Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sledding



Merry Christmas! (almost) :) We have quite a bit of snow at our house - maybe 6 inches. We also have a really good sledding hill. It can go really fast! I mean, REALLY fast! It goes through the woods, where (amazingly) there are no trees - except at the bottom. They have never been a problem before, but this year, we keep running into them! I think all of us have a bump or bruise or two from hitting the trees. :) So, this morning, about 10 minutes after I woke up, Dad called from on his way to work, and wanted Leah and I to go outside to stand the garbage can back up. Apparently, the garbage can had tipped over in the night (because our garbage pick-up is between 7-8 am, so we don't have time to bring it down in the morning). Now, realize here, that I just woke up 10 minutes ago. I definitely did not want to go out into the cold snow just to stand the garbage can back up because it had fallen into the ditch. I did, though, and decided to make the most of it. Leah and I put on all our snow clothes, and went sledding for awhile since we were out there anyways. It was pretty dark at first, and we got to watch the sunrise. It was really beautiful! Leah has been enjoying taking pictures lately, so she pulled out the camera and took some amazing pictures of the moment. Since she will probably want to post them herself on her blog here, I will only put two of her pictures on...then you can go to her blog later, where she will probably post a large number of them. They really are beautiful! There are also some pictures of us sledding - our driveway is quite steep and curvy, so it makes for a good sledding hill as well.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Co-op Costume Party and European Feast!

On Thursday, we had an amazing time at co-op. We would have usually done science, writing, etc, from 10-4. However, it's almost Christmas! So we dropped the science and writing, and had a costume party and played together the entire time. We talked, went sledding for awhile, and some of us played piano together. The best part? We combined it with our European feast! In the curriculum we use, My Father's World, most of my family is learning about different countries and cultures around the world. After we learn about a continent, we will have a "feast" - basically we dress up as people from that continent, try new foods from that continent, and do a presentation about something from that continent. It is really fun, and we really get an understanding of other places in our world besides America. So, this time, the continent was Europe! I dressed up as Susan from Narnia, Leah dressed up as a Roman, and Abby dressed up as Marta VonTrapp. Between the four families, there were people from England, Greece, Germany, France, and Russia. Some of the food we sampled was French onion soup, Borsch, Ratatouille, and a Norwegian whipped cream + gelatin + berries dessert. Enjoy some pictures!


Rebekah dressed up as a dutch boy.

Our family:Dad was a biker in the Tour de France, Leah was a Roman, Hannah was a duck, I was Susan, Abby was Marta Vontrapp, Naomi was a Ladybug, and Mom was...just Mom. :)
Noelle (as a princess) and Naomi (as a ladybug) got to eat dinner at their own "special" table! :)

All of us kids - plus most of the moms.

Me (as Susan) and my great friend Erin (as Meg from Little Women). Isn't her dress so pretty?

In Christ,
Elizabeth

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Game of Hide-and-Seek

Hello, all! I apologize for the way my posting has gone, time just seems to slip by so quickly! Well, Naomi is now almost 3; her birthday is the day after Christmas; and Hannah is now 1. The other night, Dad was playing hide-and-seek with Hannah and Naomi. It is so funny to watch, because where ever dad hides, Naomi will hide the next round. She hasn't quite figured out the hide-in-a-different-spot-so-the-seeker-can't-find-you concept of the game, yet. :) Anyways, I took some pictures and thought you might enjoy them.


Dad decided to hide on the chairs under the table. :)

"Where did Daddy go, Hannah?"

Naomi liked to hid in the ottoman that opens up to store blankets. She even looked for Daddy in there!
"I think she's behind the couch, Hannah!"

Hannah was even looking for Naomi and Daddy! :)

"No, Hannah, you're gonna make Daddy see where I'm hiding!"

Hope you enjoy those pictures (and feel free to comment :D)!

In Christ,
Elizabeth

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!







Happy Thanksgiving! (a day late :) How was all your thanksgiving? We had a lot of fun. I made stuffing and stuffed the turkey yesterday morning, which I always love doing. I also made a really yummy sweet potato recipe, that is super easy:

Elizabeth's Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes
3/4 c. white sugar
4 T. orange juice (we used mango-peach)
4 T. vanilla extract
1 T. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
3 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-in. chunks

Peel and cut the sweet potatoes and put in a large bowl. Mix up the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl, to form like a marinade. Then pour it over the sweet potatoes, and stir to make sure they are coated well. Put in a 9x13 pan, covered with foil. Bake in preheated 400 degrees oven for 50-60 minutes.

After we had made everything, we just hung out for the rest of the morning/afternoon. We also played Wii for a while. We had some friends come over for Thanksgiving dinner, and they came around 4. We had our feast, did dishes, had dessert, and then talked for awhile. In addition, we have a tradition that we started last year. You cut up some slips of paper, and get out a big ball jar. We call it the "Thankful Jar". Basically, everyone writes things they're thankful for on the slips of paper - you can write however many you want. Our jar is always full. :) Then we will read them all during dinner, and try to guess who wrote each one. The handwriting usually gives it away, though. :) Then, after our friends left, we played a game of Clue, which Abby won, then we went to bed. And that was our thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

Hello, everyone! It's been so long since I've last posted, it's terrible! I really need to get on here more and let you know about my life. :D

I'm sure many, if not all of you have heard of the Christian organization called Samaritan's Purse. Furthermore, you have probably heard about, if not participated in, one of their major ministries: Operation Christmas Child. Basically, you fill up an old shoebox or small plastic container with various small items. For example, a toothbrush, toothpaste, stuffed animal or doll, coloring supplies, some small toys, maybe a pair of socks or a blanket. Samaritan's Purse then distributes these boxes to children ages 2-14 who have experienced war, famine, or natural disasters. They also give these boxes to poverty-stricken kids. Each shoebox also brings the gospel message to a little boy or who has never heard of Jesus! Though the time for packing shoeboxes is over for this year, I just wanted to share a few videos from their website that really touched my heart. After seeing these, my sisters and I have already started saving up money to buy stuff to fill even more shoeboxes next year.

~Click HERE for one about a named Oksana Nelson who received a shoebox herself many years ago, when she lived in an orphanage in Russia, and how it has changed her life. This is the one that touched me the most.

~Click HERE for one about a woman name Leija Allison who received a shoebox growing up in war-torn Bosnia. It is a little intense, you might want to preview before watching with younger kids.

~Click HERE for a hilarious, "modern-style", kind of advertisement for Operation Christmas Child. We were all laughing so hard!

~Click HERE to see a video of a we were all VERY impressed by. She collected 1,000 shoeboxes this year!!

If you would like to know more about Samaritan's Purse, their website is www.samaritanspurse.org.

Who knew one little shoe box could impact lives for Christ so drastically?


I hope these videos touched you as they have me. Next year, I will definitely be packing more shoe boxes!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow, and remember to be thankful for all we have!

Love in Christ,
Elizabeth

Monday, November 8, 2010

Meet me in St. Louis


Hello!

I am sure that you all know by now that I am in the musical 'Meet me in St. Louis' with HPA. I decided to post about this because I am enjoying it so much! I am a teen ball dancer. Over the past couple of months, we have been working on a large amount of guy/girl dancing. We've been doing square dancing, and just recently we have started learning waltzing as well. It is sooo much fun, and I am enjoying it immensely! Rehearsal is every Tuesday, and I look forward to another full, yet fun day tomorrow with all my friends.

I am also on the "devotions committee" for the first time this year. Basically, the devotion committee is 5 cast members who meet every week and plan weekly devotions for the cast. We also pray together and encourage one another. I am truly blessed to be a part of this.

In addition, we have been learning (as a cast) a ton of fun songs. They are VERY tricky to get right, but I think we are slowly getting the hang of it. It sounds so beautiful, though, when we get it right, as many of the notes have 3-6 part harmony! Some of the songs are "Skip to my Lou", the "Banjo", and "The trolley song".

The performance is at the end of January, and I am getting really excited. I got my costume last week! It is a long, pretty, light blue dress from the time period of the show (1904). The costume moms are working on hemming it and adding some lace to it right now... I can't wait to see it all finished!

Ad sales are about over... tomorrow they will announce 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for who sold the most ads! I am pretty sure that I got second - I was "battling" my friend for the top, but I think he beat me. :)

Well, off to bed for a fun day tomorrow!

Your sister in Christ,
Elizabeth

P.S.
Oh, by the way, some of the moms have been taking pictures of rehearsals...if I happen to get a hold of those pictures somehow, I will post them. But for now you'll just have to be satisfied with words. :D

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Musings on the Characters of Little Women


Hello!

HPA is doing Little Women the Musical in Kalamazoo this December, and so me and Leah have gotten the soundtrack and piano music out of the library. A few days ago, while doing normal household chores (like washing dishes :), we were musing on the personalities of various characters of Little Women, and this is some of what we came up with:

Meg (Margaret) - the oldest of the four March sisters, she is kind of "motherly" to her sisters. She is romantic, and is anxious to grow up and get married. She is very loving, and a bit vain in regard to her looks.

Jo (Josephine) - the second oldest of the March sisters, she is definitely the tomboy of them all. She loves pranks, and is definitely a trickster. She is strong. One of her most intense desires is to "see the world" with her Aunt Josephine.

Beth - the second youngest, she is the sweetest of all of the sisters. She is loving, gentle, kind, and delicate. She is like a perfect little angel. As I'm sure most all of you know, she dies.

Amy - the youngest of the four sisters, she is only 10 or 12. She wants to grow up, and do everything her older sisters do. She often pouts and/or whines when she doesn't get her way. She wants to be pretty, and is very concerned about her nose being flat.

Laurie - the next-door neighbor of the Marches, he is looking for a friend and finds it in Jo. He and Jo are very similar; he is a big prankster. He is strong; and wants to know the Marches better, but at first his grandfather does not want him to.

Mr. Laurence - Laurie's grandfather, he is a bit prejudiced and at first does not want Laurie to get to know the Marches. He is soon charmed by Beth, however, and they become great friends.

Those are all the characters that me and Leah discussed so far, maybe we'll talk about some more later. Thanks for listening to all my musings! :)

In Christ,
Elizabeth

Giveaway at Feminine Farmgirl!


Hello, everyone!

My friend Jenna at Feminine Farmgirl is hosting a giveaway at her blog! Vision Forum has generously donated a copy of the new "Joyfully at Home" for her to give away on her blog. The giveaway ends on November 9, so quickly hop over to her blog HERE to enter!

In Christ,
Elizabeth

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I actually played football!, Co-op bonfire!, and HPA!! - three posts in one!! :D

Hi!

So those of you who know me, know that I am soooo a soccer person and I am NOT a football person - I don't (didn't) play it, I don't know the rules, and I don't even watch it. I will ALWAYS choose soccer over football, no matter what. However, we had co-op on Thursday, and the majority of the kids at co-op wanted to play football. Deciding to step out of my usual self, however, I somehow agreed to play football with the rest of the gang. (I guess I didn't want to be the one left out. :D) So I played football. And the crazy part is - I actually liked it!!! I will still definitely choose soccer over football, but I did play it and enjoy it.



On the topic of co-op, we are going to my friend Erin's house tomorrow night, to have a bonfire with all of our co-op friends!! We might play capture the flag or ghost in the graveyard with the dads! I am soooo excited, it seems like forever since we did something like this!! I am sure I'll have a few pictures, so hopefully I'll post them sometime soon. So, Erin, I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night! (Though I'm sure you already knew that! ;D)

Also, musical practice has started!! I'm sure most of you know that I am a teen ball room dancer in Meet me in St. Louis. We have been doing TONS of square dancing the past few weeks, and I am sooo enjoying it!!! We have been working a lot on singing as well. The music is really hard. It sounds so pretty once we get the hang of it, but quite a bit of it has 4-6 part harmony, so it takes a while to figure out. Right now I am in the process of selling ads in the program. HPA does a contest where whoever sells the most number of ads gets a $75 prize, and I won last year, and I am very determined to win again this year. But there is way more competition this year, and I don't know if it will happen or not. But I am still determined! :D

So that's what I've basically been up to lately...

In Christ,
Elizabeth (or should I say Katherine? - that's my name in the musical :D)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ride for Refuge

On October 2nd, my Dad, Leah, Abby and I will be riding 15 miles in order to raise money for refugees, mostly in Uganda. Is anyone interested in donating some money to help these people find a home and learn about Christ? We would be thrilled if you donated some money!! If you would like more information, please click HERE for their website.

If you are interested in donating money, for security purposes, please comment on my blog. I will then comment back on your blog with the link to my actual page, and I would appreciate it if you wouldn't publish that comment. (I haven't put out my last name on Blogger world.)

Thanks!

In Christ,
Elizabeth

Thursday, September 16, 2010

School!

Hello!

As you may have guessed from the title, we're home now! Our vacation was super but it's always nice to be back to "home sweet home". :) So, we have started school now. My subjects are:

1. Chemistry - I thought I was going to like it, but now let's just say I'm having second thoughts :D

2. Geometry - I'm not very far into it, so I can't judge it yet...it's just pure logic right now, but so far I am enjoying it considerably more than Algebra. :D

3. Bible - I am reading through the entire New Testament this year, which I'm really excited about! (I read through the whole Old Testament last year.)

4. World History - Right now I'm doing the Romans and I'm looking forward to doing Medieval times and up through current (but not US) yet this year.

5. Spanish - I've been "playing around" with Rosetta Stone for quite a few years, but this year I am actually getting serious about it, and I got a spanish textbook, too.

6. Writing - I am doing a few things from IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing), like learning how to write a good essay, and some of the random writing that goes along with my Bible and History.

7. Literature - I am going to read some G.A. Henty books, random historical fiction, Shakespeare's play Julius Ceasar, Beowulf, and some others, too. I am currently reading The Bronze Bow and then I will read Twice Freed - both of which are FABULOUS books! - I would highly recommend them.

8. Piano - I have played the trumpet for the past 3.5 years, and I decided it's time for something new. I always wanted to be able to play piano, and so I have started that this year! So far it's really fun!

9. AND...last but certainly not least...HPA!!! - I am a teen and a ball dancer in "Meet me in St. Louis". The first rehearsal was last Tuesday, and it was sooo much fun! I am learning how to square dance!!! I am also on the devotions committee with a few friends which is a lot of fun - that means the five of us in this group prepare and do a devotion lesson every week at rehearsal.

So...that's pretty much my life right now!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Kayaking on the River!








This afternoon, Mom stayed home with the napping little ones, and Dad, me, Leah, and Abby went brought the kayaks we are borrowing from a friend down to a small nearby river. I think we went about 1-1.5 mi, but it took us three hours. On the river, we had a water fight and went through a place called "shoot the tube" - where the river goes under the road and you go through a large drainage pipe in a downward direction - it was so much fun we did that part twice!!



Elizabeth

Naomi Joy








We took a day trip to Leeland yesterday, and just went in and out of the shops (and buying things occasionally. :D) While most of us went in a jewelry store, Dad and Naomi stayed outside and Dad took some absolutely adorable pictures!!!