Saturday, July 21, 2007

The hair...

Family picture with the dog!

The hair. Although in the shadow it's hard to see how bright it actually is.
Family picture without the dog. Josiah and Sasha don't look too happy, maybe we'll use the dog one instead...

Thursday, July 19, 2007


I am procrastinating so badly and I will pay, but right now I don't care, I've been enjoying myself running to knock on friends' doors in the blog world to see how everyone is. I've been to Africa and the States already this evening. How fun is that?

We are in the throes of getting ready for a big family reunion this weekend which means getting the yard and house ship-shape, cooking heaps of food, making mad dashes to the city for last minutes items that you should have purchased weeks ago and generally getting no sleep.

However, in the midst of it all we've been having some fun, too...

- I went to the 'big' city for a doctor's appointment for Sam with the respirologists. They were the ones pushing for his heart surgery b/c they were guessing that his meds were fouling up his respiratory system. Turns out they were right. He went from severly decreased lung capacity and three different medications to help him breathe to no meds and perfect lungs within a year of his surgery. Praise the Lord, he has a perfectly clean bill of health. Healed lungs and healed heart.

- Whilst I was in the big city I took it upon myself to purchase some hair coloring. One of my very bestest friends said she would oblige me by dumping the stuff on my head - I was too scared to do it myself. After a delightful meal in her home, we went at it, I am now strawberry blonde! Was supposed to be golden blonde but it's a little too reddish to call it golden. We quite like it.

-Also in the city I purchased some new scrapbooking supplies and have been turning out lovely pages of my precious little peanut. (K&Company makes the best paper ever! My Mind's Eye Tres Jolie line gets my vote for lovely little quotes to fill in a page - it's so fun to work with new stuff) Two of my crafty buddies from my former life came down and we had a fabulous little sleep-over and scrapbooking day.

- Last night my sister-in-law and I spirited our older kids away to the drive-in to watch Shrek the Third. What a hoot that was, we had so much fun. Great movie. We're hoping to get to Nancy Drew and PIrates 3 this summer, too.

- I started making an absolutely fabulous skirt in a pretty brown and cream print the other day, close fitting on top flaring out with a sweet vertical ruffle in the front seam. I'll post pics later.

Okay, I have to go shred 15 pounds of beef and clean my kitchen before I go to bed.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Reflection Awards

I have had the honor of being given an award. I am humbled and thank Randi at I Have To Say for her kind words she has given me a "Reflection Award". This is described as follows:

"make you reflect on five bloggers who have been an encouragement, a source of love, impacted you in some way, and have been a Godly example to you. Five Bloggers who when you reflect on them you get a sense of pride and joy… of knowing them and being blessed by them."
So now I get the privelege of passing it on to:
Randi - I have to give it back because I so enjoy reading her blog, she has inspired me to try things I had never thought of trying. The way she supports her kids in what they do is an excellent example to all moms.
Sarah - my dear real life sister in the Lord, what a testimony to God's faithfulness in the midst of dark times. You are a shining light in this here dark world. I love you so much.
Nin - can't have one sis without the other....that would be like Jekyll without Hyde, peanut butter without the jam, cheeze whiz without anything. The way Nin communicates her heart is direct arrow toward the Father. Blessings on you girl.
Tonia - we've been in the same blogosphere for a long time, living somewhat parallel lives. You are so honest in what you write and you write it so well.
TC - Fish in My Hair never fails to make me laugh. There have been many days where I was not feeling like laughing, ended up on TC's front porch and felt better afterwards. Thank you.
Lovely ladies, one and all, I look forward to more blogging days, so many wonderful people to meet!

Family Fantastic Camp

Tea I'm drinking: Lemon Spice with a bit of honey
Music I'm listening to: The song of a peaceful house (big boys are at camp, little ones are watching a movie, baby is sleeping, the dryer and washer are doing their jobs and the wind is singing in the trees to accompany the birds).

I'm in the midst of baking an insane amount of foccacia bread, italian cheese bread and plain cheese bread. Believe it or not these are mostly my own recipes (except the spice blend for the foccacia - I used Epicure's blend, but now I'm out so I'll have to make it up). I love baking bread, it's one of the things I'm really good at in the kitchen and today is cool enough to allow for baking in a big way! We have a big family to-do coming up next week and I'm on for the herb bread.

We had a wonderful weekend at family camp. Here is where we went. It was a smallish affair with only 7 families in attendance and that was very nice. They had their counselling staff on hand to assist us with our kids which was lovely. We went down the zip line (that thing is almost a 1/4 of a mile long), climbed walls, swam alot and ate wonderful food. The kids played games, caught crayfish, frogs and tadpoles in the creek and got nice and brown. On Saturday night they fed the kids early, took them off to play and prepared a banquet for the parents. WOW!! They sure know how to put on a spread complete with decorations, lovely music and deserts that were amazing. We also had a speaker, campfires and a hay ride. All of this for only $250! What a steal of a deal. We plan to bring as many families as we can convince to come next year, your extra special deal is that we are the speakers next year - what a bonus for you!

Gotta go mix up some more bread....I'll be back, I have much for to say today.

I'm back, my oh my, does that bread smell good! I also got to re-acquaint myself with a gal I went to Bible school with. That was an extra bonus. The two big boys stayed behind for a week of Junior Camp, hope they have fun. Here are some pics of our weekend...

So good to have a pool available when the temperature hit 39 degrees! (that's almost 100 in Farenheit). I got the bonus of driving into Saskatoon (a 6 hour round trip) in my air conditioned vehicle for the worst part of that day to pick up my long lost girlie and my boys' friend. So good to see her again after a 10 day separation.

The view from the top of the zip line! Very intimidating the first time you go down...and every time after for that.

Getting ready to head out on the hay ride to Lake Wannabea and beyond...

One of the fine young ladies who helped us with our kids and who also happens to be one of our youth group. For S and S, she was the best part of camp.

Kelly's birthday happened to be on Saturday and the other young lady's birthday was the day before so the staff sang a rousing rendition of something-or-other that resembled a birthday kind of greeting.

My littlest man atop a very big horse. I'm actually glad I wasn't there to see that. I think the horses scare me more than the zip line did.

The fraidy-cat brothers fight their fear and head to the zip line...way to go guys! I am so proud of you...they even had fun on the 'creepy' zip line.
Note to CWG and wife: EJ is a happy clam and has an excellent I signed off on his medical form and left our name as a contact if they couldn't get hold of you.

Here's my monkey girl on the climbing wall (tilt your head to the left to get a better idea of what she's doing). She totally loved the wall and did it 5 times in a row...that's all they'd let her do.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Showing Off (just a little)

Tea I'm drinking at the moment: Peppermint - soothing tea for an uptight mommy
Listening to: The Bridge - new Canadian artists singing variations on old hymns - a lovely, soothing listen.
Okay, today I am not wordless! Since we are heading off to family camp this afternoon it will be quiet around here for a few days. Leave lots of comments so I know I was missed at least a little okay! Below are a few of the projects I've been working on lately. I have so enjoyed going to other people's lovely blogs to see all the cute things that they're coming up with. I've been inspired, so I hope you enjoy these tidbits. These two cuties were dedicated to the Lord in matching John Deere outfits a couple of weeks ago. After making one for Princess Peanut I couldn't resist making one for her new cousin for their double dedication day. They were sooooooooooo cute. As Christ-bearer says, "Look how cute they are chillin' together!"
This is me in our Camelina field wearing the tunic top I made. Unfortunately tunics don't look so good on me, however, tucking it in totally took out the maternity/uniform look it had. I LOVE those stripes! Looking forward to wearing it plenty this summer.

Christ-bearer chillin' in the hammock that was kind of a group project. He had this idea about a year or more ago. We made the fabric part up but had no where to hang it in our old house. We found it the other day, dad added the wood, Firekid strung the string and I helped get it up onto the trees. That is one proud as punch cheesy grin wouldn't you say!
I was so inspired by Randi and the SewMamaSew sight that I had to try my hand at making a bag of my own. I think I get extra credit because I ended up having to draft my own pattern because my mama must have the same bag cut out and sitting somewhere in her sewing room because it was missing from the pattern packet. Anyway, I managed to draft my own pattern using the instructions as a guide. It wasn't really that hard and fortunately you can't see all the little screw ups. Yes it is the same fabric as my shirt and yes, Sonya, I promise to NOT use them at the same time! :)
Little more detail, the pink stuff on the bottom is shimmery and pretty! I couldn't get a decent picture of the lining fabric but it is fabric I used for making some boxer shorts that has little pigs all over it. I figured it was appropriate for a bag, you know..."to market to market to buy a fat hog" and "this little piggy went to market". So I think it will be named "The Little Piggy" bag!
So that's all my showing off for the moment! Have a blessed weekend...we're off for a family adventure, zip lines, climbing walls and swimming!!!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

What to write?

It's a good thing there were some comments on here today, I was feeling a little bit sorry for myself today thinking no one reads this anyway so why do I bother?

Lucky you! Because of a few comments I am encouraged to continue. With what?

I don't know...I wanted to post the picture of boy #2 in the hammock he made (with a little help) with his big cheesy grin on his face...but my batteries are dead in my camera...

I have a flower running around in my head about giving of what we have freely because the source doesn't run out, but I never seem to get here when the thoughts are running in the right direction.

I could write about the funky smell I'm smellin' but am not quite sure what it is or if I want to know!

I could write about how stinkin' hot it is.

I could write that we're heading to family camp soon and very soon...kinda exciting.

I could make a post like Care Bear's about where we were a year that would be interesting!

- we had a three month old baby that was supposed to be only 2 months old.
- Now we have a delightful 16 month old baby who is cute as can be!
- I probably weighed the same as I do now - sad to say...and I don't have a scale so I can't tell ya how much that was...nor do I want to know.
- I had two those two dogs are gone and I have a new one plus 4 cats
- I lived in the city in a big, beautiful house
- Now I live on a farm in a big, beautiful house
- We ran our own business from our home
- now we run our own business from our home, but it's a farm
- We had no regular income other than the goverment payments for child tax, etc.
- Now we have a regular income and that's a nice thing
- I was getting ready to home school our 2 oldest boys
- Now I am getting ready to home school our oldest girl and the boys will be going to school in town
- We were getting ready to stay at the farm for harvest - time with the distant possibility of moving here in the future
- Here we are, lock, stock and barrel!
- My husband didn't have any specific minsitry that he was involved in
- Now he is the associate pastor with a focus on youth in his home church - didn't see that one comin'

That's all for now, I'm tired and I want to go to bed.