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Caleb’s Conclusion

Last month, when Manny and the older boys were out hunting, Caleb asked to wash dishes, and I let him.  He was so proud of himself, for the good job he did, that he requested to be added to the dish-washing rotation.  No one objected, and he did a wonderful job…until the novelty wore off.

This last week he has had to re-due the job several times, as dirty dishes keep ending up in the drainer.  After running new water, for the third time, yesterday, I gave him an ultimatum.

“Caleb, you are going to wash the dishes every day, until they are all clean in a timely manner.  Every time you have more than three dirty dishes in the to re-wash, you will have the job again the next day.”

He sighed, and said, “Okay.”  Blankly, he turned and began to walk away.

I called him back, and asked, “Caleb, what did I say to you?”

“That I have to wash dishes…” looking around sadly.

“Until when?” I prompted.

“Until I move out of the house,” he calmly answered.

“Until when?”  I prompted, again.

“Until I am old enough to move out of the house, then I won’t have to wash dishes anymore.”  He answered, a bit annoyed.

“Is that what I said?” I asked.

“No, you said I had to get them clean.”  He replied, staring off into space.

We will see how long that takes…

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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! 

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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.

Nourishing Traditions

100_4490“The Diet Dictocrates don’t want you to know that…

*Your body needs old-fashioned animal fats

*New-Fangled polyunsaturated oils can be bad for you

*Modern whole grain products can cause health problems

*Traditional sauces promote digestion and assimilation

*Modern food processing denatures our foods but

*Ancient preservation methods actually increase nutrients in fruits, nuts, vegetables, meats and milk products!”

-From the back cover.

Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon,  is a cook book that I have owned for two years.  I have read it from cover to cover several times, and never cease to be amazed by the information found in it.  It is based on old ways of doing things, that promote health. 

  • The information is well laid out, and easy to use. 
  • The recipes are enjoyable and unusual.

Much of the research is based on Dr. Price’s work.  He was a dentist who traveled the world, especially places that had not been affected by modern conveniences, and compared what he found to “modern man.”  The differences in health are astounding.  It is a must read, for anyone who wants to live a long healthy life.

Happy Birthday: 34 years and 1 month

100_4220Last month Manny celebrated his 34th birthday with Mud Pie and Elk Hunting a long hike.  He had a good time out in the mountains, but got lonely for his family, so came home and took the two oldest boys back out with him.  They all had fun, but came home so dirty, I didn’t even want to talk about it.

So, why are we celebrating again?  Well, it seems old age has some advantages.  He has no idea how old he is.  In the weeks before his birthday he was asked his age several times, and each time he told the person something different.  These false ages ranged from 27-36 years of age.  The funny part is that he had no idea he was lying to anyone.  Of course, the kids always caught him, and informed him of his mistake.

Now, when someone asks him his age, he looks around for one of the children…to find out how old he is.

Happy Birthday, and a month, Honey!  I love you!

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:

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

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PJ’s

Benjamin recently informed me that his pajamas were all getting too small, and he didn’t think he could wait until Christmas for a new pair.  I disagreed with him, but searched my stash for suitable fabric anyway.  He saw this striped fabric, and thought it would be perfect. 

We took a day, made the pattern, and the pajamas.  He is one of the happiest, proudest little boys I know–with very warm pajamas.

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Growing up, I loved making my own patterns, and now I get to pass this knowledge and enjoyment along to my children!


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Dreaming…

"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