Thursday, October 13, 2011


lately i am behind on everything. lately there is still illness in the house. lately i feel overwhelmed, sad & just really want to pull the covers over my head & wish the badness, sadness, ickiness to go away.

anyway...i have been making lapbooks for my children's science curriculum. i bought the cd that held all of the directions to make the lapbooks. i had to make 8. basicly 4 of the first 7 lessons & 4 for the last 7 lessons. the kids can not wait to get their hands on them. (i made 1 for Elizabeth, Abigail, Asher & Esther. I figured Asher & Esther would not let us leave them out & if they dont abuse them too badly than maybe they can reuse them when it comes time for them to actually use the curriculum & learn from it more indebth). come Monday they will get their hands on them!! the lapbooks go hand-in-hand with apologia's astronomy curriculum. apologia's science curriculum is top notch. the basis for their curriculum is God created the universe & that the earth is relatively young - about 6,000 years old. our beliefs line up with the belief they teach. and their curriculum is hard!! very hard!!! we have been using it for a few years now & i love it. rachel is doing their chemistry this year. she wishes they had a lapbook for chemistry too, but nope. they dont.

i have been cutting out fabric - just since yesterday - to throw together a comfort quilt for my sister renee. she lost her sweet little dog, oscar on tuesday.

(i took this picture off of her facebook page)
he was her faithful companion for the last 14 years & sadly he had cancer & she had to put him down. she is devastated & i understand it. i cant make it better, but i hope i can ease her pain to know we are hurting with her. anyway, i found this pattern of an easy quilt on a new website of which i am addicted; . if you havent joined, you should. there are tons of ideas for clothing, gifts, recipes, crafts, photography. it's a bunch of blogs all in one sight.
anyway, this is the type of quilt i will be making. you can find the pattern & tutorial on the blog:
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here are the colors i have chosen to make the quilt in & i will post a picture when it is done. they look really good in person & the picture isnt a good representation. i will try to take pictures as i go along & post a blog about it. i did deviate from the tutorial that the other blog gave....and it is super easy.

my sister lisa & her 2 daughters (olivia & emily) are facing the 10th anniversary of Jim's death - her husband/their father. words just cant even begin to help anyone. but we are thinking of them. Jim was a good guy. he loved lisa & pretty much did whatever she wanted. (i love that in a man....i seriously do. he knows what is important - to make his woman happy - & only puts his foot down when he really feels strong about it - & Jim did do that on occasion but mostly he just went with the flow). he loved his girls. he loved to laugh. he loved a good joke. he is tremendously missed. my biggest regret is that i never showed jim the respect he deserved in this life. it's amazing to me the clarity we have when it's too late. hindsight is 20/20.  the following video comes to mind when i think of jim. go rest high on that mountain, Jim. we love you & you are missed. (remember to pause the songs at the bottom to listen to this video)

also abigail is sick...way sick. she has the croup & it is scary. she coughs to the point that she cant breath. it scares me to death. she is on an oral steriod. she is on round the clock breathing treatments. i put her in a steamy bathroom after her breathing treatment because i got scared of her coughing so badly. she has been throwing up tonight - after her breathing treatment. i hate when you are so sick that the albuterol does that. i wish i could take it all for her - the illness. i hate my babies being sick. she handles it well. i gave her motrin to help her sleep. when she sleeps she doesnt cough. she is sound asleep now. this started the day (Monday) she received her blackbelt in the little dragons glass at karate. i was very impressed with what she had learned. she will start taking the beginners - orange belt class in the adult karate class next week. and come december she will belt test into the orange belt. so she will basically be 6 belts away from her black belt. (it's a 9 belt total timeframe to black belt if that helps explain where she is in regards to the adult class). anyway i'm impressed.
abigail with sensei lucas.

and for the record i am sick also. i slept until 3:30PM this afternoon. we were suppose to go down south today but it didnt happen. oh & i also joined weight watchers 1 1/2 weeks ago. it's going ok. i refuse to spend my 40's fat.
anyway, please continue to pray for us.

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