Thursday, November 27, 2014


Steve is on his way to Ethiopia.
A 12 hour flight .. followed by 2 more flights to get to Mwanza, Tanzania.
This is my first Thanksgiving without him in 17 years!
I'm sad he's not here ... but I'm so very thankful he gets to go!
His trip is more than funded!
Between he and David, they raised an extra $900.00!

That made it possible to give the Tanners an extra donation,
as well as buy them tools, gifts, and more.

Meanwhile, we are going to head down to Cuchara, after having Thanksgiving dinner at the Rock.
We'll cut our own tree ... and decorate on the 1st.
We have CC next week and have some events in place to make the time pass more quickly.
It's going to be a hard 12 days ... but I hope it goes fast.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2014


Thankfulness takes the sting out of adversity. That is why I have instructed you to give thanks for everything. There is an element of mystery in this transaction: You give Me thanks (regardless of your feelings), and I give you Joy (regardless of your circumstances). This is a spiritual act of obedience—at times, blind obedience. To people who don’t know Me intimately, it can seem irrational and even impossible to thank Me for heartrending hardships. Nonetheless, those who obey Me in this way are invariably blessed, even though difficulties may remain.
Thankfulness opens your heart to My Presence and your mind to My thoughts. You may still be in the same place, with the same set of circumstances, but it is as if a light has been switched on, enabling you to see from My perspective. It is this Light of My Presence that removes the sting from adversity.

-Jesus Calling

I have a certain child who is simply ungrateful for nearly everything.
He's quick to be critical, and complain about what he doesn't get.
If I give him one, he wants two.
If I let him play on the iPad, he'd rather play Xbox.
No matter what I do, it's never enough.

It's infuriating!
It drives me completely crazy.
He's rarely happy ... or content.

The worst part for me is that no matter how much I try to speak to his heart,
no matter how much I challenge him, or correct him ...
no matter how much I instruct him in Biblical truth ...
none of it seems to make any difference.

It breaks my heart.
I feel so helpless to help him, to guide him, to instruct him.
I simply don't know what to do.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Littleton Museum

I love our CC community.
After 3 1/2 years in Castle Rock ...
and 2 CC communities later ...
we have dear friends with whom we can share our homeschool journey.

Yesterday, we went to the Littleton Museum, a working farm.
Many of the buildings are from the early 1900s.

We had fun "schooling" in the school building - singing the timeline song and history sentences.

We are blessed, so very blessed to have these families in our life!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Craft Fair Season

It's a busy time of year for our family.
Nearly every weekend is a craft show for Mavuno Market.

Castle Rock

We've sold out of all the metal art, nativities, and most of the new ornaments.
We still have 2 events and a couple of home parties.

I love craft shows.
I love talking about what we do.
I love casting vision.
I love creating jobs.

Steve leaves for Tanzania in one week.
It's hard to believe it's almost here!
I wish I was going with him.
... but I'm thrilled he is finally going!!!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Daddy Princess Ball

It was our 3rd annual.
Daddy and Shiloh have gone 2 times now.
And finally ... Liberty was old enough to join in on the fun!

Dressed in matching Christmas dresses, and braids, they could hardly contain their excitement.
Dinner, a chocolate fondue fountain, carriage rides, and dancing ...
they were even given a necklace with a key - a key to heaven.

Steve said Liberty cried when it was time to leave.

Liberty's highlights were dancing to Let it Go ...
and Steve let her use her knife for dinner!  That made her exceedingly happy!

Shiloh's highlights were her dress that finally fit
and the chocolate fountain !!

They can hardly wait until next year.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Best One Ever

That's what Landon said about Halloween this year.
With Trunk or Treat at Ridgeline ...
and then a fun fest at The Rock.

We just went to the dentist, who told them he is offering $$ for candy.
A $1 coin for every pound that is taken to him.
So, the kids wanted to get LOTS of candy ... to earn some money.

It really was a fun night.
And as always, they were stinkin' adorable!
Shiloh was Laura Ingals.
Liberty was a Snow Princess.
The boys were baseball players.

I love Liberty's age.
The excitement, and the innocence.
It's always a new experience for her.
She doesn't yet remember year to year what we do or where we go.
So, she experiences it through new eyes.

We even carved pumpkins this year.
The kids got 4 big ones at a pumpkin patch.
And we have 5 that we grew in our garden.