Saturday, September 26, 2015


Double Digits.

She is bright and inquisitive.

She loves people.

She loves to chat.

 She has her Daddy’s sense of humor.

She is independent,


 And loves good books.

We love you Katie!  Happy Birthday!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Brotherly Advice

Advice from Nate to Ellie on being two:

Do not get into computers.
Do not eat off the floors.
Don't put things in your mouth.
Do not swallow stuff you're not allowed to.
Do not eat earrings.
Do not eat other people's cereal.
Do not break plates.
Do not whine to go outside.
Stay to be a two year old!


The little Miss is two years old today!

 She's becoming more outgoing and talkative.  She isn't matching Kate yet, but she's started speaking to and waving at the strangers in the store.

It looks like she shares more in common with Kate than the curls!  She loves her babies like Gabby.  She's rough and tumble like Nate.

 She is stubborn like her Mama--she never once faced me and looked at the camera when I was trying to get these pictures!  She is curious like her Daddy.

 She is so fun.  She likes to sing and dance.

 She talks with her hands, especially when she's just jabbering.  She likes to close her prayers by saying ah-me (amen).

We love this sweet little gal!

Happy Birthday Ellie!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Lately, or Not So Lately

Life is full and busy!  We've started back to AHG, play practice, and last week we tried a nearby tutorial for art and music.  In the meantime, we are reaching the end of our first quarter of school this week!  We only have to update our umbrella school at the end of semesters, but I've been working to update my grade book and letting the girls know where they stand in each of their classes.

Nate is learning to read and add.  The big girls are learning much in Latin and unit studies with books.  Gabby is learning cursive, and Kate is studying fractions.

We've gone on field trips to the zoo, a lake,

 Elle meeting Miss Clara, the sheep
 Nate milking a goat.

Washing with a washboard
and to a living history day at a nearby historic site.

We took our annual trip to see Shakespeare in the Park (HenryV this year).

Life has been full!

To top it off, some friends of our family were moving and offered us a set of bunk beds.  This led to a major rearrangement in bedrooms here.

We'd been discussing what to do when Ellie out grew our crib.  I will be sad when she out grows that bed that has held all four of our babies!  But we'd discussed it.  It didn't seem quite fair to put all three girls in one room and leave Nate to himself in a room of the same size.  We'd discussed ways to try to make it more fair, like all the dressers being in his room.  We discussed turning our family room into a bedroom for the girls, but it is completely open to the living room and the upstairs hallway, so that would take some adjustment too.  The bunk moved things along a bit.  We have opted to give Kate a room to herself.  Gabby and Ellie are sharing a room.  I've painted both of those rooms.

Then Nate is taking a storage room, which of course had to be emptied.  It had been used as a music studio or drum room before we bought the house, so layers of sound insulation had to be peeled away.
Underneath is a patchwork of drywall, green wall, and other assorted things to form the wall.  It will need a window to be a real room for him, so that is on the list.  It isn't huge, but as they don't need to store toys in their rooms it will be enough for a bed and dresser.  When he's older, we might look into a loft bed for him to have a bit of extra space, as the ceiling is plenty high to accommodate that.

All this left us with a spare bed, which we have placed in the library, with plans to fix it up as a daybed/reading couch and extra space for company.

We are nearing completion on the girls' rooms--needing to finish hanging a few things, and we can see the end in Nate's room, if we stand on our tippie toes.  We still have to find homes for a few things that are sitting in our bedroom, waiting to find a good resting spot, but we're getting there!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Funny

Wax?  I love earwax!  It's so yummy.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015


So, if you've been around long, you've probably noticed I keep this place pretty uncontroversial.  I am unashamedly a Christian, a home schooler, and Southern, but I don't touch politics or most other subjects that stir up ire here, not because I don't have opinions on those matters, but because I know no one has changed my mind by spewing something on the internet.  If you want my take on those things, let's sit down and have a chat.

I got flamed for infant baptism in a comment.  I get notifications when a comment comes in, but I let it go until it was pointed out to me that the comment was on a recent post.  As it was posted not with my original post on my children being baptized, I have removed it.  He also linked to his own blog and it seemed that the reply was one copied and pasted, which is a bit spammy.

I've hemmed and hawed (see, southern there) about how to reply or whether to bother.  I decided to go ahead.  The commenter quoted scriptures that I've heard my entire life, including one about a whole family being baptized (in Acts 16), since our whole family includes children, this is where many decided paedobaptism is proper--if the head of the household believed the entire household was baptized.  That, and the transition from the blood sacrifices of the Old Testament to the water in the New.  The young boys of the Jewish faith were marked by circumcision, the people of the new covenant, including their children, are marked by baptism.

It took us being established in a church for a good while, sure we were ready to set down roots before we chose to have our children baptized.   Here is why...people often feel very strongly on this topic.  Justin and I feel that there are essentials, things that truly mark a people as Christian.  Infant versus adult baptism is not one of those.
     - Jesus told the thief next to him that he would join him in paradise. (No chance to be baptized)
     - We are told to go to heaven the only thing we MUST do is believe.  (No requirement to be baptized)
     - And as for the full submersion, I've read arguments that the river wasn't full enough to allow that, not that I'm sure that it matters...

So, if you want to pick a fight, you came to the wrong place.  We have chosen to fall under the authority of our local church, which recommends infant baptism.  If you choose to wait to have your children baptized, I see no fault in that either.  If that's what your church requires, then it is good you are under the authority they have, so long as the foundational theology is accurate.

The one thing I did disagree completely with Mr. Commenter on is that little children have not sinned and do not need to repent.  Little children do not need to be taught to be selfish or deceptive.  Our one year old has been hiding behavior that she knows we disapprove of for months.  She will take things that she knows don't belong to her and hide them.  No one taught her how.  She is fallen, but she is loved and forgiven.

Now, you can comment, since I brought it up. :)  I won't even delete it this time, so long as you are civil.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday Funny

Nate: Those bird's wing leafs.

Me: You mean feathers?


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Nate: What are those yellow flowers in the garden?

Me: Marigolds.

Nate: Do bees like miracles?