"Mama, LOOK! I don't need my ears pierced. I made pierced ears, homemade."

Now, I must admit, I panicked when I heard that.  I mean this girl cut MY hair a week ago. A big old chunk out of it.

Upon closer inspection, it's masking tape. Phew.

And yes, these are really marvelous homemade earrings.
 Much better than the homemade gum she made (which was a big wad of paper she was chewing).

This girl adds SO MUCH SPUNK to our days!

Kids in the Kitchen

There are all different forms of bravery.  Like the Vikings conquering new lands. Like first day on the new job jitters. Like launching a business. Like making perogies with your children. 

I was all sorts of brave and they turned out delicious.

 Home made crust, stuffed with home grown mashed potatoes and add in those home grown peppers. Thankful for little sous chefs.


Bunch of freeloaders.

I got four eggs today and cheered.  It's been one to two eggs for days, weeks, maybe months.


And how many chickens do I have? 

10, 20, 30, 40, 50? Probably not 50.  Probably more than 40.

I don't do chicken math.

I do count eggs...and girls.  Pick it up, please and thank you.


You know, we all have different talents. 

Some of us are born a natural makeup artist. 

And some of us aren't.  (Sara, we need Lily's help!)

Our Chicken Soup with Rice Book

Well, we did it.  For one year, we made soup once a month and learned the poem of the month from the Chicken Soup with Rice book. 

Now we have Chicken Soup with Rice in Maine

 And here are my big two, standing proud with their book.

We started last November. You can see how the weather changes, as well as how these two kids have changed! 






Nightstand books

Late night tuck-ins inspired this "What is on the nightstand" post.  This is what I found when I tucked them all in last night.  I just love how my kids are SO different in the books they pick, but pick so consistently on the things they enjoy. 

Eloise Wilkin's "New Baby" vintage Golden Book
Richard Scarry's Mother Goose
Usborne's Big Book of Fairy Tales
The Mouse Who Thought He was a Kitten vintage Golden Book
Her Bible

Visit to the Farm chapter book
Tractor Mac books
ABCs of Farm Life
Backyard Birdsongs for Birders
James Herriot Treasury
His Bible

My Husband:
Gary Paulsen's Woods Runner (a gift from Audra for Christmas)
His Bible

Old Yeller
Still More Stories from Grandma's Attic
Thornton Burgess's Whitefoot the Woodmouse
Mapmaking with Children
Country Living Magazine
BetterHomesand Gardens Magazine
Gospel Light
My Bible

And you?  What is on YOUR nightstand?


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