A Detox Plan Gone Wrong

“We’re going to change what we have for breakfast,” I announced. That’s what happens when you get to reading health books. Radical changes come down the pipe and your family gets caught up with you and is so excited for change  is caught in the middle of it all at quivers at what that may mean for them. “We’re going to be having green drinks each morning,” I continued. I reassured them that it would be great. Breakfast wouldn’t take so long and we could get about our day much quicker. “What do you mean a smoothie won’t give you enough energy? Okay, maybe a few times a week we can have eggs.” So we began. It was a novelty at first and although they…

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A Simple Method for Making Marbled Stationary

The Castle Keeper girls have a really fun challenge this month that I thought I’d share with you. They were to make stationary using one of two methods. One of the methods was using shaving cream. The results were beautiful and the method the most simplest of things to do. Paper Marbling using Shaving Cream To do this you will need: cardstock paper food coloring shaving cream ruler or some other straight edge   This video tutorial is really good sans the music! Be sure to turn your volume off! Here are some of the stationary pieces the Castle Keeper girls have made this month. One of my daughter’s stationary… …and my other daughter’s stationary. Aren’t they amazing? To complete the challenge, the girls then…

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Off Roading & Other Good Times

Jeeping (is that a word? 🙂 ) is something my husband has done since way before I ever married him. Scaring people is not his intention at all but many times they are…  just because they haven’t done too much off-roading…. but young people love doing this kind of thing. So the day after we arrived home from Havasupai, they all hit the road while my sister and I stayed home to prepare their supper and shop for some much needed supplies. (excuse all the hand signs – it became sort of a craze for some reason this week) The town of Cleator is a ghost town and was originally established in 1864. All that is there now, besides a few residences, are a bar…

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A Second Trip to Havasupai – Day 3

Starting off at 7:30am to hike 9 miles out of the Supai village, you stay in the shade of the canyon walls that surround you for most of the hike. The rocks are stunning. I love the majestic and rugged feel of the canyon walls. The two small rocks caught in between the two outcroppings, I found interesting. One of the girls spotted this little weed which made a perfect cross caught in between two rocks.  It was only about 2″ tall. Miss Audrey did so good after her recent sickness. So happy she’s not ill anymore! (Test results for her came back positive for Q Fever a rare sickness for humans to get and is caused by contact with farm animals that have just…

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A Second Trip to Havasupai – Day 2

After relaxing and resting from our 9 mile hike down into Supai, the next morning we were ready to go see the world-famous falls. Leaving the lodge after breakfast and devotions, we headed to the waterfalls and gorgeous blue water that makes Havasupai such a stunning place to visit. This is Lower Navajo Falls. This picture does not capture the beautiful color but the setting, with the majestic rocks behind, was beautiful. Everyone was going at their own pace. The young people went on ahead while us couples just took our time and took lots of pictures. But sometimes we would catch up with some of them. Havasu Falls Continuing on to Mooney Falls, you pass the campground… …where you can also refill your water…

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A Second Trip to Havasupai – Day 1

The week of the Havasupai trip was upon us and people started coming from near and far to meet up with us before we headed out on Monday morning. We had guests from Norway, England, Canada, New York, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado, Oklahoma and of course, our beloved state of Arizona. We decided we’d not make our slave labor friends work on the pergola anymore that day and they actually went and did something fun. 😉 Sunday was church and a big dinner here at the house. Of course everyone waited until late evening Sunday to get their packs ready to go and with an early morning departure of 5:30, we all had a rather short sleep. Three vehicles left our house that morning… and…

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My last post….. Before our exciting and epic hike back to Havasupai. And I will tell you all about it. But let me go hike it once more, let me delight once again in the beauty of God’s creation and the joy of having friends and family to make this amazing trip with.   See you later this week. 🙂 And if you should like to read about last years hike to Havasupai you can click on the links to read about Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3.  

Progress Even When Slow is Still Progress

Work on the backyard pergola has been slow but progress has been made and that’s what counts, right? As per our custom, visitors were put to work. Remember that Havasupai hike I’ve been telling you about? The intrepid hikers have started to arrive and by tonight we’ll have 21 guests staying here at the house.  It’s going to be a good time, I just know it. Back to the pergola! Here was our work crew yesterday morning. They only had a few hours to work before breakfast guests arrived and airport runs had to be made but progress was made and that was exciting. First thing was to place all the support beams where they were supposed to go. Next is to lift each one…

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Changing Up the Back Yard

Progress may be a little slow sometimes but we get there… eventually. It’s been almost 2 years now since we started our backyard renovations. I wrote about it here when we first started. Since we do all the work ourselves things go slower. That’s the kind of thing that can happen when you are married to a man that is able to do anything, it’s really hard to hire things out because you know you can save so much money doing it yourself! The picture below shows the dirt being moved. Originally this was a higher level as I showed in the post when we first began and in the above photo. How this area looks today. We wanted to build a pergola in the…

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Take Time to Be Holy

What value do you put on prayer? Is it something you set time aside for or do you just try to fit it in if you aren’t too busy? It’s a fact that it can be a battle to really have a habit of earnest prayer. But mom’s, what else could be more important with all the responsibilities we have and decisions we must make?  We are just the clay but we have an amazing opportunity to go to the master potter who makes beautiful things out of lumps of ugly material and ask him for wisdom and help in all areas. And you know what? He cares. He cares about all the details of your life. Nature testifies of that. If God didn’t care…

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Two on the Mend

Here’s an update on our Audrey. She’s doing wonderful! She’s not having any fevers and is out of bed now all day long and is gradually regaining her energy back. Yes! It was such a blessing and so much appreciated all the prayers that went up on her behalf and the concern that was shown. Thank you each one! We know that not one single prayer was in vain. And… she was outside for the first time in 3 1/2 weeks (besides her doctor visits) when she attended the Castle Keeper meeting. She wanted to go so badly and I’m so glad she was feeling up to it. At our meeting the girls learned how to make their own wall art using their favorite Scriptures…

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Hand Lettering So Good You’ll Be Amazed

If you practice something long enough, you can become quite talented. I was so impressed with the hand lettering at a wedding I was at recently. It was so amazing, one would have thought decals or stencils were used. Before I show you all the beautiful hand lettering, let me tell you a little more about the wedding. (I’m really kind of embarrassed to share these pictures because they’re not that good. I always have my camera with me but not this time and so I was using the mother-of-the-bride’s camera to capture parts of the day for her. Let me tell you, it’s so worth investing in a good quality camera if you’re wanting decent looking pictures.) My good friend’s daughter got married. We’ve…

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Audrey’s Visit to the Hospital

I think it was providential that our night didn’t go as planned last week. You see Audrey has been sick. It all started February 6 when she had her first fever. Thinking it was something that would pass, we weren’t too concerned about it but then when a week passed and she was still not better and she was staying in bed all the time, we thought it might be pneumonia. We took her to the doctor and they said, “Yes, something is going on in her chest.”  Prescribing her antibiotics we then went home and thought she would be better soon. She wasn’t. No energy, no appetite along with a fever. We missed our flight and then took her in for a few other…

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The Night Things Didn’t Go As Planned

Which picture best represents your life? This one that is orderly and perfectly manicured… or this one in it’s wildness – maybe somewhat planned but a little impossible to keep contained in a nice and tidy way. As you probably know by now, my life is not picture #1 but #2, a very unordered life that is impossible to control and to keep in a nice orderly box like some. Case in point was Tuesday night. We have been planning a trip to Canada for 2 months. The departure day had arrived and our plane was not to leave until midnight. We had all day to get ready but for some (I’m not going to say who) it just wasn’t enough time. We hurriedly said…

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Like a child facing the prospect of eating a vegetable they detest, I contemplate the thought of my personal nemesis… exercise! It brings out the worst traits in me. Traits like procrastination, lethargy and excuse making. “I can’t do it right now. I’ll do it later.” “I don’t feel up to it today. I’ll be sure to do it another day.” “I’ve got too much going on. There’s nooo wayyy  I have time for exercise, too!” But when I do get outside and take a walk in the beautiful morning air or late afternoon sunshine it is rejuvenating and refreshing. It changes my outlook and actually gives me more energy. And more energy is just what I’ll be needing because for the 2nd time we…

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A Collage of Days

My sister tells me I need to get posting. I don’t think I’ve had been in such a writers slump since I began my blog oh, so many years ago. “Nothing too heavy,” says the same sister. “Your last posts have been on the heavy side. I like pictures.” So here we go. Snippets of my life from the last several weeks as captured by pictures.   Some visitors were wanting a picture of our family so I decided I needed one, too. So often these days, one is gone here or there, so to have everyone together is pretty nice. The Castle Keeper challenge in January was photo themes. Audrey became the subject matter for her sisters challenge. This was one of the many…

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Sometimes It’s the Little Things…

Although there were many things that needed my attention, I had to rely completely upon my husband and children to help me for the last few weeks. For several days, I couldn’t move around much and then other days, I was unable to do the simplest of things like empty my dishwasher because bending over would bring on dizziness and nausea. Vertigo – the state of feeling like everything is spinning, which causes nausea and a loss of balance.  That is what I have been experiencing for most of the last 2 weeks. It was not fun, I can tell you. I went to bed perfectly fine one night and the next morning when I sat up in bed I fell over because of the…

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Planting Good Seed in Our Children’s Lives

Sometimes we don’t count the cost of our actions. Or conversely, we don’t recognize the paybacks of our actions. We know that seeds watered will grow. We know that. We get it. At least I sure thought I had that figured out. But the other day, the thought that seeds watered, will grow, struck me fully… when I saw my children doing something that I didn’t like and realized it had been taught by me. Unintentionally, yes. It had been years since I had planted the seed but I had been faithfully watering it and now I was seeing the fruition of my example. Oh, how careful we should be what we set before our children, the things we say, our actions. The dividends for pulling…

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Making the Most of This Year

January 1, 2016 What will you write in your life’s story this year? I love the thought of having a clean slate and making the new year count more than the one before. To make plans and goals and to try and accomplish them. It feels good. Even though statistics tell us that most people never accomplish their resolutions, you have a 10x more likelihood of being successful if you write down your goals. If you don’t have a goal what do you aim for? You just live life as it happens. How much more productive we could be if we imagine, dream and plan what we want and then aim for it. It might be: Spend more time each day in prayer Plan fun…

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A Teapot Winter Mantle

I can’t believe 2015 is almost over! It has been quite a year. I am feeling more disorganized than I ever have before and lack of motivation and too much busyness is the culprit, I’m sure. So this is something I’m going to want to try and change this coming year. But that’s for another post. Today I want to show you my winter mantle. My mom and I worked on this one together when she was out at Thanksgiving time. She enjoyed it so much and I loved doing it with her. Plus it was a big help to me. I told her I like to try new ideas each year instead of repeating. My Christmas teapot came to mind as something I wanted…

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