Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving (tomorrow)!

A little photo of our latest school project. After a few wounded and burnt fingers on my part, here's what we made. We've worked on a Mayflower lesson for about 2 weeks. Trust me, it's not been all about the turkey. The turkey was just easier for us to do together.

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. --Psalm 118:1

Home TLC

I wish I had taken a good "before," but I didn't. I'll remember that for future reference. You can get a vague idea what it was at this past post.

Here's my love. I had to ask extra nice to get a photo out of him.

And he had lots of "help."

The finished product.

Mom's desk

I don't think the sheers match particularly well anymore. I have some things in mind, but here near Christmastime, I'm waiting.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

What Have You Done?

Borrowed from Sharon and Michelle :)

the things you’ve done.

1. Started your own blog

2. Slept under the stars

3. Played in a band (in high school band)

4. Visited Hawaii

5. Watched a meteor shower

6. Given more than you can afford to charity

7. Been to Disneyland/world

8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang/played a solo (both)

11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris

13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child (I've been adopted, though!)

16. Had food poisoning

17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France

20. Slept on an overnight train

21. Had a pillow fight

22. Hitch hiked

23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (I'm ashamed to admit it, but I did as a lost teenager)

24. Built a snow fort - snow?! Isn't that the white stuff you see in postcards?

25. Held a lamb (We did a live manger scene at church one year and I got to hold a lamb. It was the sweetest little thing!)

26. Gone skinny dipping

27. Run a Marathon

28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice

29. Seen a total eclipse

30. Watched a sunrise or sunset (both)

31. Hit a home run - I don't guess video games count, huh...

32. Been on a cruise

33. Seen Niagara Falls in person

34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors

35. Seen an Amish community

36. Taught yourself a new language - I hope to one day.

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person

39. Gone rock climbing

40. Seen Michelangelo’s David in person

41. Sung karaoke

42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt

43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant - we've actually had a stranger buy our meal though.

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (When I was very little, say 2 or 3, my dad used to go snorkeling in the Gulf. He would put me in an inflatable toy raft and take me out with him. Although I wasn't the one actually snorkeling, I still went, so that counts! It was pretty fun...until we got so far out that we couldn't see the shoreline, and the waves stopped and the Gulf was all smooth, then it was scary. Especially when Dad would stay underwater for several minutes!)

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater

55. Been in a movie

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business (sort of, we took over an existing business, but it was just like starting a new one, with the business license and such. We already had clientèle)

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Gotten flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma (just blood)

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy - I am the exact opposite of a pack-rat, so...

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten Caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job - sort of like a voluntary lay off, but not fired

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone (nothing major: a toe and a nose)

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle - not a motorcycle, but a very fast speeding four-wheeler right on the main highway! Don't ever let Jeremy drive!

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican - ya know, if you've seen the Sistine Chapel (#49), then you've been to the Vatican.

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating - I've watched Jeremy and my father-in-law do it every deer season. Watching is enough for me!

88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life (I would say that keeping Ethan away from peanuts on a daily basis is saving his life)

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Made a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

Friday, November 21, 2008

Sew, Sow and Home

I have been trying to make Lydia some clothes for play, and I have made some progress. My mom was sweet, in that she made Lydia a nice toasty warm nightgown. I wish I had one just like it for me!It is just a wee-touch long, but I haven't noticed her having trouble with it. After all, the longer it is, the more use she'll get out of it, right?

I would go and get out some of what I've already made for her, but I want her to have them on for the picture. She's still napping. It's just not the same affect if you lie them out flat, ya know?

Oh, and I added a Christmas layout! I guess it's more like a wintertime layout, but whatever. :)

On a more random note, Jeremy and I took a trip to Brewton last night. On the way there is a little fabric store that I've always wanted to go into, but it's only open during office hours. I don't usually go to Brewton without Jeremy, so I've never been able to go. Anyway, they were open late last night for some sort of Christmas retailer something-or-another. *gets to the point* Jeremy offered to take me to the fabric store when we noticed it was open (I would have never, ever asked him to!). Can you believe that I won a door prize?!

The gift was wrapped and entitled "Sow and Sew." You'll see why when you see what was inside:

  • first off, the pot is just adorable!
  • a 3-piece set of garden tools
  • 3 packs of seeds
  • a kneeling pad
  • a fan/mister
  • gardening gloves
  • Aveeno hand lotion
  • a generous yard of fabric
  • about 2/3 yard of matching lace
  • a yard ornament...a cherub?
  • Yankee Candle pumpkin and vanilla spice potpourri
  • if you click to enlarge, you'll see these brightly colored worm-things. Any ideas as to what purpose they may accomplish? Were they just for decoration or something?
  • a pen with some personality

You'll also notice the pretty shades of blue in the background. Hopefully tonight, they'll be separated by chair rail! It's so swell having a handy husband. Our home face lift continues!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Light of the World Is Still Jesus!

A very close friend of mine sent this link to a sermon not too long ago. The message was preached by Bro. David Grice, Pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. It's quite chilling.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lydia Singing

I don't know how well this video is going to work, because I've never done this before, but here goes. You can turn off my background music at the bottom. Here's Lydia (21 months old) singing the latter part of Jesus Loves Me:

Mother's translation: Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.

Other exciting happenings from today:

  • As I was organizing the day's school lesson and preparing this chicken broth that's been simmering all day, John comes in with an arm full of mustard greens and says, "Mom can we have mustard greens for supper?" Well, I guess since you picked them...
  • Ethan has trouble saying his "R" sounds. They typically come out as "W's." Yesterday he said his R's correctly when he was sounding out his words. It's the first time that I've heard him ever, ever say the R sound. He made even more progress today!
  • We're working with the boys to learn their parts for the Christmas program. They are making excellent progress.
  • Lydia is having much trouble during school. She's just not happy to play quietly and alone. I can't play with her. I have 100% no regrets or complaints, but homeschooling with a baby is really challenging!
  • Just through hearing the boys' Bible lessons, Lydia is starting to remember Scripture! What a blessing! Huzzah for homeschool!
  • We're waiting for UPS to bring a big shipment of ammunition. Lots of people we know are stocking up before the President-elect becomes the President of the United States of America. He has endorsed raising taxes on guns and ammunition by a staggering 500 percent. We're getting it while we can...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook - November 15, 2008

For Today...

Outside my window...the wind is howling as a cold front comes through. It's very cold here...for Florida.

I am thinking...about what we shall do once Jeremy gets home from work.

From the learning rooms...delving into our usual study of phonics. Both boys have done so well with learning to read. I'm also contemplating if I will use the afternoon to try to organize this room, which is used for so many purposes. Clutter accumulates here very quickly.

I am thankful for...Lydia doing so extremely well with potty training. I'm also thankful for the evening we spent last night with our youth group and for the special little lady we met on visitation Thursday who joined us for our evening.

I am wearing... a long sleeved pink knit top and an old and worn denim skirt. As always, my old faithful tennis shoes. Hair is pony-tailed today.

From the kitchen...nothing terribly exciting yet, but the day is young. Maybe a loaf of bread. We'll be having sweet potatoes tonight. I also need to put up more greens.

I am reading...Unafraid: Mary, Lineage of Grace, vol 5 by Francine Rivers...still :)

I am hoping...that I accomplish all these little goals I have for today. I'm praying that the young lady who came over yesterday will join us for Sunday School tomorrow.

I am creating...simple jumpers for Lydia, who needs play clothes badly.

Around the house...the house needs sweeping up from our visitors last night, but other than that, is in good order. I'm still hoping that we're soon able to paint the house.

One of my favorite the sound of my children getting along well, as they are doing now.

A few plans for the rest of the week...since the week is nearly finished, not much. Hopefully working on the youth Christmas play, having a great day at church tomorrow, and planning for Thanksgiving.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Lydia is swinging on the boys' bunk bed, as we are tucking them in.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Quotes on Influence

Are you somebody's inspiration? You should be. There should be about your life those qualities which would inspire someone to nobler living.
- Dr. Lee Roberson, "Two Dogs and Peace of Mind," 1974

As I was thumbing through a book of quotes by Dr. Roberson, I came across this one. It caused me to think about the very special ladies in my life who encourage me to go on for Christ. What I find amazing, and almost ironic, is that those ladies who inspire me the most will at times come and share that I edify them also! When I count how much of a Godly example these ladies are to me, I am truly humbled to think that God could use "little ole me" to encourage others.

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. --Proverbs 27:17

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Family Portraits

We try to get our family portraits annually near Christmastime. Here are the better ones from our shoot Monday. Don't worry, it's all legal. We typically buy the copyrights. :-)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Just Sharing

Food for Thought

I stumbled upon this quote this week and I've been thinking it over at length:

However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, Sep. 17, 1796

I write this in the wake of Tuesday's election results. Such truth in his words, isn't it? I haven't spent too much time on this blog in the field of politics. Not because I'm ill-informed or anything, but that's just not where God is leading.

When I turned 18, I asked God to show me how to vote. Here is where I had peace in deciding how to vote: maybe there will be a time when no one who is a born-again Christian is running. Just be sure that your man isn't crossing any of the boundaries I set up in the Bible and you'll be voting right.

This year was the first year that I didn't vote Republican. Under my husband's leadership, we voted third-party. Of course, mour guy didn't win. But in the end, I voted for a man who was right with God's Word. You wouldn't believe how great I felt! I didn't check an "R" because an "R" had to be better than the "D." (it's not always. Many "R's" are "D's" in denial. Forget what the news feeds us and read voting records. There's where the truth is). I didn't have to settle on "the lesser of two evils." (Which is still evil, I remind you). I held my candidate up to the Bible.

We voted for Chuck Baldwin or the Constitution Party. Yes, he's a pastor. Is he wrong for leaving his pastorate? Is he campaigning and then "falling back on" his church? I don't know. But I'm certain that even if he's dead-wrong for leaving his church, we'd still be better off with him than with McCain or Obama.

You don't have to agree with me. After I left my voting precinct Tuesday, I can attest that I had the peace of God...far more than I'd ever had voting before.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Just by happenstance, I noted that I began this blog 1 year ago today. I've actually been blogging since about 2003, but I deleted my old blog. It had sort of taken on a personality that I didn't like. Anyway, I'm rambling again.

Happy blogiversary to "A Picture of Grace!" [insert noisemaker racket here]