Archive for December, 2009

Local Beauty

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Some friends of ours who live just south of us in Langley, WA, sent me the link to this fantastic video. Isn’t the Pacific Northwest a gorgeous place?

A great water-saving idea!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Thanks to my friend Linda of Simply Living Modestly for letting her readers know about this wonderful product!

Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, December 7th, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…December 7, 2009

Outside my Window…the northeast wind is blowing, and the thermometer registers 20 degrees. Brrr! Snow isn’t in this week’s weather prediction, though.

I am thinking…about going to bed soon. That would be the responsible thing to do.

From the learning rooms…I must be really tired, because I can’t think of anything for this entry!

I am thankful for…our warm home, and our woodstove.

From the kitchen…Soon I will be baking some delicious almond desserts to take to school to share with coworkers. Of course I want to make some goodies for the family as well. Today I purchased seven pounds of almond paste, so am ready to get started.

I am wearing…the warmest clothing I have, as the cold just seeps into the house.

I am reading…I recently finished a book for young people that was a fun read: If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko. This well-written story deals, in part, with the perennial problem of “frienemies” – you know, those friends who really aren’t all that friendly.

I am hoping…the roads don’t get too bad too soon. When it gets really cold like this, we sometimes get rain, which coats everything with a thick layer of ice.

I am creating…this quick blog post before bed.

I am hearing…the noises of the kiddos getting ready for bed before me.

Around the house…I keep refilling the bucket of water we keep outside for the dog, even though she stays snuggly curled up inside. I figure the outside cats and other critters need fresh water too during this cold snap.

One of my favorite things…is reading a good book by the woodstove.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…daughter Kayla graduates from college this Saturday. CONGRATULATIONS Kayla!!! Our 8th grade son has lots of basketball practice, and our girls have two indoor soccer games. Thus, I have lots of driving to do and errands to run, but it’s all good.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…

story time

Auntie Kayla is reading to Deeder and Carly while baby brother Koen sleeps between them.

Hostess Peggy says this about The Simple Woman’s Daybook:

Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!

Photos of the Scion after the kids’ accident

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009






This is how our son’s Toyota Scion looked after an accident that occurred Saturday evening as four of our children were on their way home from spending Thanksgiving in California with their Grampa and Gramma. The car was totaled.

This year I had super-abundant reason for thankfulness to the Lord, as our children were preserved safe in this serious accident. To make a long story short, a railroad tie fell off a flatbed truck ahead of them. The heavy, fast-moving debris took out the rear left tire of the vehicle, causing the car to spin out of control and fly through the air and then roll over onto the embankment. (To be continued)