Catch Up


Photo of My Handwriting

Here’s a web cam photo of my handwriting.  This is my 6-list.  A daily list of my priorities.


My Proudest Moment

Being a mom, it seems that there are a lot of proud moments.  It is difficult to think of just one that stands out as my most proud.  There really isn’t just one, but I can think of two.

My first would be when my daughter accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior.  To know that my daughter will be in Heaven with me, is extremely comforting.   She got saved when she was six.  Being scared of water it was a couple of years until she felt like she could get baptized, but she did.  Such a grown up decision to make at such a young age.

My second proud moment would be when my son accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior.  Now both of my babies will be in Heaven with me, praising the Lord.  My son, my baby, has not yet gotten baptized because when we were going to our old church, he was too scared of the water also to be baptized.  But he’s been ready for a year.  I need to get him baptized.

Meaning Behind My Blog Name

I wanted a name that could cover our farm, homeschooling and anything else we wanted it to cover.  I also wanted something biblical, to show our faith.  A facebook friend mentioned to me the verse about spiritual fruit.  I looked it up, in Galations, and thought about it for a while.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there is no law.

This is definitely what I want to come away with when we are done with homeschooling!  I thought about it some more.  It applies to our farm life also.  It applies to everything!

I don’t like to be normal, I enjoy being the black sheep.  I think out of the box.  Or try to anyways.  I try to think of a name that is not the norm, but still represents what I want it to.

Fruits of Galatia is what I came up with. Personally, I love it.  And with my kids being in 4-H, we’ll have our farm name posted at the fairs.  I am hoping that someone will ask us what our name is about.  I plan on having the kids memorize this verse to tell people if they are ever asked.


Yep, You Guessed It…..


An Average Day

I try to wake up between 6-7am.  If I sleep in too late, my hen Giggles, will start clucking to let me know.  (She is currently living in a plastic tub in the house because of her injured leg.)  I like to start my day early without any other interruptions.  Well, from people at least.  Before I even get out of bed I have anywhere from 1-3 of our five cats waiting in the bedroom for me to get up and feed them.  After I get up, they are all circling me and meowing, it takes some time to get to the laundry room to feed those ravenous little felines.

The first thing I do is turn the heater on where the kids sleep, walk into the living room and turn on my electric blanket and the heater in there and then take care of the animals.  Into the kitchen I stroll to turn on the burner, fill my pot with water, and get my coffee ready.  It takes only a few moments for my coffee to be prepared in my French Press, and I’m ready to head into the living room to enjoy my warm blanket.

Some mornings, I feed the chickens and ducks outside while I am waiting the 4 minutes for my coffee to brew.  Other mornings I wait and let the kids feed when they get up.

I let Giggles out into the kitchen to eat and drink, before I sit down.  I gather my Kindle and my latest crochet project to listen to my Bible, read my studies and cuddle with my blanket in the recliner.

After my studies are through and Giggles is done eating, I put her back and I can check in with my email and facebook.

Later mornings the kids do their schoolwork.  At this time I have been catching up on orders that I got behind with when I was working at the Washington State Fair, and I haven’t been doing Science or History with them.  But their English, math, and reading their daily devotions get done.

I spend many  hours of my day crocheting.  It’s my only source of income at the moment and it’s not a very good one at that.  But it sure does keep me busy!

I don’t get lots of time for  housework around here, but I have to try and squeeze in what I can when I can.  Daily chores include dishes and laundry.  Any errands that need to be run is also my responsibility.

Evenings are spent crocheting and online.  Sometimes I can find the time to read, play with graphics or edit my photos.

My days are busy and long.  But there is never enough time or energy to get done all that I’d like to.


Farm Step-Stool


This was one of my best finds when I attended the Just Between Friends Sale in Puyallup.  I fell in love with this at first glance.  It was a steal to me at $8!

I saw this stool as I was shopping and shared my find with Katie.  We decided to finish shopping and come back for it.  I couldn’t wait that long!  I left her drowning in the 3T section and went downstairs to grab it.  Thankfully it was still there!

I got tired of carrying it while I was looking through the books so I decided to give it to the ladies that were holding large items for shoppers.  I had been carrying it sideways by this time, with the lid just hanging open.

When Katie and I had finished all of our scouting and shopping, we stood in line to pay.  When I made it up to the pick up place, they handed me my step stool, along with the other items that I had held.  I noticed that the lid was sitting inside the pocket.

Now, I had been walking around with it hanging open.  I checked it closer and the actual screws to hold the lid on were gone.  It was not a tight fitting, so there is no way it was just hanging on.  Thankfully it was an easy fix, and I knew it would be.

I was not the only one who fell in love with it!  My son was inspired to use it, so he had his dad help him fix it for me.  Now he has enjoyed using it so much, that I have had the best helper drying dishes and putting them away!  I can’t complain about that!


To Go Back In Time

Jack, the farm horse

One of the joys of homeschooling, is field trips.  We love to take field trips!  We had the opportunity today to go to Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village, in Eatonville, Washington.

When I was a child, I vaguely remember coming here for field trips.  I think 2 or 3.  I loved it then!

Jack, the farm horse, welcomed us at the start of our tour.  I went and gave Jack a nuzzle and he licked my hand!  Never had a horse do that before.  🙂

Our first stop on our tour was the cabin where the Pioneers lived.  The cabin we went into was much larger than the real ones, so that they could fit groups of people in there for tours.  Because of the lack of windows, it was quite dark inside. The crackling fired burning in the fireplace kept it warm inside.

Our tour guide was a very nice lady.  She showed the kids how to do everything along with teaching them the hows and whys.  She explained things very well to the kids and I enjoyed listening to her!  Inside the cabin, the kids got to learn many different things.  Laundry, mashing corn for cornbread, milling wheat for flour, playing with children’s toys, making butter, grinding coffee, making your own yarn for wool, and the young men got to learn about shaving.  The kids also learned about discipline and the chores that children had.

After we were all done in the cabin, we walked out to the barn/smith/workshop.  Inside the barn we were introduced to T-Bone the calf, a milking cow named Betsy, a sheep named Cocoa, a goat that no one now can remember her name, a funny little pig donned Bacon Bits, one brown bunny who goes by the name of Stu and a few chickens.  The kids were able to go in all of the pens and pet the animals.  I visited Cocoa and Bacon Bits.  I so miss my sheep and pigs.

Cocoa and the sweet smell of her lanolin flooded me with memories.  Bacon Bits and her pig nose was something I had a hard time leaving!  (A little secret about me.  I love pigs and their noses.  Have you ever felt one?  I love to just squeeze them and play with them.  I call it Pig Nose.)  The smell of the barn and the animals was exhilarating.  I inhaled deeply.  One child said,

“It stinks in here.”

I looked at her and said,

“I think it smells good!”

Unfortunately, my camera battery was dying, so I was unable to get photos of the animals because my flash took too much power.

After the barn, we traveled to the blacksmith forge.  The kids were taught the safety and knowledge that you can cram into about a 10 minutes

I loved how the sunlight was coming through the trees.

spiel.  We then walked over to the wood shop and was taught how to peel bark off of logs and small rounds of branches for making a cabin.  After the talks the kids were able to go and play around in these areas.

While we were listening here, I took a moment to look up into the trees.  There was rain drops glistening in the sunlight, hanging and dancing, glorifying in the warmth that He gave them.  This grabbed my soul and I thought,

Lord, that is beautiful.  Thank you for allowing me this glimpse of glistening and sparkling magic that is You.

Our tour guide for this area, was a very nice man.  He made everyone laugh and giggle and just made it fun!  You could tell that he enjoyed his job and likes the kids.

Next up on our tour was going inside a real pioneer’s cabin.  This was a cabin that had been donated to the farm by Richard and Camilla Stidham.  The cabin was owned by his ancestors before. Everything in the cabin was either from the first owner, or the Stiham’s family.

Stidham Cabin

Old pictures adorned the walls with their explanations posted under them.  They had the cabin moved there from where it was orginally built in Kapowsin on a trailer.  Everything was exactly the same and nothing had been refurnished.  In fact, the stairs to climb to get upstairs were not safe.  It was roped off and mirrors had been placed to see around.

We crossed the path to another cabin.  This one quite a bit smaller than the first.  In the yard of this cabin was an actual covered wagon.  I had no idea how narrow they were!  How their families slept in there with all of their belongings is incredible!

One of the highlights of the trip was riding in a wagon pulled by Jack.  After listening to the rules, the children boarded one by one.  Around the schoolhouse they went, picking up speed into a trot after the last corner.  Adults got to ride after the kids, so it was nice to ride with a few of my friends from church around the block in a wagon! 😀

The schoolhouse was very neat!  The desks were actual old children’s desks.  They told the kids the rules.  The kids were segregated by sex.  What would get you a lashing (it was almost everything!).  Then we were told that there is actual schoolhouse tours that you can come and do, where the children spend an hour and a half in school.  They do lessons just like the pioneers do!  How fun would that be?!

Covered Wagon
Rainbow of Promise

It warmed my heart when I noticed a Bible verse from Matthew written on one of the chalkboards.

Our last stop on the tour was visiting the General Store.  Here was our chance to buy some stick candies and other little treasures.  Hubby found himself a raccoon tail, Kyle got himself a toy, Amanda found herself candy (of all things, the child got candy) and I scored some homemade soap.  It is Lavendar Coffee Mint.  Beautiful.

If you are in the area of Eatonville, Washington, you really should take a trip out to Pioneer Farm.  Today, we were the last tour of the season.  But it reopens in the Spring.  If you’d like more information, click here.

To me, everything that I learned today, I stored away for future knowledge.  Not only is learning about the history great, but learning how to live off the land and without modern technologies may be something that we have to do someday.  I think it’s important that we don’t lose and forget the skills that our ancestors knew.  How many of you know how to make butter, make your own yarn, wash clothes by hand on a scrub board or forge your own metals?  There were some awesome lessons learned today.

I overheard one older girl today say to another girl,

This is a lot cooler than I thought it would be!  I thought it sounded so boring.

I’m glad to hear her say that!  Bringing History to life like this is important for children and adults.  Hubby even enjoyed himself!

One last thing I almost forgot!  The teacher’s house.  This was an actual teacher’s house.  The man had 11 children and they lived inside a 10′ x 10′ house.  Incredible!  I don’t see how, we looked inside.  Check it out:

10′ x 10′ Teacher’s Cabin
Inside of cabin

A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise.

Proverbs 1:5