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A sneak peek into our busy life as a family of eight. . .and my continual pursuit to keep it SIMPLE!



Updated: 2017-07-23T02:53:37.568-05:00

 



the question of the day

2012-06-30T22:42:11.577-05:00

It was a beautiful summer Saturday and Mr. E. tickled every simply

grand child’s ear when he stated it was a great day to head out to

the lake for some fun on the boat!

Our excitement is always tempered with the question we all ask. . .

Will the boat start?

Many o’ day, she decides it best to simply sit on the shore station

and not make a wake!

But not today. . . she turned over like a charm and purred like a kitten.

Well, not exactly.  Each time Mr. E. turned the key we held our breath, she

squeaked, groaned or was even silent for a few moments! before the purring

began.

The moment of truth. . .

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The kids were thrilled to knee board, tube or simply relax in the warm sunshine.

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Another question. . . .how long do you think this fish is that J-man caught?

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That’s a 31” dogfish!  You can only imagine the excitement and anticipation as

he reeled that one in!

Mr E. and two boys are night fishing now, hoping to catch trout.  The latest

word was “nothing yet”. 

But you never know what the next cast may bring in.

Happy Summer Fun,

Heather




whittling

2012-06-30T22:13:49.758-05:00

Summer days. . .

Mom says “No screen time”.

And that’s when the whittling begins.

(I always thought it was pronounced widdling)

Screens, no. . . Knives, yes, you ask?

Yep!

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Pretty yellow flowers in bloom.

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One ten-year-old with a bad cough and fever.

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The evening baseball game was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Tornado warning south of us

My table is still piled high with books as I sort through homeschool books

and begin organizing for next year.

Latest Netflix rage for the kids. . . “Storm Chasers”.

Daddy and the three oldest returned Friday night from a very memorable

fishing trip to Canada.  It’s been so fun to hear their excitement

and laughter remembering good times.

Now it’s back to dinner for eight.  It’s 4:30pm - I guess I’d better think about it, huh?

Happy Monday,

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the week’s end

2012-04-30T09:41:49.580-05:00

It’s Friday again.

The weeks go fast which means life is full.

Looking back. . .

  • one little kitty is found to have a birth defect
  • a friend is sleeping over which makes 5 boys and 1 girl
  • Mr. E. has hazardous waste training
  • Grandpa and Grandma E. visit upon returning from Florida
  • At 9:30pm said boys are outside playing basketball!
  • Papa and Oma head back to Illinois
  • sore throat and cold lands on 2
  • a much needed haircut for mom
  • snow flurries in the am
  • Little A burned her finger. . .playing with a lit candle! Lesson learned.
  • “my legs are sore” is ringing through the house as three boys run a 5k with their homeschool sports club.
  • drawings taped to neighbors doors
  • three King of the Wind book reports completed
  • shore stations back in the lake on Saturday
  • Being taught. . . “Welcome problems as perspective-lifters. . . .The problem can be a ladder, enabling you to climb up and see your life from My perspective.  Viewed from above, the obstacle that frustrated you is only a light and momentary trouble.  Once your perspective has been heightened, you can look away from the problem altogether.”  (Jesus Calling, Sarah Young)
  • trying to think. . .Hmmm what is God up to? vs. PANIC!

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Happy Weekend,

Heather




Friday favorites

2012-04-20T19:52:36.245-05:00

A favorite little kitty. . .

We have the cutest little kittens!

A male and female were born March 8 to Queen Lucy and King Geronimo.

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It looks like both brother and sister will be going to the same home

in Sheboygan, Wisconsin!

 

A favorite surprise. . .

We also have a special neighbor who had a birthday this week.

We surprised her with a little something on her garage door. . .

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Fridays are my favorite.

Finishing up school work and knowing the weekend is before us.

C-man is in a basketball tournament and Mr. E. will be at hazardous

waste classes.

Me?  Organizing kids clothes and the storage closet downstairs.

I guess it’s time to put those Christmas decorations back into storage boxes, huh?

I’ve been procrastinating, can you tell?

Heather




scarves

2012-04-11T21:32:19.801-05:00

Little A thought it was fun to play with Mommy’s scarves today.

I can remember playing with my mom’s old bridesmaid dresses

and my grandma’s high heeled shoes. (which she wore every day!)

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Little A decided Mr. A would be the cheetah and gave him a scarf to wear.

He complied while finishing up his school writing.

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I love finding a bargain.

Wal-Mart had Hello Kitty jammies on sale for $2.

Couldn’t pass ‘em up.

Little A was delighted.

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Happy Wednesday!

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flurries

2012-04-10T23:02:15.160-05:00

After a beautiful spring with temps in the high 70’s already,

we had the inevitable chilly, 32 degree day with snow flurries.

I miss the bright sunshine we had been experiencing.

I wonder what effect this weather will have on the new tree buds

and the green leaves of daffodil bulbs which have made their way

above ground already.

It’s been a little over a month since our big leap day snowstorm which dumped 20

inches.  The kids had a ball in the deep snow that day!

After snowshoeing they built a small campfire in the middle of the front yard.

Mr. A enjoyed the view long after the others had shuffled inside.

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Speaking of Mr. A. . .He turned 8 last month!

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He was very proud to turn 8.

When Oma called that day, Mr. A answered the phone and said, “Hi, I’m eight!”

He told me recently that his best friend is Jesus.

He is always the first to say “This meal was delicious! Thank you, Mom.” (Big brownie points here!)

He and Little A are quite the team often spending their days playing with one another.

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I went on a walk with these two today.

Little A was quite proud to be using her scooter outside of the driveway.

Mr. A picked up on her excitement, looked at me with a broad grin and quietly said,

“She’s having a blast!”

Happy Tuesday!

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Happy Easter!

2012-04-08T19:05:00.453-05:00

  A church service of worship and rejoicing; A faith testimony and baptism; A special Easter lunch; A fun afternoon visiting with family; A traditional backyard egg hunt; A  cousins (+Aunt Julie) game of capture the flag; A day of celebrating.  .  . He has risen! He has risen indeed!   “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow, Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know, He holds the future, and life is worth the living, just because He lives!” Onward with another week ahead. Easter Sunday Blessings, [...]



yellow (and pink)

2012-04-07T21:33:02.026-05:00

We are hosting our traditional Easter dinner tomorrow.

One of my favorite things to do is create a pretty tablescape.

I came across a fun idea to take mason jars and wrap them in

pretty paper, tie with a bow, and use them as vases.  Easy enough.

The table pops with bright shades of yellow.

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Lovin’ the sunshine today.

Little A was “planting” in her sandbox.

Her favorite color is pink and she will often let you know that.

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(image) Looking forward to celebrating tomorrow.  We serve a risen Lord!

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remembering

2012-04-06T23:08:40.352-05:00

It was six years ago this week that Mr .E had a life threatening aortic dissection.

Remembering. . .

  • the shock of the event;
  • the helicopter “flight for life”;
  • the days Mr. E. was in a coma;
  • the good news on Easter morning that he’d been successfully brought out of the coma;
  • how the kids and I were “carried” by friends and family through a very difficult time;
  • the very excited boys welcoming Daddy back home;
  • the months of exhaustion he felt as he recovered.

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And now, six years later I’m so very thankful. . .

  • That our family (of seven) has remained just that. . .a family (of eight now!);
  • For every sport event the boys have their dad attend and cheer them on;
  • For each Sunday the eight of us sit in a church pew together and I have my husband by my side;
  • Each night when I hear the garage door open and the kids say, “Dad’s home!”

Those simple. daily. moments.

That’s what I’m thankful for.

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hello?

2012-04-05T22:29:33.551-05:00

hello. . .hello?. . . anyone there?

nope.  didn’t think so.

That’s what I get, not posting for eight months.

Computer issues, time, and energy have all contributed to my blogging break.

I’ve missed it. 

Onward. . .

I grabbed my camera last Saturday and hopped in the truck to experience running the trap-line with Mr. E and Z-man. 

The scenery was peaceful and serene.

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I have found that as I age my equilibrium can more easily be thrown“off”.

Such is the case with the four wheeler ride of my life with Mr. E. at the wheel!

He knows no SLOW speed.

I obeyed the commands. . . “Hold on!” “Keep your hands in!” “Face down!”

My consequent nausea dissipated by nightfall.

Thursday Blessings,

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

2011-07-17T21:47:44.507-05:00

Z-man competed in his first official 5K race yesterday.

He was very excited to do this and was happy with how he ran.

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The rain held off as well as this extreme heat wave we are now experiencing.

Next year I would like to participate in the race. . .except I’ll be walking, not running.

 

 

Last Tuesday I had a fun afternoon of taking pictures with my friend, Kathy.

This is my favorite. . .

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The catch lights in her eyes are just what I am looking for.  The sun was shining toward her but she was shaded enough to not be squinting or have shadows on her face.

 

Mr. A lost his second tooth last week. . .and swallowed it!

 

One afternoon I noticed that I’d been running around with only one earing.  Did the other one fall off I wondered?  I sure hoped not. . .it was a nice pair which Mr. E. bought after I had my ears pierced at age 40.  I was relieved to see the other earing was sitting on my bathroom counter.  I evidently was racing around in the morning, got distracted and never put the other one on!

I only have three kids home this week. 

So I hope to make it a productive one around here.

Sunday Blessings,

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cousins

2011-07-07T23:02:39.660-05:00

I took many family reunion photos over the past holiday weekend.

Mr. E was my right hand man for each of these shoots and I could not have done it without him OR Papa and Oma who watched the chickens while we slipped away.

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Cousins are different beautiful flowers in the same garden

– Author Unknown.

 

Today we said good-bye to H-man who headed out of town on an adventure with

Papa and Oma.

They will pick up cousin Rachael on Saturday and head to Pennsylvania for an intergenerational Road Scholar trip.  This will be the third journey Oma and Papa have taken with the grandchildren.

No doubt, many memories will be created and we will enjoy their stories of remembering upon their return. 

Lovin’ these beautiful summer days!

Happy Thursday!

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workshop, wildflowers & worry

2011-07-03T11:37:43.451-05:00

  Last weekend I attended a Donna Boucher photography workshop. It was a wonderful adventure for me . I was happy to have a few of my lingering photography questions answered. Lighting is always key. And when the lighting is just right your subject “pops”. . . Donna has a fun personality and planned a full day of learning for all six of us.     Yesterday Mr. E. picked wildflowers for me from the side of the road. Aren’t they purty? I always wondered if it was legal to pick wildflowers off the roadside. So I Googled it.  I Google everything. Here’s what I found. . . Wildflower picking or plucking in illegal in Wisconsin, and Wisconsin is one of the few states that has a wildflower protection law. It was passed in 1923. People then were concerned that indiscriminate wildflower picking and grazing were causing the decline of these attractive plants. So shhhh don’t tell.  I’m going to continue enjoying my flowers. The message at church today was based on Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not upon your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” This is a verse to ward off the worries life throws my way. Simply trust. Don’t lean. Walk in His path. Sunday Blessings, [...]



the American dollhouse

2011-06-14T12:04:18.486-05:00

Recently cousin Sara turned seven years old.

She and Oma planned a special trip to the American Girl Place

downtown Chicago and invited Little A and I to go along!

Little A was excitedly looking forward to our trip and frequently

asked, “When are we going to the American dollhouse?”

This was our first time to the Disneyworld of Dolls!

It was quite something to see the enormity of a store

selling not only dolls but girl and doll matching clothes,

doll hair salon, doll hospital, a café with special seats

for the dolls, and every doll accessory imaginable. 

Quite a concept which has caught the eye of most every girl in America.

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We had a great time.

Little A was “all eyes” from the moment we entered the store.

I loved staying downtown Chicago.

I lived downtown during a semester in college.

I loved it then too.

What a different lifestyle it would be to raise a family

in a city such as Chicago vs. the rural woods of Wisconsin.

I think I could enjoy the Chicago city living. . . but Mr. E would have

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The rainy, windy, cold, cloudy weekend didn’t damper our

spirits.  The birthday girl received a rain-check on the carriage ride

with Oma since it was even too nasty outside for the horses. 

Thanks for including us in your special weekend, Sara.

We made fun girl-time memories!

Happy Tuesday,

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summertime Sunday

2011-06-12T21:32:24.373-05:00

Today was a spectacular summertime Sunday.

72 degrees

low humidity

sunshine

slight breeze

no mosquitoes

family time at the park

kids splashing in the water

swinging on swings

listening to the crack of the baseball bat

picnic sandwiches

simply. ideal.

We had it comin’  after a very long winter in these up north places.

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Yep, we’re doing a little happy jig singin’, Yippee, summertime’s here!

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Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Psalm 74:17 (NIV): It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.

Summertime blessings,

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The truth is. . .

2011-05-31T23:22:07.819-05:00

It’s Tuesday night and the truth around here is. . .

  • I just cleaned the griddle we used for pancakes. . . last Saturday morning!
  • “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,

  • but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

    Maya Angelou

    (This has been ringing in my ears since I read it two weeks ago.  It’s just so true.)

  • My bread making hobby has been fun, and tasty, and made those numbers on my scale rise!
  • Z-man has allergies.  The real question is, is he allergic to our cats?
  • The fourth load of laundry from today just finished drying. 
  • The garden was officially planted this weekend thanks to Mr. E and Little A!
  • Some kids get pretty creative during “table time” . . .

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  • “It shall be well”, is a truth Mr. E is known for saying.  It shall be well because God will never leave us nor forsake us.
  • Two cats in the house is CRAZIER than one!
  • I’m walking a bit out of my comfort zone and heading to Madison for a photography workshop in June! All. by. myself.

Happy last day in May! 

Heather




songs

2011-05-25T23:32:01.996-05:00

The Bible talks about us worshiping our Lord in song. The Lord will often place a worship song on my heart and the lyrics will play over and over in my mind. Tonight when I came across these photos from Easter, the song Because He Lives came to my mind.   God sent His son, they called Him JesusHe came to love, heal, and forgive.He lived and died to buy my pardon,An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.Because He lives, All fear is gone.Because I know He holds the future,And life is worth the living just because He lives. How sweet to hold a newborn baby,And feel the pride and joy he gives.But greater still the calm assurance,This child can face uncertain days because He lives. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.Because He lives, All fear is gone.Because I know He holds the future,And life is worth the living just because He lives. And then one day I'll cross the river,I'll fight life's final war with pain.And then as death gives way to victory,I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.Because He lives, All fear is gone!Because I know He holds the futureAnd life is worth the living just because He lives! Words: Bill & Gloria Gaither     During my “quiet time” this morning the following song was placed upon my heart. . . On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus' blood and righteousness I dare not trust the sweetest frame But wholly trust in Jesus' Name. Chorus: On Christ the solid Rock I stand All other ground is sinking sand All other ground is sinking sand. When darkness seems to hide His face I rest on His unchanging grace In every high and stormy gale My anchor holds within the veil. Chorus: On Christ the solid Rock I stand All other ground is sinking sand All other ground is sinking sand. His oath, His covenant, His blood Support me in the whelming flood When all around my soul gives way He then is all my Hope and Stay. Chorus: On Christ the solid Rock I stand All other ground is sinking sand All other ground is sinking sand. When He shall come with trumpet sound Oh may I then in Him be found Dressed in His righteousness alone Faultless to stand before the throne. Chorus: On Christ the solid Rock I stand All other ground is sinking sand All other ground is sinking sand. The Gospel song, "On Christ, The Solid Rock I Stand" is also known as "My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less". This song was written by Edward Mote in 1834. The Lord speaks to us through song. May my ears be open to hear what He wants to tell me through song. Thursday Blessings, Heather [...]



Rose

2011-05-13T15:49:17.051-05:00

All our kittens were sold and have now gone to their respective homes.

We kept the brown rosette female.

We named her Rose.

I call her Rosie.

We wondered how Lucy and Rosie would get along.

So far, they can be seen cuddling on our bed during the day

or chasing each other around the house in the evening.

 

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We’re training Rosie to NOT jump on the kitchen counters.

She learned that bad habit from her mother who we continue to admonish for such actions.

 

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mother and daughter. . .

I will be seeing my mom and sister this weekend downtown Chicago.

As Little A says. . . We’re going on a trip to the American Dollhouse!” (The American Girl)

We hope to take a mother and daughters picture while we are together.

 

Speaking of Little A, she had a “first” experience. . .

When I woke up from an afternoon nap,  I asked Mr. C where everyone was?

Walking the streets collecting worms for fishing.

What?  Little A, too??

Since I was hearing thunder, rain was falling,  and lightning was lighting up the sky . .

I flew to the car to drive and rescue the crew.

I find them only a block away, looking at me like. . . what’s the matter, mom?

The trees are shading us from the rain.  We’re not too wet, they explain to me.

As we pull into the garage everyone starts piling out and Little A says,

“I’m soaked!”.  Yet she seems undaunted from the experience.

She never wants to be left out of the fun. . . even worm finding fun!

Happy Wednesday!

Heather




wishes

2011-05-08T23:40:53.439-05:00

One day of no cooking is a wish come true in my book. Today was such a day for me. And I loved it. It was a beautiful spring afternoon.  68 degrees and sunshine. After having snow flurries last week, this was a welcome change for us. My wish for a picture of the kids? Granted. Yet typical in nature. Everybody look at the camera and smile. . . .   This picture makes me laugh. Here are a few others from earlier in the day.     I knew I couldn’t go wrong with this one. . . This kids took turns with the camera to capture these at my request. . . Zach’s wish came true when he was able to drive the 4-wheeler down to the lake and go fishing. Yesterday was opening fishing on the lakes up here. (Others had to walk to the lake.) Little A’s wish came true when we finally retrieved her yellow trike out of winter storage last week. The rest of the story. . . Amongst the smiles of the day was a trip to the urgent care (sinus infection), a cut to the foot, and one with the stomach flu this evening.  All are resting peacefully as a write.  Thank you, Lord. Sunday Blessings, [...]



Happy Mother’s Day!

2011-05-08T18:00:21.414-05:00

I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine - she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights.  ~Terri Guillemets   Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! You know you have an extra-special mom when. . . You’re in your 40’s and you begin seeing your mom in yourself. . .  and you’re happy about it! And I have a feeling that when I’m a Grandma (or Oma) I will see my mom in me too. . .or at least I hope I will!  She is a beautiful model of motherhood and omahood. I love you, Mom!   And to my children, I say. . . When God blessed me with you, He made my dreams come true!   I love you more than words can say!   One of my mother’s day wishes is to capture a new picture of all of them together, outside, smiling, and happy. . . some wishes do come true.  We’ll see if they’ll grant me my wish tomorrow.   And to my mom-in-law I say . . . Thanks for being an awesome example.  I will potentially have five daughter-in-laws.  And when I do, I will remember you, and try to love and let go all at the same time just as you have so generously done.   This Mother’s Day is a very special one for a very special couple who have traveled a long and difficult road on their journey to being parents.  My thoughts are with Bob and Beth and my heart is tickled pink with joy as tomorrow they will meet their Mia Grace and bring her home from China. Congratulations and a very blessed Mother’s Day to you!!   Happy Saturday! Heather [...]



welcoming spring

2011-04-09T23:54:20.729-05:00

  With temperatures in the 50’s today, it is beginning to feel like spring. I even opened a few windows. I love the fresh air smell in the house after a long winter. The children spotted a robin in the garden yesterday. Papa and Oma arrived home safely from Arizona. And Grandpa and Grandma are safe and sound back at home too after spending the winter months in Florida. Little A now proudly sings her ABC’s. I must get that on video. A few of the men-folk are turkey hunting this weekend. The others are involved in serious air-soft gun wars. This evening brought thunder, lighting and rain. Maybe the snow will be gone by morning. Probably not. But almost! Someone reminded me today that last year we had snow fall in May! Yikes!  Do I dare put away all the kids’ snow gear. I better not or we’ll surely have more snow! Yes, we are all excited about springtime! Happy Saturday! (Or as Little A says. . . “See Ya!”) P.S.  Adorable headband courtesy of talented knitter, Cathy Iverson.  Thank you, Cathy!! [...]



my helper

2011-03-31T23:19:39.588-05:00

Little A is turning into quite the little helper in the kitchen.

Tonight she “helped” roll out the biscuits for dinner.

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She was very proud.

She politely posed for a few pictures but then announced,

“I need to be back working!”

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She reminded me that she needed her apron.

And that her stool should be closer to the counter.

I followed her directions quite well.

I love you, my little helper.

Happy last day in March!

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warriors

2011-03-25T22:10:46.056-05:00

Now that basketball season is over the boys will join Mr. C and get their exercise and “kicks” with Tae-Kwan-do. 

They received their uniforms last night.

They tried them on this morning and instantly morphed into ninja warriors ready for battle.

Little A, never one to be left out of the fun, immediately changed into her Spider Girl costume.

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As I began blogging about Christians being warriors in God’s battle, Mr. H came to my side and was reading over my shoulder. 

I will quote what he had to say about this. . .

Gear up for the battle of God’s war.  God’s war is the battle of sin to defeat Satan.”

Amen.

  “Therefore put on the armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything,  to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God.”  Ephesians 6:13-17

Amen.

Happy Friday Night,

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top ten

2011-03-23T21:41:22.587-05:00

  The top ten happenings and trivia from around here. . . 10.  All of Lucy’s kittens have been sold except one brown rosette female which we are keeping.  We are still deciding on a name. Ethel, Samantha, & Star are the current names in the running. 9.  The boys completed another season of basketball and LOVED every minute of it! Mr. C and J-man played on both the homeschool sports club and the local traveling team.  That’s one sure way to stay in shape, huh? 8.  Our Sonlight science program had us read a few Facts, Figures and Records yesterday from the Usborne Complete Book of the Human Body. Here are a few interesting ones. . . Most children born to one woman – A Russian woman named Mrs. Vassilyev, who lived from 1707 to 1782, gave birth to the greatest number of children on record – 69 altogether.  They included 16 sets of twins and seven sets of triplets.  (Could this actually be possible??) Did you know? It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. Babies don’t have fingerprints.  The ridges on your fingers first appear when you are about three months old. Human bone is stronger than concrete or steel. Your mouth releases about three cups of saliva a day. You shed about 40 million dead skin cells every day.  In a lifetime, you’ll shed up to 45 pounds of skin. The human brain can make 20 million billion calculations per second, making it faster than any computer in the world. The oldest person – There are many claims to the longest lifespan, but the oldest person for whom tere are reliable records was Jeanne Calment from France.  She was born in 1875 and died in 1997, at the age of 122, and she was active throughout her old age.  She was still riding a bicycle at the age of 100, acted in a film at the age of 114, and released a pop record at the age of 121. 7.  Last night we received our annual March snowstorm.  The sun is now shining and the kids are having a blast playing in the new white stuff! 6.  Our children’s program at church had a Derby Race on Monday.  The kids love choosing their design and painting their car while Daddy adds weights and places the axels and wheels “just so” for them to be the speediest cars on the track! 5.  Scrabble is our current game of choice on Daddy’s Droid phone.  It can become a bit addictive! 4.  Little A is still taking swimming lessons.  Notice I did not say “enjoying” swimming lessons. 3.  I later learned that Mr. E’s comment about my new cabbage roll recipe last night . . . “Wow, I haven’t had these in years!” really meant . . .”I never did care for these and you don’t have to make them again for a few years.” 2.  My annual spring cleaning inside and outside of my car this past weekend felt so great.  Wow, it sure does get dirty over the winter months! 1.  My project this week is cleaning out the office which is why I now have a clear pathway to the computer and can do some blogging!  Yeah!! Happy Wednesday! [...]



7!

2011-03-11T22:24:37.683-06:00

  Our youngest son turns 7 today and boy is he excited about that! He has requested crepes with strawberries and maple syrup for dinner and an ice cream cake “just like Mrs. H makes” for dessert. Mom is fulfilling his requests, tho I have a feeling the cake will not be quite as good as Mrs. H’s.  I had 7 questions for the birthday boy. . . 1.  What is your most favorite movie? Star Wars! And my favorite character is Yoda.   2.  What is your favorite time of year? Fall, because we can play football outside.   3.  What is your favorite subject in school. Spelling because it is the easiest and quickest.   4.  If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go? The Wisconsin Dells arcade and swimming pool.   5.  If you could meet anyone, who would that be?  Tobie Mac. He is a singer. Or Danny Kuiper from the high school basketball team.   6.  Where is your favorite place to go out to eat? Paul Bunyan’s for their potatoes and gravy and donuts!   7.  When you are all grown up, what do you hope to be? A football player, wide receiver,  for the Green Bay Packers.    Mom’s 7 fun facts about Mr. A. . . 1.  Photogenic! 2.  Loves to laugh, always has.  I can remember him giggling often as a baby. 3.  Protects and loves his little sister beautifully! 4.  Man, that boy can eat! 5.  He wants to take piano lessons like his brothers. 6.  Every night he wants to say his highs and lows for the day. 7.  He will always remind me to pray with him at bedtime.   Dad’s 7 fun facts about Mr. A. . . 1.  Great smile! 2.  Great brother to Little A. 3.  Loves to play the Wii! 4.  Very fast, focused & good scoring soccer player! 5.  A little slow at “clean up your room” and other house chores. 6.  He may only be 7 but he thinks he should be 13 and included in ALL the big brothers activities. 7.  He sure does a great job making me eggs in the morning for breakfast!     Happy Friday from Birthday Central! Heather [...]