Monthly Archives: June 2009

A Summer in Ohio

Tomorrow we head out to a church youth camp taking others, as well as our family to Ohio. One thing will be different this time. Seth will be following us in his (new to him) truck and  then staying on until the end of August or till sometime in September. He was offered a job there for the summer putting on metal roofs. 

He’s really looking forward to his time there, his bags are packed and just this weekend he bought his first ever vehicle.  He’s now the proud owner of a little Mazda 4×4, for all of $2,200, purchased with 4-H money.


At church this weekend, all the men gathered round to check it out, looking at what, I’m not sure. 🙂

Maybe as a mother, you can’t help getting sentimental.  But although I am so happy for him since he will be with wonderful fellow believers and will have an excellent church to go to, I feel like I’m looking at change.  A change that will lead to another change.   My kiddo’s were once all so little but they’re growing up on me and one day it will be like it was in the beginning 20 years ago – just Russell and me. 

The realization of how precious these years are hits me once again and I pray that the Lord help me to take advantage of every moment I spend with them and to make them count.  I want Russell and I to be good examples and to pass on the torch of this gospel to our children and that the fire of this gospel will burn in their bosom.  I want to always be close as a family.

So, I’m looking at change and I wonder what the future will be.  I’m having a hard time keeping in mind that it’s only for the summer and not a lifetime.  Maybe with your first one it’s always the hardest?  What did you do and how did you feel when your first one ventured out?   



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Eggs Baked in Fresh Tomato Salsa w/ Melted Cheese

No pictures to go along with this recipe.  I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to take a good enough one anyway.  There’s an art to food photography that I’ve still to master. 😛  Let me know what you think, if you make this.


Make your own fresh salsa for this recipe. Canned salsa just doesn’t work!

Tomato Salsa

 2½ cups diced (¼ inch) tomatoes (2-3 large ripe tomatoes)
¼ cup finely chopped sweet onion
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil (or dried)
2 tsp fresh lime or lemon juice
1-2 tsp minced jalepeno
½ tsp salt


4 large eggs
1 cup grated Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese
Toasted bread


Preheat the oven to 400°F. Brush four (8-ounce) ramekins or some other type of oven-proof dishes with oil. Set the dishes on a baking sheet.

Make the salsa: Combine the tomatoes, onion, oil, basil, lime or lemon juice, jalepeno and salt in a medium bowl and stir to blend.

Distribute the salsa evenly among the prepared dishes. Make an indention in the middle of the salsa in each dish. Break the eggs one at a time into a cup and slip an egg into each dish. Sprinkle with the cheese, dividing evenly.

Bake until the whites are set, about 8-10 minutes. Serve at once, with toast.

Yields: 4 servings

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Menu Plan Monday – June 22

We’re leaving for a youth camp in Ohio on Thursday, so not much cooking will be going on this week. 


Supper – Tacos


Elk Steaks, mashed potatoes, artichokes (from Zachary’s garden), salad, cornbread


Leftovers – have to clean out the refrigerator before we head out

Elk Steaks, mashed potatoes, artichokes from Zachary’s garden

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Sunday Inspiration

Holy Bible

 1. And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:

 2. And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

 3. Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.

 4. But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.

 5. And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.

 6. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.

 7. Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

 8. And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD.

II Chronicles 15:1-8

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Craft/Work Day for our Back to the Middle Ages Co-op Day

We were able to accomplish quite a bit yesterday in our craft/work day. 

When everyone arrived we began a group project of making mosaic stepping stones.


This young lady is feeling the pain at the thought of breaking a pretty salad plate.  Breaking tile and dishes was great for the boys.  They did it with relish – with not one iota of remorse. 🙂


After making our stepping stones we took a break for lunch.  Then it was on to sewing for the girls and a wood working project for the boys.




The girls were making little coin bags for our co-op day.  We are going to hand out these bags with some fake money (what we’ll use for money we’re not sure about – any ideas?  our guests will actually get what they want for free, we’re just “pretending” that they’re buying it) to friends and family on the day we give our speeches.  Each family is going to have a table set up with wares they are hawking.  Friends and family will be able to go from table to table deciding on what they would like to purchase.


The boys made catapults.  This one is a Wild Donkey or Onager Catapult and came from the book The Art of the Catapult by William Gurstelle.  Beware though that if you make this, there are some instructions that were incorrect. Russell and another dad that was here were in charge of this project and spotted the error and was able to correct it before they made a mistake.  This project only cost each boy $6.


The the painting of signs and castles began.  Cardboard everywhere.





A couple of the girls even drew and painted a knight.  They cut out his face so that people can put their own into it and get a picture.

After the painting, supper was served and then there was clean-up, grouting of the stepping stones and gabbing.  Oh, and even more sewing.  Don’t pass out, but yours truly started a sewing project.  IF I get it finished or even somewhat finished I’ll let you have a preview of it before our Big Day in September.  Just one of the perks from reading my blog.  I know you feel so privileged. 😀


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Sewing Away

My good friend and her children have been here for the last few days.  She so graciously is helping me by sewing some costumes for our co-op day on the Middle Ages.  I will be forever indebted to her.  I could give her a 100 hugs, feed her peeled grapes and cook meals for her for a month and still not be able to show my gratitude!  I LOVE people that will sew for me.  Can you tell it’s not a strong point for me?  I made things in my youth but never developed too much skill in that area so I have willingly let others bless me with their talents. 🙂

They even tutored my daughter and she made a skirt in the last 2 days, did some altering on a jean skirt she bought on E*Bay, and fixed a belt.  Way to go, Serenity.  You amaze me and I love you dearly and I can’t wait till you’ll be able to do all the mending and sewing around here!

My living room has been turned into a sewing room with 3 machines whirring away.


An angel came to visit.


My Serenity working away. 


Today is our big craft/work day when the other families that will be involved in the homeschool co-op are coming over.  More pictures to follow in the days to come!

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