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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mallory's birthday part #2

Mallory had a great sleepover with two friends this past weekend. They are both sweet girls from our church that we have known for many years. They had a nice time at our house, playing games (inside and out), seeing our chickens, talking and giggling, watching a new movie on DVD, eating brownies and more! I love seeing the friendships develop and grow. I'm so thankful that my kids have such neat friends!
 A new Star Wars sweatshirt!

 A new hairbrush, necklace, earrings...
New shower gel and lotion...
Selfies in the back seat on the way to church... nice smiles and silliness! :-D
So happy to be together, and celebrate our tween!

Psalm 122:8
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”

Proverbs 12:26
The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

John 15:13-
And Jesus said... "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command."

Monday, October 16, 2017

Marie-Grace and Cecile Weeks 1-6 highlights

In our American Girl class, since I have already covered Marie-Grace and Cecile before, I am just going to post highlights. We've had a fun semester so far, and can't believe the semester is half over already! The girls are so sweet, tell me thank you after class, and I love seeing their friendships develop. Even though I only have 7 girls this semester, it is just right.

We've enjoyed all of the crafts, even if some of them didn't finish them in class.
 The first week we made Mardi Gras masks.
 My daughter improved her mask at home the next day:

 My daughter Mallory helped in class one day and took selfies with these girls:
 Working on drawing portraits...
 Several girls drew pictures of each other, I loved the detail that they included!

 This past week, we made hair wraps and grated nutmeg, like Cecile did in our book:

I'm so thankful for these girls! What a joy they are to me! I'm looking forward to beginning Kirsten next week!

Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

John 17:13
“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.

2 John 1:4
It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mallory's 11th birthday party!

We had a *magical* 11th birthday party for Mallory this past weekend, with a Harry Potter theme! She has been reading the books for several months (she is currently reading book #3) and thought it would be fun to have a Hogwarts party. She scoured Pinterest and pinned some great ideas. I narrowed them down into things we could really do at our home. Everything turned out great! Rebekah had had an owl-themed party, but never Harry Potter! It was fun to plan and execute!
Since Caleb had a bonfire at his high school on that day after marching band practice, we went out to eat at a local pizza place in Fruita. Mallory opened a few small gifts there, on her birthday. She loved her Wonder Woman lego set, Harry Potter bag tag and little "tsum tsum" characters from Bethany.
On the morning of her party, we made a bunch of potion bottles and put them on a cake display tray. We also had some magic wands from Christmas a few years ago around the tray. We addressed a bunch of envelopes to Harry Potter and hung them, along with white balloons colored to look like Hedgwig, Harry's owl.
My sister-in-law, Allison made a bunch of golden snitches, and I made veggie plates that looked like owls, along with magic wands (pretzel rods) dipped in vanilla candy coating. 
After dinner (pasta salad as the main dish), we chatted and then opened presents. Mallory loved all of the clothes, DVDs, coloring books and toys that she received.

Opening more gifts....
Another DVD...
We posed on our back porch in our Harry Potter outfits, like we were in the Daily Prophet, which has moving pictures. The live photos worked well for that!

While we were posing for pictures, Joshua's mom was inside the house making "butter beer." 
Caleb and Nana squirted each other with whip cream...
 The butter beer ready to serve...
 Joshua and Nana made a cool owl cake!
Blowing out eleven candles... Happy birthday to our dear Mallory! 

Genesis 37:9
Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”

Deuteronomy 1:3
In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them. 

Matthew 28:16
[ The Great Commission ] Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.

Mark 16:14
Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


I love naps. I liked taking naps when I was in high school on Sunday afternoons, for FOUR hours. I still like taking naps. I've read many times how the average American does not get enough sleep. According to my sleep app on my phone, I average about 7 1/2 hours of sleep each night. If I take an hour nap, I feel so much better the rest of the day. Part of the reason I like naps now is that I get a break from my kids and my home duties. (As a homeschool mom, this is important sometimes!)

I also like naps because I have chronic back pain, due partly to scoliosis and kyphosis. If I lie down to rest my back, it will relax and not hurt as much. I don't slouch when I lie down. I feel less stressed if I nap too. 

Of course, I do not get a nap every day. I do nap often on Sunday afternoons. It is a nice time to rejuvenate after the busy Friday and Saturday, as they often are.

I've also read one hundred years ago, they got more sleep than we do now. Of course, they didn't have all of the technology that we have now. There were no TV's, VCR's, DVD players and movies to watch at home, and there were no CD's to listen to. If I had to try to read a book or hand-sew by candlelight, I'd probably go to bed earlier too!

 I think taking a break from the everyday grind is healthy too. I mean, there are people who go home for a siesta every day in other countries. Even God took time to rest after creating the earth and all that is in it. Why shouldn't we follow his example and rest too?

I loved napping when my babies did. I was actually sad when my oldest child turned five and didn't need to nap anymore. Of course, when they are sick my kids still nap. Now they just need to be quiet and read or play quietly while I nap. They can't leave the house or answer the door unless they know the friend or family member.
I know there are lots of people who can't nap or don't like naps. If naps are too long, I do get very groggy and can't fall asleep that night. But when I was in high school, I could take long naps-- no problem. Sometimes I wish I could nap like that again, but alas, there is too much to do! I will enjoy them when I can get them. I'm glad that my hair recovers from being slept on too!

What about you? Do you like naps or not?

Psalm 3:5
I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.

Psalm 4:8
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Proverbs 3:24
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My name story

One of my favorite stories that my mom tells me is the one of how I was born and how my name came to be mine. There is nothing gruesome here, I promise. Nothing embarrassing. Just a nice story, It's ok... keep reading!

My dad is one of 5 boys (one died after birth), and I have two older brothers. (or bothers, as I typed... haha!) My parents figured that they would have all boys. When my mom was pregnant with my oldest brother, she was trying to find a girl name that they liked. There weren't many that they agreed on. My mom worked at a hospital, and she found the name Jill. They both liked that one. Then they had to find a middle name. Again, it was a tough process.

My mom put a basket at the nurse's station, and she asked for middle names to go with Jill. Finally someone put in the middle name Suzanne, and that was the one! They didn't use it with my oldest brother, then the didn't use it with my second brother either.

When I was born, they announced it was a girl. My dad started to cry. My mom asked what he thought, to say something. He said, "I can't... I'm crying!" How sweet is that?!

Reportedly on the way home, my oldest brother who was in kindergarten, sang the ABC's to me.

My parents also told me that when my first girl cousin was born, he didn't believe it when they told him it was a girl. He had to see for himself! He went on to have 3 out of 4 nieces in that one family, and when I was almost 10, my younger sister was born! So my dad, one of 5 boys, ended up having 3 boys and 2 girls of his own.

I thank God often for my family, what a blessing they are to me!

Writing prompt #4: Tell the story of your birth.

Genesis 21:1-3
Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.

Deuteronomy 32:18
You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.

1 Samuel 2:21
And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tomato allergy

I love tomatoes. A dark red, vine-ripened tomato cut into slices with a little salt on it... delicious!! My family has had tomato plants in our gardens for years, and sliced is my favorite way to enjoy them. I also love tomatoes in salads, chili, soups, pizza sauce, marinara sauce, and lots of different recipes.

However, a few years ago, I realized that there was a correlation between my canker sores and eating tomatoes. I was quite unhappy at the realization. A while later, I figured out that the sores also came from tomato sauce, ketchup, tomato soup and even BBQ sauce. This made eating some of my favorite meals out of the question! I love pizza and pasta with sauce! We still have alfredo and pesto sauce, but I miss marinara sauce. But I love not having canker sores even more!

I started cutting tomatoes out of my diet, and have experienced months where I have had relief from mouth pain. It was wonderful! My canker sore does not develop instantly, but usually overnight, getting worse for a day or two. They tend to last about 7-10 days. I have tried nearly every remedy out there, including putting alum or apple cider vinegar on it, using myrrh, frankincense, and melaleuca oils, using over- the -counter medications, etc., Nothing makes much of a difference. The melaleuca oil does numb the spot for a minute.

My sister-in-law talked to her orthodontist about canker sores, and he said that they do come from food allergies, as well as changes in the weather. I can't say that weather changes have affected my mouth too much.

At one point, I did go to the ear, nose and throat doctor and they said they really don't know why some people get canker sores inside their mouths and other people do not. I think it is hereditary, as my dad and oldest brother get mouth sores too. There are several foods that I do not like and tend to avoid, including melons and pineapple. I do like watermelon, but do not eat it very often. My kids have said that cantaloupe makes their throats itch and sometimes results in mouth sores. Bethany had a canker sore recently that bothered her, and she thought it was from eating cantaloupe.

It's not too surprising really, that acidic foods cause canker sores. They can be irritating to the stomach also, because of their high acid content. I wonder if green chiles also give me canker sores, but I am not totally sure about that. My brother says that he can have fried green tomatoes and that doesn't bother him. Good to know! Maybe the green tomatoes don't have the higher acid content as red ones do...?

I was happy that I figured out something that caused canker sores to get some relief from the pain. My family has been very supportive of my attempts to find tomato-less meals. Many times I just eliminate the tomatoes from salads, or serve them on the side. A lot of times I don't miss the tomatoes. We've ordered pizza with white sauce or pesto, and it is delicious! Spaghetti with alfredo sauce is fine, but not my favorite.

One of my problems is that there are SO many recipes with tomatoes in them! It is a challenge for me to find tomato-free recipes. Sometimes I can substitute white sauce, and it is still good. I have found a recipe for sloppy joes that has white sauce, but it does not taste the best. It is a challenge for me almost every day, and gives me greater sympathy for others with food allergies, especially gluten or dairy, those are so tough!

Do you have a recipe without tomatoes in it that you can share? I'd love to hear about it! I may try to post one of mine soon!

I could not find any verses specifically about tomatoes, but I did find some about fruit of the vine...

Ezekiel 19:10
“‘Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard planted by the water; it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water.

Zechariah 8:12
“The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people.

Matthew 26:29
I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sprinkler system install

One of our goals for this summer was to put in a sprinkler system in our front and back yards. We have had hoses and sprinklers placed in the yard in a good system for the past 7 years, but we just wanted something automatic and easier to use. It was quite a process!

We had one of our trees trimmed in May (it really needed it!). One of the first steps we had to do was to chip all of the branches into pieces to use around the garden. We were eager to get rid of the pile since there were many fires happening in our town. My hubby and I rented a chipper and we chipped up our pile of branches in under 4 hours.
Our next chore was to dig up some square bricks that were in our side yard...

 We moved them into the backyard for a fire pit pad...

 Then we rented a trencher and began digging trenches!
 I dug this HUGE rock out of our yard... there were many, many smaller ones...
 Our neighbor loaned us angry machine #3... an electric jackhammer! There were several concrete footers in the yard since there was a pool in our backyard at one point... I think we broke up 6 or 8 of them!

 There were lots of tree roots nearest this tree, and we used our pressure washer to spray out and around the roots, it took a bit of work! There was lots of tree roots in the front yard too.

 We dug out two spaces for the valve boxes...
 Then we finally started laying pipe! It was nice to get to that point!

 The "freak show" as Joshua called it... our messy front yard... we got the back yard done first!
 Around the valve box in the front yard, we decided to put in a valve near there so I could water plants from a hose...
This is a video of the system showing the beginning of the system to how it went into the yard... (30 seconds or so)

 And the water is flying! So exciting to test it out! Then we had to bury all of the lines...
This is the front valve box all buried and showing the valve with the hose I can water from...
Our reward was to have a fire in the backyard and have s'mores again, since we did not do that too often this summer. It felt so good to sit and relax! We love hearing the sprinklers go off and on automatically! A huge thanks to my hubby and kids that helped SO much with this BIG project! 

Deuteronomy 33:13
About Joseph he said: “May the Lord bless his land with the precious dew from heaven above and with the deep waters that lie below;

Psalm 63:1
 [ A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. ] You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched landwhere there is no water.

Isaiah 44:3
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
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