"Common Ground": my little corner of the blogosphere where I talk (a lot-wink) about the things that matter most to me: My relationship with my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, homeschooling, adoption, homemaking, parenting, "spousing." (yeah, yeah....I know that's not a word.....I made it up-it’s my blog-I can do things like that! Ha!)

Since my life isn’t all that different from yours, hopefully we can find some COMMON GROUND & learn from each other. Please share your thoughts!

Through the Lords’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness!
Lam. 3: 22 & 23

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Bad, busy blogger lately!

My baby brother is getting married on Saturday, & we are super busy getting ready for that......sorry I haven't been blogging well! (& probably won't be until next week sometime!)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sorry....I know I've been a bad blogger this week!

But, we are preparing for our OPEN HOUSE!!!  Yippee!  (& we are all hard at work-hense the picture of my hand.....not my attire, hair or face.  Ha!  Ha!)

After waiting since August, a few weeks ago, we FINALLY aquired furniture!  (Many thanks to Granddad & Grandma Pat!)  So, Friday night is the BIG night, & so far, we have 30 adults & 30 kids coming!  Yeah! 

We are having a hymn-sing, too, which brings back many fond memories for me of hymn-sings at my parents house when I was growing up!  Fun times!

If you can, come join us!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

"It was only a *small* fire, Mom."

Yes, that IS what Ana said to me this afternoon when I got back from the store. 

For real.

I left she & her best friend to take the last batch of cookies out of the oven.  (Yes, Dave was home-thank goodness!)

Imagine my horror to get this text: 
"Kitchen fire, but everyone & most everything is OK." 

WHAT?!   (That was my response text to Dave-& he didn't answer me!!  I had to call home & find out that a hot pad had accidently fallen on the oven coil when they were removing the cookies.)

The cookies were a hit, & the girls made some memories (some better than others, lol) this afternoon!

Friday, November 11, 2011


How cool is today's date?!?  We made shirts to celebrate!  What do you think?

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Carpet on discount because it was out of the wrapper!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Let the Decorating Begin in Earnest! (Part 2.....of hopefully many more posts!)

Inspired by this blog, & her famous "Window Mis-Treatments," I hung sheets in Ana's room today.  I folded over the top 14 inches of each sheet & hung them w/ ring clips!

And as The Nester always says, "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful!"

Friday, November 4, 2011

I'm Out Grocery Shopping!

In an attempt to frugally use the resources given us, my friend & I are tryting to be more disciplined at the grocery store.  The best part is, we decided in order to accomplish this, we will trade turns watching eachother's kids.  I had my turn watching hers this morning......& now it's my turn to go!

"See" you later!

P.S.  Remembering my mother-in-law who left her earthly home-& saw Jesus face to face-one year ago today. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Let the Decorating Begin in Earnest!

What do you think of this wall?  It's on our stairs landing.  I think I will add 2 more strips of pics under this one. 

I  like it because I can add/take off pics as I want to.  They are laminated, & clipped on to the ribbon.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Snow Day!

The view from where I sit.......

Busy making maple sugar candy.....

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Quite Possibly the "World's Largest Pizza."

.....Which our little family of 5 made the mistake of ordering a few weeks ago.

No wonder we, here in the U. S. of A have a weight problem.....

P.S.  I posted Halloween pics late last night.  Scroll down to see them!
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