Deep Thoughts–or maybe not

**I made dessert for dinner last night; brownies made from scratch. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before, but I’m on a recent quest to stay away from processed foods and chemicals. Because I had cut the sugar in the recipe in an effort to be healtier, they weren’t as good as brownies from a mix. I was very annoyed to discover that making brownies from scratch cost 2 1/2 times more than brownies from a mix. What is up with that?

**I also made apple crisp and served ice cream. Mama ate all her food. Dada ate all his food. Grandma ate all her food. Guess who didn’t eat all their food? That’s right–the Misses Aviana and Brielle ate their ice cream and only bits of their other desserts. Even when I serve dessert for supper, they still won’t eat. What is up with that?

**I saw parts of the Today show because I wanted to learn more about the family who just had octuplets. I was thoroughly annoyed with this show.

They showed this couple who had spent $150K on a dog. Well, good for them. It’s their money. Not really how I would choose to spend one hundred fifty grand, but whatever.

But Al Roker is trying to make them feel guilty about it, like they should consider the economy before they go out and spend all this money. Who cares how this private citizen is spending his money. It’s HIS money!!!

Then the guy is trying to apologize for being rich. He says his father started NASCAR, so he essentially won the lottery. And then he started a company to help with wound care saving lives, and he says he won the lottery again!

No he didn’t! He worked hard for what he has.

He and his father made smart choices. He and his father were creative, original thinkers. They invested well. That’s much different than some work a job joe going into the Kum-n-Go and plunking down a dollar for the Lotto!

It’s probably super nice to not have to consider the cost between mix or made from scratch brownies. I’d like to be rich too, but I don’t resent him for having what I don’t. Even if he did inherit it all and had never started his own business, I still think he has every right to be rich. That’s what makes America great. You can do that!

We need “the rich”. They create jobs. They invent things. They start businesses. What kind of society do we live in where someone feels they have to apologize for rolling in the dough? What is up with that?

**My children’s view of mothering may be in need of a little tweaking.

Brielle and I were looking at a Cars and Trucks page in one of our favorite books, and I asked her what kind of vehicle she liked best.

“ummm…a red twuck for Dada, and…a Twacer for Dada and…a Mystique for Dada and… a jeep for Dada!”
“What about Mama?” I ask, feeling a little miffed :-).
She looked at me as if I were crazy to want anything.
” Well… you tan have a van. I guess.”

Last night Grandma teasingly asked Aviana if Cadrian could have some soup. She told her “Noooo! Tadrian dwinks milk from his mama. She eats her food, and it dissolves into milk, and then he dwinks that nasty stuff!”

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Mama’s Daybook

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My Daybook ~ 26 January

Outside My Window … cold grey blah

I am thinking … I’m going to enjoy some apple crisp and hot cocoa for dinner after my fast is over

I am thankful for …growing in faith, through the book Becoming the Woman God Wants Me to Be

From the learning rooms …Themes of winter/snow/groceries & modesty

From the kitchen … no sugar or leaven or caffeine for me. Yipes!


I am wearing … A grey pink and white track suit

I am creating … organization and clean spaces–it got so bad Kevin asked me if I was pregnant, because it seems like I’m nesting! I think it might just be the weather.

I am going …to MOPS


I am reading … Harvest: A Year in the Life of an Organic Farm

I am hoping …The last four days of my fast are easier than the first six

I am hearing…sweet nothing

Around the house … trying to get ready for our trip

One of my favorite things … warm water with lemon

A few plans for the rest of the week …going to a travelogue tomorrow night of a couple who went to 28 countries with only their carry-on; the rest of the week is pretty open since we are leaving for a week long vacay on Saturday. We’re going to Springfield MO, Branson, and St Louis. Eight hours in the van one way. Eeesh! I’m not sure I’m ready for this!


Here is a picture thought I am sharing~

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A little craftiness

I saw someone online selling these bow holders for like, $30. I said to myself, $30!?! No freaking way! I’m not paying $30.

So Kevin cut me some wood. I painted some names and polka dots, put some little stick-on bling for good measure and then I stapled some ribbon to the back.

Now we have a bow holder that was like, free.

(I know it wasn’t really, but I’m counting it as free because I didn’t have to buy a single thing for this project; it was all already on hand. Let me live my little fantasy.)

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Cadrian is five and then SIX months old

Here is his five month picture

And here he is at six months

I completely forgot to do his five month post because of who knows…Christmas seems like a good excuse, and I forgot to do his six month picture on his six month birthday because he’s been sick. Ah well.

Baby boy is doing great (other than all the mucus and coughing). He’s sitting up well, he’s crawling, he pulled himself to a stand on my back while I was lying on my tummy yesterday, he is getting into trouble because he immediately heads for the stereo equipment or electrical cords. He’s got a great laugh and an infectious smile. He tolerates his sisters antics well. He likes to play peek a boo. He is quite social and enjoys attention. He’s fallen into a great schedule, which is a huge blessing in a lot of ways, and especially because his sisters weren’t nearly as predictable. He’s been switched to a “big kid” car seat; we couldn’t get the infant seat buckled anymore, let alone carry it! He’s on the big side of growth, but I have no idea what his exact dimensions are.

He’s a gigantic gift from God and we are so thankful for his sweet little self!

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Brielle, weeping: My tears made me cry!

Aviana, enthusiastically, apropos of nothing: I tan’t WAIT until I’m old enough to start woozing teeth! When I’m about 6 or 7, I’m going to carry around a paper bag, and hold my mouth over it, and then if a tooth falls out, it can fall right into the bag and I won’t wooze it.


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Homemaking ABCs

I got this idea from over at The Home Authority. Pretty clever.

1.Aprons – Y/N? If Y, what does your favorite look like?
I offered my grandma an apron. When I handed her one of my ‘older’ ones, she said, “What? I don’t get to wear the new one?”, I realized I was hoarding my special apron from sassyapron on etsy. So I tied it over the one she had already put on
Oh no. This photo was not at all staged. *wink*

2.Baking – Favorite thing to bake: Bread–love to experiment, love yeast, sourdough and quick breads, love the kneading

3.Clothesline – Y/N?

4.Donuts – Have you ever made them? oh yes-wonderful snow day activity

5.Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day: make food, pick up, change diapers, wipe counters ect.

6.Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze? and how we love it. We have a 1/4 of a beef in there, lots of all natural chicken, extra meals I’ve cooked from doubled/tripled recipes

7.Garbage Disposal – Y/N? so necessary, even though most of our disposal bound leavings go into the bucket for the chickens.

8.Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource? Publications from Reiman Publishing like Country, Taste of Home, Light and Tasty, my 1955 Betty Crocker cookbook and Proverbs 31

9.Ironing – Love it or hate it? I love it on the rare occasion I do it.

10.Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it? Mine is fairly tidy–the drawer next to the refrigerator

11.Kitchen – Color and decorating scheme: Click to see my vintage kitchen

12.Love – What is your favorite part of homemaking? Attempting to make my home an inviting place, a refuge for my family

13.Mop – Y/N? when I’m in a hurry, other wise it’s hands and knees baby.

14.Nylons – Wash by hand or in the wash in the dryer? I wash them when I’m in the shower

15.Oven – Do you use the window or open the oven to check? We have a short in our light, so I have to open the door.

16.Pizza – What do you put on yours? Pineapple and Canadian bacon!

17.Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment? Pray, check email, blog, facebook, read…

18.Recipe card box – Y/N? What does it look like? Vintage of course

19. Style of house – What style is your house?Click to see our 1850’s farm house

20.Tablecloths and napkins – Y/N? When we eat in the dining room–tablecloth and cloth napkins, in the kitchen, paper

21.Under the kitchen sink – Organized or toxic wasteland? Fairly organized

22.Vacuum – How many times per week? Almost every other day.

23.Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do per week? 10ish? I really don’t know!

24.X’s – Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off? I have a chore chart, but I don’t cross it off!

25.Yard – Y/N? Who does what? My dad or Kevin’s dad mow, Kevin clears the snow. My dad gardens. I plant a flower or two.

26.Zzz’s – What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed? Cleaning up the kitchen

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What I’m wearing.

Over at Tiaras and Tantrums–and seriously, is that NOT the best name for a blog?–Teresa is asking what people are wearing.

I am wearing the same thing I wore yesterday, which is what I also wore to bed. Shame shame, I know.

Here is my excuse. When I went to get into my jammas last night, Cadrian needed me, so I got into bed to nurse him. Then I was just so warm and cozy, I said “what the hey”.

Then this morning, after I got done with my Time Alone with God-which I am trying to do first thing I can-Baby Boy was screaming his head off again. So I put him on too.

I’m afraid he may be getting sick; he was up and inconsolable at 1, 3 and 5, and he rarely even cries in the night. He’s being dedicated on Sunday and we’re having extended family come…

Any way, my so called outfit.

Champion fleece lined pants, a cornflower turtleneck, a silver MOPS fleece, no bra, no socks, my Christmas slippers, and a finally sleeping baby. I am wearing handmade earrings, my wedding and engagement ring, and my silver amethyst ring I got in Italy. I am wearing glasses (but am getting contacts soon!) and no makeup.

Next to me you see our thermostat, which is getting a workout because it’s -20 here, without a windchill–Kevin gets frost on his face when he goes out to do chores!–, and behind me our bedroom with its unmade bed.

So that’s what I’m wearing, in all it’s real life glory. What are you wearing?

Teresa says: “You can post or just comment, tell, or don’t tell, show or don’t show (maybe soon you will show) exactly what it is you’ve put on today!”( but I want to see pictures) and go over and sign up!

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We had the best speaker at MOPS the other day. She spoke about discipline-what it is, what it should look like, what worked for her. Her only credentials were raising three kids, one of whom was extraordinarily strong willed, and being tuned into the Holy Spirit. Her talk just lit a fire under my bum about how I have kind of slacked off in the area of expecting full time, first time obedience.

When we got home on Tuesday, I sat my girls down for a chat, and told them I was sorry I had been allowing disobedience in their lives. I told them God expects me to discipline them when they disobey and they need to answer me when I say their names, they need to do as I say without whining, arguing, or complaining, and they need to always be kind and respectful to everyone.

Who’s to blame when I get frustrated if I say “Brielle.”….”Brielle!!” …”BREE-ELLE!!” and then she comes?
Me. I’ve trained her to not listen until I raise my voice.

Who’s to blame if I start to lose my cool when my four year old argues with me?
Me. I’ve trained her that she will get a response, she obtains an ongoing dialogue if she talks back to me, instead of just expecting obedience and disciplining her if it doesn’t happen.

Who’s to blame if they drive me crazy by fighting and bickering with each other?
Me. I’ve trained them by allowing them to disrespect one another.

I realized after this talk that I have let the standard slide as of late. I’m going to have to interrupt Cadrian’s nursings. I’m going to have to pull the car over. I’m going to have to get up and get a hold of the offending child. I’m going to have to get–and stay– more consistent.

Discipline sometimes scares me–I grew up in an angry home; where yelling, screaming, belittling, criticism, hitting and striking in anger were the norm. I was very strong willed, and I found I could push and push and get my way. This is the opposite of what I want for the lives of my children.

I don’t want raised voices. I don’t want my kids to feel like failures if they don’t do it “right”. I don’t want hurt feelings. I don’t want my emotions to rule the home, but the standards of God. I want my children to know what treasures they are. I want my children to know how loved they are. I want my children to realize they have value simply because God created them. I want them to feel secure in the boundaries in our home.

And I hope and pray that by returning to the basics of discipline, God will accomplish this through me.

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