Saturday, September 29, 2012

it pays to get up early...sometimes.

first things first.
thank you all so much for your love and encouragement about our home and story!
you all blessed my socks off and i am completely humbled by your kindness.
i had some major nerves about it, until i realized that it wasn't about me, it is all about Him.  will i EVER learn?  :)
God is so good!

so for today...
i'm not much of a morning person.
at all.
if you saw what i looked like in the morning, you would for sure run away.
it's not pretty, girls.
i mean, i think it's really unfair that some girls wake up and look fabulous!
not me.  i can't see until my contacts are in, and my hair is a WHOLE other story.
i wish i was a morning girl because my life would be so much easier,
but it's something that i constantly struggle with.
yesterday, i was forced to get up at 6a.m., so that i could have jack to the dentist by 7:30a.m..
once i got my eyeballs in and showered up(coffee in hand), 
i realized that there are some pretty awesome reasons to be up before the sun...

sweet time with my sleepy boy.
he is such a trooper, i tell ya.
i love spending time with just one.  i can say yes to the gas station smoothie, and yes to the front seat.
things that are normally no's...and it's so fun for me to spoil just one.
i feel like i look old in this pic...

you wouldn't know it from this picture, 
but we are headed to one of our favorite junk places. the 'amish walmart'.
aka.  junk heaven!

on top of the amish ridge.

we are so blessed to live in this beautiful country. 
i literally cannot get enough of this view.  
it's on the way to church, on the way to town, and every time, i gasp in awe of the beauty of it all.
fall is definitely my fave.
could someone pass me a pumpkin latte, por favor?

we even spotted a few fun fall 'campy' treasures while on our detour coming home from the dentist.
i wish i would have taken pictures of what the amish store looks like for you guys, but they were unloading lumber and i didn't feel like i could since they are against photos of themselves. 
BELIEVE me, this place is dirty, and you have to dig, sometimes deep, AND a flashlight would be nice because the back pole shed gets....well....dark and icky.
i dug out this retro water cooler and the red plaid camping grill below.
i thought they would add some fun pops of fall color and camp spirit.
i have never seen a grill like that before.  have you?
it's all metal and when you take the top off,  there is a little grill grate on top and a space for *tiny* firewood underneath. 
the holes on the bottom are where the ashes fall.
the best part?  
i got both for $5. yay!

so maybe getting up early isn't all that bad.


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Home Made Lovely

 coffee's on, friends!  

 i am privileged to share our home at Heather's lovely place, Home Made Lovely, today.
God has done such amazing things within our family, especially in the past three years!
it never ceases to amaze me how He can bring something so beautiful, so honoring to Him, out of a seemingly horrible situation.
He truly is good all the time and with Him, there is ALWAYS hope.

hope to see you there!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Class:::2012-2013

it's been a while since i posted, huh?

i thought i'd pop in while the kids are busily and sometimes distractedly(?) doing their school.
my besties daughter came over the other day and snapped some pictures of my class this year.
it was very impromptu, so the kids are wearing their everyday duds, and their hair isn't perfect, but i love them even more for that because they are au natural.

8th grade

6th grade

3rd grade

1st grade

i am SO happy to have these!
also, here's a peek at out school room.  
aka...the dining room.  

i switched some of my curriculum this year to My Father's World and we are LOVING it.
to say that i haven't been overwhelmed at times would be a lie, but overall, we are adjusting nicely.
my oldest, elly, has a heavier work load this year which is a challenge, but totally doable.
we are finding our groove and the Lord is blessing us along the way. 
if you think of it, pray for patience for me!  i need all the prayers i can get.  :)
hope your having a great day!
missed you guys lots!