Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Country Critter Update
Caleb~1st place in the Intermediate Small Frame Division.
Hannah~1st place in the No Frame Junior Division.
Wow...this will make a trip to the state fair even more fun!
I'll keep you posted...

Rebekah's quilt is finished!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY January 26, 2009...
Outside my window...it is very foggy, and a little balmy.

I am thinking...I have an awful lot to do this week.
I am thankful for...a Heavenly Father to cast all my cares on.

From the learning rooms...Science and History are priorities this week

From the kitchen...pumpkin pancakes for breakfast.

I am wearing...jeans and a t-shirt.

I am creating...socks and Hannah's quilt...the scarves and Rebekah's quilt are complete.

I am going...to a birthday party with children.

I am reading...The Bible and My Utmost for His Highest.

I am hoping...for strength to not grow weary this week.

I am hearing...someone back in the kitchen.

Around the house...things are messy, there was a whole lot of living going on.
One of my favorite things...completed projects.
A few plans for the rest of the week: preparing for a camping trip, a lot of work for the business, Science and History, 4-H meeting.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...the hay feeder my husband and boys built last weekend (with the help of a friend, thanks Matthew).
If you like, please visit Peggy's site and read through a few more Daybooks.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

"Country Critters" complete

We have been crafting, creating, recycling old projects, searching the aisles of our local craft store for ideas and here they are.........

Caleb's goat~Hannah's bunny~

The deadline is tomorrow. We will deliver them to our local cattlemans's hall and the judging takes place the beginning of next week.....We'll keep you posted.

This 4-H project, as a whole, turned out better than I anticipated. The careful attention given to details proved to be a good learning experience for both children.
Hannah is happy to be one step closer to getting a live bunny for her fair exhibit.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY January 19, 2009...

Outside my window...it is dark, has been raining, and cold is on the way.

I am thinking...there is much to be done this week.

I am thankful for...God's provision in this time of economic uncertainty.

From the learning rooms...4-H projects due Friday, J.'s semster starts tomorrow, S.'s first semster of college classes, routine...it's a good thing.

From the kitchen...soup, dinners for those who need a blessing, homemade tortillas.

I am wearing...p.j.s, it is still dark!

I am creating...the binding on a quilt, a scarf, and some delayed birthday gifts.

I am going...to the normal places I go every week.

I am reading...the end of The Shack.

I am hoping...to actually finish the master camping list.

I am hearing...the new cow we have moo in the front pen.

Around the house...things are messy from a lot of living the last few days.

One of my favorite things...my husband praying and praising God for break throughs in our life.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Helping the oldest two young men in my house get off to college classes with all the books and support I can find. Helping the younger children complete 4-H projects. Beginning a major business project with my husband.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...this is the the latest addition to our small farm.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

cute giveaway

Visit Ashley here and tell her which pouch you like best.
They are really cute, but due to my regular laundry hanging therapy session, my favorite is the laundry.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY January 12, 2009...
Outside my window...it is cloudy and cold is on the way.
I am thinking...we have a busy week of school and projects.
I am thankful for...children that love to be home.
From the learning rooms...4-H projects, missionary reports and back to books.

From the kitchen...soup and french bread for most of the week, it's cold.
I am wearing...jeans and sweater.
I am creating...a scarf and finishing a quilt.
I am going...to missionary co-op, the library, orchestra rehearsal, the college to register my second child.
I am reading...the end of The Shack.
I am hoping...to work on the master camping list this week.
I am hearing...childeren that need direction.
Around the house...I am hoping to start a few cleaning projects (closets mostly).
One of my favorite things...soup!
A few plans for the rest of the week: children activities and projects, staying home, date night with my best friend.
Here is picture thought I am sharing...venison in the freezer!

If you enjoyed the Simple Woman's Daybook, please share with the rest of us.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

visit mommycoddle.com

and.............you could win this printer! A giveaway you won't want to miss. Visit Molly here and enter your chance to will an Epson Artisan 800 printer.
Don't know what that is? Read her post and you'll want one too.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

scarlet sunset

This picture was taken tonight from my back porch. A cool front has come through bringing a quick shower to settle the dust and then this lovely painting appeared across the sky. Today was filled with a 4-H project, piano lessons, orchestra rehearsal, chicken soup for supper, and plans for a football party tomorrow night. I hope you had a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

knitting club resumes

I pray the day will not come that I can not learn something new.

Here is the second scarf I have knitted.

This is a shocking accomplishment since I learned to knit last month.

Posted today in honor of the return of knitting club.

A cup of coffee, and a few kind ladies willing to offer much help.

So if you are wanting to learn...come on, it's a new year and you can do it!

Monday, January 05, 2009

welcome 2009!

My Aunt and Uncle called and invited us to the lake house for New Year's Eve. We loaded that, just repaired in time, camper and headed out for a night of fishing, oyster roast, campfire, fireworks, fish fry etc. One night turned into three nights and so much fun.

What a place to sit and reflect on the year gone by and dream about the year ahead. Children running and laughing, memories of my childhood at the lake shared while at the same time they are making their own cousin memories.

It is just easier to ponder these things while sitting here - away from all the distractions of home.
No need to worry, Emma guards the gate (O.K. the dock).

My real life Tom Sawyer could not be happier.

A good catch from the end of the dock!

The dregs of what were two bushels of oysters.

Complete with fire crackers and smores.

Thank you children for making this fun. That you Uncle R and Aunt P, for inviting us and feeding us and letting us stay longer than what you planned. Thank you Mom and Dad for going and being the great Nanny and Poppy that you are. We are very blessed.

If the start is any indication ~ it's gonna be a very good year!