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Monday, May 14, 2018

Rebekah's 19th birthday!

This post is WAY overdue...

Rebekah had a very fun 19th birthday this year. We invited LOTS of friends over for a "coffee" party at our home. We had done this party once before, and the 2nd one coincided with her birthday. We hosted a brunch and served LOTS of coffee to grandparents, church friends, school friends and work friends. We probably had over 35 people in our house! (Our house is about 1,800 square feet, so it was a crowd!) We loved having everyone here!

It's no secret among our friends that we are big coffee lovers. My hubby roasts and grinds his own coffee beans. We have many coffee makers. We have a regular drip coffee maker, an Italian press, a French press, a Turkish press and a choriodor (sp?) from Costa Rica. We also have a Slow Brew coffee making system. Before our big kids started drinking coffee, we made strong coffee daily in our French or Italian presses. Once I asked the little girls what we should get Joshua for his birthday, and Bethany replied, "Probably another coffee maker..." Lol. That is what Daddy likes!

So we wanted people to come and try the different varieties of brewed coffee. We made Italian & French press, as well as drip coffee using the same home roasted coffee beans. It was nice to taste the differences. Joshua also made Turkish coffees upon request (the grind is VERY fine on the beans).
When the kids steal your phone...
Rebekah made a dairy-free coffee cake, and she and Joshua made a egg/sausage/hash browns casserole together. Attendees brought muffins, donuts, banana bread, etc., It was a great feast! The huge bummer part is that I took NO pictures until later in the day. It was still great fun to celebrate our big girl and she enjoyed her gifts too. She got some great clothes, wall hangings, mugs, keychains and books.
 After the party we went to a nearby school and played Ultimate Frisbee...

Later in the day, we hung out with her boyfriend, and she made a yummy dairy free chocolate cake that she should have made the night before. OOPS! The frosting slid right off of the warm cake! We still enjoyed the gooey mess though! It was very chocolatey and delicious!

Her birthday is always so fun as she gets older. She is such a joy to us as parents. She is doing well in college, enjoying singing and learning more about music. She's gotten lots of A's her freshman year, I'm sure it will continue! She is a hard worker, funny, sweet, kind and loving. We think we'll keep our Rebekah girl as long as we can!

Zephaniah 3:17
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Genesis 24:30, 45, 51
As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister’s arms, and had heard Rebekah tell what the man said to her, he went out to the man and found him standing by the camels near the spring.
...“Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder. She went down to the spring and drew water, and I said to her, ‘Please give me a drink.’...Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

American Girl class highlights: Addy & Samantha

We had another fun semester of American Girl class! We studied Addy and Samantha for 6 weeks each. We had fun with the crafts, but apparently I didn't take too many pictures! I loved getting to know each one of the girls a little more. They are so sweet! The first two pictures below are when we made spool puppets during Addy. I don't know what the girl on the left was doing when I took the picture! The dolls are a little complicated, and I am always so thankful for the mom's who help! The girls enjoyed most of the snacks, except for carrot soup with Samantha... it was different!
 A girl showing off her spool puppet!
 Making our felt wall hangings...

During Samantha, there are a few weddings in her family. The books don't discuss the weddings much, but we made some old-fashioned wedding favors with doilies, a string of pearls, a bright pink ribbon around it all, and a round piece of tulle in the middle with bubbles tucked in it. It was not a difficult craft, but we also made May Day baskets that day with bright pink cardstock. It is fun to see little glimpses of history in our book and make crafts from the Victorian era. 
We had many other great crafts too, including the stick horse during Addy. One mom said that she might have to make 3 more for her other kids! The girls always love making that craft, and the little brothers like it too! The girls always like the little calling card boxes that we make during Samantha too. I love seeing their creativity in the crafts and enjoy watching them make the craft their own!

It was a great semester, and I am sad that it is over for our co-op classes. We enjoy seeing friends each week there, and getting to know different people. There were a few new homeschoolers there this year, and I liked them! I hope each family will come back to our co-op in the fall. We will be discussing Rebecca and Kit then. They are both fun girls too! My daughter Bethany "graduated" the American Girl classes at the end of this semester. She took the classes in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. I will miss having her in my class in the fall!

Mark 5:38-43
When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.”  But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.  He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Spring break home renovation

Several weeks ago, on our spring break, we decided to repaint our living/ front room. We knew it needed repainting badly, and we are so happy with the results! The biggest part of the job was moving the furniture and BOOKS, lots of books, out of the room so we could paint it.

 These are the before pictures of the arrangement and the paint color...
 This was after we completed the first walls and corner, and put some furniture back in this new arrangement...
 These are the main paint colors that we chose for the other two walls...
 At first the red looked really drastic and a little bold, but as we painted more, the more we liked it...
After we cut in around the edges...
 Here I am rolling the bold red wall!
 We did a majority of the work on the weekend, and my hubby's day off. The kids helped some, especially our 11-year-old! It took three coats of the red paint!
When I was moving a bookcase back into the room, I got a large sliver in my right hand. It was tough to get it out! OUCH!

My hubby downloaded an app that helped us with furniture placement. This helped us rearrange the room, which we never would have thought we could do! 

After we moved all of the furniture back in, we took some time off to do "fun" things on Spring Break, such as go to the local pool, complete a puzzle and go to paint pottery. It was fun and relaxing after all of that work!

Here is the final result, and we are really pleased with the difference!
 The gray and wood coffee table in the room is new too!
 I liked going through most of the books and folders and getting rid of things too!

After we got all of the work done, my hubby said he is leaving town for Spring Break next year, so he won't have to do any painting work! ;-D It is the 2nd Spring Break in a row that we have worked on a room in our downstairs... maybe this summer I'll paint the family room or our bedroom!

What is your favorite part of our "new" room? 

Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Revelation 21:5
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

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