Saturday, December 20, 2008

Getting caught up

I am about to finally get caught up from being sick. I still have a few house things to do like shampoo carpets and sort through some ebay stuff. We had a few good days of being back on our schedule and then my ds got a tummy bug. So, I spent yesterday holding him for the most part. I was going to finish up some last minute gifts for them but I am going to wait until later. We have our Christmas play tommorrow and I am just hoping everyone is well enough to attend. I think he got sick from one of those McDonalds playgrounds. I hate those things but they begged to go with some friends of theirs.

Dh had gotten some wonderful gift cards from where he works and we have been very excited about using them. They are for alot of fast food places but a couple were used to buy christmas presents. Dh traded one with his brother in order to purchase me a new camera:) I used one in order to save $120 on a pair of work boots he needed. Poor thing, his had holes in the bottom of them. So basically we got a camera and a pair of work boots for $80. It would have easily cost over $400 without the cards. God is good. My in laws also shared with us some food that they had recieved from the church. We got popcorn chicken, gatorade, cough drops, and some school supplies. I am excited about the school supplies because my momma bought me a new dry erase board for our school room and now I am feel renewed about school work;)

I need to go and finish some laundry. Everyone have a blessed day.

Monday, December 8, 2008


Thanks to my hubby for trying to help out with the house and the kids while I have been sick. Thanks to my momma for taking care of me and taking me to the doctor. Thanks to the in laws for watching my babies while I have been sick. God bless!!!!

I have drugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After some more excuriating pain Saturday, I returned to the ER. It was a difficult trip because I went during my baby shower that our church was hosting. Sorry guys. I just couldn't handle the pain anymore. So, my mom took me to the ER. We were going to go to the hospital were my ob doctor is but the roads got terrible and were shut down. We ended up going to our small local hospital which is more like a band aid station. Well, good for them because finally someone gave me pain medicine. Apparently, I don't have just sinusitis. My sinus pressure has aggravted the vessels in my face which in turn aggrevated the nerves in my face causing some serious pain. The condition called temporal something or another also causes blurred vision which I was having big time in my right eye. You could actually feel a pulse in my cheecks the pain was that bad. And of course, the pain was so bad I wasn't eating or sleeping and being very pregnant, that was not good. The ER doctor decided it was time to give the pain meds to me because my inablitly to eat and sleep was causing stress on the baby and he felt that the pros out weighed the cons for the meds. The way to treat this problem is actually with medicine that I can not take at all while I am pregnant so I guess it is going to be a wait and see. I have been using the medicine only when I really need it. Today has been so-so thus far. I still have pain but it has been tolerable. I have been able to do some light housework with lots of rest in between chores. So, I am just going to keep praying and hope that I will be totally pain free soon. Blessings!!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

What?? Already?

Just a quick note, baby girl is already in postition. That's my girl, getter done. I can't believe I just used that phrase.

Prayers please.

I could use all the prayers I can get. I am once again sick with a sinus infection and double ear infection with some swollen tonsils. To put it short my head is full of crap. You wouldn't think that something like that could cause so much pain, but it does. I have had two kids and a battle with kidney stones, there isn't much difference between that and this. At least with child birth and kidney stones, you know it will eventually end. I have been sick everyday for over 3 weeks now. Of course, there is little the doctors will do for me because of the pregnancy. My face feels like someone has beat me. Not that I have ever been beat but I imagine that is what it is like. I have used every vapor, home remedy, massage, ect known to man and nothing seems to get rid of it for good. My ob doc just put me on semi bed rest yesterday. I hate not being able to do stuff. I miss playing with my kids and doing projects around the house. Everything seems so, well, lazy now. I HATE it. I want to clean my house, play with my kids, prepare for the baby. And I can't. I completley believe this is a battle with more than some sinus problems. This whole year has been a battle for us. I feel that it is a battle of powers and principalities. The devil only bothers you during two times. When you are doing wrong, and the other is when you are doing right. I know that I will be delivered. This can only last so long. One day I will be walking the streets of gold with my Savior and the devil won't be able to do a thing about it. Tisk, tisk, how angry he must be. So, pray if you feel led. I am going to have a generic coke and Praise the Lord for my husband, kids, and momma, and in laws. Blessings!!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It gets even colder.

It is even colder today than yesterday. We also got a good bit of snow. It was so cold today the kids went out for 15 minutes and back in they came. DH had a hard time getting home this morning because the roads were so ice covered. He said he slid a few times. I think we are just going to lounge around today. I still have laundry to do and I may try out a new hm furniture polish. Have fun and stay warm today. I think I need to go light another heater. Burrr!!!! Blessings.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Oh baby its cold outside.

It is so cold outside. I guess in the grand scheme of winter weather, it isn't really that bad. It is about 30ish and around here in winter it can get alot colder. But when you are use to warm weather, the cold comes as a shock. So the fireplace is going and the kittens are all huddled up on the porch. I got up today to a coughing and congested 6yo and a 4yo with a belly ache and throwing up. Ahh, motherhood. Hopefully they will perk up soon. I dread the cold weather ahead. My kids thrive on the outdoors. I have a hard time with keeping them entertained in the cold and dark months. It also has me thinking about Christmas. I have no idea how to handle Christmas this year. I will probably have to use dh's saftey bonus and get some gifts from ebay and such. I hope he gets the bonus. He is also getting all next week off. He was hoping to be able to work through Thanksgiving, but they are shutting the job done for the week. He will be working 13 hour shifts for the next 6 days to try to make up for the pay differnce from the holidays. Ain't he sweet!!!!! I am also trying to find some cloth diapers and a baby bed on ebay super cheap. I keep holding out because I believe I will find a great bargain on them eventually. My church is also suppose to have a small dinner and gifts for me and the baby sometime soon. I will probably wait until then to really be on the hunt for deals that I need for the baby. I also wanted to say a big thanks to our dear friends Felix and Sherry for the gifts they gave us. We recieved a gifts set of about 4 shirts, 1 pants, a hat, and booties and also two beautiful and thick blankets. I wished my camera worked and I would post a pic of them. I was really hoping to get good blankets as the baby will be here in the winter and I don't have any good ones already. Well, I think I will go do some extra chores and sip some cocco with the kids by the fire;)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Hi, it is cold here. I am still trying to get use to the time change, but I'm still having problems. I like daylight. Call me silly. I just sold my first item on ebay today. Now I am going through the house to find more junk, I mean treasures. Don't worry I won't sell the kids or the dog;)lol We have been busy latley trying to get the yard ready for winter. Alomost got it all. Our car still needs to be cleaned and we need new tires. Of course I don't have the money for tires so I am hoping it will just fall out of the sky. The money that is, not the tires!!! The kids are doing great. I recently discovered that my daughter is going to need glasses. She has a good memory, but when it came to recognizing her ABC's she would confuse letters that looked similar. Sunday before church she was playing with my glasses and put them on. She then got a stunned look on her face and said Momma, I can see. At first I thought she was being silly, but then I noticed how she would look at things. I asked her to point out her letters and guess what, she did it. I am going to make an appointment Thursday. I would have sooner but dh and myself had app. this week and it takes two hours to drive to decent doctors around her. After our apps. are over I will make one for their eyes and also one with the dentist. I LOVE having insurance now.LOL

I wanted to tell you about what my children did to Moses. Last year for Christmas, I bought them the dolls/action figures that talk and are from the bible. I don't remember what they are called but they have Moses, David, Ester, and Mary. They seem to like playing with them in dd's doll house. The other night, I heard them in the bathroom so I went to investigate. Of course, I sneeked up on them thinking I was going to catch them tearing up something. When I saw what I saw, I was speechless. There on our counter was Moses. He was stripped off to his undies and sitting on the toy potty from dd's doll house. When I finally could speak, I asked dd what he was doing. "Moses is pooping momma!!" O-k-a-y. I always wanted my kids to relate to people of the bible as real people and not a fairy tale but this is pushing it. What are you going to do with him, I ask. "When he is done, I will wipe his butt and flush for him." Oh my!!! I watched her and sure enough she got some tp and pretended to wipe him and flush. It is never a dull moment around her. Christ himself must of had to laugh. Blessings and have a good day.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Halloween pics

I forgot to add some pics of my babies dressed up for Halloween. We let them dress up in decent costumes and we take them to a nice neighborhood for "treats". 6yo was a ninja. He loves all things ninja. 4yo was a princess bride. She is very prissy as you can tell by the pics. They had a great time and I am sure the dentist will have a great time fixing all of that candy damage.

Monday, November 3, 2008


I am still here. I have once again been battling a terrible sinus infection and chest cold. I finally broke down and went to the ER last night. The facial pain was just too much to stand. I feel some better today but I am not back to my old self. I am just doing what has to be done to get by. I hope that I will soon be back to my old self. DH is being wonderful while I am sick. He isn't nagging over things being a mess around here and he has tried his best to help me feel better. He even made breakfast today;) My kids are doing great. They spent some time with their grandparents while I was in the ER. They get so spoiled when they are with them. I am afraid that my ds is coming down with something. He has just laid around this evening and he also took a nap. That is so not like him. He is usually my very busy little bee. DD has gotten out some old--er, previous used baby clothes and is organizing them in my dresser. She is so excited to see this baby. My son is excited too. He has taken to lifting my shirt up to expose the preggy belly, which is cute except when he does it in public:0 I also wrecked our car this weekend. Not a big deal. I was turning in our driveway and I guess my brain was foggy from this infection. I turned the wrong direction and backed into a huge stone that is used as a seat near our pond. It scratched the car pretty good, but at least it wasn't anything serious. My dh came outside and said you are not in any shape to be driving. He was right!!! It was only my second accident in 12 years. The first was in a parking lot. A truck side swipped me. OK so I have problems with driving in parking areas:( Hope all is well. Blessings!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

How to stop pre elampsia

I went to my doctors appointment today. Everything looks good. I have gained about 10 pounds so far. I was getting ready to leave and he said, when did you have problems with your first pregnancy. I told him I had pre term labor at 29 weeks. So now I am going to the doctor every two weeks. Did I mention the doc office is almost two hours away. He wants to monitor my blood pressure because it was up from the previous visit. I told him it was up because it was 90 degrees in the waiting room. Ha!! I wasn't being smart, he knew I was joking and it actually was that hot. It is not that my bp was high, it was just higher than before and I am almost at the same time frame that I was with my son. I am determined not to let this happen. If anyone has any ideas let me know. I also need to say how proud I am of my kids. We waited two hours in the doctors office after the two hours to get there and they were angels. The staff even commented on how well behaved they were;) It is days like today that make me so proud to be their momma. Blessings!!!!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008


I am so sick. I hate having sinus problems. Can't breathe, can't cough good, can't talk. The kids are bored and want mamma to play with them. I think I'll just go back to bed:( :( :(

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Economic hardship from a tax payer

Well, if it doesn't look like the end of the world as we know it. This economy is going down fast. Let's not forget the $700 billion dollars the US government blowed in the wind last week. If it wasn't so sad it would be funny. All of these politicians told us that we were not competent enough to understand what was happening in our economy and so they pass this bill and guess what nothing happened. I am just ticked that these Wall Street millionaires are getting their pockets full while I am spending a total of $1700 a month to IRS. That being what is withheld from my dh's paycheck and what we owe in back taxes from "our failed business." The US government in my opinion is just robbing Peter to pay Paul and we all know that doesn't work. So where does that leave this family? In debt and barely scrapping by. Of course we have a desire to be debt free but that desire came along right before our business went bust and we haven't made huge process in paying down our debt. We have however, made progress in frugal living. I just told my dh that if the rapture doesn't occur in ten years time (which I actually think it will) that I should become quite the expert on frugal living. We are staying put and doing much of nothing while we wait. Wait to get out of debt and wait to see what this economy is going to do. I personally think that a little would have went along way. Instead of passing this monster bill, the government should have looked at alternatives. Maybe refinancing default mortgages and giving people with ARMs just a better rate. Most people want to keep their homes if possible so I think they just need a little break. I don't think liquidity is such an issue. I know people who have just went this week and gotten loans of over $10,000. It is just perhaps people with good credit getting the loans and we are just not use to that. I really hope that no one gets a wild idea to add fuel to the fire. All we need now is some sort of second fear such as attack on our soil, food shortages, or more of the gas shortages and this country could be in for all out chaos. I have to admit, I do find it interesting to watch some of these rich CEOs and politician freak out over the economy. I think they are more concerned than average Joe not because we do not understand economics but, because they do not understand surviving poverty. Most of us at some part of our lives have dealt with severe economic hardship. We know what it is like to eat pintos for every meal. But the upper class probably doesn't. Anyway, our Saviour will see us through. One question, anyone know what to do when the kids get cabin fever and you can't go anywhere? It is starting to hit here and they are bored. Don't get me wrong, being bored builds character, but sometimes I need to get some work done and it is hard when they want me to entertain them. God Bless!!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Another choice

Please take time and visit this website. You can petition to let third party candidates participate in the presidential debates and you can post questions to ask at those debates. There are currently at a little over 5,000 signatures and they need 10,000 to start the process. Please check this out and let's give ourselves more options in choosing our president. There are about four other candidates that you may have not even heard of, so check it out and decide for yourself.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

I am still here.

I am still around. I have been out dealing with stuff for a while. As I had mentioned we had a death in the family. We spent four days with the family. My ds handled it very well. He wanted to help all he could. He even helped his daddy dig on the grave site and he also helped with the burial. I was very proud of him. He seemed so grown up. We are also dealing with a very difficult financial situation. Bills from our former business mixed with our personal bills, mixed with increases in cost of living, equal disaster for us. DH has been working all of the overtime he can get. I worry about him because his heart has some side effects from chemo and it sometimes gets out of rhythm. It usually occurs during stress or exhaustion. Well, he is pretty stressed and exhausted. It is hard to cut back when you have cut all you can. It is like were do you go from here. I have only spent around $380.00 for food and household needs this month. We are all set for what is left of the month. On a better note, baby girl appears to be doing fine. The doctor says, she appears to look good and she is very active. Well, I could have told him that already;) I had the AFP test done and everything came back fine. My bp seems to be stable so let's just hope it stays that way. I couldn't imagine bedrest with two little ones and my dh working all of this overtime. We are still wondering about names. Our other two have names that start with a "K" sound. So we would like to keep with the theme. Silly, yes, I know. We have thought about Kiara Grace. My mom likes Calie, but it reminds me of the state of California. Anyone got any ideas? My other two are Colton and Kaitlyn. I have so much to purchase before she gets here in February. We loaned out/gave away everything but a few outfits. My wish list would be a co-sleeper, good quality cloth diapers, a sling, and a bouncy seat or swing. I think my church is going to have a baby shower for me. That would be nice. Around Christmas, dh will get a bonus if the job has no injuries until then. I will use that money for gifts for my kids and things that I need for the baby. Probably used things as I am that cheap. I hate to buy new things if I can buy the same thing like new, but alot cheaper. We need to finish some school work and I have some hm bread baking so I need to go. God Bless.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dealing with stuff

I have been away for awhile dealing with life. There are so many things that need to be handled before cold weather sets in. We are also dealing with a death in the family. Please pray for the family if you feel lead to. He leaves behind three kids, two young grandsons, and two more on the way. Please also remember 9-11. Seems that so many have already forgotten. As a former EMS worker, please take time to pray for those who work so hard to be there in our time of need.

September 11, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Ramblings and Palin

I know I have been away for a while. School is in full swing here and we are just getting settled in. DS seems to be doing good. His Saxon math is a little bit of a review until we get to about the middle, but I figure it will be good for him. His reading is doing great and his writing is as well. In a few weeks we will begin lapbook projects. The kids really seem to get into all of that. We have some more to do in a few minutes because my son fell and sprained his wrist. I am going to see if he can write with it now, if not we may do his handwriting tomorrow. DD is doing better. She can write letters really well, but has no idea what they are. She just randomly writes. She knows her ABC song but doesn't get their identity or the sound they make. She is finally starting to show more interest this time. She was looking at her flash cards and for example, if it was a picture of a cake, she would say cake, pppppp sound, cake.LOL Too cute. But I am glad she is finally stepping into the curious part of learning. Kids seem to do so much better when they aren't forced and stressed to learn something immediately. Anyway, on to Sara Palin's speech last night. If you know me, then you know I was rooting for Ron Paul. I loved his no nonsense approach. I also like Huckabee. But I detest Obama. I think he says alot without really saying anything. So with all that being said. I think Palin gave a wonderful "performance". It is hard to gauge if someone in politics is the real deal or if it is just a show. I don't know which she is but the speech was awesome and did you see little Piper licking her brother's hair down. That was soooo priceless. Well gotta scoot school work to do.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

You Are Cinderella!
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Dignified and hard working. With a gentle and soft-spoken manner you have something many people don't. Patience. Even through the moments of heartbreak you're still able to hold onto all of your hopes and dreams. Bide your time; your dream will come true.

Which Disney Princess Are You?

My momma would so disagree. This was taken from A peachy keen life's blog.

Prayers please.

Going for my fist ob visit and I am a little nervous. I don't like doctors in general. Don't get me wrong there are a few good ones, but mostly you are just a dollar sign and not a person. I would like to have a home birth, but we live two hours or more from any decent hospitals. That is a little scary if something goes wrong. Our closest hospital is state run and it is more like a band aid station. But wish me blessings and hope that I get to have a sonogram. Like I mentioned before on this blog, I am way bigger than I should be. I may be further along or twins:) I am suppose to be 4 months, but I look at least six. It just makes me nervous. We have also talked about not having anymore children which breaks my heart. My body just doesn't handle pregnancy like it should. I was told with my last one not to have anymore but I am too stubborn to listen. If I do have my tubes tied, we will likely adopt as we both would like a large family. We have always wanted to ever since we were told that my dh was sterile from cancer. Praise God he had a greater physician. I know a lot of people just let God decided how many they will have, but I feel a tug at my heart telling me to adopt after this one. It is a strong feeling like it is what I should do. But how do I know if it is what God wants. If everyone just had biological children then who would care for the orphans as God has asked us to do. I don't want to offend God by having my tubes tied but I am perplexed with this situation. Any help? Blessings!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


Today my wonderful hubby finally got his work truck running again. Yeah!!! I helped by taking off the door panels all by myself;) and helping him install new door handles as well as some other work. It rained today and we are so happy. The dust from the dirt road by our house was so bad the kids could hardly go out. They enjoyed watching our new gutters work. Oh, and they also enjoyed playing in a mud hole in our yard. They were covered in mud. We have been reviewing what my 6yo ds learned last year in school. He has done very well. We should start first grade next Tuesday right on schedule. I think I will have a hard time with my soon to be 4yo dd. She doesn't like to sit still for anything. She knows the ABC song and she can write some letters, but she can't recognize them at all. Oh well, all in time I guess. PS started today and I am thrilled. It puts me in the fall mindset and fall is my favorite season. That's about all folks!!! Blessings.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Don't look at the dark.

Sometimes we can learn so much from our children. Tonight, my children were playing in our den when they decided they needed a toy from dd's bedroom. DS told dd to go get it. Well, the light in her bedroom was off and it was very dark. Of course, she is terrified of the dark. She came running back into the den yelling its too dark, too dark. With more wisdom than he knows, my ds said to her "Just don't look at the dark, only look at the light." How cool is that? How often in this life do we focus on all things dark. The dark that robs us of our joy and happiness. Darkness seems to follow us everywhere. If we are homeschooling, doing chores, or talking to our dh about something important, darkness tends to loom. It is how we choose to look at things that makes all the difference. Do we tend to look at all that darkness or do we look at the light of Jesus Christ? Do we look for the presence of God or the darkness of evil? I believe that what we choose to look at and how we choose to respond effects us a great deal. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I Am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10. Jesus is the light of the world. No darkness dwells in him. All darkness has to flee in his presence. I speak the light of Jesus Christ in this place.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Sounds so sweet!!!

How great it is to be a mom? This very minute I am listening to my son "play" the guitar while, my 3yo dd sings "I'll fly away." How precious is it to hear such young children sing about our Lord?!?!?! Just my quick brag.LOL Not a lot of time to blog, I am off to attempt to boost the battery on the lawn mower and mow our back yard. It is so tall bigfoot could be hiding out there and we wouldn't know it. I just pray that I can get it started.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Our menu

We will be eating out of the freezer and pantry this week.

Thursday will be pork chops and baked beans and corn on the cob.
Friday will be hot dogs and fries.
Saturday will be meatloaf with mashed potatoes.
Sunday is usually at in laws or pizza.
Monday is taco night.
Tuesday will be salmon cakes and fried tators.
Wednesday will be chicken nuggets and mac and cheese.

I will need to purchase things for the tacos and that will be all I need to supper dishes. I will need to get dh's lunch things and some hba as well.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Joy come in the Morning

Okay, I feel bad over my vent yesterday. It was a tough day but I should always count my blessings. If that is one thing I should know by now is to count your blessings. I pray that God overlooks my stupid fleshy ways as I give thanks for what I have. Just a quick look at what I am thankful for:

I am thanful that I serve a God of second chances.

I am thankful that I have a wonderful husband.

I am thankful that I have two very active kids.

I an thankful that I have one on the way.

I am thankful for the roof over my head and the fact that it doesn't even leak:)

I am thankful that I live in the country because I really don't think I could survive the city life.

I am thankful that I am able to drink coffee again after morning sickness has past.

I am thankful that my husband loves me and all my quirkness and strange undertakens.

I am thankful that I can homeschool my children.

I am thankful that God made me quirky becaue life would be boring if I was like everyone else.

Blessings and have a great day!!!!!!!!

One of those days

Have you ever just had a day when everything was not going right. A day when things were breaking around the house and the kids were trying their best to irritate. I am having one of those days. It started out good enough. I woke up energized and ready to start the day. I got cereal out for breakfast as I was going to be too busy for a larger meal. The cereal of course was stale. Oh well, on to the job of cutting weeds. Oh wait, the weed eater just broke. Ok, I will pressure was the porch as it is dirty from our cat and 5 kittys. Uggg, the pressure washer won't start. Have know idea why. Ok, I will mow our very tall grass. No gas in the lawnmower. I will just get the gas jug, but wait, someone has stolen our gas jug full of gas from our front yard no less. To top it all off, dh's work truck is broke down and my kids are getting sick with a sore throat. That may explain why they have been sooooooo difficult today. After getting supper and picking up the house, I am just going to call it a day and go to bed. After all "Joy Comes in the Morning."

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I've got it done!

I have finally figured out our 2008-2009 curriculm. I am so excited because I have bought my books second handed and have saved a lot of money:) I hope this is the finally list but I change around a lot until I find one that just fits.

My 1st grader
Phonics- continuing Hooked on Phonics and using various library builders
Spelling-McGruffy Primer and a wonderful website with free materials
Math-Saxon math
Science-Discovering God's World, Child's First Library books, and National Geographic for kids.
History-Story of the World Vol.1 and continuing state studies
Music-listening to various CDs and learning to play guitar
Art- will be included in activites related to other subjects, biographies of artist and such
Bible-personal devotion and verse of the week
Extra-field trips and lots of lapbooks to re-enforce other subjects.

My 3yo
listening in on brother's lessons

There we go. Let's hope it works. I am so excited!!
The link to the free stuff for homeschoolers is


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Our fun day!!!

Yesterday, our Sunday school group had an outting for the kids. We went to the local YMCA to see the movie "Space Chimps". It was a cute movie. The kids really enjoyed it. We then all went to eat pizza and play video games at a local pizza place. The kids had a blast. We left early to see daddy before he left. Later that evening, I decide to continue the special day. I took the kids into town and we rented some movies and order some chicken strips. YUM!!! I also got them one of those store bought birthday cakes. It wasn't anyones birthday, they just really like those kind of cakes. Well, on the way home we got stuck in one big storm. As I was trying to concentrate on seeing the road, my ds said " wow, this is the coolest day ever". sweet. We finally made it home and stuffed ourselves. My in laws came up for a hour and played with the kids. After they left it wasn't long until everyone fell asleep on the couch:) It was a great day. Blessings to you and wishing you and your family a great day.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Having fun at maw's house!!!!!

Some good ole summer weather

Finally, we have some summer weather. It has rained and been dreary so much this season. We finally got 3 days of sunny clear skies in a row. It has been so nice. The morning sickness is easing up so I have been able to enjoy working outdoors as well. I've scrubbed porches, mowed our large yard, worked on our pond and flower beds as well. We also had to remove two large hornets nest. DH got a really bad sting Monday. He doesn't have a severe reaction, he just swells really bad. I am so glad they are gone. Dh also got a bonus at work. We plan to use it to get gutters next week. We need them badly and have been putting it off for financial reasons. The front of our house stays so damp around the foundation and I worry about long term damage if we don't get the gutters. Well, I am off to enjoy the blessing of sunshine:) We will be cleaning our car out this evening. Dh and ds left some fishing bait in the trunk and it has been hot......need I say more:( Blessings!!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Why is it called morning sickness?

Really who thought of the name morning sickness? I have had this "morning sickness" all day long just like I did with my son. I haven't been blogging lately because I have just been feeling so sick. It comes in waves and I get very sick at my stomach and very tired. I hate it because I am not a set down and take it easy type of a person, but sometimes you have to. My garden is in God's hands. As silly as it may seem to worry about it, I do. I worked hard plowing that garden and planting it and replanting it. Now the Japanese Beetle Bugs have taking over and I have put bug dust on them, which I hate to do. It doesn't work anyway and I am too tired to work constantly on it. I could use that time to spend with my kids. Speaking of kids, we had an outing today. We stay couped up a lot because of money and gas prices, but today we had a blast. We went with my mom out to a local diner. I had chicken livers:) My dh hates for me to cook them at home because he doesn't like the smell. So that was a good treat. We then went to the marina at the lake. They have a large playground there. We spent almost three hours playing and watching the boats. It was fun!!!!! We ended the day eating a piece of pie and drinking a coke under the stars. My son said, "Wow, this is great!" Ah, the simple pleasures in life. My dh and I have decided to start doing more as a family. We are always together, but we were not able to go out and do things together. Hopefully, with his new job that is going to be changing. Have a great and blessed weekend.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Are you a 1930s wife?


As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

I am so excited. I didn't think I would score very high. I said it once and I'll say it again, I was born in the wrong era.

Monday, June 30, 2008


We went to run some errands today. I got our car insurance about $60 cheaper. Ya:) We also went to get some groceries and stuff. I hate going to Wal-mart. It make such a simple task so difficult. I usually only go if I need groceries and several other items. But I think I will just start going to more than one store. We had to stand in line forever and then when we went out the door the alarm system kicked in. Then everybody looks at you like you are a thief or something. It was apparently some HBA items that set it off. Food prices here just keep rising. I was going to buy some ground beef but it was over $2 a pound for the cheap stuff. I can get it at our local family owned shop cheaper than that. On the way home the kids wanted their McFlurry fix so we stopped and got them one. Myself and all of my pregnancy glory wanted some Long John Silvers. That was not smart. Food from there always makes me sick. It is sooo greasy and I can't handle that. So I am paying for it now. I am praying for the strength to get passed these first trimester symptoms and get my home back in order. It is a wreck and we have so many events coming up so I need to get busy. God Bless!!!!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Oh my goodness, how big is this baby.

Okay, my belly is growing like a weed. I am only about 7 weeks, I think. So how do I look like 3 months? I am already having to dig out the maternity clothes. Thank goodness it is all in my tummy still. But I wonder about TWINS!!!!!!! I would be shocked. Twins, 3yo and a 6yo would be hard for me. I know women do that and then some all the time. But I am not know for my patience. I guess I need to make a doctors appointment soon just to be on the safe side. Anyone out there that started gaining weight early in their pregnancy let me know. My other two pregnancies was not like this at all. Have a blessed weekend.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

How romantic am I?

Your Love Life is Like The Princess Bride

"Since the invention of the kiss, there have only been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind."

For you, love is like a fairy tale - albeit a fairly twisted one.

You believe romance is all about loyalty, fate, and a good big of goofy fun.

Your love style: Idealistic yet quirky

Your Hollywood Ending Will Be: Perfectly romantic

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Catching up

Okay, I know I have been gone for awhile. But we have been so busy with important, life changing stuff. Mainly, we sold one of the trucks and we are expecting. Getting rid of the trucks has enabled us to catch up on some bills and hopefully if the other one gets sold it will help pay off some bills. And a few days ago I had two positive pregnanct test, so it looks like we will be having baby #3. I am mixed with emotions. I am happy but also concered about how my 3yo will deal with it. She is soooo a momma's girl and she gets angry if I hold anyone's baby at church:( I hope she will do okay. Our garden has finally started showing promise, that is until those vile Japanese beetles showed up. Well, gonna scoot, chores to do. I really need to tweak my management binder before the baby gets here. I feel so overwhelmed already, but its a good overwhelmed.

Monday, June 9, 2008

The party!!!!!!

The party was a hoot. We had so much fun. I would like to thank all of the family who came together to help. We could not of had the party without you.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Getting ready for a party

I am once again sick with a cold. Why, I don't know. But I have to get better because tomorrow I have to get things together for my son's 6th birthday. His party isn't until Saturday, but I have not prepared at all for it. So I will be going with my mom to pick up hotdogs and a gift. We may also catch Kung Fu Panda and if we get back in time go to the singing at our church. Busy, Busy. DS also needs a hair cut but that will have to wait until Saturday morning when dh can do it. It is also hot here. Like 95 degrees. My garden is starting to show promise with my corn and green beans and cukes finally starting to come up :] Busy times are ahead and so we are already doing our light summer homeschooling. We will also be patching the pool soon so, splish splash!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Life of a WV miner

The hit show 30 days will be doing a in the life of a WV coal miner. It is at 10 tonight on FX. It sounds interesting, although I am a little biased;) Gonna scat and get ready to watch it.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

I am still blogger illiterate, but I am getting better

Okay, my blog has been giving me trouble for days. Every single time I would try to view my blog, it would be just a blank screen. After pulling out my hair, I finally changed the template. I was told that the one I had was damaged. How I have no idea! But it worked. Now I know in the grand scheme of things my blog being fixed is so insignificant, but Praise God because this thing was driving me crazy:)

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Okay, today is suppose to be Thankful Thursday. But in all honesty, I have been quite depressed lately. With my dh last job and then the hold over to the job he currently has we are B...R...O....K.....E!!!!!!!! It is hard to be so cheery and joyful when bill collectors have you on speed dial. My ds birthday is next weekend and I have no idea what I am going to do for a party. We may not be getting our stimulus check because our account refuses to speak to us. He always has some excuse and so we have not filed our taxs yet:( Candy, over at always seems so happy and calm. I just wished I could be like that. But after reading her post about choosing to be happy, I think maybe I am going about it all wrong. I have so many things to be thankful for. I have my wonderful dh, my great kids. DH has a good job now. I am able to homeschool my kids and watch them grow. I have my savior and a place in heaven reserved for me. These things are all eternal. The relationship with my dh along with being here for my kids and training them up all leads to a legacy that I hope my kids understand. I pray that it leads to their relationship with the Lord and that they will instill that in their children. And as far as my relationship with my savior, I think that is self explanatory. So the bill collectors and things I want are not what I need. Because I need nothing more than God because he will supply all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Phil 4:19 Have a blessed day!!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Please take time to pray for our troops. Even if you do not believe in the war we are currently involved in, these people and their families sacrifice so much. May God bless them all. This video titled Thank You reminds us all of the sacrifice they make. Also keep in mind of the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us this Memorial weekend. I hope we can all run to our heavenly Father the way this little boy runs to his daddy. Blessings!!!!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Praise Report!!!! Praise Report!!!!

Last week, my dad's doctor had done some ct scans of my dad's lungs for his black lung case. My dad had worked 30 years in the mines and after retirement, he filed for his black lung case. The doctor had contacted him saying that there was a lesion on his lung that appeared to be malignant, not from the black lung disease. He then told my dad that he would set him up with a PET scan to see if it was indeed cancerous. Well, my dad got the results today and cancer. Praise the Lord. They are still going to try and figure out why this lesion looks so different than the scarring from the black lung disease, but I am happy thus far. Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What? No, Mcflurry

Okay, today we go to the store for some groceries and the kids were really good. As I promised I took them to McDonald's. They were all excited to get a Oreo Mcflurry. So we go and guess what they clean the ice cream machine at that time and they don't know how long it will be until it is back up and running. UGH!!!! Two very upset kids and I must say one upset momma, because those things are so good. Anyway they settled for a frosty from Wendy's. I was very proud of them for taking it so well. I know it is just ice cream, but it also is a measure of how well they are learning to be content with what they have or can have. So we came home eating our frosty and jammin out to some songs on the radio. My kids love music. No really music is everything to them. It started to rain and I realized life is pretty good. Me, the kids, frosties, good music, and rain on the windshield:)

Does anyone have a husband?

Does anyone have a husband that works strange shifts, that is:) DH's new job has very strange hours and has sent our daily life into a tail spin. I have worked on our schedule over and over and it just doesn't feel right yet. I hope he goes to day shift soon, but I need to make due for now. It is still raining on and off here for over a week now and my poor, poor garden. I so wanted a full harvest but it doesn't look like it will happen. If dh gets a three day weekend this week and it doesn't rain maybe we can work on that and my poor chicken coop. We have been working on it for two years. I have chickens at my in laws. They have been there for two years. Can you sense the frustration in my voice? It only needs the fence up and a door. We have a dog so the chickens have to have a fence for a little while. I don't think he will bother them much because he is getting so old now. Well, gotta scat, need to finish up school work and head out for a few groceries. Not many to get this week;) Here is the menu.
Today- Mcdonalds ( I am lazy)
Wednesday-Breakdfast-sausage biscuits Dinner-hotdogs
Thursday-B-pancakes D-Spagetti
Friday-B- cereal/oatmeal D-lo spagetti
Saturday-B- gravy D-burgers
Sunday- biscuits D-pizza
Monday-french toast D-don't know- we'll see
This weekends may change as our weekend plans change.


DH and I was baptised Sunday. There were also three other people who were baptised. It was a wonderful day. I had to explain to my 5yo and 3yo what was going to happen. I didn't want them to freak out. So after dh and I explained that our pastor was going to "dip us in the water" we asked them if they understood. My
5yo must have confused what was going on with Sunday school earlier that day because he looked at us and said yes, you are going to walk on water. Of course, we busted out laughing. We had to try to explain it again. Later that day he was telling his cousin about the day's events. I overheard him say, "today we went to see mom and dad hypnotised. ROFL. I guess he will understand in due time and we will miss his funny little mix ups. God Bless!!!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Goings on

I haven't been able to post for a few days. We have been very busy. DH has ended his own business and has starting working for a coal company again. We are finally getting over the worse cold known to man. It finally stopped raining. And now it is time to get down to business:) First, I had a wonderful mother's day. DH bought me a lovely tree for the yard. At Sunday school my kids made me a wonderful hand print picture frame and I received two additional plants:) I also put up the kid's winter clothes last night(I know I'm running late). Also last night, I was going to do some laundry and realized there was no water. UGH!!!!!!! Our water pump quit working and we had to use our car payment money to buy one. This of course, hurts because our car payment was already behind. But the Lord will provide, he always has. We just have to keep on keeping on.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

What color am I?


You are usually very straight-forward. You have a passive personality and enjoy nurturing those around you. You are very grounded and prefer to keep things simple and honest.

Find out your color at!

They are so pitful when they are sick.

I know I am a bit obsessed with the "cold from hades". DS is feeling some better and his fever has subsided today. He is still however coughing like crazy, same as me. My dd is very sick. High fevers and headaches are taking a toll on her. Her eyes are so glassy and her cheeks are so red. She said the funniest and most pitful thing today. She was complaining of her head hurting. She looked at me very seriously and said momma the germies are eating my brain. Awwww!!! I have just been giving her medicine and hugs and kisses. She is taking care of her favorite doll Sally, the same one that got a cast when she got one. Please pray that our family overcomes this bug once and for all, if you feel lead too. God Bless.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The cold that just won't die.

I hate to repeat myself, but we are SICK, AGAIN!!!!! My son has been sick with fever and congestion, today my throat is real stingy and I feel terrible, and my daughter started her little fever and congestion last night. As much as I like to avoid doctors, I can now say that we have all been with this little nasty thing. It started with my son, then I got it with severe ear infections too, then my husband, back to my son, then my daughter, and now I have a sore throat. URGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!! I pray that we will soon see the day were we are well. I am sure my garden prays for that day too LOL. I feel like I have done nothing but take care of the sick and lay around for a month now. Not that I mind taking care of my family, but I am a projects kind of a girl and this laying around thing is getting to me. I think the colds are made worse by the worse pollen count in recent history. Myself and my son are allergic to everything so I am sure it isn't helping. Well, gonna go pile up on the couch with the rest of them. See ya.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

you have got to be kidding?

A few days ago, I posted on how we were all getting over being sick. Well, that was short lived as my son has been sick since Monday and myself and dh still have this terrible cough. My son was running a high fever and complaining of pain associated with sinusus. He laid on the couch all day yesterday. After prayer and some good old fashioned water and vinegar, he slept all night and has been doing better today. He is playing in short spurts today and he is back to fighting with his sister:{ One day I hope that we will all be healthy enough to get back in the swing of things. We are behind on laundry, outside chores, hauling dh scrap parts from his business he had, and everything else. School has been extremely light with no school at all yesterday and our garden is pitful. If things stay the same I hope to retill the garden this week, I panic at the thought of our garden not producing this year. I know I am strange. My cousin is cutting our weeds so hopeful people can actually see our home from the road. I am suprised no one has stopped to ask if it is vacant...LOL I better skoot, this mountain of laundry isn't gonna wash itself.

Friday, May 2, 2008

maw maw

Eight years ago today my grandma past away. I find comfort in knowing that she is with her Savior and is no longer in pain, as she suffered a long time. I am not here to talk about her death, but to celebrate her life. We often talk about our legacy, she lived what would become her legacy. She was brought up poor in a hollow in West Virginia. She learned early that everything she would have would come by the sweat of her brow. She married a coal miner at a young age. She would shortly have her first child who soon passed away. She would go on to have eight more children and one more pregnancy that ended in fetal death. She worked hard as a pastor's wife and mother. She helped with the homestead while her husband worked in the coal mines. Gardening, canning, and tending critters. She always some how managed to have time for vistors or someone in need. She always had a hot meal to offer anyone who was hungry. Speaking of food, she was a cook that would make anyone envious. She was well known for her fried chicken and apple stack pies. I actually once saw two women arguing over the last pie at a family reunion. When people fight over the last piece of pie, you know it is good!! She lived a very hard life. Simple pleasures we take for granted were not an option for her. Going to the local Wendy's was a huge thing for her. She was strict but kind. And she would hurt like the devil when she would braid my long hair as a child:) Her legacy that she lived is the one we all aspire to be. She truly was a Proverbs woman. Out of anyone I have ever know she nailed the description. And that legacy is what I hope to pass on to my children. I know I fall so short when compared to her, but I keep trying, for God, my husband, my children, and her. She spent the last decade of her life bedfast. I only share that because there was so much she could have taught me and I am sure she wanted to teach me, but hopefully I will learn on my own by looking to her life as my example. I hope to make you proud, maw maw, I love you and miss you.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

To Sunday school or not to Sunday school

Okay, this Sunday school thing is really getting to me. I feel like I have no time to commit to helping in our church's children's program. But at the same time my husband and half of the church are constantly reminding me that it would be wonderful if I could help. I have no idea why they seem to "have to have me". I think honestly, that it is just because I homeschool and they probably feel that I have a lot of resources for the curriculum. I just feel strapped for time. DH is probably going to be starting a job this week and it will be difficult to adjust to because it is a different shift than what we are use to. We also have endless gardening and homesteading jobs as well. I don't know what to do. If anyone has any advice please HELP!!!! The class is around 15 kids ages babies to around 10 or so.

Friday, April 25, 2008

I am alive!!!!

I am still alive. So much has gone on since my last post. We have gone through stomach viruses, head colds, chest colds, ear infections, job loss, you name it. I thought that my ear infection was getting better and that I could get back on track, but ds started running a fever last night and dd threw up this morning. UGH!! My mom is sick too. I guess she got it from taking care of us. Dh has a new perspective on my job. He told me I have to get better or the house is going to fall down around us. I got some cleaning done today. I still need to mop and tackle mt. washmore. The kid's uncle got them a gift. He got them a huge rabbit. He didn't really ask either, but I didn't have the heart to take it from the kids. Their old rabbit, Max died a while back. Dh quit his job. The guy he contracted for just refused to discuss a pay raise and with fuel so high we just could not do it anymore. He did have an interview today to go back to operating equipment. The pay is really good and we would have health insurance, but he is still bummed that he will not be working for himself. So pray for him if you feel led to. I am seriously rambling sooo, Hi ho hi ho it's off to the laundry room I go!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

I feel that this is very important for everyone to hear. This is not just a sample, christians all over are being feed this junk.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Things I am thankful for:

1. The wonderful weather we are having. It has been in the 60s and 70s.
2. I am thankful that we live in the country with a big yard. Hope to have a big garden this year too:)
3. I am thankful for my brother in law allowing my kids to borrow his chipmunks movie. I was getting tired of hearing them whine about it.
4. I am thankful for a church and the revival they are having this week. My aunt's husband is in from Oregon and has been preaching and he is planning another mission to Africia with our pastor.
5. I am thankful for my husband and kids:)!!!!!!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

This week's menu

I am trying to eat as cheaply as possible. I would really like to go and buy and big, juicy steak but oh well. I am just not as good at preparing wonderful meals for pennies. But here it goes anyway.

Tuesday- Spagetti with garlic toast
Wednesday- Burgers with hm tator wedges
Thursday- Rock bottom Salmon with fried Potatoes (yes we like our tators)
Friday- Brown beans with hm cornbread
Saturday- LO beans or grilled cheese and soup
Sunday- hm pizza
Monday- pulled pork sandwich, if on sale or deer steak

I also need to eat healthier. Actually I need to just cut out the pepsi, but I love pepsi:( I am also having a hard time with my kombucha, I think I am addicted to it because it makes you feel so energetic. But alas, I have none. I also need to get some soil at the store for our seeds. I hope to one day have a compost so I don't have to buy soil. I have to get deer feed too since we are having them in our yard regularly. I am going to feed them for 2 reasons. One is dh is hoping to feed them and fatten them up to harvest this year for meat. The other reason is that we garden and they have already been in the garden several times. If dh sales one of his trucks then we are going to get fencing to put around it though. Well, gotta get to our errand running. See ya.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Ain't it just this way?!!

Subject: FW: Religious Maxine

Maxine was driving down the street in a sweat because she had an important
meeting and couldn't find a parking place.

Looking up toward heaven, she said, 'Lord, take pity on me. If you find me a
parking place I will go to church every Sunday for the rest of my life and give up sex and tequila.'

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

She looked up again and said, 'Never mind. I found one. '

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Friday, April 4, 2008

The cat came back!!!!!!!!

Our lovely kitty had been missing for two days. Since she never leaves our porch without us, I was very worried. My kids adore that cat. It is the first thing they talk to in the mornings and they play with her all day long. As I was taking out the trash today I heard her meowing. I called to her and she came running down the mountain. The kids were thrilled. I was thrilled that I wasn't going to have to tell the kids she had died. So, now I am thinking, maybe she just found a romeo somewhere and we will be having kittens soon. Well, I gotta get busy. The kids interrupted my housework today. They decided to have a mud fight in the back yard. YIKES!!!!!!!! Talk about needing a bath.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Clean coal for fuel

With fuel prices rising to record highs, families are struggling to survive. Oil is being imported with a hefty price tag and oil execs are making record profit while the working class suffers. The use of corn for fuel has had a major backlash in that it also caused a rise in food prices. But perhaps you have not heard all of the alternatives to our oil dependence.
What if I told you that we have a fuel source right here at home that is projected to provide 57 percent of America's electricity by 2030. This fuel source, that is exported to 25 countries, is found in abudence in the USA. With the USA having the largest reserves of any country in the world. This fuel could be to the United States as oil is to the Middle East. Yes, you heard that right. So what is this fuel? It is simply coal.
Coal that is in abudence here in the US is quite possibly the future for this country. Coal has been underated for far to long. Now before you go and think coal is nasty and it is bad for the environment let me share a few facts with you. US power plants that use coal have lowered emmissions by 70 percent since 1970 while tripling production, according to the US Deptartment of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory. It also admitts that new plants built today emits 90 percent fewer pollutants than the plant it typically replaces.
Coal is also being studied to find ways to covert it to liquid fuel. The technology to do this is already here. Funding from the federal government is needed to ensure that the coal is burned as clean as possible at a reasonable price.
Some even believe that coal to liquid technology could burn even less that imported fuel sources.
Now, I know that coal is a non renwable resource, but there is projected to be 290 billion tons of recoveable US coal. That is after 3 centuries of production. (Coal facts 2007) That is a lot of coal.
I feel that coal would eliminate our dependence on foriegn fuels. I can not understand why the government will not push for funding for this remarkable resource. Clean coal technology would not only provide a fuel source, but it would also provide thousands of jobs to stimulate the weakened US economy. Clean coal technology combined with existing fuel sources in the US could virtually eliminate our dependence on foriegn oil making our world a safer, cleaner, and more affordable one.

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Sources: Coal Facts 2007, Coal's Clean Future, article by Kraig Naasz.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Fuel out day and lights out day

As some of you may know, we recently had a lights out day where people were urged to turn lights out at eight and leave them off for an hour. There is also a fuel out for tommorrow in which truckers urged to park for one day. Now as a trucker's wife, I really don't see how this is gonna help anything. These fuel companies know that if we don't buy fuel one day then we have to buy fuel the next day. All this does is shorten a trucker's payday. I think the only answer to this is alternative fuels, drilling on our own turf, and living a little different. The way to hurt these companies is to actually conserve our energy use. If everyone tried a little harder to save on fuel, daily, now that would be a big long term effect. It amazes me how much we complain on fuel cost, but then make several trips a day out of our home. Now don't get me wrong I loved our SUV, but the point is I could not afford the gas. If you can afford the gas for one, then go for it. But if you can't afford it then stay home. Line dry some clothes, turn lights off, ect. In any scenrio, we are going to have to learn to live with a little less. We can live with less now in hopes of turning the tides with these companies, or we can live with a little less later when we can't afford to drive to work or in our case can't afford to work all together. We are going to have to change this with God's help because obviouvly the government isn't.

Which Little Women Character are you?

Which Little Women Character Are you?
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You scored as Marmee

You always know what to say to make someone feel better. You are the one everyone goes to for comfort and strength. You love and are loved by everyone!













Friday, March 28, 2008

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for warm spring weather. The birds are starting to come to the bird feeder again and I have heard frogs in the evenings. I love spring. I am also thankful that we have our garden started. We have planted lettuce and onions and have plenty of seeds started. I am also thankful for the bowl of homemade soup and cornbread my momma brought me. YUM YUM The kids love being out in the warm sun. They hate winter and the cold. Gee, I wonder where they get it from :) I so look forward to working in the garden, catching waterdogs in the creek, and roasting wieners late at night. What is your spring plans?

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Spring cleaning?

What is it about spring that makes us gals want to redo every room in our house? For me it is being cooped up all winter. Today I have the bedroom windows open and letting some fresh air in. I love fresh air!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have decluttered and rearranged some things. I have also set out some old black and white photos. I hope to fix our bed. We currently just have our mattress in the floor. I need a bed rail for a bed with a headboard and footboard. I also need it free or near free as I am BROKE! I would love to paint and get new curtains and some new fabric, but gotta make do with what I got or can make. It is looking decent though, which is an improvement. I will be doing my bathroom maybe this evening. I hate to clean my shower and tub. UGH. I just really need to get this stuff done. I feel like I am nesting for some reason. So much to do, so little time. Gotta go finish up.

Spring cleaning?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Our hearts

Lately, I have been reading somethings online that I find really troubling. Their seem to be some people who really like to tear others down. They are christian mommas, who love God and loves to tell why they are right and everyone else is wrong and in sin. Well, I don't know about you, but I am not perfect. I thought no one was perfect except Christ. I feel like it is a shame on me, my house isn't all neat and tidy all the time, my kids whine, I didn't do enough homeschooling, I didn't cook a healthy enough meal, I didn't spend 4 hours reading my bible, I didn't know the pagan history of Easter, or end time rapture. (some of you may know where I am going with this). Again, I AM NOT PERFECT AND NEITHER ARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am wrong sometimes, you are wrong sometimes. If we were always right why would we need to pray and read the bible. We would already know everything. Well, here is the facts on me. I love Jesus. I was saved when I was 12. I have sinned alot since then. I try not to sin now. I read my bible. I don't go to church enough. I love my husband and kids. I truly with all my heart try to do right. But I am human and I make mistakes. My house always has toys everywhere. But hey, the dishes are done... I don't always get all my school work with the kids done. But we homeschool year round. I sometimes feed sticks or Mcdonalds. But they will survive. I don't read my bible for four hours. But I do read it. I didn't know about Pagan Easter history. But things only have the value that we place on it. If I want to have dinner and hide colored eggs with my kids, I don't believe I would be damned to hell. But maybe I am wrong, I am not perfect. What I do know is, I am a child of God. Not equal and all knowing as God, but a child of God. As any child, I make mistakes. And my Father corrects me and guides me along my path. I am sure he may get angry with me but he loves me anyway. So lets not tear each other down. We make it so easy for satan by the way we act with one another. Who cares if my house is perfect, if my kids are perfect, if I am perfect? It is only my heart and soul that is going to be with Jesus, not my perfect life. And while I do believe we should teach each other, I also believe there is a difference between teaching and putting down. You can't teach someone who is not yet willing to learn. God will put it on their heart and he will put into yours to teach them. Sorry, this is so long. But just go out their and be happy that you are doing all you can to be the best you in Christ that you can be. Have a blessed day.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Have a great holiday. May it be filled with family, fun, and most importantly faith. Remember the true reason we celebrate Resurrection Sunday. Jesus Christ offered himself up as the sacrificial lamb for our sins. So that we may have everlasting life with our Savior. Make sure to tell your children the story of the resurrection and tell them how precious our savior is. May God bless you and yours.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Busy, busy

I am super busy today. I have a ton of housework to do in preparation of Easter. We may have some people staying with us this weekend. Of course, things can't go smoothly as my kitchen sink is stopped up!!???!!!!!! Oh well, I guess I will try my hand at being a plummer. ROFL. So what are you all up to for the holidays? What is your family's tradition? Before I go get super busy, I want to tell you about a conversation I had with my children yesterday. To 3yo dd, what are you eating? Bubbie made me a sandwich (Bubbie is what she calls my 5yo ds) Puzzled I ask, what kind of sandwich? A peanut butter, pepper, and bologna sandwich!!!!!!!!!!!! She was not kidding, and worse she devoured the entire thing. She gave rave reviews, but I just dont see how it could taste good.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


Today I have to go grocery shopping. I really have to go because I am out of PEPSI. And if you know me that makes me not a happy camper.Oh, and we are out of everything else too. Of course, today of all days, I woke up with a head cold. I hate being sick. I have took my Super Mommy vitamins and am going to drink my kombucha soon, so maybe that will help. I just hope the kids don't get sick. Anyway, here is my menu for the week.

Wednesday-Easy BQ Venison with mashed potatoes, veggie
Thursday-Beans and cornbread
Friday-Cowboy Casserole
Saturday-Mac and cheese and fried tators
Sunday- Easter dinner
Monday-Fish sticks and mac and cheese (our favorite)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Check out dh's deer. He got this one December 4, 2007. We picked it up from the taxidermy over the weekend. It is an eight point and scored a 153. It is 14th in the state for 2007. He is very happy and I am very proud of him.

Friday, March 14, 2008

There is a party going on!!!!!!! Over at Five Minutes for Mom, they are having a
ultimate blog party. The party last from March 7-14, so only a couple of days left. This is a great way to meet other bloggers. It is a women only party. So join the over 1300 bloggers already signed up and blog away.

Just in case you have never visited my blog, I am a 28yo SAHM. I have been married to my husband for eight years. I am a mother of two, a 5yo son and a 3yo daughter whom we homeschool. My blog is just a collection of my thoughts and occurrences throughout my journey in life. So, grab a cup of coffee and sit for a spell.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


It has been fairly warm this week and after a looooonnnnggg winter, I am giddy with spring fever. I have scrubbed my back porch and a few rugs we have and I also cleaned our grill. I picked up a few items in the back yard, realized our pool had a hole in it, and so does our water box:( But anyway, there is a whole list of things I need to do both inside and out before gardening goes into full swing. My husbands garage needs cleaned, we need to take some things to the landfill, and finish the fish pond. Inside I need to shampoo carpets, clean closets, wash windows, and walls. I would love to paint my walls, but money is short and I need to just wait on it. One day, I will be able to paint them and have my hardwood floors. ONE-DAY!!! My dh got a call about his deer mount; it's ready. So when he is able to go pick it up, I'll try to get pics up. He is so proud of the thing!!!!!!!!! Well, I need to go start supper. C-YA

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Toys and bad attitudes

Have you ever just had your fill with the toys? They are in every room in the house. Especially my den. It is car and doll central. I don't mind them getting it out, but here is the problem. Major attitude on picking it up. I have been harping about it for 30 minutes. They work a minute then quit. I guess they will not be going out today then, huh. I so need to get on top of this. I need help. I need major organization. We have too much stuff. Mainly, it is toys, business papers, and homeschool stuff. I wished we had money to buy some shelving for the homeschool stuff and file cabinets for the business papers. The toys need to just go. I think this may be a project for us soon. I know life would be much easier if this stuff was controlled.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Store and errands

Just got back from the store. Spent more money than I would have liked. I could scream at how much the price of living is going up. I also tanked up the car, all of $54 dollars worth. No we don't have a suv, just a sedan. I remember when $20 would fill up a cars tank. I still spend under the USDA thrifty program, but when you need to cut more, it is kinda like there is no where to go to. It is so sad because if you want to feed your family healthy foods you will pay considerable more for it. I guess if you buy cheapo food, then the big corporation can just take your money when you have a major illness from all the cheapo foods you had to buy. I am sorry, I just get ticked. Anyway, dh went with us. We picked him up from work. He wasn't actually getting to work anyway. Which means we are in for one crappy payday. Okay, I will quit being so crabby. This is my menu for the week:
Tonight-Spaghetti with garlic bread
Wednesday-Left over Spaghetti with garlic bread.
Thursday-Burgers and tator wedges
Friday-Chicken Dumplings
Saturday-Leftover Chicken Dumplings or grill cheese
Sunday-Homemade Pizza
Monday-Fish sticks and mac and cheese

Oh, I am totally happy that I managed to get ground beef on sale today. Whoo HOO for me.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My son lost his first tooth!!!!!!!!!!!!! As any good country boy, he lost his tooth while we were hiking in the mountains. It had been about 60 here so we went for a quick hike in the mountains behind our home. As we were looking at various leaves and animal tracks, my son says look mom and holds out his hand. At first I though it was a peeble and so I said "What?" I didn't know what was so special about it. Then he starts jumping and says my tooth, my tooth. OK, now I get it. His tooth finally fell out. DH is gonna be so sad he wasn't here for this. He has been begging ds to let him pull it. I better go, we still have some school work to finish. C-YA

Friday, March 7, 2008

Pizza is on its way!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is 8:00, I am tired and hungry. We have been working on dh's truck all day. I can't hardly move much less fix dinner. No worries, in-laws are on the way with pizza. FIL helped all day and he told MIL about how hard we worked, so they thought they would feed us. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please pray about dh's job. He really needs to find something different but it is so hard to do around here. Please, also, check out the HSLDA link on my sidebar and visit them to sign the petition related to the homeschooling case in California. Government should not over turn our parental rights. As long as our children are well taken care of and educated, it should not be any of the states business. Everyone likes government help and government programs until it starts to interfer with their lives. Government should help with infrastructure and such, but they should in no way tell people how to run their lives. People should be allowed to just live and provide for themselves. As long as I am not bothering anyone, they should butt out!!!!!!!!! Well, I am gonna go, don't want to get on my soap box with pizza on the way.LOL

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

25 Things about me

Here are 25 things you may or may not know about me.

1. I loathe my first name.

2. My husband is my Best friend in the whole world.

3. I am a 100% homebody. I love home!!!!!!!!!!!!

4. I am a tomboy!!!!!!!

5. Can you even be a homebody and a tomboy???????

6. Fall and spring is my favorite time of the year.

7. I think dirt is theraputic ( I garden).

8. My name is Dusty, I am a pepsi addict.

9. I want more children, although my mom would disown me.

10 I love old country music.

11. I also like classic rock.

12. I detest rap.

13. I love to read good books.

14. I hate gushy romance novels.

15. I wish I could perfect chicken and dumplings.

16. But I have come a long way from burnt toast!!!!!!

17. I need a vacation.

18. I wish I could have hardwood floor.

19. My husband is sooooooooo handsome.

20. My daughter is way too prissy.

21. My son is all boy.

22. Isn't that how they should be???

23. I so wished Ron Paul was gonna be our President.

24. I am terrible at washing clothes.

25. I hate reality tv shows. What ever happened to hee-haw? Oh, wait that wasn't actually a sitcom was it?????

Monday, March 3, 2008

Truck still not fixed

After working with dh for the last couple of days, the truck is still not running. It seems no one can figure out what is wrong with it. It has now been a week since dh worked and it could be at least a couple more days until he gets lined back out. I have no idea how we are going to pay our bills. I guess we will have to just wait and see what happens. He does have a couple of promises of a better job. It is just gonna be awhile.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Today we finally got the chickens butchered. It was funny to watch us. We had not done that since we were kids. Anyway, the chickens are in the freezer. My son was not too happy. He wanted to keep some chickens. We told him we would get some more in the spring. So he was fine with it then. My husband didn't work today as his truck is still broke down. But with diesel being over $4.00/gal. here, I think we may be finding another job. He has a job lined up but it will be a while and he might have to get a different (more expensive) truck. I hate the option of spending money to make money so I don't know if we will go that route. Jobs is so hard to find here. I am actually really concerned. Fuel and food is so high here. My in laws just informed me that they stopped at the local grocery store and milk was $4.19 a gallon. We go through over 4 gallon a week. I am now averaging about $110 a week for food and supplies and I am nervous about it going higher. We already limit our snack foods and meats. I know it is bad everywhere. I don't know how people with very low income are suppose to live. But the Lord will provide, he always has. On a finally note, Rep. Rahall from our state has entered legislation to have a national day for recognition of miners. GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!! Miners have risked their lives for years to provide the fuel that runs our great land. It is about time they have recognition country wide for a job well done.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Today was my mom's b-day. We went to lunch with her at Pizza Hut. The kids really enjoyed. My husband is looking for a new job. The job he has isn't going so great and he is looking for a change. In the trucking business, you never know what kind of job you have until you get right in the middle of it. I hope that things go good. He has a lot of stress on this job and he doesn't think it is worth it. Anyway, we were suppose to buthcher chickens today, but we ran out of time. I guess we will get to it tommorrow. I also was asked if I wanted to teach our children's Sunday school program. I am not sure about it though. I have a lot on my plate as it is and I am afraid it is taking on to much at one time. I wasn't really asked, it was more of the pastor's sister saying, hey, you are suppose to teach Sunday school this week. So, it bothered me a little that I wasn't actually asked, more like told. People tend to think if you are a SAHM that you have a ton of time on your hands. I guess I will just wait and see.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hi, today is errand day. I am running a little late. So here is my menu for the week.
Tuesday-fish sticks and mac and cheese-our favorite
Wednesday-Salmon patties and fried tators
Thursday-my mom's birthday-unsure of dinner?
Friday-Italian chicken and mashed potatoes
Saturday-chicken fried rice with left over chicken from yesterday
Sunday-homemade pizza day

Breakfast vary and lunch is usually sandwich or left overs.
Well, I am off, after this cup of coffee;)

Monday, February 25, 2008

Making our first lapbook

We started our first lapbook today. We are doing one on dinosaurs. My son loves them, so I thought it would be a good place to start. We made the folder and colored some pics. We also read a book about dinos. Tommorrow, we need to run errands and will stop by the library and check out some more books on the subject. I hope this will be a new way to help record my son's progress in area other than language arts and math. We are also learning helping words from a list that a dear lady on Prairie Homemaker gave me. I really look forward to wrapping up the school year. We will be homeschooling through the summer although at a more relaxed speed. Well, duty calls. I have work that needs to be done.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Update on the school situation

Okay, I called HSLDA and the people there are great. I recommend any homeschooling family to join because they are so helpful. He informed me that I didn't have to follow public school's same curriculm. As long as I file a notice with the board and submitt my testing or assessment on time, I have done my part. My son just has to show that he is progressing well in his studies. He also said that if I have a hard time with getting a teacher to sign off on my son, to just give them a call and they will take care of it. Next year, I hope to just do the testing for him instead of the assessment. The board recommended that I not do testing this year, but I wish I had not listened to them. Oh well, you learn from a situation and move on. At least HSLDA has my back. Also, I did find the site words the school did recommend if I want to teach them to my son. One of the dear girls at Prairie Homemaker sent them to me. They are great girls and the forum is awesome. So Thanks!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Going to school

Tomorrow I have an appointment with a local school teacher who has agreed to look over my son's work this past year. She will be determining at the end of the school year if he passes to the next grade or not. I am soooo freaking out. I was recently told that he would need to know all of the "site words" that public k5 kids need to know. We use hooked on phonics, so we know some "site words" but he is learning to read through phonics. Well, this has sent me into panic mode. You know the panic you get sometimes when you have to explain to people that you homeschool and they look at you like it is some new crazy concept. It is as if they believe Adam and Eve attended Garden of Eden High or something. I just pray that she is nice and understanding. I looked over some of our state's CSO points last night. They are guidlines used to evaluate a student. My son is able to do all the guidlines except the site words. Phonics is just a totally different program. He is independently reading the books that are in the hooked on phonics program and he knows some "site" words, but I don't know how we will learn all of them by the end of the year. I didn't know the boe could even make me use their curriculm to meet their standards. As long as he is reading, what difference does it make how he learned too. Oh well, I'll find out tommorrow. Right now, I have to conquer Mt. Washmore Clothes.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

I can see!!!!!!!!!

I went to the eye doctor yesterday. The bad news is my right eye is terrible. The good news is my left eye isn't that bad and the doctor gave me a sweet deal on glassses and contacts. I wanted the contacts, but he wanted me to have glasses so that it would be easier for me to just throw glasses on. So, I got the exam, 2 sets of contacts, glasses, and contact lens kit for a little over $200. I was amazed at the difference in everything. I have been begging my husband to let me paint the walls, but now that I can see, they don't really need it. I thought there were smudges all over the walls, turns out I'm just half blind and the walls aren't full of smudges. But, I am glad the doc got me to get the glasses because I tried forever to get the contact in my left eye and can't. I have the world's smallest eyes. After my eye started stinging and looking really bad, I decided to give it a rest for a little while. Maybe next time, huh. My husband is gone to the dentist today to get a tooth pulled that has been killing him. I hope they can pull it without any problems. He had chemo a few years back and it destroyed his teeth. We are wanting to save up money to get him some cosmetic dental care done. Well, I'm gonna go, I have a kitchen floor in dire need of a mop!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Menu for the week

I usually go grocery shopping and run errands on Wednesday, but I have an eye exam today so I will go after the exam. Hopefully I can get some contacts today. I also have to go to the library and return some books and meet up with my mom there. I need to go to the dreaded Wal-mart. It is always so crowded there. Anyway, here is my menu for the week.

Tuesday-Chicken in the crockpot (already on) mashed garlic potatoes, corn on the cob.
Wednesday-Leftover chicken with barbeque sauce, rice and baked beans.
Thursday-Spaghetti, salad, texas toast
Friday-Spaghetti, salad, texas toast left overs ( yeah, we like spaghetti that much)
Saturday-Salmon cakes, fried potatoes
Sunday-homemade pizza

So, there it is. I needed to use up the chicken this week. I need the freezer space. Gotta go and get ready. Have a great day!!!!!!!!!

Monday, February 18, 2008


Congrats, goes out to my little brother for being chosen for National Young Scholorship. Way to go!!!
Yesterday, was beautiful here. It was in the mid 60s, which is a nice change. I don't do winter weather very well. I am one of those that gets the winter blues. I need sunshine and warm weather. I need to be outside doing something. So of course, we spent all day outside yesterday. We planted 2 more apple trees, 1 peach, 2 pear, 3 grapes, and 10 thornless blackberries. I can't wait for them to grow. There is nothing like fresh fruit out of your own yard. My husband is wanting me to order 2 dwarf cherry trees and 2 drawf plums this week. With all of this planting, I am sooooo wanting to start up my garden. We love to garden, even the kids do. Okay, they usually just dig holes in the dirt, but hey it is a start. We are talking about extending it this year:) I also have great news. After a few months of better eating habits, more water, and kombucha, my husband's blood pressue has returned to normal. He was a little freaked out about it. He keep saying is that normal? Of course, he knows very well what a good blood pressure is, he was just in shock. So we are gonna monitor it closely and hopefully he can go off of the medication he takes, Praise God. Well, I am gonna get to work, this is gonna be a very busy week. Bye

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Happenings on the Homestead

I didn't get to post yesterday, as we were busy. We planted some of the fruit trees that we had purchased. We also planted some grapes, again. We have never got the grapes to grow before, but maybe this year they will. If anyone knows a secret to planting grapes, let me know. We also helped my husband's friend put down some hardwood floor in their kitchen. We got home around 2:30 last night. So today we are just gonna hang out and relax. There will be plenty more to do this week.