Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ
2 Peter 3:18

Monday, August 20, 2012

History project

Today we made necklaces from a celtic warrior design. originally this dragon design was made into a brooch to hold their heavy skin cloaks around their shoulders. But shrinky dinks make better necklaces!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


I wear goggles to eat breakfast. Is this going to be a problem?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Homeschool day 1!

We began our adventure into the world of homeschooling today! I got the wrinkles out of my denim jumper, oxi cleaned my keds, and got my hair up into a fantastic bun. Wilson was dressed and at the table ready to be wowed at 6:00 am.


We actually began a little after 8 and we both had on t shirts and were barefoot. Wilson did greet me nose to nose with a huge grin at about 6:45 asking if today was his first day. I told him yes, but to go away we weren't starting yet! He quickly worked through everything on our to do list and we were done before 10! He had done a little work this summer, so in the coming weeks it will take a little longer. Throw in drive time to pick up and drop off the girls at preschool and I bet will be finishing right around lunch time...perfect!

We did history today (we'll be alternating between history & science) and learned about the roman empire and its eventual fall at the hand of invading barbarians. Wilson and miller loved looking at my scrapbook from my summer in rome and another book that I purchased while there. It has photographs of modern day rome and its ruins with clear pages that lay over those completing the picture with what the scene would have looked like originally.

When school was over we made sugar cookie columns and then pretended to be barbarians invading and tire them up (and had a yummy snack). Later Wilson came down from his room to show me the lego roman soldier he had made for the school table. Awesome!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Still more firsts...

Eliza grace got the first cotton candy at the table tonight at old venice. She had no idea what to think!!! "mom what's this?" I told her you eat it and she did not believe me! When she finally touch her tongue to it she was not impressed. Then I showed her how to pull a piece off and put it in her mouth. "mmmm, it's tasty!" She took a few more bites and decided it made a better a sword.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

What are sisters for?

We're in the middle of a great thunderstorm. The girls ran to me screaming after each of the first four or five claps. Then they were quiet. Here's where I found them. Guess it's easier to be brave with your sissy by your side.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ah, Mississippi...

Where it's too hot to swim outside at 9:30 in the morning!  Swimsuits and cold water in moms tub will have to do.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Renovation Update 1

 Kitchen Before
Lovely wallpaper, tile with so much crud on it we finally ripped it up and stained the concrete as a temporary bandaid, blue carpet going up the stairs, pantry door opening into breakfast area, huge glass window and door, island that was too small to be useful, the only drawer in the whole place big enough for a silverware basket was the one in the little desk, ovens fell out of the wall, I could go on... (look at baby Wilson- he was just three!)

Kitchen After

Ahhhh!  Much better.  Island, gone. wallpaper, gone. Tile, gone.  Much more orderly, totally functional.  Everything in its place- even Jack!

 Master Bath Before
Again with the wallpaper, tub too big, shower too small, black tile, too many doors, in one word- GROSS!

Master Bath After
So much better.  The linen closet is where the tub used to be to give you a reference.  We moved the tub, enlarged the shower and added the arch. 
 Back Hall Before/After
Before there was black carpet that can only be described as the backside of velcro, and, like everything else in the house, the walls were purple.  We moved the entrace to the master bedroom down (you'll have come over to understand this move if you've been in our house previously), added the nook with power strip for all of our bags and charging phones.  Lastly the stairs to the bonus room were reworked so that you can now enter from the house instead of the garage.  In the photo on the left you get a teaser of the master bedroom- is that windows I see!? 

For those who didn't know me four and a half years ago when we bought the house we're currently in, it was a bit of a fixer upper.  We loved the neighborhood and the size of the house, but that's about it.  We redid a little here and there as we could and then did some major demo about a two years ago.  Right after that demo we realized the Lord was taking us on a different path.  A path to South Korea.  So our kitchen sat with a huge hole in the wall (and a social worker walking through it!) for about two more years.  This February we finally got started on making this our dream house.  All in all it took about eight weeks- thank you so much to my in laws who let us crash with them for 6 of those weeks!  We now have a new kitchen, master suite, bonus room that is my studio and our guest room, and the old studio/office/sunroom is now the playroom/school room.  I've still got some details left in our bedroom, the bonus and play/school rooms, so I'll post pics of those later.  We also redid the floors throughout the first floor, so the den and dining room look all fresh and pretty too (same wood as in  the kitchen).  We are LOVING it and finally feeling like this is where we can stay for a long time!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Eliza Grace's Baptism

On November 6th Eliza Grace was baptised as a covenant child in our church.  It was such a special way to celebrate Orphan Sunday as she and our friend Betsy were baptised by our families as a sign of the covenant that we have with Lord and as further proof that they are orphans no more!  She and Miller wore their beautiful hanboks and got many sweet compliments.  What a great day for our family!