Thursday, August 31, 2006

Another finished project

I do not have a picture yet but, with the help and encouragement of my friend Lynn, I finished a wall decoration for my family room wall. Yes, Patti, I have something on that wall in my family room!!! Yahoo!!  I will try to post a picture here when I take one if not I will just email one.
Now, I am notorious for putting a room together, then there is that one project that I do not have something for, either for lack of funds or lack of finding what I have pictured in my mind. So, it just goes unfinished. I am slowly moving toward having some rooms finished. I was going to add the finishing touch to blessing #1's room but dh wants to help me with that so it will have to wait until after moose season and until he gets a little duck hunting out of his system.

My son is going on his first mini-moose hunt this weekend. Getting a moose is of utmost importance as it is our primary meat source. It is so nice not to have to buy meat at the grocery store.

I only have two unfinished projects outside of the home and I plan on getting those taken care of  tomorrow!

May the Lord find us faithful.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

No bumps or bruises yet

We have had an accident free day so far, well, nothing worth mentioning here. The kids are always banging into something or falling.

Nature study occurred naturally today. We made bagel bird feeders and hung them around the yard. Then the blessings journaled about them in their nature journals. We will keep watch and journal on the outcome of the bagels! This has been a challenge to me and I am trying to overcome the nature study and history challenges that I have. Tomorrow I think we will investigate those huge mushrooms out there. We have had tons of rain in the past few weeks and those shrooms are huge!!

May the Lord find us faithful.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Ending an unusual day

Well, I had a better ending than beginning of my day. I know that I need to exercise to see any weight loss (and I need to lose weight!) So, in my working toward a fall school schedule I have planned time in that schedule for exercise once school begins next week. But, there is no time like the present. Tonight was beautiful and sunny so the blessings were outside playing then when I came out to sit and practice knitting they all jumped on their bikes as they can ride farther when I am outside. (By the way Angela, I bought shorter, bamboo needles and I sat tonight until I finally think I got it!!!!) So, once I got it, I thought what would be better exercise than riding my bicycle with them. We all got going and rode and rode. I had the dog running beside me to wear her out so I can get a good evening of more knitting practice instead of having to let her out every 20 minutes. She will crash when the house gets quiet.


I am going to use this blog to work on my exercise goal. I need accountability, so today I rode bikes with the kids for about 30-45 minutes.

Also, my Sunday School teacher gave us a scripture passage (Proverbs 2:1-11)to memorize this week, so I will also be working on that!

May the Lord find us faithful.

what a morning

I had a morning like no other. First, as I was loading the dishwasher blessing #3 who is 4 and a girl was spinning in the kitchen while I had my back to her and fell and hit her head on the dishwasher open door! No blood just a raised long place, whew! no trip to the dr. just ice and watch her. Then not 15 minutes later blessing # 1(boy) came out of his room and hit his head on the little metal plate in the door trim. This time blood, but  not too deep but I do not have any of those butterfly bandages!!! We were trying to get out the door any way so we fixed him up and went straight to Wal-Mart and got the butterfly thingies and he is all fixed up. Blessing # 2 was quite happy that she did not have any falls or cuts! (So was I)

So, we spent the whole day shoe and clothes shopping then on to grocery shopping. The clothes are horrible for girls so I think the sewing machine will have to come out often. There are almost no dresses out there.

May the Lord find us faithful.

Saturday, August 26, 2006


I have a mental list of things I would like to have finished before we begin school. One big thing was to prepare the comforter for my bed. I really liked this comforter the first time I saw it and it finally went on clearance with an extra 50% off and I bought it. Then our dog came and this spring she ripped a 12" rip in the top of the comforter. I almost threw it away and counted it a loss, but my Mom gave me a repair idea. Today I repaired the comforter and it will be back on my bed after a washing!!! Not the same but the pillows should cover the added 14" strip of fabric at the top and it almost looks as though it should be there.

May the Lord find us faithful.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Accomplished week

Besides being out of commission most of Wednesday, I accomplished my goals for the week. The curriculum is on the shelf and the clutter has been culled. The house has been cleaned and I have enjoyed the morning. I have sorted through my mounds of papers I have printed  from the internet research. So, when that is all put back together I will be finished. I am having a nice lunch with two of my blessings, one is with Dad. We played a couple of games of Hi-Ho Cherry-O before lunch.

May the Lord find us faithful.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Waking up feeling better

I felt miserable yesterday evening but my herbal remedy must have been effective. I am going to keep on taking it today to assure I do not regress. I felt a miserable cold coming on and I had to lay down all evening. But, thankfully today I feel better and can resume my activities.

May the Lord find us faithful.


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Eight again

I got another 8 hours actually 8 1/2 hours. This may not seem like an accomplishment to many but when my husband travels I tend to stay up very late and sleep until the blessings wake up and then have a rotten start to the day with having to fit a shower in after breakfast and it just makes for a yucky start of the day for me.  So, I have had a good two days. I did accomplish a lot yesterday. I also decided to sell my rubber stamps as I rarely use them and will not use them for quite some time. So, they must go.

It has also been great to stay home for two days!! Thus, much get accomplished in those two days. We do have a school meeting today so we will go out for a while this afternoon and meet and run errands. So, we are all filling up on a good bowl of oatmeal this morning before our outing.

May the Lord find us faithful.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Eight hours of sleep

I had eight hours of sleep last night!!! This is amazing for  me my as my husband is sheep hunting and I usually stay up extrememely late on his first night away. But I was in bed at 11:30 (early for me) and I was asleep by 12:00. I woke up at 8:00. I have let the dog out, taken a shower, paid a couple of bills online, and now two blessings are up and eating breakfast as I blog. (one of my blessings sleeps like me, up late and in late) She will have the toughest time adjusting from summer schedule to fall schedule. I do not keep an early bedtime in the summer as we have all that sunlight and Dad does not get home until 5:00, why put them to bed at 8:00? So they stay up until later and we all pretty much go to bed at the same time. But now we are all adjusting to earlier bed times, even me!!

Alaska weather update: It is 43 degrees and it is still overcast with rain on and off!  The leaves on the trees are beginning to turn yellow in places and other plants are getting their fall color, the fireweed leaves are a nice red now. I need to get out and clean up the yard for fall but I do not want to go out there. I only go out to fetch with Emmy and run out her energy, which worked very well last night.

I have placed about 90% of the school stuff, which means I am well on my way and there are no piles left on the floor. Everything is neatly put away or in bins to be stored.

So, maybe next week will be a fun filled week!! I sure hope so!

May the Lord find us faithful.

Monday, August 21, 2006

My to do list today

If I put my whole to do list here I would not have any time to actually work on the list. But, I have figured out that I have all of the school stuff out on the shelves. I need to put what we will not need this year away. Out of sight but not out of reach. So, I pulled up a few unused storage bins from our crawl space. I learned from a few years ago not to hold on to unneeded, unloved items, thus the empty bins!! So, I will store the needed eventually but not now items and have some space. (Hopefully) So, I am off to clear the clutter and get these things together for school. School starts for us in two weeks.

May the Lord find us faithful.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Back to routine

Tomorrow we will get back to some sense of order and routine. I have a house that needs a lot of care but we will get it done this week and have next week to do a little easing into the school days. Once I get the school stuff organized!!!

May the Lord find us faithful.

Saturday, August 19, 2006


Today is Saturday and it is not raining. It is overcast but it is not raining. We have had a lot of rain lately. This week has been busy. The kitchen at church is painted, there are other small jobs to do but the paint is on the walls and cabinets and the room has definitely been cleaned.( Now I must clean my house this afternoon)

We have had a family day so far.

May the Lord find us faithful.

Thursday, August 17, 2006


Progress has been made on the church kitchen!!!! I am going back to do more work in  a while. The end is in sight. On the down side our boiler will not work properly, so hubby is working on that. It is always something.

May the Lord find us faithful.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Home all day

We will be home all day!!! Yeah!!!!! We have been out of the house more lately than in the house. We will be home all day except for church tonight.  So, my entry will be short today. May the Lord find us faithful.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Rainy Tuesday

We have had lots of rain and when it is not raining it is overcast. I am tired and I need to get lots done, so I am going to go have some quiet time  and get busy!

May the Lord find us faithful.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Sunday traditions

I have never written of our Sundays. To begin, my wonderful husband gets up first, showers and then gets me up:-) Then, he heads off to the kitchen and makes breakfast, french toast and sausage. He has been doing this for about 5 years now. I do not remember exactly when this started but it is our every Sunday breakfast. At that time we had a three year old, 1 year old and a new born. So, I guess that is why. The reason I share this today is that when he is out of town we have our own alternate tradition; we have cereal for breakfast and then french toast for lunch. This allows me to get up at my normal time and still get everyone to Church on time!! May the Lord find us faithful.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Still learning after all these years

I am still learning......Oil-based paint has given me fits the past two days. We cleaned the wall with pine-sol before we painted and now the paint will not stay on the wall. So..... we will wait and see then if it does not stay we will have to move on to plan B. I am ready to start school and stay home after this work at the church. But, we will get it finished soon, I think!

May the Lord find us faithful.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Not enough to do at my house

I have been painting the kitchen at our church. (Like I do not have enough to do at home!!!) But, I am working this week and next there and then I am going to focus on home. (We are not starting school until after Labor Day). So, I have been there all afternoon and evening! The blessings had a good day and were obedient for the most part. So, I am off to get the blessings in bed and off to a long soak in the tub, we had to use oil based paint and I am a mess!!  Blessing number 3 is doing much better as the bites are healing!!!

May the Lord find us faithful.

Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Piano causes major moving around

That piano has caused major moving around. I hope I have not been premature in my moving. I should have waited to see what the piano tuner/repair man says about the best placement, oh well, I will just move it all back if I have too. I needed to go through all this stuff any way to get ready for school. Today will be short as I have much work to do tonight. But, blessing no. 3 has bug bites all over her waist and head and is very miserable. This has been an interesting day.

May the Lord find us faithful.

Monday, August 7, 2006

We found a piano!!!!

I have wanted the girls to begin piano lessons but we did not have a piano(small problem there). I have always said that when it was time for the girls to begin lessons that the Lord would send us the piano. Well, I started looking at the paper last Sunday. I did not call on any because we were having a very busy week. I did however pray that we would find a good piano at a good price. Well, a lady at church had a piano that she wanted to sell.  (Only two people knew that we were looking and one just happened to be talking to this lady. )We went to look at it today and my husband is going to go get it tomorrow!!! I am so excited, I did not expect to find one this soon, but then I prayed for it a long time ago and now was the time!

May the Lord find us faithful.

Saturday, August 5, 2006


   My husband wants the blessings to swim regularly to add to the skills they learned in swimming lessons. So, I took them swimming yesterday. We had a friend of mine and her son join us. I had the kids practice their swimming and we played alot. I was able to swim since my friend was there to keep an eye on the blessings. I had not been swimming in a long while in a large swimming pool.

The blessings and I also made raspberry jelly yesterday morning before we went swimming. We made 12 four ounce jars of jelly. We shared with the neighborhood kids who helped us pick the raspberries. (It took me a while to find all of my jelly making supplies as it has been seven years since I have made jelly!!!)
May the Lord find us faithful.

Thursday, August 3, 2006


We started Character Sketches a couple of weeks ago, we are not using it every day, just when we can. The first character lessons are on loyalty. One definition of loyalty is changing my schedule to meet the needs of others. I had to do that today.

I spent the last three days working in the kitchen at church to feed visitors for a conference. I had planned not to leave my house today, nor to do much at all but enjoy a day at home. Well, my husband had a change in his plans which meant a change in my plans. I had to go grocery shopping!!! Well, I did it with out complaining and I was okay. I did almost complain right before he left for his trip but I refrained and what a blessing it was for me not to complain for once. I am not saying this because my life is idealistic, my life is real and for one day I chose to be loyal to my husband. It was our only day home together this week. So, he is gone fishing and I am taking tomorrow off to have fun with my blessings. I think we might go swimming!!!

May the Lord find us faithful.