Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Thank You!

Thank you everyone that filled out the polls.  We appreciate it!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Isaac Gets Ready for Shipping Furs

Isaac is getting ready to send his furs to the fur auction, but first had to get the fur picture that trappers love to take each year. There's a lot of hard work in this picture!  Most furs get shipped to Russia or China but this year Russia isn't importing them, or something like that, so the prices are really down.  I don't understand it all, but its amazing how what happens so far away impacts something like beaver pelts in America.  I know a lot of ladies wouldn't appreciate a son having smelly pelts in the house, in his room, but I worked at a mink ranch for about seven years before I got married.  That really made me appreciate fur and I enjoy seeing his catches and examining them.

Sunday, January 11, 2015


This last week we were talking about how we should poll everyone and find out when they got saved. Specifically, we were wondering how many people get saved when they get older and what motivates people to get saved.  We decided to at least ask those of you that read this blog your answers and so we have three polls on the side bar that we would love you to participate in.  If you've never answered a poll on a blog, its really easy.  Just click on your answer.  It's anonymous and no one knows you answered the poll.  Have a great week!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Things You Might Like

Okay, this isn't a clear picture but it's the Trigger game I mentioned earlier. 

This is a DVD in our church library.  If you have younger children, you will want to get this DVD!  It goes over 26 Bible verses, in KJV, and teaches each verse with a short drama using the children in the family that put it out.  It's cute, and my grandchildren really enjoy it.

This is another book in the library.  It goes over several longer passages of scripture, in KJV, and teaches them using repetition, hand motions, and short devotionals.  Your children will love this!  You too!

You've probably all seen this already, but if you haven't you might want to.  It is a western so if you don't like westerns you can pass on it, especially the first 20 minutes or so.  Even so, our family really enjoys this and it does a good job sharing the gospel, its clean, and you might recognize a few of the actors.

I don't know about you, but I have to hunt really, really hard to find good items that we can share with friends, and in the church library.  It's refreshing to find some good ones out there.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Christmas 2014

Most of our "Christmas" was after Christmas this year. Christmas Eve our church has its Christmas program and every year we take a picture of the girls all dressed up.  The program, like always, was such a good reminder of not only how Jesus came to earth, but why He came.

On the 27th I celebrated another birthday.  The girls are always telling me I need to post pictures of myself.  So, here it is. 

On January 1st, Arthur and I celebrated another anniversary. Our wedding was actually on a Wednesday that year.  Seeing as no one has a lot going on New Years Day, it worked perfect and we don't forget the day!

We got together with my side of the family on the 27th.  Landon doesn't look too sure of sitting by the girls! 

There was a lot of food and a couple wild games of Trigger.  A great group game that is super fast to learn and fast paced.

Most Christmas' my sisters and I get a picture together. 

Then we had our family come over one morning for brunch.

We opened a few gifts and the cousins had fun playing together.

New hats!

Yesterday we has Arthur's side of the family get-together. Gideon got a soldier set given to him and he wore the hat and carried the sword all day.

Those 15 and older take part in a white elephant gift exchange.  There's always a few gag type gifts to keep it humorous and some really nice gifts too.  It's not so much about the gifts though as the fun we have being together.  The family also had a prayer time together and ate together.

That concludes our Christmas get-togethers and now things will get back to "normal", whatever that is! 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

And The Exciting News Is -

Priscilla had her book printed!
Priscilla started writing this in eighth grade and after finishing book one, she went on to write book two, and book three.  It started out as an English project using the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum and we never dreamed it would take this long.  She wrote, we corrected, gave suggestions, she corrected, we corrected, she corrected, over and over. Yes, it still has some typos and grammatical errors, but after reading it over and over, you start to not see them! We looked at her options for publishing it and decided to do a 3-in-One book and self publish it.  Priscilla did send it to a few publishers but they weren't interested.  Not a surprise since she didn't have a book agent, and most publishers reject about 99% of  manuscripts they get, especially from a 17 year old!  That's okay, and we found self publishing to be fairly easy and fun to do.
The book, Adventures of Amy, is almost 500 pages. The story is about a girl named Amy who isn't who she thinks she is, goes through all kinds of narrow escapes from those that want to get something she doesn't even know she has, and ends with a mystery. It is a Christian book and its not something you would be afraid to let your children read.  I would say it is written for those 10 - 14 but anyone would enjoy it. For those that know Krystal J., she is the cover girl!

 As as her mom, I think its pretty good reading and gave her an A+ on the project :)  She would love you to ask her about it, or if you want to buy one, you can get them at her website 

(Sorry for you that were expecting an engagement or something like that!  Priscilla would say this is way more exciting!)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Peppermint, Ahh!

I would have to say, that other than chocolate, my favorite baking flavor year around, is peppermint.

Tonight I tried something I read about, Peppermint Syrup.  It was so easy and it is SO delicious!  Take two cups sugar, one cup water, and six large broken up candy canes. (I used seven and its a little strong - I like it, but six would probably be sufficient)  Stir till it comes to a boil, and stir for two minutes while boiling.  No longer.  As you can see the candy canes didn't completely melt, but I'm guessing the first person that walks in the door tonight will scoop them out and that will be that!
I can imagine this syrup will be fantastic on ice cream, and definitely in hot chocolate, and even coffee.  So, if you need a quick treat, try this one!

Meanwhile, something very exciting happened yesterday!  I'm afraid my lips are sealed for at least another week!  We'll post about it as soon as we get permission!

Have a great evening enjoying all the wonderful flavors that God has given us!  He wouldn't have had to give us flavors you know, but I'm so glad He did!