Sunday, December 30, 2012

“In Essentials, Unity; in Non-Essentials, Liberty; in all things Charity.”

There’s no such thing as a factory-made Christian. No assembly lines or quality checks.

Christians come in all shapes and sizes and wrappers. A Christian may wear makeup and another may not. Some Christians listen to country music, or even *gasp* "Christian" Rap. Other Christians listen to blue grass, classical, or hymns only. Some of our brothers and sisters, don't "do" the Facebook thing, and even have a hard time with text messaging. Some wear only skirts and others wear slacks or even (horror of horrors!) jeans to church. Some have tattoos and some don't. Christians go to college, and others may not. Some Christians celebrate Christmas and others don't. Some Christians drive cars, and some have beards, solemn clothing, and ride horses around. Christians may have worship bands in their church, or choirs, but some have neither one.
We are a diverse group. There is no formula in the Bible that tells us exactly how to dress, how to talk, how to act, what holidays to celebrate, what music to listen to, what kind of education to pursue, or whether or not to drive cars. There are hints and precepts but there is no checklist, no neon flashing signs.

We do have many things in common, we are Christians. We are God's people, His children, His chosen ones, His Bride. We all strive to honor God and do what we understand to be His will for us.
Certainly there are things that I believe, and hold to be right, and His will, but let's not quibble over little things; like if it is wrong to wear bright colored clothing, or if it is better to dance and clap your hands while you worship than it is to stand straight.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Bigness of Life

[I don't remember when I wrote this, obviously during the summer, but it has sat around in my drafts for quite a while. I find my thoughts then still ring true with my thoughts now so I will post it, even if it is belated.]

Over the past two months, I have started to realise just how big life is. Well, I suppose I started to have an inkling of it when my dad had his heart attack, when the house burned down, and when my baby brother was born - but it is now in the quiet lull of business yet to come and business past that I have thought about it much.

Yes there is much to life. Rain, sun, plants, bugs, animals, crop failures and successful crops. There are silly games to be played, times for serious thinking. There are the chores to do, and then of course friends to hang out with and have fun with. There are the big things in life, and then the small.
And what about the future? What is going to happen? Who will I marry, how many children will I have? Will I be a good mother, a good wife? Am I going to marry? Will I write a book someday? Where am I going to live - what about my dream home up in the mountains with a little herd of goats and a garden? I am afraid one of my weaknesses is wondering about the future.

Fall Festival, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Bike Ride, and Nature Trail

November, 2012

Grandma's church as an event every year that they call the Fall Festival. My sister and I went with Grandma to help out.

I worked at the craft table,

and my sister helped at the lemonade stand.

While we were there my sister and I made friends with this little gem of a girl. :)
It was a long day and when it was all finished we brought home FIFTEEN pumpkins!
The pumpkins require a post all to themselves. I've been having fun experimenting with different ways to use pumpkins.
The church was going to throw them away to make way for Christmas decorations so we just took them all home. :) So far we've used five. Eaten two, and gave three away.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Beach, the Bay, and Crabs

So, where were we?

We were moving happily along in or plans for heading to Belize when God rudely interrupted us and sent us reeling. What was He thinking?

I say He was thinking up a might good plan. Now that He has taken our focus off of Belize, (even if it was a painful removal) I can't exactly say we know for sure what we are looking at now, but none the less things are going on and at a right steady pace. Let me see if I can catch all y'all up on our life.

If I recall correctly, my older brother is still with us at this point in our story. We got the call from Dads work while we were in Louisiana. We continued on to Texas where we picked up my older brother stayed there for a few days with friends then instead of going across the border we turned around and returned to Louisiana for a week. From there back to Alabama to my Grandma. My big brother stayed in Alabama for a week before returning to Arizona.
The Latter Part of October

Here are a few shots from our first week in Alabama.

Hehe, haha, My big brother had his graduation party from high school at Grandma's that week. Here's baby chowing down on the graduation cake. :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Remembering Grandpa

I've been thinking about my grandpa tonight. He passed away over a year ago now. November 14, 2011. I was thinking and I realized that I didn't write anything about him on the one year aniversary of his death. It's not because I don't miss him, I do. The first week or so after his death I struggled with feelings of hypocrisy. I didn't cry, I slept fine at night. (Although if I took a nap in the day I would dream of the funeral and wake up drained and not refreshed.)  It took me a while to realize that I didn’t have to have extreme outward signs of distress to grieve.

I didn’t write about him and I didn't STOP on that day, one year later, and think about Grandpa. I thought about him yes, even tried to write about him, but I was doing my school or going out on the river. That day I did not feel like writing about him. It is not an obligation to write about him, yet many people do write about their loved ones on the day of their passing away.  I do not like to write unless I have the writing feeling. It just didn’t come that day. I tried to make it come but it wouldn’t so I left well enough alone.

Now I do have the writing feeling.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

We are Not Moving to Belize

photo credit

It was while we were in Louisiana that my dad got a call from work. His boss said that he couldn't let my dad go to Belize and work there. So that was the end of it. All in one phone call. All of our plans, work, and time we put into it, more than a year, all of our expectations, hopes, desires, and as we felt our duty, were all put to nothing in one phone call.

I notised my parents acting a little fishy and I wondered what was up. Mom told me we were going to stay with our friends for another day. Okay, yipee another day. I was definetly not looking forward to saying goodbye so postponing our departure was very good news for me. But I still wondered what was going on. The next day our parents told us. I was very dissapointed.

We decided to stick with our plans and to continue on to Texas

Thursday, November 22, 2012


Sunday - Thursday, October 14 - 18
We had fun in Texas visiting with friends. Here are some pictures of our time there.

One day we took a trip into Dentin. We breezed through the court house, stopped at a coffee shop, browsed through a second hand book store, and went gold digging in a thrift store. (We found quite a few gems but were low on space and didn't take any back)

Court House
Because I have a fascination for crooked pictures...

They turned the old court house into a museum. A new one was built in another part of the city.
I just love these old fashioned kitchens. I want one like this in my own house some day. Well almost, maybe I'd like a liiitle more counter space. ;)

Alabama: Part Two

Sunday, October 7

we went to Grandma's church. I've sorta grown up there. We visited often over the years and I remember playing on the play ground, making a friend there which I kept through the years because we visited often enough.

I love playing the piano in that building. The sound just wells up in there and fills the whole room. I could play for hours upon hours in that building. I love going in there when nobody else is around and just singing and playing to my hearts content. Sacred and solemn, joyful, beautiful, sad, confusion and turmoil, peace and contentment, praise. Playing on that piano in that room, I can make the music speak.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Alabama: Part One

I made a mistake in my last post. We did not go to Louisiana until after we had visited Alabama. This is the real order starting at Georgia. Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas. I had posted out of order and put Louisiana first. Sorry if that's a little confusing. The dates I wrote for Louisiana are all wrong. Those dates actually belong to Alabama. So, I'll just start all over again.

Monday, September 31 [Update: 11/22/12, Ahh! Why did I put Speteber 31? There is no Septeber 31! This was actually Monday, October 1]

We got to my grandma's place in Alabama late Sunday night. I can't remember if grandma met us at the door or not, it was a while ago and things have kinda blurred together in my memory. Anyways, I'll just get started with the pictures. We stayed in Alabama for a whole week. Here's (quite) a few snapshots of what we did that week.

We went out on the river of course...

Monday, November 12, 2012


Monday, September 31 [ Update: 11/22/12, I wrote the dates wrong on this post. This actually happened in the early part of October, after we had been in Alabama for about a week.]

We got in to Louisiana late Sunday night. After greeting our friends in whispers and pajamas, we quickly went to our prepared places of rest and plunged into a very deep sleep. It's amazing how hours of being cramped in a vehicle can make a sofa feel like as if you were enveloped in a cloud. (Although I've heard that clouds are actually very wet and cold.... but let us leave that to the scientist.)

The next week was filled with both joy and sadness. This would be the last time we saw these folks for a very long time. With laughs and smiles that were both genuine and sad we spent these days trying not to think about the day we were going to leave. Here are a few pictures of our time there. (Please note there will be no pictures of faces as our friends have asked to be kept private.)

The second oldest is growing avocados. This is her second try. The first two died after she put them in soil. I was quite impressed, I've always wanted to grow avocados, my older brother has.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Teenager n. A young person that shows irrevocable signs of being a jug-head and/or is driven by insatiable selfish desires

Who are we?

There is this thing that has been bothering me lately.
The misconception people have that "teenagers" (any young person 12 through 18 or 19) are practically a different creature than "adults" (any person that is finished with college and may or may not have children). Teenagers either think differently, see differently, dress differently, eat differently, think they're smarter than their parents, listen to horrible noises that they call music, practically LIVE for fashions and celebrities, or have a chronic disease called "irresponsibility". Teenagers get a "mouth off for free" and a "party, have sex, get high and get drunk for free" card. After all they're teenagers and that's what teenagers do. (I don’t mean to say that adults approve of these things, but they sure aren’t doing anything to stop it. Oh, and handing out condoms doesn’t help.)

And then there's "My crazy college days". This is the same thing as the teenage years except for two differences.


Sunday night, September 30

On our way to Louisiana we stopped in Georgia. We did not stay long at all, only for a few hours. We have some friends that live there, they used to live in South Carolina. They went to the same church we did and we lived right next door to each other for a while. (I was too little to remember that part but I do remember their house.)

Seeing these people was two things, strange and dreamlike, but also like we had never left. I used to call the mom Aunt Lasagna. For some reason Tanya was very hard for me to remember. Em---- was there and S------ to but their middle brother was not. He died last year from a heart attack. It was very different not having him there. He was my "boyfriend" when I was little and we played together all the time. S------ didn't remember us, he had only been a baby back then, but I remember him. He and my little sister would play out on the sun porch with the big blocks. I was the only one of us young people that remembered anybody. Mom and Dad did perfectly and talked and talked.
They had dinner waiting for us when we got there. Pizza, lemonade, and some dessert. It was good, and boy let me tell you, I was hungry.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

South Carolina: Part Three

I have not posted about our travels in quite a while. The days are kinda blurring together so I will have to go real quickly through the rest of the pictures to get all y'all caught up on current events in the H--------- household.

Right, so South Carolina. Here are the rest of the pictures.

Saturday, September 29

These pictures are all from the Jockey Lot. A huge outdoor flea market where you can practically do ALL of your shopping. From pigs to socks, guitars and lotions... anything you can think of you can find here. We used to go here often when we were little. Sometimes Dad would buy us a bag of boiled peanuts to munch on as we walked around. The place used to seem very big when I was little but somehow it shrunk in size over the years.

One time in the indoor section I started following a man in a huge brown overcoat. Dad had one similar to is and I thought it was him. When I found out it wasn't I was so scared and didn't know what to do. I stood there in the middle of the walk way my mind racing trying to figure out if I should go searching or to stay put and wait for them to find me. Thankfully Dad found me before I had made up my mind. After that I stayed very close to my family.

Another time before that, I don't even remember the event myself - have only heard Mom and Dad talk about it, we bought a pot bellied pig and we named it Jack. I don't remember getting him but I do have a faint recollection of the car ride home. It was stinky. We didn't keep Jack for long but I do have a few personal memories of him.... Like the time Mom and Dad gave him a bath with SOAP. (Don't laugh please, I beg for the cover of ignorance.) They were giving him a bath in preparation of the greased pig chase. (Which by the way I remember, it was very funny and scary with Jack running all over the place.) Oh man, you wouldn't believe the fuss he put up. He screamed and squealed and screamed and kicked and thrashed around as if he was seeing the light of day for the last time. The whole neighbor hood must have heard him for miles around. First I was up close watching but Mom screamed to me, "Stand back!" I went up on the back porch and watched the whole thing with eyes opened wide.

Anyways, I could tell you more about Jack but we must get on with the Jockey Lot.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

South Carolina: Part Two

Tuesday, September 25

We didn't do very much this day. Just has breakfast did school work... just like we used to. :)

Look at these two little sleepy heads.... <3

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

South Carolina: Part One

Sunday, September 23

Having left Indiana we head for South Carolina. Here are some traveling pictures.

Now isn't this great? It was so odd to see this design on the bag.
Yes, we are on the road.

Late night supper in Tennisee

He was soo wired. He had so much fun flipping the pages in the Juke Box, and climbing up and down from the benches, and crawling over Mom as he tried to do a face plant in the waffle.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Indiana: Part Two

As for everything we did in Indiana, it wasn't a whole lot. I will just breeze through this real fast because as of right now, I am three states behind in my writing. So, Indiana.

The night we got there I didn't do much of anything except eat and go to bed. Aunt Rita had ordered some pizza so that's what I had for dinner.

Friday, September 21

The next morning I slept in. We stayed at the house all that day. We walked the dogs through the familiar patch of woods, played with the baby, and when I wasn't doing that I was writing about Arizona. So here are a few photos of an ordinary day.

He had a lot of fun with the magnets.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Indiana: Part One

Thursday, September 20

Wednesday night, I am packing up my things.

I didn't get up any earlier than I normally did because my flight was at eleven o'clock, but we did hurry through the morning. We were completely ready to go at eight thirty which was when we had planned on leaving. But first, we took some pictures with my dog. Because after all, that was why I was there, to drop her off with them. We can't take her with us to Belize. I am going to miss her. :(

We left just a few minutes after eight thirty. It was a long drive into Phoenix, my grandparents were nervous about the traffic, but we got there without any problems. Inside the airport we managed things like pros.... we only stood around totally confused once. ;)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Arizona: Part Two

Monday, September 17

I spent the morning packing my things and getting ready to go to my grandparents. When they arrived I said goodbye to Grandpa Larry and brought my things out to the van. I was happy to see them. :) Grandma was glad to see Dixie too, said she had missed her. Grandma had a birthday present to drop off at her friends house so we went there first. She was at work so we just left the package on the door. Next we went to Grandpa's grandsons house and dropped something off there too. I don't remember what it was. Jake came out to meet us, he was just getting ready to head to his football practise or something. After that we stopped at McDonald's and I got an apple pie.

That's Grandpa in the purple. He does not have a beard.

They had packed a lunch so I pulled out a peanut butter jelly and had my pie for desert. Dixie was walked and then we were ready to make the drive. It wasn't very long and soon enough I began to recognise places from when our family was there last winter.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Arizona: Part One

Wednesday, September 12
This was the day I left Missouri, the last time I would see it, or anybody in it, for at least two years. That morning my younger brother and I went to our neighbors house before school so I could say goodbye to them. They live in the same house we used to rent right after our house burned down so its kinda funny to see other people using the house. When we got there only the mom and the oldest daughter was awake but news quickly spread that we were here so the other children got up. The oldest girl was wearing regular clothes, a skirt and a T-shirt. We talked a lot and we got to help milk their cow. I am not very good at that, I've done it maybe about four times. It made my arms and wrists sore so I didn't do it very long. After we milked the cow we headed back inside and they got ready for school. The girls became Mennonites when they put on their dresses and caps. They are not really but they go to the Mennonite school. We left at breakfast and carried out a gallon of milk with us.

Goodbye Tour

The upcoming posts that I will be writing will be about our Goodbye Tour. I'll write a post about each state we go to in parts. Part One, Part Two.... that kind of thing. The first one is Arizona Part One.

Monday, September 17, 2012


There are lots of clocks in my grandpas office. They tick, second hand jumping, not at all simultaniously. TICK tick tick TICK. I count four of them. And I think about time.

What time is it? That was a long time ago. I don't have enough time. One time. Time to get up. What time do you want me to be there? 

Dr. Who says that time is a big ball of timey wimey... stuff. To God time must be very much like the Dr. described. He knows everything from the begining to the end. He doesn't have to wait for something to happen. It's not like a timeline that He has to wait on, He allready knows. I, on the other hand, see time quite the normal way. Like a time line, one day after the other. Can't go back, can't go forward. I forget the past, and don't know the future.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Saying Goodbye

This past week has been stressful. It is my last week here in Missouri. I am flying out to Arizona to stay there for about a week. I will leave my dog with my grandparents since we can't take her with us to Belize. Here is a compilation of my facebook status's that relate to the topic of saying goodbye.

August 31, 2012
Looking forward to some fun with my piano teacher! I'm going over to her house today to play some duets, talks, just have fun. :) Oh boy, time is flying. Its getting closer. Working on saying goodbye.

August 31, 2012
Driving in the rain today I watched the leaves fall, the wind blow. This world is beautiful. Especially my little corner of it. Familiar places, lovely faces. It's time to make a new home. I'm starting to say good bye.

September 5, 2012
I sweep out crumbs from the floor of the truck. Crushed animal crackers, stale french fries, some cheerios. I said goodbye to my piano teacher today.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Raindrops in a Barrel

[The picture is not mine, I found it on the internet.]

I ate a soapy chocolate bar last night. It made me smile, and made my tongue curl in weird shapes.... then my brother and I drove home.

[Following a conversation about journals]

"Time is weird to think about. The past, present, future."

"What past?"

"Oh, any past, personal past, history past. Just past. 'Cuase, you wouldn't think a day would make a difference. But there are three hundred sixty-five days in a year. A lot can happen in a year. But then again, a year doesn't make much difference in the grand scheme of things.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Have I Learned To Be Content?

Philippians 4:11 - Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

I was thinking about this today, sometimes I think I have learned to be content and sometimes not.

Some things I worry about: My future, how I look, our country, my brother; who, when, or even if, I am going to be married. Will I be a good wife, a good mother? Does my worrying mean I doubt God? Sometimes I am not content with my family, or myself even. I wish I was better.

But then again, here are some things I do not worry about: My future, how I look, our country, my brother; who, when, or even if, I am going to be married. Will I be a good wife, a good mother? I know that I do not doubt God. I am content with my family and could wish for no different, I am content with myself, and I do the best I can.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

One Day, I Was Born

One day, I was born. Soon after I made my first trip to church. Ever since then, like a faithful hen laying its one egg everyday, I've returned nearly every week - only missing a few Sundays because of sickness. In addition to that for many years we came to Wednesday night church as well. Ever since I was baby I was surrounded by a Christian environment. My life was saturated with it. Christian parents, Christian family, Christian friends, Christian music, Christian books, Christian summer camps, Christian movies; reading and understanding the King James Version of the Bible is second nature to me, I have a Christian thought pattern, I see through the eyes of one redeemed by Christ.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I Am Going To Miss....

So I haven't said much since announcing our move. Things have been busy here at home. Packing, cleaning, sorting, paperwork, occasional waves of amazement and overwhelment, packing, working, worrying about how many books we can take, and oh, did I mention packing? Let me clarify, almost every possible thing is out of the bag and only some things are in, what is in, we are not sure if it is going to stay in. Packing.

Monday, July 30, 2012

We're Moving!


The majority of this post is a copy of my facebook status today]

Well, I was going to make a blog post about this, but I'm just not up to the task of creating something well written and trying to explain everything. Simply put, our family is moving to Belize. If you've kept up with my blog and my own and my family's facebook status's or know us intimately you might have an idea why. If not, well I don't have time or know how to explain all the details.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Solar Oven!

Our camera has been lost for a while but my brother found it yesterday when he was cleaning out the truck. We are very glad to have it back and now I have no reason to not post about the solar oven I made. I've got pictures and everything. :) So, here it is!

First I looked around online and found a blue print for one. I printed out several pages...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tales of a Little Munchkin

What does one say? There's nothing but the usual, what I normally say. We've been busy!

What have we been busy with? Well I could tell you about the new solar oven I made, or the garden my brother is doing, or the fun time we had when my older brother came to visit, or the shed my dad and little brother made, or how big the baby is growing and what a bundle of joyous trouble he is, or about the chickens. Maybe I could tell you about my recent endeavours in getting a lot of my school done, (I did two days worth of math yesterday. ;) my hopes of graduating soon, or about the recent swarm of butterflies that have taken over our place, or suppose I informed you of the monkey we have living in our woods. What would you say to that? I'll tell you what the boy at church said, he insisted we did not have a monkey in our woods, monkeys don't live in the Mid West don't ya know? But how would he know? He wasn't there, he didn't hear it chattering angrily at our dogs or see the blood spots they came back with. Maybe it got out of the zoo. Just a thought here.

Yes all that has been happening and much more. More than I could tell you. But for right now I am just going to tell you about something small. Something that made me smile the other day.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Home Sweet Home

                                                                         Over view of our Winter Trip:
1. We left Missouri Noveber 16, 2011
2. Arived in Alabama November 18, 2011
3.  We three children visited friends in Lousiana, arived November 20, 2011
3. November 19, 2011 Older brother goes to Arizona to get a job
3. November 20, 2011 Parents return to Missouri to tie up lose ends for the winter - things we hadn't had time to attend to before the funeral.
4. Mid December Mom, Dad, the baby, and the three of us head out to Arizona.
5. January 27, 2012 Older brother stays in Arizona and the rest of us head South back down to Lousiana.
6. Early February we leave Lousiana and go back to Alabama.
7. March 31, 2012 We arive home back in Missouri.

There has come an end to our travels. We have been back home since the last day of March, that's about two weeks. It is so good to be back home. Familiar places, familiar faces. :) So, First I'll start off with a compilation of some of my face book status's since we've been back. Beware, a very eclectic post awaits you. :)

March 30, 2012
On the road again, on the road again. The --------- are on the road again. Goin' back to their home again!
Yay! We've had a great time while traveling but I will be glad to get back to the land and our church. :)
March 31, 2012
Well we're almost there. We stopped at a hotel in Warrensburg (Oh the irony...) My brother may have a dentists appointment today and this is where the dentist is. We're ganna be back at our own place reaall soon. :)

April 1, 2012
It was so great to be back at our church again. Too see everybody again, to sing with them. Take communion in our own church again. :) I grinned the whole time during church. It is so good to be back. :) And my, how everyone has grown! It is a beautiful day. The sermon was great, next Sunday is Easter. :) yippee yippee I am so happy. :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Black Water River Florida

March 9-11, 2012 is when we took this canoe trip. :)

So my grandma lives in Alabama real close to Florida. We wanted to go canoe camping and we chose the Black Water River in Florida, not far away, about an hour and a half. We had tons of gear packed, it is easy to carry a bunch of stuff in canoes. But still, I was worried it wouldn't all fit. I thought it might weigh the boats down too much and make them tippy.

I was in charge of packing food this time. Before I've always helped Mom with the food preparations on our camping trips, I've never done it myself so it was a challenge. At the very end Mom helped out and added in extra food, like a loaf of bread, peanut butter and jelly, and things for coffee.

Our family is not know for it's speed. In fact I think we're known to always be at least thirty minutes late. So not surprisingly, we had decided to try to get in the boats around ten o'clock in the morning. We made it to the river at three in the afternoon. Not bad I must say with all the extra stops we made on the way. ;)

This is one of Mom's favorite places. Stuckeys.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Alamo

Well Our time in Arizona had to come to an end. We drove back down south to visit our friends in Louisiana and then later back to Grandmas in Alabama. On our way back we stopped in Texas to visit the Alamo. A place my Mom has wanted to go to for years. After driving several times around the blocks in the center of the city we finally found a place to park. We put our quarters in the meter and walked about three blocks to our destination.
This is the first view I got of the Alamo.
It was very disappointing to find that the Alamo, the place where that grand battle was fought, was in the middle of the city with tall office buildings towering above just on the other side of the street. I had always envisioned it being in the middle of the desert With remains of the compound and not just the little church building. I always thought of it as way out in the open where it would easy to imagine the struggle that took place there. No such thing here. The dusty ground in my imagination with cacti growing and tumbleweeds blowing was covered over in roads and sidewalks. Cars drove over the "sacred" ground of my imagination leaving exhaust fumes in the air. It was really a let down.

Photo Gallery

[March 16, 2012 Well I guess I won't be adding any more pictures to this page because I've got plenty of pictures in my posts. I made this page before I knew how to put pictures in the posts themselves]

This is the remains of our house. You can see the red shed in the background. Most of the front half was destroyed. The windows were broken and we got water damage in result of the firemen's hoses. Dad called Scrapper Dan and sold him the metal pieces of whatever he could salvage. This is a later picture, you can see that Scrapper Dan has already taken the big steal frame of the house.

These are the goats and our big dog Remus. They had all ran off when the house was burning. Thankfully they came back. The goats like to dig around in the ashes and sniff at things. (They also like all the normal goat stuff like jumping on cars, playing king of the hill, and other goaty things.)

Second Hiking Trip, Meeting Mr. Jim.

So here is the long over due post about our second hiking trip in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona.
If you havent read about our first trip click here.

Like last time their were no maps provided to take with you on the trail so I took a picture of the big one at the trail head.

We started at the Peralta Trail Head. Here is the route we planned to take: start at 104,  L. on 104, R. on 238, R. on 107, R. to stay on 107, R. on 108, L. on 104, and back at the trail head.
The first time when it was all four of us we made camp for the night on 107 probably about a third of the way after where you can get off on 111.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Seeing Through New Eyes

I was doing my eye wash the other day and I was thinking about some things.

Before I got my glasses I noticed acutely what others could see and what I could not. I complained, mostly to myself but sometimes I voiced my thoughts. Well I recently got my glasses and contacts.

When Dad and I were in the glasses store I remember trembling with excitement that now we were going to fix it. I was going to be able to see what others can. I sat in that big strange chair and the eye doctor put different slides of glass into the view finder. Things became clearer and clearer. I continued to tremble.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Banana Bread, Stuffed Cabbage, and Macho Nachos

For breakfast the other day we had banana bread. We lost our own recipe so I looked for one online. This is what I found, I added some vanilla and cinnamon. I didn't have quite as many bananas as it called for, I think that's why the batter seemed kind of dry at first. I just added some milk and it fixed it right up. Everybody said it was great, I'm thinking this recipe is a keeper.  :) Click here for the recipe.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Embracing Your Womanhood

Okay some of you might remember that quite a while back; earlier last summer, I was working on a project for Girlscouts called the Ideal World Clinic. My sister had a presentation to do about healthy foods, and mine was on the biblical role of women. I wrote about it here. Well I never did get the video going but in this post I have changed things a little bit and made it more readable from my original speech version to a written version. So that's it for my itroductory comments, enjoy the read. :)


Bacon Chicken Dumplings

Click here for the recipe

This recipe was delicious! The only thing is that it needed more bacon and I think not so much dumplings although Mom said it was just right. And, I really don't like it when recipes call for other recipes! Like poultry seasoning (I don't have a bottle of poultry seasoning in the spice cabinet) and biscuit mix. I looked in a recipe book for the biscuit mix, and didn't bother with the poultry seasoning but just added the spices I normally do for this kind of thing.

Savory Breakfast Muffins
Click here for the recipe. :)

This was a good recipe. Really liked it. :) There were just a few things I did differently. It needs more bacon, I added onions, and cheese. Besides that I did everything just the same. My family loved it and I could hardly keep my older brother from eating all the leftovers. (The leftovers that I was saving for HIM!)    haha ;)

Acorn Squash Soup

2 medium acorn squash or butternut squash
3 c. chicken broth
3 c. milk
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 c. creamy peanut butter

1. Half the squash and scoop out seeds. Bake in the oven upside down at 350* for an hour or until done. It helps to add a little water in the bottom of the pan.

2. Scoop out the flesh and mash it up in a bowl or put it in a food processor.

3. Put all the ingredients in the pot except peanut butter and heat thoroughly. When it is hot take out a cup of soup and put the peanut butter in it and then add it back to the pot. Cook a little longer and then it's ready to eat.

This recipe was super easy. We cooked a pumpkin a few days ago and made a bunch of yummy stuff with it. I saved out about four cups (one very full quart sized bag) in the freezer and just put it in the refrigerator two days ahead of time to thaw. One thing I almost always do with recipes is to add more seasonings than it says. I used a lot more nutmeg and not much Cinnamon only because we ran out. The soup is pretty thin so maybe next time I might add something else to it.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

An Appreciation Meal for the Right to Life Volunteers

Today we went to an appreciation dinner with Grandma. She volunteers with the Right to Life effort and they were having a banquet for all those who volunteer.

Water's Edge and Outback Cooking
The meal was at lunch time, they rented out space in a really cool old fashioned lodge themed restaurant. There were round tables all over the room with chocolates in the center. People filled the large room and the whole place hummed loudly with talking. Some people were busy setting up the sound and screen and others were getting boxes full of  papers set out on some tables. We were greeted by a lady wearing purple, Grandma signed in and we set our things at one of the tables.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Making Peanut Butter

This picture was taken after the fact. I didn't think to take pictures while I was doing it so I had to set it up this way. :( 
So a couple days ago I got this notion that I wanted to make peanut butter. There was a deal going on at the grocery store for buy one get one free on a jar of peanuts. My unsuspecting Dad brought home the nuts and immediately I declared I was going to make peanut butter. Well I didn't make it that day or the next or the next and before I knew it there was only half a jar left! This morning at breakfast Dad was spreading some all ready made peanut butter on his pancakes, a privilege we children rarely enjoy. Well I wanted some of that peanut butter so I asked Mom if I made peanut butter today if I could have some right now on my pancakes. She said yes, the deal was struck so I had to be sure to make the peanut butter today. And I did.

The Joys of Siblings

Just an account of what we three middle siblings did today at Grandmas:

Well we went out on the river again. This time we took with us Jill, Jex, and Pappy. We started off headed for Nelsons Fishery, the same place my grandma used to boat to to get groceries. I wanted to go inside and see if there was somebody that might have worked there a long time. I wanted to ask this friendly white haired old man if he had any recollection of my grandmothers family and to see if he could tell us about our great grandfather - who I thought must have surely brought his boat full of fish there to unload. (Grandma later told me he actually took it further down river to Allen's) When we arrived we tied our boats and dogs to the root of a tree growing on the shore laden with oyster shells.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Hiking Trip and A Helicopter Ride

Okay well, I know it has been quite a while since my last post. Things get busy when you're travelling. We have made our rounds from Alabama, Louisiana, Arizona, Louisiana, and Alabama again... it seems like we've been all over the continent! I have missed our church and playing piano. I heard they are having a bluegrass concert this month and I will be missing out on it! :(

Well, let me tell you about one of two very  interesting hiking trips we went on. (short version)