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Seeing Meese!

If one mouse is a mouse, and two or more are mice;

If one goose is a goose, and two or more are geese;

If one moose is a moose,

Why aren’t two or more Meese?


Down the road they came, right in front of our house.  The boys were so thrilled, all I heard were cries of “Moose!”  Moose!”  “There are two of them in front of our house!”

As I ran for my camera, there came a chorus of “Yah, take a picture, so we can show Daddy!”  “Mom, take more!”

It has been an exciting morning… and we just got up.


Pay It Forward

I have joined a little challenge to ‘pay it forward‘ (PIF).  This challenge is like a reverse chain letter.  One person sends out a homemade gifts to three people, those three then make their own gifts, and sent them out to three others.  The best part about the reversal is that you choose to be part of it, rather than it being forced on you. 😉  



Last night, Manny brought the mail home, and my ‘pay it forward’ gift had arrived!  It is this cute little wreath ornament, made of strips of fabric.  The kids all loved it, and wanted to play with it.  After each had a turn to hold it (and lose it), I tracked it down, and gave it a place of honor in the entry way. Thank You!!!

This made me realize that a homemade gift could be anything…     I had been limiting my thoughts to sewn/knitted/crocheted items, but now I have lots of ideas. 

The guidelines are as follows:

I would like 3 people to participate in my PIF challenge. In turn you must agree to post your PIF challenge on your blog and send homemade gifts to *3* people who sign up. You have 365 days to make and send your gifts. If more than 3 people sign up, I will draw names from a hat. If you do not think you can make and send 3 gifts within a year’s time, please don’t sign up.

Please leave a comment.

In the meantime, I am going to figure out what I want to give!  I figured out what I am giving!

Ten Things I’m Smilin’ About

1.  Manny pursuing something he is passionate about. 8)

2.  This baby tummy.  It loves to be kissed and tickled.


3.  Celebrating Advent with my Children.

4.  Cloudy skies, and the chance of snow.


5 & 6.  Little helpers, and good food.


7.  This song.

8.  Brothers, working together.


9.  Trying new things…like decorating cookies with my boys.

10.  Daniel, dressing himself.


Decorating Cookies

For the first time in the history of this family, we made rolled cookies and decorated them.  I don’t know why we have never done this before…  It is not hard, a bit time consuming, but so much fun! 


We started this project last Thursday evening, with mixing the dough.  The next day we rolled and cut.  There was lots of snitching.  I was almost afraid we would not have any cookies.  ;-0

Yesterday, we took time to decorate them.  It was so fun to see the kids creativity and individual personalities come out:  The colors they chose, their skill level, and the cookies they most enjoyed decorating.

100_4522Adam was studious, and concentrated hard on his work.  He decorated long after the others had tiered out and gone to play.

He decorated a cookie with each member of the family in mind.  It is fun to see him growing and thinking of others.

Daniel wanted so much to be involved.  I gave him three cookies, and a knife.  He would frost the cookie, say it was ugly, and lick the frosting off.  Then he would frost it again.  He kept himself occupied some time in this manner, until the gingerbread man broke!  He ‘glued’ its leg back on, with frosting, and then put a puddle on it, made of several colors.  he really liked that one, and saved it to show daddy.

100_4521After dad had seen his handy work, he fed it to Gideon, who objected not in the least!  We ran out of frosting, before we ran out of cookies.  I am debating  mixing up some more, and enjoying this together time again or just enjoying the unfrosted cookies with guests…as we clearly can’t serve these to others.

Gotta Love ’em!

<- Daniel, showing me what is left of his last cookie.

The Woodpecker May Have To Go!

Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah’s Ark

One : Don’t miss the boat.

Two : Remember that we are all in the same boat.

Three : Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.

Four : Stay fit When you’re 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

Five : Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

Six : Build your future on high ground.

Seven: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.

Eight : Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

Nine : When you’re stressed, float a while.

Ten : Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

Eleven : No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting…

Remember:  We are here today, because Noah obeyed God, even when it didn’t make sence.  

 Happy Thanks Giving!

A New Kind Of Discrimination?

Seen in a grade school parking lot:


A reserved parking place, right next to the handicap parking; but who is it for?


You Are…

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
– Jim Rohn

Who are the five people you spend the most time with?

  1. Adam
  2. Benjamin
  3. Caleb
  4. Daniel
  5. Gideon

What is the average?

  • This is rather a scary thought for me:  I am a 4.8 year old boy.
  • I love trucks and roads. 
  • I am emotional, hungry and tired.
  • I am always asking for more food. 

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"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass." ~Psalm 37:4 & 5

Confident Endeavors

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

- H.D. Thoreau