Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I am thankful for:
-God's mercy and forgiveness
- my husband who is a faithful man and a hard worker
-my six children. I am thankful for each one of them and what they bring to the family. Each one is so very different and very special!
-that my parents and Marc's parents are all still alive and my children can be a part of their lives.
-living out in the country
-animals that provide for our family (and some that contribute nothing but eating up our money! :o)
-my bed, nothing like laying in my bed reading after a long day!
-the beautiful weather we have been having. I do NOT enjoy cold weather!
-the privilege to home school my children. Some days I don't act like it is a privilege, but I can't imagine them being anywhere else but here with me.
-our church, I am thankful for our pastor who reinforces the things that we are teaching our children at home. I am thankful for good friends that my children have, and that they are being raised in a similar way.
-for God's protection over my family two years ago in the car accident.
-for God's protection over Mariah when she was kicked by one of our horses.
-laughter that my children (two in particular! :o) bring to our home.
Well I guess I could go on and on but I will end it there. Tonight during our family Bible time (Madeline posted about it here) Marc asked us to all name two things that we were thankful for. Everyone said things like "salvation, family, finishing the chicken pen, being together with family etc. It came time for Malachi and he said, "My toys and playing with my G.I.Joe" I kind of chuckled and said, "Wow that was deep." Matthew said, "He is only five. How deep do you think he can go?" Just sitting and listening to my children talk is such entertainment! :o)
Hope you all (if you live in the United States) have a Happy Thanksgiving! (Which makes me think....... I noticed some really interesting places on the blog map of people reading from other countries. I would love to get a comment from you and how in the world (ha ha no pun intended!) you found my little ole blog! :o)
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness:come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God:it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,and into his courts with praise:be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the LORD is good;his mercy is everlasting;and his truth endureth to all generations.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
"Truth without love is harshness. Love without truth is compromise."
"Truth doesn't change just because it is uncomfortable."
"Truth without application is useless."
Here is our little Myles Truth. :o)
Here are some funny pictures that McKenzie took of Mariah and Malachi the other day. It has been like spring lately and the kids are loving it! Malachi drives us crazy until Mariah is finished with school and can go out to play with him.Basha has put up with so much nonsense over the years. :o)
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Well, actually this is one that McKenzie took of Madeline after she got 9 inches cut off her hair. She donated it to Locks of Love. My girls have always talked about doing that so it was pretty neat to finally get to!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups granulated sugar
1 (15 ounce) can 100% pure pumpkin
1 cup canola oil
2/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray three 9x5 inch loaf pans with cooking spray and set aside.
2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, pumpkin, canola oil, water, vanilla, and eggs. Mix until smooth.
4. Slowly blend in flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts. Evenly divide batter between the three loaf pans.
5. Bake for 60 minutes, or until browned and a toothpick comes out clean. Remove loaves from oven and cool in pans on a wire rack for 15 minutes. With a knife, go around the bread and loosen the loaves. Remove from pan and cool completely before slicing.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Mariah has been learning about verbs in English lately. In her lesson today she had to write a poem and use the words "come" and "gone". This is what she wrote....
Winter has gone and springtime has come;
I love spring, it is so much fun.
Flowers grow and the sun shines on me;
That's the way I like it to be.
She is my new running buddy! I usually let her come out and finish the last mile with me. The other day she asked if she could do two.She did it!
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Quite pleased to meet "Rose".
Sometimes I have to force myself to forget my "to do" list and remember the little things in life are much more important!
Friday, November 4, 2011
Isn't he pretty! :o)
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Madeline got 1st place in the youth class! It was her first blue ribbon at the fair.
McKenzie entered lots of sewing projects and canning. The two blue ribbons (and yellow one) are hers! :o)
Madeline got 2nd on her knit hat.
Myles riding with grandma on her "hot rod"!
McKenzie's dress.Pajama pants that Madeline made for Myles. This is the first sewing project that she has ever done by herself.
More knitting by Madeline.
Matthew checking out the engine. For as long as I can remember he has always been fascinated with how things work.
Well, that is just a few of our fair pictures! Until next time...