Showing posts from July, 2011

Carissa Makes Bread

Carissa made some homemade bread the other day. She actually used the bread machine for the kneading part. It is a process but I think she rather likes it.

Last night she made spaghetti with meat sauce, while I made peach cobbler for dessert. Carissa put some spices in the meat sauce that made it taste excellent. I did not give her any advice, she just used her own judgement about what spices to use. She is well capable of making dinner every night without my input. Needless to say, there was just enough spaghetti left over for Brian to take for lunch.

Carissa is so different from many young girls. She values homemaking and farming. The other day, she told me she wouldn't mind marrying a farmer. Now, I don't know about that (I have nothing against farmers). I just told her that whom ever you marry will have to make it through your father first. Just think, in 5 years she will be 18. Yikes!!

Such nice conversations while working together in the kitchen.


The kids just love their horse. She is so good to them. There is just something about children and their animals. This horse is really special to them and they are making memories with her. She loves to run with them and does not mind when they ride her. Horses are social animals and this one loves attention.

Summertime Fun

Last Thursday we went to a local water park.

The older children enjoyed these tubes.

Here is Shane!

Here is Jarrett!

Nathan's friend crossing the water.

The children bought this pool, so they can stay cool during this hot summer.

Nathan is enjoying the water.

Don't you just love the cows in the back ground?

Are You Arrogant

I received a phone call today from someone who works for me. This person let me know how the people were so arrogant, that he met on Sunday. Yes, these people are rich and are taking over a million dollar loan. I told him that I thought he would encounter them being arrogant. Why do I assume that people who are rich are arrogant?

Then it was like the Holy Spirit speaking to me. Are Christians arrogant? Do we think we are better than the non-believer? Do we flaunt our Grace in front of people? I hope people do not act like this. We are no better than the non-believer. We are sinners, who need The Savior daily.

I know I've been sharing a lot of movies with you lately but I really don't watch hardly any movies. Here is another documentary that has some good information. This is a great documentary that should lead to discussion with other Christians. The name is Lord Save Us From Your Followers and you can view it here.

What I received out of viewing this documentary is how we shoul…

I'm Still Here

I have been busy this week and I'm finding it hard to blog. I am in deep research about what books to use for this coming school year. I need to pray that God will lead me in the right direction. I am looking into different curriculum for Latin roots, spelling, history, Geography, and maybe science. I am trying to strictly do the Charlotte Mason approach. There is a wonderful website here, if you are instead in this approach.

Working on Shane's lesson plan book for this school year.

I have been working on this.... a chaise longue needed repairing. I have been putting off making slipcovers and Brian was kind of getting on my case about it. So, on Saturday, I decided to make one slipcover. Wish me luck, I plan to make the rest this weekend.

This is how the chaise looked before....

This is how it looks after... I am trying to go with a French country decor. I need to make some pillows.

This is the first apple we picked from our apple tree. There is nothing like a fresh apple. The …

Learning to Flower Garden

This is my flower garden in the front yard. It is a work in progress. I plan to buy some more fragrant roses next year. There is so much potential but I am taking it slow.

Don't you just love country charm? I like having this old farm wagon as part of my garden. Brian needs to help me do some repairs on some parts of this wagon. The floor board needs to be replaced and some sides.

The flowers that you see in the containers were each purchased for less than $1.25. I like to buy flowers on clearance and nurse them back to health. It is amazing what a little TLC can do.

Anyone can garden...I just started gardening last year. It really does not take much money to garden, especially if you buy items on clearance. You don't need a big space either or a piece of land. You can flower garden in containers. Think of a balcony, a walkway, window boxes, and how about a hanging garden (like the Babylonians from the old testament history). It can be fun to create different places to have a flo…

Divided The Movie

I just finished watching this documentary online. It is a great topic with some excellent information. I hope you get a chance to view it because it will only be available online for a limited time. I think we need to pass this information along to all pastors we know. Go to here to view the movie.Is age segregated ministry multiplying or dividing the church? There is a crisis. Christian youth are rapidly leaving evangelical churches for the world. This well recognized disaster has been the topic of significant discussion in recent years for both church leaders and modern news media. Divided follows young Christian filmmaker Philip LeClerc on a revealing journey as he seeks answers to what has led his generation away from the church. Traveling across the country conducting research and interviewing church kids, youth ministry experts, evangelists, statisticians, social commentators, and pastors. Philip discovers the shockingly sinister roots of modern, age-segregated chur…

The Curly Girl Method

Have you heard of the Curly Girl Method? Well, I have been doing this method for over 2 months and it seems to work. Do you have frizzy curls? You may want to try this method. Go here to read more about it. Let me know if it works for you.

Sermon Index

Have you heard of Sermon Index? A friend of mine sent me an email with some great preaching and information that I want to share.

Radical Christianity Is Normal by Francis Chan

Thoughts On That Judgment Day by Leonard Ravenhill

I hope you get a chance to hear what is said. It seems so clear of a message. The world and its cares has caused us to lose our focus. We need to get our focus back.

We need tell our children that we are a peculiar people. People should know we are different because of our faith. I don't want to fit into this world. I want to show people the difference between light and dark. The bible tells us to be in the world but not of it. What kind of Christian are you exercising?

I am not pointing fingers at anybody but myself...

Romans 12:2King James Version (KJV) 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Matthew 5:14-16
14Ye are the light of the w…

A Year Older

I asked Carissa to make his cake this year, since I was sick with a cold. I am still sick but on the mend. The cake tasted wonderful. Her brothers and father just gobbled it up. Their father did sneak a piece while everyone was in bed.

I think Carissa did an excellent job. I am so proud of her. She is almost 13 and can probably cook and bake better than some adults. Some friends of mine, even say that she will make a good wife with all the cooking and sewing she does. Well, I hope she will but I want her to do many things well as a wife. It is part of her parents job to train her well. Her husband will be blessed because she will be a well rounded individual...but more of this later, on with the birthday.

The cake has a firm but moist texture.

Carissa even made a torte for Shane, since he cannot eat milk and eggs. This taste delicious too. It has smooth texture to it.

Here are some presents that Nathan received. He is really enjoying this interactive guitar book.

He loves Jonathan Park.

A Birthday Gift

Here is my birthday gift from my family. It is a Husqvarna (Viking), with 105 stitches and can make 7 different buttonholes. It is a total upgrade from my other sewing machine.

I did take my two sewing machines in to get cleaned and worked on. A very nice old man (76 years old) looked at them. The one I sewed on; could not be repaired because the maker does not make parts for it any more. Darn! I really liked that sewing machine. Well, off to the sewing machine grave yard with it.

The other one Carissa sews on just needed a tune up and a cleaning. He did all this work and only charged me $35. What a bargain!! Carissa is happy that she is sewing again too.

Look at all the decorative stitches it can do.....

Remember this bag I bought for 25 cents? Well, I added a new lining and pocket. This was so easy to repair/remake.

I saved this zipper pouch from the other lining that was thrown away and just sewed it back in. Now the bag is like new.

I Have A Dream

Someday, I would like to own a second business. I dream about acquiring the building and all the aspects of owning this business. Do you have a dream??I know that right now is not the right time to own this business but I walk around knowing that this dream will some day come to fruition. This dream is so close but yet out of reach.

I know that I have a plate that is full right now but in time the contents on my plate will change. Timing is everything in business.

I thank God that he has given me and allowed me to own a business these past 8 years. I love owning a business but I do have a more important job right now...and that is raising children. I sometimes wonder why is being an entrepreneur so strong in me. I can remember lying in bed as a child dreaming about owning businesses. Even to this day, I lie in bed dreaming. This is something that has been with me at an early age and may never go away. Does this seem strange?