Still Wheat Free (mostly)

Yes, after the holidays and eating a little bit of bad stuff here and there, I have decided that I am going to remain wheat-free.  My belly can’t handle it anymore, it honestly can’t.  I thought “If I just eat a little here and a little there I’ll be ok.”  Yeah, not even close!   Eric – who doesn’t believe this kind of thing – has admitted (again) that it really does bother him too.

Food and meals are a frustrating thing for me.   I am trying to do better for us, but change comes hard.  We are a serial snacking crowd and it’s hard to get everyone on board.  It wouldn’t be so hard if the hubby fully cooperated, but he finds it difficult to do that completely, as he doesn’t “believe” a lot of things.  Me and my “hippy” ways humor him. LOL  I’ll just keep trying and definitely keep it up for myself.  My belly feels sick for days after I eat anything with wheat and even most grains.  It’s not a good feeling and tired of feeling so blah because of it!

Today I’m going to make some more almond flour.  That stuff is pricey,  but you can get a lot of almonds at Sam’s Club and just make your own almond flour/meal.  I found a bread recipe I want to try and a biscuit recipe I also want to try.  I had tried THIS biscuit recipe last week and while they were fluffy and nice looking, you could taste the coconut flour in them.  Eric has coconut radar and just couldn’t even eat them. It was the slightest hint of coconut, but enough to turn make him not want to eat them.  So I’m going to try that other biscuit recipe today.  While I miss bready things (a little), I don’t miss what it does to me!

Really I’m just trying to find some good recipes that are husband approved so MAYBE I can get him off ALL bad things.  Most likely not, but I can hope, right? 🙂

I must get busy making some almond flour and working on dinner.  Today seems like such a great day for some sirloin tip gravy over biscuits!











Recent Happenings

I’ve been terrible about writing lately.  I wrote a couple posts this past month, but mostly just for myself so I didn’t publish them.  Just journaling  some things that have happened and I’ll cover them a little in this post.

October was a rather busy month for us.  School has been humming right along and I feel as though I’m ready for a break, but part of me wants to push through until we’re done with the Pilgrim Unit in our Paths of Exploration.  The kids are really enjoying the Jamestown Unit.  A lot!

Read aloud time always ends in “Awww, we’re done reading for today?”  So I know they are enjoying the story and are learning history.  This past Friday we watched a video on Netflix about Jamestown.  It fit perfectly with what we’ve been learning and it was neat to actually SEE that they are finding so much from that time in history where it all happened.

There’s so much we need to work on and I am in need of a printer/copier really soon.  I actually have needed it for a couple weeks, but haven’t got around to getting it yet.  So many choices and I’m not sure which one to get.  Eric’s been looking at them too, but we just don’t know for sure.  Yet.

In the past month we’ve done some field trips and have been enjoying most school days.  I’ve not been doing our Spell to Write and Read like I’ve wanted/needed to.  The kids still need this, especially Ryan and Grace.  Nathan just loves it, so he will be happy to do spelling.  It’s his favorite subject.  He’s a lot like me.  He comes up with ways to remember how to spell difficult words.  It’s fun to see his mind at work.

In the past month I’ve had Nathan tested for diabetes.  His blood sugar test was at 100, so the doctor wanted to have him tested.  Thankfully he failed the 3 hour glucose test. 🙂  My stomach was in knots for days over it.  God bless those that live with Type 1 Diabetes all their lives.  It would have been  a total lifestyle change for all of us.  I’m thankful it’s one we didn’t have to make.

Yesterday (Nov. 3)  I ran another 5K.  The YMCA’s Turkey Trot.  It was a fun run, but it was cold.  Thankfully the snow had stopped.  Yes, it was snowing as I was driving into town yesterday.  I ran with my friend Faith and met her friend, Jen.  We started out together, but they definitely passed me!  I shaved 24 seconds off my first 5K time.  So I ran this one in 30:35 (my first was 30:59).  I’m incredibly sore today!  The last 2 weeks have been terrible as far as weather goes.  Very rainy and cold.  I did run a couple mornings in the rain.  This past week I only ran once.  I’m trying to talk my husband into joining the Y.  The kids would love to go swimming in the winter and it would be a nice way to get out of the house and do something during the long winter months.  Sometimes I feel so trapped up here on the hill with no where to go and nothing to do.

Lately I’ve been thinking about how short life truly is.  I’m nearing 40 years old . . . My husband is so not ready to be 40 (he’ll be there next year, I have a few more to go).  It’s so amazing how life just goes by so swiftly.  There were times growing up that life was so slow.  Just crawling by, so it seemed.  Now here I am, hardly able to do all the things I want to each day.  I am sure I could remedy that by prioritizing my days . . . Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.   I definitely need to apply my heart to wisdom.

My sister-in-law lost her mother this past week.  My heart just aches for her and her family.  They have the blessing of knowing that they’ll see their mother again in Heaven.  She was a woman that loved the Lord and told everyone around her about Him.  I had met her once or twice, but didn’t know her very well.  The family’s testimony and their mom’s testimony is one of joy in the Lord and knowing that they will have a reunion some day in Heaven!  What a day that will be!


It has been nearly a week since I started this post!  We have finished week 12 today and we’ll be taking a break from our Paths of Exploration while we wait for our new printer to come.  There’s always tons of printing and our current printer is a junkie freebie that is out of ink and is useless.  So we will wait!  Until our new one comes in (and I’m praying it’s by next  week some time) the kids will continue working on their math and we’ll do some lessons in Spell to Write and Read (which has suffered a lot this year, but is still really needed).

We got out our Thankful Board  from last year, and have been enjoying writing down something we are thankful for each day.  Today Grace was saying how she’s excited about doing the Jesse Tree like we did last year.  I’m thinking the kids can go out and find branches for the tree today. 🙂  It’s to be a beautiful day here – a beautiful weekend in fact!  It has been cold for a while, so I am looking forward to 60’s and sunshine.

My first official photo shoot is on Sunday!  Senior Portraits! 🙂  I will post some samples – eventually!  I’m both excited and nervous, but the young lady is excited to have her photos taken and I hope I can meet her expectations!   I had my 2nd photo class yesterday and totally enjoyed it!  Tracy is a great teacher, very patient and kind!  I’m thankful I bumped into her through the internet/blogging world!

Well, this is becoming a novel.  I have some photos of what has been going on lately and I will post them at another time.  This is being written from my netbook and the photos are not on here.



Our Easter

Easter morning we usually have an Easter egg hunt in our house, but
for some reason didn’t do it this year.  I think I just forgot about it.
The kids did get to participate in a program for our church’s Easter service.
It was really cute!

 Over at my in-laws in the afternoon, we had lunch and then
a shoot out.  It was pretty fun, though I have to say chilly!
I’m not that good shooting when it’s chilly, but it is good practice.
Everyone brought their guns and it was a good afternoon.
I learned some pointers from my nephew on stance holding
my pistol. 

The evening ended at my parent’s and we were watching
a play put on by my nieces and nephews and daughter.
Yes, it was a Christmas play. 
It was so cute!  Isn’t “baby Jesus” adorable (middle pic)?

Isaiah 53 to Remember This Day!

Isaiah 53

 1Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
 2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
 3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
 4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
 5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
 6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
 7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
 8He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
 9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
 10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
 11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
 12Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
May you all have a family filled day of love and reflection on the gift Jesus gave us – salvation through His love and grace, and rejoice in the fact that He is indeed risen!  

Craft/Gift Project and Garden Update.

Grace is making some little gifts in these pictures.
I got the idea from  my friend Kristin at her blog
She and her daughter made these gifts and they are just so cute!

 Grace kept putting off making them for a while, but I finally
got her to come and make some gifts with me!
 Toilet paper tubes, scrapbook paper, tissues paper, ribbon
and we wrapped candy and put them inside.
They are really cute and a fun, easy craft to make!

Our Resurrection Gardens are growing nicely!
Except for the tops of the hills. 
We are quite excited about them.
Ok, I’m probably more excited than the kids. 

Resurrection Garden

Creating our Resurrection Gardens.

 We all worked together collecting rocks and sticks.
And I mostly just took pictures. 

Self-explanatory, so I won’t drone on and on about what we did. 🙂
Can’t wait until we see them start growing!
There will be pictures then, too. 
A great way to end the school week
working together making these gardens.

Christmas Happenings

 A little Christmas photo fun before we left for church on Christmas Eve.
 I love my church’s Christmas Eve service.
So much good music, poems and the Christmas story from Luke.
 I loved this and had to take a photo of it.
Our church has this display and the manger beneath the cross
just struck me this year. 
(wish I would’ve turned my camera for a better shot of the cross)
 Our finished Jesse Tree.
I’m leaving it set out until January some time.  
Probably my favorite photo.  🙂
My kids crack me up and I love them like crazy!

Christmas Ornaments #2

 One of Nathan’s favorites.  A John Deere ornament.
It’s a little dark here.
 Me in the bulb. 🙂
 We made these heart ornaments in 2003.
We also made snowmen, Christmas trees and stars out of
applesauce and cinnamon.  They still smell after all these years.
We (the boys and I) enjoyed making/painting these.
 Ryan “bought these for free” at a big flea market the one year. 🙂
 I love these glittery glass Christmas decorations.
I put these on our tree every year, too.
My nephew and niece made these for Eric and I for
our first Christmas together.   Aren’t they cute? 🙂
Now my niece and nephew are all grown up.
How time flies!  

Christmas Ornaments

 Grace’s first Christmas ornament – 2004.
 I LOVE this photo of my kids, so we put it in this ornament.
 I joked about Ryan being my angry elf. 🙂
 One of the kids made this precious baby Jesus ornament.
 My Grandma Miller gave us girls these as a present long ago.
I hang it on the tree every year.
 An ornament a friend gave us for Nathan’s first Christmas.
I love this ornament!
My favorite wedding picture of Eric and I.


We are celebrating Advent again this year and today is the first Sunday of it.
One of my blog friends has a great post about it at
This youtube video is very helpful and explains what Advent is all about.
Growing up in Bible/Baptist churches we never celebrated it, but
last year I decided to give it a try with my children and I find it
such a peaceful and wonderful way to remember that Jesus
is the Reason we celebrate Christmas.

During Advent we are also doing a Jesse Tree devotional I got from
Ann Voskamp’s site – A Holy Experience.
Yesterday I prepared the ornaments that are hung on the tree each day
when we have our devotional time.
Also yesterday I got out tree ready and it is now sitting on our buffet.
These devotions start on November 29th and are daily up to Christmas.