Thursday, July 29, 2010

Summer


The fun excitement when expecting guests is in the preparation. The cleaning and organizing. The grocery shopping and cooking. And then to enjoy it all with those you love is the icing on the cake!
I remember growing up and the fun it was to help my mom with the cleaning and the cooking when we were expecting company. The house was a fun bustle, there was something cooking on the stove or in the oven and its aroma was dancing throughout the house. 

These fond memories have floated through my head this week as I prepare our home for my sister and brother's visit. Writing down recipes and making lists for the grocery store. Dusting and cleaning, organizing and shopping. And the accumulation is the arrival of those happy faces! 

Here are some of the savory plans for the upcoming week. A delightful day at the seaside, eating and swimming to our hearts content. Barbecue eating, tea drinking and a trip to NC! 

I hope to take many pictures! And be sure to share when its all over! 

Much love to all and happy Summer!

Come let us bow down in worship. Let us get down on our knees before the Lord who made us. For He is our God. And we are the people of his field, and the sheep  of His hand.
Psalm 95: 6-7

Monday, July 26, 2010

Guests

Delightedly anticipating friday! We are expecting some beloved guests! 
An uncle, an aunt and a little delicious cousin to kiss on our wee one!
I can't wait! 


More on that soon..... :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Little House Series


Lately I have been hungry for a cozy-different-era-country-book! I went looking through my book shelf and stopped at my Laura Ingalls Wilder series. My friend Danielle has been reading these to her kids lately and probably the one who inspired me to read them again! Thanks Danielle! :)

I haven't read these since I was very little. My Mom read the whole series to us kids. It was a very happy time when we had reading time with my Mom. So they hold a fondness just because of those times!

 I have devoured and soaked up these books!
 And after I had read how they had salted pork and corn bread I had to go make me some! All the food mentioned was making my mouth water! 

One thing that I was inspired by was the hearts of the family, especially when calamities would strike, which were often. And they would say "all's well that ends well". There were many hard circumstances, but the outcome was always the same, as long as they were all together life was perfect. Such a sweet family unity.  

 I was so blessed by these books! I am going to be sad when I have finished reading the rest of the series!

 I know most of my friends have read the series, but here is a little snippet out of Little House On The Prairie to rewet your pallet!

"Play, Ingalls!" he said. "Play me down the road"! So while he went down the creak road and out of sight, Pa played, and Pa and Mr. Edwards and Laura sang with all their might.

"Old Dan Tucker was a fine old man;
He washed his face in the frying-pan,
He combed his hair with a wagon wheel,
And died of the toothache in his heel.

"Git out of the way for old Dan Tucker!
He's too late to get his supper!
Supper's over and the dishes washed,
Nothing left but a piece of squash!

"Old Dan Tucker went to town,
Riding a mule, leading a houn'...."

Far over the prairie rang Pa's big voice and Laura's little one, and faintly from the creek bottoms came a last whoop from Mr. Edwards.
"Git out of the way for old Dan Tucker! 
He's too late to get his supper!"

When Pa's fiddle stopped, they could not hear Mr. Edwards any more. Only the wind rustled in the prairie grasses. The big, yellow moon was sailing high overhead. The sky was so full of light that not one star twinkled in it, and all the prairie was a shadowy mellowness. Then from the woods by the creek a nightingale began to sing. 

Everything was silent, listening to the nightingale's song. The bird sang on and on. The cool wind moved over the prairie and the song was round and clear above the grasses' whispering. The sky was like a bowl of light overturned on the flat black land. 

The song ended. No one moved or spoke. Laura and Mary were quiet, Pa and Ma sat motionless. Only the wind stirred and the grasses sighed. Then Pa lifted the fiddle to his shoulder and softly touched the bow to the strings. A few notes fell like clear drops of water into the stillness. A pause, and Pa began to play the nightingale's song. The nightingale answered him. The nightingale began to sing again. It was singing with Pa's fiddle.
When the strings were silent, the nightingale went on singing. When it paused, the fiddle called to it and it sang again. The bird and the fiddle were talking to each other in the cool night under the moon.

~Little House On The Prairie



Sunday, July 18, 2010

Early Morning at the Seaside

On Saturday we arose bright and early for a fun morning at the beach. I had set out most of everything we needed the night before. So once we awoke we jumped into the car and made it to the beach by around 7:30. It was the nicest time yet. The only people there were a few fishermen!  The morning hadn't gotten too hot yet and the water was perfectly fresh. I couldn't get out of the water! The waves were just right. Baby was a little frightened by the noise of the water and preferred to lay on his towel and enjoy the fresh breeze :) I couldn't help taking pictures that morning! And I am so glad I did! I had to post bunches! :D 

















~He loves sucking on his fingers :D











~Early morning fishermen 


~He's getting so big and chunky :D








Happy Monday! 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Makeup, Friends, and Tea

Well, my exciting fun packages that I was waiting so anxiously for, did arrive last week.  When I saw them sitting outside our door, (the UPS man didn't even ring the doorbell) I wondered how long they had been sitting outside without me knowing it! I pounced and opened one and seeing some of the continents inside, I had to wait for Benjamin.  I did open the other box as well and peeked inside to satisfy my longing for a few more hours :D











Once Benjamin got home, it was like Christmas Day! Even the cats enjoyed themselves like it was Christmas. These boxes/present/work related items will greatly help me in what I am doing online ;) isn't it wonderful to love what you do??!! 

Yesterday I had a friend over for tea and also to practice mixing customizable liquid foundation to her darker skin tone. She ended up bringing her sister along as well, I haven't had so much fun playing with makeup like that since I was a little girl when my sister and I got plastic lipsticks for a present.

We all could have spent the whole day dabbling in this and experimenting with that! I wish I taken pictures of our playtime!  

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Happy Birthday


Yesterday was spent joyously enjoying my Birthday! Last year Benjamin was gone during my day and I am so glad  this year was different! It was a pretty crazy year last year!
 I awoke to beautiful roses and breakfast in bed which was a British breakfast. British as in baked beans with my eggs! When we were in England for our Honeymoon we were charmed to have baked beans with our breakfast! Happy memories!
And he gave me roses which are sitting beautifully in an antique vase. I was saddened to see that Bay (the cat) had decided to have a rose for breakfast! I thought he had learned his lesson, but I found him tonight again munching on my beautiful roses! He went to bed early tonight!
I had a lovely lovely day and couldn't believe it was over so quickly lol! We ended our day watching the new movie 'The Young Victoria'. It was so nice...... :)

~My little munchkin! 


~Having a little photo shoot for his Mommy's B-day :)











~Benjamin took this of us, but we had a hard time getting it focused!
 This was the best one :)


My twin Marie and I, can you tell which one is which?
I stole this picture from my Mom's page :) she wrote the nicest birthday post for my sister and I. Really this day should be her day, since she spent the day laboring for me and my sister! I can't even imagine having two babies to deliver! I love you so much Mom! :)
Happy Birthday Marie, I miss you especially today!
 :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wednesday Happenings and Ramblings

Enjoying the lovely summer day today. We had a wonderful 4th of July weekend and I am just now getting back into the groove of things lol! Benjamin didn't have to work on monday so we just continued celebrating into the week :D

I think baby may be teething. He has been sleeping little in the daytime and fussing a little more then normal. He was crying real hard yesterday, since he wasn't easily soothed I just did a real quick "peak a boo" and from crying so hard he instantly began laughing so hard! he he! He was much more agreeable when his daddy got home. But after fighting sleep so hard in the day he gave up the fight and reluctantly fell asleep :)





I can't stop exclaiming over the weather! Big dark billowy clouds always seem to fill the afternoon sky. Its so fun to look out the window and see the trees blowing and yummy dark rain clouds moving in. :)




Today I am expecting a very exciting package from UPS for our business and I can't help myself from looking out the window for the truck  every twenty minuets :P I have run to the front door twice already thinking it was here! 

We met a very nice couple at church a few months ago and just recently finally were able to get together. How refreshing it was to visit and get to know each other. They have a little girl just a month older then Winston. We all couldn't believe how much we had in common! They are true kindred spirits :)

I have been playing the Psalms all morning listening as I clean and work. I am just loving this audio Bible! 

I hope everyone had a lovely 4th and week! God bless :)

How happy are the people who know the sound of joy! They walk in the light of Your face, O Lord. They are full of joy in Your name all day long. And by being right with You, they are honored.
Psalm 89: 15-16

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Vaccinating.....

My friend Sharon who I grew up with wrote this over on her blog yesterday. I liked it so much that I asked her if I could share it here too! She said yes and here we are! Sharon is a Midwife and frequently will write about anything and everything related to birth or children's health.  :)
During my midwifery studies years ago before I got pregnant with my first son, I balked at the idea of not vaccinating. I thought really, that is so dangerous and ridiculous!! Of course like the average American I wasn't going on any real information, research or education... I just knew that doctors knew best and wouldn't do something that would harm people. But then I got pregnant, and suddenly this decision took on extreme importance for me. Suddenly it was my job, to protect my child, to make these important decisions for MY child, to really make sure I was doing my BEST to take care of this precious, pure, straight from God baby of mine. So with pregnancies hormones and all I began my research. Of course there are blogs and blogs of opinions out there with scare tactics from both sides. How frightening it would be for your child to get autism from these vaccines that were meant to protect your child, but just as frightening is the possibility for your child to get some disease you could potentially have protected them from. So with all this crazy info out there I decided to get away from opinions and get to the facts. So what is in vaccines that could be so harmul and scary? I decided to look for an ingredient list, and was surprised to find out just how easy that was to find!
Here is a link to the CDC website that has a list of ingredients by vaccine CDC ingredient list for vaccines
I hope you go look for yourself to see just what is in them, but I'm going to list a few here that were so alarming to me, along with a definition for each.





Formaldehyde:





a colorless poisonous gas; made by the oxidation of methanol







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A chemical used in manufacturing and chemical industries, and as a preservative by anatomists, embalmers and pathologists. Being exposed to formaldehyde may increase the risk of developing leukemia and brain cancer.








MRC-5 DNA





The MRC-5 cell line was developed in September 1966 from lung tissue taken from a 14 week fetus aborted for psychiatric reason from a 27 year old physically healthy woman. The cell morphology is fibroblast-like. The karyotype is 46,XY; normal diploid male. Cumulative population doublings to senescence is 42-48. G6PD isoenzyme is type B. (simple terms: tissue from an aborted/murdered baby!)



Thimerosal

... look this one up for yourself! Oh and the recent study that claimed to prove that mercury/thimerosal doesn't cause Autism... full of holes, I was thrilled to hear about it, until the real truth about it all came out!!

Alright I said short and sweet, so I'm going to stop there! There are so many other ingredients I could go over but I'm going to leave it up to you to do that research so you can make these decisions for yourself.
So ultimatley what led me to not vaccinate was that I started the research because of a VERY strong instintint/still small voice inside me telling me NOT to put this in my child's body, then the research confirmend it all to me. So my kids are two super healthy, super happy, UN-VACCINATED kids!

There is much I would like to add, but for the time being this is all from me! Have a good night all... of course after you begin your own research!

~The article above in green was excellent as well!  Thank you Sharon :)