Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Continuing with a wee bloggie break
but wanted to post an update...
My beloved (along with a couple of hundred other Marines)
has encountered some unexpected delays
as he is making his journey home.
We continue in prayer and anticipation
as we await his wonderful arrival
and, truly, appreciate your continued prayers.

"My brethren, count it all joy
when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this,
that the trying of your faith worketh patience."
~ James 1:2-3

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the LORD for ever:
for in the LORD JEHOVAH
is everlasting strength:"
~ Isaiah 26:3-4

graphic from Snapshots of Joy

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Breaking for Reunion...

The empty chair at the supper table will be filled.
"Mommy, I miss Daddy" will cease.
Sleepless nights alone will end.
After 12 months 2 1/2 weeks apart,
our family will be complete once again.

The house is clean, laundry is finished,
fresh sheets are on the bed,
Daddy's favorite shampoo and soap
are awaiting his first shower home,
fresh bread has been made,
Daddy's favorite meals are on the menu
(along with a favorite desert),
our home is filled with giggles, smiles,
thanks, prayers, and great anticipation
as what we have longed for is coming to fruition.

A bloggie break is at hand
and, Lord willing, the next time I post,
sharing photos... Daddy will be in them! ;o)

"Because thy lovingkindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise thee.
Thus will I bless thee while I live:
I will lift up my hands in thy name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness;
and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:"
~ Psalm 63:3-5

Thank you so much for your prayers!

The Windows of Heaven...

I thought I would share
the video of the children's choir
last Sunday morning...

(you can stop this blog's background music
from the left sidebar)

The Windows of Heaven

The windows of Heaven are open,
The blessings are falling tonight;
There's joy, joy, joy in my heart,
since Jesus made everything right;
I gave Him my old tattered garment,
He gave me a robe of pure white;
I'm feasting on manna from Heaven
and that's why I'm happy tonight.

words by Anonymous
Arranged by John R. Rice
Soul Stirring Songs and Hymns

Friday, January 25, 2008

Thursday's Things: Having a Ball...

Yesterday we had our homeschool group's
field trip to the bowling alley and we had a ball! ;o)

The chlildren enjoyed bowling a few games,
learning a few pointers, and then taking a tour
behind the lanes to see how it all worked...

Carolynne and Mama



Ally and her friend

I think the older ones were impressed the most...

I just have to say... in a world where many young people
seem to frequently have negative looking countenances,
I am always delighted and it is quite refreshing
to see genuine smiles and joy expressed
in the countenance of some young people,
whether they think someone is watching or not. ;o)
And, of course, it delights me even further
when I see it in my own children, too. ;o)

After our homeschool group was finished bowling,
we enjoyed cupcakes and fellowship.
After the majority of the group left,
the children and I (and a few friends)
stayed behind to enjoy another game...





And Mama, too. ;o)

Toward the end of the game,
some were getting a little tired out, bored,
restless, and even a little silly...

Carolynne about to make herself comfortable
on the bowling ball shelf.

Beth trying to look at the monitor
from different head positions.

Will... a little too relaxed in between turns. lol

Ally was winning so she was content to stay. ;o)

Afterwards, we headed out to load up and head home.
I suppose we are easily amused and, often,
"little things" tickle us, but we saw this sign
as we were leaving the bowling alley
and thought it was sweet...

We had never seen one quite like that.

We headed home for fun and fellowship.
While the adults and some of the children

played Uno Spin,
Ally was giving the lil' ones their violin lessons.
We enjoyed pizza for a late lunch/early supper,
drove one of the young people home,
made a quick trip to the grocery store,
then made it home for an early bedtime...
one of us started their bedtime even earlier...

She fell asleep on the way home
and there was just no waking her.
She fell asleep around 6:30 and slept all night.
It sure is precious to watch them sleep, though. ;o)

We had an enjoyable and very filling day.
I hope y'all are enjoying your week, as well!

"Blessed be the Lord,
who daily loadeth us with benefits,
even the God of our salvation. Selah."
~ Psalm 68:19

A Mid-Winter Giveaway is Undergo...

Chyrll is having a Mid-Winter Giveaway!
She's giving away a variety of lovely things
and letting you pick. ;o)
Be sure to visit her soon.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Monday's Musings...

I hope y'all had a good weekend
and a blessed Lord's Day. ;o)
Sunday morning the children's choir sang,
which is always a blessing...

They sang "The Windows of Heaven Are Open".

Sunday evening, Ally did an offeratory duet...

That was such a blessing to hear as well. ;o)

We had this common occurance after the evening service...

So sweet! She has always taken her sleep seriously
and has such a difficult time

waiting for that sweet slumber
when we are out past her bedtime. ;o)

Today, as I spent some time sewing,
the children had some learning time and some free time.
Ally and Will worked on Will's piano lesson...

Beth and Carolynne enjoyed coloring and drawing...

The younger ones were glad to play outside
for just a little bit, despite the very cold weather.
They were quite amused that the bird bath water
was a large icecube the shape of the bird bath...

It was a lovely day together.
We are beginning to look forward to warmer weather...
unless, of course, we get snow...
then the cold weather somehow becomes more tolerable. lol

Tomorrow we look forward to some more learning moments,
piano lessons out of the house,
and beginning, again, to prepare for Daddy's arrival
(though I cannot share the date). ;o)
We sure appreciate your continued prayers.

Hope y'all enjoy your week!

"For the word of the LORD is right;
and all his works are done in truth.
He loveth righteousness and judgment:
the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD."
~ Psalm 33:4-5

Sew Busy Weekend...

This weekend and today,
I was able to spend some extra time sewing.
I was able to get two of my dresses finished,
which I am very thankful for.

Two of them (one I sewed a couple of weeks ago)
are the
Common Sense collar dress,
using some of the
fabric I picked up back in October...

This one I finished on Saturday.

This one was a couple of weeks ago.
(Glasses courtesy of Ally... lol)

The dress I was able to finish today
was with fabric that I've had stashed away
and I used a historical costume pattern
from Butterick (
pattern 3992)...

The sleeves are 3/4 length.

I like the bodice with the darts
but next time I will change the way I do the skirt,
and either do two long pieces (front and back)
or I may try a panel skirt,
instead of the one I used with the pattern.
Wearing it, I feel like I'm missing
the hoop skirt that should go underneath...
though I think it turned out fairly nice. ;o)

I'm not sure, yet, what projects I'll be doing next.
I have a few that I'm tossing around
(play dresses for the lil' girls, pjs for Will and lil' girls,
apron for a friend, maybe even a purse).
I just have to decide which to do first. ;o)

Hope y'all enjoyed your weekend.

"She seeketh wool, and flax,
and worketh willingly with her hands."
~ Proverbs 31:13

Friday, January 18, 2008

Our Week's Winsomely Ways...

I would love to say I know
just how a week went by without a post
but I can't because I don't. ;o)
Thank you for those that checked-in on us
as I somehow underwent a bloggy silence.
(sorry, Honey) ;o)

We did keep busy this week with miscellaneous things...
music lessons, making menus, grocery shopping,
running errands, going to the library, midweek service,
fellowshipping, homeschool group park day,
keeping the home, learning, playing, living, etc...

Since I hadn't posted all week,
I thought I'd share some photos from our days...

Will and the girls enjoyed the lovely weather
that we had earlier this week
by spending time outside, jumping and such. ;o)

One of Ally's highlights was talking on the phone
while she was working on her Advanced Chemistry.
As a general house "hedge",

the children do not speak on the phone...
so, she was thrilled to talk, twice, to Dr. Jay Wile
(the author of her
Apologia science curriculum)
to get much needed help on an equation that stumped her.
She was tickled to talk "Chemistry language" with someone
that understood what she was talking about. lol
And Dr. Wile had a rare privilege bestowed upon him
as Ally is not permitted to talk on the phone
(especially male) other than with Daddy
or, occasionally, close family members. ;o)
The conversation was very helpful, though, for Ally
and he even helped her, unknowingly,
with her pre-cal, which was an added blessing.
Another blessing this week was that
our local base high school gave us permission
to borrow one of their graphing calculators
so she could do her pre-calculus this year,
which saved us $100+! ;o)

Here were the lil' girls, one morning,
playing on the kitchen floor with the playdough.
They were busy there for quite a long while.
In this photo, they were making s-n-a-k-e-s...
Mommy's favorite... NOT!
But they enjoy giggling about it.

Here Ally was enjoying one of those sit and spins.
It was quite humorous watching Ally spin around. lol

Today was our homeschool group park day,
even though the temp dropped and we were quite chilly
(except for Ally, who loves the cold). ;o)

Here were the Beth and Carolynne playing together...

Will enjoyed playing with friends...

Will, also, enjoyed the "hanging, sliding thingy"
(sorry, I have no idea what this thing is called)...

Beth enjoyed it, too...

Carolynne considered it but that was as far as she got. ;o)

After our park day, we had friends over for fellowship.
The younger ones were eager to make music...

Will had been directing the music
as Beth and her friend played their new violins
and Carolynne played the piano.
The house was filled with music (a joyful noise). ;o)

Later, Ally taught violin lessons ...

After our friends had gone,

Ally worked a little with Beth, too...

Before supper, the younger ones played quietly...

And Ally volunteered to make the sourdough pizza...

She was thrilled to finally figure out
how to roll the dough an easier and more effective way.

Rolling sourdough is an art after all. lol ;o)
She made wonderful pizza! It was such a blessing.

We enjoyed a quiet, delicious supper together
but we are looking forward to the anticipated days
when Daddy will be eating with us. ;o)

Hope y'all have enjoyed your week, too!

"For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations."
~ Psalm 100:5

Friday, January 11, 2008

Iraqi Snowman...

I got an email from my beloved today
and just had to share what they woke up to...

SNOW... in the desert!

(notice the sand in the snowman?? LOL)

Hope y'all are enjoying your day!

"For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth;
likewise to the small rain,
and to the great rain of his strength."
~ Job 37:6

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Wednesday's Ways...

Yesterday, as I worked
Beth's dress for Carolynne's birthday,
the children spent their time learning and playing.

Here were Beth and Carolynne playing outside,
enjoying the beautiful weather...

... which is where they are today, too. ;o)

Here was Will working at language...

(though he spent much of his day outdoors, too)

Here was Ally doing one of her favorite things...

(after spending time focusing on her academics)

Toward the end of the evening
(just before we left for our midweek service),
I was able to finish Beth's dress.
She and Carolynne were able to wear their dresses
together as we went to church.

Here they were today in their new dresses...

I hope y'all are enjoying your week!

"I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever:
nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it:
and God doeth it, that men should fear before him."
~ Ecclesiastes 3:14

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Birthday Girl's New Garment...

Last week, Carolynne picked some fabric
for her new birthday dress.

She was tickled to get it today...

The lil' girls like to have each of them get a dress
on each others' birthdays.
Beth picked out some fabric, too,
but, unfortuneately, I was unable to finish it.
I do hope to finish it soon, though.
She was more than okay with that
and I am thankful for her understanding. ;o)

We had a delightful day celebrating Carolynne's birthday!
Thank you for your birthday wishes and kind words.
They were a blessing!

Hope y'all enjoy your week!

"This is the day which the LORD hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it."
~ Psalm 118:24


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