Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Prayer

Guess what? My resolutionis to work much more on my blog. To learn more about frugal living and to offer tips and educate as I learn as well.
Currently I am planning on spending Sabbath enjoying doing just that. I am looking forward to it in fact.
Here is a New Years Prayer I came across:

A New Year Prayer

Holy Father,

God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.

We praise You for Your unequaled greatness.

Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.

Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.

To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them.

To teach others to love by loving them.

Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us.

So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.

That we could share Love with others.

Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise,

in the chriping of sparrows in our backyards,

in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.

Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs,

so that we may know You better and better.

We rejoice in the world You loved into being.

Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.

We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.

Forgive us for falling short this past year.

We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown new year knowing You will go with us.

We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what's ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want..

I say it again, we rejoice!

In Jesus name,


* I found this and many more interesting tidbits to the left of this page: HaLife

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Here stranded in Anchorage due to a storm I have partaken in some fast food. Where I live no fast food. So here is a good site with some secret-type recipes. -

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September in Cordova

Family happenings... Peter had a birthday.
I made oreo fudge ice cream bars and we had a bbq.

It's a tight squeeze in the travel trailer but we all made due.

And here's some photo's of some salmon we caught and..

the "little" stinker who begged for scraps!

Happy birthday to my love.

Monday, September 20, 2010

There are people who can walk away from you...

* I got this from my friend Dawn, and it is definitely a good message.
By T.. D. Jakes

There are people who can walk away from you.

And hear me when I tell you this! When people can walk away from you: let them walk. I don't want you to try to talk another person into staying with you, loving you, calling you, caring about you, coming to see you, staying attached to you. I mean hang up the phone.

When people can walk away from you let them walk. Your destiny is never tied to anybody that left.

The bible said that, they came out from us that it might be made manifest that they were not for us. For had they been of us, no doubt they would have continued with us. [1 John 2:19]

People leave you because they are not joined to you. And if they are not joined to you, you can't make them stay.

Let them go.

And it doesn't mean that they are a bad person it just means that their part in the story is over. And you've got to know when people's part in your story is over so that you don't keep trying to raise the dead.. You've got to know when it's dead.

You've got to know when it's over. Let me tell you something.. I've got the gift of good-bye. It's the tenth spiritual gift, I believe in good-bye.. It's not that I'm hateful, it's that I'm faithful, and I know whatever God means for me to have He'll give it to me. And if it takes too much sweat I don't need it. Stop begging people to stay.

Let them go!!

If you are holding on to something that doesn't belong to you and was never intended for your life, then you need to......


If you are holding on to past hurts and pains .......


If someone can't treat you right, love you back, and see your worth.......


If someone has angered you..


If you are holding on to some thoughts of evil and revenge.....


If you are involved in a wrong relationship or addiction... ..


If you are holding on to a job that no longer meets your needs or talents


If you have a bad attitude.... ...


If you keep judging others to make yourself feel better......


If you're stuck in the past and God is trying to take you to a new level in Him.........


If you are struggling with the healing of a broken relationship. ....


If you keep trying to help someone who won't even try to help themselves.. ....


If you're feeling depressed and stressed ............


If there is a particular situation that you are so used to handling yourself and God is saying 'take your hands off of it,' then you need to......


'The Battle is the Lord's!'

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pumpkin Layer Cake Recipe

So moist and delicious! One change I didn't have pumpkin pie spice so I used Jamaican Allspice. It was yum! It's a "keeper"!
Also, I didn't slice it in fours due to time contstraints. I did two layers and it worked just fine.
Pumpkin Layer Cake

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Homeschool 2010-2011

Eldest grade 10:
Alpha Omega SOS: Bible, Lang Arts, Reading, Science, Social Studies
Rod and Staff Art: Lessons in Perspective Drawing: Art

Middle grade 6:
Alpha Omega SOS: Bible, Lang Arts, Reading, Science, Social Studies
Rod and Staff: Grade 6 Artpac: Art
Penmanship: Handwriting Without Tears

Youngest grade 2:
Christian Light Publications:
Light Units in Bible, Lang Arts, Reading, Science, Social Studies.
Alpha Omega: Math; Horizons and Penmanship; Horizons
Rod and Staff: Grade 2 Artpac: Art

I will write more as time allows.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

new knit dishcloths

They aren't blocked but here they are. They will go great in our travel trailer. Two cloths from one ball of "peaches and cream" yarn. I also had a bit of yarn left over so I bought one more ball of the same color. I would like to make a couple more dishclothes. I would like to get 5 out of two balls. Both of these patterns are found free online.
The underneath one is the basic "Grandma's Favorite Dishcloth" The pattern is free here: DISH AND WASHCLOTH MANIA ( and many others similar as well)

The upper one ( one on top) is called the Darrell Waltrip Cloth. It was fun to make.
The pattern is found here: Knitting Knonsense

Enjoy and Happy Knitting!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ok this is funny!! I never knew...

The video is sure to bring a smile to your face. You can see that the cows are really enjoying the wash. Here is the video:
Watch video

Thursday, July 29, 2010

He has a new "hairdo"


I have been experiencing excuciating pain. There is a place where people go when they are in pain that other people can not go with them. It is a "members only club" that no one wants to be a member of! I am going to the specialist tomorrow. I am scared. There is a part of me that doesn't want to be "weak", to let my family down.. to worry them. I do not like the tests. They are intrusive and scary. Please pray for me. Pray that I remember that I am not truly alone. I have the Great Physican on my side.

Revelations 21:4
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (KJV)

Friday, July 23, 2010

shake n bake

a recipe I am going to try.. seems easy enough. They say to make it taste even better. Coat your chicken with olive oil before shaking up.

*homemade shake n bake*

* 4 cups dry bread crumbs
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 1 tablespoon salt
* 1 tablespoon paprika
* 1 tablespoon celery salt
* 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
* 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
* 1/4 teaspoon minced onion
* 1 pinch dried basil leaves
* 1 pinch dried parsley
* 1 pinch dried oregano


1. In a large resealable plastic bag combine the crumbs, oil, salt, paprika, celery salt, pepper, garlic salt, minced garlic, minced onion, basil, parsley and oregano. Seal bag and shake all ingredients together.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

back from Camp and etcetera.

Our youngest is back from camp and although he had a great time he is happy to be home. Here is a photo of him that I took when I was in Cordova ( where my DH is working) at the start of summer.

Here is a picture of the beautiful fuzzy blanket that my husband got us for our bed. While my husband is away at work My dog is keeping his side warm. He misses his "Daddy"

Here is me wearing my new pre-tied tichel . Waiting to pick DH up from the airport for a weekend home. I sure missed that hard-working man. We had a lovely time together. Although right as we were pulling up to get him to his plane. Some family member with an anger problem called and did say some very hurtful things, I realise now that satan was at work in this. But I felt so sad at my husband and at me. I am very sad to have this happen and I am tearing up even know thinking about this.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


I bought a skirt from this place recently and I very much like it. It is slimming and stain resistant.
Hannah Lise

Sunday, June 13, 2010

vacation bible school

It was an Egypt theme. They made bricks from straw and dirt.. Bought food at the "marketplace, played gamesLearned about the "One True God" and talked about their daily God sightings. They had a great time.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

reminds me of mn

But it is South Africa! The painting is called My house and the artist is Tandi Venter.

New stuff.

Things I want to do this week.
try this to see if it would be good to take camping:

Orange creamsicle smoothie:

1 part orange-flavored instant drink mix (Tang)
1 part powdered milk
2 parts instant vanilla pudding

To use, stir 2 tablespoons of Creamsicle Drink Mix into 1 cup of cold

It came from this site: Dawn's Kitchen which seems to have many yummy frugal recipes.

I also want to figure out how to budget using the program I got from the Budget Stretcher that was five dollars through a deal through the Hillbilly Housewife newsletter ( free )

I also want to finish the camisole I am knitting and take the younger boys to a park to use their razor scooter, and finish the health worksheet for their camp. If I can get this and my chores done I will be a happy homemaker. I also have to be on fluids all week as I have a lapband fill on monday. So we shall see how my energy levels are.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


what a beautiful word. It is raining and the sun is shining so you know what that means... Rainbows! I hope to see some.
By the way- isn't that a neat photo? I wonder if they hand-dyed it.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

otterly amazing.

Couldn't help it. Isn't this little guy cute? we spotted him and my husband got his pic. My favorite animal is the otter.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

where have i been???

I have been here:

I have been here:
with my husband. ( He is working!!! So thankful.) Will be back in a week to (wo)man the fort. See ya soon!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

* none of us will live one moment longer than our Father allows. Do not be tricked by any "miracle drink" It is a lie from the evil one.

Ecclesiastes 3:1
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

Job 14:5 "Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; And his limits You have set so that he cannot pass

Hebrews 9:27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

beauty at home

Well we are all beautiful in our Father's eyes. But sometimes it feels good to pamper ourselves after a long day. It feels so good to take a hot bath and to use scrub to exfoliate dead skin.But the other day when I was doing this I flipped over my "natural" apricot scrub and was dismayed to find alot of yucky chemicals in it. So here are some natural alternatives to that. Takes just a moment to make and would make really great gifts as well in your own kitchen. And men can use this too. My husband likes epsom salts to relax his muscles after a long day of work and sometimes I rub scrub into his hands, rinse and rub in hand cream before he goes to bed to alleviate cracked skin on his hands from working outside.
your own kitchen. ( credit for this goes to shine magazine)

Most girly girls dream of a collection of lotions and potions with fancy French labels, but a trip to the produce aisle can be a super natural way to treat your skin free from scary science lab ingredients. Equally exciting, making your own sugar scrub is a heck of a lot easier on your wallet than buying one. Most of these beauty recipes below are cheap, cheap, cheap, but the question is: would you be up for smearing banana on your face or bathing in egg whites?

1. Detoxifying Bath Salts

¾ cup Epsom salts
¼ cup baking soda
4 drops of grapefruit essential oil (or scent of your choice)

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. One at a time, add drops of essential oil, stirring after each addition. Add salts to warm bath water.

2. Wake Me Up Scrub
from Body + Soul
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
15 drops peppermint essential oil
½ cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar, and store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep for one to two weeks, longer if refrigerated.

3. Almond Orange Scrub
from Self
1 handful almonds
1 orange peel
1 cup grapeseed or olive oil

Blitz all ingredients in a blender or food processor for an antioxidant rich scrub.

4. Simplest Super Scrub

½ cup brown sugar
½ cup grapeseed oil (olive oil would be great, too)
splash of vanilla extract

Stir to combine and slough away!

5. Sweet and Spicy Sugar Scrub
adapted from Care2
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white granulated sugar
¾ cup almond, hazelnut, or coconut oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons nutmeg

In a medium-sized bowl, combine all ingredient. Using a whisk, blend ingredients thoroughly, making sure to break up any lumps of brown sugar or spice.

6. Oatmeal Yogurt Mask For All Skin Types
1 tablespoon oatmeal, finely ground
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
a few drops of honey

Add the yogurt to the oatmeal in a small bowl and mix together. Warm a few drop of honey. To do this, warm a spoon under hot water for a minute, then add a few drops of honey to the spoon. Stir the honey into the yogurt and oatmeal mixture. Apply the mask to face. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with several splashes of warm water.

7. Green Papaya Brightening Mask For All Skin Types
from Body + Soul

½ cup unripe papaya, diced
1 teaspoon plain yogurt
1 teaspoon honey

Blend ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Apply to clean skin and leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off using cool water and pat dry. Finish by applying a gentle moisturizer.

8. Avocado Mask for Dry Skin
½ avocado
¼ cup honey

Mash the avocado in a bowl, then stir in honey. Apply to skin and leave for 10 minutes, then rinse.

9. Banana Mask for Oily Skin
1 banana, preferably ripe (you can keep ripe bananas in the freezer. Let it thaw before using)
1 tbsp honey
an orange or a lemon

Mix the banana and honey together in a bowl. Add a few drops of juice from an orange or a lemon. Apply to face for 15 minutes, then rinse.

10. Classic Eye De-Puffer
2 chamomile tea bags or 2 slices cucumber

Make a cup of tea for you and a friend. Remove tea bags and place in refrigerator until chilled. Place cool tea bags on closed eyes for 10 minutes. Or put cucumber slices in fridge until chilled and place over closed eyes for 10 minutes.

11. Old-Fashioned Bubble Bath
from Real Simple
½ cup mild liquid hand or body soap
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
1 egg white

Mix ingredients together in a bowl and the entire mixture under running bath water as you draw your bath. Honey is a natural humectant, and the egg white helps create stronger, longer-lasting bubbles. For extra-dry skin, adda tablespoon of light oil, such as almond or light sesame.

12. Foaming Vanilla-Honey Bath
from Real Simple
1 cup light oil (almond, sunflower, or canola)
½ cup honey
½ cup mild liquid hand or body soap
1 tablespoon vanilla extract.

Mix ingredients together in a glass jar. To use, shake gently to remix and pour ¼ cup under running bath water.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

from my husband

This is so romantic!!!

Ok here goes. From a text message ( actually 2 too my blog)

Thinking baout my blue eyed girl, who's heart is true,
loving me. Loving you.
Holding hands, Holding hearts,
Knowing there is more to come
A life of love to travel on.

Three little boys who grow to fast.
A little house that holds us fast.
A little dog who guards at night
To God above who guides us right.

Without your love their are no good nights.

So that is from my dear sweet husband who is working far away from us. I love and miss him so.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Just a short little post

To say that my middle boy is 11! It wasn't too long ago that he was a tiny baby. Oh how the time flies.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Assylum for German Homeschoolers?

Article HERE, Thoughts?
One thing that really jumped out at me:
"No parental couple can offer a breadth of education [that can] replace experienced teachers," says Kraus, of the German Teachers' Association.

I am so thankful that I live in a country with homeschooling freedom. In a state with private homeschooling. Thank you HSLDA for all that you do. May God bless you and keep you.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

because of time

we have switched over to online homeschool.- time 4 learning It is much more then games. it has lesson plans and everything. so if you are stuck like I was check it out!

Saturday, February 13, 2010