Friday, October 31, 2008

Popcorn Balls

I have been planning on making popcorn balls for weeks. I was so excited because I thought it wold be so good if I put miniture M&M's in them. I was a bit concerned that the color would bleed.
I didn't think about the fact that they might meld and hence make them rather messy. So I don't suggest using any kind of chocolate candy. Yes, I know you all would have probably thought about it melting but...this is me. I don't always think everything through all the way. This was my second attempt at popcorn balls. They worked much better with no frills.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Study of Bugs Comes to Life

We have been learning about bugs for sometime now. The girls are fascinated by them. Yesterday, we had a day in homeschooling that didn't go too well. So I decided that we needed to get out of the house and go on a bug walk. Our goal was to find a chrysalis (a butterfly cocoon). We didn't find any butterfly cocoons but we found a yellow jacket nest. They swarmed us and burrowed in our clothes biting and stinging Melanie. Melanie had about 10 stings and Emma got one on the back of her neck. Melanie who has struggled being overcome by fear of pain was completely overtaken. We walked beating off the bee's for more than a block when Jason arrived in his truck to whisk the kids away. I believe God allowed Melanie to face one of her greatest fears to show her that she won't die but in the midst of the trauma He is with her and can help her. She is still struggling with the emotions and fear of yesterday. So I would like to ask if you could join in prayer with me in praying that Melanie won't live her life being held captive by her fears but would allow God to show her His grace.

These are pictures of Melanie right after the attack with her baking soda paste on her stings.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Cinnomen Roll Casserole and other random things

This picture has nothing to do with the cassarole but I loved how her eyes seemed to jump out off of the page.
Earlier in the week the girls and I made bread. We made one special loaf of cinnamon swirl bread that we planned on making french toast with. This morning we started to make the french toast and slicing up the bread when I found that it wasn't holding together well. So we decided to improvise and make something else out of the ingredients we had. A few years ago at a church breakfast we had a casserole out of bread and eggs. So we tried to make it. We just cut up the bread into smaller pieces, added eggs, cinnamon, salt, a little sugar and baked it forever. We were all pleasantly surprised that it turned out tasty.

I pulled down the curtains in our dining room to wash them, it was way overdue. I also needed to mend them because they were about an inch too long. I made a mistake and hemmed them up 4 inches which looked ridiculous. So I had to trade the curtains for a set in the living room that hang behind a couch and won't show how short they are. Now I have to wash, iron, and hem a second set of curtains. Ahh, I am always making more work for myself. It is a good thing because I realized that Mel and Meg hadn't really ever ironed before and they need to know how in their sewing so they helped me iron the first set of curtains.
This is another random picture that I loved and wanted to share with you.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


We had our normal sewing day with Nana today instead of Friday because Melanie will be spending all weekend with Jason's parents. She will be going to their house tomorrow and we were trying to fit in all the fun stuff we could do before she left.

This is what our day looked like in pictures.

We went to Nana's in the morning. Came home for a quick lunch and then went to Kids Club to meet Stephanie and her kids.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Long Weekend

This weekend was really long. I attended a homeschool seminar Friday night and all day Saturday. Jason watched the kids and prepared his sermon. Sunday, right before Jason went up to preach the fire alarm went off. I did a little inward panic and ran to the nursery. I had sent Emma by herself to the nursery so I wouldn't miss hearing Jason again. I panicked because I thought that somehow Emma might have been the one to pull the fire alarm. The funny thing is that Bonnie, Jason's mom had volunteered to take her to the nursery but I had forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the sanctuary emptying. I turned out that the janitor tripped the alarm by accident.

Everyone seemed to wake up tired this morning and not a 100%. So I thought we would do more activity based learning today instead of our normal routine. So I decided to make a double batch of bread and let the girls help me roll it into loaves when they woke up. We watched a science video, played a counting game (seen in the photo's), and practiced 'keeping' our home. Buddy had a hard time with the counting game because the pieces were chocolate chips. Later I switched to noodles. Can you believe it they ate the dry noodles too!

Monday's always seem extra long waiting for swimming class to come in the evenings and we are recovering from the weekend. I am looking forward to a normal school day tomorrow but am grateful for the break from our regular routine.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


I read this, this evening and it so struck my heart I wanted to share it with you. I read this prayer that someone else prayed long ago and prayed it myself several times over. I pray it encourages you to allow Him to occupy the throne of your heart as well.

O God of the highest heaven,
Occupy the throne of my heart,
take full possession and reign supreme,
lay low every rebel lust, let no vile passion resist thy holy war;
manifest thy mighty power,
and make me mine for ever.

This is taken from The Valley of Vision, ~Regeneration, they are Puritan prayers and devotions.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Kids On A Motorcycle

Rick is borrowing a motorcycle from a friend for a while. The little ones were excited to sit on it on Sunday. The big girls were thrilled to get a ride.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Bird Fest at Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge

Today we went to Bird Fest with a young lady from church. These are a sampling of the pictures I took. In the picture above you are looking at sea otters sun bathing.

This is a true sign of the end of summer's bounty.
This oak tree is thought to have been around when Lewis and Clark explored this area. It took 8 kids holding hands to wrap around the tree. It is truly magnificent.

Pictures of My Sweet Babies

Friday, October 10, 2008

Puritan Prayer

I read a puritan prayer this morning. I wanted to share a portion of this with you.

"Lord, grant that my religion may not be occasional and partial, but universal, influential, effective, and may I always continue in thy words as well as thy works, so that I may reach my end in peace."

This is taken from, The Valley of Vision ~ The Mediator

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Family Today

Jason is helping me get ready for our care group to come over.

I tried taking all the kids pictures in the same spot today. But Buddy wasn't in the mood to get his picture taken. He started taking off when the first flash hit.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Random Pictures of the Day

This is a picture of some of the bread I made this morning. I also made a batch of sticky buns but they went faster than I could take a picture.
This picture was taken when Buddy was trying to hide from nap time.
Here we have Melanie playing on the computer in the background, her favorite hobby and Emma is in make believe land. Perry Mason is also in the background, this is my favorite afternoon hobby, hehe.
These are pictures of Melanie and Megan's homework assignments on Christopher Columbus. If you click on the photo's you will be able to see them larger. They are very cute.