Friday, November 6, 2015

Fall Day Fun

Last Friday dawned sunny and cool. We dug out our winter coats, hats and mittens, and headed off to our nearby farmer's market for some fall day fun.

The Ida Reds were perfect for picking.

 Such a ham, this one!

 Smart girl! Made sure she could still eat her apple while carrying a pumpkin.

 I told them ahead of time that they needed to be able to carry their pumpkins themselves. Can you tell this is the child for whom rules instructions were made to be disobeyed.

Happy girls.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Where to Begin?

These past few weeks, I feel like the phrase Stay-at-Home-Mom is a complete joke. I have learned in my own way that to say I am "just-a-stay-at-home-mom" is not a justifiable phrase.Being home with or without children at home is a lot of work.

Anyhow, I digress. I am still at home when appointments and activities aren't taking me away. I am in a stage of life where women's health becomes even more important, and shall I say, interesting? Unfortunately I am not blessed with a nice family history of good health. Cancer is rampant in my mom's side of the family. Enough so, that I get to have the gamut of preventative/early detection tests. Fun stuff! ;o) I am thankful for these tests, but not all the appointments (and sometimes prep) that they entail. However, hopefully they will ensure that I stay cancer free and healthy for a long time yet.

In among all the appointments, mine -- and some of the children too, I am homeschooling the three youngest. It's been interesting, rewarding, and truthfully, at times very frustrating -- especially with one child. We finally decided that we need to must have her tested. We cannot figure out if she is taking being a strong-willed child to the max, or if she has some serious learning issues. It could be a combination of both as well as adoption related baggage. All I know is I feel like banging my head against a brick wall in frustration. We are hoping and praying this testing will help us find some ways to deal with the struggles we are having with this child.

Aside from the running around, life continues to be full. My cold storage and freezers are ready for the long winter, I'm way behind on my book challenge, I've learned to crochet granny squares, and even learned a little more about myself. As crazy as it feels, as frustrated as I get, as dirty and messy as my house is, I cannot imagine having my life any other way.

Looking forward to reading and catching up with many of my favorite bloggers soon!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I Have So Much to Post

I have so much to post, but our internet has been horrible since August. It's one of the pleasures of country living. We are looking at getting a new provider and then hopefully, I will be back. For now though, I wait and stockpile my posts.

Friday, July 31, 2015

July Birthdays

Peanut turned eight on July 4 and Peach turned 17 on July 16. Both birthdays were quiet affairs this year. Presents and dessert and that's about it.

 With Gramma V.

 Peach chose pie for her birthday. Peach pie to be specific. From the bakery where she works.

Life is made all the richer with these two in it! We are thankful they could both celebrate another year of life!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Just a Small Remodel

My gardens are atrocious and some days it's just way to hot and humid to work in them. Instead I do less taxing things. Things such as painting or sewing.

First up were these white wicker chairs. They are old. Very old. My mom bought them used. They sat on her porch for years until she upgraded, and now they live on our porch. We've already had them for more years than I care to count. This year I decided they need a new look.

Below a hint of what they would look like once completed.



A whole new look!

We have a sweet little fabric shop right here in town now, and even though I am a horrible quilter, I am in love with this store. I popped by one day, picked out two fabrics and made pillows for the chairs. One fabric on one side and a completely different on on the other. I think the pillows nicely complete the look!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother

And yet so much more than that. After a brief battle with cancer, God called Hennie de Boer home to be with Him for eternity. It was less than two months from her diagnosis to her passing away peacefully at the age of 77.

The six oldest grandsons were Grandma's pallbearers. The little redhead in the back is her seventh grandson. She has twelve granddaughters and three great grandchildren.

Last week was a blur as we prepared for her funeral and mourned her death. It is hard to come to terms with the fact that she is no longer here on earth. She took so much joy and pride in her family and her work. She loved being a wife and mother. Life as it does, will go on, but she will be dearly missed. We will miss her smile, her humour, and her wisdom. We will miss not only those things, but so much more that made her the special woman that she was. Even though she is no longer with us here on earth, we rejoice that her suffering was short, that she is with Jesus in heaven, and that she will live on in many different hearts and lives here on earth. 

If you would like to read more about this special woman, you can stop by Murray's brother Ken's blog here.


Monday, July 6, 2015

Canada Day Fun {and Some Vacation}!

Canada Day is a great way to officially kick off the summer. This year it was right in the middle of the week. Not ideal for those who only have that day as their holiday, but this year, for the Engineer, it was the start of a week and a half of holidays! The stay home and work around the house kind of holidays, but we're good with that. There is a never ending pile of work to be done around the house both indoors and out. I'm pretty sure that there will still be lots to do even after he heads back to work again in a week and a half.

For now, just a few pics from Canada Day.

Happy Canada and Independence Day to our friends across the border!


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