Posts Tagged ‘celebrations’

Decided to start this year off right, with a pan of gooey, sticky cinnamon rolls.  It is a new year, and time for some new beginnings.  New traditions, more fun, and less rules.

I have really missed writing here, and want to resume.  However, I will be taking a new rout this year.  I am no longer focusing on pretty pictures or deep thoughts.  I am not going to kick myself for sharing the nitty gritty of everyday life.  My goal is to find beauty in the everyday things.  Today, it was the joy of my family as they consumed these rolls.  It was the butter and syrup bubbling all around them, as they cooked.  It was Daniel, joyfully dancing around with his first loaf of bread, proudly sharing it with everyone.  These are the beautiful things.   What are the beautiful things in your life?

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To make these rolls, I melted 3 tablespoons of butter in the pan, poured in some corn syrup and sprinkled on some pecans.  Then  rolled a batch of Hop Yeast Bread dough out into a 12″ x 18″ rectangle, buttered it, sprinkled on cinnamon and sugar, then rolled it up into an 18″ long log.  Sliced the rolls and placed them in the pan to rise.  They were baked for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  To serve, dump pan upside down onto a sheet of waxed paper and scrap all the gooey topping onto the rolls.  Eat while still warm.

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happy birthday Caleb


After a weekend of camping, it was good to get home and celebrate this precious little boy’s birthday!  I can hardly believe he is six years old already.  I am so thankful he is still with us…

Don’t you just love the button-down shirt with the swimming shorts?  Oh yah!  That is his type of style!

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Okay, so I am bragging again.  Please indulge me for a moment! 

When I returned home from my recent trip, the house was a disaster.  I set to work cleaning it, but was fustrated and unmotivated to get anything done.  I had imagined coming home to a house that was at least as clean as I had left it, since my husband always tells me he is the neat one… Anyway, a new article was born out of the fustration, and it has been well recieved! 

Yes, that’s right, people love it.  🙂  See for yourself:


It made it to the #1 hot spot, in less than 24 hours, and that makes me very happy!

Would you like to read it?  7 Insiring ways to Keep your House Clean

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Rejoice with me!  My latest endeavor, “Hand-knit Wool Diaper Cover Pattern,” has made it to the #1 spot!

I know this may not mean much to anyone else, but to me, it means the work was worth it.  Hopefully many will find the pattern useful.  I used the search ‘free pattern for hand knit wool diaper cover’ — the same search that I used a year and a half ago, when I first went searching for diaper cover patterns.

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“According to German superstition, if a hibernating animal sees its shadow on this day – the Christian festival of Candlemas – winter will last another six weeks. If no shadow is seen, according to legend, spring will come early.”

It seems the groundhog has seen his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter.  Superstition or not, we are in for six more weeks of winter.  In this region, only six more weeks of winter would be an early spring!

In honor of all this winter, and the want to hibernate that has taken over my being, I have decided to treat you to a series on home schooling.  I will show you how we have set up our schooling this year, the curriculum we are using, and hopefully, some guest posts by other homeschoolers — both parents and students. 

If you have suggestions, feel free to share.  If you have any questions, please ask.  See you tomorrow, shadow or not!

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As the year draws to a close, it is a time of reflection. A time of remembering…the good and the bad.  2008 has been a wonderful year for me.  So many good things have happened.  I have grown immensely as a person, and my family is something I can be proud of.  Not everything I planned got done.  Somethings, I realize never will. Not everything I tried was a success, but next year is coming! 

I would like to share with you some of the highlights of this past year.  Some of the thing I never want to forget.

My Most Memorable Conversation:

Daniel had just begun potty training, and I was sitting in the bathroom, talking with him.  He told me this and that, rambling on, when I told him he was precious.

He looked at me a moment, then smiled, and said, “Yah, I’m precious!” 

Something about the was he said it made me wonder what he was thinking, so I asked.  “Daniel, do you know what precious means?”

He smiled, and said, in his deepest, growelist, hissyist voice, replied “Yesss my Praciousss.”  A perfect imitation of Smeagol.

Oops…should use the words properly before allowing a monster to introduce them!

My Favorite New Recipe:

Ginger-snap Cheesecake, with Blackberry Topping.

My Most Useful New Skill:

Knitting socks and sweaters.

My Biggest Accomplishment:

Getting published!

Biggest Project Stated Finished:

The Wedding Dress I made…starting with making the pattern to fit the bride and match a picture she had found on line.  (Sorry, all the pictures are stuck on my old computer.)

Actually, time wise, my husbands socks was just as ‘big’ of a project…but the skill needed and scrutiny involved were different.

Most Important Truth Discovered:

People will treat you the same, whether it is money or love they owe you, when they are not willing to repay.

“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.”

-Romans 13:8

God used the above verse to teach me this, when I was quite upset by some ‘friends’ who would no longer speak to me, after I had helped them out.  (I didn’t help them out for any reason other than “that’s what friends do.”  I never expected to be repaid, or even really thanked.  i.e. pass it along, if you feel the need to do something.)  He showed me that they reacted the same way as those who had left my daycare, still owing some on their bill.  (Several people would not talk to me after they left, on good terms…and I never sent more than one bill…so it wasn’t like I was pestering them or hanging guilt over their head.)  I value relationships very highly, and try to be a good friend.  This was a very important lesson, because it showed me that no matter what you do, someone will not be happy with it!

Favorite Blessing, sighted this Year:

“May your dreams come true, and your dragons be few.”

Best Gift Received:

My garden!  Thank you Manny, for tilling it up.

Best Habit Formed:

Picking up after myself.  Though this one is not perfectly mastered, I find, like with an instrument, the more I practice it, the better and more natural I become at it.

All-time Favorite Blessing:

“May those who love us, love us.
And those that don’t,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles.
So we will know them by their limping.”

-An Irish Blessing


Thank you for stopping by.  Thank you for reading.  Thank you for the kind comments left behind. 

May you have a wonderful, beautiful, New Year!


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These last few days have been filled with painting:  The kids all got painting supplies for Christmas, courtesy of Nana.  They opened all their gifts, looked everything over, then gathered the painting supplies and  began filling pages with anything that came to mind.  It is fun to see their creativity.

Even Gideon got some paint.  I kept it in the packaging as long as possible, not real excited to have my baby painting; but eventually, he got them out, and insisted on joining the party!  As you can see, he tasted as much as he painted, but was very happy to be doing what the others were.  I think the actual concept of painting escaped him, as he scribbled with both ends, equally.

I was also painting; however, I was not creating a masterpiece.  Caleb’s room was turned from green to blue.  He has asked about redecorating his room for two years now, so, for Christmas, I got the paint, and made it happen.  I thought he would be thrilled, but instead he asked, “Can you paint me a picture with frogs in it now?”  I guess creativity is next on my list.

The room really did need to be repainted, although blue was not my first choice–I really like the green that was in there, and with frogs…oh well.  He saw a nursery done in blue and white with navy frogs several years ago, and was mesmerized.

The walls had so many chips and dents, it took me the better part of one day to get it ready for painting.  I have to admit that it looks much better, and I think he will take better care of it, now that he really can make it look nice. 

As for blue frogs?  I don’t know that my imagination can wrap around painting them.  (Sewing some stuffed ones?  Yes.  Painting them? ???)  A blue pond, a blue sky, and green frogs (maybe even with yellow and purple shading, like we saw in one book)?  I can handle that. 

It turned out quite well, despite my hesitations, and I am inspired to do something more for the room.  I will be making some curtains soon; but the frogs, if ever, will have to come after that.

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