Thursday, September 22, 2016

Happy Fall! most favorite season.  Love the cool days with a bit of warm sunshine.  The smell of wet leaves...the feel of dry leaves crunching underfoot. 

This month has been busy.  Each weekend has been filled with a youth or church activity for the teens and will continue to be that way until at least mid-October.  Then I think there is only one Saturday with nothing on the calendar until soccer and volleyball tournaments at the end of the month.

We have celebrated three birthdays this month and our anniversary is the 24th.  Of course with youth activity and a grands birthday party our celebration of 33 years will have to wait until another day!

I have a few pictures of cards to share...

These were made for some college students in South Carolina.
I try to send a card each month to keep the PO boxes dusted! :)

This was a sympathy card.  The jar is stamped on the paper
and then again on some clear thin plastic to make it
appear like glass. 

Daughter #2 just turned 24.  I saw a card on Pinterest that had 5 jars with
the water color.  I did my own thing using the other card as a spring board.
Our daughter LOVES tie-dye.  So this sort of  gave that look.

I made this in card club.  It is a shadow box/frame.  Great for adding a little
cash.  I cut the 24 and added it to the 'sleeve' that goes around frame.

Daughter #6 turned 15.  This was the same idea as the box/frame.
Except we used this as her "card".  We wrote our sentiments on
the back of the 'sleeve'.  It was something different.

Close up of box with sleeve in place.

(all cards were made using Stampin' Up! products!)

That is all for now!  I know I have some more pictures to share, but that will need to wait for another day.  Hope the first day of autumn is wonderful for you!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Seasons of Life

As summer is quickly coming to a close, it has brought a new season to my life.  I have been a full-time home educating mom for the last 16 years with three years of home education several years before that.  As of today, my home educating hat is put on the rack.  There may be a time in the future it is needed, but for now it is on the rack. 

Today, our last six scholars went off to school with Hubby.  Today is the first day of school at the Christian school where Hubby is teaching full-time.  This is the first time they will be schooling where home is not the classroom for academics.  (it remains the classroom for many other things!)

This day brings mixed emotions.  We knew there would be a day when Hubby stepped back into full-time Christian education.  I have prepared myself for this.  I already shed many silent tears before this day.  But I know that a door of opportunity of serving is just ahead.  God has prepared this moment for me, now I wait to see His plan unfold. 

This day is also the first time in 31 years that I am at home alone!  Yes, alone.  With 14 children someone has always been at home.  When the family attended the Christian school in the 90's...eek!  Why does that sound so far back in time?...I still had babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at home.  When we resumed home education I still had babies, toddlers, and preschoolers...then some of them grew into scholars.  Some of the scholars grew into young men and women and married, some became employed at various places.  The babies and toddlers are now scholars, two are finishing their last year of high school.  Actually over the next three/four years five will graduate, leaving one scholar!

So, here is to a new way of daytime life for me!   Stay tuned to see how life unfolds!

Back row:: Hubby (Jr. High English, Math, History teacher)
L-R:: D#7 (6th), D #4 (12th), D#5 (11th), D#6 (10th), S#7 (9th), S#6 (12th)
{yes, that is a giant Ticonderoga pencil!}

Friday, July 29, 2016

July 2016 Happenings

We  are just a little less than two weeks from starting school.  There is still so much to get done, but I think I may have the problem worked out to getting some promised pictures posted!

I will save family happenings for another time, but wanted to share some cards!

I think I may have shared this one of Son #7 birthday.
Grandson E recently had a fish that died.  He
was a little upset, so I made him a sympathy card.
I love this jars set!!!!  One of my favorites!

This card was made for a man who is in a nursing home.
This card and the one below were an idea that
I had seen on a blog header.  I knew I did not
have the set, so I went searching through retired
sets to create one that was similar.

This was for a friend at church.
This uses a new set from Stampin' Up! in the new
catalog. The sentiment is a retired hostess set.
 I used it for my card ministry this month.
I thought it was fitting for the season. 
Father's Day Card.  The boots and hat are
a retired set, but one of my favorites.
I did these two cards for some college kids from church.
I actually made two of each.  Two are at serving at camps
and two are working at the college they will be attending this fall.
I have a few pictures on my phone but I still am having trouble getting them to download to the computer.  Only a handful have downloaded and my cards are not on them! :(

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Well, my intentions were to post some pictures of some cards I have recently made and a couple of crochet projects that Daughter #6 and I have been working on.  However....I can NOT figure out the new windows!!!  All of the computers have updated to the newest windows except my original Dell that I got in 2007.  By far that has been my favorite computer except it is so slow!  Probably eaten up on the inside with a bug or something!  Even though there are a couple of keys missing, I know the keyboard, the feel of the keys, and where to find things!!

Life on the homestead is good.  Family home from camp; laundry, suitcases are all put away; attitudes are back to normal...meaning they finally got caught up on sleep!  That took a few days!  Our garden is growing.  I have enjoyed making homemade basil pesto!  Its hot, but not unbearable.  Family is loving the homemade yogurt.  I need to get back to making my granola.  Kiddos learned how an auction works.  They even got a few things they were bidding on!  Our new drivers are doing well.  New found freedom for both them and me!  I must say, it is nice not having to play taxi!

Well I guess this chit-chat is not getting pictures off my camera card, nor is it getting anything else done!  Maybe I will try putting the pictures on my external storage and upload them that way...maybe...or just get one of the kiddos to figure this new system out for me!

Hopefully I will be back later with pictures!!!! (I tired uploading pictures with my phone...yeah, for a smart phone you need a smart operator....that is NOT me!)

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Life on the Homestead

Life is keeping us busy.  We have had grans over, a couple family dinners, running teens to friends homes or a church activity. We are helping out a family friend who fell and broke a wrist. Now summer is in full swing and warm and humid!  The air conditioner has been doing its best to keep the home comfortable.

Next week our school age kiddos will be leaving for church camp.   That leaves us with the three adult children who still live at home.  This will be a first for us!

This week we have welcomed two, new to us, vehicles and next week two new licensed drivers....

Well.....I have been trying to get some pictures to upload but am not succeeding! Eeerrrrrr!  I will try again later, when I am not so frustrated!  I will try to keep calm and carry on! ;)