Monday, July 28

Special Day

 
Happy birthday to the great #hunter, papa, husband and provider of our family. upload That's my tribe over there. How many Hagartys can you fit in a tunnel? Wonderfully refreshing. upload If there is wildlife to be found... Home late on my husband's birthday and he's not really a cake person so this quick apricot blueberry wrapper #pie is getting popped into the oven for a late night snack.

Yesterday was Sean's birthday and we all had a lovely, lovely time in Ithaca, NY, hiking some of the falls and enjoying a picnic lunch lakeside.  Home late, I made one of my favorite fast desserts for a birthday treat - a wrapper pie.  Just halve your favorite pastry recipe, roll it out into a circle, add fruit, a little flour if it is juicy fruit, a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon I you like.  Bake at 375 for about a half hr.

Saturday, July 26

Summer Days


Beautifying a corner of the kitchen with a quick fun #watercolor and #stag antlers from a German flea market. #art #homemaking Our #CSA had all you can pick #flowers this week which is like a big fat kiss straight from God to me. "He is our peace, who has broken down every wall. He is our peace. He is our peace. Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you. He is our peace. He is our peace." upload upload Transplanted some mint, swiss chard, sunflowers and beans along the new walk and bought some midnight coreopsis and seedum. Sasha the Killer and her girl Addie think all these fun steps and pretty spots are made just for them. I'm happy to let them think Berrying with five of my bunch. Picked some raspberry leaf also to dry for a vitamin c rich tea.
Today we're shopping for birthday gifts, Sean's old SUV wouldn't start so we're also running him to work, trim on the top of the house is getting scraped/painted, paint chips to shop-vav up, house to tidy, laundry to play catch up with, lesson plans to wo

Summer is beautifully bustling by.
House projects have been happening.
So has lots of fishing, walks, berrying, preserving and plan making together.
ALL the wood out back is processed thanks to some sweet friends.  Ten more facecord have been delivered so we'll be toasty all our long winter long.
Babe in the womb is growing and thriving.
Lesson plans for homeschooling are getting jotted down and books ordered and stacked on overflowing shelves.
This week we have house guests and the papa's birthday.
Hope your summer is lovely too.

Tuesday, July 15

Sift you like wheat


"...behold Satan would have you,to sift you like wheat but I have prayed for you that your faith would not fail and when you have returned again, strengthen your brothers."  When I'm failing Him by refusing His headship in my marriage, turning from the ca

"behold, Satan would have you to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that our faith would not fail and when you have returned again, strengthen your brothers."


When I'm failing Him by refusing His headship in my marriage, turning from the call to give up myself for His glory in parenting, denying by my very actions and words toward my children that He is my Lord - I know He is interceding on my behalf. When I shame His name the most and am at my most reprehensible, knowing He is I AM and living as though I am, Jesus prays that my faith would not fail.  What a beautiful, humbling thing to think on today.

Monday, July 14

The Interminable Power of the Cross


"I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead!" We all cry, "yes!" in agreement with Paul, not stopping to realize that resurrection requires death and that the death of anything requires giving up something alive and thriving.
If I want His resurrection power in my marriage and pareting, my selfishness, idealism and expectations will have to be crucified, not by human will-power or my own determination, but under that same interminable power of the cross.

"I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead!"  We all cry "yes!" in agreement with Paul, not stopping to realize that resurrection requires death and that the death of anything requires giving up something alive an
#Blackberries and #raspberries are ripe! My little chefs are busy making blackberry-rhubarb jam and a double batch of blackberry muffins for lunch, a few others are up the hill picking the hedgerows clean. Addie's ready for an #Adirondack #swim.Kitty love. I'm reminded this morning why the friendship of women is so important.  Women get a bad rap as being gossipy and petty but I dont think that's the norm. We heard from someone in our mom's group who had a rough night and is pressing hard to see the goodnes I grew up surrounded by intellectual superiority.  My sisters and my mom had high IQ's I was told and mine was "ok". It didn't matter that I graduated sixth in my class or top of my nursing class, even my high school guidance counselor told me I wasn't co It doesn't matter if we're at church, the library or the grocery store, someone always stops to ask, "How do you do it all?" I think it might surprise them a bit when I tell them, "you don't". God doesn't call us to do it all or do it all perfectly. Our w

Tuesday, July 1

Bookcase Door


Hmmm...the logistics of turning a door into a #bookcase. #weekendproject #DIY

Cleaning the homeschool room while trying to think of something more substantial than that inadequate little bookshelf and this door made me go, "hmmmmm...." and start googling.  I read too many spy novels with secret passages as a child. What I found was a lot of expensive kits and no brilliant ideas.

Addie girl and I went shopping. 
Lowes for some lumber. #doorbookcaseproject

My unprofessional way to determine shelf width and height was to pick one of the kid's largest school books.  It worked perfectly.

Finishing crown moulding. Then paint. #books #doorbookcaseproject

I used the compound saw for cutting the boards and pre-drilled the screw holes since it was just inexpensive pine boards.  Some salvages crowned moulding prettied up the top and bottom and a few coats of paint finished it off.

An immensely satisfying feeling. #books #bookcase #doorbookcaseproject #DIY #woodworking #homeschooling #doorbookcaseproject

Sean helped me re-hang the door and we gave it lots of test swings to see if books would stay on it. (smile) This door is used all day long.  It connects the two sides of the upstairs of our house.   Instead of a hallway between rooms, we have a closet.  Got to love old houses.
It's been a few weeks and the shelves are filling up with homeschool books and nothing has fallen off, which makes me a happy, pleased mama with a little extra valuable wall space and my kids have the secret passage I always dreamed of.

The Log Pile


This is our log pile we ordered three years ago to chunk and split for our firewood. We heat our home with wood and coal with propane and oil as backups during our long northern winters.  These days the thing I fight spiritually the most is resentment. No

This is our log pile we ordered three years ago to chunk and split for firewood.  We heat our home with wood and coal with propane and oil as backups during our long northern winters.

These days the thing I fight spiritually the most is resentment.  Not toward my husband, who can't help that a bacteria carrying tick bit him but toward God who has heaped my plate to past full.  Do you ever feel like this?

The wood that never got cut is a constant reminder that while I can learn how to do a lot of things, and some of them like using an air nailer are a lot of fun, I draw the line at sixty pound chain saws.  I am sure there are women out there who can wield them but I am a small person and appreciate my limbs too much to try.

I want to throw a grown up hissy fit and say, "Fine.  I'll do it all myself. I'll wrangle eight children and homeschool six of them with a toddler and a newborn and figure out plumbing and cook and clean and fall apart All. On. My. Own."

God hasn't left me alone - this is the truth I preach to my heart daily in the midst of it. I have to speak truth to my sin0weary heart, a daily "cleansing with the washing of the Word" that the book of Ephesians speaks of.  I have gorgeous kids who are God's tangible goodness in my life, who make me laugh, know how to load the dishwasher and rotate laundry and a husband who fears the Lord, prays over us, and works hard at his business. I have mama friends who love he Lord and walk life with me and pray over me, like Aaron ad Hur who held up Moses's arms when he was weak.

The neglected wood pile is not a sign that God has abandoned us but a reminder that I wasn't intended to do everything on my own.  It is a constant reminder to fall back and rest on His all-sufficient, never wavering grace that He heaps upon my days.

Sunday, June 29

Weekly Menu

Enjoying this gorgeous weather with a picnic at the Albany campus.
Tis the season for fresh garden eats and it seems that at least one meal a day comes from the garden.  Right now I am up to my neck in nesting projects.  The oldest boy's room has gotten fresh paint, finished trim, and new d├ęcor.  The guest bath is getting new flooring and I wished a happy adieu to the faux blue marble sink that I've grimaced at for six years. 

Monday am - banana bread oatmeal
Lunch - mango white iced tea, pepperoni and sausage roll, potato salad
Dinner - gnocchi and garlic scape pesto, fresh lettuce salad, strawberries and cream
Make saukraut

Tuesday am - cereal and milk
lunch - cheese quesadillas, fresh lettuce salad
dinner - crispy calamari lettuce wraps with soy ginger sauce, sunshine tapioca, iced tea

Wednesday am - scones, scrambled eggs
lunch - yogurt cups with granola
dinner - Portuguese chicken and potatoes, passionfruit iced tea

Thursday am - blueberry lemon muffins
lunch - salad
dinner - fiesta lime rice, burgers

Friday am - pancakes
lunch - cheese slices, carrot sticks, crackers, tzatziki dip
dinner - spaghetti

Groceries:
tomatoes
lime