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August 29, 2007

More Than a Job!

As I was putting our folded clothes away today, I was getting rather frustrated at the unwanted creases, far from neat folding, inside out clothes and was wondering "How can I get across to my girls that this is not the 'proper' way to do laundry. I went through all the lectures in my head, all the ways to tell them how to 'do it right' and then the words came to me, "You need to get them to see this as a ministry" "That's it" I said to myself. And so I called for them and proceeded to tell them something like this: From now on, when you fold the clothes I want you to think of it not as a job, but as a ministry. When you fold something, think of how important that person is to you, so important that you will honor them in the way you treat their clothes. Because you see the people in your family as valuable you will not give them wrinkled, inside out clothes. But you will fold their clothes in respect to who they are as a person. Do you understand? From now on, I don't want you to see this as as job, but instead as a ministry. And as I said this, I spoke to myself as well. How many times do I look at my 'daily grind' as just another job, when it is in fact a way to minister to my family, friends and neighbors. I think if I would view my daily activities as this way, my perspective would change. For I was hungry, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came to me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you? or thirsty, and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger, and take you in? or naked, and clothe you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, As much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me. Matthew 25:35-40 Well I need to go and 'minister' to my family!

August 28, 2007

Pictures as Promised

Here you have it folks, our new kids!
(Did I mention they were goats?)
On the left is Sophie, right is Spike

August 27, 2007

New Additions

Just a quick note to let everyone know how excited
we are that 2 kids have joined our family.
I will try to post pictures tomorrow.
Ta ta for now!

August 20, 2007


The stomach flu has been hanging around our house for the past 2 weeks and yesterday it decided to hitn full force. Kerri, Caleb, Zachary, Nathan & Brooke were all sick. It has always been interesting to me how kids all have different personalities. It even shows up when they are sick. Zachary can hardly sit still, and if he does you know he is very sick. Kerri & Caleb just lay around all day, Brook just eats, throws up, eats, throws up. Not a clue to how her tummy is feeling! And Nathan is a lot like Zach, he plays in between his 'episodes' We have a house full of laminate flooring.
The boys have a car mat that they play on.
And where do you think Brooke decides to
spew her lunch? You've got it, on the mat:)
So we spent the day at home (really?) just lying around. Mark & Josh got some much needed rest. They have been going hard at combining all week. I think at least 3 days they went until 2 am. The girls and I played the farming game. We watched videos. I hope today everyone is feeling better! The stomach flu is one of my most unfavorite things! And it is the most inconvenient during harvest. So if you think of us today, please pray for good health.
But I just have to say:
Hats off to the one
who invented ice cream pails.
They come in really handy
at a time like this!

August 16, 2007


Just so you don't think from my last post
that I think life is all about work, work, work,
here are some more thoughts.
A wise friend once said, "Summer is too short for dusting."
And that little comment has really made me re-evaluate
about life and the time that we have
with our spouses, children, family and friends.
I am a very 'goal oriented' person and when I start a project,
you better not get in my way until I am finished!
And sometimes my list of 'to do's' gets so long that I forget.
I forget that relationships and the memories
we make are the things that will last forever.
So my advice to myself today is take time for the little things
because it is so easy to pass those moments by!
Take Monday night for example.
It was supposed to be a perfect night
to see shooting stars for some reason.
I went outside around 11:00 pm
and soon Jen, Megan and Kerri had joined me.
They begged to stay out and watch the stars for awhile.
My tired bones just wanted to go to bed,
but after much persuasion we laid on the lawn
and looked to the heavens.
And it was amazing.
We were out there less than an hour
and we counted at least 25 shooting stars.
But that won't be the only thing we will remember.
Ask us and we will say:
-ice cubes
-dog breath
-strange noises
These are the memories we have.
It was a lot of fun, a bonding moment
that I am sure we will not forget.
And guess what?
It didn't cost us a dime.
Just a little less sleep for a tired mama!
So today remember to take time for the little things.
There are somethings that can wait.
but the memories you build today will last forever!

August 12, 2007



I have been saddened, shocked and yes even occasionally appalled by the self serving attitude of some moms now a days. I have been amazed how many times I have heard complaining lately about how tired, bored, lonely, and frazzled moms are.

I have been thinking about this a lot and wondering why this attitude seems to be so prevalant. What drives a mom to think that she should have her time and her space whenenver she wants it. Honestly I just don't get it?!?!?!

So of course as with everything I look at this and say, "Is this a training thing? Is it just personality or is it something more. As a mom, can I make or break (for lack of a better word) this attitude in our daughters?" And I came to the conclusion that the answer is yes. A lot of the training and ideas we give our daughters now, will affect their attitude as a mother
later on.

I thought back on my growing up years. What affected me and helped prepare me to be a mom? And I came to the conclusion that a lot of it had to do with good old fashioned work! Don't get me wrong, I know that the example of my mom had a lot to do with it, but I don't think that was the only thing that formed who I became as a mom. I think that the reason that our young moms find it so 'hard' being moms is because they are not taught to work at home. They are allowed to have their space and their time to do their thing whenever they want it. And therefore teaching them to become self centered.

I always think of the training of our children as preparing them for what they will do when they are grown. As I look back on my teen years, I worked hard, and I didn't like it at all! I am actually ashamed when I think of my attitude and how I treated my mom when she asked me to do chores around the house. But I am so grateful that she didn't let that discourage her from putting me to some good ol' fashioned work! I didn't have a lot of 'me' time. I remember comparing myself to my friends and seeing that they didn't have to work as hard as me and I didn't think that was fair. I had to babysit my younger siblings a lot, do laundry, house cleaning, gardening, feed animals, and the list went on and on. Every day when I came home from school, there was stuff to do. And you know what, now I really appreciate my mom for putting me to work! Because I believe she instilled in me the value that 'motherhood is not for wimps'. I knew what hard work was, I knew what self denial was, and it wasn't such a huge shock for me when I got married and became a mom and had to be on call 24/7. I wasn't used to having 'my time' and getting frustrated when I didn't. Please understand, I am not saying I was or am this perfect mom and I never got tired or frustrated when I was sleep deprived or had a sick child. I still had and have character issues to work on, but I don't remember having such huge issues with it as some moms today.

So now...I tell my girls, being a mom is hard work. I don't want to discourage them from having children (I want so many grandchildren that we will need a mansion to have family gatherings in :) but instead I want to instill in them a knowing that they will have to give of themselves 24/7, their time 24/7. So my girls don't have 'their time'. Yes, they get breaks, but they also know what hard work is. They know what it means to put aside their 'selfish ambitions', and do the task that is set before them.

Philippians 2:3-5 "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus."

So I guess the reason for this posting? To encourage you to train your daughters that 'Motherhood is not for Wimps' Teach them what hard work is, don't allow them to have the attitude that they can have their time, their space whenever they want it. Talk about being a mom to them, the challenges, the rewards, how the rewards outweigh the challenges if we have a Christ-like attitude.

And if you're a mom, and you have found yourself bemoaning the fact that you don't have the time or space to yourself that you would like, memorize Philippians 2:3-5. Get it in your heart, think of Jesus, the person who was the ultimate example of giving of Himself. Tell yourself that "Motherhood is not for Wimps" that it is and will be hard work, but look at the bigger picture, the amazing privelage you have to raise another 'plant grown up' or a 'polished corner stone' (see Psalm 144:12)

And remember:
What you do today will affect the future of your children
and their children and their children............

August 9, 2007

Ever Had a Day Like This?

Favorite Quick Supper
Measure 3 cups flour into a large bowl.
Answer telephone.
Take large bowl off small son's head.
Sweep up floor.
Measure 3 cups flour into large bowl.
Measure 1/4 cup shortening.
Answer door bell.
Wash shortening from son's hands and face.
Add 1/4 cup shortening to flour.
Mix well.
Rock crying baby for 10 minutes.
Answer the telephone.
Put son in tub and scrub well.
Scrape flour and shortening mixture from floor.
Add enough tears to relieve tension.
Open one can of beans and serve with remaining strength!

Whew, all for a meal!

August 7, 2007

New Recipe

Got cucumbers? Make pickles. Check out our recipe blog for 'Cafe Pickles'

August 6, 2007

Belated Birthday Blog

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In all the business of summer and our travels I forgot to post a birthday blog for Brooke. We can't have that, because she is an important part of our family. So here's a belated birthday blog for Brooke.
Brooke turned 2 on July 7.
And no, it is not terrible two's. I refuse to view the amazing 2 year old stage as such. It is a year of lots of training as they learn so many new things, but definitely I LOVE the 2 year old stage. We have had this age stage in our home for many years now
and I can't imagine how less exciting things would be without it!
Brooke is a 'cutie' in our biast opinion.
She is an amazing singer and you will often find her
singing songs to her dolls, little sister or just as she is playing.
She doesn't just sing little kids songs, she sings worship songs and if you listen carefully she sings nearly every word.
And there are so many different ones she sings. It baffles my mind!
When she was just born and we were working at Rock Lake for the summer she had a few prophecies over her that she would be a worshipper. Well at the time I just shelved that as we don't believe in taking prophecies instantly as God's Word as we didn't know any of the people who gave the prophecies, but now as time goes on I can see that she is a worshipper already. That's exciting when you can see God's work already in her,
even when she is just two!
Brooke is the life of the party and usually the centre of all attention. As people come in from outside she usually greets them by name and used to say 'Hi _____, how are you!' Now she just starts a conversation!
Mark and I work hard that she doesn't get too spoiled, but every once in awhile we get caught up in her cuteness and she gets away with things she shouldn't:) And we will pay for it later, so we make a concious effort to not let these cute moment take away from her overall character training!
She likes to play with her brothers and is especially enamoured with her brother Zachary. She loves all her brothers dearly
but when he is missing she walks around saying
'Where's Zachary?'
And does she talk. It's hard for me to believe she is only 2 because of her vocabulary. She can easily communicate what she wants and how she wants it and when she wants it.....get the point!
We celebrated her birthday in a campground on our trip.
And our amazing friends knew it was her birthday so when we visited them
they had went through the trouble of making her a cake. Very special!
A funny story about her gift opening:
She had a gift from everyone as usual.
So she would open a gift, look at it, play with it
and then put it aside when the next gift came.
Then she opened 'THE GIFT'!
It was a wooden puzzle, you know the kind with little animals
or whatever that fit in each special spot.
Well something you need to know about Brooke, she loves puzzles!
When she came to this gift she was obviously elated and could not stop playing with it. From every gift there on she would open it, toss it aside and continue to play with her puzzle. It was quite hilarious.
The moral of the story is: If you give Brooke a puzzle for a gift, give it last!!
We love you Brookie. Have a fun year being 2!
And keep worshipping with music,
we all need a Gideon worshipper around here!

August 2, 2007


This is submission:

Complete confidence that God's will for me
is the very best thing that could happen to me.
It means accepting my present situation.
Submission says first of all,
"O God, if by being here in this situatin I can glorify You more,
then I am happy to be here.
If you choose to keep me in this situation for the rest of my life,
because to do so will better bring your purpose to pass
and will better manifest Your power and your love to lost men and women,
then let me be here for the rest of my life."
It is not often that He requires this of you,
but you must come to that place of submission and be willing.

taken from Shirley Rice's book, 'The Christian Home' pg. 31