Sunday, April 26, 2015

*Spring Things*

The grass is now green and the flowers are (slowly but surely) growing! Trees are budding and the temperatures are getting warmer! It's absolutely lovely that spring is here! Here are a few of the *spring things* we have been up to...

Chris has been carving me spoons to use in the kitchen! Aren't they amazing!? He may make some to sell in my etsy shop as well! :)


He made a beeswax/mineral oil concoction that he will use to cover the wooden spoons. He also tried his hand at making a couple beeswax candles!


You know how *spring* weather can be....one day: sun, the next: snow (thankfully, it melted!)...


We're finishing up our homeschool year! Only a few *official* days to go! Although, learning is something that happens daily with children. :)


I am attempting my first-ever crocheted afghan. I love knitting (and the "look" of knitted items)...but knitting an afghan would take a super long time. I like being able to try out different crochet patterns and I thought this ripple blanket would be a good project for me...


Saturday, we got some much-needed things done around the house. We planted some seeds to transfer to the raised garden beds later this spring...




We have broccoli, peppers, red and white onions and celery started...


We started lettuce seeds too!


Cash loves being out and about with us...


A man and his dog...


Pearl helped X clear out the raised beds...



As I had posted previously, our dryer died (after 15 years of use). We have a new one coming later this week. Until then, I am thankful for sunny days when I can get clothes out on the line! We had a few very cold, wet days and it forced us to take a couple loads of wash to the laundromat to dry. I am so thankful that the dryer gave out now rather than in the winter. I prefer to hang clothes out to drying them in the dryer anyway! :)


Cashers...



My hosta is starting to shoot up....as well as my day lilies, daffodils, and other pretty things around the house. I had to transplant some of the day lily plants as they were spreading too thick in an area and needed moved. :) I will be sure to share photos as soon as all these lovely things are in full bloom. My cherry tree (that we planted last year) is budding! I cannot wait for it to continue to grow and bloom! I think it will be so beautiful!

Much has been on my heart lately...with personal things, the persecution of Christians around the world, sickness of loved ones, and a desire for unbelievers to come to a true knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. Prayer, prayer, and more prayer is needed at this time (and all times, really).

I have bread rising for tomorrow morning and eggs cooling after being hard-steamed (I steam my fresh eggs to "hard boil" them rather than actually boiling them...it makes it easier to remove the shells). I am going to tidy up the kitchen and then head to bed. Tomorrow will be a full, busy day. Schooling, housework, exercise, and more! :) Hope your week is enjoyable!

Warmly,
Katy


Monday, April 20, 2015

*A Beautiful Day in Spring*

Saturday was a gorgeous spring day. The sun was shining, the temperature was perfect and it enabled us to get some things done around our home! I am so thankful for how our family works together and gets things done. :) Most things happen slowly...as time and money allows...but I am still grateful that our children pitch in and we can all work together on things! :) Here's a look at what a lovely spring day looked like around here!

This is a common outfit you will find Jaxson in if you stop by my house on any given day. I don't get too worried about his crazy attire (unless we are going out and about!)...


We don't use the old wood stove in our garage and the chimney was crumbling so Chris took it down so he could continue covering the roof with metal...


He threw the chimney pieces down and the boys took turns smashing them into smaller pieces...it makes a good fill for the driveway...




 Our garage isn't the prettiest building....but we are focused on renovating our house right now (the garage is secondary). We only do things that are absolutely necessary when it comes to the garage (like fixing the roof)...


Pearl was over-joyed to be out and about. She enjoyed the sunshine and being around the family!


Clothes out drying on the line (this beautiful weather is just in time, as our gas dryer has died. We've had it since we were married ~ almost 15 years ago. It has served us well. We need to look for a new one though because if we have a couple rainy days in a row and I can't hang clothes out, the laundry piles up quickly!), a ladder that needs put away and a wagon for leaf-gathering...



A couple pictures of my Ruthie-Girl. This first one is funny as I caught her mid-sneeze!


This sweet pup is my shadow. Wherever I go, she follows. When I go to bed, she goes to bed. She always knows how to make me feel loved! She turned 10 last month!


Pearl found a warm, sunny spot to snuggle down into (right behind my rock wall)...


The children *loved* riding their bikes...



The chickens are loving this weather too! We let them out to free-range a bit each evening before bed...


Pearl was being quite silly and trying to play with Ruthie. Ruth was just trying to get to me (she's not really a spunky I-want-to-play sort of dog)...


Home....our continual work-in-progress (I will have to make sure I take pics once spring is in full bloom and my hosta and flowers have come up! It will dress it all up so much!)...


Supper's served (hamburger stroganoff, homemade noodles and green beans)...



Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Staying at Home is *not* Boring

Staying at home as a homeschooling mother and wife does not seem like a "glamorous" life to most...and I think I would agree. Glamorous isn't the word for it. It is a life of selflessness, giving, being a blessing (and being blessed), hard work, joy, disappointments, failures, and rewards. It is what God intended for married women. 

Some believe staying at home to be boring...and I can assure you that it doesn't have to be. It all depends on how you use your time. There is schooling of littles (if you have young ones), spending time *with* your children, homekeeping chores, crafting (knitting, crocheting, sewing or another productive art), cooking, visiting those who need you, writing and sending notes of encouragement, time spent in the Word and other edifying books and prayer...and if your children are a bit older, there is even, at times, time for a nap in the middle of the day (why, oh why, didn't I treasure naps as a child? They are a glorious thing!). 

I am so, so thankful my husband believes the Bible when it says that women are to be keepers at home...loving their husbands and children (Titus 2:3-5). All I ever wanted to do in life was be a wife and mother. I am far (so very far) from perfect and have had many moments of struggling, selfish discontentment, depression and anxiety. But the Lord continually reminds me that I *am* right where He wants me....doing just what He created me to do. :) 

Below are a few crochet finishes (that I will hopefully be adding to my etsy shop soon)...

 Preemie Hat

 Dish Cloth

 Set of Dish Cloths

 0-3 month Sun Hat

And here is a knitting work-in-progress...


Madelyn and Jaxson playing chess...


Being a homemaker has allowed me the opportunity to travel to my sister's home when needed (Jax and I drove there yesterday to help her with the girls as she is battling a horrible cold)...


We took the girls outside to play as it was absolutely gorgeous outside!


They had a lot of fun drawing with chalk on the sidewalk and driveway...


These girls....love, love, love them!


Jaxson, who loves all things Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Hobbit (sci/fi junkie that he is), drew a large Darth Vader mask on the driveway. The girls loved it as they are Star Wars fans too (they haven't seen the movies...but they love it because Jaxson loves it!)


Audra was there too...sweet smiles and all...


Finished!


 At naptime, when things were quieted down and relaxed at my sister's house, Jaxson and I headed home (in the meantime Madelyn was helping Grammie at her office and Xavier was helping Pa at the Meat Market). I came home to get my cleaning done at home (I had hung two loads of clothes out on the lines before I had left that morning) and to start supper...


Eggs from our chickens, sausage from the Meat Market, and fried potatoes...the house smelled wonderful!


And after a good meal, it's always best to get the kitchen cleaned up before bed. Waking to a clean kitchen just starts the day off right! :)


It is truly a *gift* to be a homemaker. If you haven't yet, I would love if you would read my post HERE on it! May you find encouragement there! :)

And quickly, before I go...I just wanted to share with you this lovely beauty my husband carved for me. He is looking up how to coat it properly for usage. My guy...such a catch he is. I am blessed to call him mine!


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Warmly,
Katy