What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, November 06, 2017

Eyes to See


~ hilarious signs on the boys' room
~ last bouquets from the garden
~ those precious five minutes that a cleaned up living room stays cleaned up
~ gingerbread scents that come from the oven, not just candles
~ a yearly trip to the pumpkin farm with my sister, snuck in by the skin of our teeth
~ pilgrim babies
~ cousins, with arms entangled, refusing to let go of each other
~ impossibly big kids against the same growth chart sign that used to tower over them
~ little ones tucked into the big
~ warm food, plentiful and good
~ a boy in a rabbit breeders of America hat- and feeling totally confident about it
~ silhouettes in sunsets
~ frost on the pumpkins
~ paper.  Tons and tons of paper.  Sketches, drawings, math work, to-do lists.  Paper, paper everywhere- drowning in it.  And then the thought of Lewis and Tolkien sharing receipts to further their craft. 
~books, books.  Tons of books!  Fiction, non-fiction, worn and smelly, new and crisp, borrowed and owned.  And then the thought of Abe Lincoln walking those miles to borrow just any book he could find.
~ weekly Lord's supper.  Because, kisses never get old.

Having eyes to see the bounty

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Handmade Halloween 2017


"Why is there a fire in a pumpkin, Mama?"

And now you know what I've been busy crafting lately...

Ineke's lost sheep costume was based on this free pattern- but I converted it (on a wing and a prayer) to crochet because I am much faster at that.  For the whole ensemble, I used about four skein remnants left over from other projects- so they are different yarns and different thicknesses.  Some were shiny, some were muted, some were thick, some needed to be held double...but all were almost the same shade of cream so it worked.  (And I used up little bits and leftovers!)  I ran out of time to crochet the ears so I just used black felt.  (I'll probably make crochet ears later.)

Adele' was Bo-Peep, obviously.  Doesn't she just fit the part to a tee?  The dress we've had for many years.  The shepherds' staff we borrowed from friends and the hat I made using an el-cheapo straw hat from the craft store (with a 40% off coupon it was $1.50)  I cut the back sort of like so:

and then trimmed with ribbon and hole punched two holes on the sides to tie it up.  And the curls were a must have.

Andrew was Zorro- bless his heart!  A simple mask, head scarf and belt of black fabric (which I have now used up all my plain black fabric- it was a close call!) were all that were required for him outside of church clothes...and a spiffying up with spray paint of his wooden sword.  It shines with silver and gold once again.  That sword has seen many Halloweens and the sword brandishing boy looks a bit different too.

Corynn was a Genie in a bottle.  Or rather, OUT of a bottle.  The smoke was spider webs and sadly, I never got a picture when it got a bit darker- she had twinkle lights in there too that looked SO AWESOME in the dark!  We had to shorten her pirate vest a bit and I bought special green face powder for the occasion but it was pretty simple to put together too with an old black skirt.  I had only to buy a bag of spider webs at the dollar store and the face powder.

Judah wanted to be an astronaut, which took the most work.  I covered an old pair of footie pajamas in white duct tape and electrical tape and paper-mached a helmet.  We taped on some decals from NASA's google images that I had printed and made rocket torpedos in the back using soda bottles.  (Now you know how the 2017 soda ban went in October.)

Mental note #1: Make sure the footies are spacious fitting and not nearly too small when doing something like.  The duct tape makes things without as much give.  (The poor boy could barely sit down)

Mental note #2: Paper mache requires several layers and many hours of drying time.  Do not start a paper mache project the day before you need it.  ( I tried to speed up drying time by putting in the oven which made it dry too quickly that it caused huge cracks and curls in it.  Oh man- I was able to get that done by the skin of my teeth, a thick layer of duct tape and not a little bit of stress.)

Mental note #3: Not all trick or treating is conducive to jetpacks.  Country trick or treating is not the same as city trick or treating.  Our kind involved hopping in and out of the car to get to neighbors' houses, visiting a bit with each person and getting pictures taken at each one- then hopping back in the car to drive to the next house.  It takes like four hours to visit 8-10 houses.  A rocket fuel jet pack is a great idea for city trick or treaters who just keep on walking from door to door- but there are some things that country trick or treaters just can't do.  That jet pack pretty much got squished and sat on so many times, pretty soon it didn't resemble anything but garbage hanging from Judah's back.

The children all enjoyed the evening, the neighbors all enjoyed the visit and I am going to try NOT to enjoy the entire canner full of candy that is in my kitchen right now.

Says the girl with the least amount of willpower In.The.World.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Field Trip #2: Up, Up in the Air in a Beautiful Balloon

Some friends of ours have started a ballooning business and being homeschoolers themselves, have a soft spot for learning opportunities.  They are also very generous people.  They gifted many homeschooling families one evening with their time, skills and resources so that we could all share in such an exciting learning experience.

It was thrilling, to say the least.  My favorite part was watching the balloon as it inflated kind of float up.  It was magic.

Adele' was the first person to ride- which I think was incredibly brave of her.  

(I *may* have pushed her into it.)

It's all fun and games until you get to the 'top' and you are VERY high.  Then, it can be a bit nauseating and worrisome.  I can see that it hits her... right about now.

Judah's turn...

Whoop- there it is!  That 'JEEPERS!' moment.

Andrew's next... I didn't see any moments of fear for him.

 And as Corynn heads up, I about die of cuteness.

Because those legs slay me.

Corynn didn't seem too frightened- though she told me later she was so tense holding the little guy that her arms hurt afterward.

She hides it very well.

I, on the other hand, am petrified of heights and can't hide it worth beans.  

But I went up- I DID it- and had to stare at the floor for most of the peak because I felt like I was going to hyperventilate and poor Ineke was squeezed like a lemon - but that's besides the point.

I totally did it.

What an amazing opportunity we had.  We have some pretty amazing friends.