Tuesday, December 29, 2009

FANTASTIC Homemade Hot Chocolate

Today, we had a good 1/2 foot of snow. Since we all got new sleds for Christmas, we went sledding for a while this morning. When we came in, Dad had made this hot chocolate. It is sooooo good, and almost tastes like a liquid brownie or something!!! It is absolutely delicious! Unfortunately, I did not have time to take a picture before it was gone. :)

1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. Hershey's cocoa
Dash salt
1/3 c. hot water
4 c. milk (we used whole raw!!)
3/4 t. vanilla

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in saucepan; stir in water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils; boil and stir two minutes.Stir in milk and heat. Do not boil. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Enjoy a glass of this fabulous hot chocolate!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More on the Nativity movie...

We are in the process of watching the Nativity Story (I posted about it earlier), and there are a few more comments I'd like to mention about it...

#1: The first scene is violent--it starts out the night after Jesus is born, when the Roman soldiers are killing the baby boys. Then after that scene it says like "1 year earlier..." So, younger kids might want to skip that scene. My 11 year old sister still will not watch that scene...

#2: Anytime when the Romans are in the scene, it will most likely be fairly violent...I don't mind any of it, it isn't that bad, but I would recommend someone older watch it before anyone under 8 or 10 does...just my personal opinion...

#3: It is one the most fantastic movies ever...it is definitely in my top five favorites!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Advent Countdown: Snow and our Snow Fort

This is our snow fort. Well, to start, we got a lot of snow (I mean a really lot!) about a week ago. It was just like snowstorm after snowstorm, and most public and Christian schools were closed for three days straight. It would be snowy in the evening, and then you would wake up in the morning to find four more inches of snow! Well, eventually, we got to the point where in most places it was a good foot deep, if not a foot and a half! And then, on Saturday night, it got really warm (well, like 35 degrees or something), and it rained. The next morning, Leah and I went out to go take care of the chickens. It was really good packing snow, and we asked Dad if we could stay out for 10 or 15 minutes and play in the snow. He agreed. Five minutes later, we were pelted with snowballs. Dad had decided to come out with us. So we decided to make a snow fort. Dad rolled the snowballs, we stacked them, and filled in the cracks. Then we smoothed it out, and carved windows and a cross in it. Dad said it was the coolest snow fort he had ever built! It was really awesome. Now we are hoping it won't melt in the warm weather that is coming. But Dad said he thinks it will stay up in some form or another until at least January, as most places of the wall are 6-8 inches thick. I am really enjoying our snow!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Advent Countdown: Christmas Tree Cutting!

One thing I like to do to celebrate Advent and Christmas is to get a Christmas tree. Yesterday, we went and got a Christmas tree to decorate. All the places we have been before have been far away and really pricy. So we tried to find a new place this year, and we did! It is not a "tree farm", it is just pine trees on someone's property. But the best thing is this: he donates 100% of the profit to a prison ministry!! Isn't that a great thing to do? And the trees are not near as expensive as at other tree farms. So yesterday morning, Dad took me, Leah, Abby, and Naomi to hunt for a tree. It didn't take too long, and we found a tree within 45 minutes, and brought it home. We also put lights on it last night. We are planning to decorate it today. I cannot get the pictures to work right now, so I'll post them as soon as I can.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Advent Countdown: The Nativity Story + Funny Sidenote

One thing I like to do during Advent is watch The Nativity Story DVD. (To celebrate Christmas and the birth of Christ.) It is a fantastic movie, and I would highly recommend it! It is the most accurate telling of the Nativity story I know of! It makes you realize that it wasn't an easy thing for Mary to do, as well as Joseph. Mary was probably actually only 14 or 15 when she gave birth to Jesus.(!) It is definitely a must-see movie, though it has one or two violent parts, as Herod was not a very kind King. It is definitely in my top five favorite movies!!

Also, as a hilarious totally unrelated side-note:
As you all know, Mom just had baby. So we've been getting a lot of meals recently. (Yay!) Well, one family brought dinner over a few nights ago. Anyways, the day after they brought dinner, the mom said that they were talking about seeing Hannah the day before. Their five year old girl was unusually quiet, and then she said, "Mom, it was like walking into a magical kingdom!" Apparently having Hannah there made our terribly untidy, chaotic house seem like a "magical kingdom" to their five year old girl... We all laughed really hard.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My Advent Countdown: Monster cookies

For the next 25 days, the days of Advent, I am going to post something I enjoy about Advent. It might be a favorite Christmas carol, movie, family tradition, recipe, or anything else I enjoy about Advent and preparing for our Lord's birth.

Today's Advent thing is one of my favorite recipes for Christmastime. We always get together with cousins, aunts, grandma, etc. and bake Christmas cookies. One I enjoy the most is Monster cookies. They are super easy, and so easy to make. (They are especially nice when little hands want to help.)

Monster Cookies

1 c. powdered sugar
3/4 c. dates, cut up
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. choc. chips
1 c. m&ms
2 egg whites, unbeaten.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together. (You don't even need a mixer, you can just do it by hand!!) Bake 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 24 cookies.


Sunday, November 29, 2009

This Morning Naomi...

Well, as I'm sure most all of you know by know, Mom just had a baby, and so we are not going to church this morning (that's why all this happened). Well, anyways, we made buttermilk pancakes and sausage this morning. And, of course, we had syrup. Well, for those of you who have little ones at your house, you know that syrup and two-year-olds do not go together without a very sticky mess. But she really wanted that syrup, so we decided that to minimize the mess that was sure to come, we put it in a very small bowl on her plate, so the syrup would not spill all over. Everything was fine for almost the whole breakfast. Almost. I just happened to glance at 2-year-old Naomi sitting in her high chair... She was holding the bowl up to her face and drinking the syrup!

Everyone started laughing. (though we really shouldn't have, because that made her do it again) :)

Then I had to clean her up. It took a little bit.

You're laughing, or at least smiling, aren't you?

Funny Addition: Naomi woke up from her nap this afternoon, and was complaining that the back of her head hurt. Now, Naomi doesn't usually complain about something unless it truly hurts. So, we looked at the back of her head. Her hair was crunchy at the bottom. There was syrup in her hair (that we knew nothing about this morning). So we washed her hair.

Now you're smiling even more, aren't you?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

More Pictures of Hannah...

We took some black and white ones too earlier today... I'll post some of those later. Enjoy the pictures!!! :)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Our Newest Blessing: Hannah Elaine!

Naomi (almost 2) holding Hannah

Now, to start out, I have to admit she is the cutest baby I have ever seen. Now, about her...where should I start? How about a few weeks ago. Mom was really pregnant, and it was really hard for her. She couldn't stand up without feeling lightheaded, she was so exhausted, and just extremely sore. She is always late with her babies, and Mom did not want to wait longer than she had to, so she scheduled an induction for last Thursday, the day after her due date. However, God had other things in mind. While I was gone on Wednesday afternoon, her water broke while she was taking a nap (at 1:45). I came home 15 minutes later to find my 10 and 11 year old sisters at the door hurriedly telling me Mom's water had broken. Dad came home quickly, and they went to the hospital. It was a very quick and easy labor- Praise the Lord! Hannah Elaine was born at 6:47 on Wednesday, November 18. She was 8 lbs. 7 oz. (no wonder Mom was not feeling good - the one before was 6 lbs. 12 oz.!) Dad had recently got a new camera, and we have literally thousands of pictures of Hannah, and that number is ever-increasing... :)

Monday, October 12, 2009

I Thought This was Pretty Funny...

I found this joke on Alyssa's blog...

An old farmer went to the city one weekend and attended a large church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was. "Well," said the farmer, "It was good. They did something different, however. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns." "Praise choruses," said his wife, "What are those?" "Oh, they're okay. They're sort of like hymns, only different," said the farmer. "Well, what's the difference?" asked his wife. The farmer said, "Well it's like this-If I were to say to you 'Martha, the cows are in the corn,' well that would be a hymn. If, on the other hand, I were to say to you: 'Martha, Martha, Martha, Oh, Martha, MARTHA, MARTHA, the cows, the big cows, the brown cows, the black cows, the white cows, the black and white cows, the COWS, COWS, COWS are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn, the CORN, CORN, CORN,' then, if I were to repeat the whole thing two or three times, well that would be a praise chorus."

Coincidentally, the same week, a young businessman from the city who normally attended a church with contemporary-style worship, was in the old farmer's town on business and visited the old farmer's small town church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was. "Well," said the young man, "It was good. They did something different, however. They sang hymns instead of regular songs." "Hymns," said his wife, "What are those?" "Oh, they're okay. They're sort of like regular songs, only different," said the young man. "Well, what's the difference?" asked his wife. The young man said, "Well it's like this- If I were to say to you, 'Martha, the cows are in the corn,' well that would be a regular song. But if I were to say to you: 'Oh Martha, dear Martha, hear thou my cry. Inclinest thine ear to the words of my mouth. Turn thou thy whole wondrous ear by and by to the righteous, inimitable, glorious truth. For the way of the animals who can explain, there in their heads is no shadow of sense. Hearkenest they in God's sun or His rain unless from the mild, tempting corn they are fenced. Yea those cows in glad bovine, rebellious delight, have broke free their shackles, their warm pens eschewed. Then goaded by minions of darkness and night, they all my mild Chilliwack sweet corn have chewed. So look to that bright shining day by and by, where all foul corruptions of earth are reborn Where no vicious animal makes my soul cry. And I no longer see those foul cows in the corn.' Then, if I were to do only verses one, three and four and do a key change on the last verse, well that would be a hymn."

I thought that was a good one. :)


By the way, sorry I haven't been posting much lately! :( I have been soooooo busy, I just haven't had a chance in a very long time... Hopefully I will start posting more regularly soon...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Camera Fun!

A Butterfly we raised from an egg.
Me again.
Mom. Isn't that a beautiful picture?
And me again.

Dad just got a new camera, so these are a few of the products from it. :) It is really good resolution and takes great pictures!


Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Courtship Post

My good friend Jenna just posted a very encouraging series on courtship and dating! She has a lot of great points! For example, she mentions that the "dating thing" is just teaching you to love someone, and give part of your heart away, and then do it all over again! That's not what God intends for marriage to be, is it? She has posted a five part series about this very important subject. She has written it with her twin brother Josh. I think that their thoughts are so true! Please check out her blog here! By the way, if you're having trouble finding these posts, she wrote the first post on Sept. 16, and it's titled "His Perfect Plan". I think that what she is saying is absolutely true!

Thank you for being a light in a dark world, Jenna and Josh! God bless you!


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Delicious Homemade Veggie Dip

This is a delicious dip for all kinds of veggies! We have originally used it with blanched asparagus. I love this recipe because you can make it in less than 15 minutes, and it's super delicious!

1 cup mayo
2 T. chopped chives
2 T. grated onion
2 T. chili sauce
2 t. vinegar
1/4 t. curry powder
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. thyme leaves

Mix everything together. Enjoy!

Note: I prefer it cold, so I make it ahead of time and refrigerate it until I serve it.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A Campfire!!

Like I mentioned on my previous post, this past weekend we were on "vacation". Well, one night, we had a campfire and smores - Naomi's first experience! She paid no attention to the marshmallows, only the chocolate! (She's her mother's girl :) ) After the campfire, we went to sleep in our tent set up in our backyard - a fun thing to do if you're not actually going camping anywhere!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Bike Trails and Ice Cream Stores!

This weekend, we have kind of been having a "vacation". We are just staying at home, but Dad took Thursday and Friday off work, and Monday is labor day. Since we have not and are not going to go on vacation, this is it! So we are just hanging out this weekend. Ever since Dad got a trailer for our bikes, we have enjoyed trying new bike trails around the outskirts of our city. Anyways, this morning we traveled about 15 minutes away to try a new bike trail. Once we got there, we realized that it was only 3.6 miles one way, but that was fine since we have already been on some other ones this weekend, and with Mom being pregnant, she doesn't want to go to far. It was a beautiful trail that traveled right along the river, and we saw a heron and lots of turtles. It was beautiful, and we had a great time! On the way home, Mom and Dad suprised us and took us to the ice cream store! It was delicious! 20-month old Naomi enjoyed holding her own cone for the first time! (We gave in after hearing her say "Hod it! Hod it!" about a million times! :P)Here are some pics (we brought the camera but forgot to take pictures of biking so I only have pictures of the ice cream part!)

Leah's favorite is soft serve orange!

Dad's favorite is soft serve twist!

Abby is enjoying her orange ice cream!

Learning how to use her tongue and not her fingers! :P (with chocolate of course!)

Using her tongue for the napkin, too?!?!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

If My People...

For school yesterday, we were reading parts of 2 Chronicles. This verse jumped out at me:

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves
and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I
will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
2 Chronicles 7:14

This great verse, spoken to Solomon by the LORD, reminds us of the power of prayer and humility. I believe that right now, we live in a broken land. But here, God promises that if we humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, He will hear us, forgive us, and heal our land! Isn't that a wonderful promise? My friend Jenna has started a blog On Bent Knees for prayer requests. I believe that part of these requests should be for our land, and our government, including President Obama. Heal their land. Doesn't that sound wonderful? Please join me in praying for our government this week! Thank you!


Sunday, August 30, 2009

A Poll!

Today, I figured out how to put a poll on the side of my blog! Check it out and enter - It only lasts a week! The question is this: What kind of movies do you like best? So, please enter! I would love to see what everyone likes!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Cousin's Camp!

On Monday, I returned from my grandparent's condo on lake Michigan. Since Friday night, we have been hanging out at the condo with Grammy, Pa, and the cousins, Adam, Anna, and Laura. Grammy officially named this gathering Cousin's Camp. We had a whole lot of fun. We arrived around 11 pm Friday night. Saturday's weather was cold, rainy, and windy, much to the disappointment of all of us. Because of the icky weather, we went to the indoor pool in the morning, and the candy shop in the afternoon. (and of course got a lot of candy!) Sunday morning again was wet and cold and windy, though not as much, so we went swimming indoors again. However, by the time we came out (around lunchtime), it was a little bit warmer and mostly sunny! We were all very thankful to see the sun! After lunch, we took a drive to Magoon Creek beach. There we found a lot of beach glass! We did not bring swimsuits, as it was only about 65 degrees, but it still felt really warm. On the way home we stopped at a fabulous ice cream shop (I got Raspberry Chip Cheesecake-delicious!). Once home we decided that though it was only 67 degrees according to the car's outdoor thermometer, we would go swimming at our beach. We had a great time in the small waves. After dinner, we went back to the beach and fished off the pier. Then we had a campfire at the beach and had smores. Delicious! The following morning, we had a BEACH CHALLENGE. It was so much fun! We were divided up into two teams: Inkwazi (the name of Grammy and Pa's fishing boat), and Salt Lick (the name of Grammy and Pa's hunting property). A few of the things we had to do were: make one team member into an animal out of sand (i.e. a turtle, butterfly, whale, etc.), make a sand castle, have a three-legged race in the sand, and take a can of whip cream and make a team member into an animal (the other team has to guess what they are--hilariously funny! We had a fun time!


Friday, August 21, 2009

Giveaway at Femine Farmgirl!

My friend Jenna at Feminine Farmgirl is having a giveaway! This is what she wrote about it:

I am excited to announce that Franklin Springs has agreed to giveaway this lovely DVD from the West Ladies, on The Art of Breadmaking! I loved watching the trailers on their website, and I know that whoever wins this DVD will love it too!
Join the West ladies - Vicki, Jasmine, Hannah, and CeCe - in this exciting new instructional DVD. Savor the art of breadmaking in this new DVD from the West ladies - Vicki, Jasmine, Hannah, and CeCe. Their down-home charm and wit entertain while demonstrating the fun-filled process of baking fresh breads that will be savored by all.

From fresh whole wheat bread, to delicious cinnamon rolls, to classic southern cornbread, this DVD offers a host of scrumptious breadmaking delights. This educational and entertaining film teaches valuable homemaking skills to ladies of all ages.

Learn the classic art of making bread while enjoying the warmth and southern hospitality of the West Ladies. An encouraging picture of a family joyfully working together, the Art of Breadmaking is packed with expert advice, practical tips, and recipes sure to enrich your family. Duration: 56 Minutes.

Head over to hear blog and enter!


Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Day at the Beach

Okay, so I'm sorry I haven't posted in forever-I know it's been like two or three weeks or something! Sorry--we just have been extremely busy lately, from getting ready to start school (i.e. organizing desks, purchasing supplies, etc.), to cleaning the house, and I don't know what else but we've just been super busy. So Dad decided that he would take a few days off just to "hang out". I mean, he's taken days off and stuff, but only if we're going someplace, or have a specific plan for the day... So anyways, we just decided on Wednesday that we were going to Lake Michigan on Thursday. So, we went to Lake Michigan beach. It was super fun- it was waist high for like a looong way out-That was fun for Leah and Abby (and Naomi). We had an awesome time. And walked on the pier. And grilled hot dogs by the channel. And went out for ice cream (grasshopper rocks!)! Sounds like a fun day, huh? Okay, just tried to post some pics but it said error... I'll try again later.


P.S. My friend Jenna just started a new blog HERE for prayer requests-isn't that an awesome idea?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Baby Shower!

Last night we had a baby shower for my aunt! She is pregnant with her first, and we are all really excited for her. I was in charge of planning the games, and one in particular was really fun. You divide the players into teams of two. The both get blindfolded. One person is the "mommy" and one person is the "baby". The "mommy" has to feed the "baby" baby food with a baby spoon. The trick is that they're both blindfolded, so the "babies" ended up with baby food everywhere--from their chest to their ears to their forehead! Anyways, that was a really fun game. Also, we made pages for a scrapbook of the new baby. So that once my aunt has her baby, all she has to do is put in the pictures of the baby and journal; the pages are all decorated. With nine people working, they got finished really quickly! We also had dinner and zucchini cake. (And presents of course!) I am working on sewing the new baby a sleep sac. It isn't quite finished, but I will post pictures once it's done... Anyways, we had a whole lot of fun!


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Small Group Campout!

Today we just got home from our friend's house. We have a small group with five other families, and every year, as a tradition, we go to our friend's house and have a camp out. We sleep in tents in the backyard, but have the house too (bathrooms, etc...). We set up the tents Friday night around 7 then went swimming (they live on a small lake and have a HUGE backyard!). We had an awesome time that included boccie ball, dutch horseshoes, an obstacle course Jonathan and I made (the adults had to do it too!), great meals, TONS of swimming, rafting, kayaking, jumping on the trampoline, playing on the rope swing, and just HANGING OUT with great friends! Also, Saturday was Mom's 40th birthday so we celebrated with cake and ice cream! Although I am the oldest of the kids by a year (the youngest is 19 months old--quite a variety of ages!), I still had sooooo much fun this weekend. I really appreciate all the work (and food planning) that went into this awesome weekend! I love building up friendships! Saturday we went swimming like three times (and made a very tiring obstacle course). Sunday we had our own church service in the living room (we usually have it by the beach, but it was raining :( ). It only rained a little bit on and off over the weekend (which was a great relief--it had been forcasted to thunderstorm!). Anyways, thanks everyone for making it such a fun time!


P.S. I will post pictures later. We were so busy having fun we took like only three, so I'll have everyone email me them theirs and then post them asap...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

I found this old recipe in the cupboard, and since we have an overabundance of zucchini (see previous post) and are always looking for good recipes that include buttermilk (we always have way too much), I made this recipe, and it is awesome!

1/2 c applesauce
1/2 c shortening
1 3/4 c sugar
2 eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2 c buttermilk
2 1/2 c flour (we used freshly ground whole wheat flour)
4 T. cocoa
1 t baking soda
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1/2 t cloves
2 c grated zucchini
1/2 c chocolate chips
1/2 c nuts (optional--I didn't use)

Cream applesauce, shortening, and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk. Stir flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves and add to above mixture beating well. Stir in grated zucchini. Spoon into greased 9x13 pan and sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts. Bake 40-45 minutes at 325 degrees. Enjoy!


P.S. It looked really pretty, and I was going to take a picture of it, but by the time I found the camera, there wasn't enough left to take a picture of! :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Our Garden Exploded!






As some of you might know, in March, we received some manure for our garden. (My family posted about sometime in March HERE.) Anyways, this is the first year we have done this, and our garden is doing AWESOME! The corn is taller than me, the cucumbers are everywhere and there are probably about at least 30 baby cukes, there are a lot of almost-ripe peas, on our 8 zucchini plants there are about 20 small zucchini (and we've already picked 14!), there are many, many green tomatoes, and we have 20 potatoe plants (1 plant is the perfect amount of potatoes for a meal!), and yeah, our garden has just exploded!


Friday, July 17, 2009

The Schwing!

Today, I went to my Grandma and Grandpa's house. In the backyard, my Grandpa has a tree swing from when my Dad was little. The Swing is probably about 20 feet tall, and he gives me the "Schwing!". He pushes me almost perpendicular to the branch! Anyways, by the time I come off, my hair is all windblown and we are all smiling. Here are a few pictures...
I actually "trim the trees!" with my feet!


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

101 Ways a Young Maiden can spend her time...

I came across this "101 Ways a Young Maiden Can Spend Her Time..." while reading a friend's blog a while back. She got it from a magazine for young ladies called Watching for the Morning. This list is fun, encouraging, and helpful to others. Whenever I am bored, can't think of what to do, or just want to relax, I pull up this list, pick something off of it, and do (or at least try to do) it. I would encourage to read this whole list (even though it is long) as some of the best things are toward the bottom. I encourage you to try to accomplish at least one of the activities on this list, as it will benefit others as well as yourself...

  1. Read, study, memorize, and meditate on God's Word. Then, when you are finished, do it again.
  2. Pray for missionaries by name.
  3. Write a book of devotionals.
  4. Pray for your future husband.
  5. Spend time at Jesus' feet, pouring out your heart and also being quiet, listening to what He has to say.
  6. Start an online Bible study.
  7. Keep a thankfulness journal (this can keep you from focusing on the perceived "negatives" in your life).
  8. Befriend and spend time with godly married couples and families.
  9. Pray without ceasing.
  10. Worship the Lord.
  11. Grow in Christ-like character.
  12. Pray for and nurture your relationships with sisters and brothers.
  13. Pray fervently and faithfully that you will be a light to those God has placed in your life who don't know Jesus, and actually do so.
  14. Read books on marriage by godly authors your parents or another godly adult can recommend.
  15. Pray and work to overcome faults that would keep you from being a godly wife to your future husband.
  16. Fall in love with your Lord.
  17. Take a walk and enjoy God's glorious creation.
  18. Memorize Psalms -to make them easier to remember, put them to little tunes you can hum.
  19. Learn to work happily, doing the hard things that aren't "fun" with a cheerful spirit.
  20. Purpose to work on your relationship with your father.
  21. Read a God-honoring Christian novel.
  22. Watch an inspirational, God-honoring movie.
  23. Listen to music that takes you deeper in your walk with the Lord.
  24. Form relationships with married women who live their lives as a Proverbs 31/Titus 3 woman -soak in the words of wisdom they have to offer from experience.
  25. Learn God's ways.
  26. Rejoice in who God made you to be - unique, speical, one of a kind, created to do works for God's Kingdom that no one else but you can do.
  27. Make a list of standards for your future husband. This is not to be legalistic, but to set your standards and convictions in "stone" so that if you are ever tempted to compromise, you can go back to this list. Pray before doing this and ask God to lead you. Consider asking an older adult you trust, or your parents to look over it and offer suggestions. Purpose to never waver from these convictions.
  28. Become familiar with and sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
  29. Meditate on your relationships with Christ.
  30. Wake up early, while it is still dark, and have a special quiet time with Jesus.
  31. Reserve the first part of your day for Him, and use this time to commit each and every day to Him.
  32. Attend prayer meetings.
  33. Read and study significant spiritual works that encourage and exhort your walk with God and help to establish your faith.
  34. Keep a box with blank greeting cards or stationary in it. Whenever you have a moment , scripture, lesson, or thought you wish you could share with your future husband, write it down. Seal the envelope, and plan to open them together one day when you are married.
  35. Be a missionary.
  36. All Christians are called to share the gospel. Your mission might be in your home, next door, in your community, or somewhere overseas. Ask the Lord how you can best share the Good News - He will make it clear.
  37. Learn to make things such as soap, candles, bread, or anything else that interests you. Give these things away to brighten someone's day, or as a gift for a special occasion. This can be an amazing ministry - if you are able to make quite a lot, you could also offer these items for sale in your community.
  38. If you don't already have farm animals and are feeling adventurous, try to save up and invest in a goat, cow, or a few hens. Learn the basics of caring for animals, and enjoy the fruits of your labors.
  39. Research the medicinal and nutritional properties of herbs, essential oils, and wild "edibles." Keep a notebook of all you've learned. This will come in handy some day when you may wish to use natural remedies as a wife or mother, but don't have time to do the research.
  40. Work on a home business.
  41. Plant a flower garden. Make a beautiful border with rocks or stones. Choose different types of colors and flowers, both annuals and perennials. You can use them all season to give as gifts, to brighten someone's day, or even to decorate your own table or desk. Don't forget to dry them for use in countless projects.
  42. Make jewelry. It can be a wonderful gift, and might also bring in a little money if you are able to sell it.
  43. Learn to draw or paint.
  44. Learn and practice skills that will be beneficial to homemaking -- cooking, house cleaning, laundry, ironing, caring for children, etc.
  45. Learn how to play an instrument. Take lessons, or teach yourself.
  46. Quilt, as simply or elaborately as you are able.
  47. Plant an herb garden.
  48. Crochet or knit.
  49. Learn some basic accounting and book-keeping skills. This will be a useful skill if you ever are a part of a home business, or even find yourself in need to balancing your own budget at home.
  50. Study health and medicine. This can be something that is used both among your family now, and to save money in your own family later.
  51. Study agriculture and gardening. A nation's wealth comes from its ground and from what it can produce. In times of economic difficulty, it can be a real blessing to have a food source right in your back yard.
  52. Learn a new language.
  53. Take (or give) piano lessons.
  54. Take a college class, online or otherwise.
  55. Start an online business that you can continue as an adult.
  56. Learn website development.
  57. Learn to sew.
  58. Learn and experiment with new recipes.
  59. Throw a bridal shower.
  60. Throw a baby shower. Mothers of many children often only get a shower for their first, or possible first and second children. However, there is always a need when a baby is on the way, whether it is coupons for local restaurants for a quick meal when the baby arrives, new basics baby clothes, diapers, freezer meals, etc.
  61. Cook a nice, hot meal, and deliver it to a tired mother of several little ones, or to an elderly person who can't get out and about. When you don't have time for an entire meal, try a cake or pie!
  62. Make coupons for "2 hours of free childcare" and hand them out to married couple who need a date for Christmas or any other occasion. You'll be both serving the Lord, and sharpening your mothering skills.
  63. Serve as a "mother's helper" to a mother of many.
  64. Organize a benefit bake sale, dinner, or yard sale to help a family in need or raise money for missions.
  65. Read with little ones, or help older people who have weak reading skills.
  66. Teach an adult to read.
  67. Visit shut-ins from your church.
  68. Volunteer at your church office.
  69. Offer to do house or yard work for a neighbor.
  70. Volunteer at a local park or animal shelter. Get involved in your community as a witness for Christ.
  71. Teach English as a second language.
  72. Do grocery shopping for people who have a hard time getting out.
  73. Volunteer at food banks, homeless shelters, battered women's shelters, etc.
  74. Visit sick people in the hospital.
  75. Sponsor a child in a foreign country.
  76. Volunteer to be a baby rocker in a hospital nursery.
  77. Help with a home-school co-op.
  78. Organize a "constructive party" for younger girls. Work on sewing, baking, card making, etc. Younger girls, especially those who don't have older sisters, really enjoy doing this.
  79. Go on a wilderness hike.
  80. Play.
  81. Decorate a cake.
  82. Make homemade cards with dried flowers.
  83. Research your family tree and history.
  84. Smile.
  85. Lead a Bible Study for neighborhood children.
  86. Participate in music ministry.
  87. Make and nurture friendships with godly ladies of all ages. Find a way to encourage other single ladies around you. Challenge them to wait upon the Lord. Lead or attend a Bible study for young ladies.
  88. Love and encourage your parents - look for ways to bless them.
  89. Befriend a child who needs a friend, and keep up an ongoing interest.
  90. Spend time in the company of godly young men, in an appropriate setting.
  91. Send a letter or e-mail to encourage someone and let them know of your love and support for them.
  92. Make a video or film that glorifies God. Submit the finished product to an independent Christian film agency.
  93. Read the Bible with a friend and put what you read into practice alongside each other.
  94. Pen pal with younger girls, and be an encouraging role model for them.
  95. Go to your local nursing or retirement home and minister to the residents. Sing hymns or worship songs, play an instrument for them, brush hair, or read for them. Ask if they would like you to pray with them before you leave.
  96. Be a Big Sister. Even if you don't join the official organization, invest time in a younger woman, especially one who does not have good role models at home.
  97. Blog as a creative outlet and a means to encourage others.
  98. Make a scrapbook or cookbook for a friend.
  99. Prepare an extravagant feast for a family that has blessed you or is in need.
  100. Host a fancy tea party for little girls.
  101. Use your creativity, motivation, energy, and any extra finances now to minister to the present needs of others.
I hope you enjoy this list!


Monday, July 6, 2009


Yesterday morning, we went on a bike ride all together! We go to church on Saturday nights, so we have Sunday free. Anyways, we explored the bike trails in town, and had a lot of fun! Naomi took a nap in the bike cart, too! For a total, we probably rode about 6 or 7 miles. We went in the morning, and the sun on the trees was beautiful! I love riding my bike, because I see all the wonders God has created, and how magnificent an artist he is! I love seeing the wonder in all the beautiful trees and plants and stuff! It was so beautiful and we had a lot of fun!


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Cherry Picking!

Our family is a huge fan of cherries. We just love them. So, we went and picked sweet cherries a few days ago! We had a lot of fun, and pick 33 lbs to eat! We are also planning to pick tart cherries for pies and jam. Naomi even enjoyed picking them! Anyways, we had a lot of fun! Here are some pictures...

Everyone all together with the cherries! (Mom's taking the picture)

Naomi (18 mo) discovered she loved picking cherries from lower branches
(and then eating them!)


Abby and Leah are posing - a perfect picture!

Our total: 33 lbs!