Wednesday, November 16, 2016


"There are only withered leaves and frosted stems in the garden now." 
                                                                                                - L.M. Montgomery

Sunday, November 13, 2016

1 Chronicles 16:23-36New International Version (NIV)

Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness.
    Tremble before him, all the earth!
    The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
    let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
Let the trees of the forest sing,
    let them sing for joy before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior;
    gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
    and glory in your praise.”
Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting.

Then all the people said “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.”

Friday, November 11, 2016

bathroom progress!

This has been a HUGE project but we really are SO close to being done.  

awesome storage in this cabinet full of drawers in the wall and at the bottom . . . my husband's BRILLIANT idea . . . the laundry chute!!!!

I am loving this niche . . . one of my big wishlist items that my sweet husband and MIL made a reality for me.  And this quote . . . SO MUCH TRUTH!! 

sink and countertop!!!  

and a faucet!!

already a great place to play :) 

art on the walls and almost done!!!  

Thursday, November 10, 2016

ten on ten - November 2016






home remembering




Stepping over

It's been a good day!  Thursdays are the day that David and Cora are both in school away from home (one day a week homeschool program, preschool + "Nana school").  I so enjoy my time with them throughout the week and wouldn't choose to be doing this any other way but these days of quiet and being alone are recharging.  

I signed back up for the FlyLady email list for this holiday season.  I like how she gives "holiday cruising missions" and thought that a little prompting would be good for me in preparing for a sane holiday season.  Hence organizing my grocery list and going ahead and thinking through some of the food items we will be likely to want to make around Christmastime and going ahead and stocking groceries that are non-perishable (or can be frozen) in the house.  

So proud of my sweet girlie who can put her own socks on!

One of my awesome friends brought this lovely cyclamen plant to me the other night and I am enjoying it so much.  It brightens my kitchen and makes me smile!  

Today I invited the moms from David's one day a week class over.  Two moms came and we really enjoyed visiting, sharing ideas and learning about each other and our families.  We enjoyed Apple Cider Floats together for a treat!  

Someone is almost sure to say they'd like to have bacon for Christmas morning breakfast so I went ahead and got some.  Don't worry, I only came home with one of those packages!  Do you have a favorite bacon holiday recipe?

You can take the girl out of Texas . . . 
Cora LOVES grapefruit right now and this was her request.

Slowly but surely making the returns of stuff we didn't use on the bathroom remodel and wrapping this project up.  Unfortunately I forgot to take the Home Depot receipt but I successfully made several other returns today.

I make at least weekly trips to the library to turn in books and pick up our holds.  David is on a Magic Treehouse kick right now.  

Getting ready for a music class that I am hosting tomorrow.  Love making music with my kids and their friends, breaking out the instruments and teaching them new things!

The floor at the end of the school day.  Still working on putting our things away when we come in from the house!

Ten on Ten


Take a photo every hour for ten consecutive hours on the tenth of each month. Document a day of your life and find beauty among the ordinary moments. Then share your beauty with us!

Thanks, Rebekah, for the great idea of documenting our days this way.

I hope YOU had a good day!  What did you do on this tenth of November?  (bonus points to everyone who leaves a comment!)

And just for fun:

Friday, November 4, 2016


Sunday, October 30, 2016

this week

sparkly wand making for my little Halloween princess

putting flowers into the new niche in the bathroom for the first time!  One of my very favorite parts of the remodel

our breakfast book stack

We are enjoying beginning our days with a feast of words, a Bible story/devotional thought, a short poem or two (they are begging for these now which is really fun to me since I haven't been much of a poetry person before), a hymn that I sing to them and a line from the Anne of Green Gables daybook . . . some words that fit the season . . . 

On Tuesday David and I took advantage of free breakfast at Chickfila day and did our All About Reading there while we ate breakfast and he also enjoyed the storytime and coordinating craft as well as some good exercise in the play area.  

the bathtub got refinished!!!  Goodbye 60 year old porcelain that was so hard to clean!

It finally rained!  We haven't had rain in the longest time and usually we get our first snow in October but unless it happens tomorrow (which is not predicted) then it's not happening this year.  

some beautiful fall shots from a morning walk I took

thankful for our flexible schedules which let me get out and walk before the kids were up and before Adrian left to work

carving pumpkins per the kids request!  

yay for huge pumpkins from Wal-mart for only $3.88!

Our Italian friend who is visiting got in on the action and helped Cora with hers.  The kids LOVE lighting them up!  

roasted pumpkin seeds!  

geoboard Halloween math inspired by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

practicing analog time

tally marks and number sentences

On Friday we did school in a fun and different way.  I made a list of several things, some of them Halloween related crafts/activities/math etc. and some our regular subjects, some part of our morning work (laundry, etc.), books to read, snacks to eat, outdoor experiences, etc. and the kids and I rolled dice and added up all of the numbers on them to see which item on the list we landed on and then we would do that thing.  It added a lot of interest and novelty to our day.  

These are the things I know I will forget if I do not write them down as I have already forgotten so much that we did just last year. 

Hope your week has been good as well!  


Saturday, October 29, 2016

the family that bikes together . . .

This is our preferred method of transportation these days!  We absolutely love it.  

photo credit:  my sil Mandy


Monday, October 3, 2016

Miss Priss

What I want to remember about these days:

Sometimes a messy bun is all one can muster on preschool mornings when a girly wakes up with super tangled hair and it would take more time than we've got to comb it all out!  At least it looks adorable on her with that bow!

When you go to pick up the same girly at preschool and she immediately says "I'm hungry!" and you were planning on another errand or two before heading home, you go to Trader Joe's first where you can get a sample of food and drink and the kids can search for Grace the giraffe and you practice good sentence construction to throw some extra education into the day . . . "Where are you going to tell them you found Grace?" . . . "in the herbs?  How about 'Grace was hiding in the herb section."  and then  you also leave with a lollipop for everyone before heading to Lowe's to pick up tile for the bathroom remodel.  

These are good, sweet days!  


Sunday, October 2, 2016

a walk in the woods

Sunday, October 2nd we took a drive up into the hills to see the aspens beginning to show off.  Adrian's parents were in town and we all enjoyed the time outside.  

a rope climb up to the peak

gorgeous golden yellows through the green 

We have missed a lot of the colors the past two years since we have traveled in the fall and I just can't get enough of them this year!  

my little explorer

so thankful for a family who loves each other

little hikers