Friday, February 29, 2008

Happy Leap Day!

For an explanation of the whys and wherefores of Leap Day, go here!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

February Picture Update

In honor of National Pancake Day

Playing Nintendo DS while watching the Super Bowl




Jared's 19th Birthday

Happy, happy birthday!!


Monday, February 25, 2008


This is one of Julianne's gerbils, Cinnamon, who passed away tonight. I had him in my lap yesterday just stroking him and loving on him. We could tell he was sick. He was 4 years old and that's a long time for a gerbil. I took him out in the backyard and buried him. So sad! If you think of it, please pray for his brother, Sugar, who will be very lonely without him.

Here's a picture of Cinnamon a few months after he came to us. Julianne liked to carry him around in her pocket.

We will miss you, Cinnamon!!

Saturday, February 23, 2008


I can't believe that it's been so long since I've updated. I guess I haven't had much to blog about!
I did manage to get most of the files back on my computer after The Crash of '08. I did lose some files and pictures but not much. Now, everytime I turn on my computer I check to make sure it is being backed up. I have a sticky note that says, "Back-up on??" to remind me. So far, so good!
Michael was home on President's Day so all of us except Jared (working) went bowling and we had a great time. Jessica actually beat us the first game and she was so excited! There's a local bowling alley near us that offers games and shoes for $1 each. What a deal that is! I take Julianne there when she needs to practice and it doesn't cost me much.
We finally switched our internet/tv service to fiber and boy, it is fast! The picture on our tv looks great also. We did have one glitch, though. One of the guys who was installing Fios a few houses down accidently cut the wrong wire and we were without service for a few days. It gave us a good break away from our computers and tv.
Our church has started an Apples of Gold program and today it was my turn to teach. I spoke on "Loving Your Children". It was such a blessing to study and prepare for this lesson. My mine theme throughout my talk was centering our lives around the Lord and His Word. I really stressed teaching our children the Word. I think that's so important because the Word is really the only thing that will change their hearts. Our main goal in child rearing/training is the salvation of their souls. Nothing else matters!!
Dasher, Julianne's dog, continues to be the cutest dog in the world but she is also very stubborn. We cannot get her potty trained. So, she doesn't know it yet but her days are numbered. We are sending her to obedience school! I have all the paperwork ready to be submitted.

Oh, and she is such a.................puppy! A local craft store is having a great sale this weekend so I bought some Prismacolor pencils to add to my collection. I left them in the bag, on my couch. Don't you know that little stinker got in there and chewed my pencils!!!!!! I managed to rescue a few but the rest were completely mangled. She knew she did wrong when she saw me, too! Her tail was between her legs and she tried to get as low to ground as possible. (Of course, being a mini dachshund she didn't have far to go!!) I have learned my lesson (hide everything) but I doubt she has learned hers.

The culprit:

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

This is love: not that we loved God, but tht He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:10)

We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Birthday, Jared!!

For Jared's 19th birthday:

Starlight Yellow Cake

2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups milk
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 large eggs

Heat oven to 350*. Grease bottom and sides of 9x13 pan with shortening; lightly flour.

Beat all ingredients with electric mixer on low 30 seocnds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high for 3 minutes, scraping bowling occasionally. Pour into pans.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until tookpick inserted in center comes out clean or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool on wire rack.

I making chocolate buttercream icing to go with it:

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup stick butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup baking cocoa
2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Mix all ingredients except milk in medium bowl. Stir in milk until smooth and spreadable. Frosts one 9x 13 cake generously or fills and frosts one 8 or 9 inch two-layer cake.

Uno Wins!

Uno the beagle won best in show at Westminister. We were all cheering him on in honor of Squirt! Michael had to work late because of the primary but he came home in time to see Uno take the top prize. I cried. I really miss Squirt.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

If you live in VA, MD or Washington, DC!

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Banana Nut Bread

A little chilly weather is headed our way after days in the 70's. I miss winter and still am wishing for snow. I decided to make Banana Nut Bread so at least it will smell like winter. :-D

Banana Nut Bread

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 packed brown sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/3 cup milk
1 1/4 cups mashed bananas (2 to 3 medium)
1 egg
1 cup chopped walnuts

Heat oven to 350*. Great bottom only of 9x5x3 loaf pan. Mix all ingredients; beat 30 seconds. Pour into pan. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 65 to 70 minutes. Cool slightly. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan. Cool completely before slicing.

To store, wrap and refrigerate no longer than 1 week. It's never lasted that long at our house.


Thursday, February 07, 2008

My Favorite Blogs

My computer is back up and running fine. All my software is loaded and updated except for Logos. I'll be working on that later today. I am so thankful I had hard copies of my lessons plans and it didn't take as long to enter everything in as I thought it would. I have to give a hat tip to the folks at Homeschool Tracker. Their customer support is superior!!

When my computer crashed, I lost all my bookmarks for the blogs I read so I had to rebuild them again. I try to read blogs that will encourage me in my walk as a Christian and in my calling as a wife and mother. I know there are a lot of blogs out there that have controversy but those do nothing for my spiritual life or for helping me be a better wife and mom!

Here's some of my favorites:

Challies Dot Com Informing the Reforming:: A Reformed, Christian Blog

Desiring God Blog Authored by John Piper and others

girl talk This blog is authored by C. J. Mahaney's wife and daughters. An excellent blog on
Biblical Womanhood.

Of First Importance Each day this blog will provide one quote to help you live in the good of the gospel. I read this one before all others to start my time on the computer in the right frame of mind!

Sovereign Grace Blog C.J. Mahaney's view from the cheap seats & other stuff

The Blazing Center If I could only read one a day, it would be this one. Challenging, challenging stuff on living out the Christian life.

The following are blogs on homemaking, sewing, meal planning, etc. that I enjoy reading.

brush strokes

copperswife a friend just introduced me to this site and I've enjoyed reading it. I especially love all her recipes. Yum!

Home Living A collection of thoughts, observations, ideas and memories, designed for women who want to be full time homemakers and do it beautifully.

Like Merchant Ships How to practice "cheerful frugality".

Radical Womanhood Because being a biblical woman in a modern world is a radical act.

The Upward Call Ordinary life through the lens of Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus, and Soli Deo Gloria.

Seasonal Soundings "Welcome to Seasonal Soundings from a twenty year veteran home educator of four children. I love books, reading and talking about books, classical and celtic music, a cat sleeping in my lap, woodstove warmth in the winter and beach sand in the summer."

turkey feathers Homecraft and everyday adventures

Be sure to check my sidebar for some of my other favorites. I hope they will be an encouragement to you!

Friday, February 01, 2008

A Good Article

Feeling overloaded? Philip Ryken of Reformation21 has a great article here.