Our Family

This afternoon I felt the need to take some pictures, and since it’s been a while since I got one of our whole family, I quickly got everyone’s clothes right and out we went. We were not gone long, as it was cold, and I want to do some more…but here are a few.

We were all getting cold, but I love this one.

We were all getting cold, but I love this one.

My goofing off with the camera settings. Andrew was just hugging Clara. So sweet

My goofing off with the camera settings. Andrew was just hugging Clara. So sweet

My Blessings and Me. :)

My Blessings and Me. 🙂

Daddy and his goof balls...Not ONE of the pictures were they all smiling nice. This one made me laugh! :)

Daddy and his goof balls…Not ONE of the pictures were they all smiling nice. This one made me laugh! 🙂

Love my family. I am so very blessed!

Love my family. I am so very blessed!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

“May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: “Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice, and looked on their adversity, &c. Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good, and His mercies endure forever. Yea, let them which have been redeemed of the Lord, shew how He hath delivered them from the hand of the oppressor. When they wandered in the; desert wilderness out of the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry, and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them. Let them confess before the Lord His loving kindness, and His wonderful works before the sons of men.”
― William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647

Let us remember those brave men and woman, and why they came. Let us remember that this day is not about the food or shopping, but about remembering that we are truly blessed.  Blessed to be able to gather with family and friends and remember, for now and always, that God is the giver of blessings. I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed Thanksgiving and safe travels.

Perfect Beef Stew for Fall

For lunch today I made a beef stew, and it turned out so well I wanted to write down what I did (I usually cook stews/soups off taste and they are never the same) and share it with you all.

Fall Beef Stew:

In a soup pot brown 1-2 lbs ground beef.

Chop one onion and through in with beef as it’s browning.

chop and add 4 carrots, 4 parsnips, 4 turnips and celery to your liking.

Add two cans diced tomatoes. Fill you pan to just cover the meat and veggies with water or beef broth(or more if you want more of a soup vs a thick stew). I buy Organic beef broth paste from Costco, so I use water and that. Season with salt, pepper, garlic and a pinch of thyme. Let cook over med heat until veggies are done.

Everyone liked it, even my pick soup eater 🙂 It has a delightful spicy sent, but the turnips cooked up enough to fool the kids into thinking they were potatoes…. A win in my book. It’s fast, simple and add some homemade bread or corn bread and dinner (or a hot lunch) is done quickly. Is healthy and perfect for cold fall/winter weather.

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A Gracious God

This last week has been hard. As in high stress bringing about tears, bad attitudes and just all in all feeling down. My poor husband didn’t know how to help me. My poor kids were worrying. I realized that while they knew Daddy didn’t have a job yet, that I never pointed out the many blessing we have had, that has helped us through the last month and 1/2 since the Ambulance closed it doors. I saw them, but for their little eyes, it was harder to see. I was failing in point them out.

A dear friend, and one of the people who has offered me tons of support and encouragement told me one day last week, ” I often noticed that job opportunities came J’s way just when I needed encouragement.God knows just what you need. He will provide.”  I have been thinking about that a lot, and decided we needed to get back to our normal schedule (everyone does better) and focus on what’s really important. Counting our Blessings. I have started to point out the blessings to the kids…. God is providing every thing we need…. We are not going hungry (not even close) ….we have a nice warm house, and wood to heat it with….. we have family and friends who are praying for us and our needs…we have extra work from the church…

Today I was able to sit them down and tell them one more. Daddy has a job offer. Aaron was scheduled to do part 2 of a 2 part interview at a local care facility this afternoon. This morning at about 9:30 he got a call from the head nurse. She let him know she had called his references, and based off those, and his experience there was no need for a second interview. They wanted to offer him the job. I can not tell you how huge of a relief this is. He has until Friday to give an answer. God has also answered another prayer. He has an interview for a job at the hospital on Thursday….it may work there, it may not, but either way, he has a job. How great and wonderful is our God!

Another chapter in our adventure. With God leading, every step of the way. What a comfort.

 

Cute Kids and A Romantic Space

This last week we have been working on house projects while Aaron has some down time. We have endless projects to wrap up and now seems to be a good time to do those we already have the needed items to do. One of them was the loft area we made over the dinning room and kitchen. At first I envisioned putting the kids books and puffy pillows up there…but that changed to other ideas, and finally on Idea # 1234565434 we decided to move OUR bed up there. The floor space is about 13×13 but the ceiling is low, a hair over 5 feet. Since we are not known to jump on the bed, we though we would give it a go. I have tried to create a romantic getaway space for my man and my self. I LOVE it. Every time I go up there I smile, thinking about it makes me smile. It’s cozy, warm, inviting and just enough room for our bed, night stands and a small book shelf for a few things. The kids love it too, and I am keeping it a quite space. A relaxing space. A Space to just be. TO read,knit, rest and enjoy 🙂

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Enjoying our first real stick to the ground snow fall 🙂

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Sweet Sisters

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Sir Boy

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From the living room looking up. Dinning is to the right, kitchen to the left.

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Andrew helping Daddy by handing tools. The small door goes into the storage part of the attic.

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I am standing on the pull down stairs that are in the dinning room (the way up and down)

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Yesterday I sat up there and watched London hospital and knitting on some socks for a friend. Peace.

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Our sunset tonight was stunning. A Perfect FLORA sunset. PINK!

 

Snippets

If you are friends with me on Facebook none of these pictures will be new. I have been taking, and sharing more pictures on Facebook so my mom can see them. Snippets of our every day life. I realized I have not shared anything on here (I am being such a BAD blogger!) in ages!

In these last few weeks Aaron finish his CNA class getting the top score in the class of 20. Took his practicals and written state tests and is now a CNA and actively looking for employment. He has been keeping busy doing some handman work for a friend, and working for our church as well.

School as been going well with the kids, and we are so enjoying everything we are doing this year. I think a favorite is Art. Since Monday’s are always hard to get back into the swing of things we do our core subjects (Bible, Math, Reading, Spelling and Andrews stuff) and our Extra for the day is Art. 🙂 Tuesdays we do History, Wed and Thursday we cover Geography and Friday is science. One day a week the girls also have violin lessons from Miss Jenny. Once Aaron has a job we are going to go swimming at the pool that is close one or two days a week for PE 🙂 Not that they need extra movement, but it will be nice to get out of the house and do something different.  Since we only have one car at the moment, we tried the free bus and it worked pretty well.

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We adopted an abandoned dog. She is the sweetest thing and my shadow. I am her person.

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Andrew and his buddy Ella. 🙂 Ella sleeps most nights with Andrew, on top of Andrew and some times Andrew comes to our room and says “Ella took my spot” and he LOVEs it 🙂

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Miss Loo Looking lovely for church 🙂

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Trying out the bus with the cousins. 🙂 4 of the 6.

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Life is quite colorful with Miss F

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My sweet kids raked a big pile all on their own, and their own idea!

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Light house art. 🙂

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Working on his first model plane with Daddy.

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My deep thinker 🙂

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My mom and her coworkers hired me to make a quilt for another co worker that is having a boy. The quilt was fun, despite MANY sewing machine issues! 🙂

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My pallet wood framed world map. This hangs above our couch and we love to look at it often.

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Andrew and I had our date and went to see Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2.

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We have our first snow….well first snow that is trying to make the ground white.

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