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Monday, June 4, 2018

Why I like crossword puzzles...

 The past several years I have enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. My dad enjoys them and so did my grandparents. I am not into the New York Times crosswords, they are very difficult! This past spring, I've been trying to spend less time on my phone. I don't always have lots of time to do them, I wish I had more time and quiet to read. I've always liked word games, including Boggle, Scrabble, and word searches.

But here are my Top 10 reasons that I enjoy crossword puzzles...

1. They are a good challenge for me mentally.

2. They keep my brain sharp, which is important as a stay-at-home mom.

3. They are portable, I can tuck them into my purse easily. I can work on them in the car, the doctor's office, or even while waiting for a baseball game to start.
4.  I learn new words, abbreviations and names of actresses/ actors, etc.,

5. It keeps me wondering how people can think and write crosswords. Have you seen the movie, "Wordplay" about Will Shortz, the editor for the NY Times crossword puzzles? I found it quite intriguing!

6. I like to use fun pen colors on my crossword puzzles, like purple or blue. No pencils for me!

7. I feel like I am doing something productive with my spare time, instead of just staring at my phone.

8. I get to interact with my hubby and kids who help me sometimes, especially with the sports and computer related clues.

9. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I complete a big puzzle, like the one in the Sunday newspaper.

10. Since I don't get the daily newspaper, I can buy a crossword puzzle book for a few dollars or even $1.00, and enjoy a hobby!

What about you? Do you enjoy crossword puzzles or word games?


John 1:1-5, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.


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.
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