Monday, December 21, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
This was our first time to do Operation Christmas Child. What a blessing this was!
Ashleigh and Logan found it hard to understand that there are children who may have never had crayons or hair ribbons before. That some children cant just run to Wal-mart for whatever they need.
Fred and I were amazed to learn a child can only enroll in Op Christmas Child once in their lifetime!! Once they recieve a shoebox, they cant enroll again. To think how many million shoeboxes go out....and there still arent enough.
So many children.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Outside my window... a clear, cold night. No snow around this neck of the woods.
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Monday, November 30, 2009
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
november is like waiting for the beginning…
the beginning of the holiday season, the first snowfall, turkey dinner, warm mittens, hot chocolate, family young and old, sharing new traditions with our children, remembering ones who can’t be with us, creating a home of love, warmth, and joy.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Here it is...a couple days late :)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Outside my window... the fog is thick and the drizzly rain is still coming down. Looks like it should for mid-november in the ozarks. Yucky for all the deer hunters though. Thankful my husband got his 10 point buck today!
I am thinking...about Logan's birthday tomorrow. Amazed he is going to be three already! And baby Keira will be 3 months old tomorrow as well.
I am thankful for....our veteran's. Our freedom. And the re-newed sense of patriotism that seem to be stirring up in our nation.
I am wearing...my new jeans :) Two sizes smaller than I expected to be!!
I am remembering...when Ashleigh was 3 months old...and 3 yrs old. Seem so long ago.
I am going...to finish painting wooden stars for the fall wreaths we are making for tomorrow night's Creative Activity at MOPS.
I am reading...Tommy Tenney's Prayers of a God Chaser
I am hoping... to get this week's menu finished and posted today. As well as, set-up for MOPS, birthday shopping this eve, vaccuming and fold laundry.
On my mind...how can I better prioritize my time to fit in all that needs to be done. So many demands.
From the learning rooms...Ashleigh just started learning about money in Math class. I was showing her the front and back of a penny, when I realized the new pennies are different! They have Abe Lincoln on the back, reading a book.
And Logan's BIG learning adventure this past week has been potty training! I foolishly have had him in pull-ups for the last year. So went straight over to big boy underwear, except for trips out of the house and bedtime. We started last Monday and spent the first few days washing a lot of under-roos and wondering if he would ever get it. But by about day 4 he started understanding. Hooray! Today has been his best day yet.
Noticing that...my house looks overwhelmed :(
Pondering these words...when it rains, it pours.
From the kitchen...Snowman Poop! (aka Oreo Truffles and Red Velvet Truffles)
Around the house...Logan napping...and Ash & Grandma have been secretly making decorations for his b'day tomorrow.
One of my favorite things...sweet baby smiles.
From my picture journal...
FOR TODAY...Nov 16th 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
So there's my menu for this week! What do you have planned? For motivation and tons of ideas check out Menu Plan Monday.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Outside my window... the sky is clear, with a full moon. Today was a gorgeous way to start November! Low 70's, sunny.
I am thinking...about chocolate.
I am thankful for....God's provisions. How He blesses us with the tiny little desires of our hearts.
I am remembering...some of the many Cary Grant movies I've seen. Watched part of North to Northwest this evening. Its been awhile since I've watched one of his movies. What a great old actor.
I am going...to have a busy week...with homeschool co-op classes, Ashleigh's class' Tea Party, MOPS, and working our church's Women's Ministry booth at a Expo this weekend.
I am reading...the new Holiday Ebook from the Old Schoolhouse Magazine.
I am hoping... that the christian radio station has a blessed share-a-thon this week. Their mission project is Bible Sticks (the entire Bible on a computer thumb drive) to send overseas to soldiers.
On my mind...how the time change this past weekend has thrown off our schedule! I need to get to bed!
From the learning rooms...today we enjoyed a nature walk. Collected fall leaves to press. Studied the different types of trees.
Noticing that...the downstairs carpet really looks amazing after my mom and I spent all afternoon shampooing it. We threw open the windows and doors to air out the house and dry the floors.
Pondering these words...from Hillsong's "Hosanna".
"Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me Break my heart from what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdoms cause
As I walk from earth to Eternity"
From the kitchen...Oatmeal Butterscotch Chip Cookies :) Mmmm
Around the house...no creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Just the mommy tapping away on her laptop. Enjoying the quiet house with everyone tucked in bed...just waiting for Itty Bitty to wake up for her late night feeding.
One of my favorite things...watching Deal or No Deal.
From my picture journal...pictures from our nature walk today.
here's my menu for this week. What do you have planned? For motivation and tons of ideas check out Menu Plan Monday.
1 med onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped ( I skip these! uck)
Add - 1/8 tsp baking soda
1 qt of tomatoes, chopped or stewed...doesn't matter
1 tsp salt
Bring to a boil.
Grease a 13x9 casserole dish. Put 8 oz dry egg noodles in the bottom. Pour hot mixture over. Cover and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Uncover and top with grated chedder. Bake 10 minutes longer.
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Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
6 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, more for dusting dough
1. In a large bowl or plastic container, mix yeast and salt into 3 cups lukewarm water (about 100 degrees). Stir in flour, mixing until there are no dry patches. Dough will be quite loose. Cover, but not with an airtight lid. Let dough rise at room temperature 1 & 1/2 hours (or up to 5 hours).
2. Bake at this point or refrigerate, covered, for as long as two weeks. When ready to bake, sprinkle a little flour on dough and cut off a grapefruit-size piece with serrated knife. (I divided the dough in half and made 2 large loaves instead.) Turn dough in hands to lightly stretch surface, creating a rounded top and a lumpy bottom. Put dough on pizza peel sprinkled with cornmeal; let rest 40 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough or refrigerate it.
3. Place broiler pan on bottom of oven. Place baking stone on middle rack and turn oven to 450 degrees; heat stone at that temperature for 20 minutes.
4. Dust dough with flour, slash top with serrated or very sharp knife three times. Slide onto stone. Pour one cup hot water into broiler pan and shut oven quickly to trap steam. Bake until well browned, about 30 minutes. Cool completely.
Yield: 4 loaves.
Variation: If not using stone, stretch rounded dough into oval and place in a greased, nonstick loaf pan. Let rest 40 minutes if fresh, an extra hour if refrigerated. Heat oven to 450 degrees for 5 minutes. Place pan on middle rack.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
"God is an amazing God- He blesses us in the most astonishing ways. He gave you the precious gift of parenthood. He knows whom you are dealing with and He loves your children far more than any parent can imagine, so take your concerns directly to the Lord!" Maggie Hogan
I am grateful that God knows my children better than I. He knows the issues I deal with and struggle through in parenting these unique little hearts and minds. I pray that He guides my words and hand in all that we do. So that someday, it won't just be little crocheted sweaters we're passing down...but character, values, and generational blessings.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Tuesday: Roasted chicken, rice, peas
Thursday: Freezer Pleaser - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Friday: leftovers night
Saturday: church group weenie roast...so hot dogs, chili, and smores!
Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner - Breakfast Burritos
Monday, October 19, 2009
FOR TODAY...October 19th
Outside my window... a gorgeous sunny autumn day for the kids to play outside! We've had cabin fever with all the chilly rainy days last week.
I am thinking...that Logan is too little to be saying "thats just not cool Mom"
I am thankful for... a freezer full of meat for the winter. Ready to start using some of the soup bones!
I am wearing... my flannel pj pants and a tshirt. Can't believe I admitted that! I will be getting dressed before we go to friend's for supper ;)
I am remembering...to set the tv to record "Castle" and "Diners, Drive Ins & Dives" this evening.
I am going... to try taking some family pictures of the kids tomorrow.
I am reading...Deceived by James Scott Bell
I am hoping... to start a new writing project soon. Been holding off til we became a bit more adjusted with having a baby in the house.
On my mind... the highs & lows of parenting. How difficult it is to teach/train little ones...without focusing all on the negative. Have been having a lot of disciplanary issues, feel like what we've been doing isn't working. Any ideas or suggestions?
From the learning rooms... as Peggy @ Simple Woman's daybook said "outside living". The kids loved beiing outdoors today. I did work on some phonics with Ashleigh while Logan was napping.
Noticing that... honeybees are out en masse today.
Pondering these words... "It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all." - Laura Ingalls Wilder
From the kitchen... kitchen is clean and clear for the day. Heading over to some friends for fajitas tonight.
Around the house... my pumkin pie candle is burning on the counter. A fall breeze is coming in the back screen door. My mom is watching fox news....and baby Keira is cooing. We've finished the cleaning chores and laundry for the day. Enjoying a quiet afternoon.
One of my favorite things...roly poly babies :)
From my picture journal..."chubby cheeks"
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring frequently, for 20 to 25 minutes or until thickened.
Serve with biscuits, breads and corn muffins. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 months.