Showing posts from August, 2009


Homemaking is a unique profession. In truth, the real significant work in a homemaker's day is not the pile of perfectly laundered clothes or a pristine kitchen, but rather a child who got pushed on the swings or who was helped with his algebra homework. "We can't buy into the belief that accomplishment is measured by something that stays finished...The profession of motherhood has one primary goal-to see a child grow into a mature, godly, respectful, and loving adult." "Remember your professional objective: to create a healthy, enjoyable, nurturing environment in which family relationships can thrive. If you become to busy to read your child a book because you must have a perfect house, you've lost your proper focus." Jill Savage from Professionalizing Motherhood I need to remember these words. I find myself busy everyday with running a business, keeping all 3 checkbooks in order, organizing our finances, doing housework, making phone calls, running er…

Busy Days

Well I've been busy this week with organizing Carissa's birthday party. Carissa will be celebrating her 11th birthday on Saturday. The theme for the party this year is an English Tea Party. How is your week going?
Carissa made fried potatoes for breakfast on Saturday and this was left over. The whole pan was full of potatoes. She washed, cut, and fried the potatoes all by her self. Actually, she can cook pretty good for only being 10 years old. You have to taste her pancakes....they are so yummy.

Brian picked this corn a couple of days ago from our garden. This corn is from heirloom seed, which means its origins is from the native Indians during the 1600's. Pretty interesting....

Nathan's drawing of a pig.

Here is some of Carissa's artwork. It's funny how she gave me lip about art class. She did not want to do art at all. I think she is doing a fine job. She may not be the next Michelangelo but she is trying her best.

Here is Brian working on our basement. He i…

This Week

Carissa & Nathan had formal art class today. They did pretty good. Yes, and it is all by free tracing allowed.

Brian reading about Roman history. Monday was the official day of the 2009-2010 school year. We are entering our 5th year of homeschooling this year. Carissa & Nathan have a full load of classes but they are used to it. The subjects they study are: bible, math, spelling, writing, history, science, foreign language, literature, poetry, hymn study, music study, personal development, Shakespeare, nature study, Art, and choir. Here is an interesting article on why computers should not be in schools. Read it at

Here is Brian reading from the Apologia Astronomy book.

Carissa is giving an oral narration of what Brian read from the astronomy book.

Here are some goodies I found at a garage sale last Friday. I paid $10 for everything! What a bargain!

These hummingbird feeders hang from our balcony. Carissa is in charge …

About God's Recipe for Wives & Weariness

I thought I would share some paragraphs from two of the three books I am reading right now. This is what I want to share from the Queen of the Castle by Lynn Bowen Walker (52 weeks of encouragement for the uninspired, domestically challenged or just plain tired homemaker).

Have you ever thought about the difference between goals and desires? Your desire may be to have a happy marriage. But you can't control that; that takes two people. The only thing you can control, is you. So even though your desire is to have a happy marriage, you have to make it your goal to be a good wife.
This is a new way of looking at things. Suddenly I saw that I didn't need to "fix" my husband. If I was to be concerned with any one's "fixing", it ought to be my own. Why is it so easy to see the glaring faults of someone else yet conveniently overlook my own? Why am I so quick to spy my husband's selfishness yet be blinded to the ugly "me" gremlin hiding in my own p…

Another Baking Day

Brian and I baked this past Saturday. This time Brian made two loaves of zucchini bread. Yummy!! It taste so good..I want to eat the whole thing.

I made three mock apple pies. Yes, the pies are made with zucchini. The pie crust did not turn out the same, since someone bought the wrong flour...I won't mention the name. LOL!

Baking Pies

Here is a picture of the custard pie I made before I put it in the oven. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture of it when it came out. Our guests and children sure enjoyed it. Also, I made a zucchini quiche. Here are some pictures of the process of making the quiche.

Time to eat....
Does anyone want any zucchini?

Another Pie

I pitted the cherries the old fashioned way. It is messy but worth it.

The pie looks a little runny but that is because I served it warm. The family really enjoyed this pie too. I would like to make a custard pie tomorrow for the first day of Growing Kids God's Way class. Brian and I are hosting the class at our home. There are 4 couples coming to the class tomorrow.

The very first green beans from our garden.