Friday, May 27, 2005

My Yankee Doodle Sweetheart

Yesterday Steadfast became a Citizen of the United States of America!!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Mary, Catherine and Lydia on the hill.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005


I lived in Europe for 11 years. While there I often met Europeans who were sick of Americans who came through on 10 day whirlwind tours, and then considered themselves experts on Europe and all things European. I know my own (Dutch) father-in-law got very tired of me saying "In America we do this and that" and "In America we always eat this or that" and he complained about it quite often, but I thought he was overreacting. I now have a friend who just returned from two weeks in Europe, and now I so understand what my father-in-law was getting at, God rest his soul; And bless his little cotton big wool socks for putting up with me.... And Lord give me grace to remember I was once so full of the excitement of something different than "my" norm.
Our new house sits on nearly 14 acres, and about 2/3 of it is wooded. I'm already dreaming of the perfect Charlotte Mason education for my littles.... complete with nature notebooks and reading under trees....

Any ideas on tick bite prevention?

Monday, May 23, 2005

View from our new driveway

Sunday, May 22, 2005

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer, a hero and a poet

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Hello from o-HI-o!

We looked at four houses today.... one in a beautiful setting near a small river, but not enough bedrooms (or bedrooms without windows or closets!) and the lot was too small... one on a big beautifully landscaped lot, but the house was too small... another on a big lot that had once been beautiful, but housed a house and guest house full of mold, straw, varmits and animal feces (UGH!!)... and the fourth was positively gorgeous, as if it had been custom built for our family. The owners have four daughters... two teens and two little ones! The house is about 2-3 years old and the 13 acre lot has not been landscaped, it's mostly wooded, but it has potential. So far it's the keeper, but we have five houses to view tomorrow... One of those I know will also be gorgeous, but $100,000 more expensive and 5 years older... but also 10 miles closer to the office plus nearly 1,000 more square feet, and it has had more landscaping done... so we'll see!

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Grandpa and Lydia's Hands (by Mary, age 5)