Sunday, May 10, 2009
Here you are, my sweet Mommy, the last time you had all your kids together. This was 4 years ago, this September. Two grandboys are missing! Don't you think it is about time to be together again? Well, Happy Mother's Day! You are Invited to attend a family reunion.
When: Thursday, July 9, 2009
Where: Dianna and Paul's house
Why: For a family picture with all your kids.
How: We buy a ticket to Rhinelander, we drive behind Sharon on Friday, pictures and family time on Saturday. Drive back on Sunday. Fly home Monday or Tuesday (you decide). I hope it all works out! We all love you! Happy Mothers Day.
Monday, April 27, 2009
I am a quilter. I enjoy the process of choosing the design, picking the fabric (my favorite part) and seeing how it all comes out in the end.
I had never thought of Our Lord as a quilter. But, today Elsa (age 8) told me about an analogy she thought up while in church. She said “ I thought of Christians as squares in a quilt, all sewn together by God. The people who are not Christians are squares on the side who have not yet been sewn into the blanket. And when they become Christians, God sews them in with the others”. She called it God’s Blanket of Love.
I thought this was very profound for an eight year old. It made me ponder. How would God’s quilt look? Wow, it would be so, incredibly detailed but definetly a scrap quilt. There would be no two pieces the same. Each individual square, a work of it’s own, representing the details of the person’s journey into the quilt. (salvation). Each, with so much of Gods effort put into it. It would all be placed together in such a way to make the end product a work of His perfect will. I thought of the hand quilting and how it could represent God’s work of santifying us. We would already be sewn into the blanket but, more work is needed to complete it. The binding could be the end of time, when no one else can be sewn into it. Sadly, there will be those squares that never fit into the design, despite all His work on them. Finally when it is all finished, it would be a wonderful work that God will look upon with absolute pleasure to enjoy for all eternity.
This is the first quilt that I made for myself. I made it for my first baby. I still use it often.
I made this one when going out of my mind waiting for baby #3 to arrive.
Here is a close-up of one of the embroidered squares. A girl ironing.
I made this one for my sweet Elsa. She sleeps with it on her bed. Does my heart good to see her use it. I hope to make one like it for Brenna who shares a room with her.
These quilts are made with love and detailed, to a point but, I do look forward to seeing God’s Blanket of Love! Kathy
Monday, April 20, 2009
ORGANIZATION…PURE BLISS (OR IS IT?)
Recently, I was talking to my friend Heather, complaining about the disaster in the girls closet. What to do? She recommended I do as she has. Remove the dresser and line the closet with shelves. Well, since we are “doers” as Heather would say, we got right to it. First I asked the girls to take the clothes out of their dresser…or did I say throw them into a huge, heaping pile in the middle of the floor?
Maybe I did as this is the result of the action taken.
Tina’s graciously took the old dresser and this is how Elsa felt about the change going on in her life.
SOOOO sad. She sobbed “I will miss that dresser forever” . Brenna, on the other hand, must have had her creative juices ignited by the change because while daddy was away getting the shelves, this is what she did to her hair
In the end Daddy arrived with the shelves and got them hung.
We, or should I say, I got the girls clothes organized and the mess in the closet has been slightly tolerable ever since. Thanks Heather!
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
3 cups white flour
1/4 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 5/8 cups water.
Just stir until well mixed. Cover and put away for 18 hours. After the 18 hours, punch down and place on a heap of flour on a non stick cooking sheet, or wax paper, or anything non-sticky that you can lift up. Add lots of flour over the top and cover with a towel. It will stick to the towel so I really mean it, LOTS OF FLOUR! Let rise again on this non-stick surface for 2 hours. About a half hour before it is done rising the second time, heat the oven to 450 f degrees. Place a pot into the oven with the lid on. Heat this pan and lid to 450 degrees. Take the pan out of the oven and put 1/4 cup flour on the bottom of the pan and then immmediately put the bread into it. (Try to do it gently so that it does not collapse). Decrease oven to 350 F degrees. Bake at the bread, in the pot, at 350 F degrees for 20 minutes (with the lid on). Then take the lid off and continue to cook for 20 min. Take it out and eat it hot with lots of butter. Yummy!
3 stocks celery chopped
1/4 cup butter chopped
3-4 carrots chopped
3 medium potatos chopped
1 1/2 pound beef (stew meat or something better)
1 can of Guiness Beer
1 cup muchrooms chopped
1 teaspoon rosemary
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup ketchup
Carmelize onion and celery in butter, add mushroons and meat. Brown the meat. Add flour. Stir. Add beer, potatos, carrots, rosemary, bay leaf and ketchup. Top with water. Simmer until desired tenderness. Mix in cheese and stir until incorporated.
This stew is one of Cameron's favorites. The kids....NOT SO MUCH. They like the bread though.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Along with Cameron's need to buy motorized transportation other signs of Spring are showing; the business line is beginning to ring, interupting our lingering morning tea time. And, he is leaving home a bit more often day by day. I accept these changes with some hesitation but, I must admit there is a little skip in my step as well. Spring activites are underway and I have a new energy that always comes with the arrival of Spring.
Yesturday, the kids and I dragged the bikes out from under the shop leanto, loaded them up into the van and drove to the Arbor Vitea Airport to take our first ride of Spring.( It was not as wonderful as we'd hoped as the stray dog, gusting wind and flat bike tires put a bit of a damper on the whole thing but, we did it by golly!) Also, preparations for our annual Easter party are underway. I am buying Easter themed items including light pink Easter dresses for the girls, Easter tatoos, toys, and candy for the plastic eggs used in the egg hunt. I am also planning the menu and cracking all my eggs from the top so I can save them for the confetti eggs (my favorite part about the party).
Yes, Spring is here! The changing seasons are such a blessing from God. Life can never be dull when, just around the corner, a new season is beginning and along with it, all the usual fun activities. Thank-you Lord for the blessing of Spring.
Easter Brunch Menu
Sausage Egg Dish
Fruit Platter with Dip
Artichoke Dip with Crispy Crackers
Rice Crispy Nests
Grandma's Cookies with Frosting
Recipes and Photos coming soon!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I also decided that it may challenge me to think and pray more. As I read other blogs, I enjoy learning from the musings of other people. I think that blogging may motivate me to stop and think about life's situations on a deeper level (not to mention my grammar and punctuation). I pray that God will use it to teach me more about his viewpoint on our days.
So, Blog World, here I come........