30 December 2011

22 December 2011

The Most Adorable Dolls!

My friend Nichole makes dolls that are cheerful and absolutely adorable.  Please visit her blog- Where the Dandelions Grow. If you are looking for a homemade, USA made, recycled/up-used gift for a little girl these dolls are just right.

A Few Pictures from our Daddy and Mama Get-a-way

Battleship Wisconsin
(Ellie's Matt - I took this picture for you)

I really like this house...at least the outside!

20 December 2011

Josiah's Birthday

Our Joe-bear turns four!

Josiah was opposed to putting on clothes for his birthday pictures.

23 November 2011



21 November 2011

Laundry Time

My helper grating bar soap to make laundry detergent.

        This recipe is from my friend April and can be found on her blog nothing-fancy-here.

02 November 2011


Matthew with his rice and vegetables and sweet potato fries.

After driving by several roadside stands and tractors full of freshly dug sweet potatoes I was unable to pass up one more.  After eating the sweet potatoes fries I was thankful we stopped and so were my children.  A giant fresh sweet potato sliced and baked with olive oil and sea salt is delicious.

31 October 2011

Reformation Day

"It was 494 years ago that Martin Luther nailed his world-changing 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church. These theses included rebukes to ungodly fear and superstition. 502 years ago, sometime near October 31, a baby named John Calvin was conceived who would dedicate his life to eradicating an ungodly fear of superstitious beliefs and proclaiming the gospel of grace. His emphasis on reformation, revival, and the sufficiency of Scripture had such far-reaching implications for nations like the United States that he has been described by Christian and secular scholars
 alike as the true founding father of America. The Reformers did something that was very scary to the world of their day. They stood against all forms of dark superstitions which grip the minds and souls of men. It was their emphasis on the fear of the Lord and the wisdom of Holy Scripture that was used by God to liberate untold numbers of men and women. But to remember the Reformers instead of Halloween is very scary to the world. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10).
Doug Phillips
Vision Forum
The Five Scariest Things You Can Do This Halloween

27 October 2011

A Quote to Ponder

“How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the rule of three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No. A woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.”
G.K Chesterton

Art Class

25 October 2011


Rice cakes, sunbutter and bananas are in demand foods at my house.  Combine them and you have a yummy lunch!

21 October 2011

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

18 October 2011


My little ones eat leftovers for lunch more often than not.  They do this with a joyful heart which is a tremendous blessing!  Last night we had tacos, so today they had scrambled eggs with left over homemade re-fried beans (thankfully they were not as thin today...I misjudged the liquid), homemade salsa, and lettuce on whole wheat tortillas.