Tuesday, April 19, 2016

a typical day

This is just a few pictures of what life looks like on a typical day...

dinner ~ fish
window peepers
peeling eggs ~ snacks/lunch
working at the house
a gift from J
more eggs
shopping ~ this is my bread pyramid...the cashier was quite impressed! :)

Oh my, the other day I was sitting on the swing and all of the sudden I hear this horrible ruckus coming from the chickens, out of no where I see this huge fox run up and GRAB one of my chickens!  NOOOOOO  I yell as I'm chasing this fox, but no luck he got her and they were gone. :( 
So now the girls have to stay cooped up.  I'm hoping to catch that little thief! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

being intentional

Confession...I hate exercise!!!  Have I mentioned this before?  Of course I love the results of exercise but putting in the time, just not my thing.
Confession two...I'm not a very disciplined person!!!  One would think a woman with such a large family would be, but no, not this woman. I have crazy good intentions but little follow through. J says I'm like a dirt bike that just takes off across the field with great speed only to fall short because it ran out of gas. :)  Maybe just a personality thing...he is just the opposite, but you know I think in life there are starters and finishers.  That's why we make such a great team...I'm the starter, he's the finisher!

Here's what I'm working on lately...
Reading my bible EVERYDAY. Sometimes I have time to dig in and journal, sometimes I can just read.  This has been a challenge through a book I've been reading.  The first thing she tells anybody that comes to her for advice wheather it be about life, mothering, marriage...whatever, is "are you reading your bible EVERYDAY?  If they are willing to do this, she will participate, if not than they really don't want help.  She also says that mostly they come back and say "never mind" God has already helped me! :)
Excersing at least more times in a week than not for at least 20 minutes.  I have been doing this for a while now and it seems to be helping quite a bit, mainly with my mental state and digestion.  
Sticking to a family meal/snack plan daily. Mostly the snack plan.  For some reason I spend a lot of money on snack food, so I came up with a snack plan that has some fruit on days, veggies,and snacks we have to make from what we already have. Throw in popcorn a couple days with some nutritional yeast and it seems to be coming along much better financially.  
Cultivating a life giving home.  Another book I've been reading...A life giving home by Sally Clarkson.  Her story resonates with my heart and what I've longed for through my home.  I'm still at the beginning of this one, but I can tell, its going to be a great one.  
And of course ~ laundry...always laundry

What about you?  Any personal goals??  How are you being intentional about daily life???


*I've been experimenting with my phone and taking pictures in different colors! :)
*It's just easier to blog right now from my phone, so excuse if the pictures aren't wonderful!

Monday, April 11, 2016

isn't life grand ~

We have celebrated a duo birthday ~ what could be more fun then one birthday...two!!!

We have been spending lots of time working on the house, making great progress. We have lots of wooden walls done, including the two bedrooms on the main floor, the living room, two walls in the dining, most of the bathroom, the pantry, and the refrigerator cubby. The tub is set, the plumbing is being put in, most of the electric is done!  The small half bath has been mostly gutted and painted back.  I have worked on landscaping a little, planting just a few things. 

Well after lots of thinking and praying about lessons I have decided that as much as I love oak meadow and the Waldorf style, I just don't have the time it takes per child. I'm not personally a "workbook" person if it were my preferred choice of teaching, but my children prefer them. I think because they can work independently, when they want and get them done. We do so much "real life" teaching with most of our focus on just living that to spend an hour a day on workbooks to "put in" the time for each subject just makes it easier, and if they all would rather that then...great. Everyone happy = a happy day!  

You know my seeds I planted in the cartons, that was such a great idea?!  Well between the children and the wind they now don't exist!  Ahhhh life ~ isn't it grand!!!  Really though I seem to learn great lessons the hard way. Do you ever want to do something knowing it just isn't the right timing?  Yeah so me sometimes!  I get to far ahead with my want to's, when if I would just be patient it would work out better in the long run. But you know, that's ok because that's what this grand life is about. Living and learning!  

We had a great weekend being home, cleaning up around here, ending with a bonfire!  The critters were out celebrating life with us!

Saturday, April 2, 2016


The greatest legacy one can pass on to one's children and grandchildren
is not money or other material things accumulated in one's life,
but rather a legacy of character and faith.

Billy Graham

Do you run from your problems, or have the courage to stand and deal ~ Don't you think its instinctual for one to want to run?!  I know when something is stirrin in my home, it seems everyone wants to run.  I think I hear "I'm running away" or "I'm going to bed" more often than I would like for sure.  We have had LOTS of talks about how it takes so much courage to stay and talk, or hear someone out, especially over the last year.  We talk about how it is important to develop good habits of communication with people and to not shut down or shut them out.  We have to be conflict resolvers!  How you learn communication and conflict resolve as a child, will be how you deal with it when you are an adult.  No matter how hard things are, and even if, after you communicate things don't go YOUR way, or maybe you agree to disagree, you HAVE to talk things out and sometimes you have to agree to part and let God do the changing and working things out according to His will. 

James 1: 2-4

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Be strong, be courageous, don't just let things go, work them out.  Don't run, but stand and pray!  Let your children see you have conflict and let them see you work it out the correct way.  Let them see you pray and trust God.  Don't let them see you run, or hide, or bury, or put up walls.  Open yourself up for GREAT things, for when we do things His way, we will be changed and blessed!


Fort Donelson

We've been working so much on the new house that we welcome a day spent out and together. Here we are at Fort Donelson. A picnic lunch, water, war history, and a hike. It turned out to be a beautiful day well spent!

Fourth of July 2010

Forth of July 2011

Forth of July 2012