Showing posts from September, 2012

Large Family Canning

Every year  autumn arrives bringing with it loads of tantalizing fruits  which when home canned,  bring their wonderful wholesome flavor to the table all winter.

I remember canning as a child with my mom and my grandparents.   Every year the grands would fill their capacious car with peaches, pears and apples  then drive across state  to our house.   They would help in all the canning, then go home.   Their gift of love to our family was a gift that would last for months and months,  the memories made, will last always.  No one could peel an apple like grandpa Clyde.   With the ever present twinkle in his eye,  he would peel each and every apple all in one string of peel.   I watched in wide eyed wonder, always amazed.

Now Grammy and Bethany peel peaches my dad brought across state,   for another season of multi generational canning.  Rose and I  listen as Grammy tells of her adventures growing up  on a farm  with 60 milk cows  and a thousand laying hens.   Bethany listens wide eyed,…

Finding Time to Abide in Christ

Long ago I came to the conclusion that the idea of a "Quiet Time" with the Lord is quaint, but not necessarily practical for the mother of small children. 
 As a mother of 9, I can say,  it rarely happens. There just isn't a practical time of day to have a hour in prayer,  or a half hour to study the Bible or do a devotional in private.   It is going to have to be in the midst of the crazy chaos of littles,  or it's not going to happen at all. 
 Having had preschoolers consistently for the last 20 years,  I have come to rely on a never ceasing kind of prayer life.   The one where you end up talking to the Lord all day, because  A).  There are no other adults to talk to, and  B).  This the only prayer time you have. 
 I often pray out loud, lest my mind wander.  (smile)  I pray while ironing,  while washing dishes,  while changing a diaper,  while cooking taco meat,  and especially while nursing.  You get the idea.
 The result is, then, MORE prayer time with the Lord…

Beautiful Days

This has been an active week, full of beautiful things. A visit to Nanny and Papa's house with cousins, my two brothers,  and of course, pony rides.  The beautiful lady with white hair is my mom. The adorable 32" pony is Little Bit.

My brothers and I being silly.

Our family has a long standing  beautiful tradition of attending the Symphony concert in the park each summer. Spreading a blanket on the grass,  we all flop down and relax, listening to great music, sharing a picnic,  a lovely, lovely evening.

Watching Olivia dance during the William Tell 1812 Overture was definitely a highlight.

We have had opportunity to be on top of the mountains around here recently, and the view is always just BEAUTIFUL.

Preparing (Preschoolers) for a New School Year

As the summer winds its way to an end,  and the frost kills the last of the garden,  my mind starts shuffling toward gearing up for a more regimented schooling season.

 I rock the  baby-turning-toddler in my arms,  realizing that as the season turns outdoors,
the baby season is turning in the home,
and soon, Olivia will be full toddler.
  This change will need to be thought of and planned for in our daily routine.
 When there are many in the household,
literally every aspect must be thought of and carefully planned
to help the function, peace, and harmony of the home
to run as smoothly as possible.

I have noticed over the years
 that the most practical place to begin in preparing for a new school year
 is with  these littlest ones in mind.

 I start by making a daily routine for us
that incorporates the littles and their napping,
play, and need for mama.
We created a place for them during our school day,
 with cozy little nooks
and drawers filled with items to interest them in playing…