Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

A simple message to all my readers: Merry Christmas to you and yours.

I saw this on a church sign in town and I've spent a lot of time reflecting on it: "The high and holy one became the meek and lowly one."

The LORD make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. - Numbers 6:25

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What If You Witnessed This?

We don't go to mall, but if we could see stuff like this, maybe we would. Wouldn't it be a treat to be surprised with something like this?



But then, I'm a fan of Handel and of Messiah ... and of opera and opera-style music. :-)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Stuff

My brother asked me to post photos of my Christmas tree. So here goes. :-D



I left the resolution sort of big so that you can click and maybe see it a bit better. We definitely have the traditional style tree. There is no theme, no particular color. It would be ostracized by interior decorators and you won't see it in a department store. It has mismatched ornaments, multicolor lights, the kids' ornaments they've made over the years, and anything on it that the kids dub worthy and beautiful. Our tree is decorated with love and memories. Nearly all of our ornaments are given to us. My mother also buys each child a new ornament each year to hang on the tree.

Some of my favorite ornaments:

My mother-in-law took a trip to tour New York City in 2000. She purchased this ornament in the World Trade Center gift shop.


Before I was married I worked in a bank. I had probably 25 co-workers. We went out to dinner one night for Christmas and exchanged gifts of Christmas ornaments. This is one that I loved I received one Christmas. The giver was a resident of Gulf Breeze, FL, which was the home of "UFO sightings" in the late 80's and early 90's. It's neat to have an ornament with a story!


This one is sort of self explanatory. It was given to us by my husband's aunt. I think she bought it at a craft show for us. It's very personalized as I have blond hair and my husband has brown.


We bought this ornament on our honeymoon when we visited Rock City Gardens. We did NOT buy it last November (just to clarify :P).


These are gifted from some of the teenagers. My husband bleeds crimson and white!

Another bit of memories...this is Lydia's third Christmas and it is the third Christmas that I have caught her under the tree plucking off candy canes and eating them. She hasn't learned yet, I guess.

I love the glittery glistening effect from icicles. I put them on very delicately, placing them one or two at the time and letting equal amounts fall on either side of the branch I'm placing it on. Well, the bottom 18 inches of tree have no icicles because Josiah loves them and has plucked them all off. :-) haha!



Here's another hub of fun times. It's complete with music for the children to play. The hymnals are under the piano on a shelf. It also includes our nativity. The wise men are purposely NOT included here since they didn't come to the stable!!! *smacking forehead* I also don't display the "angel" since it is not a Scriptural angel.

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Just another reason why homeschool is so cool: little brother (still in his pajamas) can climb in your chair and try to shake things up! We are enjoying our 3 week furlough from school. We'll be back in action Tuesday, January 4, 2011. It's providing me with time to finish up these Christmas details and with time to make more memories and family traditions. Having the time off will also allow me to be able to put together some goodies for my brother and sister-in-law who will be able to come home (his home, at least) for Christmas.

Monday, December 13, 2010

That's My Boy!

Jeremy's dad took John out hunting Friday. They spent all day in the woods. Right at dusk, guess what comes out from the woods.





This buck is a 6 point and he weighed about 150 lbs. John shot him from a distance of about 75 yards. John dropped him where he stood! He was sooo proud. But then, I don't know who was more proud: me or his Paw-paw! LOL

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook - December 9, 2010

FOR TODAY - December 9, 2010

Outside my window ...
It's so cold outside!! We had a low of 25 last night. I hope the cold didn't get our satsuma tree.

I am thinking ...
of how I am going to organize all the many things that I have to get done this week.

I am thankful for...
God being patient with me. Why can't I be more like that?

From the learning rooms ...
We are going to put a wrap on this week of school, then we are going to take three weeks off for Christmas. We can do that...hooray for homeschool!!

From the kitchen ...
some goodies to take to our Sunday School Christmas party. I know a pumpkin roll for sure, but I'm not sure what else.

I am wearing ...
my favorite long denim skirt with a maroon long sleeved shirt. Too bad it's not a sweatshirt!

I am creating ...
for now, I hope to be getting on the sewing machine once the kids are out of school. It makes it sort of hard to sew with Josiah right now. He like to plunder through the sewing box and he doesn't nap for more than 2 hours a day, making time a little scarce.

I am going ...
to take the kids to piano today, then to the herb store to get Ethan some more licorice root.

I am reading ...
Colossians, Proverbs, Zechariah

I am hoping (praying) ...
for Ethan. The kids all caught cold this week. John and Lydia are well over it. Ethan is still limping along, poor thing. The only time he has asthma trouble anymore is when he gets a cold.

I am hearing ...
John is aggravating Josiah and Josiah is making ugly noises at him. (just keeping it real) Lydia is singing to herself. Ethan is tapping his tea cup (he's drinking a cup of Gypsy Cold Care by Traditional Medicinals)

Around the house ...
We are very much struggling with getting this last week of school. I only just decided yesterday that we would be taking off three weeks instead of two. They (we) need it. The laundry is caught up, but the rest of the house has been more neglected. Hopefully we can band together and get the place shipshape.

One of my favorite things ...
being a MOMMY!!

Here is picture thought I am sharing...


From our vacation. This is the children sitting outside the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, GA.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Two Years in a Row?

Okay, not as much snow as last year, but for there to be any frozen precipitation at all is a big deal to us Floridians.

This is a quick video my husband took with his iPhone at work. I know it's just an everyday thing to most people, but this is such a treat for us!

Friday, December 3, 2010

More from Vacation Week

Well, we got home on a Thursday and I had made a picture appointment for Friday at 3pm. It took absolutely all day long to find stuff for us all to wear. You have to get the picture here: we had gotten home just in time for bed Thursday and everything was scattered everywhere. Amid this chaos, I am trying to plan family portraits. Oh, it was so difficult, but we walked in the door at the portrait place exactly at 3 pm. I have no idea how it happened, but I'm so glad. Our family does not cope well with tardiness.



They are getting so big!!



Dunno why it's sideways. When I'm uploading it, it isn't. Oh well, just turn your head!



I had so much to do Saturday day. Sunday was Thanksgiving dinner at church. I had stuff to cook from the garden, but I had to do a ham and some desserts too. The house was still a wreck from Thursday. By this time it had grown into a major stress causer. We're literally stepping over and around clutter. Getting the house in order was priority one. We pulled together and had the house spick-and-span by lunch (one of the tremendous blessings of a small house is that it cleans up quick). That left the afternoon to do the grocery shopping.

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We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I got off sorta easy on cooking. Easy isn't the right word because I love to cook. I had to cook a giant pot of greens. I did a pumpkin roll and a pecan pie. Jeremy deep fried a turkey. That was it. The pumpkin roll was a story all in itself. I always have trouble getting the cake out of the jelly roll pan in one piece. For me at least, shortening and flour doesn't work, wax paper doesn't work, silicon baking mat doesn't work, spraying with Pam doesn't work. I know because I've tried them all!!! This year I broke down and used (gasp) parchment paper. I keep it in the house, but I am so stingy with it because it is so expensive. Anyway, I made the cake, baked it and it was lovely and perfect. To make the roll (if you're not familiar with it) you turn it out onto a kitchen towel and roll the cake and the towel up together to shape the cake. Well, I turn the pan up a bit and, slip, the cake falls into a broken heap. So, I actually made two pumpkin rolls. haha. It wasn't that hard to redo, but it took a bit of time. I use freshly ground spices and had to grate another 2 tsps of cinnamon on my Microplane.

This week is so full of stuff to do. We have something every night. The biggest hurdle is my poor Josiah. All of my kids have had some sort of trouble cutting teeth, typically fever and diarrhea. Josiah has had the worst time thus far. Right now he is cutting his 2 upper molars and an incisor, the second tooth left of center on the bottom. His symptoms with it are fever (typically between 101 and 104), diarrhea and severe diaper rash, vomiting and earache. I have never had a child have so much trouble with it! He'll get all these symptoms at once and have lasted 3-4 days. He is on the mend, but is still battling some it. He's one pitiful sight.

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On a side note, I really love our homeschool fellowship group. It's a small group made up of mostly large families. The fellowship is just so sweet and I am very thankful to be a part.

Speaking of large families, I have a question for anyone who has an answer. When people say the typical large family comments, what do you say?

Examples of snide comments:
  • Don't you know what's causing that?
  • How many is enough? (or, How many do y'all want, need, etc.)
  • Are you going to have more?!
  • Just wait till they are teenagers.
  • How can you afford them?
or the less rude comments:
  • Are you going to have more?
  • How many do you want to have?
I guess I sort of feel between a rock and a hard place. If you have read Josiah's birth story you know that I will not be having a natural birth, no matter how much it breaks my heart. I'm a lover of home birth, natural health, less intervention and large families. It is very probable that we will not be having more than 5 or 6. It may come to pass that we have to do something more permanent to prevent pregnancy in time. It will exclude ALL abortifacient measures. I feel to respond with "We'll have however many the Lord gives us" is only a half truth. I mean, it is the truth, just from a different perspective. It depends on how I recover from birth to birth. I hope that all makes sense...I'm not even sure if it all makes sense to me.

We (the church) are going to participate in a local Christmas parade again tomorrow. The kids are excited. I hope to have pictures from that.

Oh, and since Josiah has been so fussy lately I decided to learn how to do the hip hold with my homemade Moby Wrap. I did another wrap around to add a little more back support, but it's sooooo useful! Hip Hold How-to video.