A Place Where Time Has No Meaning

It was a last minute decision. There was so much to do. Sleeping bags to pack, foams to gather, food to prepare and package , as well as many other things. The thought of doing this seemed almost to be overwhelming coming so closely on the heels of our 4-H EXPO. But we wanted to do something special with our niece Zoe while she was here visiting with us, so we did it. After several hours of preparation we hit the road. The drive was part of the experience. Bumpy dirt roads with plenty of wash boards to jar everything that could be shook. The views from the Mogollon Rim, which gained attention when Zane Grey wrote about it in his western novels, were majestic….

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To Market, to Market, to Buy a Fat Pig

4-H EXPO has come and went. That’s where our family spent the last several days. It’s a lot of fun and a great culmination to the raising of an animal for market. First we loaded up the pigs. I make this sound a lot easier than it is sometimes! This one was getting a last minute mud bath before being coaxed… and coaxed…. and coaxed into the horse trailer. At EXPO they show twice – once for showmanship and the second time for confirmation. Serenity placed 3rd in the Senior division for Showmanship and her pig was Reserve Champion Crossbred. So not a bad year for our Missy. A prize pig. My niece Zoe flew in from Pennsylvania and is spending the week with us….

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Painting a Wooden Headboard

I’m making progress people on my master bedroom! If you were to see my list of things to do in there – it is dated back to 2012. I am one slow mover! But a vision for what I’m wanting is clear in my mind (at least for 1/2 of the room). Remember that headboard I rescued from our burn pile? (You can read about my finds here.) I decided to see if it would work for my bedroom. First I lightly sanded it because it was starting to peel and blister from being left in the rain (before I rescued it). It’s not a high quality piece of wood. It’s just a veneer so I didn’t sand it too much. Then with the help…

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My Rustic Fall Mantle for 2014

It’s not officially fall but for me August always signifies Autumn so that’s when my decorations went up – sometime in the last part of the month. Since I’ve been on this quest of trying to learn some basics of decorating,  I’ve had so much fun changing my mantle with the seasons. I do have a storage container that I keep fall decorations in but then I also “shop” my house which makes it possible for me to introduce different elements into my mantle decor each season. Maybe I’ll run out of ideas eventually, I don’t know, but for now I’m going with it. That 1800′s looking man in the photo is actually my son. Yes, it sure is. He’s a hunting guide in the…

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A Fun and Creative Handicraft – Glass Etching

What a great time the Castle Keeper girls had yesterday. We learned the very simple but oh, so creative art of glass etching. If you’re looking for a simple activity that is sort of addicting, this could be it. I’m itching to get me a few pieces of glass to personalize. Some supplies you will need are: Etching Cream Vinyl Reusable Stencils (these are so neat!) Rubbing Alcohol Cotton Balls Popsicle sticks   Step 1. Clean the surface that you want to etch using the cotton balls and rubbing alcohol. Step 2. Place stencil on surface. Step 3. Using popsicle stick place etching cream on stencil. You just want to dab it on. It doesn’t have to be very thick. Step 4. Let sit for…

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Baby Shower Activity That Brought a Smile

Castle Keepers begins today and we’re all looking forward to our 2nd year. It’s a group of girls from ages 13 and up (unless they have younger sibilings than they can also participate) that learn homemaking skills and other things for when they are managers of their own households. We meet once a month and each mom takes a turn teaching the class through the year.  Today we will be learning glass etching. I can’t wait to see what the girls come up with. I’ve written about the club in previous posts. You can just do a search for “Castle Keepers” and it will bring up our past activities. I also issue a monthly challenge each month to the girls. This allows us to have…

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A Brunch Baby Shower Themed “Showers of Love”

This past weekend we celebrated the birth of my 1st grandchild with a baby shower in her honor. xoxoxo The Sweetheart… When the guests arrived they were given a clothespin and directed to the magnetic chalkboard that had pictures of Zachary, Hannah and Shalom.  The side that say’s “Don’t Say” is for the clothespin game.  ”Showers of Love” was the theme for this special event and Shalom Adriel was certainly showered. The clouds were cut out of white material and stuffed with stiff paper. The raindrops were cut using the Silhouette Cameo on card stock. Clouds that were raining love. A close-up of the rain drops… And the food…  It was a brunch so breakfast it was… Homemade Pop-Tarts Drinks and seating were outdoors. It…

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A Simple Rainboot Make-over for Decoration Only

Twenty-two years ago, this little guy stole my heart. All 7 lbs. 1 oz. of him. And now, 22 years later, he’s made me a grandma and my heart is stolen all over again. I’m planning a baby shower for little Shalom that will be held this Saturday and yesterday I did a super simple project that I want to share with you. Hardly any time was involved, it’s easy and low-cost. All you will need is a pair of rubber boots that are ready to be thrown away. Like these. One of the boots has a 4″ crack where water can come in instead of keeping it out so it was perfect for this project. The first thing I did was put masking tape…

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A Western Style Farewell Dinner

This past Saturday we had a different kind of dinner here at the ranch. It was a farewell dinner for friends that our kids have almost all grown up together with. They’ve been with us through all our homeschooling activities, the Castle Keeper club, and the list goes on. So it wasn’t really a celebration but a dinner in honor of, since it’s kind of a sad time for all of us here. We’re happy for them but also sad that they’ll be moving 2,000 miles away. Because we were doing hamburgers/hotdogs, I decided a cowboy theme would be fitting.   The chalkboard sign is written in Spanish and says, “Until Later, my friends.” Remember when I rescued that furniture from the burn pile my…

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Recently I wrote a post about the pressure many of us feel to start our child’s formal education when they reach 5-6 years of age. I asked the question of why, at this point, do we feel we need to get formal with their education. Many times, especially if they’re boys, they are just not ready to sit at a desk for extended periods of time. But most mom’s do it anyways because of many possible reasons. Before I rewrite that post once again, why don’t you just go ahead and read it? So today I want to give you a incomplete list of things your child can learn that won’t require workbooks or long periods of time sitting. I’m not advocating that your child…

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When You’re Feeling Dejected and Discouraged

Sometimes when disappointments and discouragements are present in our life it’s easy to lose sight of anything good. This is something I have struggled with a lot in my personal life.  I’ve overcome it to a certain degree but then there are the days I have my set backs. It’s not wrong to feel discouraged but it’s how you and I handle it that determines whether we are going to let the trial or situation affect us adversely or if we’ll be overcomers. David also had his ups and downs as he shares in the Psalms – There were times when he was full of praise. “I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.” “O give thanks unto the Lord;…

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Our First Grandchild Has Arrived

As of last night I am a grandmother! Little Shalom Adriel arrived somewhere around 7:32 p.m., weighing 7lbs. 10oz. and measuring 20 1/4″ long. Zachary is a very proud daddy. And the mommy… Audrey adores babies – loves to hold them, feed them, take care of them. She’ll make a great auntie. Justus kept checking his new little niece out. Was he marveling at new life, I wonder? First time aunts and uncle. The captivated Grandpa. Am I really a Grandma?? Shalom Adriel Shalom means “Peace” Adriel means “God’s flock, from God’s congregation” We are thankful for a relatively short delivery and a healthy grand-daughter!

Kids, Camp-Fire Cooking and Scary Spiders

I don’t know if I could survive more than 1 day in the woods with 9 kids between the ages of 7 & 12. They keep you BuSy! But it’s sort of like having a baby. You forget all the bad parts of labor and are willing to do it again just because those little precious babies are worth every bit of it. And that’s how I feel about these junior campers. I’m kept hopping pretty much from the time I get there till it’s time to go back home but I love seeing them getting out and experiencing nature and building friendships with each other. Here’s the group this year minus me and Wesley. Everybody always loves the jeep ride. Bouncy, wind blowing fun….

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Preparing for Our Annual Junior Kids Camp-Out

Although I had wanted to share with you things that you can do with your small children as I mentioned here, I won’t be able to this week! I have family coming for the day and tomorrow is our annual kids camp-out. I’m not so organized that I have posts planned ahead – I pretty much write the morning of… I’d really like to change that but it hasn’t happened yet.   I like trying new camping food. Last year’s food worked out pretty good which you can see here. Some of it I’ll be doing again but I do have new recipes to try as well. My new recipes will be Walking Tacos and Foil Packet Spaghetti. I’ll let you know how that goes. Now,…

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For many a new school year is here. Wee ones will be toddling off to their classrooms at the public school or the homeschooling mom will be getting her classroom in order in anticipation of a great year with her bright and curious students. But wait. Should your little one really be starting school? Yes and no. What is school anyways? From Dictionary.com  an institution where instruction is given, Children have a natural curiosity from almost the time they are born. They love to explore, examine, feel, taste, touch almost everything they come in contact with. And the curiosity continues as they get older. What 5-year-old child do you know that is ever bored? It just doesn’t happen unless parents have raised them on videos…

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Our Hope is in the Lord

Last week was rough. It was a week that caused us all to reevaluate how we live our lives.  My 23-year-old nephew was in a small plane crash, along with a good family friend (age 22) and two other young girls. They all perished. The shock and denial that it had actually happened reverberated throughout our minds for days. How could this be? These were boys that lived life to its fullest. Good kids – all 4 of them who loved the Lord and served Him each day. It is painful. It hurts us but the grief that the parents feel is so much more than anything those of us who haven’t lost a child can imagine. Time is a healer but that doesn’t help…

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The Lord is Our Refuge

I won’t be here this week. There has been a death in the family. Four wonderful people were killed this week and one was my nephew and another a very dear friend to our family. Please keep us in your prayers.

Furniture Rescue

Three roll-off dumpsters filled with junk were sent to the dump. I was okay with that, after all my son was cleaning up his new rental home. The owner had passed away and he must have had very eclectic interests for there were stamp collections, coin collections, books, silverware, all kinds of things.  He had it all. Things were going to the dump, wood was being unloaded in our scrap pile and then there were the collections that were being brought home so that research could be done to see if there was any resell value. But then just 2 days ago I was going by the scrap pile and I saw… I saw things I shouldn’t have seen for now it makes me wonder…

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Simple Recipe for Making Liquid Soap

This is one of those projects that you plan to do… plan to do… plan to do and then forget about it. What’s up with that anyways? Why do we procrastinate? That’s a thought that might be a little heavy for me this morning considering I have many of those types of projects around here so let’s just focus on this bright thought… I did the project! I didn’t have to order any supplies since I’ve been planning to do this for years quite some time (cough, cough) and had ordered them eons some time ago. Sigh… The supplies you will need to complete this project are: 22 ounces coconut oil 4 ounces castor oil 1 ounce jojoba oil 16 ounces water 6.25 ounces potassium…

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Youth Camp 2014

We are home after a 3,000 mile odyssey across the United States to Indiana where we attended a church youth camp. And lest you think it was us that were the campers, it was our children. We went as workers. It was a wonderful time. And since some of you might enjoy seeing pictures of our trip, I’m going to share just a few of the over 200 photos I took. We didn’t drive the church van this year but took along 3 extra passengers in our Suburban which has almost 300,000 miles on it! We drove 24 hours and landed in St. Louis for an overnight stay. Then we took a tour of… do you know what? The St. Louis Arch St. Louis –…

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