Showing posts from January, 2014

Home Again!

After two weeks of quiet rest visiting our daughter in New Mexico,  it was time to make the long trip home. The children fairly tackled me in the airport, and I loved every minute of it. Although I cried more than a little leaving Anna,  I am glad to be back home in our log home  with my wonderful husband and the sweetest children ever. They (Brian and Rose) managed the house, school, and the children very well without me.   All was in order when I walked through the door.  What a blessing!
It as been snowing steadily since I came home.   10 inches of new snow graces the ground and leaves us happily snowed in.   A little mishap with the Beast (our snowplow) has left us unable to get the road open.   Oh well, we are quite content. At the moment, I am surrounded by the children,  who are cutting up cardboard boxes to make castles, cars, and some unidentified objects.   Rose just made some fabulous pizza in the wood cook stove.   The kettle is singing merrily on the stove,  the dog is l…

Creating a Wholesome Wardrobe

What does a homeschooling mama do on vacation?   That which refreshes and inspires,  provides rest and relaxation,  and,
the things she rarely gets to do at home.
I rarely get quality time with my daughter, Anna, who is married and lives 1500 miles away.   That is mostly what I am doing.   I did, however, bring a whole suitcase of sewing along with me on my vacation.   It is a need at the moment,
to dress the rapidly growing 7 yr old young lady at our house.    I really enjoy sewing,  and it is something I usually do not take the time to do at home. Bethany is growing tall and slim.   So slim that nothing that is long enough for her stays on her!

While here in New Mexico with Anna, I bought this book:

...Which has over 20 patterns in it,  including  patterns for a peasant blouse, capri pants, and summer pjs.  These were all items on my list, so this proved a very cost effective way to go about it.  I bought the book at Hobby Lobby,  with a coupon, of course.
So far, I have finished t…

Finding Rest and Beauty At Anna's

Here I am in New Mexico at my daughter's house.

Thus far, vacation has been super easy to take to. We went to bed early, we got up late.   We sat on the sofa sipping coffee in our jammies, then leisurely enjoyed a lovely breakfast fritata.  
My room has chocolates, roses, lots of pillows to keep me company at night,  a humidifier, magazines, and a super cozy afghan that Anna made for me.   Anna knows how to spoil a guest!

Scott and Anna have a beautiful home.
Soooo romantic!

Note the airplane pillow Anna made for Scott.  All the little details in the living room point to the military life, which is blended nicely with Anna's soft and gentle style.

Love this platter that was a wedding gift from some of Scott's family.

  Anna has made lots of cute pillows that give her home a sweet appeal and comfy-ness.

She has taken great delight in making a home that is warm and welcoming to their many friends,  whom they have over often.  Today we shall have a visit with some children …

Mama Goes on Vacation

The airlines tickets were made, by my thoughtful husband months ago,  and the time has come, now,  to go on the long vacation to see our daughter in New Mexico.
Mama leaving home for two weeks has created some anxiety,  to be honest, mostly in me, the mama.   How will I sleep without being smooshed in between Olivia and daddy???   Who will I snuggle with?  Will I be terribly homesick without my sweet children and loving husband? 

I wasn't worried about the children, you see.  I know my dear sweet husband is very capable  of managing the household and caring for the family.   He is even planning on carrying on with the school work,  and I have no doubt he will do it well.  
But, what am I , a homeschooling mama with 7 children still at home, going to do with myself for two whole weeks????   Can even I jabber on that long???   (My friends say no doubt!) Silly though it may sound, those have been my worries.
But, instead of worrying, I threw myself headlong into packing and preparin…


We have celebrated epiphany for many years, not every year, but most, as circumstances allowed.   It is always a joy and delight.   Epiphany is the culmination of the 12 days of Christmas,  long ago established by the persecuted church, ending in a feast on the 12th day, January 6th.
This year, we feasted well on prime rib graciously given to us by a friend,  served with Duchess Potatoes, Cheesy Sourdough Bread,  sauteed green beans,  Pear-Feta Salad with an Orange-Balsamic Vinaigrette, and ending with blackberry pie and whipped cream., served with coffee and tea, of course.
Rose, Brian and I worked all afternoon getting the table just right and preparing the food. The meal would be served in courses,  with 4 days of Christmas unfolding between each course.

Guests arrived just as the prime rib reached temperature,  and we all sat down together for a sumptuous meal, good fellowship, and lots of laughter.   To see and hear some of the fun, try this link,  where we sing merrily, if a tad …

Nesting, Resting and Cocooning

I thought I would get some favorite holiday photos posted,  but hat didn't happen. I also thought about telling ya all about our wonderful hand knit socks  given to us by a remarkable lady named Betsy,  but we'll have to wait for that too.  You see, we have been abnormally unbusy,  and enjoying every minute of it.
Here is a favorite spot  of mine, redressed for winter,  to cocoon away with a pile of books,  which is just what I have been up to this week:

And here a re just a few peeks at us being unbusy.

Such a wonderful week of resting and nesting after a full holiday season!
Wishing you some of that same glorious quiet,  a mug of tea or cocoa,  and a pile of books.
Blessings, Julianne