Tuesday, April 28, 2009


If any of you are so priveledged to know my husband than you are aquainted with his determined spirit...some of you are laughing at this as you might recall the many times you were caught up in a project with him and he was determined to get it done...clearing brush...fixing a roof or getting a room re-done...but at least you got it done in record time....

Determination is a quality not many men possess. Why is that? What has happened to our country, society, families and the list can go on and on....

Our three boys have shown much determination this past week and we are so proud of them!
Last week our oldest accomplished a 100% on his science test. This is a huge accomplishment as this science is a very in-depth curriculum that requires determination and drive to master it! He was rewarded with ice-cream. Some may think that rewarding for a good grade is not necessary but if you knew the struggles and frustration he has gone through you might have joined us in our ice-cream celebration. It was wonderful that he was able to prove to himself that with determination you can accomplish great things!
Just today our "knight" was determined to learn to ride his bike with out training wheels...it took him all of 15 minutes to master it and then he was off down the driveway at record speed! I think he fell once but got back up and kept on going...
And last is our little guy who has accomplished a task that I'm so thankful for...going potty with out being told or taken...this took determination on mine and his part for the past weeks and now he just goes - I'm so thankful for this!

Hope you enjoyed the update! Hugs to all.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tea for Two

This past weekend our men had a trip to make that would keep them gone most of the day so I decided to make it special for my maiden and I. I'm so glad I forced my self to take a two hour break from "doing" and just be still with my maiden!

We had a tea party and I really actually did not move off of the blanket for two hours. It was delightful. We braided our hair, collected our tea cups and molasses cookies and headed out to the field. We also brought along some books. We talked of all kinds of things. I even think we both fell asleep for a little snooze in the warm sun. This day will be a cherished memory for both of us.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


Here is a lovely picture of our maiden growing up in our house...enjoy! These are wild lilies that grow around "our" woods...and these flowers, I was told, will be in maiden's wedding someday!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

eeeeeekkkkkkkk! Big boys love to tease their mommies....

And this is what my oldest son presented me with...as I opened my door this is what greeted me. I might add that this was being held where my face would be - nice!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Ahhh...little boys love their mommy forever....

Look at what I was presented with today...flowers from my knight!
I love Spring time for this very reason...flowers for children to pick their mothers and anyone else who finds favor with them...
At one time in my life, before precious children, I found these "flowers" pesky weeds and now every time I see one of them I smile as I relish each time one of my children so happily and proudly brought me "flowers"....I will cherish this always!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

The sun was glorious streaming down our property this evening. Hubby and I took a mini walk and took some great pictures and thought you would all enjoy this one.
This is our favorite "Jersey Girl". Her name is Ruthie. She provided the cream that went with our peaches for Easter and we were so thankful.

Friday, April 3, 2009


Standing by the cheese press which is used for making hard cheeses.

Turning the cheese and wrapping it back up in butter muslin.

Keifer cheese draining for 24 hours...tangy taste!

Well our lifestyle has taken us down yet another path...learning the art of making cheese! It is quite a process but so far what we've made has been worth it. We've made keifer cheese, mozzarella, ricotta and our latest, as you can see, is farmhouse cheddar. We won't actually get to try the cheddar for one month as it has to cure.
Potatoes are not all brown...
Here is a picture of our favorite potatoes - the "cranberry" and "blue". They both have a wonderful smooth texture and deep flavor! Here I'm getting them ready for baked potato soup. I love using all of our different colors of potatoes for roasting with olive oil as it makes a beautiful presentation...

Pslams 144:12 -

That our sons may be as plants
and our daughters may be pillars sculptured in palace style.

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