Good friends

August 11, 2016|8:27 am

and grandchildren and family. I have many things to be grateful for in this life. Yes I have a lot going on and yes some of those are concerning. However; what I choose to focus on can Glorify my Lord or can tell people I really just give lip service to the idea that He is in control. Lord let me choose today to glorify You.


June 16, 2016|5:05 pm

Lord you know the answer I need. The question and confusion I feel are not hidden from you. Please be clear in the answer.

Praise your Holy name.


Almost the end of October

October 21, 2015|8:00 am

Doesn’t hardly seem possible. Here we are over midway through October. Where has this year gone? Seems like yesterday I was making new years resolutions to not make any resolutions! It has been a busy year with the children and grandchildren. I’m in the process now of reclaiming my house. ALL YEAR long we have gone from cluttered to worse. NOT my happy place at all. This week is the end of all that. There have been many times this year when the house was organized enough to look decent but I have always felt the lack of feeling that it’s good. That it might stay organized for longer than a day or two and that there are systems in place to keep it that way. Mostly due to all the changes in our lives over the last few years. Children moving out and going into the Army (Benjamin) and other children moving in and out with grandchildren and my father moving here from Texas last year. All welcome changes but changes none the less, that have impacted the fiber of our lives.

Yesterday was to be the beginning of the new order and in a way it as. We were going to take care of all the garden produce in our dining room. Some of the older children harvested  the last of the garden ahead of a freeze last week while I was in Utah for a beautiful wedding. Plans were underway to get a full day in and help was at hand as all available people were asked to help. Then we discovered the open freezer! Yes, I’ll just leave the rest to your imagination. We got by with a very small amount of food loss BUT the ensuing rescue required much cooking and de-boning etc. to save the thawed meats etc. The veggies that were lost made a wonderful fall treat for the chickens and the meat losses was truly much smaller than I had originally envisioned with the discovery.

Today I am going back to the original plan of working on pairing down the dining room by removing my tea cabinets, the desk that I have been using and if I am really ambitious sorting through a few cupboards. Much less help available today as many of the ones who had yesterday off must work today.

Something I’ve been pondering lately: Sustainability. Where are you on the scale of living a sustainable life? Do you do lots of things to live towards that kind of life? Or do you just not worry about it? Somewhere in between? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Prayers please

September 24, 2015|7:53 am

Tomorrow night we have our first Elevate Women meeting. These are going to be monthly meetings for now. I am hoping that other women will step in and plan a meeting or three this year but for right now I’m doing it. After our organizational meeting I came away with a few thoughts. Women want relationships, they want meat to chew on spiritually but often do not feel like they have time to follow up on a topic or study and they do not want another thing on their to-do lists.

Did I mention they want relationships? Every single woman who came to our meeting said she thought there was a connection piece missing. I’d like to fix that. I know it’s not up to me but I can provide one place, one time a month for women to connect at our church. I can also then use that one time to make sure we who start this can connect to others and invite them. It’s easier to start a conversation with another women at church if I have a specific topic to address. ” Hey have you heard we are getting together on Friday night for some fun and snacks? ”

So prayers please that tomorrow nights meeting will touch someone and make them feel connected.

on clothing

September 22, 2015|7:26 am

This mornings blog cruising led me to several articles on the clothing we wear.

Using what we wear to express who we are or who we would like to be. Using our clothing to to express our beliefs and values. I have to admit it’s an area that I used to have very strong opinions on but I’ve let slide. Once upon a time I dreamed of wearing only beautiful clothing made or repurposed ethically that felt comfortable. Instead I mostly wear jeans and t shirts and sweatshirts with an occasional dress or skirt thrown in. I’ve done some considerable pruning of my wardrobe recently and love the fact that I can walk into my closet and see all the clothes that I own. I have to say that there are a few more items I should let go off. I haven’t tried the many coats and jackets lurking in the back of my closet on since I lost a few pounds this summer. It may be thatI will not have to decide what to eliminate. It may be very obvious.

I started this article by calling it “On Slowing Down” but will now go change the title as what I meant to say typed up totally differently! It’s all part and parcel of the many thoughts roaming through my head regarding living life deliberately rather than at the frantic pace that often comes just trying to keep up with a family the size of mine with the commitment level to various activities that we have. WOW now that was a run away sentence wasn’t it?

I would like to move forward with clothes that impact the earth in good ways allowing for as little consumerism as possible. Using thrift stores and homemade clothing etc. I think I’ll start my quest with the new dress I need for the wedding I’m attending in October. I actually have two weddings but am comfortable with something in my closet for the first wedding. If I happen to find something new in time I may wear it to both because only my daughter will see me at both!

Well it’s time to pay attention to the many children milling through the dining room starting their day.

Proverbs 31

21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

commonplace thoughts are those

September 21, 2015|7:07 am

worthy of more thought and contemplation:

“Life is itself a school, and Nature always a fresh study.” . — Hugh Miller, 1802-1856

Fall evenings

September 20, 2015|7:00 am

I love the nice cool weather of the fall.

If it’s cool enough to don a sweatshirt and sit around a campfire it’s the best weather in the world as far as I am concerned. Add in some music and my evening is made. Bethany and Aimée have  really picked up their guitar playing. They practice a fair amount and learn more whenever they have a chance. I wish we had had the ability and finances to encourage more of our older children to pursue music.  I know I’ll keep pushing the younger  children to learn anything they can. Music speaks to the soul.

Last night was so beautiful and it was made more perfect by grandchildren  and our younger guys and their friends running around in the dark, some campfire food and apple cider around the campfire and then music. Our friend Andy has a God given talent for not only music but also for encouraging others to play and enjoy.


It’s easy to wake up Sunday morning praising and ready to worship God when you go to bed Sunday night with worship on your heart and in your mind.


A couple of thoughts

September 14, 2015|6:46 am

In the last 24 hours I’ve heard or read two different statements that have me thinking.

The first one was from my pastor. He said he often asks the Lord to make him weird. I totally understood what he meant as our lifestyle is often deemed weird. ( You have how many?)

Then the next Statement was a quote of Francis Chan:

“Live your life in such a way that it demands explanation.”

As in live your life in a way that is so different from worldly societal norms that you have to explain why you are different.

Much food for thought. HMMM this would make an interesting coffee night out topic wouldn’t it?

Slogging through..

September 11, 2015|5:08 pm

At this point in my homeschool year I am ALWAYS reading other blogs, books and articles on organization. Organization of my life. Organization of my day. Organization of our school. Organization of my organization tools.

Well guess what? I cannot find anything ANYWHERE that is equal to my life! I’ve tried and tried.

It just doesn’t appear to exist.

Maybe because every other mother of twelve is smarter than I am? They have recognized that it is impossible? NO, as much as I would like to believe that I’m pretty sure that is not the case. More likely, they just don’t have time to write about the systems they have created!

I am going to stay with what I know works for me. Doing the next thing and the next. Prioritizing each next thing. Being free to set free the vegies I should have been doing today {when in reality The Not Back to School campout we went on was far more memory making} so they can bless someone else!

Here is to all you other Mamas who just keep on keeping on!

A whole year..

September 6, 2015|8:50 pm

It’s been an entire year since I posted on this blog. ONE. FULL. YEAR.
It’s time to take back my blogging life or let it go for the foreseeable future. Something inside me rebels at just giving up. So I think I’ll try for the taking control option.

Today we worked on a myriad of projects in our little corner of the world. The 12 beautiful quart jars of homemade tomato soup residing on my counter are very smile inducing!
They are promising us some cool relief from the tremendous humidity and heat we have had this past week plus. Calling for high seventies and low humidity for tomorrow is making those of us MN State Fair bound look forward to the day.