Friday, February 29, 2008

Just a Swingin'

Life is good here in the Ozarks!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

What May Happen When You Mail Ice Cream and UPS Cannot Get Through

You would think being all frozen and iced in up here, that the ice cream cake would have been safe. It was pretty well insulated in styrofoam, the dry ice just didn't last long enough and apparently broke everything up as it was jostled around. We are due a new one Friday, barring anymore ice outside. Hopefully, the next pics will show them happily munching!

What Mr. Rogers Got Them for Christmas

They arrived yesterday and are in our living room. We are hillbillys!
The children cannot name the "meat" chickens with anything but entree names (such as dumpling, drumstick, and nugget) but I believe the other 22 layers all have been given names. You never know where they pick up words from. The Boy had picked out an Americuna and kept calling it a marijuana until we told him what that meant. It was a light-bulb moment!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

10 Things We Have Learned from Living in Rural Missouri

1. Don't assume people know to take the corn husks off the tamales before eating them.
2. You can have a great time outside with it GETS UP TO 24 degrees.
3. Texas is not the only friendly state.
4. Bald eagles can be in your back yard.
5. If you squint and use your imagination, that one TV station isn't half bad.
6. We would rather read anyways.
7. It is possible to walk both ways uphill in the snow (though we did have shoes on).
8. Snow is cold and ice is slippery to walk on.
9. Ice pellets hurt as they fall from the sky, take cover!
10. UPS may not get here because of ice and snow, but the US Postal Service can and will.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Thank You Mr. Rogers!

Lily loves them and Sarah is gathering all her ante as she is trying to make a trade for them!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

While We are House Bound

Joshua got this game for Valentine's Day, and we are all enjoying it. We like board games around here, especially in this weather where we are iced in. We also spent today reading, practicing piano, making honey-oatmeal bread, scottish shortbread, chocolate chip cookies, squash pasta, and some cheese. I hope to sew a skirt tonight. Listening to Southern Gospel music and dancing around the house is high on our fun list for today also.
Speaking of reading and baking, here are a couple on our wish list:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


In my personal devotions over the past few days, a couple of items were brought to light for me.

From 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (bold mine)

So let's see, five things we learn from the Israelites:

1. No lusting after evil things.
2. No idolatry.
3. No fornication.
4. No tempting Christ.
5. No grumbling.

That last one hurts. Grumbling is on the same level as idolatry, fornication, tempting Christ and lusting after evil. Ouch.

The next one is from Hebrews 5:7-10
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. (bold my addition)

It is not enough to believe, even teh devil himself believes. You can believe all your life that Jesus was the Christ, God's Son given for your salvation, but you must OBEY HIM for eternal salvation. How many times have I said with my mouth "I believe", but my actions revealed my disobedience? Ouch, again.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Scenes from the Valentine's Banquet

Young maidens (who outnumber our knights by just about 3-to-1!)
Knights in training

Happy 3rd Birthday Lily!

Thank you Lord, for the three wonderful years with Lily Mae!
We pray for many more with Your blessings.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

What 15 Inches Looks Like

They love these natural treats!

What Boredom Does to Otherwise Normal Hillbillys

After being cooped up due to ice for two days, they just started jumping and spinning around.

It was quite hilarious!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Kevin Swanson on Courtship

The Man Who Marries My Daughter - A Biblical View of Courtship

If you have children, I encourage you to listen to this!

Friday, February 8, 2008

A Nasty Little Visitor

He has been here a couple of nights now.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

They Call it a Toothpick Tree

It's Good to be a Boy

The first one came out after catapulting himself onto a friend's shoulder. After an hour of playing with the second one in church last night, it fell out in his sleep.

Monday, February 4, 2008

A Beautiful Day

Beautiful weather today - in the upper 70s and plenty of sunshine. We enjoyed it today as there is a 100% chance of rain forcast for in the morning and then 2 inches of snow tomorrow night! We are having a great adventure, just look at some shots from today.

He loves his Texas chickens!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Trip to Texas

It was cool and breezy and they only had a short time, but pockets were still filled with shells.
Rachel was glad to visit with Lexi

Sometimes people have a hard time hiding their expressions when we go into a place with five children. Many times I have been asked, "Are they all yours?" We had a GRAND time watching faces as we would go into places with eight children. In God's time and in His plan, for this trip, we had three Missourians with us. (The boy was hiding.)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Another Snow Day!

You just don't know how much fun it is until you get out in it! We found that by taking a running leap onto the sled while pointed downhill, it went really fast! Of course, the initial pain of hitting your aging body on a frozen road wears off as you are soaring down the hill. Sorry, no pictures allowed of that, you might hurt yourself laughing as my children are want to do!

My little snow bunny!

Rachel is ready for the snowball assault!

After Ronnie bombarding me faster than I could make my own snowballs, I put an ante on him for a nickel each time one of the children got him with one. At this announcement, Lily jumped off the sled and started going after him with the rest of 'em!

Almost looks like it's made of chocolate chip ice cream!