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As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. - Col 2:6-7

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Saturday, May 1, 2010

And now there's yogurt!

Well, after some discouraging results yesterday I decided to learn from my first effort at yogurt making.  I watched so many YouTube videos on how to make yogurt, I thought I would dream about yogurt making last night.  But, all that work paid off.  After posting last night and watching all those how-to's, I went upstairs and tried again.  This time I was very careful with the temperatures, etc.  It took total time of 30 minutes from start to finish (this was cleaning the pot and all).  I wrapped that thing up and put it in my cooler overnight and woke up to yogurt.  It was pretty good right then, but it was really good after sitting in the fridge all day.  So, I think it would be a very easy thing to continue doing and would be really easy for anyone to add into their schedule - especially since most of the time is taken up while you're sleeping!

The best part about the whole thing was when we had yogurt parfaits for dessert tonight and everyone loved it!

On a related note - we had rice with dinner tonight and, for once, it turned out PERFECT!  Great day in the kitchen! (especially since I didn't spend even 2 whole hours there the whole day!)

Friday, April 30, 2010

Making yogurt

All the people I know that have made this have told me how easy it is to make homemade yogurt.  Well, I should have know...easy to other people will end up complicated to me.  Rule of so many things in my life.  It falls in the same category as rice for me - I either burn rice or it's so mushy you need to scoop it out with an ice cream scoop.

So,  now that I'm on trial #2 of yogurt making, I'm hoping it will turn out this time.  I should know by the time the sun comes up tomorrow. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It's always amazing to me how the simplest things bring such pleasure in our household.  Glen went to the store for us last Wednesday and came home with those $.25 eggs for all the kids.  They were so thrilled, so excited!  and this is what I saw next....
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How hilarious is that!  they all had big ole mustasches and Becca had a beard!


Samuel, however, wasn't amused

But in the end, we all had a great laugh and lots of fun memories were made - all with $1.  What's more important, we took time to enjoy the unexpected and unplanned for...time to enjoy one another and be silly together is priceless!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Field trip to Etowah Indian Mounds

On our trip to Atlanta/Florida, we decided to get a jump-start on next school year by visiting the Etowah Indian mounds.  I remember going there when I was the girls age for a field trip.  It was the perfect spring day!

Mud house reconstruction like originals found on site

Picture of original Etowah Indian complex.


Mound 1 (largest)

Kids in front of mound 1 (Chief's Mound)

View from top of Mound 1.

View of Mound 2 from top of Mound 1.

View of Mound 3 and Etowah River from Mound 1.

View from top of Mound 1 stairs (long way down!)

Kids and Grandpa at the top of Mound 2 (I wasn't climbing up any more stairs!)

Samuel picking wildflowers (and trying to eat them).
Miniature reconstruction of what the village looked like between 10th and 13th century.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Finally, Spring comes to Missouri

71 degrees and sunny today, it was a wonderful day to be outside.  The children decided to take their school work outside to complete.  It was  wonderful day!

What made it even more special, though, was spending time with my kids.  We had our first Tuesday Tea Party this afternoon at 4 pm.  I gave each of the kids an invitation to Afternoon Tea and let them play until time.  We had chocolate scones, fruit and tea.  Even the boys were excited!  My eldest son (6yo) asked me, "Mom, is it ok to talk at a tea party?"  I told him it was exactly what we were there to do - talk and spend time together.  I then asked him if he wanted to talk about anything in particular, to which he replied "Not really, I was just making sure of the rules."  What I saw today was how much my children responded, positively, to the little bit of effort I put into making something special for them.  They were so excited to use the silver and the good dishes - they even got to use some of Mommy's special tea cups.  They were delighted and delightful, with each other and with me. 

I thank God for the time He has allowed me to have with these 5 little blessings and pray that I will find more opportunities like today to share with  my children.  I pray that God will give me eyes to see all of the moments He sends me and to treasure the gift of TIME.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Nathaniel lost his first tooth! Or should I say teeth!

As we were saying our goodbye's to everyone the day after the funeral, packing the car and getting everyone ready to walk out the door, Nathaniel comes running up and shows me his bottom tooth that is just laying there waiting for him to pull it out of his mouth.  I tell him just to push it out in his hand and out pops the tooth!  He was so excited!  Then we go to the bathroom to clean up a little and, while swishing, out pops the one right beside it!  Nathaniel doesn't do anything in half-measure - he lost his first two teeth at the same time.

My baby boy is growing up.  We now enter into the next phase of childhood...

The trip home from the Funeral

Well, the trip home from Papa's funeral was fairly uneventful.  Just a long, 12+ hour trip with a beautiful landscape of trees to look at for 3/4ths of the way.  Everyone was exhausted, but troopers cosidering the length of the trip and the ages of the children. 

We wanted to do something special for the children on our way home.  They had be so incredibly good during the trip that we felt a treat was in order.  So, we took them on a little detour....
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to see a very special town...
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In the middle of nowhere...
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and here's what we saw...
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That's right everyone, we went to Metropolis, IL - home of Superman.  The kids were very excited (in spite of the cold weather).  Mom and dad were just glad we got there before dark!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A man we will all miss - we love you Papa Harold.

Today has been a very difficult day.  My grandfather died today.  I know that he is now with our Saviour and I cannot be sad for that.  I am, however, sad for those of us here still that remember what a good man he was and will not be able to talk with him or see him again.  I have spent the day praying for God to move mountains - making plans and preparations to get to South Carolina for the funeral.  I have also spent the day watching one prayer after another be answered and the Lord providing, even in the little things.  I've spent the day praying for my Grandmother and that God would carry her thru this time and let her know how much she is loved (by both her family here and her Heavenly Father). 

Papa Harold was a very special person in my life.  One of my early memories was learning how to sing the Christmas song "Hark, the herald angles sing".  I thought for years that it was "Hark, to Harold angels sing" and thought that it was pretty neat that my Papa had a Christmas song written just for him.  Of course, it didn't make much sense but that didn't matter to a 5 year old.  I also remember the time he took my brother and I down to the lake to fish.  He was very patient with us and, eventually, we all caught something.  One of us caught a fish and the other a big ole snapping turtle!  That was a very exciting day.  Then there was the time he took me driving around in his little green sports car.  I thought I was something else!  Then once as a teenager, on the way to a funeral and had a big white seagull slam into the car windshield - Grandmother and I were shrieking, Papa was as calm as can be.  (it eventually became a funny story).  I remember the way he used to eat raw onion like it was an apple (I still don't understand that, but that was part of who he was).  Beets, making hot dog chili just the way everyone liked it, frying up fish after we caught them at the lake house, bologna sandwiches...the list goes on.  It's not just big things that I'll remember him for, but the little things that made up the person who is Harold Smith.

I was very blessed to have known my grandfather when I was a child as well as an adult.  Our relationship grew as I grew up.  I value the friendship that he gave me for all these years.  I am so very grateful to all the words of wisdom and advice he gave both Glen and I.  I am so thankful for the time he spent with my older children at his knee telling stories of his childhood and his life.  Sure he had faults, who doesn't?  But, I always knew he loved me and he was never afraid to tell me so.

This is one of my favorite pictures of us.  It was taking the year before I was married. 

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spring...Where are you?

Spring is nowhere to be found.  30 degree temps and more snow in the forecast for several more weeks here.  Not an easy thing for us to live with as we are used to the coastal weather and the flowers starting to reappear about now.  We are missing Spring (and Summer, and Fall - I think it's just warm weather in general).
 
So, in a month from now, we are heading south to visit friends and family!  We are going to find Spring!  Lots to get done before then, but we are all ready to pull up our sleeves and get it done.  Lumberton, TX (Christine, thanks for the invite); an afternoon in Baton Rouge, LA; a weekend in Mobile, AL and church with our family there (Thanks Bentley's); then several days with my Mom and others in Atlanta, GA; Ocala, FL to see my Grandparents; the Creation Museum in Ohio/Kentucky; home.  Should be a great time of travelling!  By the time we get home, Spring should have found Missouri!
 
 

A beautiful day of rain!

Normally, I wouldn't be so excited about the rain.  However, this was supposed to be more snow (several inches).  I am so very grateful it's just rain.  The kids were very excited to see all the white stuff melting too.  We are ready to see our first spring here in Missouri - it's just going to be a while yet in coming. 
 

Heather