Friday, April 30, 2010

Foto Friday

Wow!  I cannot believe how fast this last week has gone.  I've been temporary supermom for a week.  Next week I'll blog about it while I'm recuperating.  I did find time to take a few pictures for Foto Friday.  Go to Renaissance to see more.

Foto Friday IMG_2488 All these signs were seen within a block of my house while taking a four year old on a wagon ride.






Friday, April 23, 2010

Foto Friday

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This week's challenge was RED. When I think of RED I think about this:


Here are a few other of my Husker memorabilia.







Thursday, April 22, 2010

Because it's Earth Day

Fomans 1:18-25
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.


Psalm 95:1-11
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving;
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the LORD is the great God,
And the great King above all gods.
In His hand are the deep places of the earth;
The heights of the hills are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it;
And His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you will hear His voice:
“Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
When your fathers tested Me;
They tried Me, though they saw My work.
For forty years I was grieved with that generation,
And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts,
And they do not know My ways.’
So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sewing again

I finished this dress for Kit this week. I've not been working on it for a while now. The sewing fever left me and it's not exactly returned, but I'm starting to feel like I can enjoy it again. The pattern is from Bunny Bear.


Amy gets some great shots when she's got the camera in hand.


I also finished a skirt for my niece (no pic). I finally started using the book Sew What Skirts to make a couple a-line skirts for my nieces. I can't believe how easy it is and how fast the skirt goes together.

Meanwhile, my headache continues. :( The Dr. thinks it's sinus related based on my symptoms even though it doesn't hurt like a normal sinus headache. All I know at this point is that I'm way past being ready for it to go away.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Yesterday was Foto Friday and while I really like the picture I took, it wasn't in the "WOW" category. Not that the following pictures are in the category either, but I feel better about them. That's got to count for something, right?

My favorite flower is in bloom again. :) Actually, it's really hard to pick just one favorite, in fact it might be easier to pick a least favorite, but for now I can't even think of one.

This is the Spring Snowflake or the Leucojum vernum. Read about it here.






Friday, April 16, 2010

Foto Friday

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It's Yellow this week.  Click here to see more yellow.


I really like dandelions, in fact I like a lawn full of them. ;-) My wonderful husband doesn't agree. Our yard isn't full of them, but here a few.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Homeschool Conference, etc.

This is the ceiling of the ballroom at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.

I am so glad to be home. Although I'm so glad I was away as well. We just returned from attending the Midwest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati. We also were able to spend a day with my sister and her family. I'm still processing all I heard and saw.

For now, things for which I'm thankful to God.
1. Good sleep each night. That's rare.
2. Encouraging speakers. I really don't want to single anyone out because I enjoyed all I heard, but Lee Binz was the most helpful for me. She talked about grading and GPAs and a little about transcripts.
3. Tim Hawkins! We laughed for and hour and a half solid!
4. I was able to purchase the next math and science books.
5. I was able to purchase a few extras also.
6. I got a few ideas about doing history in high school the Charlotte Mason way.
7. I got to watch HGTV and Food Network for two nights. ;-)
8. Amy was old enough to go to sessions by herself. We all went to different sessions, thus maximizing the value. She liked Andrew Pudewa and Doug Phillips the most.
9. We were able to stay at the hotel adjoining the convention center. That was so convenient. We could go to our room when we were tired and it was a great meeting point.
10. My sister is only about two hours from Cincinnati, so we went to visit. We got to see the entire family minus one. It was a relaxing Sunday visit.
11. We enjoy worshiping with their church. The Bible teaching is usually pretty good there.
12. Got to see Michael plant himself under the basketball net and get knocked over just for the purpose of getting a foul called against the other team. (I'm pretty sure I didn't quite say that correctly.) The basketball game was intense.
13. Safe travel.
14. The IKEA store.
15. Great dog sitters! Sadie did really well this time. :)
16. My own bed. :)

For the prayer requests.
1. I'm sick. So far, it feels like a cold. :( I hope it's better tomorrow morning and no worse than a cold.
2. I'd like prayer for the headache that has been around for almost two months. Right now it's in a localized place. I'll be talking to the Dr. about it in about a week.
3. We have a busy week. I'm so thankful that one of tomorrow's obligations got canceled.

Off to get to bed.

Friday, April 2, 2010


This weeks Foto Friday challenge is EGGS. Go check out what others have come up with by clicking here. Since eggs are a staple in my diet it's not too difficult to get pictures.

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Our eggs usually come from two sources. One is our Amish farmer and the other is my friend. Sometimes, but not often, I get eggs from someone at church as well. The chickens are pasture raised and grain fed. I wish I had some store-bought eggs to show the comparison between fresh farm eggs and factory-farm eggs. The yolks of the farm eggs are a vibrant orange color while factory eggs are rather pale looking. A good documentary on small farming vs. factory farming is Food, Inc. Check it out from your library or get it from Netflix.

Once the eggs make it here they are put in the garage refrigerator. We try to keep at least 10-15 dozen in there. The reason for this is that sometime between November and March there can be a shortage of laying going on. I do not like to run out.

Every morning I eat my eggs. Quite often I eat my eggs as a before bed snack. There are always hard-boiled eggs waiting for a nice protein snack for anybody who needs it. My recipe for egg salad can be found here.


The morning breakfast ritual:

One patty of homemade turkey sausage, chopped; one tbs. of smashed, chopped garlic; two eggs; about a tbs. butter; one hot iron skillet.



To this I add Trocomare, Emeril's Essence and nutritional yeast flakes. I eat this every morning except when dh cooks on Sunday mornings. He adds veggies to it. :)

I absolutely must give thanks to God here for His provision. Without His blessing we would not be eating these wonderful eggs.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Our squirrel

This little guy is one of the first things I saw this morning.

He is cute and he doesn't seem to be destructive so don't mind him too much.