Monday, May 11, 2009


Well yesterday afternoon it was raining quite good and the sun came out.  It was so pretty with the rain and sun but then we looked out the kitchen window and saw a rainbow.  We all went outside to look at it and right above it was another faint one.  As we watched the rainbow kept getting brighter and brighter and it looked like it ended in the neighbor's field.  The boys went chasing after it and came back and said it actually ended in the woods so Mom explained to them why it looked that way,  Surprisingly I was able to get a couple pictures of it so here they are.  Isn't it pretty?

I am so glad that this is God's promise to us.  I don't think we could ask for anything prettier than this.  Everytime I see a rainbow I remember the promise he made to us and how we will never have to go through what Noah and his family went through.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Here is a picnic I wish we could go out and have together.  I'm not sure what you would want but know you love pink, so here you go!
Here is our picnic basket and accessories:

Here is our food.  Doesn't it look delicious even though it's blurry?

Of course for drink we'll have your favorite.  Earl Grey tea!
Here's our teapot and tea cups.

And our tea!

Of course after lunch we have to have dessert.   I've been wanting to make this cake for you for several years now either on your b-day or Mother's Day but it hasn't happened so far.  Hopefully in the near future I will be well enough to make it for you.

And last of all the perfect present!
Your own sewing studio!  I wasn't sure how you wanted to arrange stuff so I left that up to you.
Hope you liked your gifts.  I couldn't ask for or imagine having another Mom.  You're the best dragging me to all my doctor appointments and listening to me complain the past few weeks.  You're the best!  Happy Mother's Day!

Esther Christine

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Around the Farm

Well here are a few (ok maybe a more than a few) pictures I took last Saturday while mushroom hunting (of which I found none).  Sorry if it takes a while to load.

This is Keith's (my youngest little brother) cat on my bed.  One of the few times he isn't attacking something and he's actually holding still.

This is a sunrise through my window screen in my bedroom.  I love that my window faces north so I can see both sunrises and sunsets!

These are some lilacs from one of the bushes we have.  I have a bush outside my window (well down on the ground of course) and if I open my window my room smells like them.  Yum!

This is a tree that is down by the very edge of our woods.  Mom said it looks like an apple or pear tree.  We're pretty sure it's a fruit tree of some sort but anyway, it's pretty.

This is a viola (I think that's how you spell it).   They are sprinkled all through out our woods.  I love how they come in all sort of color variations.  This was my favorite though.

Yeah I know they're weeds but I still thought they were pretty.  They are all down by our mud hole and there are so many of them they create almost like a carpet.  When you look down you see this purple carpet of plants.

These are Blackie, Daisy, and Petunia all grazing at the edge of the pasture. 

This is Daisy, my cow.  Her Mama is Blackie and Petunia is her daughter (I guess is what you would call her).  Now you know our cow family tree.

This is mint down along the edge of the pasture where the cows were grazing.

A tree with flowers in it along the edge of the pasture.  Have no idea what kind of tree it is.

This is a flower at the other edge of our woods that we believe from what my Great Grandma tells us is one she planted.  It's kind of neat knowing I get to see something she planted when she still lived on the farm.

The round hay bales all lined up along the fence.  Dad then gets them with the skidloader and puts them in the round bale feader.

This is our big barn where we store the corn and house the cows and
These are 3 of our 4 rhubarb plants along the pasture.

My Mom's favorite flowers which are right along the front entrance.  Looks like they are coming back pretty good since the boys decided to "trim" the bush.

Well hoped you liked the pictures and got a little taste  of what life is like around the farm.

Esther Christine

Monday, May 04, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Monday, May 4, 2009...
Outside my window... the sun is shining, 64*F, the birds are singing, the grass is growing, and the flowers are blooming!!!
I am thinking... trying to decide whether or not to call the doctor about Esther, she isn't getting any better
I am thankful for...the scent of lilacs
From the learning rooms...  I need to get the boys' re-enrollment forms sent in and Esther's homeschool registration filled out
From the kitchen...  Esther filled our house with good scents over the weekend, she made 2 loaves of sourdough bread and a strawberry-rhubarb pie
I am wearing... light blue floral shirt (found out yesterday that Esther doesn't like this shirt, she says it's ugly), black skirt, and bare feet (of course!)
I am creating...  kind of in-between projects right now, but I do have a huge list of sewing I *should* be doing!
I am going...  to get my kitchen cleaned up TODAY
I am reading...  The Love Dare by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, So Much More by Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin
, and The SummerHill Secrets Vol. 2 by Beverly Lewis
I am hoping... that things will work out smoothly and quickly for Sister-in-Law and nephew
I am hearing...  Mikey, the kitty, playing with a pipe cleaner - currently his favorite toy
Around the house...  more messes than I care to think about, but I know God can help me to get things caught up
One of my favorite things...  the scent of clothes that have been dried on the clothesline
A few plans for the rest of the week:  Other than the usual housework and laundry - Esther and Isaiah have allergy shots on Tuesday, I still need to go to Middlebury to get headcovering fabric, Esther has orthopedic appt. this week (I need to find out exactly what day/time), I plan on meeting Mother-in-Law for lunch sometime this week while she is on vacation,  and I have some business sewing to get finished *whew*
Here is picture thought I am sharing...This is the camouflage prom dress that had me so busy sewing for most of April.  A happy client makes for a happy dressmaker!

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