Monday, April 23, 2012


As I was making dinner this afternoon, Amber came into the kitchen and said, “Mom, what’s the worst thing that has ever happened to you?”

Without hesitating, I said, “My mom dying.”

“I thought you would say that.” Amber said. “But that’s the only really bad thing that has happened to you. You’ve lived a good life. I mean, you’re still living a good life.”

I quickly corrected her before I even had time to take in what she said. “I’ve had many other bad things happen to me.”

“Like what?” she asked.

“My brother dies and my mother-in-law died,” I informed her.

“Oh,” she said.

“And I have lots of headaches,” I went on, not realizing what I was doing.

“But you don’t let your headaches bother you,” she said.

“I don’t?” I asked “Well, I’m glad you think so.”

Then, as if to remind me of what I missed earlier in the conversation, Amber said, “But mom, you have a good life. A really good life.”

Finally, the light bulb went on in my head. It was as if God was whispering to me, “Listen to your daughter, to my daughter. She is speaking the truth, my truth.”

“You’re right, Amber,” I said. “I have a very good life.” Then I hugged her and she went dancing out of the kitchen and into the back yard, most likely oblivious to the fact that she had just taught me a valuable--and necessary--lesson about gratitude.

Afraid of the Dark

A few minutes ago, Autumn came out of her bedroom that she shares with her sister and said, "Mommy, I'm afraid of the dark."

"What are you afraid of?" I asked.

"Lions and crickets," she said.

"Well, there are no lions in your room," I said. "And the crickets are outside."

"I'm also afraid of owls," Autumn continued. There's an owl that lives in a tree near their window and he hoots all night.

"The owl is outside," I said, trying to comfort her.

Then she said, "I'm also afraid of sissy."

I was speechless, trying not to laugh!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Not him again!

We have talking caller ID on our land line. Last night we were playing a game as a family and the phone rang. We let it ring. The caller ID said, "Call from wireless caller." Autumn said, "He always calls."

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Craft Projects: In School & Out

We do a lot of crafts in our home: during school and after school. Many of them coincide with Amber's history curriculum (shields, masks, pyramids, lighthouses, paper dolls). I try to take pictures of them all, but sometimes there's too many to keep up with.) We also make a lot of things with what we find in nature, on our walks. Here's the highlights of what we've been doing this school year...

Shields made out of cardboard, scrapbook paper, jewels and silver rope.

Back side of the shield.

Hieroglyphics on play dough.

Mask of Pharaoh.

Another mask.

Play Dough: 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup salt, 3/4 cup water. No heating on stove! Mix all in a bowl and add more water or flour to get the right consistency. We separated them and added a few drops of essential oil to make different scents.

You can use as standard play dough (although it doesn't last more than a few weeks.) We rolled out the dough and made Valentine ornaments for the neighbors. (Cook the shapes in a 225 degree oven for about an hour.)

Leaf art: Autumn's mouse!

Amber's cat!

The aprons the girls made in sewing class (with their art teacher, not me!).

Nature Houses: We made these with only items we found on our nature walks. This is Amber's house.

Autumn's house!

Life-size cutouts using butcher paper.
We used bows for the hair and stickers, etc.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Button Flowers

I recently hosted a tea party for 18 little girls and boys from the homeschool group. I made adorable little centerpieces and little gifts for each mom to take home. I used buttons, thin wire, ceramic thimbles, Scrabble tiles and little clay pots. I bought the thimbles at a thrift store years ago and was so excited to finally do something with them. I acquired an extra Scrabble game and the board was damaged, so I saved the tiles for crafts. (Scrabble games are easy to find at thrift stores and garage sales.) Let me know if you end up making this craft. It's really fun to make!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt

Each year since the girls were able to walk, we've hosted a neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt in our jungle of a backyard. The first year it was just my two girls and one other little girl. Then, as the years passed and more families moved into the neighborhood, the number of kiddos increased, and this year was our largest turnout with 8 girls and one lone boy. They had a great time looking for the eggs that were filled with coins and stickers and erasers. I look forward to this event every year. I think I get more excited than the kids--I filled the eggs two weeks ago!  I hid 110 eggs this year, and the back yard was in perfect condition for hiding (since we haven't trimmed it in awhile). Here are a few pics.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Crayon Art

I saw this adorable art idea in a paper crafting magazine and I just had to make one for myself. I already had a brand new box of crayons on hand and a square frame (although any size frame will do). I used a piece of yellow cardstock and my scrapbooking stickers for the quote. In less than an hour, I was finished, and I didn't spend a dime! I'm going to hang it in the homeschool room.