered skirt that is especially nice…

Back to Full Speed

Well Hello!  I am finally back to full speed, thank the Lord!  And my, we have been busy.   After two months of not doing anything,  I am gung ho to clean, organize, move furniture, school, bake, write..... Last weekend Rose, Bethany, Olivia and I attended my cousins wedding.

Olivia was basking in all the attention at the wedding.

The lavendar in full bloom filled the air with its heavenly aroma.
 The ferry ride on our way home.
  Meanwhile, the guys were here cutting wood for what experts are saying is going to be a very cold bitter winter.   Sounds romantic, but only if there is plenty of firewood.

This week we are taking off of school to do our fall cleaning.   This we started on the third floor and are working our way down.  The boys room got a makeover, some new organization,  and some "super cool" soldier stuff from a dear friend to make their room awesome, although it is one of the only unfinished rooms left in the house. Next the kids bathroom is getting refitted with a dresser…

Family Life and Smiles

I just thought they were so cute, I had to snap a picture.
I said, "Gabe, are you going to wash too?"
He said, "Alright."
.. .and began scrubbing his face with the cloth and soapy water from the bucket.
  I just love 2 year olds!

 This, I did NOT find so cute.

She is not content to pull herself up to stand, she must climb as well.   Yikes.
Nanny says it is justice met out and the sins of the mother passed on to the children.
No wonder her hair is white.  Sorry Mom!

Daddy is having fun.

Here is daddy's new shirt.

He's all set now!

I love my family.  We have fun.   They put up with me, I put up with them.   They help me, we help each other.  Lately, they have helped me a great deal tending to the crawling, climbing baby and taking care of the housework.   Yesterday, Ben (7) vacuumed my bedroom and bathroom and gave me a great big hug when he was done.  He likes to show off his muscles and strength when he hugs  -almost knocked Grammy over the ot…