Monday, February 13, 2012

February 10 on 10

February's 10 on 10
7am - a grey and smokey start to the day

8am - practicing skills

9am - in the kitchen
10 &11am - reading while Samuel naps on my lap
12pm - lunch preparations

1pm - craft project
2pm - practice
3pm - finished and hung

4pm - reading while Samuel naps on my lap again
5pm- wakey wakey  

Feb. photo a day - day 13

last week was craziness with a sick baby and a cranky 4 year old. we were all fighting off the cold that had taken Samuel to the snotty side so none of us were at our best. many an hour was spent sitting with baby boy which was great for reading books (4 novels in one week!) and browsing pintrest and fb but no so conducive for being creative or taking pictures. but i'm hoping to jump back in this week since i finally saw that bright eyed smile i've been waiting for today.

february photo a day
day13 "blue"

today's gorgeous blue sky

Monday, February 06, 2012

Feb. photo a day - day 6

February photo a day
Day 6 "dinner"
Disclaimer: I am NOT a food stylist, so please excuse the unappetizing photo taken in horrid lighting. It was actually very delicious with Mike and I each eating 2 helpings.

Dinner tonight was cheesy potato soup which originally came from the Farm Chicks cookbook but has been moderately modified by me and corn bread from my momma's recipe. So yummy and perfect for a grey chilly day like today.

Cheesy Potato Soup
3 T. coconut oil
1 large onion, chopped smallish
4 cloves of garlic, pressed through a garlic press
4 C. chicken broth (1 32-oz carton)
5 C. peeled and cubed potatoes (4-5 med. potatoes)
1 heaping t. dried basil
1/2 t. salt
3 T. butter
1/4 t. ground black pepper
1/4C. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 C milk
8 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated ( 2 cups)

Make the soup: Melt the coconut oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute until softened - about 3-4 minutes. Add the broth, potatoes, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil; lower the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender - about 20 minutes.

Make the cheese sauce: Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute or until lightly browned and bubbly. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook until thickened - 2-5 minutes. Add the cheese and stir until melted and thoroughly combined. Gradually pour the sauce into the soup and stir until thoroughly blended.

Serve with an additional sprinkle of cheese on top. Some chopped bacon and chives would be entirely delicious as well.

Olivia's baptism

Olivia decided back in October, after watching quite a number of her friends get baptized, that that was something she needed to do as well. We talked with her, explaining why and the what the Bible said about it, and making sure she understood her choice. And she did. She got it. And she was so excited to be baptized. She's been looking forward to it for months.
Reminding me every Sunday to tell Pastor Paul to please do another service so that she could be baptized too and as soon as it was announced,
reminding me to please sign her up.
She couldn't wait.
So this Sunday was the big. Family Service Sunday. Baby Dedication, Covenant Partnership, Communion, and of course, baptism.
She was ready.
What a blessing to see your child come to this choice and make a decision so early in life.
To be excited and eager to jump into a life full of and directed by Christ.
We are so proud of her.
I remember the Sunday we dedicated her, standing on stage, with our tiny 6 week old.
And now she's eight, almost nine, and standing in front of our church telling everyone that she loves Jesus and wants to follow him.
It goes by in a heartbeat.
And it takes your breath away.
God is so good.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Feb. photo a day - day 5

February photo a day
Day 5 "10am"

Our darling girl, so big, getting baptized.
Pastor Paul's words to her? "You are a courageous little girl."
Yes, yes she is.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Feb. photo a day - day 3

February photo a day
Day 3 "hands"

momma's hands and a cup of tea

daddy's hands and Samuel's hands

Sadie-Rose's hand with her after dinner snack
Olivia's hand holding her book of the moment

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Feb photo a day - day 2

February photo a day
Day 2 "words"

this weeks picks for books on CD, by Olivia (we have all of them memorized, Lord help us)

Feb. Photo a day - day 1

February Photo A Day
Day 1 "Your view today"

My sweet ones, enjoying being all together watching Samuel's favorite show. (Baby Einstein's Baby Noah)

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