Thursday, June 24, 2010

2010 Youth Camp

Hi everyone! Next week Jeremy and I will be privileged to take 13 teenagers to youth camp. From the best I can count, it will 4 teens' "rookie year." One of them is attending for her SEVENTH year!! When she started, the youth group age went from 12-18. The next year it went up to 13 (which was a very good thing). We have a surprise for the teens Sunday. I'll have to share it later though. I don't want to spoil it!

Hopefully when I return from camp I can get back to blogging.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Popping In

I am just stopping by because I have a question for all you great ladies. Every time I post a question you all do such a great job answering and offering opinions!

Several years ago I used to have a Swiffer WetJet. When we got ceramic tile laid, it seemed like it just didn't work so well. Honestly, it seemed like it didn't work so great on the linoleum flooring either. I would scrub over a tough spot until my arms ached and usually had to get on all fours to get up the spot. When we installed the tile, the WetJet would not even come close to getting into the grout. Not to mention that the pads and solution are pricey. I got rid of the WetJet, either to the landfill or the goodwill, and went back to a traditional mop.

You all know that a mop works great, of course, but it's such a pain to get out the mop bucket, draw water for it, mop, wait for the tile to dry, rinse the mop head out and yadda-yadda-yadda.

Sometimes I need to really get in there and mop, ya' know. But sometimes I just want to go over the floor quickly. Maybe the Swiffer WetJet can't replace a good ole' mop? Maybe it's made for quick cleaning and not deep cleaning?

I don't want to invest in the product (again) and be disappointed (again). Anyone have info or personal experience to share?

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ready for a Break

I have been blogging at A Picture of Grace now for nearly 3 years. I blogged at a different blog (which no longer exists) for several years before that. I have taken breaks for Josiah's birth, for Lydia's birth and for youth camps. I have not taken a break just because I needed one. I've got a lot here on the home front with the garden and other things, youth camp the end of this month, VBS shortly following, and plenty that needs a lot of fervent prayer. I've also been plagued with blogger's block. I have 3 or 4 posts which I began and none have been completed.

As my last post for a while, here are some photos.


John shooting hoops.


And Lydia getting right in the way of the future b-ball champ.


Josiah's favorite "toy" is the vacuum cleaner. He'll play with it for hours!

A few weeks ago we enjoyed a family outing. We took the kids to Bass Pro Shops.


Outside Bass Pro in Destin.

After this, we went to the beach. Being a local, you can learn where and when to go to avoid most of the typical beach attire. Closer to home, at Pensacola Beach, I know of place where there are no people as far as you can see!


We let the boys ditch their jeans for swimming trunks for this one!


We didn't have the beach all to ourselves on this trip, although most of the people were dressed to some extent. By that I'm meaning not wearing only typical swim attire: some with shorts, some with shirts. But trust me, when we set foot on that beach we got strange, long stares from everyone! I'll admit, we did look rather out of place.


A nice lady offered to take a picture of all of us, a treat for us.


Those pesky crashing waves!


We also wanted to take the children to the Gulf Coast beaches. Oil sheen is within 6 miles of Pensacola Beach. The "Emerald Coast" as I have known it my whole life may no longer exist after this summer. We really wanted the kids to maybe have some sort of memory of this aspect of God's glorious creation.


So then, I think that it's time for a break. Who knows how long. A month? Perhaps. I hope to return recharged!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Don't Miss This One!

I don't really participate in a giveaway unless it's something that I really, really want. This is something that I would probably faint if I won.

Franklin Springs Family Media is a fantastic family resource. A new blog, Raising Homemakers is giving away a 10 DVD set teaching how to homestead. If you are interested, visit Raising Homemakers and register. Spread the word for extra entries.