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Yes! Christmas Break!

I must be turning into a softy!  Maybe it was the snow day I gave the scholars on Monday!  Thursday night I went to be in tears.  I was so tired all I wanted to do was cry.  So I went to bed earlier than usual.  By morning's light, and I'm not talking about the sun, I got thinking about what our real schedule was for Christmas break.  I am one who does not like to lose a day in school, FOR NOTHING! Get it done, get it done right and quick!  Come on, you would be thinking the same thing if YOU had nine scholars in eight different grades!
 
Okay!  Call me a control freak!  (I think of it as "keeping things in order"!) :-)

It is scheduled for the 20th of December and returning the 3rd of January. 
THAT'S A LONGTIME! 
No, really it is okay!  If I am at the point of tears when going to bed and the scholars are in tears when they wake up, WE NEED A BREAK!

The morning did not start out the greatest!  I woke up about 6:30 with another headache.  I ended up having to take two naps today!  I know..."Poor baby!"   But I had things I needed to get done, like stamping, laundry, stamping, dusting, stamping...

I decided to make hash  browns for lunch with bacon, onion, and shredded cheese.  Why is it every time I shred my potatoes, they end up looking gray and yuck?  If I use frozen shredded potatoes they come out perfect!  Any way, all but a spoonful of potatoes were gone, so I guess the tasted better than they looked!

Supper was much better in appearance!  I fixed BBQ chicken in the oven, rice with onion, and peppers, spiced with curry powder, and corn.  It was  yummy!

Our oldest son bought our two grandsons over this evening for a bit!  It has been a while since we have seen them.  The youngest, who is 2 1/2, broke his leg the day before Thanksgiving.  He is fairing very well.  Our oldest, 5 1/2 , is a head or so, closer to the "so" part, than our youngest child, Daughter #7, who will be 6 on the 21st!  They grow quickly!  Maybe I will have Daughter #2 upload them to  the blog in the next day or two.

Tomorrow is church, and will be a long day.  We have our Christmas Cantata tomorrow evening.  Two of our offspring have speaking parts in it, while one of them sings in the choir also.  I also sing in the choir and with the Ladies Ensemble tomorrow.  I pray I feel well, my head is feeling dizzy and the base of my skull is starting to ache.  I hope I do not wake up with a headache tomorrow!

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My Mother's Gentle Love

My Mother's Gentle Love
by Ron Hamilton
Who puts a band-aid on my knee?
Who holds me close so tenderly?
Who always sees the best in me?
There’s no one like mother.

Who always wipes my tears away?
Who tells me I’ll be great some day?
Who cares in such a gentle way?
There’s no one like mother.

My mother’s gentle love, my mother’s gentle love
Has taught me of God’s tender care, and turned my eyes above.
I’ll bless her all my days for all her gentle ways.
Oh, how I thank my Lord above for my mother’s gentle love.



Today is my mother's viewing, and tomorrow is her funeral.  The song above so much describes my mom.  She loved her four children so very much!  Before she had children, she was a nurse for "special care" babies~~"old" term for NICU.  Once she started having children she gave up her career to stay at home and raise her own babies. Thanks, Mom!

Thank you, Daddy, for allowing Mom to stay at home and raise us four children!







MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!!!!



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! ;)