Friday, August 17, 2018

Pig and Goats together?

We decided to change things up a bit for our animals.  We put our pig, Josie Pie, in with our goats for a few days.  It's funny to see them react to each other. Josie Pie is clueless to the goats around her.  She's just enjoying eating everything in sight!

 The goats, on the other hand, aren't very fond of Josie Pie.  They group together and just stare at her.  They can be quite aggressive with one another for their grain.  However when Josie Pie ate their grain, they just stared at her.

After a few days, and many escapes by Josie Pie, we put her back in her pen. Oh well.  It was fun and for a little bit!  The pen we have her in, though, has gotten quite small.  Or I guess I should say that she is growing and getting bigger!  Yay!  She's doing well....she's just truly a little piggy and eats plenty!  And do you notice Courduroy in this picture?  He's growing so much!  What a buck!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

What did I grow?

I've mentioned before...I just don't have a green thumb.  But, I have the desire!!  This year's summer garden wasn't quite the success I hoped for.  I did harvest some vegetables.  I grew cucumbers and eggplants.  We enjoyed those!  And I grew an unexpected blessing...the sweet pepper plant I bought was actually jalepenos.  Hhhhm.  What do I do with those?  I like Jalepeno Poppers.  But, these were quite small and very hot!  So, I looked up a recipe for Jalepeno Jam. 

I whipped up a batch.  It made 4 nice size jars.  And the verdict?  Success!!! I loved it!  Patrick loved it !  Even the kids loved it!!  It has a nice sweetness with a little kick.  And it looks pretty in the jars.:o)
 I used this recipe from jamie cooks it up, but with a little twist to it.  I added 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 t. of salt.

 Last night I tried it out on our company and they loved it too!  I served it on crackers with some cream cheese. 

So, I now know that I can grow jalepenos.  I think this will be a yearly staple.  Now excuse me please while I go have another cracker with jalepeno jam! :o)

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Time Away

 It's nice to be able to get away for a vacation. We weren't sure it was going to be possible this summer. But the Lord worked it out for us! And it was a wonderful little getaway. We are so thankful for Pastor Fuentes and the people of Central Baptist Church that opened up their prophet's chamber for us to come and stay for a few days. It was refreshing, relaxing , rejuvenating and just plain wonderful!
 While we were there we were able to visit the science museum. They had a lot of fun activities and aquariums.

 Callie was so excited to touch something that has been in space.
 I guess Irma wasn't enough for them. My kids loved getting in the hurricane simulator.
 And the next day we went to the zoo. I honestly thought this was going to be a teeny tiny zoo that we would finish in an hour or so. We really could have spent a whole lot more time there, but it was so incredibly hot! I was so thankful my friend Rose and her sweet son Matthew could join us for the day and show us around.

 Elisabeth , Silas and Callie, were my brave ones that wanted to feed the lorikeets. That was quite interesting! :-)
 Then it was off to the taco truck for lunch. Oh Me Oh My that was some amazing food! It was so amazing that the next day we had to do it all over again!
So thankful for a wonderful place to stay, wonderful friendship, and a restful vacation. Now it's time for school to start! And for Fall to begin. Where's my pumpkin candles?

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Eagles quilt on the way!

With Summer coming to an end I start drawing up schedules and plans for the school year. I love this time of year!

It's so strange, you would that summer would mean lots of free time and lots of time for hobbies and such. But it actually doesn't somehow work out that way. Yes, we've had some sleeping in days filled with library books and time in the pool. It has been so wonderful!! Lazy? Actually no. We've been busier than ever!

But as the school year comes around so does time planning. And when I schedule out my time that I usually have more time for some Hobbies. I've got to tell you I've gotten the quilting bug :-). Thanks Mom!

I have so many projects floating around in my head but before I get to those I want to finish up a couple that I had started a few years ago and never finished. Patrick keeps on asking where is his eagles quilt that I have started? So I pulled it out of my drawer and laid it all out. The sad part about it is I ran out of fabric. And that was 3 years ago. The chances of finding the proper Fabrics to finish up this quilt the way it should look is next to nil. So I got some of the extra scraps and the extra pieces and showed it to Patrick and we've come up with a plan. Looking forward to finishing this up. It's going to be a great fall!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Summer to do's....almost done!

Summer is coming to an end. The time for summer goals to be finished is very close. As I looked over my list I realized something I have on my list is to get caught up on the kids albums.

Sad to say I am quite behind! I love having my kids memories caught up and each of them having albums of their own with special days and special pictures and artwork that they've made. I love the feeling of having it all caught up! But sad to say putting it all together is not always my favorite thing to do. I always have the feeling I'm forgetting something that I ought to remember and write down in their book. Then I always feel bad because I didn't keep up with it better. And then I always always always get a little sentimental seeing how quickly my children are growing and how independent they're starting to come.

No longer are the days where I lay out their clothes and plan every activity they do. There's much more independent time where they complete their chores and play together. Of course they still need Momma, but just in a different way. Sniff sniff

So I made some time and got this special activity crossed off my summer to-do list. What a wonderful feeling!

Just curious. How do you all do with memories for your children? Scrapbooking? Albums? Anything in particular? I would love to hear how other people do this. I think the important thing is to have something special for each child whether it's a memory box or a memory book. But even more important than that is creating the memories together. Time sure is precious. And very fleeting.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Encouraging the Preacher

Not too long ago, Pastor Don Strange (from the church that we are from) called Patrick to come preach for Tuesday Nights of Great Preaching.  Patrick has done this for several years.  It's always good to go back to the church you grew up in.  People are so loving there and so many are praying for us.  We love WRBC!

When we pulled in the parking lot I saw my hubby's name on the sign.  I decided to take a quick pic and send it to a group text that I have going with several of our ladies from VSIBC.  I don't think they realized it, but when I read their comments to him, it made him so proud and so encouraged.

They said things like,
"That's my Preacher!"
"Praying for Him!"
"I know he'll do a great job, he's the best!"

So thankful for such encouragement and for the church family God has given to us!  They are the best!!

Even though we've been in the ministry for 21 years, he's now been pastoring for over 3 years.  I don't say this flippantly, we really do have a wonderful bunch of people. They are encouraging and loving.  It's started me thinking about how to encourage a preacher.  I think a post is forming  in my head and I'm writing down some notes.  Every pastor needs encouraging!  I don't think most people know how much influence they have in helping their preacher.

Monday, July 30, 2018

A New Quilty Gadget!

When my Mom came through town she wanted to meet at a quilt store that neither of us had been to before.  When she said she wanted to buy me a little something, I knew the thing I wanted to get!!!

A few months ago I was in a quilt store and saw some chenille work.  It was gorgeous!  The lady told me about the technique and showed me the tool.  It looked so neat!  I've been thinking about trying my hand at it ever since.

So, now I have the tool.  I just have to find the time!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Living It

Every had autocorrect get you?  Sometimes my phone thinks it knows better than me and sends something totally different than I wanted.  Sometimes I catch it.  Sometimes I don't. This recently happened to me.  It made me laugh at first.  Then, it caused my heart to stop a moment and ponder.

It has been a blessing to have a friend reading in same book of the Bible that I am reading in.   This month is Colossians month.  We send texts every so often sharing what we are learning and how the Lord is working on us.  Sometimes I send her pictures of my notes.  I had been reading in Colossians 3 and some of my favorite verses are verses 1 and 2.  I attached a picture of my notes on "Seeking"  and "Setting" and put "Loving chapter 3!" in the text message.   But, my phone had a mind of its own and before I sent the message I noticed it autocorrected my "Loving" to "Living".  So it said, "Living chapter 3!" Wow.  What a thought.  Am I "Living" chapter 3?

Am I seeking those things which are above?  Seeking implies actively looking. Am I looking for heavenly things in my life?  Or do I dwell on the down-here, discouraging things.
Am I setting my affections on things above?  Set implies that it's a choice what I set my affections on.  How are my choices?  What am I loving so much right now that I put my affection there.

 So many thought provoking questions arise from chapter 3.  Yes, I do love it.  But, I surely want to live it, too!