Monday, February 20, 2012


I was a little nervous to do a post on my husband's pipe, because I know smoking is suppose to be bad for you, a dirty habit, right? Ever since I've known my husband, he has loved the smell of pipe tobacco. But, with his asthma, he never gave it a try. Then 2 years ago, he finally gave it a try. To our surprise, the pipe actually helped with my husband's asthma, because it helped to relax him and his lungs, actually helping him breath.
My husband doesn't smoke every day. Nor does he NEED it. But it's an enjoyable pass time for him, some say an art. Yesterday, Sabbath evening, Chris decided to smoke his pipe contemplating his day at church. He looked so handsome to me I decided to take his photo.



By the way, the pipe shown in these photos was a pipe given to Chris by my mother. It was found among my grandfather's things. Although we never knew my grandfather as a pipe smoker, it still feels special.

Just for fun, I decided to add two other photos I found in our archive.

First time Chris smoked my grandfather's pipe.

Last summer, after a long days work.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Most Basic Act of Worship

Lord, I'm Yours. Whatever the cost may be, may Your will be done in my life. I realize I'm not here on earth to do my own thing, or to seek my own fulfillment or my own glory. I'm not here to indulge my desires, to increase my possessions, to impress people, to be popular, to prove I'm somebody important, or to promote myself. I'm not here even to be relevant or successful by human standards. I'm here to please You.
I offer myself to You, for You are worthy. All that I am or hope to be, I owe to You. I'm Yours by creation, and every day I receive from You life and breath and all things. And I'm Yours because You bought me, and the pice You paid was the precious blood of Christ. You alone, the Triune God, are worth to be my Lord and Master. I yeild to You, my gracious and glourious heavenly Father to the Lord anesuswho loved me and gave himself for me, to the Holyu pirit and his gracious infulence and empowering.
All that I am and all that I have I give to You.
~Author Unknown

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Beauty of Homeschool

Isn't this a beautiful site?
I have taught 3 of my 8 children to read, but my 4th child lacks the self confidence to read out loud. I have worked with her, and when asked to read an individual word she most likely can figure it out, but when asked to read an entire sentence, she will get scared.
Daddy has decided to help out.
By reading through Philippians together, she is learning how to overcome the fear of reading out loud, hearing the word of God, and having precious time with Daddy.
Today when Daddy called her over to read, I couldn't resist, I snapped these shots.
This is the beauty of Homeschool!

Lord's Day

Here is a quick photo I snapped of Caleb before leaving for church. I can't believe how quickly he is growing. I am looking forwards to doing his photo shoot, however, it seems we have hit a bit of a cold streak here in SC. So once again photo shoot on hold.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Hard at Work

Today we were happy to have the boys home from their trip to Raleigh. This morning after I put Philip down for his morning nap, I decided to go do the pruning of our fruit trees. I could do this myself easily, because the trees aren't that big, yet. I guess trimming trees is contagious, because Chris decided to do some trimming of his own. In the process of Chris trimming one of the children's climbing trees, we found something that excited us all. A new hen nest! Yay!!! I was so excited, because for some reason the hens stopped laying in the nesting box and we have been looking for this nest for 2 weeks!!! This is one of the problems with free ranging your chickens.
So tonight for dinner we're having eggs!
I also wanted to share a photo of our cat pumpkin. The children love her and I guess she loves us too, because she has left us two dead mice in front of our door in the last 24 hours. Good Kitty! I thought you'd rather see a photo of her than the two dead mice!

It's good to know our animals are doing their jobs!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Rock Candy

Rock Candy... otherwise known as sugar. Chris and I love to share childhood memories with the children, as we make new ones with them. One of my childhood memories involves making rock candy at my church. I know what your thinking, yes, it's a lot of sugar. But it's a memory that I wanted to share with my children. And when I wanted to do one last fun thing with the girls before the boys returned home, this was it. I had bought all the ingredients a while ago and we found them in the pantry, so it was perfect!

Here is our finished product. Strawberry on the left and orange flavor on the right.

Here Abigail is stirring in the flavoring.

The girls waiting on the sugar to boil.

While I was in a sugar comma, Mary Kate got herself into trouble.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Pantry or The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This is my pantry. Okay, okay, so this is how I "WANT" my pantry to look. It's my Dream pantry. Some women dream of careers, I dream of an organized pantry! haha...
Isn't it beautiful. A girl can dream! This would be "The GOOD".

When we moved into our house over 6 months ago, I had plans for something "BIG", I had no clue that my plans, weren't exactly what the Lord had in store. It takes A LOT of time and $, to get everything, exactly how you want it. And this is how my pantry looked yesterday morning. I know, can you believe I showed that on the internet for all the world to see? It's what happens when you don't have shelves and no organization! This would be "The UGLY".

I could not take it anymore! The girls and I got to work, clearing everything out. I wasn't even sure what we had in there! On our last trip home from the store, I believe it had gotten so bad we just threw everything in there, literally threw it in there! After a day of hard work, it's something I can live with again. I'm going to title this photo "The Bad", but seriously, I am very thankful that I have a pantry at all, that my hubby lent me his industrial shelving until his gets his shop, and that there is food in there none the less.

So there it is, The Good ,The Bad, and The Ugly... My pantry.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


The girls and I have been having lots of girl time. Chris took the boys on a road trip to Raleigh to help a friend work on his house. The girls and I have been de-cluttering, singing and dancing, and cleaning house, but at night we have been having fun girl time and relaxing. Last night, the girls and I attempted to make some yummy pretzels. My good friend makes some really yummy ones (Meghan), but it's been years since I've made them. Here are the photos from the girls making their own. They weren't "THAT" good, but it's because they were 100% whole wheat, without butter. The ones you get at the mall are made with 100% white flour and a ton of butter. Regardless, it was fun and the girls enjoyed it. But the real highlight was drinking tea.
(Sorry, no photo of that.)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

First thing in the Morning

This is one of the first things I see when I wake up each morning. I thought I'd share it with everyone. The girls love to come in and get Philip, he is super happy in the morning. This morning the sun was shining thru my bedroom window and I snapped this shot.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Photo Shoot on Hold

This week there is rain in the forecast. I have three more children to take photos of, but in the mean time, I'm doing a little de-cluttering. I have been wanting to frame an old photo of my dad's family and found the perfect frame among stuff I already owned. Don't you just love when that happens! Anyways. Check it out, I think it looks very nice.
My Dad was 1 0f 9. He is the young man in the front left.

Friday, February 3, 2012