Sunday, October 31, 2010

By Grace I'm Saved

As the church celebrates Reformation Day, I remember once more this day as the anniversary of the day God saved me.  I thank Him for parents who brought me to the font as a baby for Him to wash me, forgive me, robe me, and for sustaining my faith these 39 years.

By grace!  On this I'll rest when dying;
In Jesus' promise I rejoice;
For though I know my heart's condition,
I also know my Savior's voice.
My heart is glad, all grief has flown
Since I am saved by grace alone.
(LSB 566 v.6)

P.S. Happy Baptismal Birthday to Laura tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

An Afternoon Dad and Son Project

He isn't proud is he?

Demonstrating for the women folk how it works.

Test fire in the hallway

Ready, Aim,


Monday, October 25, 2010


Once again we started our trip around the world via our stomachs.  Hannah spurred this resurgence, taking the lead by organizing what country (in alphabetical order according to the "Cooking The...." cookbooks in the library) was studied when (the goal is each Saturday), teaching her siblings about the country, and then leading them in cooking the meal(s)!

How could I resist?

Saturday, the 16th, found the children in the school room listening to Hannah.  She always has them color in a map and a flag of the country.  Also included are various fun facts that hopefully interest them and help them to remember something about that particular country.  Besides various library books she finds, Hannah makes use of geography books we currently own as well as the world wide web.

When we visited countries before we generally had all our meals that day from that particular country.  If you haven't read them before or would like to reread them, their listed in the sidebar under "Culinary Trip Around The World."

But this day due to other factors, we only had supper from Australia, counting that one meal was better than none.

Here are the lovely cooks all ready for us to sit down and eat.
C'mon we're hungry!
Here is the fish they made (I helped by frying it for them).

And what goes better with fried fish than chips?  Mamaw made homemade fries for us, the kids finished by making a salad and a typical vinaigrette dressing.  Here's what supper looked like before we delved into the deliciousness.

Okay so the Leinie's isn't Australian, but it is good!

To top it all off, they made dessert:

It was absolutely delicious!  Wow!  Definitely a recipe we'll make again!

I'm glad Hannah got the ball rolling on our Country explorations again.  We all have such fun and love trying all the different food.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fall Math

1 Mom + 3 bushel boxes (plus a plastic grocery bag) of apples =

51 quarts of applesauce
12 pints of apple jelly
8 quarts of apple juice
5 quarts of apple pie filling

I love my mom!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fifteen for a Moment

We had another birthday in the house yesterday.

Now I understand why adults say things like, "can she really be that old?"

Her cake was lovingly decorated by all four of her siblings, they each took a side and frosted it their own way.

The birthday person in our family gets to pick the meals for the day. Hannah's choice:

Breakfast: cinnamon rolls
Dinner: Beef stroganoff
Supper: Hamburgers, Kraft Mac-n-Cheese, and fruit salad
White cake with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Her lovely gifts:
from her sister: the new Taylor Swift cd
from her other sister: 100 grand bars, a notebook, and clay
from her brother: life savors, gum
from her other brother: pop-tarts and clay (shared gift with sister)
from her parents - gift certificate to the music store and a Lands' End bag for library books

Friday, October 08, 2010

Let's Hear It For the Girl

The hardest part about homeschooling five children is keeping up with all they're doing and making sure they are doing what they are suppose to be doing. I can only imagine how much more that increases as the number of children increases. My hat is off to you my dear friends with more than five children who also homeschool. I see a little of your dilemma. Because I know that you're not only homeschooling, you're cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring, being a spouse, and all the other roles you play every single day.

Saturday, October 02, 2010


When a child finishes one of their school books, we treat them to an ice-cream cone at a local shop in town. This is fantastic motivation in the spring when warm weather is enticing them outside and keeping them from focusing on the task at hand.

Hannah and Ellie finished Wheelock's Latin at the end of August. David said that this was a big accomplishment and deserves more than an ice cream cone. He suggested to me that he take them out to supper. I agreed and promptly began looking for an appropriate restaurant to celebrate Latin.

While searching I found Roma. It looked like a neat place and one evening, David and the girls left to enjoy a meal.

Inside there was a neat mural on the wall. They also told us there was a Roman helmet too, but they didn't take a picture - or try it on.

We had downloaded and printed the menu so that on the drive to Roma's, the girls could decide what they wanted to eat.

Ellie is enjoying a pink grapefruit cream soda and Hannah, milk.

They started by sharing an appetizer of Bruschetta,

and all had a salad (Caesar of course!) before the main course.

David chose Chicken Saltimbocca - "Boneless chicken seared and topped with prosciutto ham, sage, four cheeses and a white wine cream, served with crisp potato cakes, and vegetable of the day" (sauteed peppers and onions). He said it was absolutely delicious.

Ellie enjoyed Lasagna,

while Hannah loved her Fettuccine Alfredo.

David even let them buy a dessert to share - caramel apple pie with vanilla gelato!

The girls did let their dad have one bite.

I'm hoping he'll take me one day, so I can enjoy one of those delicious meals! And I hope it isn't when I finish Wheelock's!