Saturday, September 1, 2018

Seasons change and a useful list

Letting three years pass between posts was absolutely not my intention ... but there you go. Another reason to live life intentionally. Time slips away so quickly. 

And Bunnies ... cute baby bunnies happen when you least expect it! Oh but they are so fun! We have 5 all grown up now! 

September is one of my favorite months - and this year is no exception. I love it when a month begins on a weekend - I can check off my Beginning of the Month list quite easily when I don't have to squeeze it in to a regular day. Not that our days have been regular recently - far from it in fact. It's been more a constant game of 'catch up' or 'what's next' than a place of quiet rest lately.

See that blue tape? Kitchen finally got a little make-over! Yeah!

A quick update is in order. Our children are now both adults. How? I don't know. I may still be in denial. Seriously. Adults.

I know that was the goal, but now that we are here I would love a few do-overs with little warm bodies snuggling on my lap for read aloud time ... {sigh}

I am {almost} out of a job! 

Our sweet girl is 20 years old {for one more month}, content at home and has just finished up some online coursework, which she did really well with. She has had some very discouraging health issues over the last year and a half. Manageable insomnia here at home become chronic and debilitating when she attended Crown College for a 1 year Bible program - dorm life was a disaster except for the sweet friendship she developed there. It's been a real struggle to help her resolve some of these issues, but by the grace of God, we do believe she is on the mend and heading in a very positive direction. In the turmoil, she gave up her music and has not yet gotten back to it, which saddens us greatly. We are trusting that she will still use the talents and training that the Lord gifted her with, but at this point, the focus has been on sleep and healing.

We are on the final stretch with our gentle giant son - he is a 6'4" SENIOR and this is our final homeschool year. In fact, on Monday he starts classes online with the Get Ahead program at West Coast Bible College which is located in Lancaster, CA. Clear across the country. I know. Mamas faith is going to be tested. Again. But that's next fall ... so I am not going to stress quite yet. God has this all in control. I want this final year to be a joy and a blessing and worry about the future is sure to snatch that from me. I will hold on tight to joy as I am letting go!

Boys love bunnies too! Isn't Rosie sweet? 

Two years ago we joined a homeschool co-op again. It was long over-due. When we were praying about our girl going off to school, we knew we needed to make some changes. It wasn't going to work with just our young man and I sitting across the table doing schoolwork. He is shy and quiet in some group settings, but way more social than his big sister and needed the challenge and the encouragement of other homeschoolers tackling this thing called high school. It has been a HUGE blessing for both of us - and ... we discovered a 'hidden' talent that was not on our radar at all! Two lead roles in two very professionally run junior high/high school MUSICALS has uncovered abilities and passions that we could not have anticipated.

I made Miss Belles gowns and it was so much sewing! Oh .. and the matching vest for my guy! So handsome! 

It was such a fun and exciting way to earn those needed 'fine arts' credits for homeschool too. So much work, but such a great reward. Our guy was The Beast in Beauty and the Beast spring 2017, and this past spring he earned the role of Horton in the very fun production of Seussical! He is very excited about this years musical - though already a bit sentimental about it being his last. We wonder how the Lord will use these skills and experiences in his adult life, but are excited to see where He leads.

Grammy and her Beast

My Dad and Mum were able to come for both productions and enjoyed the shows thoroughly. It was such a crazy time but a blessing to have them see the fruit of all of the hard work that everyone put into each production.  They held down the fort at home while we were in full production mode!

Horton and Grammy

My husband is still our favorite Historian and archivist - he loves his full time job and the various part-time jobs he also does. He is amassing quite a nice collection of old Baptist materials and books and uses them in his writing both for the Particular Baptist Press and the Ancient Baptist Press. He rarely has time for his own writing interests, but continues to publish a weekly column in our local paper. Lately he's been thinking about a season when he will be able to spend more time on his own writing, but that's a bit down the road. He's the Basketball Dad and at every game for our guy - I know this last Miami Valley Saints season is going to be bittersweet for both my of guys!

And then there is me.

But I said this would be quick, so I will leave me to another post. I've got some new health struggles added to my old ones, and at times it's been a bit overwhelming and discouraging. It sometimes seems like it's one thing on top of ten others ... but through it all, I am incredibly blessed and dearly loved. I have so much to be thankful for.

Thanks for stopping by! 

{as promised}

Things I Do on The First Day of the Month

  1. Flip Calendar & take out new grocery list pad (I have the Susan Branch set pictured above) 
  2. New contact lenses and razor blade
  3. Personal Care – tidy eyebrows, hair, tootsies, and hands
  4. Wash out make-up brushes, clean hair brushes,
  5. Bedding stripped including the mattress protectors and pillows (sheets and pillowcases weekly – quilts and blankets quarterly)
  6. Dust off all ceiling fans – change fan direction seasonally
  7. FILTERS – furnace filters, R/O water filter, whole house filter (quarterly)
  8. Water Softener – salt if needed
  9. Fridge clean out – thorough clean out and wipe down
  10. Pantry Tidy up – add depleted items to grocery list
  11. Running shoes, flip flops and door mats washed together
  12. Menu planning – grocery list, recipe round up
  13. Washer wipe down after last load – clean the seal, run a sanitize
  14. Dishwasher wipe down – clean the seal, filter and run a sanitize cycle
  15. Dust fridge coils and under bookcases
  16. Make a cup of tea and relax a bit
 This whole list takes less than an hour when I am feeling energetic and can really focus. Today I happen to be recovering from a very nasty tummy bug ... and so it will not get completed, but rather spread out over the next few days. So far I have seven of the sixteen completed ... and we shall all sleep on clean sheets tonight despite the rain. I am thankful! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

It's official ... I'm a lousy blogger

... and a terrible FOOTBALL mama!
 Yes, that's right ... I did say FOOTBALL

 Our 15 year old son is now on the public high school freshman football team having never played football in his young life. So I'm breaking my recording breaking blogging break to share my heart with you.

Here's 10 things I know so far:

  1. When they say 'early morning conditioning' they really mean EARLY.
  2. OxyClean is my new bestie. Oh the laundry! Oh the smells! I even broke down and bought an air freshener for our van. Yes. It IS that bad.
  3. Playing sports for 'free' at a public school ... because homeschoolers in Ohio are now allowed to participate in all extra-curricular activities without attending classes ... well ... it's really NOT free.
  4. I'm packing lunches. Except for occasional field trips, I've never had to pack lunches. NEVER for several days in succession. I've really missed out. Well, not really.
  5. Speaking of lunches, our grocery budget is taking a hard hit. Even with
    frequent quantitative feeding, our son lost 6 pounds the first week of two-a-days. The coaches want him because he is BIG so this is NOT a good thing. I'm trying to up his calories to make up for all he is burning, but wow - it's harder than I thought.
  6. Two-a-days. Heard of them? I remember nodding my head in agreement when a friend talked about two-a-day's with a deer-in-the-headlights kind of look. I need to apologize to her. I NEVER should have nodded my head as though I had ANY clue what that was all about. Now I'm the one with the deer-in-the-headlights look. 
  7. Bruising. Do you know how hard it is to see your son covered in bruises that other people's boys have inflicted on him? I'm not a violent woman ... but I could be. I really could. 
  8. I AM going to need an extra box of Miss L'Oreal 5AM this month. Just the truth right there.
  9. Also, there is no hope for any pretty fingernails in my immediate future, despite the vitamins that I am faithfully taking to make them stronger. They are stronger - and I know this because it's getting harder to chew them to nubbins. Maybe I need a vitamin for my teeth?
  10. This season of FOOTBALL has already had PROFOUND affect on my prayer life. I know that my walk with the Lord will be deepened as I struggle with my worry and fear. I know that no matter what, God is good. He is faithful, His Word is TRUTH ... and this boy ... our boy ... is HIS. God's plans for him are GOOD. His track record in bringing us through deep valleys is impeccable - He is our strength and our joy. 
  11. BONUS: My son went to bed and then popped back out here to stand beside me as I pound away at the keyboard. He humbly shared with me 5 very positive compliments that his coach gave him this afternoon while they were repairing his broken helmet together. He's got so much to learn, so much catching up to do. I am so so thankful for a coach who took the time to build him up in that way. Our guy has an auditory memory which means the coaches are being quoted pretty much verbatim on a regular basis here. So far everything I've heard has made me realize how hard these men are working to not only impart knowledge and to strengthen physical skill, but also to build character. 

He's a character all right! 

Thanks so much for dropping by to read my ramblings. 
I just needed to get this down while my heart was full. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

bounce ... bounce ... bounce ...

bounce ...

well - that's the sound of me totally dropping the ball on the 

and knowing me, as much as I want to get back to it and keep on {gathering}, it's going to be hard.
I'm super busy with homeschool and my little alterations business has suddenly picked up with lots of deadlines. Basketball season is about to start in earnest ... so if I don't get back to writing on my blog, at least I made it 1/2 way! 

Life is so full right now and I need my rest more then I need to write, but I've loved it so far, and it's reminded me that in a less busy season of life, 
I will write again!

Bye for now,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Day 15 {inspiration}

tap tap tap ... is this thing still on?

Oh hello there!
You're back!
The 31 Day Writing Challenge continues!

I'm so grateful for my amazingly smart {and beautiful} 
daughter tonight ...

You see, I left this post until tonight and when I went to sit down to finish it I realized I had given all and had nothing left for my blog. Nothing. 
Not one single idea to finish my post.

{late night, not nearly enough sleep,cooking ahead for the family, 'blessing baking' - Stroyteller's term for what goes out the door from our kitchen,
running errands, dinner on the run, parent night at AWANA, hugs and fellowship, farm fresh eggs to remember, the long drive home with me at the wheel,and unpacking groceries}

I was bemoaning that fact when I sat down to shut off the computer and admit defeat when our sweet Dreamer piped up, 'Just do a post on gathering {inspiration}.'

Didn't I tell you she was a smart one? 


gathering {inspiration}

{the short list}

Julie at Brave Writer wrote this post that {inspired} me to make a fresh start with my reluctant writer! It's not too late after all!

Brenda writes from the heart at Coffee Tea Books & Me and this weekend she reminded me of something so important in her post Why Bother?  She {inspired} my to look around my home and garden and soak in some of the unexpected beauty there. 

I had not heard of the term 'capsule wardrobe' until I stumbled on this post on Un-Fancy, but I think I am {inspired} to give it a try! Of course I don't have a $1000 budget for clothes for myself for one season, but I can take the principles to the thrift store! 

I was about to give away a bunch of my unused mason jars when I saw this post at fellow 31 Day Writing challenge blogger Home Is What You Make It and was {inspired}to hang on to them for just a bit longer! 

Candace at His Mercy Is New {inspired} me with this post to be more intention in praying the Scripture for our family. She has some great free resources too! 

Leave a link - I'd love to read about what is inspiring you! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Day 14 {encouragement}

Welcome back to Day 14 

This evening I am off to gather {encouragement}

God has blessed me with this wonderful group of homeschooling mama's who love the Lord and seek Him in doing this crazy thing we call home education.
These women are such a joy and blessing to my heart - their friendship is genuine.

We share, we encourage - we pray for one another!
We meet together once a month and laugh and talk - and sometimes there are a few tears too, but it helps so much to realize that we are NOT alone in our joys and struggles. 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, 
even as also ye do.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Day 13 {thanks}

Happy {Canadian} Thanksgiving
and welcome to Day 13

gathering {thanks}


1. to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledgment to.

2. Usually, thanksa grateful feeling or acknowledgment of a benefit.

Our Sweet Gum tree - so pretty!

Many of you know that I am a Canadian gal, 
transplanted by marriage to the USA!
Many of my friends ask why Canada has Thanksgiving 
so much earlier than the USA.
I usually answer one of the following reasons 
- you can decide for yourself which one is true!

1. Canadians know better than to crowd their holidays into a one month space of time! Less stress!
2. The growing season is shorter so the harvest is earlier so the food is ready to enjoy! 
3. Canadians simply have more to be thankful for.
4. Families want to get together for Thanksgiving before they are snowed in for the winter. 
5. Canadian Thanksgiving pre-dates the U.S. celebration so why is the U.S. Thanksgiving so late?

Friends also ask me what Canadians eat for Thanksgiving and I tell them 'Anything but Green Bean Casserole!' Ha! I had never heard of the stuff until I married an American ... and I still think it's terrible! 
I know there are many who love it, but you'll never win me over!

Usually we celebrate both Canadian and American Thanksgiving, so that means we've celebrated 45 Thanksgivings! That's a lot of thankfulness. 
This year Mum and Dad were supposed to come down, but sickness, business and the little matter of delayed passports ruined their plans.

gathering {thanks}
it's the easiest way to brighten my day!

(remember that repetition is God's volume control) 
Do you think we should gather {thanks}? 

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: 
because his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 118:29
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: 
for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 119:62  
At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee 
because of thy righteous judgments.
Psalm 122:4
Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.
Psalm 136:1
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good:
 for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 140:13
Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: 
the upright shall dwell in thy presence.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Day 12 {memories}

I'm so very glad you've stopped by to see what I'm gathering today for the 31 Day Writing Challenge!

Today I am simply gathering {memories}

You see, 23 years ago today I married the man that God hand picked for me! 
I feel so very blessed to share this life, with all of it's ups and downs, with my steady Historian. 

On days like today I like to look back at all of the times that God has shown us His love and faithfulness, all of the peace He's flooded us with, all of the joy He's given us, and all of the mercy He's so graciously lavished on us. I look forward to all He has in store for us - whether one day or 10,000 because I know God is faithful ... and my Historian is following Him.


I hope today you will take some time to gather {memories} that make you smile!