Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"How much does he care?"

Been thinking seriously about homeschooling my kiddos.  Loved this quote by Charlotte Mason!  Thought I'd share.

“The question is not,—how much does the youth know? when he has finished his education—but how much does he care?
And about how many orders of things does he care? In fact, how large is the room in which he finds his feet set? And, therefore, how full is the life he has before him?”

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Birthday Grampy Moon!!!

We celebrated Grandpa Moon's birthday this last Tuesday.  We all went out to eat and enjoyed the evening together, ending it with cake and icecream at our place.  What a great day to celebrate this wonderful father and amazing grandpa. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010


We spent a great day together.  We spent it enjoying family, food, good conversation, and celebrating the abundant blessings we have received.

Sharing a picture (some butterflies) of what she is grateful for. 

Trying to get a picture of me in my apron.  It is hard (well hard for me) to take pictures of myself!

Friday, November 26, 2010

5 White Chairs

I finally bought 5 white chairs to go around the island.  I've been wanting white chairs since we finished the kitchen remodel and I found the perfect ones at Ikea.  We had Noah and Paige over the other day and all the kids fit around the island.  Love that!! 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

"Drawn To Our Work"

"When we plan some time for contemplation and renewal, we will feel drawn to our work instead of driven to it."

--Neil A Maxwell

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


We went crabbing a couple weeks ago with Dave, Sariah, and kids.  It was lots of fun!!


Sunday, November 21, 2010


           So, how do you get your kitchen from this......                

to this??     

Well there was a lot of this,

and then some of this,

and a whole lot of this.

Then you stop, and wait, and think.

Your happy with what you have, but look forward to the time you are able to add the finishing touches.

You save money and try to explain to people why you have a pipe sticking out of the wall and what a potfiller is exactly.   

 Then you add subway tile and make those curtains.   
 Then, finally, you decide you don't like said curtains.  You decide to redo them.  After 10 months the potfiller is finally installed.  (Sometimes its hard to find a good plumber.)  You finally find the perfect chairs to go around your island. 

 And now, drumroll please, you have a complete kitchen. 
That you absolutely love. 

So, I'll take you on a tour.  At first glance it may not look that different.   

But, here you see the notorious potfiller, right where it belongs.

The subway tile is in place.  I love the trim peice on the top, that was a last minute decision. 

Look, my desk is cleared off! 

Here is my little message center.  You can never have enough red! 

Here are the new curtains.  I just did these this last week.  I wanted a semi neutral, modern curtain.  I love the simplicity with a touch of soft blue.  I love the way that they turned out! 

I can't tell you how happy I am to look at this everyday.  It tells me that it really is all DONE! 

Here are my perfect chairs, perfect height, perfect depth, and aren't they pretty???

And, I finally have some books to fill up this bookcase.  They aren't all cookbooks yet, I improvised by adding some home organization and nutrition books to the mix.  Love it!

 Feeling so happy and blessed with how it all turned out.


The First 2000 Years Done!!

Loved it!!  I have such a better understanding of the overview of the first 2 thousand years of our history!  I loved all the insightful comments, so much to think about, and I now have a few other Skousen books in my Amazon wishlist and on my Christmas List!  Thanks Aaron for choosing this as a favorite!

AND, since I'm really into quotes lately, here is one of my favorite from the book. 

"Originally, it was intended in the divine economy of the Lord to set up an order wherein the mission of life for both men and women would be equal.  Through motherhood women acquire a superior position of influence over each rising generation.  This could completely eclipse the influence of their husbands.  Having given so great a mission to the mothers of the race, our Heavenly Father placed them under the presidency of their husbands to preserve a proper balance of power, influence and division of labor.  For this reason there is no power of presidency or Priesthood given to women.  The blessings of Priesthood which they enjoy must come to them through their husbands.  In this way a balance is maintained." 

Next I'm reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  I've actually already started!  Check out my original booklist here!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

We Must Become Readers!

As television turns our society into an increasingly image-dominated culture, Christians must continue to be people of the Word. When we read, we cultivate a sustained attention span, an active imagination, a capacity for logical analysis and critical thinking, and a rich inner life. Each of these qualities, which have proven themselves essential to a free people, is under assault in our TV-dominated culture. Christians, to maintain their Word-centered perspective in an image-driven world, must become readers.
--Gene Veith's Reading Between the Lines

Love this!  Doesn't it make so much sense!!  Inspires me to read so much more!

When Mom's Away...

I went to Time Out For Women couple a weeks ago and Steve and the kids hung out with Grandpa Moon and played in some hay!  We had to spread some hay on a portion of our property (long story) to get it into compliance with the our city's erosion control program.  We also had to put up that lovely black fabric fence you can see down below.  It started out clear the morning/afternoon when they began.  When I got home at 4:30pm they were all outside, in the pouring rain, wet, muddy, and cold.  They had lots of fun though.  Steve loved it just as much, if not more, then the kids did! 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Jute Rug

So, I'm looking for a new rug for in front of my kitchen sink and the entry.  I'm looking at this one from Pottery Barn.  It is on sale and is so soft, but still spendy.  Any suggestions on a great jute rug??

Pictures via pottery barn.  Also, love this girl's entry, so gorgeous and she has the jute rug.  I also want the light fixture she is hoping for.  Love it!  Funny, in this post she is talking about replacing her jute rug with something else.  I love the simplicity of the jute!