Monday, November 29, 2010

WEEKLY WRAP UP #3: The busy family, no naps and flying lessons

Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. ~Hans Christian Anderson

These last few weeks have been busy and crazy and during the chaos, I wasn't sure if we got enough "school" time in, but now that I am writing this, I am SURE we did "learning" overload (shh! don't tell the kids).

Acorns are lovely to discover, abundant and great to study for Nature learning.  We took acorn caps and filled them with glue.  Then we picked flowers from the garden and pushed them into the glue and let them dry.  I am thinking of either drilling a hole in the base for a necklace or just using them on our Nature Table as a centerpiece.  They sure are lovely!  I gave a few of these out last season to a darling little girl at her birthday party and she LOVED to play with them.  They can also be used for ordering and patterns.

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I am with you kid. Let's go." ~Maya Angelou

On the home front:  I have been somewhat nesting and after decluttering and gutting my bedroom and closets for the past few weeks, my husband is finally painting my bedroom for me!  So exciting and a lot of work.  I am now 35 weeks pregnant and feeling it!  Yowza! :)

My oldest son went on his flying lesson/adventure with a friend who is an air photographer.  He had a blast on this beautiful fall WINDY day, while Mama was home praying her heart out for their safety.  I know, I know, more accidents happen in cars than in planes know :)

Last Monday we went with some other homeschool and preschool families to the library for a Costume Parade, story and snack. This was horrifying and unbearable somewhat hard as Zarian woke up with a sore muscle in his arm and was in pain (but still insisted that we go) and Cai had 1, 2, 3... 10 meltdowns along the way. It was fun to see all of the sweet kids and their costumes and overall we did manage to have some fun.

Tuesday was spent putting the baby dresser in my room and washing little teeny weeny baby clothes (aw!) to prepare for our new little heart.
Wednesday we went with friends to a local Pumpkin patch.
Thursday is our weekly PLAY ONLY play date at the park with special friends-we made it to one the week before last and this past Thursday we had our midwife appointment.
Friday my BFF's took my boys to a corn maze.

We did some work on our Bible notebook and learned a few new memory verses.
 BFIAR we rowed the book entitled Caps For Sale and worked on our notebook for that.
The boys have attended the local homeschool PE (gym) class 2 Mondays in a row and really really enjoyed soaking up some of this years last warm sunshine.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Music is what feelings sound like. ~Author Unknown

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. ~Berthold Auerbach

Without music life would be a mistake. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

And the night shall be filled with music,

And the cares that infest the day

Shall fold their tents like the Arabs

And as silently steal away.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Day Is Done

Music is the poetry of the air. ~Richter

Play the music, not the instrument. ~Author Unknown

My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require. ~Edward Elgar

Music is what life sounds like. ~Eric Olson

Monday, November 1, 2010

Quote about fall

"I like spring, but it is too young. I like summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content."- Lin Yutang

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Life Learning

"Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb.  Brooks to wade, water lilies, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries & hornets; and any child who has been   deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education."~unknown author to me

Friday, October 15, 2010

Owl Unit Study

So the format to this post is jacked up and I can't seem to fix it :(

This week we did an OWL UNIT STUDY.  I must say that this was *so*much*fun* because I absolutely LOVE owls.
We talked about the different types of owls, different parts of an owl, where owls live, what type of HOOT certain owls make and  what owls eat.

My boys especially loved learning new words:  Raptor, Carnivore and Talon(s) and their meanings.  I've tried to give them many opportunities

   to use these words in sentences lately.  We talked   about what we eat, plants included, and what a Carnivore eats.

We read the book Owl Babies by Martin Waddelland did a "lapbook" (we used for a resource for this lapbook)  We made mini-books and listened to poetry about owls.  Their favorite seemed to be 5 Little Owls by Lucia Kemp Henry.

We read many books about OWLS and some of the titles are:  ~Owls by Markle ~Owls by Gail Gibbons ~ Owls-Welcome to the World of Animals by Diane Swanson ~The Book of North American Owls by Helen Roney Sattler and ~Owly Flying Lessons by Andy Runton


We made a simple NO BAKE OATMEAL Cookie recipe and added bananas and raisins or chocolate chips for the eyes, nuts (almonds) for the nose.  Not all that healthy but definitely a great treat for my boys.  They devoured them!
In the hollow tree, in the old gray tower, The spectral Owl doth dwell; Dull, hated, despised, in the sunshine hour, But at the dusk--he's abroad and well! Not a bird of the forest e'er mates with him-- All mock him outright, by day: But at night, when the woods grow still and dim, The boldest will shrink away! O, when the night falls, and roosts the fowl, Then, then, is the reign of the Horned Owl!
Author: Barry Cornwall (pseudonym of Bryan Waller Procter)

And the boys and my husband picked these from our garden...awesome surprise!! 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Joy...for the "spreadin"

joy may come loudly with bells on, more often, it comes quietly, in small pockets, scattered throughout the days, reminding us, no matter what, joy is always available.........
and worth spreading.

So, my boys and I got to love on *this* little guy and oh how we loved on him.  He is a special cousin (aka:  brother of the pack of great-grand-children) and what a sweet little dumplin he is!  My boys (and I) wish that we lived closer and could love on him daily!  He is full of personality and is surrounded by good literature, daily Bluegrass music and culture/heritage from his Papa and awesome Mama...and we love him sooooooooo.  We also hope is Mama is reading this (giggle) to know that we would LOVE another visit and a pregnant Mama (me) is hard to transport to far-away places due to frequent stops at dirty bathrooms   and would LOVE for her to bring him to see/play with us again :)
Love you Cuz!!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Flower dyeing and a great weekend

Well, I am finally able to post some pictures! yay!  This month we learned a variety of cool things and I thought I would post about the ones that I actually caught on film :)

"Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life". ~Henry L. Doherty

Dyeing flowers:

My bestie Ronda Roo had just arrived home from a mission trip with Mission of Mercy to Dominican Republic, giving aid to the Haitian refugees and it was her birthday.  It was also our summer "party" here on the hill.  FLOWERS were in order for this celebration!

What you will need: 
~Queen's Ann Lace Flowers (or some celery or another light colored flower, I imagine*fun to experiment)
~glass bottles (we used recycled bottles from drinks and mason jars)
~food coloring or dye (we used vegetable-based coloring)

~Add drops of food coloring to water in the glass bottles (about 15-20 drops)

~We added the white flowers to the colored water...

sorry this picture is sideways-not sure about that

Then we went outside to do what we do best...

Campfires, blowing bubbles, hula hooping, playing in huge cardboard boxes, harvesting from our garden, dancing to live music in the yard...

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. ~Jacob Bronowski

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. ~Mortimer Adler

The flowers and their colors got darker as the days passed, mainly more vibrant and beautiful.  We talked about stems and different parts of flowers, how they drink up water to live, how we need to live this way also, drinking from the LIVING water and how apart from God, we cannot live-His living water. 

Of course, a handmade card and a new vase for the flowers were also in order

Strips of tissue paper (torn and uneven) glued with a paintbrush onto a Mason jar

Dragonfly card painted by Cai Ocean. He was so excited!

“Each morning sees some task begin, Each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, Has earned a night's repose” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Peace to you

(Next up, a post about our Owl Unit Study)

Saturday, October 2, 2010


thought from Franciscan priest Richard Rohr:

"We cannot think our way into a new kind of living. We must live our way into a new kind of thinking."

With all of the new things happening in this season of my life, this quote stuck out to me today.  I must remember to not be overwhelmed by the lack of organization, the home school books and read alouds and colored pencils spread around my kitchen table/floors/couches, the insane amount of political and religious backlash about our country that leads me to become more and more disenchanted, the things that steal my time if I let them, and the fuzzy "mama-brain" moments.

I need to live in way to always be grateful. Prayerful. Mindful. Be aware. 
Aware of the leaves turning brilliant colors instead of colorful billboards that enrage me.  Aware of the moonwalk of babylove in my womb instead and of the ligaments stretching.  Aware of the current ages of my kids instead of how fast they are growing.  Aware of the love that I feel in the wind that blows through my windows and of the breath that is taken away with me from disbelief.  Aware of the smells of autumn, the smells of my baby boys' hair when they come inside from frollicking outdoors, aware of the mulitude of blessings that my friends shower on me, aware of hard work, aware of that still small voice, aware of my need to slow down and embrace this new season of life.

Thursday, September 23, 2010


I have several friends that are due with me in December.  Sweet babies all around.  I am over the moon about all of these sweet little lives waiting to come earthside. I visited my midwives today and I am OFFICIALLY IN MY 3RD TRIMESTER, at a whopping 29 weeks. It is going by so quickly for us.

Here are few quotes that I want to share with my pregnant Mama friends (known friends and unknown) for encouragement and love:

Cara Muhlhahn, CNM- "A woman doesn't really need to be rescued. It's not the place for a knight in shining armor. It's the place for her to face her darkest moment and lay claim to her victory."

For God hath not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. ~2Timothy 1:7

Rain, after all is only rain; it is not bad weather. So also, pain is only pain; unless we resist it, then it becomes torment. ~I Ching

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Life only demands from you the strength you possess. ~David Hammarskjold

We’ve put birth in the same category with illness and disease and it’s never belonged there. Birth is naturally safe, but we’ve allowed it to be taken over by the medical community.~Carla Hartley, founder of Trust Birth and the Ancient Art of Midwifery Institute (I LOVE CARLA HARTLEY, BY THE WAY)

The greatest danger arises from ruthless application of partial knowledge on a vast scale. ~E. F. Schumacher

If we are to heal the planet, we must begin by healing birthing. ~Agnes Sallet Von Tannenberg

If I had my life to live over, instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished ever moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.~Irma Bombeck

What's done to children, they will do to society. ~Karl Menninger

In the sheltered simplicity of the first days after a baby is born, one sees again the magical closed circle, the miraculous sense of two people existing only for each other, the tranquil sky reflected on the face of the mother nursing her child. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The beauty of my body is not measured by the size of the clothes it can fit into, but by the stories that it tells. I have a belly and hips that say, "We grew a child in here," and breasts that say, "We nourished life." My hands, with bitten nails and a writer's callus, say, "We create amazing things." ~Sarah, from I Am Beautiful: A Celebration of Women in Their Own Words

Having a highly trained obstetrical surgeon attend a normal birth is analogous to having a pediatric surgeon babysit a healthy 2-year-old.~ M. Wagner

We must give women the opportunity to challenge their fears, work with them, and birth through them. Not only will this change each woman, it will change the political and medical climate in which they make these choices. ~Connee L. Pike-Urlacher

The parallels between making love and giving birth are clear, not only in terms of passion and love, but also because we need essentially the same conditions for both experiences: privacy and safety. ~Sarah Buckley

Women's strongest feelings [in terms of their birthings], positive and negative, focus on the way they were treated by their caregivers. ~Annie Kennedy & Penny Simkin

We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong. ~Laura Stavoe Harm

The power and intensity of your contractions cannot be stronger than you, because it is you. ~Unknown

There is no way out of the experience except through it, because it is not really your experience at all but the baby's. Your body is the child's instrument of birth. ~Penelope Leach
The knowledge of how to give birth without outside intervention lies deep within each woman. Successful childbirth depends on an acceptance of the process. ~Suzanne Arms
There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don't ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it. ~Sheryl Feldman
"Midwives are what The Grandmother's have prayed for"
Much love Mamas and Papas everywhere!

Friday, September 17, 2010

happy days

"We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body."  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, September 10, 2010


So much has been happening lately on the home front and since I've been forgetting about my blog really busy, I'll just give you a quick update.  FIRST OF ALL We have exciting news ...

Well, guess whose having a baby?  HINT: She is the owner of this blog and mama to 3 boys... Yup, you guessed it!  WE ARE!!! and I am so thrilled!  I am 25 weeks and due in December.  Now you know that we have 3 boys and this time we are not finding out the sex of the baby, so the gender will make it an even better surprise.

Psalm 127:3
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

This is my BFF Ronda Roo and my son Zay. Oh, how they light up my soul like a matchstick. If you've been reading my previous posts, Roo has been on 2 previous missionary trips (Honduras and Montana) and she went on two AMAZING missionary trips this summer 2010.  The first was to Domincan Republic to give aid to the Haiti Refugees and the 2nd (just 2 weeks ago) was to Swaziland, Africa.  The long version I will save for another post, the short version is this:  This has been her dream (Africa).  I have watched God work through her life in leaps and bounds!  I have watched others lives transformed because of God's light in her. It's extremely hard for her to process all of the things she's seen on these trips into actual WORDS but please take a moment and thank God for her life and her following of Jesus to help "the least of these" and continue to pray for God to use her in future trips.

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40

Sixteen years ago (Septemeber 7th), I gave birth to this handsome slice of humanity.  Yes, bittersweet indeed.  My heart aches knowing that adulthood is.right.there.around.the.bend.  I nursed this little fellow until he was 2, carried him around in my arms when he was WAY past the weight limit to do that, read the same book 42 days in a row and then I blinked.  Now he is 16 years old!  Whew! I can't even describe the love that I have for him.  Now I'll get a tissue to catch all of these crocodile tears rolling down my face  move on to more short updates going on.

Basil drying galore, roasting a "gazillion" tomatoes for winter storage, knitting like a mad woman (because I am soooo slow still, it takes forever to knit something and I want so badly to finish the baby things that I dream about).

Recipe for roasting tomatoes (recipe by aunt Jillius Maximus):

(I've been using little yellow pear tomatoes but any will do) 
~ cut the little tomatoes in 1/2 and put them face down on a cookie sheet with olive oil, garlic and whatever other herbs you want (today I'm using basil) and sea salt. Roast for about an hour.

Then pinch the skins off (takes like 2 seconds).

Then bag them up in freezer bags for storage or can them.

I prefer to freeze them because that way I don't lose the vitamin/mineral content in the tomatoes and herbs that is lost in the high heat from the canning process.

You can do sauces (spaghetti, salso, chili etc) like this too and just freeze them in jars.

You can also blend up the tomatoes and made a paste after roasting also.
I usually roast them for about 1 hour at 300 degrees. Then when you take them out of the oven, while they are still kind of hot, you can just 'pinch' the skins off of them. They come off really easily and you can avoid the "boil and peel method" that drives me nuts.

This way, the skins just come right off easily.

you can do any tomatoes this way too, not just the tiny ones. They are really good because they are soaking up all those herbs and salt and garlic and roasting in their own juices and it makes the flavor "pop"

yummy! Give it a try, I think you'll like it