Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

My Birthday Present

This beautiful cup, saucer, and dessert plate set is a gift from my mom and step-father.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Putting Up the Tree

A few years ago, my husband fell in love with the idea of the pre-lit tree. Previously, we did the cut-down-your-own-tree thing. While I miss that, the thing that I like about the pre-lit tree is that I can have my husband put it up as soon as I want;) We put our tree up on the day we got back from vacation, which was November 26.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

He Didn't Say....

My husband doesn't like pictures of the kids on the internet, but he didn't say anything about us:)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

On My Kitchen Counter

I love this area of my kitchen counter. I know that a Kitchen Aid mixer is very utilitarian and not necessarily decorative, but I love the way it looks. Mine happens to be really old. Our elderly neighbor was breaking up house keeping to go into a nursing home and I bought it at her auction. She told me that she had baked many good cookies with that mixer.

*A white ceramic pumpkin purchased this year from Target.
*A "depression-glass green" dish.
*Mums from a friend.
*A Mary Engelbeit calendar page framed in a silver frame by my oldest daughter for me for Christmas that says, "Home is where the Heart is."

Monday, December 3, 2007


In honor of Thanksgiving, we had dinner at the Mayflower the next night. How many of you can say that?? ;)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Over the River

Over the river and thru the wood,
To grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,
Thru the white and drifted snow, oh!

Over the river and thru the wood,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and thru the wood,
To have a first-rate play;
Oh, hear the bell ring, "Ting-a-ling-ling!"
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day-ay!

Over the river and thru the wood,
Trot fast my dapple gray!
Spring over the ground,
Like a hunting hound!
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate.
We seem to go extremely slow
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood --
Now Grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

Written By: Lydia Maria Child

Going to see my husband's parents! Downloaded this song to the iPod so the kids can learn it:)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving remembering how the Lord has blessed over this past year. I might even get to open a birthday gift or two:)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Thanksgiving Decorations

Every year I haul out two big boxes of Thanksgiving decorations. Even the boxes that contain my harvest decorations are meaningful to me. Many years ago, my husband's grandma sent us a box of grapefruit from Florida where she lived. It was a heavy duty box with a sturdy hinged lid...too good to throw away. It now houses many loved items for autumn and it makes me think of her whenever I see it whether it be while decorating the house for fall or during the year where it smiles at me from the shelf.

Most people have a few items on their Christmas tree that were carefully created by a child during a Preschool or Sunday School class. I have those, but I can't throw anything away (remember the box mentioned above), so I also have turkeys lovingly assembled by chubby little hands during Sunday school and "maize" napkin holders.

I also have a small collection of antique turkey salt and pepper shakers and pilgrim figures. My mom and dad started picking them up for me at garage sales. My mom is THE champion garage-saler, but that is another post in itself.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Thanksgiving is coming! Thanksgiving is coming!

I'm excited that Thanksgiving is coming! I love Thanksgiving! My birthday is in very early December. When I was a child, we always celebrated my birthday on Thanksgiving because all the grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, and cousins were already at our house. People came and stayed all day. What could be more fun than turkey and stuffing as your birthday meal topped off with pumpkin pie AND birthday cake? Let's not forget the presents!

What are your favorite Thanksgiving memories?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

It's Snowing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's the first snow of the year and my little kids wanted to go outside and catch snowflakes on their tongues! Remember that childhood innocence?

My husband doesn't want pics of our kids faces on the internet, so bear with all the pictures of their backs:)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Saturday, November 3, 2007

On My Kitchen Counter

I love this area of my kitchen counter. I know that a Kitchen Aid mixer is very utilitarian and not necessarily decorative, but I love the way it looks. Mine happens to be really old. Our elderly neighbor was breaking up house keeping to go into a nursing home and I bought it at her auction. She told me that she had baked many good cookies with that mixer.

*A white ceramic pumpkin purchased this year from Target.
*A "depression-glass green" dish.
*Mums from a friend.
*A Mary Engelbeit calendar page framed in a silver frame by my oldest daughter for me for Christmas that says, "Home is where the Heart is."

The Blissful

Penny at Lavender Hills Studio left me a comment on my Oreo post. On Friday, I visited her blog to thank her for visiting my blog. Peggy was on her way to Melissa's at the Inspired Room for a Satellite party in honor of Abby at The Blissful and her holiday open house in Canton, Ohio.

I found Abby's blog about two weeks ago through the rabbit trail that is blog reading from McMaster & Storm who I heard about from Heather Bullard at Present Past Collection. I now read Abby’s blog whenever I get the chance to blog surf.

While I had not yet visited the actual physical Blissful in real life, it was on my list of things to do. When I got to Melissa's party at the Inspired Room on Friday night, I decided that Saturday would be the day! I called my wonderful husband at work and planned our “date”. He’s a wonderful guy!! The conversation went something like this, “Umm, honey, I, umm, know this is going to sound crazy, but, umm, I found this place on the internet? I’ve been reading this girl’s blog and she, ummm, is having an open house this weekend, and ummm, I’m wondering if you could, ummm, take me?

On the way to the store, I wondered what you say to a “blog personality?” How do I let her know that I’m a big fan of her blog without seeming like a stalker?

I saw the sign and got all giddy. It’s such a surreal experience to see these things on the computer and then to ACTUALLY see them in real life. BTW, the roof looks great;)

My husband now knows that I am a crazy person, because I jumped out of the van with a camera in my hand and started taking pictures of the exterior of the store. He said, “You brought your camera?” Now I ask you, can you visit a place that you’ve read about in blogland and NOT blog about it?

We entered the store and I hid my camera in my purse. I’m still new to blogging and I wasn’t sure of the etiquette. I didn’t want to take pics of the interior and post them on my blog. Those belong to Abby.


Let me tell you, Abby is a sweet heart! I became totally tongue tied when I met her...kind of like when you have an opportunity to talk to one of the “popular kids” in school. Here was a real live blogger and a business owner to boot! Someone I had only come in contact with in my pajamas over a cup of coffee. I told her that I was here because I had “attended” Melissa's "party" last night. She gave me a great big hug and thanked me for coming. I akwardly asked if my husband could take a picture of the two of us together. I also passed on the message that Melissa sent her love.


The store is amazing. The pictures I’ve seen around don’t do it justice. Abby has an incredible flair. So much so, that even my husband noticed;) Everything looks hand chosen, loved, and perfectly placed. It’s definitely a place that I will want to visit again! Everyone is in for a treat when her wares become available online.

I broused for awhile and chose some wonderful things. Abby checked me out and packaged everything so beautifully! I felt like I was getting a gift. She asked me if I’d been blogging long. I explained that I was really just starting. I visit many blogs and when I comment, I feel that it’s nice to have a place that others can visit.


Isn't this the cutest little snowman? I have a Christmas garland that I hang around my back window that is only snowmen. This little guy will be on there soon.

A bird soap because I couldn't resist.
ETA...Abby very sweetly wrote me to let me know that this is not a soap, but actually an eraser. I'm still chuckling to myself about that. I should say, though, that when I found this cute little bird, it was only moments after I had entered the store and I was still "star struck." I think my faculties have now come back:)

Eiffel Tower Soap still in the plastic for my BFF. Again...actually an eraser;)

I also have a garland for my glass birds. I bought this glitter bird to add to that collection.

A mercury glass bird just because.

A Paris notepad for my BFF.

To finish up, I'd also like to quote Abby and say Thank you, Jesus, for giving us a reason to celebrate..."

Dear Abby, we wish you a successful holiday season. Thank you for the wonderful shopping experience.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Have you heard of this store?

I love blogland! I just found out about The Blissful and I'm thinking I need to grab my BFF and run right over there this weekend!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Our neighborhood kitty cat asleep in a sun beam on our front porch.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Dinner Party

Do we ever outgrow our need for tea parties?

Last night I hosted a dinner party for the women of our adoption support group. It was originally supposed to be dinner and dessert in my garden and then a fire afterwards, but, given that it is October in Ohio, it poured rain all night.

I decided that since the event would be inside, that I would pull out all the stops. I set layers of my grandmother's "china", made up little party favors (sitting in the bowls), and used "stemware". I had these little orange glass leaves that I popped a tea light in and set at everyone's place.

I made a pot of tea to drink with dessert. For those who didn't want tea, I served hot apple cider. It was so fun to use all my special tea cups and dishes.

My photos don't do it justice. I am still learning how to use this camera.

We had a wonderful evening talking about our children and the adoption "experience." :)

I really love these ladies!

Monday, October 22, 2007

God is Good!

Our youngest daughter continued to get sicker all weekend. We spent most of Sunday afternoon in the emergency room of Children's Hospital. She was severely dehydrated and needed IV fluids. Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of medical care.

She is feeling much better today.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Two words

Stomach flu.

My youngest daughter was up all night vomiting. Poor little thing. One of her friends was spending the night. I so hope that her family doesn't come down with it as well.


Friday, October 19, 2007

These beautiful grapes are at my friend's house. She had the kids and I over to pick grapes and pumpkins. Very fun. I had never had an opportunity to pick grape before.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Fall Activities

Trip to the pumpkin farm.

Grape arbor at a nearby mansion that is open to the public.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Heard from our agency...

Heard from our agency about the little three year old boy we put our home study in for recently. Apparently we made it to "matching", but they went with another family:(

God is in control!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

I'm such a bad blogger!

Ugghhhhh! I want to be a better blogger, but.....

We started school and, by the grace of God, I'm really trying to make that my top priority. This is the first year that I'm REALLY homeschooling three kids. Jumping from one to three is a big deal:) I'm sure I'll be in the flow pretty soon. Right? Right!!??!

On the adoption front, we've heard nothing from our agency, so I can only assume that we didn't even make it to matching this time. The matching meeting was on the 20th.

The Lord is teaching me a lot about obedience. Each time an adoption opportunity has come up, we've been obedient to what we felt the Lord wanted us to do-send in our home study. We are not obedient because we might get something in the end, but because it is what is required of us. Much like when I ask my children to do something....I want them to obey because they love me, not because I will give them something when they are through.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Work Day

Today's Labor Day and the rest of America may have today off, but I'm going to be working!!! We start school (home education) tomorrow and I still have a bazillion things to get done before tomorrow morning! My step-father built me glorious bookshelves in the attic and I'm trying to get those organized. We still can't see the dining room floor because a ton of junk from the attic is sitting on it. The living room is a sea of toys.

It's all good, though! I love getting organized!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

The Zoo

My husband has been working TONS of overtime lately. We've barely seen him :(

Thankfully, he has the whole three day weekend off!!

Today, we went to the zoo with another family. The kids all had a blast.

All day, I kept imagining another little boy with with big brown eyes and brown curly hair. It actually wasn't too hard to imagine since my friend's three year old little boy was with us. LOL Come on, September 20!!!!!

...........................DS and DD

............................DD and Friend

...........................Sleeping Koala

..............................DH and DS

.............................DD and a Rhino Horn

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Another homestudy

Our agency has sent our home study, on our behalf, to another county. This time it is a little boy who is 3 years old. Trying not to get my hopes up again. :) The county is taking home studies until Sept. 14 and they are having a matching meeting on Sept. 20. I'll keep ya posted!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Garden Parties

Each year I host a Garden Party for my homeschool group. This year I also had one for my adoption support group. Here are some pictures.

New post!!!

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I didn't have my settings set up correctly and never saw that I had new comments.


It's been a busy couple of months. I'm still recovering from the grief of losing the baby--see other blog.
We put our homestudy in for two little boys, age 1 and 3, in July. Found out last week that we are family #2. Soooo, if family #1 decides that this is not best for their family, we'll be called in. I have total peace about the whole thing. God is in control and holds my family and as well as the little boys and family #1 in the palm of His hand. The important thing is that DH and I have been obedient to God's call on our life. He knows how many children we are supposed to have! He knows how big my heart feels. LOL

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

First Post

Here it is! The very first post of my very new blog. I feel like it's the first day of school and I have all my brand new spiral bound notebooks just waiting to be written in with my freshly sharpened pencils. Such hope! Such inspiration!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


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