Friday, December 24, 2004

It's not Christmas anymore!?!?! I need to take down my lights.

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Friday, December 17, 2004

How to AudioBlog

Have fun! (and point me to your blog!)

Thursday, December 16, 2004

this is an audio post - click to play

Favorite Bible Study Resources

The Unbound Bible

StudyLight (left column, halfway down) (dozens of translations)

Bible Study Tools at

DiscipleLand Bible Curriculum for ages 2-12

Explorer's Bible Study - While these studies are available for purchase, you can also follow along with them week by week for free. You can print them in PDF format for all age groups.

Thy Word Creations (Effortless Bible Memorization)

The Scripture Memory Connection (wonderful and free Bible memorization software)

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Tiger by The Rose (age 4)
Lion by The Rose (age 4)
Giraffe by The Rose (age 4)

Something to entertain the kids...

... or yourself.

Shake the Snowglobe
My parents' grandkids.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

I had my kids rate me on this test....

You are June Cleaver!
June Cleaver: You are June Cleaver from Leave it
to Beaver. You might not wear pearls while you
do your housework, but you probably like the
idea of being a traditional type of mom who
bakes special treats for your kids when they
come home from school and who sits down to
dinner with them at night. You think of
thoughtful ways to show your kids you care
like making elaborate Halloween costumes or
whipping up chicken noodle soup for sore
throats and you work hard to stay involved in
their lives.

Of course, you teach your children right from wrong
and always hold them to strict standards,
though you may prefer that someone else in the
household do the actual disciplining. That's
just because you are so devoted to your little
ones, you can't stand the thought of missing
out on any time with them behind angry doors or
pouting faces.

Which TV Mom are you?
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Sunday, December 12, 2004

I didn't really believe I was, but I guess I am....

You are a Prairie Muffin!
You are a Prairie Muffin! You love God and you
love your home, and you are determined to do it
all Right. Have you read your manifesto yet?
Do a google search for Prairie Muffin
Manifesto, if you haven't.

What kind of muffin are you?
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The Rose, The Princess and She Who Triumphs (wearing the three matching Laura Ashley dresses) singing Away in a Manger.

Go figure

Girly Mama 2
You're a girl power mommy! You love to be girly,
but you're no pushover. Your kids are learning
that gender differences don't have to mean
gender inequality. You've taken back pink, and
you don't care who knows it!

What kind of a mother are you?
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all is calm, all is bright
You are "Silent Night"

You like the simple things. A warm dinner and a
quiet Christmas, you'd rather focus on the main
reason of Christmas than on material objects.

What Christmas Carol Are You?
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Thursday, December 09, 2004

S'mores Mix

I just made this up and the kids loved it. Somebody besides me must have invented it by now!

Mix equal parts of Teddy Grahams (Honey flavor), Christmas colored M&M's, and mini-marshmallows. Voila... S'mores Mix!

It would be a colorful addition to any holiday party. ;o)

Another entertainment item via Mrs Bramble

1. Egg nog - yum or yuck? Used to love it, this year it was YUCK (???)

2. Stay up until midnight on New Years? Like every night.

3. Prefer white or colored lights? White outside, colored inside.

4. Favorite holiday song. I like most of them.

5. What is your tackiest holiday decoration? I 27 Fling Boogie all things tacky.

6. Do your kids have too much and you wonder just WHY you are getting more?? No. We keep toys to a minimum in favor of imagination. This years gifts are one toy and one book each.

7. If you celebrate Christmas, when does your tree go up and come down? Tree goes up mid-December and down on Twelth Night

8. Christmas again - open presents on Christmas eve, morning, or other? Morning

9. Favorite holiday tradition? Bundling up and going for a walk on Christmas Eve (night) with the family looking at lights... and coming home to hot cocoa and Christmas music.

10. What do YOU want for Christmas? I'm ashamed to admit this, but I want the Sims 2 (you know, it's the building a house and decorating part I like, I love to decorate... I don't really play the game, really)

Monday, November 29, 2004

This test gives way too honest results...















Seven deadly sins
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Life is a vapor

After writing my last post we learned that a dear friend and colleague of my husband lost her husband suddenly and unexpectedly. Thanksgiving he was there, the next morning she found he had gone in the night. The only hint of anything wrong was that he had not felt like eating much Thanksgiving dinner. They think perhaps he had a viral infection. Please remember Christina and her children in your prayers.

People, life on earth is short, but our soul is eternal. Please, please know where your soul will spend eternity.

Life as a Vapor

"Come now, you who say,
"Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit."
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow.
You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away." (James 4:13, 14 NAS)

For Thou didst form my inward parts;
Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb.
I will give thanks to Thee,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Thy works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from Thee,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.
Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Thy book they were all written,
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them. (Psalm 139:13-16)

Why are we here?

I simply can't believe that this amazing, complex universe with all it's inhabitants happened by chance.... therefore I must believe in a Creator. And if we are created, we must have been created for a purpose. Sure, God could have created beings that love Him unconditionally without questions... but what joy would that bring?

How much joy do we have when we love someone and we find that love is returned in kind? It's cute when a 19 month old says "love you mama" simply because her sisters say it... but it brings infinitely more joy when your four year old takes your face between her hands and sweetly says "I do love you mama!"... and one practically bursts with joy & pride when one awakens bright and early on Thanksgiving morning to stuff the turkey and mop the floor before others awaken... only to find the deeds already done by a 14 year old who "just wanted to show you how much I love & appreciate you, mom" ... all of her own free will. So loving God out of our own free will brings our Creator so much more joy... and seeking to know Him and to show His love to others through Him brings Him such great delight.

How can we know Him? Click here if you would like to find out how to know God personally.

"But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight--not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago.
We are made right in God's sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins.
And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done.
For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard.
Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty.
He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins.
For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God's anger against us.
We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us.
God was being entirely fair and just when he did not punish those who sinned in former times.
And he is entirely fair and just in this present time when he declares sinners to be right in his sight because they believe in Jesus.
Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God?
No, because our acquittal is not based on our good deeds.
It is based on our faith.
So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.
After all, God is not the God of the Jews only, is he?
Isn't he also the God of the Gentiles?
Of course he is.
There is only one God, and there is only one way of being accepted by him.
He makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.
Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law?
Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law." (Romans 3:24-31 NLT)

It's hard for me to say "we're moving to Ohio" because I know only God knows the plans He has for us. I do know we have signed a contract with a realtor to list our house for sale. I do not know if we will actually arrive to that day when we move our belongings into a home on Ohio soil. Uncertainties like that used to scare me... but I am learning what a Good and Gracious God we serve. How dear, and how sweet He is. I know whatever life may bring, my life is firmly in His hand. I think I'm finally learning what was meant when it was said of the Proverbs 31 woman "She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future." I can not yet say I am strong, or dignified... but I think am learning to smile a bit more bravely at the future, because this life *is* but a vapor... eternity is so much more.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

The Soul Longs for God

Our souls were created to love the Lord. When we are not doing this, there is an emptiness that our soul is seeking to fill.

Our life will seem to be missing something very important... and no matter how hard we try we won't be able to fill in that vacant spot. Our soul is yearning; aching, climbing... trying to fly towards God... and we confuse that restlessness for other things.

We have longings we question. We have remorse or a sadness and we think if we just do something different, or find the right hobby or gift, that something will click and that brokenness will be fixed.

But what we really need... what we really yearn for... what we really desire... what we really hope for... what we long for... what we fear... is the Lord!

We don't have to fix the emptiness ourselves. We only have to let go and let God.

Let our souls soar toward Christ, and He will fill that empty space and every need. He completes us!

God created our soul and our soul recognizes Him. Our soul will continue to seek Him.

It will search for Him even more when we pull away from Him. When we try to fill the hole with anything but Him, the soul will not stop pulling towards Him even more.

Do you have a need right now, any need? Is there a longing from deep within, any longing?

Perhaps your soul is seeking Him!

He will be ready for you... He is always ready for you. He is ready to water your thirsty soul...

He longs, oh so much, to fill your soul with quietness and rest... and joy, oh the joy, of our soul meeting Him.

The LORD is my shepherd; I have everything I need.

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams.

He renews my strength.

He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me.

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies.

You welcome me as a guest, anointing my head with oil.

My cup overflows with blessings.

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.

(Psalm 23 - NLT)

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Don't Forget Your Flashlight!

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.
It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.
It is God's way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.
(Timothy 3:16,17 - NLT)

Today I was reading these verses and wondering... why sometimes someone is a Christian and then one day they wake up and reject the Truth? I wondered how can they leave their First Love? When one has tasted of Christ and known His goodness... how sweet He is... how can they possibly then deny Him? Does not our very being long for Him?
Taste and see that the LORD is good.
Oh, the joys of those who trust in him!
(Psalm 34:8 - NLT)

At first I thought... perhaps He was never their First Love, and they never really knew Him.

But then I had another thought. "When do I ever doubt Him?"

When I have not spent time with Him in a while!

When do we doubt our husbands love us? When they have a deadline to meet at work and they are working very long hours and when they are home they are still thinking of what still needs to be accomplished at work to meet that deadline... and all of their thoughts are filled with calculations... wheels are whirring and spinning in their head... even in their sleep they talk out loud... troubleshooting this and that... One starts to feel a bit neglected... less special... second place... one sharp word spoken in weariness and we think they've never loved us all along... even though, after 15 years of marriage... we *know* he really does love us... but we have not spent time together in days, perhaps weeks, and doubts niggle at us. Then the project is over, we steal a dinner away, just the two of us, without kids... and we talk about hopes and dreams and laugh together, and we remember... he *does* love us!

So is it with the Lord! The Lord is always there loving us. He is not the one busy, busy, busy with no time for us, though... We are the ones who forget to give Him the time... the first fruits of our day. We are the ones who forget to read His Love Letter to us... or simply shrug it off... thinking what we have read in the past will be enough to sustain us... but days go by... then we run into someone who voices some doubts... and we think "what if they're right?"... but we push the thought aside... yet, perhaps, it begins to niggle... we forget how He has shown Himself to us in the past... we become uncertain of His presence.... Then one day we have some spare time and we pick up the Bible and begin to read, and suddenly it all floods back... He brings back memory after memory of times He has clearly said "I love you"... He brings back portions of His word He has spoken to you that remove all doubt of how True He is. He brings revelations to us, like blinders falling off, and everything is new and fresh again.

Perhaps then, also, those former believers gradually spent less and less time in the Word, or perhaps they never really did get into it in the first place... and the memories of their First Love begins to fade... and doubts begin to niggle... and one day we just no longer seem to know Him at all. Someone mentions Him, and we feel fear. But why? When we knew Him, did we know fear?

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
(II Timothy 1:7 - NLT)

In April 1841 at Milton Church in Glasgow, Scotland, John Duncan taught: "Multitudes stand away from God in utter forgetfulness of Him — at least, in as great forgetfulness of Him as they can possibly reach to. But when a man in reality thinks of approaching unto God, with any knowledge of who He is unto whom he intends to approach — Jehovah, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders — then there arises in the soul a conscience of sin. The feelings of guilt are almost lulled asleep; they are very weak in men naturally. But when there is any sight of the holy God, any wish to draw near to Him, the purity and the holiness of the divine nature inspire the sinner with alarm — with just alarm — for "He is not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness; evil shall not dwell with Him, nor fools stand in His sight." Sin stains the conscience."

Oh, how we daily need to be right with Him! How we need to treasure and keep that relationship with Him! I can think of nothing sweeter than to rise early, put on a sweater, and take a cup of hot coffee and a quilt, along with my Bible, out to the porch swing to watch the sunrise... and spend time with Him, in the first fruits of my day. When I do this, my worries are brushed away, my walk is lighter, my step surer, and I have no doubts of His love throughout the day... I remember His thoughts, I hear His heart, and I have a little bit of heaven in my every day life.

O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.
My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.
(Psalm 63:1 - NLT)

In August we were camping and I walked to the restrooms late at night with Rembrandt and Barrett to brush my teeth before bed... when I was finished I decided I could walk back to camp on my own, in the dark, and I left the lantern with them. How wrong I was! I fell headlong over a huge boulder and to this day, three months later, my shin still hurts to touch it. Don't be fooled into thinking you can walk in the dark without your flashlight.

"Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path."
(Psalm 119:105 - NLT)

"Your words are what sustain me. They bring me great joy and are my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty."
(Jeremiah 15:16 - NLT)

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

It's officially official...

We're going to move! We're putting our house on the market right after the holidays.

WhooHoo! Good-bye Golden State, hello Buck-Eye!
Enjoy A Christian Home's Thanksgiving Page
"You must remember this, a kiss is still a
kiss". Your romance is Casablanca. A
classic story of love in trying times, chock
full of both cynicism and hope. You obviously
believe in true love, but you're also
constantly aware of practicality and societal
expectations. That's not always fun, but at
least it's realistic. Try not to let the Nazis
get you down too much.

What Romance Movie Best Represents Your Love Life?
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In other news...

Charlie Daniels is proud to live in JesusLand
Kevin McCullough (WorldNetDaily) says "Shut up and leave already!"

what decade does your personality live in?

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Random traveler!

Where is your dream place?
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You Are the Stuffing

You're complicated and complex, yet all your pieces fit together.
People miss you if you're gone - but they're not sure why.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Don't miss...

"America Speaks Out" by Jaymen over at Illuminated Obscurity

The Dawn Treader teaching Worldviews

I've never been fond of light goldenrod yellow -- but this description fits me to a tee

you are light goldenrod yellow

Your dominant hues are red and green, so you're definately not afraid to get in and stir things up. You have no time for most people's concerns, you'd rather analyze with your head than be held back by some random "gut feeling".

Your saturation level is very low - you have better things to do than jump headfirst into every little project. You make sure your actions are going to really accomplish something before you start because you hate wasting energy making everyone else think you're working.

Your outlook on life is bright. You see good things in situations where others may not be able to, and it frustrates you to see them get down on everything.
the html color quiz

I'm terza rima, and I talk and smile.
Where others lock their rhymes and thoughts away
I let mine out, and chatter all the while.

I'm rarely on my own - a wasted day
Is any day that's spent without a friend,
With nothing much to do or hear or say.

I like to be with people, and depend
On company for being entertained;
Which seems a good solution, in the end.

What Poetry Form Are You?

Monday, November 08, 2004

Seeing Red?

Where I stand
I finally figured out that my kids use Japanese Smilies -- I often saw them use @_@ ...or O_O ...or T_T ...or =^.^= ...or >_< and I had no idea what they were doing. *_*

Find more "Facemarks" here:

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Thursday, October 21, 2004

It doesn't always work

I tried posting via e-mail again, doing everything exactly the same as I did before, only posting *from* a different e-mail account, and I got this message:

"Your message could not be posted because of the following reason(s):, Invalid Content Type"

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Posting via e-mail just to see how it works.

Friday, October 15, 2004

The Princess

Finally giving you something new to read...

...though it's not much. ;o)

We are having a wonderful time with my mother-in-law visiting from the Netherlands. Every week a little site-seeing, a little shopping, but not too much. ;o)

Today we went to my women's Bible Study group, where we have started our first week of The 40 Days of Purpose. Some of you know, already, that I do not stand 100% behind the Purpose Driven movement... especially when it comes to applying MegaChurch tactics to MiniChurches of 150 or less... but I think there are many good things in the 40 Day study. If anything, I do love sharing with this group of women I have known for a while and it's different sharing things with dear & familiar faces... where we have already shared many laughs and sorrows together... than sharing in a group of strangers.

Our home school also had a week off for Herfst Vakantie (or Fall Break), so I have had a nice week off from lesson planning and grading, and the girls have had lots of free time. Rembrandt has knitted some belts for herself, Barrett, and The Rose. She's now working on a cross-stitch project. Barrett has been playing more piano and doing some beadwork. The Rose has been drawing a lot, while the Princess and She Who Triumphs have gone their usual merry way, as they don't yet do formal schoolwork anyway... they have been playing with their doll babies and swinging in the garden a lot. I have started knitting a dress for The Rose that includes a difficult edging that quite cramped my fingers, but now I've gotten past that part and I'm now enjoying the rythm of knit and purl.

It's the weekend! DH will be home soon for dinner. I have planned my mom's Hawaiian Chicken:

1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Chicken pieces
1 cup chopped onion
2 T vinegar
1 lb can pineapple chunks
1 cup chicken stock
1T parsley

Mix salt, pepper, mustard, nutmeg and rub over chicken pieces. place in
casserole add onion vinegar, pineapple and stock.

Bake at 350* about 1 1/2 -2 hours. Garnish with parsley

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Oma, The Princess, and She Who Triumphs

She Who Triumphs over block towers

Family gathering

Aunt Laura at the piano
"I have no greater joy than this,
to hear of my children walking in the truth"
(3 John 1:4)

Monday, October 11, 2004

Been a bit busy....

But here are some pics, at least, to look at. :)

The Travel's of Hind's Feet

Monday, September 27, 2004

Reads of Interest....

Phil Wade has an update about the new Narnia movie at Brandywine Books

Robert Williams compares the Presidential Candidates over at Dead Man Blogging ... Just a bit humorous if you're pro-Bush... best to just avoid if you're not.

Carolyn at Guilt-Free Homeschooling reminds us that "parent" is a verb.

Get caught up in the fun of GeoCaching with Karen and her seven little ones.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Link of the Day ...a service of Network for Instructional TV, Inc. ("NITV") -- Have fun exploring!

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Update on my daughter's recipe...

I found out she didn't use canola oil, but sprayed the non-stick pan with cooking spray (okay, it was Pam, can we name namebrands in BlogLand?)... then she fried the non-coconut side first, and the coconut side last... that way when it was done she could scoop up coconut flakes that had fallen off and put them back on the tortilla.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

My daughter, the Chef

Rembrandt made up something really yummy.
I'm not sure exactly how she made it, I'll have double check with her when she's awake tomorrow morning... but...

She drizzled a flour tortilla with a bit of honey, sprinkled it lightly with shredded coconut, and fried it, coconut side down, in a bit of canola oil (probably about a Tbsp, maybe a bit less) ... just when the coconut began to brown lightly, she flipped them and fried the other side. The honey kept the coconut in place during frying. They tasted deliciously like a coconut baklava.

Teenagers are so much fun to have around!

Monday, September 20, 2004

Moms with a van full of kids....

You will love the Ode to John Denver over at Chris's Big Yellow House... I think I want a recording of this to play and sing along to when we start our trek from California to Ohio!

The carpet arrives tomorrow! And other good things...

What did I do to deserve such great kids?

Last night after my dad's 62nd birthday party, Rembrandt went and cleaned grandma's kitchen and did all of the dishes, shooing everyone else out of the kitchen!

This morning she is upstairs getting a bedroom ready for her other grandma, all of her own volition... cleaning out the closet, washing windows, dusting, vacuuming... and SteamVac-ing the carpet in that room!

She blesses her two grandmas without any prodding from me. I feel so incredibly blessed to be her mother.

The downstairs carpet will arrive tomorrow...


What's that? I hear very loud music upstairs... whose kids are those???

Oh whew, it was only temporary. I guess they were checking to see if the CD player still worked.. ;o)

Okay, I'm off to... wait... I haven't told you about my latest find at Motivated Moms! They offer a home management solution for the right-brained mom. If you click on order you can download their 2002 eBook for free... I loved it so much, and appreciated the effort they put into it, so I paid for the 2004 edition (which included the 2005 edition since we're near the end of the year)... and now I'm off to inventory my refrigerator....

Goings on in BlogLand....

Zelie has not written anything lately. After almost a daily dose of "something to think about" last week, she has left us high and dry. Of course, she is freshly pregnant, and probably a wee bit queasy when faced with a monitor, not to mention probably needing naps by now... but I do miss her posts.

When I have a moment and a cup of coffee, I'm thankful there is this cozy spot on the web. I love to sit down at Pamela Spurling's virtual kitchen table and glean from her thoughts. If you don't subscribe to her "welcome home" newsletter, I highly recommend it. The last one was very convicting and eye-opening for me.... and very inspiring... as her newletters always are!

Verses for home schools..

"May my teaching drop as the rain, my speech distil as the dew, as the gentle rain upon the tender grass, and as the showers upon the herb." - Deuteronomy 32:2

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
But he who trusts in the LORD, lovingkindness shall surround him.
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.

~Psalm 32:8-11

"These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."
~Deuteronomy 6:6-7

"All your sons will be taught of the LORD; And the well-being of your sons will be great."
~Isaiah 54:13

"But you are a chosen race, A royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;"
~I Peter 2:9

"Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, "I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."
~John 18:12

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

~Proverbs 24:3,4.

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Sunday, September 19, 2004

Very busy day...

...celebrating my dad's birthday today, so I'll update more later.

Answering two quick questions from Denice....

The countdown thing is from BlogTricks and you can set it to count down to any number of events up to ten events. The free version includes the little ads. ;o) My thumbnail picture thingy is also from BlogTricks and it's easy to customize it to include more or less pictures; to show random pictures each visit, or the same pictures each time; and to designate how many columns of pictures to show. You can also set picture size.

The referring web thing shows you where people clicked to your site from if they clicked on a link on another web-site. It's available from TrueFresco


Two of my favorite research tools.... - The Single Best Source For Facts
iTools - Quick access to the best Internet tools

Saturday, September 18, 2004

Japanese Lessons

A dear family friend, who has been an English teacher in Japan, is teaching Rembrandt Japanese... here is one of Rembrandt's first lessons: Hiragana Lessons

EyeWitness to History - history through the eyes of those who lived it

Friday, September 17, 2004

Link of the Day

The Electronic Text Center - University of Virginia Library is an incredible resource containing tens of thousands of SGML and XML-encoded electronic texts and images combined with a library service that offers hardware and software suitable for the creation and analysis of text. Some of my favorite gems located here are the Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Link of the Day

A Charlotte Mason Education Who is Charlotte Mason? Why Use Her Methods? This link includes information about the Charlotte Mason Method (overview, narration, nature study, language arts, habits, and application) as well as tips on how to apply it to Daily Life (scheduling, tips, field trips, coping). There are also book recommendations and other resources. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Blog of the Day

Would you lie on a test because you know it's what your professor wants to read? The Dawn Treader brings up Professor Problems

Is our purpose in life to succeed any which way we can? Or to please God? Do we continue to please God, even though it may mean sacrificing a grade? Or does God even care, as long as it turns out favorably for us? Just how humanistic is Christianity getting?

(These questions kept me awake last night. ;o)

Link of the Day

Don't miss this treasure! Parables From Nature by Margaret Gatty was recommended by Charlotte Mason and includes the wonderful conversations of bees, birds, horses, trees, flowers and many other creatures. The link brings you to the full online text.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Another Heather-brained moment

I didn't pack my Anne of Green Gables series....

I gave them to my friend Sharon to sell on Ebay!!! I just found out while looking at her listings!!!

Kind of ironic I was too lazy to look for them in the moving boxes and bought one on Ebay....

My Favorite Blog of the Day

Carolyn speaks my mind at Guilt-Free Homeschooling - Standing up against "The Lie"

Link of the Day

The Tanglewood School Curriculum
Offering a complete, classical homeschooling curriculum merged with the delightful teaching method of Charlotte Mason.


I'm trying the w.bloggar software on for size, and so far, I really like it! It allows me to strike through things. I have no idea why I want to strike through things, but I think the idea I couldn't strike through things before made me want to strike through things. AND I can underline!!!

She Who Triumphs

It's also easier to insert images! Pretty neat, huh?

Monday, September 13, 2004

Back To School After a Laze About Weekend

Last night I ordered Where
Brook and River Meet
from CadronCreek for Barrett. She loves "old-fashioned" stories and poetry, so I think it will be a really good fit for her. Until it arrives, we will be using SOS. I found I own a lot of the required books... but I have already packed them. ;oP Lazy me went and spent $3 at Ebay for another copy of the 1987 Bantam paperback copy of Anne of Green Gables, rather than open up ten of the possible moving boxes it's packed in. I'm hoping I did not already pack The Hidden Art of Homemaking (Schaeffer) and The Way Home (Pride)... I have two copies of The Way Home... so it's possible I left one unpacked.

Rembrandt is still doing LIFEPACS 9th grade, though she has asked to switch back to Apologia for science, and Singapore for math. I did already pack those, but they may not be in a box that is sealed, so I'll check through the three boxes that are open later today.

The Rose is thoroughly enjoying all of the cutting/pasting/coloring required in the Rod & Staff preschool workbooks. She can now read the first four Bob Books and we are still making our way through 100 EZ Lessons. She's a bit weak on the alphabet and counting, so yesterday I picked up some alphabet/number/color flashcards for $1 at Target. I also have some letter tiles, which she uses to spell the words learned in the Bob Books.

The Princess wants to do school and I had her doing Christian Light's "About Three", but it is still way beyond her. She just colors where she wants and is not ready to follow instruction, so I gave her Emma's old copy to scribble in when she wants to "do school" and we'll save hers to try again in a few months.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Wipe Out

This morning we went to the beach to watch my #3 nephew (son of sister #1) and brother-in-law (husband of sister #2) get baptized! Steadfast had left for work around 5 am (Cloud Factory Outage still in progress) but he was able to leave work for a while to witness the events at 9:30 am. It's now 8:30 pm and he's still at work...

After the baptisms, I came home and took a nap... I just woke up.... This seems to be my pattern after a miscarriage... The first day I'm fine & courageous... the second day I shed one or two drops of tears in moments I have my guard down, but I'm still stalwart... the third day I completely melt down and make an emotional mess on boards all over the internet... and the fourth day I sleep.... and the fifth day I'm usually back to my "normal" level of sanity...

Thank goodness for teen daughters who are willing and able to take charge of the household for a day. I still feel wiped out, but I know tomorrow will bring fresh hope.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb.

I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from Thee, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.

Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance;

And in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.

Psalm 139:13-16

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Happy Birthday, Birthday Girl!

The Princess is Three!

Lilypie Baby Days

Saturday, September 04, 2004

Michael Spencer: A Contrarian Manifesto for the Church Growth Debate

Our excitement of the week

Our dog, Ginger, has been restless the last four nights. She never barks, unless there is a darn good reason. Last night after 9 pm we had a knock at our door... it was the neighbor west of us letting us know that his son (13) had been on their trampoline and he saw a mountain lion crouched on our hill, watching him. We brought Ginger and the PigWeet in, but left the barn cats to their own defense (hiding!). Rembrandt then said she had seen a big cat down the road that had the coloring of a mountain lion, but was about the size of a bob-cat.... and she thought perhaps it was a young mountain lion, though the young ones are usually spotted, like a bob-cat, rather than the solid color she reported.

The neighbors to the east also had the flood lights on in their yard last night, which they *never* do, so I suspect they've sighted something too. I'll have to check tomorrow. The game department will send out a tracker... until we get the all clear, the little ones will not be playing outside. The last child that got attacked around here (by coyotes) weighed 80 lbs... I don't think my three little ones weigh that much combined!

I hope they don't have mountain lions and coyotes in Ohio... Well... as long as Ginger goes with us, I don't fear coyotes... but she's no match for a big cat...

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Poor little PigWeet

Pumpkin looks so lonely without MoonShine. :(

New Carpet!

I ordered carpet today. They will come measure two bedrooms and the living room on Monday, and then the carpet will be delivered a week later. When the rooms are done, I will post before and after pics. We always buy new carpet when we are moving but at least I will be able to enjoy it for a little while.

Where the Brook and River Meet

I am planning to use Where the Brook and River Meet with Barrett, and perhaps Rembrandt, but I am having a most difficult time finding out more about it. Does anyone know more about it? Has anyone used it?? Does anyone know anyone who has used it???

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

In Memory of MoonShine, beloved pet of Barrett
(b. April 10, 2004 - d. September 1, 2004)


Steadfast and I celebrated our anniversary with an early dinner at Applebee's, then a movie (The Village), then shopping for carpet... After coffee and pie at Marie Callendar's we went to Grandma's House to pick up the kidlets. Steadfast went straight to bed, due to the fact that he has to get up at 3 am to be at The Cloud Factory to start his annual Work-Fourteen-Days-Without-Any-Sleep-Thingy. The rest of us went to tuck in animals for bed... and we discovered a dead PigWeet... er... PennyGig... er... GuineaPig.... Barrett's beloved 4 month old MoonShine had passed away. :(

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

I re-did my anniversary ticker

... I went to DaisyPath and re-entered my anniversary date, and created a new ticker, than I edited my previous post with the new ticker code... but it's still showing today is my anniversary! In truth, we were married September 1st, 1989 and are celebrating 15 years tomorrow with dinner and a movie. We were going to go away for a couple of nights to a hotel up the coast, but The Cloud Factory rescheduled their Outage from last month to begin September 1st instead and Steadfast is needed on the job front. Grandma called to ask if she gets to have my girls for our anniversary, so Steadfast and I will be out *without kids*!

I'm off to Vons to buy..

Orange Juice
Chocolada Horchata
Coffee Filters
and Milk!

I think we need bread too. We could do with our own dairy! All of these dairy addicts here who can't even tolerate dairy...

Monday, August 30, 2004

Sunday, August 29, 2004

When will I learn??

Last week I noticed The Rose's hair was thinning. I worried what could be wrong? Likely some vitamin or mineral defiency, but which one?? She eats so well. This weekend I noticed The Princess' long curly locks appeared shorter, but it's hard to tell with curls. I tried to make a pony tail and realized they were barely long enough. The Princess had thinning hair too! What contagious ailment was striking my babies???

Then I noticed The Princess had very short bangs... she never had bangs before... then I realized The Rose has been carrying around a pair of purple safety scissors in her pink purse... Then I vacuumed under the sofa cushions and found lots of blonde and brunette locks stowed there...

Four Year Olds!!!! Having had two previous Four Year Olds play beauty parlor... having had several friends who's Four Year Olds have played hair stylist... having once taught a bevy of Pre-K students in my B.C. (Before Children) days... a class that regularly had an embarrassed mom bringing her darling child to class with sadly butchered locks with the explanation "she tried to cut her own hair".... Having just last month wondered when my Four was going to locate a pair of scissors unattended...

How could I have forgotten???

Oh, their beautiful uncut curls... oh, their long lovely locks... :o( I've very glad to know it's not their thyroid... or lack of biotin... or iron...

But oh, their hair!!!!!

Friday, August 27, 2004

Changing Nicknames

I've decided to give my family shorter nicknames, to make them quicker to type. :)

She Who Was Promised, our Dutch-born artist, will become Rembrandt
She Who Is Blessed, our Poetess, will be Barrett

I haven't figured out the rest... The Rose wants to be Princess... The Princess herself is often called Sweetpea... and She Who Triumphs is called Peanut in real life, though I have always disliked Peanut as a nickname... yet, with her it fits, and is endearing.

Zelie, thanks for your kind note.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

We went to the park yesterday and The Rose got to play with her Patrick. Afterwards they came to our house, because I had some books and collectible dolls for Patrick's Mama to take with her and list on Ebay. When they left, Patrick would not say good-bye to The Rose, though he did give a wave and a "Bye" to The Princess. Patrick was really just wanting to *go home* and did not want the fuss of good-byes... but The Rose was tickled pink. The reason being, when she does not want to leave her friends, she will not say good-bye... so she think's Patrick's refusal to tell her good-bye was evidence he didn't want to leave her. :)

Today I have been washing walls in the empty classroom/office which is to become the master bedroom. Hopefully we can get it painted this weekend, and then start work on the walls of the playroom, which is to become the bedchamber of She Who Triumphs. I picked Sherwin Williams "Springtime" for our master bedroom, and "Daybreak" for the other room. He Who Is Steadfast thinks they are the same color, but when they go up, he will see they are different. I think.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

So Sorry

About the lack of posts...

Sunday night She Who Was Promised had a severe asthma attack and we were transported by ambulance to the ER, where we spent the night without sleep. We spent Monday recovering, and Tuesday was spent doing things we didn't do Monday.

Today I spent packing boxes and working in the yard. I should have prepped the walls of our bedroom for painting, but there is so much stuff in the dining room that needs to either be packed, stored, or gotten rid of... I just cannot bear it any longer. She Who Is Blessed and I also cleared out and packed up much of the playroom together.

Tomorrow we will go to the park, and *then* prep the walls for painting....

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

The Rose's Latest Plans

The Rose (4): There is a little bee in our garden. When we were at the campground and Papa and I went walking across the meadow, we saw lots of bees.

Mama (38): That was a pretty meadow wasn't it? With lots of wildflowers and green grass.

The Rose: Yes, I want a pretty garden when Patrick and I get married and have babies in our house with blue and yellow hearts on it. We can have a garden with green grass, no stickers. We can grow corn, and tomatoes... And sunflowers. No roses. Roses have stickers that stick the babies.

Our lawn is sunburned and burdened with stickers... at this time we can boast of no flowers, with the exception of roses. Do you suppose she wishes to wed simply to flee our unsightly garden? :)

I'm having a hard time not being pregnant

The last two times I had a 16 month old, I was seven months pregnant.

Some of you know we started trying for another baby 14 months ago... I like having them close... I like even numbers so that everyone has a playfellow...

Now, here I am, 14 months later on cycle day 10... She Who Was Promised (14) has been stoutly indicating that we could do with another baby, because She Who Triumphs (1) is not so willing to cuddle as much as she once was. The Rose (4) has been hinting we need another baby, because she likes babies. She misses sitting on my lap and having a baby kick her from inside my belly. My husband maintains that we need to "fix" the fact I'm not pregnant yet. Am I broken? I sure feel broken. In the past 14 cycles there were two miscarriage, and three other instances that Fertility Friend said my chances for pregnancy were excellent. Five great chances... and I'm not pregnant. I feel really broken.

A pregnancy and TTC board I post on has had several pregnancy proclamations this week. I have been very happy for all of them. I have had two cycle buddies in the past year who are both pg, and I am exceedingly pleased for each of them. I still feel broken. I also see two others on the board who feel "broken" and when I see their posts, I feel like sobbing for them too. But really, I am glad for those who are pregnant! I'm glad there aren't more of us "broken"... that would really cause me to lose all hope. Seeing some are "fixed", even some who gave up hope long ago, gives me hope!

I know this is an issue of faith. Sometimes it's so easy for me to lay back and say "if the Lord wills, it will happen" and other times I panic and think "but what if the Lord doesn't will it?"

What do I get this birthday boy???
She Who Triumphs amused herself with Hello Kitty's Cutie World on my laptop tonight. It was the first moment in time that I permitted her to utilize it (no qualms, it's underwritten to the hilt) and she was so delighted. She did not know what to do, but she took pleasure in gazing at the rose-colored display and the endearing kitty while clasping the mouse.

The Princess damaged no more than two possessions today. She decapitated The Rose's beloved ballerina Barbie and unraveled about 60 rows of a wool cushion I am... er... was... knitting. Otherwise, she has been simply charming.

The Rose is still planning to walk down the aisle with Patrick. She said they are going to get married when they are five and they will both be five in ninty-sixty-four hours. She said Patrick made a heart with their names in it, because he loves her. In point of fact, Patrick can't seem to commit The Rose's given name to memory... but that may change once they are married. In any case, they have not glimpsed each other in seven or eight months.... recollectons grow fainter.

I still do not know what to dig up for Dear Nephew Number One's birthday.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

She Who Triumphs cries. :(

Using baby powder to get the sand off.

She Who Triumphs and Grandma

She Who Triumphs trying not to fall through the cracks

Monday, August 16, 2004

As of today, I'm going to try and blog more often

I will not tittle-tattle on the adolescents - I am convinced they do not want to be blogged.

My #1 nephew will be Eighteen on Friday. What would an Eighteen like? He is apprenticed to become a stuntman....

Sunday, August 15, 2004

My Crew at Calaveras

Thursday, July 29, 2004

I watched Amish in the City tonight as it premiered... I cannot believe how uncouth the English were. Though, it is very comparable to how The Youth Group treats my girls, merely because they are educated at home. They are the resulting product of public schools, trapped in their minuscule boxes, expecting all humanity should likewise fit in the self-same diminutive package.

The show began with a gay boy droning on about how he wished people would just accept gay people for who they are... then the cameras revealed him whining and running away from a bedroom because he had to share it with those Amish (No Way!)... Later on he began talking of how the Amish attire *had* to go, and that the Plain folk were in calamitous need of makeovers. Accept people for who they are? How true. Practice what you preach, boy-o.