Thursday, September 24, 2015


These are some old pictures (except for the two of the wreath) I have been wanting to post.  That was the last bouquet for our little garden.  I had fun putting it together.  It was intended for our Nuns at church but they were not there that week, so our Priest and Matushka took it. :) 

The pictures of Athanasius and Felicity melt my heart!!  I was walking in the bathroom to check on everyone brushing their teeth when I saw he was brushing her hair, and she was letting him! I ran back through the kitchen, pass Clay, saying, "I've got to get the camera, quick!!"  I grabbed the camera and she was still sitting there.  Athanasius was so gentle and sweet, he LOVES to do things for Felicity but sometimes she doesn't also welcome it.   When I was pregnant with Felicity and feeling like poo everyday, all the time, for nine months we would play "hair".  Which meant I got to sit still and the kids fixed my hair.  Athanasius probably loved it the most and would play it the longest.  I could not have picked out our children's personalities and make up if I had tried. 

The Fall wreath is up, which I like but it also makes me a little sad because it means winter is around the corner.  But we will get through it!  :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Birthdays and Hair Cuts

Boaz turned 4 on Sunday!  Here is a little bit about Bo at this stage of life...he is sweet and a cuddle bug.  He twirls his hair in the front, a lot.  He can sit and watch our rabbit or the chickens forever, just sitting there being still.  I wish I was like that!  He also LOVES bugs and is so sweet and gentle with them, he talks to them.  He loves Athanasius and wants to be just like him.  If he gets scared at night he will go to Ellie's room (his second mother) and climb into bed with her, she loves it.  We are sooo thankful for this boy and can not imagine life without him. The other night I was taking my bath and someone slipped a drawing under the door, it was Bo.  He is very thoughtful and loves to bless others.   When we are at a park I see him walk up to kids and say, "I'm Bo, what's your name?"   :) 

In other news, Ellie got a hair cut!!!! She wanted me to cut it and I was very nervous!  But, I think it turned out fine.  I think it looks so cute short!  I miss the long hair, but she can grow it out again if she wants. :) 

Also, did you notice the birthday miracle?? I got a picture with all my kids, and everyone is looking at the camera! Do you know how hard that is?  Very!  I am sooo happy about the pictures, now it is Clay's turn! 

Take Care and God Bless!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Beauty in the Mundane

 Felicity with a 103 fever for a few days.  When an 18 month old just wants to lay there something is wrong. She was pitiful, but soooo cuddley it was a little fun, on my end.

 I had months to stitch this patch on to Clay's nursing jacket.  I knew he had to wear it for the senior's graduation.  But what do I do?? I wait until one hour before he needs to leave to get the thing on!  Tacky Glue came to the rescue and it promptly fell off after the ceremony.

 None of our children have spent as much time in a diaper as little Felicity has.  Why is that I ask myself?  Fatigue?  A more relaxed approach? Probably both.

 This is a three year old that wants his picture taken.

This is now a three year that does not want his picture taken.

Life lately...

Reading:  I finished Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry and then read The Awakening of Miss Prim, which I LOVED.  Now Clay is reading it and ever so often I hear him chuckle and smile to myself, he gets it.  I started Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry but I can not keep going.  What is wrong with me??? I really want to push through because a friend recommended it, but  I can't, I need a break.  I am half through Laura Ingalls Wilder's By the Shores of Silver Lake.  I think it might be may favorite of hers.  If ever I need a pick me up I read Laura Ingalls.  We are kindred spirits, I like to think. 

Food: One day I declared to Clay, "I am sick of kid food, I'm making us burschetta and would you please pick up some nice cheese from ALDI?"  He did just that and also has been bringing me some Noosa lemon yogurt here and there.  Have you tried Noosa?  If not, you need too, it is impossible to eat and not make noises such as "mmmm" while you eat.  Also, I eat it alone.  No kids around to share with.  This is also important. I will warn you, it is not good for you.   Right now, I have a whole chicken in the oven.  What makes me feels more productive than a whole chicken in the oven?  I'm not sure.  But I am sooo happy when I am ahead of dinner time.

Movies:  I have watched the entire Doc Martin series and loved it so much!  I was sad when I finished it.  Even Clay likes it, which is so nice when we like the same thing.  Now we are watching The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.  Have you heard of it?  Our Priest recommended it.  Oh, it is so delightful!  The characters are wonderful.  I am such a sucker for well developed, corky chracters.   Clay and the kids are still slowly making their through Stars Wars. Can I say I am sick of Stars Wars???  I am more of a Little Women, Anne of Green Gables girl.  But they are enjoying it, actually I have never seen Boaz so still as I have while during Stars Wars.   :)

Pool: The pool is green and disgusting.  We drained it yesterday except for about 4 inches of densely gross water. We will think of a plan.  It is warmer this week so I wanted to get it clear again.  And friends might come by at the end of the week to swim.

Nursing School:  Clay has 14 weeks left!  It feels like this is a pregnancy! ha!  We are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. 

Phrases:  "Aint Nobody got time for that!"  We are about two years too late, but Sweet Brown entered our home and myself and Athanasius particularly say this a lot.  We are probably driving everyone else crazy.