"We write to taste life twice - once in the moment and in introspection."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Wanderer Returns

Happy day at our house yesterday!  The Guinea Pig surprised most everybody by cruising up the driveway at about noon to be bombarded by hugs and excitement.  He had gotten off night shift at 6:00 a.m., packed up his car and started driving home because he was "too wired" to sleep.  Twenty hours and only four hours of sleep later, he got here.

So we celebrated with watermelon and root beer floats and one of his favorite lunches - ravioli (frozen, I'm not much of a cook) and pesto and lemon butter garlic sauce and marinara sauce.  A game of volleyball (with an actual occasional volley) ensued and then he was off to take a nap.  In the evening we had to watch the movie of the roughnecks saving the world again.  And I cried again. :)  And I was so thankful that my roughneck son was home safe and sound for two weeks till he's off to college at New Saint Andrews College.

On a different note, http://www.raisinghomemakers.com/ is doing an intriguing giveaway of the book More Than a Hopechest by Amber Moeller.  I'm entering to hopefully see what this interesting-looking book is about.  With five young ladies around here and a young man who also has dreams of future spouse and family, I hope this book will help us in our pursuit of homemaking skills and beauty.

Counting my blessing, I

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Personal devotion workboxes

As part of the conversion to workboxes to organize our studies, yesterday I set up little carrier containers for each of our personal devotions, quiet times or whatever you prefer to call your Bible reading and prayer time.
I found the little carriers at Family Dollar for $1 each.  With each person's name on their carrier as well as stickers if they so choose, each one has a nice sized section for a small Bible and notecards (often the Lord gives me an idea of someone who needs an encouraging note), as well as a small section for a prayer reminder card or notebook or color-coded cards (I'm leaving that decision up to each girl). 
The medium-sized section is for Scripture memory cards made by typing them up in two columns, printing on colored cardstock and cheaply "laminated" with clear Contact paper.  I looked all over Walmart for rings for the memory cards, but ended up getting those clip things that campers and rock-climbers use.  They were $1.88 for two in the camping gear.  I was afraid that they'd be a little fat for my hole punch, but they are just right!  Roo decided to decorate her cards with some stickers.

With these nifty little helps, I hope we'll be more faithful in our pursuit of godliness.  During these glorious summer mornings, the girls enjoyed having their devotions outside this morning.

Trying to grow in Christ and orderliness, I

Friday, July 9, 2010

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream Bucket Covers

As I commented on http://www.raisinghomemakers.com/ , I'm now posting instructions for a simple ice cream bucket cover.  These are made for the buckets that are 1 gallon plus 1 quart size.  Here's a photo of my yo-yo making bucket.

To make the cover, I cut a paper pattern circle that is 23.5 inches in diameter.  The simple way to do that is to tie string to a pencil, measure the string at 11.75 inches.  Tack or hold the end of the string in the center of your piece of paper and, holding the pencil vertically straight and keeping the string taut, draw a circle.  Actually, I only drew half a circle, since I planned to cut the fabric on the fold.

Two inches from the center edges, mark your pattern for 1/2 inch buttonholes for the handles to fit through.

Pin the pattern to your fabric and cut (on the fold, in my case).  Mark where you'll put your buttonholes.
Sew and cut your button holes.
Sew a 1/2 inch hem/casing all the way around, leaving an opening of about 1 inch to insert draw string.  Don't worry if this hem/casing is not pretty or is crumpled because it's going to be gathered and crumpled anyhow and it's awfully hard to make a circular hem.
Cut 30 inches of yard or string and, using a safety pin, thread it through your hem/casing.
Position the bucket in the center of the circle, draw the fabric up over the bucket and put the handles through the buttonholes reattaching them to the bucket. 
Draw the string tightly over the top of the bucket.  It will overlap the edge of the bucket about an inch.  Tie in a knot with a bow also, if you like.  Trim off extra string.  Arrange gathers evenly and viola! a pretty bucket!

Because making my home organized and beautiful is imitating the Creator, I

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

"Work hard and have fun" (implying that the hard work is the fun) comes from my dear father-in-law, Rex Southwell.  He has often sent various of us off to our work with this saying and we've passed it along to our children.
We were blessed to have a great family reunion with him this past weekend.  Our nephew gave a "talk" on how much Dad has passed on to all of us that we now pass on to our children.  He went through the various characteristics found in 2 Peter 1:5-8 and told about how he saw those things worked out in and through Dad's life.  Then others stood and told about what a blessing Dad has been to them.  I was happy that they shared those things now when Dad could hear them instead of waiting till he will no longer hear them.  You can read the story of his parents' lives and salvation in Tall Trees, Tall People, available at Amazon.
It was a good time of fellowship, goofiness, renewing relationships and making new ones as well as counting our many blessing, not the least of which is the blessing of many children being raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

With such an undeserved godly heritage on both sides of the family, I

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Homemaking - Cowgirl Style!

When most people think of homemakers, especially of the homeschooling variety, I don't think they think of cowgirls.  But that's what we got to be today!  It kind of reminded me of the Scripture that says "all we like sheep have gone astray" only we had cattle instead of sheep.  I'm told that sheep are even more difficult to herd and bring back into the fence/fold.
Since our fence was lengthened to include more of the pasture, the electricity has been rather weak and the fence hardly gives us a poke, much less give any to big, hairy cattle.  So, this morning they took off across the neighbor's hayfield, down to the creek on the other side.  Never mind that they had plenty of water in their stock tank and that they had plenty of green grass.  Thankfully the neighbors field had recently been mowed and baled, so we didn't ruin any of their hay.
After we got them out of their field and chased them out of our swamp also, we scared them back into the pasture and went off to finish breakfast.  It wasn't long till we discovered they were out again.  We found them down at another neighbor's weekend trailer, making hoofprints in their very wet, soft yard.  Using the minivan helped herd them back to our hedgerow where they happily munched on the tall grass till Lovey came home midday to help solve the problem by making changes to the fencing.
Since there are six beasties and they don't always stick together, although mostly they did, and they had really wandered quite a way, it took us quite awhile to get them back and we really got our exercise running ahead of them to head them in the right direction!  So we're skinny now. 
As I was giving thanks that they hadn't gotten into our garden, The Peanut Pixie-face informed me that it was because she had stood guard by it and "looked intimidating."