Monday, July 27, 2015

Thank You Lord

...for eggs. About four months ago we got baby chicks in the mail.
And now they are laying eggs.
So far there are four colors, dark brown, white, light brown, and a light green.

Then yesterday at lunch Shekinah offered the prayer
"Thank you Lord for the food, ...whatever mom did to it, and help us 
to use the energy for you. And help us to have a good day.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Eating Out

First a picture of supper the other night, Joe and I made it together. I gave instructions and he followed directions. And it worked! I'm still smiling at how amazing that actually was.
It was sausage, potato, bread filled summer squash.

Then supper out

with both sets of grandparents and the next generation too.

Sometimes you gotta just sit down to eat watermelon. He had been carrying it around 
chomping bites and finally sat down so he could concentrate.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Actually Monday hair. Faith tried out braids on Shekinah
Then of course Tuesday hair had to look like this.

Actually their hair looked pretty good by the end of the day,
 but I'm not sure I can do that many braids every day.

Ben, my adventurous, son who charges through life full force, has been 
working on replacing his truck engine. It has been ...let us say...a learning 
experience and he found out the power of rust and inertia.
Tonight after the combined effort of three people and a hoist the engine yielded.
Now all he has to do is put the new one in and pray that it works...I would like the garage back.
AND the end of August and Thailand is coming fast.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

A Quick and Relaxing Vacation

Take 4 moms

10 kids
4 teen girls as sitters

A beautiful house on the Chesapeake Bay

"nice" weather (it rained Tuesday morning)

One mom who was willing to shop and plan all the meals

Some baby sitters who were willing to take my kids

who thought they'd be bored

and you have....

A beautiful two days!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

And They're Off!

After two years of a silver mouth, he now has white teeth again.
Yesterday we spent hours at Shriners fitting his next pair of legs
and today it was over an hour at the orthodontist's office.
I think I'm tired of offices, but there are three dentist visits coming up for 
Shekinah and at least two more visits to Shriners for the legs.
And summer is more than half over!

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Day After

After a big weekend that is.
My whole family went to the cabin this weekend and the cousins had a blast,  stayed up too late, played in the mud and rain (huge game of capture the flag)
AND I didn't bring a camera.
I forgot a bunch of stuff, but we managed and no one starved.

I was a little concerned about today considering that one of my darlings said I shall give assignments and critique at will. But we finished the day with good spirits (mostly) and two very neatly organized cupboards. When this girl gets a notion...stay out of her way!
And I did assign and  added some mild tentative critiquing.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Passing It On

My girls are growing up and all little Mennonite girls (and some boys) 
should try their hand at needle work.
I dug around in my files and found an old set of iron-on cross stitch patches, bought from a store that went out of business when Kmart hit town about 30 years ago.

Gotta remember that while I'm trying to hold my tongue most of the day, I still need to pass good things on to the rest of my children.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Signs of the Times

No, I'm not going to discuss recent political events. 
My signs of the times are my busy day, enjoying Parker
answering to "mom!" , and trying to stay focused on important things.

Like checking if Shekinah can hold on to the swing even if her big sister gives her a good hard push.
She can!

Checking out the parking lot...and remembering to check under the van before I move it...we have one less basket ball as of tonite.  Sorry Parker!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Coffee and Dentist Visits

So today was the day of appointments- four dentist appointments 
and an appointment with a very unexpected person.
When I told the hygienist at Shekinah's dentist appointment that we are not sure how her teeth will be since she has ectrodactyly. I explained that sometimes there are missing adult teeth and sometimes they just have bad teeth. She looked at me and said, "do you know that ectrodactyly is a form of ectodermal displasia." I said , "yes." and in the back of my mind was thinking, "not many people know that term."
She said, "my son has that."
We went on to a very good discussion, her son is 25 and she was the first professional that sat down and went over some of the things I had read.
Was thankful again to realize that those tears she shed and the spit she can send flying are wonderful because some ectro- kids don't have enough saliva or tears.
She sweats well...another thing for which to be thankful.
She also offered to lend an ear if needed.
Found out that Shekinah will be visiting the dentist quite a few times this summer as she has about six cavities that need filling. She did great with the cleaning, I can only hope she does as well with the rest....if the older siblings can keep their mouths SHUT!

Then off to coffee and sticky buns with friends.

While a cute princess locked my daughter in a cage!

Friday, June 26, 2015

12/365 New Look

Yes, they are real ones. She is not doing too well at leaving them on. 
"I need to take them off when I eat."

In other news, we drove 25 min into Reading and found out that the Asian Grocery is closed.