Friday, January 29, 2016

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

~ {pretty, happy, funny, real} ~
Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

Pretty and Happy

We have been busy with appointments, were able to carve out an afternoon to drive over to visit with Molly at college. She's been working, studying and getting used to the new normal at school and we thought she might need a good meal. The girls miss her terribly.
Raising girls is full of emotion, some fulfilling, some draining, some challenging. But worth all the struggles to see them make choices toward dignified womanhood. 

We stopped by Sam Houston park while driving around town. Old Texas homes are so cool, the wood, the smells, the antiques. I can imagine him many children running around, climbing trees. I bet his homestead was full of life.

His Law Office

The homestead kitchen
One of the homes

The garden

There are so many more buildings to explore on another visit.


The girls thought the tree throne was entertaining.

Her Abe Lincoln impersonation.

Bookcases are the focus of Auntie Leila's post today with the link up.
We have so many windows, we put bookcases where we could. A long wall in the den, all full, some droopy, many in need of attention. I had no idea how bad they looked until I took a photo. 
In den- the majority of literature and history books

In guest bedroom- mostly religious, art and music study.
These are my special books, and not really hidden away because it's the first room past the den, open down the hall.

In girls room- most picture books

Hidden in back corner of my office- messy curriculum and games.
Although not a shelf, it's my favorite box kept in reach of the couch to keep books we are reading now.
 Every place we have lived we added built in bookcases, except here, ...yet. I would tell the realtor to put homeschool family in the listing so other book lovers might benefit with the shelves we were leaving behind.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Daybook this Septuagesima Sunday

Outside my window...while the east coast is pummeled by snow, we had a teenie bit of frost. It melted pretty early.

I am thinking...Lent is coming!! Happy Septuagesima Sunday! Father wore purple vestments at mass to remind us to start thinking of and planning Lent for sacrifices, prayers and works. (No Gloria, no Alleluia). It's early this year, with the nativity scene still over by the altar. 

I am praying for..end to abortion, mothers to love their babies and choose life. For our culture to be more loving and forgiving and help those who have been hurt and help them seek forgiveness through Christ.

I am thankful...for this thoughtful house warming gift from my parents. Nice to get one more area organized. 

In the kitchen..butter garlic shrimp on greens for dinner and Blue Bell's peppermint ice cream for dessert. Simple at balancing calories. Haha.

I am creating...block robots with Lilly.

I am many 4h practices this week for Consumer Decision Making, Archery, and Meats Judging. Hopefully learn more of what we signed up for! Also the kids have an archery competition this weekend, so they have spent and need to spend quite a lot of time at Gander Mtn making adjustments.

I am wondering...about our orchard plan. Out trees we ordered through our county extension office are in this Saturday. I hope to meet with the master gardener about some of my placement places for the citrus trees. 

I am reading...Five Children and It by E. Nesbit to the kids. 

I am watching..Season 7 of Little House. I haven't watched this far before, and still do it out of protest in how far the series goes away from the Little House books. We had to accept the Mary's fictional life. Then there is the whole 1980's issues slant and bias: racial issues, women's rights at work, body issue focus. Issues that were a problem in 1980's not 1890's.  It annoys me so much I have to remind the kids it is not historical!!!! Just watch with a light heart. But honestly it does a disservice to real issues of the time. End rant.

Around the farm...we have a new baby lamb. Born Saturday morning. There was a twin, but was still born. The baby looks just like the one that we lost last month.
We have quarantined the sheep pen so that mamas and babies can be safe. So you know we are new to this shepherding gig and I know the thing about tomcats not wanting babies, I didn't know Rams were the same way. Sadly so. So males were kicked out of pen in the hopes this little black sheep makes it. 

I am listening to...guineas yelling/singing in the chicken coop.

I am looking forward to...fencing this area for the garden. I'm standing at one corner and that orange flag marks the other.

Around the house...remembering this time last year we were dismantling, burning, destroying the little house. I'm thankful for remnants still around. This door adorns the chicken coop brooder room. 

A favorite quote/verse/prayer for the anniversary of Roe v Wade...all by Mother Teresa
“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.” 
"The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between."
“And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” 

One of my favorite things...time alone with each of my kids. I have such a different experience with each one, since personalities and ages range all over.
Lily and I enjoyed this pretty day outdoors while the older kids were at archery practice.

A peek into my skies making me happy. The moon has been pretty incredible too.

Have a fantastic week!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Theme Thursday: Simplify

Theme Thursday link up at Micaela's California To Korea... Play along.

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real

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Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
Every Thursday, over at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
Ceci won a blue ribbon in her age and food category at our county food show with her strawberry Apple cupcakes.  Her recipe. She has work to do for district where there will be a lot more competition. She loves baking and making it pretty. I'm so happy she received encouragement.
Speaking of food, we are so excited to get our seeds in the mail. We have great hopes for our garden with heirloom seeds. 
We had an enjoyable evening with three fathers, but a night I refer to as five fathers:
three Fraternity of the Society of St. Peter priests, my husband, +his father+ in spirit (whose recipe we used and whose birthday it was).
It is fun to see these three banter and joke on a relaxed evening.

Running with her lamb.

A week with dentist appointments and hair appointments. I am happy so be done with both for a while. Since we moved, I thought I'd try to find "people" near me, but I gave up and went back to the kids' dentist in our old area. They are that good! And my girls LOVE them, so win win!

Lilly had a strange gum flap removed and it was sent off to the lab. This is new to us, so I'm praying lab results say all is well!
The Hair person is a bit harder to settle on, imagine that, stupid vanity. But really, I am very easy to please, except when they go crazy with the highlights and country hair dressers tend to go crazy with the highlights.
So I am considering letting it go natural, but easier said than done when it's the reflection telling me when to go. Old habits dying hard... So maybe I'm being forced to give up the highlights since I can't find anyone local to do it right, and I'd feel silly driving over an hour to go to my old hair gal. And I've been back twice this week for repairs to my newest gal. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

A Gorgeous Day to Be Alive

Ceci invited me on a walk; we considered going on the street for more mileage, but I didn't want to handle Gromit and the lamb on the street, so we opted for a walk through the woods and fence line. Taking Gromit by the creek crossing is a little risky since it's his favorite escape point, but today he behaved, mostly. The guineas mock him.  Once you could say coincidence, but they found us four times at different places to yell their mocking cackle at Gromit. He took a swing with his jaws towards one, missed and lost his freedom for the leash.

I love the sunshine, it warms me all over and inside out and puts a big ole smile my face and in my heart.

We worked on cleaning, smoothing and marking off where the orchard will be. We will need to make small fences around each tree until large enough to not worry about sheep and goat.  Trees come in January 30th. It is exciting to plant for the future, since it will be years before we will enjoy the fruits from orchard. Hope. 

Craig has been talking of changing up the herd, and exchanging Hope for other ewes...Ceci doesn't like that idea at all. I'm sure Sheila would miss her too.