"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy will." ~ Luke 1:38

Thursday, May 22, 2014

~ Airing Our Dirty Laundry ~ {phfr} style

I am always trying to find new ways to run an efficient household.  Constantly moving, changing, adding, removing...

As our family grows & ages, new techniques and ideas are needed in order to keep things streamlined; which is a perpetual goal of mine.

It always centers around "Simplify".  This is the key; keep things simple.  

Rather than spending hundreds on organizational gadgets & boxes & shelves & baskets, I keep those that work, while I move out those items that don't (or no longer) fit our needs.  This should help my laundry challenged child with her sorting limitations.


The black binder clips may not look pretty, however, they get the job done; and they were free.  Win-win.  Done.  Next...


Our Home School group organized a fun Spring Formal Dance...

My Conductor & Butterfly looked pretty fabulous...If I do say so myself. :o)
How did these 'little' people, all of a sudden, become taller (& smarter) than me?  
'In the blink of an eye'...so very true.  

I am truly enjoying my children and I do not regret a single day of staying at home with them.  Those that questioned my husband and I and our wanting to take them everywhere with us; those that did not understand that we did not care to leave them to babysitters, daycare centers, ...so that we could 'take time for ourselves' or not give up 'my career'.  I say to you...I do not regret our decision.  Nope.  I do not regret a single second of staying at home with my babies.  Neither do I regret all the sacrifices or exhausting toddler (and now teen) days.  LOL.  I love how they now gently encourage me to go and take a nap...so sweet.

Did I ever want to pull my hair out?  Yes.
Did I ever want to quit being their teacher (or 'mama-teacher' as they used to call me).  Oh, ya.  There were days that I was tempted to throw in the towel.  Home schooling is not for the faint of heart.  It is also, not for everyone.  

And now...here they are, my oldest two, heading off to a teen dance.  Very much a lady and a gentleman.  Two creatures that I love with all my heart and am so very proud of...
In the blink of an eye.  Guardian Angel...please continue to keep them in your care.

Speaking of mamas...a Happy Belated Mother's Day to all the moms out there!
You are to be honored, appreciated and thanked!!


I just love this bible verse:

A wife of noble character who can find?  She is worth far more than rubies.  Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.  She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.  

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.  She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.  She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.  She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.  She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.  She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.  In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.  

She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.  When it snows, she has not fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.  She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.  

Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.  She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.  She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.  She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:  "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."  Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.  ~ Proverbs 31: 10-30
A few of my favorite things:  Champagne, Chocolate, Flowers &
my Husband (it doesn't hurt that he is doing the dishes, either) O:o)

This lovely, large & lanky bird was spotted on the roof of a neighbor's house.  Maybe it wasn't too funny the gift that it left behind...(ahem).

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Speaking of LMLD...have you not purchased your THE LITTLE ORATORY book?  I am waiting for the upcoming, long weekend, so that I may savor every page in peace...I allowed myself one little peek.  Can't wait!!!

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

~ The Easter Eggstravaganza & Menu ~

Have you moved on from Easter...?  Even though we celebrate for 50 days, here are some pics from our Easter Morning.  I am SO BACK-BLOGGED!

Every year we like to celebrate with the same delicious fare...maybe we add a couple new dishes & decor, in order to keep things a little interesting.  But we always, ALWAYS, serve the dishes we love and crave.  Including:

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Leg of Lamb with Rosemary

(not pictured) Macaroni Salad, Mandarin Orange Salad, & Quinoa
More Easter fare...

Grandma's Jello & Auntie's Peep Cookies

Mouth-watering, soft, warm, Buttery Pretzels...(from Good Friday)

Liquid Refreshments & Libations...
From the grandpa to the youngest, there was something for everyone!

The Decor...

The Easter Baskets...
Simple & Sweet
The Easter Bonnet...


Finger-pointer:  Do your school work!
Confused Child:  School work?!  What's that??
Finger-pointer:  Guess!

Confused Child:  Is it something that you do on Google+???

cartoonists:  Conductor, Little Lamb & the mama - we just kept adding to the fun, til it was done.   :o)


I cannot express how delighted I was to receive this gift...absolutely wonderfully made, lovely hand-made napkins.  They were a gift from my sister-in-laws mother.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I am still excited.  Can you tell?  It was an incredibly thoughtful and generous gift...and I just LOVE THEM!!!

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~+~ Blessings ~+~