Grammar Game

Great way to help the kids start to understand action verbs:  Grammar Says.  It’s like Simon says but they do they action (or pretend to) whenever you say a verb.  Whenever you say a noun they are supposed to freeze.  It’s really hard and they have to think because when you say “dog” or “cat” […]

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Cat

Cat must have gotten my tongue.  Or fingers.  Or something because I have had so little to say here.  Actually it’s probably not the cat.  It’s probably more likely that some evil dark lord may have stolen my expressive abilities and transmogrified me into a brainless fingerless mute.  I have thought a lot about wanting […]

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Africa on the Brain

As a great author once penned, Africa Africa Africa Africa Africa Africa Africa Africa Africa I have been reading, for the past few months, that author’s most beautiful books about one of the most charming, I believe, characters ever developed, a lady detective in Botswana.  I just bought (last night after dinner out with my […]

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Today's Prayer…

I read this this morning and decided that I should really pray this way every morning before I start teaching my children.  This prayer has been attributed to a couple of people so I’m not sure to whom actual credit goes but seeing that he was a humble man, whomever he was, I’m guessing he […]

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When Silence Hurts

your silence isn’t kindness. It isn’t numbness It isn’t merely silence. It’s louder than a phone call. It’s harder than an insult. Your silence isn’t approval. But is it disapproval? I don’t know. How can I? It’s only a void. Or is that avoid? It’s for the listener to interpret. Your silence isn’t polite. It […]

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Mount Shasta

My home away from home from the time I was a baby. We just got back from a week of camping there. I don’t have much to say right now because…. I just don’t. But wanted to post the pictures.

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Swirling

There is a lot swirling in my mind these days.  Since I made myself take a hiatus from Facebook, that great vortex (speaking of swirling) of connectedness, that great twister of humanity, that great sucker of time, I have been able to actually think in chunks of words somewhat larger than a status update.  Like, […]

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Family

A few days ago I had the opportunity to photograph my sister’s family on her husband’s side. Though it wasn’t the ideal time of day for portaits (morning and evening are best) we were still able to find some great shady spots and get some great photos.

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Poor Ulna

This year we are going to be studying anatomy for science.  We started out a couple of weeks ago by doing a short study on the skeletal system.  As part of that lesson we made little skeletons and labeled the different bones that we learned about.  They have been one of the longer lasting projects […]

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CAPTURE!

My 10 year old invented this game, CAPTURE, yesterday with a piece of paper and his bottle cap collection.  He would love it if you (or any of your checkers/chess/board game loving family members) would download/print it and play it and then come back here (or to my Facebook or Flickr) and give him your […]

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So pretty…

Being a mom of four boys I’m not in the habit of regularly using the word “pretty”.  Pretty just doesn’t come up much.  Handsome, sweet, stinky, messy, funny, naughty, rambunctious… they all get used a goodly amount of times.  But pretty is definitely a less frequently uttered word.  Though, because my boys are sweet, I […]

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Lemons and Melons

Fourth of July, a lemonade stand and eating watermelons on Grandma’s porch. Summer Summed Up in Pictures. They earned $45! wait… you need the full effect… Create avatar I love Summer.

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Long Time No Blog

It really has been a long time. Of course it looks even longer because one day I accidentally deleted my entire blog (insert minor myocardial infarction here) and then 15 minutes later, thanks to the wonderful tech. support at Bluehost.com (aka. internet defibrillators), it was all back online and I only lost one post in […]

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My Big Project

Much of my free time recently has been devoted to a major project and labor of love for my boys… as if labor isn’t a labor of love enough for the little stinkers.  Just kidding.  They are worth a lifetime of labors of love (which, incidentally, home schooling is.) We have never before invested in […]

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Flowers, fruits and flies

But not necessarily in that order… The following picture represents maybe 1/10th of the amount of new buds on my Mom’s climbing rose bushes, to say nothing of the hundreds of flowers already in full bloom. Ripening Fig Roses… taken by my 8 year old.  He loves photography. Google Flower.  It’s like Google Earth, only… […]

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How does your garden grow?

It was farm day today.  Farm day in my Mom’s beautiful, bountiful backyard. We labeled, and organized and theorized and strategized and iodized.  Just kidding about the iodizing.  I don’t even know how to iodize. Mom assessed the situation to see what needed to be bought still.  Then she headed out to the nursery to […]

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A Parade

Our town has a rodeo parade every year and we got to go this year.  My kids have never been to a parade.  Hard to believe since we lived a few miles from the biggest annual parade in Canada, the Stampede Parade.  But alas, the only time we went to a Stampede Parade we had […]

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Slices of life…

Apple… Tree… (p.s. The Apple has pink eye) Cute child… Cute child rummaging through my fridge… Cute dog… Cute dog basking in the sun… My bike…All alone and feeling ignored. Bed being stained… Mason jars… Chucks…

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Poor Gordon

He didn’t really stand a chance.  Lizards are not made to withstand a blow from a wooden sword wielded by a crazed 8 year old boy. His life as a pet was short. He was innocently scurrying along through our backyard when all of a sudden… WHACK. I’m pretty sure he was partially paralyzed with […]

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Favorite flowers…

This is my Mom’s favorite house plant.  She inherited it several years back from her lovely Auntie Martha who went to be with Jesus a few years ago.  This is the first year that this house plant has bloomed since it’s been at my Mom’s house.  And she can’t get enough of it.  I can’t […]

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"The most epic fun ever!"

That is how my 10 year old described what is recorded below which took place a few days after arriving at Grandma’s house.  I believe no words are needed beyond that. And lastly, the hose down.  My boys required that I censor it as they did not want their underwear on the internet.

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It's weird…

It’s weird going from living in a place that you are a student of to living in a place that you are a product of.  I’m not sure if anyone knows what I mean by that but having lived far from home for most of the past 15 years I am now back in the […]

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Why?

Why is trusting God so hard? It’s not like He didn’t create the world or sustain it for the past several thousand years. It’s not like He hasn’t orchestrated every moment in History to most shine forth His glory in the face of human evil. It’s not like He hasn’t done much lately. Why is […]

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A Landing Place

I just wrote this.  I think it’s a song.  But it needs music.  I’ll leave that to my husband. A landing place, a landing place I’m looking for a landing place I’ve got no home or hiding place but for your hands and feet and face. A landing place, a landing place I’m looking for […]

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I Will Glory…

I will glory in my Redeemer Whose priceless blood has ransomed me Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails And hung Him on that judgment tree I will glory in my Redeemer Who crushed the power of sin and death My only Savior before the Holy Judge The Lamb Who is my righteousness […]

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I never do this…

Okay.  Very, very rarely.  I tend to leave all of my political opinions on Facebook as opposed to my blog.  But this is all I have to say today.  And yes, I used the A word.  Sorry.  But it’s about time we open up a can of that stuff on the idiocracy we have created.

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Getting Under the Promises

Several years ago, in fact during our last major transitional life phase that took us away from a beloved church back home to California, almost 8 years ago, my husband and I went through an intensive study and self-examination process called Sonship. We did the studies and then had weekly discussions and prayer times over […]

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Abide With Me

Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; the darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide. When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, O abide with me. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day; earth’s joys grow dim; its glories pass away; change and decay in all around I see; O […]

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It's not often…

It’s so not often that you can casually say, “So yeah… my buddy (you know the internet pal I worked for for over a year and met on a home school message board 6 or 7 years ago?) is having a movie made of her life… blah blah blah.” But I can totally say that. […]

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Stand

With visible breath, I’m calling your name With visible tracks, I’m finding my way With a sorrowful heart, I honor this pain And offer these tears to the rain In a moment of truth at the top of the hill I open my arms and let go of my will And stand with my face […]

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Happy and Sad

Yesterday was one of those days again. There seem to be so many of those days these days! We had a dicey few days before the conditions on the sale of our house were negotiated out and everything became final. It was touch and go and we were not sure we wouldn’t have to go […]

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We are just His sewing project…

Sometimes you know something is right and you are moving in that direction and are still somehow surprised when God confirms every step of the way that it is all in His good plan. That would be right now for us. We have known for several weeks now that deciding to resign and head back […]

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In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found He is my light, my strength, my song This cornerstone, this solid ground Firm through the fiercest drought and storm What heights of love, what depths of peace When fears are stilled, when strivings cease My comforter, my all in all Here in the love of Christ I […]

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If you want to grow in your prayer life….

I highly recommend the Valley of Vision. It’s written in an old style but it is so very rich. So very convicting. It has to be one of my all time favorite books next to the Bible. The Awakened Sinner Oh, my forgetful soul, Awake from thy wandering dream; turn from chasing vanities, look inward, […]

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Bittersweet

Every Sunday now is bittersweet. Sweet because it’s the Lord’s Day and we are blessed with wonderful friends whom we love at church.  Sweet because we get to worship and listen to the preaching of God’s word… and well, I am sort of biased and I absolutely love listening to my husband preach.  I guess […]

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Things I need to do…

There are things I need to do before leaving this beautiful, lovely country which I’ve called home for the last seven years.  I mean things other than get the interior of the house painted, have carpets cleaned, have ducts cleaned, sell pieces of furniture, pack a bazillion books, pictures, decorations, etc.  We have seen so […]

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This World is Not My Home…

This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through If heaven’s not my home then Lord what will I do? The Angels beckon me from Heaven’s open door and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore. I know I’m not the only one that feels that way.  First of all because… […]

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Immortal, Invisible

I love this song. Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible hid from our eyes, Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise. Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light, Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might; Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above Thy clouds, which […]

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The Project…

Last year sometime I pitched the idea of self-publishing a book of writings of my Great Grandmother’s, my Grandmother’s, my Mother’s, my sister’s and mine to my Mom and sister. We all wanted to do it but life got in the way and we didn’t think about it again until my sister called me several […]

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Random Pictures

Perhaps it’s the frigid temperatures (16°F right now) or something else.  I don’t know.  Perhaps it’s that I was randomly looking through pictures and was reminded of how I was going to post so many pictures after our trip last Summer but then never got to do very many of them because of getting so […]

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Another poem…

Earth and Man By Nancy Doud From the towering trees to the tiniest seeds Your voice commanded the most glorious deeds. Oceans are rolling and roiling and boiling, The earth and its creatures are ceaselessly toiling. But man brought a curse to each square inch of earth in deciding the fruit was of more infinite […]

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Worry…

If you are like me you deal with worry now and then.  Lately I have had a lot of stuff on my plate.  There’s the every day stuff and then there’s all the internal stuff.  And the internal stuff is what has my mind racing and wondering and worrying. As I’ve been busily mulling things […]

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Lovely Frost and Lovely Friends

Winter weather can really grate on a person after a while.  You just want to go somewhere and see color.  You get tired of going back and forth between slushy parking lots and icy parking lots.  You kinda just want to be warm again.  However, winter weather has its advantages too.  Hoary frost is an […]

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The gift of faith…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the gift of faith that God grants to us.  I’ve been thinking specifically of how we long to see our children trust in Christ.  Many of us have been brought up to believe that our children need a mature understanding of Christ to be able to be called […]

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Easy Subjects…

Some subjects are just too easy.  You walk away from the photoshoot and you wonder if there was a bad picture in the bunch (even though you know there always is, you have a feeling the only real trouble will be picking just one picture).  This little girl is the daughter of one of my […]

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Beautiful Friend

My friend over at Willow & Paisley needed a new picture of herself for a crafting magazine featuring some of her amazing work (please check out her blog… she is insanely talented!)  So she e-mailed me this last week and asked if I could take a couple of head shots of her.  I was more […]

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Weather Shock

It’s similar to culture shock but weather instead of culture.  Simple enough.  Going from a month in California to Canada can be a bit of a jolt to your system.  Not only is the water harder (my poor hair) and the air drier (my poor skin) but it is just a wee tad cooler here.  […]

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The Lawrence Hall of Science

My sister was given a handful of free kid’s passes to The Lawrence Hall of Science which is situated at the tippy top of a very tall hill in Berkley which overlooks the entire bay area. But first my Dad treated us to breakfast at a favorite little restaurant in Moraga, a half an hour’s […]

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Fun times with cousins…

My boys love going to California.  They love Grandma’s apple tree which they climb.  They love the weather which allows them to play outdoors even in December.  They love going on Grandpa walks.  They love going to Val’s diner.  But most of all they love their cousins.  They were anticipating this trip even doubly so […]

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Tigah Vs. Pedro

Tigah is my brother’s/Dad’s kitty. They are always fighting over whom Tigah loves the best but I stand by the idea that Tigah is an equal opportunity lover of humans as I found him in my bed several times during our stay in California. I have the flea bites to prove it. Flea bites notwithstanding, […]

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Grandpa's Chaos

We are home from our adventures in California!  We had a splendid time with family, eating Mexican food and basking in the summer-like (comparatively speaking) temperatures! Whenever my Dad is within 50 yards of a person who knows how to work a camera he begins imagining pictures that he would like to have taken.  He […]

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Wedding Wonderfulness

Well, my big brother is married.  He’s a husband.  He’s also now a Daddy and a Step Dad.  His best friend is now his wife.  Two little ones got a new Daddy for Christmas. What a beautiful evening it was last night.  God was honoured and glorified and we all joined in the celebration.  Oh […]

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Little Punks

The subtitle of this post is: WHY DO I EVEN BOTHER?! Grandpa has all but instructed us not to get him a Christmas gift this year.  Contented people are always hard to buy for.  That’s a compliment of course.  But I had the grand idea of taking a group picture of him and the boys […]

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Baby Photo Shoot

This was probably my most successful infant photo shoot ever just because of the sheer volume of usable images I came away with! So much fun and such a sweet baby! If you are like me and could stand to see a couple hundred more, click here.

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Behold…

I give you… The Apple And the Tree One falleth not far from the other eh? ****** And just for your entertainment, this same baby of mine said this pretty much out of nowhere today. “Wemember when Michael Jackson got his hayuh on fyuh at the Pepsi show? That was cwazy. His hayuh went Pphoohph […]

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Disconnected Cars in My Train of Thoughts

OF 1.  I woke up this morning sounding like an angry sea lion with laryngitis.  It ain’t purty folks.  Really. 2.  My big brother is getting married in 20 days. He is going to become a husband, a father (by way of adoption at least), a step father and a father in law all in […]

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Good Times

The birds are singing. The flowers are blooming. The sap is running through the trees. The rivers are gushing and caterpillars are turning into butterflies. Ahhh, the signs of life that accompany Spring! (((((record scratch))))) Right. So it’s not really Spring. In fact, Old Man Winter seems to be just biding his time, choosing for […]

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Hallelujah!

Before you read the rest of this post please push PLAY. My man has loved U2 since something like 1982.  So this is Christmas and birthdays and anniversary and Valentine’s Day all wrapped into one.

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Even At Night

Over the past few months you have followed my story and prayed with me and for me, that God might heal me and give me rest.  There were many nights that I lay awake remembering, admittedly at times with bitterness, His promise, “…for he grants sleep to those he loves.”  I am pleased to tell […]

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You've heard of Small Pox…

But have you heard of Smile Pox? Very frightening disease. Very deadly. It’s a vile and vicious virus that can take years from which to recover. Trust me, you do not want this stuff in your house. We have thought about quarantining ourselves for the duration of the year. But then, maybe the world would […]

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Nevermind that it was a month ago…

Please try to ignore the fact that I am very delinquent in reporting on my “baby’s” fourth birthday.  But it’s amazing to me that it was a whole month ago.  I’m not sure where all the time goes.  If I could find the black hole in the universe where all of the days, months and […]

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Just a quick update…

I just wanted to update you all and thank you for praying!! This wave of the herky-jerkies is much less severe than the last one and I am learning how to cope with them and fall asleep in spite of them! I am doing some deep breathing techniques as I fall asleep and whenever a […]

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Tragically…

I forgot my camera when we went to our friends’ house to go trick-or-treating tonight.  But The Pastor had his iPhone which did the trick.  But he didn’t get many shots. This was the highlight though.

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The Hidden Smile of God

I decided earlier today that I needed to blog soon.  I need to write down my thoughts as I deal with them and do battle against my doubts and discouragements.  And I also decided I really needed to tell everyone about the book that I just finished reading.  My dear friend, Heather, told me about […]

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Guardian Angels and 4 Year old Boys

What happens when a 4 year old boy decides he is going to close the pantry door by kicking it with a socked foot?  When guardian angels are on the job, NOTHING besides having his sock nipped off by the angry jagged points of the plate glass in the door. I wasn’t home for this […]

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Things I'm Learning…

God is good all of the time.  As of a few days ago I started heading back in to a good stretch (one that I pray will just keep going and going) in terms of sleep quality.  Last night I had my first perfect (as in, jerk-free) night of sleep in 10 days.  Considering that […]

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Prayers still needed…

Please continue to pray for us.  While I did have a couple of good weeks, one night of terrible insomnia a week and a half ago set everything off again and I was back to square one with myoclonic jerks keeping me up late into the night and either the jerks or tremors waking me […]

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Strong Tower

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. strong and mighty strong to save us like a fortress never failing strong in battle strong in kindness when we stray, Lord You’re strong to find us when the winds come hard against us You are […]

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Just sharing…

Wanted to share this paper that my son wrote today. It’s his first “big” paper. Why America is Great By Burke E. D. 1 October, 2009 I believe America is great for a great many reasons. First, the founding fathers recognized that all men have God- given rights. God- given rights and man by design […]

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Sunday…

O day of rest and gladness, O day of joy and light, O balm of care and sadness, most beautiful, most bright: On Thee, the high and lowly, through ages joined in tune, Sing holy, holy, holy, to the great God Triune. On Thee, at the creation, the light first had its birth; On Thee, […]

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First day of school, etc.

So, if you’ve noticed in my little “about me” there under my picture, we decided amidst my feeling like carp to put two of our boys in school this year.  It was not an easy decision and we’re still not sure how long it will stick.  Definitely until we get my health ironed out and […]

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More pictures…

Hey everyone.  Another good day today.  I’m pretty tired tonight and have a bit of a headache but I was so thankful to be able to finally be at church today.  I haven’t been able to go much over the last two months so it was so wonderful to be back worshiping with our church […]

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Good things…

So, I told you that I would tell you about my sleep clinic but now I feel like it’s such a boring topic.  It involves sleep.  And a clinic.  And a lot of electrodes and a technician with a heavy accent.  I slept and they recorded my brainwaves and my brainwaves proved that I had […]

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The Dark Guest

During this time of sickness and extreme fatigue there have been so many doubts in my mind, so many worries and cares. So many muscle twitchings and random spasms (oops… that’s not the story here.) So many wonderings.  So many questions for doctors and for my God.  And so many false gods. Being sure of […]

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A Song for you…

Yes, you.  Whoever you are, wherever you are.  This song is for you because “He opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” “Cry Out To Jesus” To everyone who’s lost someone they love Long before it was their time You feel like the days you had were not enough when you said goodbye […]

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Today…

Today I had the consult for my sleep clinic appointment.  It went well and by God’s grace my full-night sleep clinic is next Monday which also happens to be my husband’s birthday.  Amazing how quickly these things can get rolling when you don’t go fully through the public system.  The clinic we are going to […]

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A Long Update

See this lady? I want to be this lady again.  Happy.  Cheerful.  Full of life.  Not tired and exhausted and overwhelmed. Ever since we’ve returned from our vacation every day has been a challenge.  I was diagnosed with Labyrinthitis shortly after we arrived home from our trip to Vancouver Island.  Labyrinthitis basically makes you feel […]

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Family Goodies..

Remember my brother Mike, I posted about him a good bit last Fall?  Many of you have e-mailed asking how he is doing now.  So I thought I’d update.  He still struggles as you may expect, some days more another.  But over all I think he’s doing a good bit better than before.  Pray for […]

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Posterize…

Posterize is a filter effect that you can apply to your pictures in Photoshop. It’s one of my favorites, along with watercolor. These pictures have so much more feeling with this effect. The one below is actually a pencil sketch filter. Yes, I like how The Pastor looks when he’s driving.  I don’t know why.  […]

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Our Summer in Very Short Bursts

Block Party Fun… Spinning on Ikea Chairs with Friends… Nothin’ better… The Community Splash Pool… Dinner by the water… Perfect Charlie Brown Arms while waiting for doughnuts at Tim Horton’s… Swimming with friends… 1, 2, 3…. 4 JUMP! The Crab Catch… Picking up the crab… COOKING THE CRAB! Puppets Singing 80’s Music… (These are the […]

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Splashes

Hey all. The clouds may be slowly lifting as I am having pockets of feeling somewhat okay now. Up until yesterday I have pretty much done nothing but lie on the couch trying to get over this Labyrinthitis. Trying to get better never really goes as you want it to though as will-power doesn’t seem […]

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Update…

I’m just going to copy an e-mail I sent out to friends and family… Hey praying friends and fam.  Some of you have heard from me asking for prayer about this already and some of you have not.  I went and saw the Dr. yesterday after a week of feeling like I’m on a boat […]

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Vacation Day by Day: Day 3

First of all, before I tell you about our third day of vacation, I need to ask you to pray for me.  Ever since coming home I have not felt well.  I pretty much have felt like I’ve been on a boat for almost a week now.  I wasn’t really on a boat all that […]

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Vacation Day by Day: Day 2

Day 2 we headed over to Aggasiz (with a silent “z”.)  Aggasiz is a beautiful farming community surrounded by lush green mountains and waterfalls gushing out around every turn.  Our gracious hosts, some friends of The Pastor, welcomed us into their beautiful home, fed us well and told us all about their area.  But before […]

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Vacation Day by Day: Day 1

Yesterday evening we arrived home after a wonderful and much needed vacation.  We’d been burning the candle at both ends for quite a while to the point that I think there was almost no candle left.  We were really able to relax and enjoy. We went to beautiful Vancouver Island.  I had been there a […]

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A Piano

There is a dear, dear little elderly woman at our church who is moving this week.  She is moving into a retirement facility.  We are all praying for her as she is quite sick and very forgetful.  Please pray for her if you think about it.  Her name is Joyce.  She has no family really […]

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Our Friday

All in a day’s play.  The following pictures are all from Friday. Have I mentioned how much I love Summertime?  Here are my “boys of Summer” playing ball with their Dad yesterday afternoon. Check out this wind-up! AND the pitch! Did you see the ball in mid-air?  Looks like Buster on the right there isn’t […]

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Another Hike

We love to go for hikes and walks around our city.  Last week we went to one of North America’s largest urban parks.  Maybe it’s the long winters that make us truly enjoy the outdoors during the milder months.  Whatever it is, my boys thrive outside.  Their imaginations almost explode and they can’t seem to […]

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Sally Says…

And now it’s time for Sally says. A time when Sally tells you what’s really important in life. Sally says, “It’s important to stop and look around.” Sally says, “You should let the wind blow through your ears… or er uh… hair.  And sniff the air for any strange and unfamiliar odors.” Sally says, “Nope.  […]

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Beautiful Song

A Living Prayer In this world I walk alone With no place to call my home But there’s one who holds my hand The rugged road through barren lands The way is dark, the road is steep But He’s become my eyes to see The strength to climb, my griefs to bear The Savior lives […]

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The Zlooksh

Last Summer my son got a book from a local bank when he went there with his Dad.  I don’t know why the bank was giving out children’s books but they were.  I’m sure it was a literacy promotion program or something like that.  It was called The Zlooksh by Dominique Demers.  I believe it […]

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Randomness and a Recipe

I just read this story this evening… Oregon Woman Obsessed With Rabbits Arrested Again Wednesday, June 17, 2009 PORTLAND, Ore.  —  Washington County’s “Bunny Lady” is back in the hutch after violating a court order banning her from owning animals for five years. Miriam Sakewitz, 47, was arrested Tuesday at a hotel in the Portland […]

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The Debt Monster… er… Monstre?

Gotta love kid spellings. My husband has been teaching the boys about basic economic principles using Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.  It’s a great book and the boys really love learning about economics.  It’s great to see them understanding some of what they are seeing on the news and calling it what it […]

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Meet my friends, Yumalicious & Double Yumalicious

Two recipes of irresistable yumminess and health value. Yumalicious would be this thick, creamy homemade yogurt.  I got this recipe about a year ago from someone on a homeschooling message board on which I used to participate. In a 3 Quart pot/saucepan mix 1 Quart of Whole Milk 1/2 Cup Powdered Milk 1 Tbsp. Cornstarch […]

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My favorite Karate words

You all already know that the boys are all doing Karate now.  They are loving it and the Sensei told them they were all doing well enough to be able to go for grading next week which means that they might each earn a stripe on their belt.  Yay! My youngest is still too young […]

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Never say never…

In the six years we’ve lived in Canada we have always known that it CAN and has at some point in history snowed in every month of the year.  But we had never experienced it.  For us a couple of snowfalls in May and September have become the norm but the three sacred months of […]

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Bébé doux… Le Sigh

Remember back when I said I love pregnant friends… and I showed you pictures of this darling girl? I believe I even told you that I just knew she was going to have a girl… Well… I’ve been known to be wrong once or twice when it comes to my friends’ coming babies… But I […]

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Tadaaaaa!

I don’t know why it is that DIY projects always take approximately 7 1/2 months longer than projected for us but they do.  Oh.  I know why.  We have a crazy busy life.  That’s at least part of it.  So now two rooms in the basement are almost 100% complete.  Few more baseboards here and […]

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The Bird Sanctuary

Today I took two of my boys to the local bird sanctuary. We went with a few of my girlfriends from church. I look forward to going again. It’s a lovely place. I’m lovin’ the bokeh on this one (below.) Oh what I wouldn’t give for a lens with a better range.  Some day my […]

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Cuteness

I love my kids’ artwork.  They are so fun and creative and I wanted to enshrine them in a wearable format.  So I made some t-shirts starring one drawing from each of my kids.  I love how they turned out. So now you can have one too. And I’m mostly posting this so that if […]

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Karate Kids (and Dad)

The three bigger boys and Daddy started Karate together a few weeks ago and they are all loving it.  And they are all doing lots of knuckle push-ups.  (By the way, I love that effect above, don’t you?)  The classes are held just down the street at the local public school so they all wear […]

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So about Jesus…

I have to preface the rest of this post with this statement (which will inevitably turn into a paragraph or two because that’s how I roll): I don’t normally like twangy country music. I do enjoy some good folk music and some quality bluegrass but I’m pretty picky when it comes to such things. I […]

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Creative Writing

I don’t often assign creative writing to my boys at this point.  I want them to focus less on content and more on sentence structure and word flow.  If they already know the story they are retelling (or rewriting) they don’t have to focus so much on the story itself but just their retelling of […]

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Thoughts from Communion

Picture not mine Last Summer my oldest son professed his faith and joined our church as a communing member.  Then, this past Winter my two middle boys also professed their faith in church and became communing members.  These were very special times in their lives and in our lives as parents.  I still remember when […]

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Uncanny

I have always been amazed at how much my third son looks a lot like a younger version of my Dad.  His hair, his brown eyes, his smile, his enjoyment of working hard… Look… Do you see it? I’m happy today.  I have a very cool secret that I am probably not allowed to tell.  […]

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Beautiful Baby…

Yesterday I had the fun chance to take pictures of this little darling… Babies… they are so photogenic. You wanna know why I love the internet?  Because I am able to meet sweet people like this little lady’s Auntie through two totally disconnected people… my neighbour here in Canada and my boss in Oklahoma.  She […]

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Sweet Sally

Don’t even ask me what made us do it.  Unless you are satisfied with, “because she’s a sweetheart,” I couldn’t possibly give a cohesive or persuasive answer. And a sweetheart she is. The boys love her.  She loves them.  She has such a sweet mild temperment. We need some sweet and mild here.  And some […]

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Sunshine and Sweetness

That about captures the day for us.  We started out the day with a sweet service of thanksgiving for what Jesus did on the cross for us.  Then we spent the rest of the day enjoying sweet friendship in the warmth of the sun. Those words however also capture the little girls who were my […]

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My pregnant friend…

I got to take some pictures of my pregnant friend the other day.  I love this friend.  She is such a sweet and genuine person.  I’ve known her for less than a year but it feels like longer. Also, another noteworthy thing — we have been going outside.  Every day.  I can’t express how lovely […]

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Rioutous Rapscallions

Children are extremely creative. Mine are no exception. They recently came up with a series of strange villains that I’m going to share with you now. Together we came up with theme songs for each of them. Count Gherkin was an ordinary pickle living in the land of Gherkinia which was full of tiny stupid […]

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Well… the winners are chosen…

Thanks for entering everyone. I don’t care how few people entered. I sort of figured with a book title as sexy and alluring as “Economics in One Lesson” I wasn’t going to get a very big response. That’s okay. I think all of the winners will really get a lot out of the book. Here […]

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All things new…

(Note:  The book  giveaway is still opened – until Friday night!  Please pass the word and link on to any of your friends whom you think might be interested in it!) Every year at our church we have an Easter art display for all ages from the tiny kids on up to the grandparents.  Every […]

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Ode to the Evil that is Legos

A friend of mine on Facebook posted today about how legos are automatic mess makers and it just hit very close to home. I’ve been battling legos for a long time. Today it made its way out as a poem. Each lego is a plastic curse. They are under the bed and then in my […]

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Random Thoughts

So my choice was either to update my Facebook status line 15 times in a row or to just write a quick blog post that lets you in on just how my brain works by telling you some of my thoughts. It’s complex. Very complex. But when it makes its way into list form it […]

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New Favorite

This is our family’s new favorite song/group/album.  Yea verily it rocketh. The song is called But to those who call my name by The Welcome Wagon – Pastor Vito Aiuto and his wife, produced by Sufjan Stevens.

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Wall Decor….

This is an unsolicited product review. We have had many blank walls in our house.  Large barren, naked, tan walls staring at us and screaming for some kind of clothing.  I’m surprised they haven’t taken to sewing fig leaves together for themselves.  If there was a fig tree in the vicinity our walls may have […]

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Can I just say…

that I am dadgum proud of this girl? Seriously. That’s my boss that was just mentioned by TIME Magazine.  Dang.  Really.  I feel stinkin’ proud and I can’t even feign to hide it.

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Our History Wall of Fame

I’ll probably soon write a post for Blissfully Domestic: Homeschool relating just how much I think every homeschooler needs a home laminator.  But for now I just want to share with you one of my most recent projects for making our school room a little more schooly. It’s our History Wall of Fame. I plan […]

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That feels better…

Sometimes your blog just needs to go shopping for a new outfit. My blog now feels like I feel after I get a new haircut or a new outfit or a wig. Okay, so I’ve never bought a wig. My best friend loves wigs though. She wears one whenever she has an appropriate venue. My […]

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Comfort….

Be still my soul – Libera/Fiona Pears/John Anderson/Steven Geraghty/Chris Dodd/Robert Prizeman/Ian Tilley Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’” Please be in prayer for Joel and Jess and their families; their arms are empty as grieve the loss of their […]

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I love this song…

It’s my birthday today!  Yay!  My son told me it was something like the reverse of my Golden Birthday as I’m turning 32 on the 23rd.  What’s the reverse of the Golden Birthday?  The Fools Gold Birthday?  I don’t know what the opposite of Gold is? This song (<– Click for audio) is my birthday […]

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A Royal Room

Our boys love history.  I think it is all of their favorite subject.  We are taking our study of Medieval times to the next level this year.  Both of our big boys decided to forfeit birthday parties and gifts in order to get a sweet new room decor.  We are turning their tiny lair into […]

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Can they fix it?

I have some very punny sons. While watching the news this morning my oldest son who is always seeking out a good play on words jokingly asked if Barack and Michelle Obama were going to dress up like Bob & Wendy at the “Yes we can!” Ball. Barack The Builder and his assistant Michelle (aka. […]

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Let them school with Star Wars…

Who says kids should only do narrations about things they don’t care a stitch about? My six year old did a great narration today in which he summarized Return of the Jedi.   (To see a narration of Episode 2: Attack of the Clones go to my son’s blog.  We are working our way towards narrating […]

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Happy birthday Pioneer Woman…

I’m betting most of you are Pioneer Woman fans… For her birthday, because she is one of my favorite people on the internet and she’s a great boss and just a kind and generous person who gives to so many, I wanted to do something special for her so I made her a giant digital […]

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