Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday Musings

What a sweet holiday. I loved eating at the R's! They made it so fun (and full) for all of us.

I hopped on the scale at Publix today. My cell phone must weigh a ton because it was in my pocket and my weight was more than it should be. Maybe I should go for a slim phone? [yuk]

Ty had a horrible cold, and now his sisters have the same horrible cold! We're so thankful that he made the long drive to be with us. On the way home there was so much traffic, it took him 13 hours to make the 10.5 hour drive! I'm glad he didn't stay for church but got an early start.

We don't have a working camera right now, so no pictures!

On Sunday evening Glenna, Himself, and I went to pick up some raw milk. After reading Real Food: What to Eat and Why by Nina Planck, we're convinced that raw milk is the way to go. Himself says it was like a weird, third world experience as we stood in line in someone's driveway, waiting to buy milk. At least we had an adorable boxer with a deflated soccer ball to entertain us! She would take turns bringing the ball to people in line so they could kick it for her.

We came home and did the taste test of the raw whole milk vs. the store bought whole milk. The raw milk was definitely richer, while the store milk has a watery after-taste. Still, for what we pay for it, it's almost used for medicinal purposes only. Raw milk = white gold. I wish Florida would make it legal to sell raw milk as other states have done. Then maybe we wouldn't have to stand in a driveway to buy some.

I've started my Christmas shopping. Going to be a light year, but I know it won't be light in the area of God's blessings! Already, He has done so much for us to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


I looked out my kitchen window this morning as I do every morning.

This time, a white Blazer was parked in its usual spot.


All of my chicks are back in the nest until Sunday! The hugs I received from my son were so precious. Gladly, I'm wading through his piles of laundry. (I insisted he bring his laundry. Isn't it a tradition when a child comes home from college?)

I'm determined NOT to be on the computer much, so I won't be blogging until Monday.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Table Talk

I made a hearty minestrone soup and placed it before my family.

Himself: Whenever I eat something like this, I feel like I'm in a Louis L'Amour novel. I'm one of the cowboys sitting around eating the stew that's thick and good.

Kelly: Really? When I eat something like this, I feel like I'm a sailor. I've come into the galley for a bite before going back on deck. I put on my thick, itchy sweater because it's the only one I own.

Glenna: When I eat something like this, I feel like an orphan.


My son comes home tomorrow! I've not seen him since Labor Day weekend. I can't wait!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


My head was relaxing in the shampoo bowl as Ruthie began to pull the foil strips off. I've been looking forward to this shampoo for so long! Suddenly, I feel my phone vibrate in my pocket.

I wait. If it's a text message, it will only vibrate twice. This, however, continues vibrating in an urgent manner. I dig under towel and cape and pocket to retrieve the phone and see that it's Kelly.

"I'd better take this, Ruthie." I knew that Kelly wouldn't interrupt my singular alone time for a trivial matter.


"Yes, Kelly!"



"Mom! I've just been accepted at CC College! They just called on the phone!"

"What????!!!!??" I sit bolt upright and leave Ruthie scrambling for towels. I ask her to repeat it, and the poor girl is understandably "freaking out" with the news. We both start screaming.

Then we tell Ruthie, and Ruthie starts screaming along with us!

Just like that, my life is changed. Again.

My daughter is going to college. Not just any college, but the college her heart has been set on since her Junior year of high school!

We can't stop smiling!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Poem

A Poem, by Kelly W.

I hate doing dishes
I hate them a lot
Next time I do them
I'll die on the spot

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday is Guest Star Day!

I know I post from this gal often, but you have to see this.

I would love to be able to reduce my grocery bill to what she pays, but the truth is, I wouldn't even know what to DO with half of the items she purchases!

And if I were doing all those things, where would be the time for my selfishness and sin nature?

Maybe that's the point?

Monday, November 16, 2009

Oh No She Didn't!

This amateur real-food advocate did NOT feed her husband Top Ramen with cocktail weenies.

Oh no she didn't!

Friday, November 13, 2009


Strange things that I find in my inbox:

Today is Domestic Duty Day, then Missions Conference begins tonight!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday is Guest Star Day!

Our pastor has been talking about this for a couple of weeks now, and over at Jenny Hope she posted this video to put us in our place. This, my friends, is perspective!

You're welcome. =)

Monday, November 09, 2009

More of This, Less o f That

Something that made me smile this weekend.

I love watching The Amazing Race. Himself and I would never be able to do it. I would try to take over and he would get stubborn and one of us would be buried in a cornfield with the travel gnome.

I gave Jack a haircut this weekend. He actually looks really good! This time, I put him on a table so he was at my level. I figured out the right angle for the clippers, and he even let me do his ears. He has been much less miserable since his haircut and bath. However, that leads me to -

I've been up since 3 a.m.

While giving Jack a haircut, night came and mosquitoes arrived. My feet and ankles are so bitten that I can hardly sleep.

Welcome to Florida.

Friday, November 06, 2009

The Little Engine that Could . . .

. . . should!

Praying for a certain small engine to START today! Go Ty!

Feeling pretty good about some things, pretty cruddy about others. I'm having an "I quit!" season where I just want to check out of everything and stay in my room and read. I know the best thing for that is to get out and DO, so here goes!

Looking forward to a Beautiful Girlhood evening with my Glenna!

God Bless Texas.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Overheard and Overseen

The tanned and burly landscaper on his phone, "Ok, so you'll wear the tights? Let's do it!"

Outside my kitchen window:

The recycle truck pulls up. The muscled laborer in his coveralls dumps the recyclables, places the containers back on the lawn, then does several fantastic dance moves (including a spin and booty shake) on the way to the other side of the truck. With a double toot on the horn, they were off.

I love when God sends me smiles like these!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Back in the Day . . . .

. . . people ate beef stew or beans.

And they liked it.

Now, if I don't have a menu plan printed and posted on the fridge, I'm less likely to make something other than leftovers.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Monday, November 02, 2009


Today is the day Kelly's scheduled to register for her classes. We researched classes and professors and we're ready to go as soon as the clock says 4 pm! Even though she's considered a "returning student," she still had to wait. Trusting God for her classes.

Sending in applications for college and scholarships for NEXT year is a new territory for us. Prayerfully, she'll be attending a Christian college about 2 hours from here.

I don't know how we're going to pay for it at this point.

Everywhere else, it seems, people go into debt up to their eyeballs for college. At my church, it seems everyone is able to go debt-free. How do they do this? I know they earn state scholarships, but where are these magical grants everyone talks about?

When I was pregnant with my firstborn, I thought I would want to stay home at for at least the first six months. When they put that newborn in my arms, however, I knew there was no way on earth I was leaving him. Himself and I made the decision to live without so many things so I could be home with the children. We drove clunker cars, didn't go out to movies, didn't take expensive vacations, wore our clothes until they fell off (or bought some on clearance or at the thrift store), and made myriad other sacrifices in order for me to stay home.

When we decided to home school, this decision was even more relevant. It was sacrificial, but we wanted to be the ones to train our children and give them a biblical world view. The reward has been that we really like our kids. Honestly, we'd rather hang out with our kids more than anyone! They're so fun and so easy to talk to. We laugh like crazy, but we can have deep, serious discussions as well.

Now is when the true financial implication of me staying home is most evident. We have no money for college! Himself and I never went to college, but we certainly hope our children will be able to go. Ty's doing well in Tennessee, but he'll now have student loans to pay once he graduates. Kelly will have to enter the work study program . . . I pray she'll be able to keep up with her school, her work, AND have time to enjoy the activities of her college family.

So much to pray for.

So little time.


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