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Finding The Humor In It All

Week two of school is done. Wheeewh. 

We are all still alive and I even hear laughter downstairs! That is a good thing.

There were a couple big hurtles this week, but we have tried to find the humor in the situation. Not always easy… and sometimes… not possible, but at least it’s worth a try.

Harry had to get the bottom braces put on this week, and he is not finding much humor in any of that. However… I did get him to smile this morning! So that is a start. Once his teeth stop hurting, and he gets used to all that stuff in his mouth, he might start to enjoying life a lot more again.

JJ has been driving a bit more this week. He didn’t think he was ready, but I made him get on a real road today. And not just an empty parking lot or deserted road. I knew he was ready and could do it., he just needed the confidence of seeing for himself that he could. I guess… now that I think about it… if he had wrecked or driven off the road the opposite could have happened too. Hmmm. Good thing I didn’t think about that while I was telling him to pull out into traffic! Lol! 

Even in his nervousness, JJ has a sense of humor. He said some of the funniest stuff while he drove along… going wherever I told him to. Coming up on an intersection with a light, where I had told him to hang a right…he says, “Okay…so…I…I can take this corner for free?” Meaning: Do I have the right of way? 

Silly kid.

He did great. He had WAY more confidence the second time around “the track”, and had a big smile on his face heading home!

He asked if he scared me by being nervous. I told him I’d be nervous if he wasn’t nervous. I think they SHOULD be scared to death at first. They are driving a lethal weapon for Pete’s sake, and every decision they make could forever change the rest of their life. I want my boys to be nervous, and then slowly build up confidence in themselves as they practice. It’s the ones that think they know it all already that you have to worry about!

But hey, I have one more boy to go…and that might be him! YIKES. I have two years to prepare my nerves for that one.


Hope you all have a great weekend,






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Life with a Feathery Shadow


This tiny chicken we call Peeps, hardly knows she’s a chicken. With her “flock” made up of six – very tall – humans, three cats, and two Labrador retrievers, she just thinks we’re all FAMILY!


Funny how animals are blind to race/shape/height/color and creed. If only humans could be so blind.


I know I haven’t been posting much lately. Okay, at all. But there is a good reasons excuse. I’m busy! 🙂


It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say, or any photos to show you. I just can’t seem to find the time to post them. Life. Such is.


The school year is going good. The boys made up the schedule themselves, and it is working out very well for the most part. We are getting up earlier than ever before and heading out to the health club three days a week. It has been such a blessing. We are all feeling better, and thoroughly enjoy the routine.


We have also been very active in church lately. Gerrit plays the guitar for song service at least once a month, and they all help pick up the offering on Family Sabbath Services. Yesterday all three of the younger ones were in a short skit during church service. It was on Sampson. Funny, cute and meaningful.


I was slammed this past week making the set for said skit. This included eight foot pillars painted to look like marble. These pillars and crossbeam had to be made to come apart – fall on a bunch of kids – and not hurt anyone! Challenging. But it worked perfectly!


I am on the committee again this year to plan the upcoming Truly Christmas event. There have been several meetings so far, and lots more “creating” for me to do between now and November 18. More sculpting of chicken wire in my near future!


We love all our pets, but lately, the funnest one has to be this little chicken! She is a hoot. She makes us laugh everyday. I recently upgraded to an IPhone, so am catching a lot more of her antics on video and pictures. Above, she is on my leg watching me grade papers and do lesson plans for the week. She kept pecking at my pen and papers.

It’s hard to get anything done with her on my lap, so I came up with a perch today. I covered the top of a stool with self-stick plastic wrap, then used a small bar-bell for a roost. It works wonderful.

As I type this, she is on her perch next to me “commenting” on everything I tell you! She preens herself, chatters, pecks at the computer, and then settles down to watch my fingers move!




She truly likes to be in the house and hang out with us. Weird, I know. But she actually runs in and out the door when we open it for the cats. I sometimes wonder if she will go through the cat door when we finally get it put in.

In the mornings, she fusses until someone has pity on her, and lets her out. If I am the one to take her outside, she will do her business, and then run back up to the door to go in with me. She loves to come into the living room and listen to us do our schoolwork.


She follows me everywhere. When I go outside and call her, she comes running from where ever in the yard she is foraging. Then she tags along with me to do whatever it is I’m out there for. She’ll run alongside me, and the dogs, as I go out to the chicken coop to feed the “real” chickens, and then follow me back up to the house. She has followed me to the mailbox and back – however I don’t like her going up near the road, so try to sneak off without her on that trek.

Sometimes, she will run fast and get in front of me and stop. I’m not sure why, but I think maybe that she wants to be picked up. Kind of like a toddler that wants to be picked up by a parent when they get tired. Who knows.

The other day she didn’t come when I called her. So, I looked in all her little hiding places, but didn’t find her. I thought, “Okay, this is it. She’s gone.”  I knew it could happen. I was so sad. I came in and told the boys I thought she had been taken by a hawk or something. JJ and Harrison went out and looked for quite some time. After awhile, they came in and told me they’d found her sleeping under the house with the dogs!


This pet was not expected, not planned, not anticipated and hardly believed. I am almost embarrassed about it. I did feel better when someone said, “How is it any weirder than a parrot in the house?”

Yeah, I don’t know… just seems pretty weird to me! 

But not weird enough to get rid of her. She’s part of the family!

Now… if she just didn’t poop… she’d be the perfect pet!



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And The World Keeps Turning

Sometimes, I’d like to push a pause button on life, just so I can catch up with it.

In the recent past I told you that I was going to no longer be held captive to this blog or any other virtual “social” site, and that I was going to be present and living in my “NOW”. Well, that’s where I’ve been. Living my life in my “now”!

Its been a very busy “now”.

As the last post indicated, we had a nice visit from Papa (my dad). He got to stay for two weeks, and then my brother, Rick, flew out here to help him drive his newly purchased car back home to California.

We sure enjoyed having him around!

I got my knives sharpened, new ferns put out on the front porch, hanging flowers for the back deck, my cream brûlée torch filled and ready to go, he went grocery shopping with me and for me (he LOVES this activity), and he took each one of the boys out by themselves for some quality alone time with them.

We took a field trip to the Atlanta Zoo and had a great time. I’m glad the boys still enjoy the zoo. Do you ever outgrow the zoo?

Of course, you KNOW there are a gazillion more photos from our trip to the zoo that I could bore you with, but I’ll move on…

One thing I think Dad really enjoyed was watching and feeding my chickens. 🙂 Yes, that makes me happy. And the timing was perfect to watch Bonnie with those six chicks, because this week she is done “mothering”!! Wow… eight weeks… and then she just turns it off! They are still trying to tag along with her, but she is pretty brutal about letting them know they are not welcome to eat the bugs she finds anymore.

In the middle of Dad’s visit, I had a birthday. I was SO glad he was able to be here for it. Not just to celebrate it with me, but to light a fire under my other half to make it special! They went in together and got me an Ipad!!

So far I like it a lot. Can’t do everything I like to do on it, but then it also has more/different things that I can’t do on the pc. So… I am learning… and enjoying it. Thank you Dad!

Our visit with Rick was short… but sweet. It always is. The boys just adore him, as do most people… young or old, male or female. He’s just a neat guy!

Well, I could be here at this screen all day trying to catch you up on the goings on around here. But there are chickens and boys to feed, dishes to do, laundry to fold and lessons to teach. Oh, and we’ve added one more thing to our days! We joined a health club.

The boys and I have been going everyday for almost three weeks now. We love it. Dave gets there when he can, and the boys like to go a second time with him in the evenings when he goes. So, there’s our P.E.!! The boys want to add weight… and I’m trying to lose it. Sure should be an easier and cheaper way to transfer it. I should be able to “give” it away if I want, shouldn’t I? 😉 Well, we are all feeling good and glad that we joined.

I’ll have to update you on our little chick Peeps soon. She is growing and changing into a tiny little hen!!




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Happy New Year

Goodbye 2011, and hello 2012!

I am looking forward to new adventure in the upcoming year.

A positive attitude should work… right?

I am wishing all of you a very Happy New Year tonight, and that you have a very blessed year!

Thank you for visiting me here, and giving moral support at times. Wish I could be closer to you all and spend some face to face time with ya!




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Silent Sighting

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Twenty-four Years? For Real?

Yes… sad for a mom to say, but I have a 24-year-old! He is now the age I was when I had him!


That’s tough to swallow.


I am very blessed to have such a wonderful, thoughtful and loving son.

Happy Birthday Darren!!


May you find your way in this world without loosing your true caring spirit, and while holding the hand of your friend and Savior, Jesus.



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Well… that nasty job is done.

The twelve cute little chicks that we got back in May, grew up to be 8 mean roosters and 4 little’ole hens. Those poor hens were starting to get harassed quite a bit by all those roosters, and in fact they were starting to try to kill each other.

I had trouble getting ahold of the guy who I had found earlier, to butcher the roosters for me. So in desperation, I asked our good friend Larry, (who we just visited last week to harvest honey) if he could help me butcher the beasts.

Well, this morning, he showed up with hatchet in hand!

I really didn’t know how I’d do with the whole “butchering” thing. But as long as I didn’t have to whack their heads off… I was fine helping to skin and cut them up.

(Matt, you would have been proud of me. 🙂 )

It was yucky. It was hard. It was nothing I’d want to do every day. But I’m glad I chose to go this route and have the meat in the freezer. Larry got the livers (yuck) and a big bag of legs and breast also.

The boys… Ahh, the boys. They were totally grossed out and wouldn’t come out to watch. Until the second to last chicken, I made them. Larry had taken out the heart, kidneys, liver…  and testicles, to show them. A science lab right there!

 Look at that heart. Awesome. I cut it in half so they could see the chambers and ventricles. Behind my hand on the left there is the liver. To the right of that are the two testicles. :/ And then those two tiny red deals are the kidneys. He showed them the lungs and intestines in the bird too, but I don’t think they were looking. :/

Look at that heart. I just thought it was so cool.

They didn’t appreciate it.

They couldn’t believe I’d show them something so gross before they even had breakfast!

(That doesn’t sound like something I’d do at all. 🙂 LOL!)

JJ came out early on and took this photo then promptly said, “Okay then… *gag*… see ya!”

I asked Harry to shoot some through our master bathroom window that looks right down on the deck where we were cutting them up.

Here is what he got:

LOL! Larry’s head!

My head!


It’s okay. It might be just as well that they were blurry shots. Kind’of gross.

He kept trying.

Bless his little heart, I was proud of him for continuing to try to get a clear shot. I’m actually liking the blurry effect now though. 🙂 It somehow goes well with the event.

After each chicken it got easier to do. You can tell that I started having a little fun with it.


The only part I really hated was the cutting off of the head. *Blech.* Yucky.* I only watched him do one.

I’m glad it’s done, and I am happy for the hens to have some peace and quiet now. One of them is still laying an egg every day and I expect the others will start laying soon too. Now that the demons are gone (don’t hate me for hating roosters… I have childhood issues), I will start looking for about four more pullets.

I bet the neighbors are happy now too!

Larry was/is great and I enjoyed hearing his stories and learning so much from him. As he left he said, “We’ll have to do this again sometime.”

And I’m thinking, aaaah… I’d raaaaather harvest honey.

But thanks Larry!



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