Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Ugly Things

"Opinions divorced from knowledge are ugly things." - Socrates

Calling all readers who love to do Women's Bible Studies

Imagine you were in a church, possibly grew up in it, that never did a woman's Bible study before. Which of these studies below do you think would be a good start?

I'm thinking of doing Partow's 90-day thing on my own, so I'm leaning towards the bottom three books for the study group. Any opinions out there?
Donna Partow guides stressed-out women through a 90-day odyssey that provides a doable plan to revamp all areas of your life. Rediscover the importance of Scripture memorization, daily prayer, healthy eating, and exercise to restore balance and well-being to your life. In her signature style, Donna Partow encourages and instructs women by combining solid biblical teaching and stories from her life. Written for the busy, often stressed-out woman, this practical, doable plan provides insight and ideas to regroup and renew all aspects of her life. Memorizing Scripture, spending time in prayer, eating healthy, and exercising are all part of the achievable plan laid out in one handy volume for readers to follow.
One of the most elusive qualities in our world today is peace. We are hurried, pressured and stressed. Relationships have broken down. We have fears, anxieties and unanswered questions. Lynn Stanley has provided a thoughtful look at the reasons for our lack of peace and the answers found in God's Word. Jesus promised us peace. Using commentary, Scripture - KJV and NIV included - and practical application questions separated into 5 days, this study shows how to appropriate His peace and live it out in our daily experience.
Satan is a liar. When women become entrapped by his lies their spiritual lives, marriages, and emotional well-being suffer. Through her many conferences, Nancy Leigh DeMoss has witnessed the many different and damaging ways these lies destroy women's lives. This companion study to Lies Women Believe will help women go deeper into God's Word, walk more fully in His grace, and experience the joy of the abundant life Christ promised.
Elizabeth George lets women know that loving the Lord involves action! Focusing on six main scripture passages, she helps readers understand what it means to truly let your mind think on what is true about God and about life, grasp and move toward God's purpose for life, and trust the Lord in all things. Drawing on biblical wisdom as well as personal experience, Elizabeth helps women handle their emotions and discover inner peace that comes from focusing on what is true. She shares six powerful Bible truths that will help readers draw closer to God and know His joy and love.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Churches Closed for Christmas

(Rant on)

Oh, this is so silly. The church is supposed to be our family, so why not spend time with our church family on Christmas? Church lasts...what... 1-3 hours tops? There's still 21-23 hours left of Christmas Day to spend with other loved ones and family... what they really want is more time to spend with their STUFF.

"Should we open presents before or after church? If we open before... we won't have time to play. If we open after, we'll be too excited to concentrate on worship... I know, let's just nix the worship and get to the "important" STUFF."

It's not the "spending time with family" thing... but that sounds better. Somehow most of us are able to combine church and family on Easter... so why can't it be combined on Christmas? Oh yeah... it's not really the family they need time with... it's the STUFF.

As if today's "Church" needs more encouragement to be self-centered and narcissistic....

(Rant off)

Friday, December 16, 2005

Narnia

The Amy who loves books recently wrote an eloquent review of the children, the witch, the wardrobe (and a lion) .

BTW:

(I am valiant, brave and loyal. While I may have a silly name, I help others in the face of adversity and always uphold what is right.)

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Wonderful update from Melissa

She was able to write it herself! Please click on the Caring Bridge link in the previous post, or Melissa's heart on the right. And please, please, keep praying! Thank you so much for your prayers thus far.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Please pray for my friend Melissa and her sweet family.

Caring Bridge site for Melissa Snow

She recently had a sweet baby boy after six daughters. Last Sunday she woke up from a nap with a numb arm and everyone suspected stroke. It turned out to be a tumor in her temporal lobe. She is having multiple seizures, and she is losing the use of her limbs. She is unable to nurse or hold her sweet new baby. The tumor is inoperable due to a main artery running through it, and doctors say radiation is no longer an option. They are consulting with a top neurosurgeon today, and will basically follow his advice. Things do not look hopeful. A miracle is needed.

I was looking forward to hearing her adventures on raising a boy after all those girls. It breaks my heart to think of her never getting to watch her sweet prince grow up... and of him not knowing his very special mama. Please pray for a miracle.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Crumpet and the Fallen Snow Man

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Catherine did that thing that most Fours do once. Found a stray pair of scissors. Cropped hair.

Lydia was the lucky recipient of a shearing. Came to me. Said in a sad, plaintive voice.. "Catherine cut my hair".

Catherine with the habit of mis-quoting terms ("It was an accident" and "I didn't do it on purpose") said with accidental honesty "I did it on purpose!"

Thankfully Lydia's honey locks are so abundantly abundant, the damage does not show.
Elizabeth and Farly enjoying the First Snow
Farly... praying or sleeping?

Friday, November 11, 2005

Friday, November 04, 2005

Leaves, leaves, leaves...
...and more leaves!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

My theory on all these leaves....

Now... I think God made leaves fall for a purpose... they fall in Fall and make a warm blanket to prepare and protect tender plants for the coming blanket of snow in winter. And maybe I should just leave them be and do their job? But then... maybe come spring I won't care for a brown mass of pulp or whatever on top of what should be my green lawn? Or... will the leaves completely rot away to make way for my freshly green lawn?

Or perhaps the purpose of leaves, is to be raked by Jane, who is then asked by Mary if she may jump in them... to which Jane responds, "Of course? Why else would I be raking them?"

Oh bliss.

"I've been dreaming and dreaming my whole life about doing that, and finally it's coming true!"


Monday, October 31, 2005

Farly (hey, Ohioans... are we supposed to rake all those leaves??)

Sunday, October 30, 2005

What type of homeschooler am I?

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Abraham Lincoln

You have a Bible and a library card what more could you possibly need?

You prefer the Charlotte Mason Method of reading living books for everything: historical fiction, biographies, real histories, nature guides, etc. No soon-to-be-outdated textbooks for you.

Visit my blog: http://www.GuiltFreeHomeschooling.blogspot.com


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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Our newest babies... Toast & Biscuit (8 weeks old)
Our driveway in autumn..
Turkeys trotting through...
Homeschooling with Toddlers by Terri Johnson

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Hooked cirrus with a dash of cirrocumulus...

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Anne! Anne!

(just checking if you're paying attention, LOL)

I just stumbled across the neatest link featuring an old hand-written cookbook (older even than my great-grandmother's!)

I thought of Anne when I saw it, but it may be that others of you love to cook, too, and will enjoy it as well, so here's the link: Carrie Watkins Cook Book

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Okay, I'm not Catholic, but if I were....

You scored as Evangelical Catholic. You are a Protestant convert, or have been affected by evangelical Protestantism in some way. You love Scripture and incorporate into your daily life. You have a clear vision of Catholic morals and doctrines, and you make great effort to adhere to them.

However, your interpretation of Scripture may not be in line with Catholic teaching, and you may not accept legitimate plurality in doctrinal expression. You might want to read the Fathers of the Church and Papal encyclicals to deepen your Catholicism.

Evangelical Catholic

76%

Traditional Catholic

69%

Neo-Conservative Catholic

67%

Radical Catholic

48%

New Catholic

45%

Liberal Catholic

36%

Lukewarm Catholic

17%

What is your style of American Catholicism?
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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

You Are A: Pony!

ponyWho doesn't love a pony? You are one of these miniature horses, renown for your beauty and desired by many. Full of grace, you are a beautiful and very special animal, full of strength and majesty.

You were almost a: Bunny or a Duck
You are least like a: Groundhog or a MonkeyThe Cute Animals Quiz

Fives

I'm finally getting around to answering this tag. Sorry it took me so long, TD! I just couldn't get past your Fall/Winter Checklist... I kept feeling like I should do something besides sit on my duff!

First the rules:

Remove the blog at #1 from the following list and bump every one up one place; add your blog's name in the #5 spot; link to each of the other blogs for the desired cross pollination effect.

1. Blue Stocking: http://bluestocking.typepad.com
2. Simply Coll: http://colleenscorner.com/blog
3. My Boutiful Life: http://billi-jean.com/thebounty.html
4. Today's Lessons: http://todayslessons.blogspot.com
5. Hind's Feet: http://hindsfeet.blogspot.com

Next: select four new friends to add to the pollen count. (No one is obligated to participate and anyone can play if they want to). (I'm making it five in keeping with five)

1. Kimberly: http://peacebeyondunderstanding.blogspot.com/
2. Melanie: http://dandelionsandroses.blogspot.com/
3. Truth: http://live4truth13.blogspot.com/
4. Jenni: http://wonderwomanmeetsgrizzlyadams.blogspot.com/
5. Beck: http://gember.blogspot.com/



What were you doing 10 years ago?
1995
I was 29.
I had two children: four-year-old Elizabeth and five-year-old Jane. We were living in the Netherlands, selling all our things, and getting ready to immigrate to the U.S.A. on my 30th birthday.


What were you doing 5 years ago?
2000
I was 34. Mary, our third blessing that arrived after nine years of "baby drought", was 8 months old. We started our homeschooling adventure exactly five years ago!


What were you doing one year ago?
2004
(Link to last year's blog) - My mother-in-law was visiting for a month... just as she is now! We were in California then... and now we are in Ohio.


What were you doing yesterday?
We went to Sunrock Farm in Kentucky. I will post photos later in Hind's Travels.

5 snacks you enjoy
- Chocolate (even more so if it involves caramel)
- Pumpkin seeds
- Movie theatre or home-made pop-corn (not microwave)
- Frozen bananas
- Mike-Sells Puffcorn


5 songs you know all the words to
- Summertime
- Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow
- One Headlight
- Brown-Eyed Girl


5 things you would do if you had a million dollars
- tithe
- pay off our house
- save
- start a ministry
- travel (or pay for others to travel to us!)


5 things you like doing
- sewing
- going for walks
- reading
- knitting or crocheting
- visiting with friends


5 bad habits
- Laziness
- Criticizing
- Being too lenient with the children
- Snoring (I'm sure I must)
- Procrastination


5 things you would never wear again
- Bikini
- Thong underwear (never did, never will)
- Stiletto heels
- Toe socks
- Denim jumper (never have, never will)


5 favorite toys
- computer
- camera
- piano
- play-doh
- sewing machine
Jane and Elizabeth.
Not so plain Jane.
.
Lydia
Catherine and her pumpy-umpy-umpkin. 

Monday, October 10, 2005

Mothers Provide Best Care

Extensive study reveals social and emotional development of children cared for by someone other than their mother "is definitely less good." Link to full article

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Hints of autumn along our driveway...
Our creek full of amber leaves...

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

What do you do...

What if you long for something, but you have a spiritual conviction not to pursue that something... but you see other Christians pursuing it and validating their reasons.... and you feel your reasons look foolish to them, and you feel foolish for standing in what you believe to be true... yet you know you still cannot pursue it, because you have no doubt it is wrong? How does anyone make a stand anymore in this world? There are compromises right and left and people rushing to validate their reasons, and ready to shout "don't you dare judge me!" When I'm not judging, just stating my own stand. If they feel hurt... "socked in the stomach"... isn't it perhaps because the Spirit is convicting them? If there is no truth to my stance, why should it phase them? We are usually hurt most by the truth, when we are not standing in it, but our spirit knows we should be. If someone says "your daughter is a brat" and you know she is not, it doesn't hurt at all and you can laugh at them. If someone says "your daughter is a brat" and you secretly suspect she is, it does hurt, because you had hoped know one else had noticed, and you feel partly to blame for not training her properly. Truth hurts, truth convicts. If we are hurt by something, it behooves us to more closely examing *why* it hurts.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Can anyone identify these? They're gone as soon as the sun shines on them.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Autumn

The ripe fields are scattered in eddies of gold
On the verge of the forest that’s kindling apace;
And the orchards that dapple the wide-spreading wold,
Through their loopholes of leaves — as we pause to behold —
Flash their beautiful, festival lamps in our face.

And the amber, coned pear, with the peaches flushed ball,
And the sunny-cheeked apple that’s crimsoned all o’er
Blends with the pleiads of grapes that in purple showers fall
Over many a green-muffled trellis and wall,
With a thousand bright fancies and dreams at their core.

—James M’Carroll

Saturday, September 24, 2005

The test

I took the test with 45 questions because it said the most questions would be the most accurate. I retested with 27 questions, and got the same result. I think I get Hussein because I am truly not afraid of confrontation. When I took the test with 18 questions I get this result, which I like better (with 9 questions I become JFK):


Thursday, September 22, 2005

Notes and illustrations on Regency clothing styles (with 1895 Charles E. Brock illustrations for Pride and Prejudice)

Pride & Prejudice

Opening tomorrow in theatres!!!

View trailers here

Of course, with MIL here, I can't go see it. Even without her here, I couldn't go see it (no babysitter), but the sooner it's in theatres, the sooner I can rent it on PayPerView. :) WhooHoo!!

Sun Prints

We made the hand prints using a Sunprint kit from the University of California's Lawrence Hall of Science (in Berkley). You can order them online here: Sunprint Kits

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Sun Prints

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

When Did Parents Stop Being Right?

Every time I read Betsy Hart's column I just want to stand up and applaud.

Granny Robert's So Good Meals

I have in my possession a collection of recipes that my great-grandmother began about 100 years ago. It was passed down to her daughter... my paternal grandmother (b.1899), and then on to my aunt (b. ca. 1921). It's pages are filled with handwritten recipes, newspaper & magazine clippings, and other recipes written in the handwriting of neighbors, friends and family. I will be sharing it's contents here, in my great-Granny Robert's So Good Meals blog.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Make your own poem...

I found this at Kimberley's Blog and she found it somewhere else. ;o) Finish each sentence to create your own bit of poetry.

I am
I wonder
I hear
I see
I want
I am

I pretend
I feel
I touch
I worry
I cry
I am

I understand
I say
I dream
I try
I hope
I am

Here's mine:

I am weary
I wonder what the dog is barking at
I hear her barking
I see nothing in the darkness
I want her to be quiet and let me sleep
I am weary

I pretend to be strong
I feel so weak
I touch Catherine's damp forehead
I worry that she's been sick
I cry tears of hopelessness
I am so far behind in getting this house in order

I understand this too shall pass.
I say "be strong, and of good courage"
I dream that I am not afraid
I try not to be
I hope I can be strong
I am so weary.

Sometimes we homeschoolers....

We scoff at other homeschoolers who used packaged or "canned" curriculum, but at the same time we're hovering around homeschool message boards or listening to other moms conversing at our local homeschool group, hoping to pick up ideas on what curriculum is popular, what works... Then we, as a group, latch on to certain things like Math U See or Saxon and when something new comes along, we resist it, because it's not tried and true. Sometimes taking the path most traveled is akin to purchasing canned curriculum. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not against canned. Sometimes canned is a perfect fit for a family... Especially, perhaps, a large family where the mom just does not have the time to sit down and follow rabbit trails, sampling this and that.

I'm sure my point isn't coming across... The guest room is ashambles and my mother-in-law is arriving tomorrow from the Netherlands, and I need to make a run to the city for supplies as well, so both a chore list and a shopping list are running through my head as I try to type this... ;o) My point is, that we really shouldn't scoff at those who use "canned" because what Charlotte Mason homeschooler doesn't have Fabre's Book of Insects or Comstock's Handbook of Nature Study on their shelf, or at least their wish list? Isn't that akin to canned if we all have the same thing? Again, don't get me wrong... I think every homeschooler should have copies of Fabre and Comstock on their shelves. ;o) But sometimes we do need some fresh ideas that have a hard time making it onto our wish list of "tried and true" because our time and resources are limited... After all, we don't have public funding and our taxes are paying public schools, not our own schools. ;o) So with all that rambling I bring you an excellent link of fresh ideas, especially for the joy of Charlotte Mason types, prepackaged for your perusal: MacBeth's Opinion (I especially love the high school science suggestions!)

Now I'm off to concentrate on finding missing pillowcases that match the bedding on the guest bed... And making a shopping list... Dish soap... Milk.... Scrubbing Bubbles flushable bathroom wipes... And where is that dustpan? I'm sure Steadfast had it in the garage....

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Classic Alphabet Wall Cards

...available at one of my favorite online shops: Pokkadots

Homeschooling again...

After a brief stint in our one and only available public high school, we have brought our older two home again with the blessing of the principal, no less, who had spoken with the guidance counselor. Together they concurred that I had obviously done a excellent job thus far and had absolutely no worries about taking them out, knowing that I was seeking to do the best for my children and that I would accomplish that. Whew. And I had worried that once they were "in the system" we were asking for trouble if we pulled them out again. California school districts are often quite hostile towards homeschoolers.

So, we started school again yesterday. It feels so good!

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Comfy Catherine
Laughing Lydia

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Sometimes I get out of bed, look back, and wonder how I slept at all...

There were four feet pushing against my back all night...(Lydia must have really scrunched up!)
Catherine and Lydia at cross purposes
Mary at the foot...


They have their own rooms... and their own beds... really!

It looks like Sonlight's coming in....

Y'all have probably realized the struggle I've been going through for the past year of what curriculum to use with my younger ones. When I first started my homeschooling journey years ago, all the old timers cautioned me not to go with "canned" curriculum. "Plan your own!" they cried. "The glory of homeschooling is flexibility!" they exclaimed. So for years I pulled together an eclectic mix... trying this, trying that, creating gaps, backtracking and filling them... I can tell you I've tried just about every popular and not so popular textbook/workbook/unit study among homeschoolers today...

And I finally came to the conclusion... I need canned. I want canned. I want everything planned for me so I have time to milk goats, bake fresh bread, do laundry, and otherwise manage more than a handful of hectares and a handful of kids.

I want a set path to follow... and of course there's room for rabbit trails and adding an AVKO speller if need be... but there is one solid path to make sure everything gets done along the way without leaving any potholes...

So after researching, reading, praying, I finally settled upon Sonlight. I've joined some e-mail lists and wonderful Chris from The Big Yellow House sent me some K & 1st teacher's manuals from Sonlight. Looking over them I'm really exicted. I think we've finally found a fit... after all these years! And just in time for the fresh new school year.



A bright new Son-lit morning arriving...

Monday, August 22, 2005

Monday - Wash Day

Four loads down, several to go....
So glad it's not like this anymore!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Which type of Austenite are you?

Emma

The Emma type is friendly and outgoing, she is the social butterfly of the Austenites.

She is forgiving of human nature, and believes that anyone can change.

"Pictures of perfection make them sick and wicked"

She enjoys watching the process of growth and maturation.

And she may be too fanciful and intelligent for her own good.

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Monday, August 15, 2005

Thicket Dweller provides some more poetry for the soul.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

This blog is just beautiful. It never disappoints me... I always go there knowing I'm going to find something good. (Not that the rest of y'all ever disappoint me either) ;o)
Go Ponder with Pam...

Friday, August 12, 2005

Winter Promise Curriculum

Here are links to the curriculum in my poll below:

Winter Promise (da-niel, I mispelled it in my poll!)

FIAR

Weaver Interlock

Sonlight K

Rod & Staff

And one I'm also considering, but forgot to include in the poll is: My Father's World

I've done years of unit studies, planning my own, etc. I'm ready for packaged. ;)

Friday's Feast

From Friday's Feast:

Appetizer
Did you sleep good last night?

No. Waited up for Steadfast to call from Graz, which he did not do, calling late this afternoon from Frankfurt instead. I did however spend a very pleasant night chatting until after 2 am with two dear friends who live in an earlier time zone than I. ;o)

Soup
What is your current computer desktop image?

Plain white. How boring is that? But I have a LOT of desktop icons and pictures make it look cluttered.

Salad

When was the last time you planted something, what was it and where did it go?

Too long ago to remember when. Corn. Steadfast mowed it down (by accident for those who know me and suspect he did it on purpose)

Main Course
What's your favorite condiment?

Arby's Bronco Berry Sauce. My sister actually collects them from Arby's and sends me a box full for my birthday. It tastes really good on chicken. I wish they'd market it.

Dessert
Share a quote that you like, for whatever reason.

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~ Dr. Seuss

Blog Rounds

Loved Kristen's view on Judging

Rachel's getting pretty inspirational with her camera.

Got the following quiz from Rene

You scored as Christianity. Your views are most similar to those of Christianity. Do more research on Christianity and possibly consider being baptized and accepting Jesus, if you aren't already Christian.

Christianity is the second of the Abrahamic faiths; it follows Judaism and is followed by Islam. It differs in its belief of Jesus, as not a prophet nor historical figure, but as God in human form. The Holy Trinity is the concept that God takes three forms: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Ghost (sometimes called Holy Spirit). Jesus taught the idea of instead of seeking revenge, one should love his or her neighbors and enemies. Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross to save humankind and forgive people's sins.

Christianity

83%

Buddhism

46%

Judaism

46%

Islam

25%

Hinduism

17%

Satanism

13%

Paganism

13%

agnosticism

8%

atheism

4%

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What should Hind's Feet use for PreK-K curriculum during this school year?
FIAR
Weaver Interlock
Winter's Promise
Sonlight K
Rod & Staff
Other (please post suggestion in comments)


  

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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Buy & Sell Locally

I just found a great site a lot like Ebay... but it specializes in items that are difficult, or costly, to ship. You can search for items near your zip code to find items within a driving distance. You don't have to worry about shipping costs, and you can see before you buy! LiveDeal (It does look suspiciously a lot like Ebay... is that legal?)

Homeschool Blogger

I have joined other homeschoolers in starting up a homeschool blog at homeschool blogger. I am not going to be double posting though. This blog is easier to post on with w.bloggar, so my random and fleeting thoughts through the days will still arrive here... while any cohesive homeschool ramblings will be reserved for that other spot.

The Voices of Men in Praise of Jane Austen

A thoroughly delicious link for Austenites.

Monday, August 08, 2005

I'm an aunt again!!

Our fifth nephew was born on August 2nd. He is first grandson on Steadfast's side of the family! Welcome to the world sweet Tomas Daniël... Je tante wil je graag zien, lief jongetje!
"What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance."

--Jane Austen

Sunday, July 31, 2005

A Meme

I got this from Paula and Kathy

10 years ago: I was living in a three story row house on this street in the Dutch town of Dinteloord with Steadfast and our oldest two daughters, waiting for his American visa to get approved, so that we could move to the States.

5 years ago: We had recently moved into this house in California and were blessed with sweet baby Mary after nine barren years.

1 year ago: I was newly pregnant after a miscarriage... but lost that baby too.

Yesterday: We had a local pastor and his wife over for dinner and dessert (blackberry pies from our own blackberries!) and had a very enjoyable evening getting to know them.

Today: Had a very warm and lazy-daisy kind of Sunday in between searching high and low for a box (lost in the move?), popping Catherine's dislocated toe back into place (tricycle accident) and cleaning the pool.

Tomorrow: Laundry, cleaning, homeschool planning for Mary & Catherine, registering Jane & Elisabeth at the local high school (waaahh!), and hopefully swimming.

5 snacks I enjoy: Mike-sells Puff Corn, watermelon, tiny baby carrots (sweet!), almonds, and a crisp, juicy apple.

5 things I would do with a $100,000,000: Buy my sister a house near me, by my parents a house near me, and bring my in-laws over from Europe for regular visits (if I can get that French SIL to set foot on American soil)... and maybe take a trip to some place tropical & warm (did I spend it all already?).

5 locations I’d like to run away to: Moorea, Tahiti, Suriname, and for the other two I'd like to stay right here.

5 bad habits I have: Not exercising enough, eating too much, wanting to sleep late on weekends (really late), procrastinating, and speaking Hokey (not exactly half sentences, .but half thoughts)

5 things I like doing: Sitting on the porch during a thunderstorm, stopping by woods on a snowy evening, reading, sewing and baking from scratch.

5 things I would never wear: High heels, a "tummy top", thong underwear, a girdle, and a nose ring.

5 TV shows I like: Monk, Divine Design, The 4400, The O'Reilly Factor and Judging Amy.

5 biggest joys at the moment: Sunshine, playing the piano, happy children playing peacefully, kittens scampering about, and the view from my window.

5 favorite toys: My oven, my kitchen-aid mixer, my piano, my sewing machine and my knitting needles.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Rural Delivery, Part Two

Just now I was startled by a car coming down my drive honking and honking. Out here in the Boonies you hear that sound and you think it's a neighbor needing help, and needing help PDQ. So I ran out PDQ. But nope, to my stunned surprise it was C.B. Like the Radio, bringing me a package, even though the ladies at the local P.O. say "he's not allowed to go down any drives" -- Go down a drive he did! Now wasn't that nice? I think it was PDN.

Killer Brownies

Go potty first, make sure you're not drinking anything that would hurt coming out your nose, and then go read Deborah Markus' recipe for Killer Brownies over at Natalie's Blog.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Long for simpler times?

Check out Simpler Times Village.

Rural Delivery

The there was a note in my mail box that we had an express letter that would be waiting for us at the post office after 4 pm. I went to the post office the next morning and they said it was out for delivery again... and that it needed my signature. I said "I was home all day yesterday" and she said, he probably honked at the mail box and when you didn't come out, he left. I said "I live a quarter mile from my mail box, how could I hear him honk? And if I did hear him honk, would he have waited for me to walk the quarter mile?" And she said "he'll bring it back in this afternoon" So I went to the Big City to run errands and got back to "town" around 4 pm, so I decided to check if the letter was there. I didn't see the old chevy with the light on top in the parking lot, so I didn't hold much hope and sure enough, the letter wasn't back yet. He was on the last road though, which is my road, and if I just drove out my road I could flag him down and get my letter, so that's just what I did... when I saw the old chevy with a light on top coming my way, I pulled into a driveway and flagged down "C.B. like the radio" and asked him for my letter.

How long could that have gone on? Him honking at my mail box, me not hearing him, me driving to town to find it out for delivery again, him honking at my mail box, me not hearing him, me driving to town to find it out for delivery again, him honking at my mail box, me not hearing him, me driving to town....

:oP

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

I just heard from my sister that my mom's surgery went well and she is currently in recovery. Thanks for your prayers!

My mom has just gone into surgery

... and I'm waiting with baited breath 2700 miles away and praying. She's undergoing surgery for breast cancer after having completed four months of chemo. If you feel so led, please pray for her. Thank you!

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Thanks for the welcome back!

Yes, we're moved! We're still waiting for Steadfast's car which is somewhere in Kansas on a transport that broke down, but otherwise the move could not have been smoother! I love Ohio so far.

We're still unpacking, assembling furniture, scheduling doctors/dentists/DMV things... Jane & Elizabeth need dental work completed that was started in CA, and I have an impacted wisdom tooth. Here I am nearly 40 and that last one hasn't come through yet! I got one at 25, one at 30, and one at 35, so I guess I have a five year pattern established. I have found a doctor I'm very happy with so far, and he recommended a dentist his family has been happy with, so I guess I'll give him a call. I think that's the second hardest part about moving (after leaving loved ones behind)... Finding doctors, dentists and churches in your new home.

We have visited two churches so far, and we have not yet heard the pastor speak at either church. The first church was an American Baptist church where the pastor was gone to something school related (pursuing his Master of Divinity degree, I believe), and this past Sunday he would be gone at a Holy Spirit conference in Green Lake, so we visited the Assembly of God church, which we loved, except that Steadfast was uncomfortable with the elderly ladies laying on the floor crying and wailing during the prayer time. The pastor there did not speak, because they had a special kids program to kick off Vacation Bible School week. We will be visiting the Southern Baptist church this Sunday, then repeat the other two churches to see if we can catch their pastors. I have a feeling that the American Baptist church will end up being our home church. I actually want to visit all nine churches in town, but Steadfast thinks we should just stick to the first three "most likely to fit" churches. I have to admit, one church has some pretty harsh words every week up on it's outdoor message board (whatever you call those things... White signs with black letters where you can switch the letters around). OH! I think they're called "Church Signs"!! Anyway, the one church doesn't look like a warm fuzzy place to visit based on it's public messages. Now, I'm not looking to have my ears tickled, and I don't particularly need a warm, fuzzy church, but this one church sign is downright mean... I've seen three different messages on it, for three weeks, and they have not gotten any kinder. It's a big pretty building though... It sure is a pretty building...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005


You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!