Thursday, February 24, 2011

Hoping for Spring

Still no photos.  We are mid decision on getting me a laptop or buying a new monitor for the big desktop.  We are not going to do any work on getting the photo software up and going until we decide this.

Woke up to about 2 inches of snow this morning.  I was so hoping for spring time being just around the corner.  So much that I set up my greenhouse two days ago.  lol  After the rain and snow I discovered that there is one part of the roof that collects water so I need to figure out something to prevent this.  We get a lot of rain so I want to take care of it as soon as possible.  Was really surprised to find it about 80 degrees in there even though it was about 30 something outside.  Maddy is really excited to start a pumpkin to grow for fair this year.  I am going to fix the roof problem before we do any planting in there.  I am so excited to have a green house!  It was just a cheap one but it will serve its purpose until we buy a house and can have a more permanent one.

We have added several new chickens to our little urban homestead.  4 for a new laying flock and 3 new bantams for Maddy's 4H.  The bantams are super cute, I just love bantams.  As we are in the city now we are going to stay at 4 chickens in our laying flock.  I think legally we are only supposed to have three, shhh don't tell.  :)  We now have a Australorp, Buff Orpington, Wyandotte, and a sexlink.  The person we bought from said they were Golden Sexlink but we have had those before and she doesn't look anything like them.  She looks more like a red Sexlink but we are not sure.  Maddy is going to do some research and figure it out for us.

Well I am off to chores for the afternoon.  The sun is peeking through the clouds and the kids are hoping for more snow.  Hope you are having a good week.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Wife of Noble Character

I love reading Proverbs 31.  Much to my surprise the book I just got Large Family Logistics has an entire first chapter about the Proverbs 31 Woman.  I love reading others thoughts on her.  What do you think about this Wise Woman?

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
   She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
   and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
   all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
   and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
   bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
   she provides food for her family
   and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
   her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
   and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
   and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
   and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
   for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
   and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
   she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
   but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 

This is just a note to myself as I want to look into this more in depth later.  I found it on another website.

Comparison of Ruth & the Proverbs 31 Woman
Devoted to her family Ruth 1:15-18 Proverbs  31:10, 11, 12, 23
Delighted in her work Ruth 2:2 Proverbs  31:13
Diligent in her labor Ruth 2:7,17,23 Proverbs  31:14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 27
Dedicated to godly speech Ruth 2:10,13 Proverbs  31:26
Dependent on God Ruth 2:12 Proverbs  31:25b, 30
Dressed with care Ruth 3:3 Proverbs  31:22, 25a
Discreet with men Ruth 3:6–13 Proverbs   31:11, 12, 23
Delivered blessings Ruth 4:14,15 Proverbs   31:28, 29

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I sit here exhausted.  It was a long day, full of rain, and wind, and more rain.  The little girls are still getting over their uh stomach bug so that was loads of fun.  We tried to do crafts but couldn't find the supplies we wanted.  We made do with brown coffee filters, which are so not the same as white for crafts.  There was bickering, fighting, hitting, screaming, and frustration.  There was also laughter, giggles, discussions, togetherness and love.  Mixed in with all the stuff that exhausts me were moments that fill my heart.  My kids are loud, crazy, and wild and I love each and every moment we have together.  As much as it drives me nut when Naomi screams at the top of her lungs, it is all worth it when she hugs me at night as I tuck her in.  Her little arms squeeze as hard as she can and then she smiles at you with her wrinkled nose and eyes all squished together.  I am very blessed.  

Monday, February 14, 2011

Nothing says Happy Valentine's like puke

We had a wonderful morning. After morning chores we planned our own little Valentine's Day Party. The kids made mint chocolate brownies, which we baked in heart decorated cupcake liners. We all made cards for each other and little pockets to hold the cards. Maddy made us a centerpiece of candles, and heart jewels. She also decorated red hearts all over the kitchen. We were very festive.

After so much junk that my stomach hurt and I could actually feel the sugar moving through my veins we had a lazy day of movies and book reading. The wind was blowing so hard and rain was just pelting on the windows, it was a nice relaxing day for sitting by the fire with a book. We still have lots of unpacking to do but we just ignored it all and enjoyed each other. :) Joe is at school this evening and I hope he had a good day. He was excited for the coffee and cookies. lol Great day over all, minus the stomach bug that the girls have and the puking the boy started this evening. Cause nothing says Valentine's Day like "Mom I puked!"

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Large Family Logistics

I have never really thought of our family as "large." When I think of large I think of the Duggars. lol I love reading about large families, I think they are wonderful! We have 4 kids and 2 adults and hope to adopt older children when our kids are a bit older so we will most likely be getting bigger in the next 5 or so years. I can't even imagine how families of 10+ children manage their household, I struggle with the laundry and day to day with just our 4. Four kids, while fun, does make for a need to be organized and planned. If I miss laundry one day it takes me a week to catch up, same with dishes. One meal is 6 plates, 6 cups, 6 silverware. Times that by three meals and 2 snacks a day and well you get the picture. I don't even own enough dishes to eat all those meals without loading the dishwasher at least once. lol From cleaning to meal planning to homeschooling and activities, we need it to be planned as much as possible!

I read about this book over on another mamas blog and had to go visit the website. It was a pretty good read. After hearing about the book again on another mama of 4's blog I decided to get it. I am always open to bits of advice from others who have been there and done that. The reviews on amazon are wonderful and I hope it is as good as I think it will be. Crazy that I am now at a point in my life where a book on family organization is exciting. lol I will let you know what I think after I've read it.

So are you a Mom of Many? What are your favorite tips for running a smooth household? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Today was one of those days you truly learn to enjoy living in the rainy PNW. The sun peeked out on and off most of the morning and I watched with anticipation hoping it would fully come out. It did! By afternoon the kids were outside trying out Madeline's new sidewalk paint set. I sat there watching them and just soaking in the sunshine. It was warm enough for no coats and the view was beautiful. I can see all the way across the river to OR from the front of the house. Its blocked a bit by trees and a few house roofs but still it was pretty. We had huge clouds all around, some white as can be and some that looked like they might dump on us at any moment. I love these days when I can turn off the heaters and air out the house.

The living room is coming along nicely, I hung my butterflies on the wall. Years and years ago a friend of mine worked in a shop that sold butterflies that are raised specifically for framing. They live only about 10 or so days and die. Locals to where they are grown raise them and frame them for sale. I have quite a few of them and they are some of my favorite decoration like items in my house.

After 8 years I finally poured the sand from the beach my husband and I went to on our honeymoon into a jar. It has sat in a bag since then waiting for me to do something crafty with. I poured it into a simple glass vase and put some of the driftwood and shells in there on top. It looks really nice and I have been looking at it fondly all day, remembering our honeymoon.

Still no photos as Joe needs to load the camera software, if its unpacked that is! Hope everyone has a wonderful week.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I'm Back!!

Its been such a sporadic year of posting and I have missed blogging and reading others blogs so much. I am very happy to say that we have moved! We are back in town and that means no more dial up internet!!! I am so excited. The move to the "country" was fun but we realized that our lives are just to busy right now. We have a dream of living out there and LOVE it (except for the overly large country spiders) we just have way too much going on at this point in our lives. Since Joe and I share a car there were days that Joe was driving up and down the river road 3-4 times, going to work, coming home, going back to town, etc. We loved and learned a lot living out there. I will miss the quiet, that I did enjoy.

In addition to moving Joe started Seminary school in January. It is something he has talked about for a long time, since I have know him actually, so 12 years. I am so excited for this next step for him.

Our new house is not quite cookie cutter but not really unique. Its on a hill behind the high school of our small town and we can see the river and to the east Mt Hood. Space is an issue so I would love anyone's input or links to organizing. Right now everything is in boxes in the garage and I kind of want to just give it all to Goodwill. lol The two older kids are sharing rooms as are the two younger girls. I am trying to figure out storage space for all the craft and home school supplies. Which I will admit is an amazingly large amount of stuff. We love our crafts! I also need to pare down my kitchen as the storage in there is much less. So send me your links and ideas. I probably won't be posting regularly this week or two as I unpack and get the kids and I settled into a new house but once we are expect a years worth of pictures and lots of posts.

Just had to share a link to this blog, its a mama friend and I love what she creates! We made these at Christmas with red, green, and white squares glued onto baby food jars. I think we will take some time out of the unpacking to make some valentines jars. Homemade Serenity: Valentines Votives

Happy day to everyone and hope you are getting beautiful weather!