Looking out my window…  the morning shade from the tree in the backyard is fading as the day gets warmer.  It’s a tiny backyard, but the trampoline is providing plenty of exercise and incentive for my kids to spend time outside.

I am thankful… for these weeks house-sitting for friends.  It’s been over 9 months since we have been in a house by ourselves; and while most of the time sharing a house with others has gone fairly smoothly and even been beneficial (I got spoiled having my mom there to cook and help with the kids after Elaina was born), we desperately needed some family alone time.

I am creating… a non-baby related cross-stitch.  This is the first time I’ve done one on linen instead of Aida cloth which has been interesting.

I am reading… Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education by Susan Wise Bauer. Being on the road instead of settled in our own home as well as having a high schooler now has prompted Scott and I to have several discussions lately about the realities of what works and doesn’t work for us and our kids in homeschooling.

I am hoping… that during our time here we can get Elaina to fully switch to this time zone and stop waking up at 5/6 am which makes her (and me) cranky the rest of the morning.

In the schoolroom… I’ve always enjoyed the slow down at this time of year when most of the subjects have been completed for the year meaning the school day has gotten shorter and we switch to doing school in the afternoon to take advantage of the cooler mornings to be outside.  Usually I’m deep into researching and planning for next year, but I’m in a bit of a conundrum this time as I look ahead and realize that because raising support is taking longer than we had anticipated a lot of the curriculum I will need for next year is packed in a box in Alaska.

Studying the moon’s phases

In the kitchen… we took the night off from cooking and went out for a belated celebration of Father’s Day and our 18th anniversary.  It’s not often we are in a big city like this, so it was fun to splurge a little and take the kids to some place a little nicer than usual.

In the nursery… when Elaina isn’t on her knees rocking or trying to pull up on things, she is army crawling across the floor to get to whatever has caught her attention.

Happy with herself for getting all the way over to the dog cage.

I am hearing… the keyboard clicking as I type and the A/C running in an otherwise quiet house with the kids all in bed.

The 3 musketeers (er…cousins)


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Looking out my window…  the sun is shining and it’s starting to warm back up again! Spring has been slow in coming, but we’re starting to notice a lot more tractors out and about getting the fields ready.

I am thankful… that my kids had such a good year in Awana and that all of them were able to finish their books.  They were so excited to have ‘real’ Awana with books here and keep asking me what kind of Awana they will have in Alaska.

I am hoping… my brother James has a safe, uneventful trip north and that he makes good time.  He volunteered to drive our suburban pulling the trailer with all our stuff in it up to Alaska for us. Wishing our original plans of traveling with him had worked out and hoping it won’t be too much longer before God allows us to follow him north.

In the nursery… decided to try Elaina on some solid food the other night, but she didn’t show much interest.  Thomas on the other hand, as soon as he saw me get out the baby cereal, started begging for some.  He ate the rest of what I had made to try on Elaina and another whole bowl of it.  I decided to try giving him some oatmeal for breakfast instead of the usual cold cereal/ crackers that he only picks at; he definitely liked it. He’s finally started showing interest in using silverware; I guess this would be good practice.

I am hearing… 10:40am – Grandpa watching The Price is Right, Ben playing with Legos when he’s supposed to be doing schoolwork, Elaina coughing while in her jumper (she’s got another cold).

A moment from my week…

Ben is having a blast ‘helping’ Grandpa around the farm; especially when it involves riding on a tractor.

I made a chocolate chip cookie cake for Thomas’ birthday. It was a hit.



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Looking out my window…  there’s some sunshine making it through the thin cloud layer and the wind has calmed down to a light breeze.  The forecast is calling for more cold, wind, and snow again over the weekend. Spring weather is like a yo-yo; up one week and down the next.

I am thinking… the recent switch to Daylight Savings Time brought to my attention once again articles about how the time change causes stress which leads to higher rates of heart attacks and other medical issues.  If the lack of sleep from a one hour time change, the equivalent of changing time zones, can cause such problems, what does that say about the sleep deprivation of new moms; especially ones who do a lot of traveling and changing time zones.

I am thankful… for an awesome church here in Nebraska.

One of my favorite things… taking walks with my kids. Now if I could just remember to take pictures next time.

I am hoping… for good news from a church that is considering supporting us.

I am learning… this morning I was reading an article by Walt Whitman about George Fox and Shakespeare to help Matthew with a history project ( It definitely stretches this sleep-deprived mommy brain, but feels good to read something beyond Dr. Seuss. Just don’t ask me to think about such things after 4pm.

In the school room… somehow, by the grace of God, we are managing to keep up with the schoolwork despite all the traveling.  It was hard not taking regular breaks every few weeks last fall like we were used to in our year-round homeschooling, but it definitely took the stress off while traveling to not worry if our schedule didn’t allow for doing school every day. We found out very quickly that trying to do schoolwork while driving does NOT work for our family (too many experiencing motion sickness as a result).

I am hearing… 12:20 – Elaina talking as she chews on her toy while rolling on the floor, dishes clattering and water running in the kitchen as various people get their lunches.

Prayer request:  Over the last several months Lydia’s spine has decided to curve sideways instead of growing straight and she has developed a serious case of scoliosis.

Moment from my day/week/month…

Scott’s project these last few weeks has been to replace the transmission in the suburban. He enjoyed having a proper shop and tools for the job.

A little boys dream… Caleb exploring all the different parts on the shelves in the Quonset.

This little girl is growing sooo fast! Here she is enjoying sitting in the saucer in the church nursery. I wonder if we could find our saucer in the trailer or if it’s buried to deep.

Thomas has really taken off and is walking well. His self-appointed job is to see how many different things he can get in trouble with in the shortest amount of time.





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Looking out my window…  a warm, sunny day; if a bit windy.  Hopefully a lot of the mud gets dried up today.

A great day to take Thomas on a walk to see the chickens; a long way for those little legs!

I am thinking… it’s only a little over a month before we begin the journey north (with a few stops along the way to visit family and friends). Praying for God’s provision in the support we need.

I am thankful… that Thomas’ frenectomy (tongue-tie revision) went well.  The last few days have not been fun trying to get him to open his mouth enough for me to do the stretching/massaging that needs to be done to avoid reattachment.  But the mouth rest/bite guard I ordered came today which is making it much easier.

One of my favorite things… baby smiles. Seriously, who can resist.

I am creating… quilt pattern possibilities for when we get up to Alaska.  The quilt that has been on Scott’s and my bed has gotten quite worn and needs replacing.

I am wearing… jeans and a turquoise/grey sweatshirt that I found at the church clothing exchange last Saturday.

I am hoping… that our passport applications are processed quickly and with no complications.  Thankful that all the paperwork could be filled out ahead of time online and that God sent along an off duty employee who was willing to help (two of the regular employees had called in sick that day).

I am learning… to trust God to provide.  It’s a daily struggle despite the many instances He’s given me to look back on.

In the kitchen… tried making Cactus Bread tonight (desert pizza).  Not bad, but needs a few adjustments.

In the school room… we had fun taking a day off from visiting on our trip last month to go see Mt. Rushmore.  The kids all had fun completing the Jr. Ranger program and learned a lot.

I am hearing… 12:20pm – kids getting their lunches, Scott playing with Elaina, Grandpa watching basketball; 9:30pm – girls watching Daddy play Terraria, Matthew taking a shower, Mom & Dad talking in the kitchen.

Moments from the last month…



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Ben’s Birthday

7 years old already! Ben wanted a red velvet cake.

All the traveling means we’re trying to keep from collecting too many ‘things’ so his birthday present was an evening at Chuck E Cheese enjoyed by all.

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Looking out my window…  nearly all our Christmas snow is gone and the kids were out playing with just jackets this evening.  They say we’ve got more snow and cold coming though. Hopefully it won’t cause trouble with our travel plans (we leave here on Monday).

I am thinking… about how best to ‘do school’ as we travel and how to pack the kids’ clothes. I think it would be beneficial to have another small suitcase.

I am thankful… for a truly wonderful husband who has been doing an amazing job as ‘Mr. Mom’ and substitute teacher these last two months allowing me to focus on resting and taking care of Elaina.

One of my favorite things… is playing computer games with my family.

I am creating… a dress for Lydia by making and attaching a skirt to a shirt we found.

I am wearing… jeans! It feels good to be wearing something other than the thin stretchy maternity pants.

I am reading… through several free ebooks that I had apparently downloaded to my phone last summer.

I am hoping… that our trip to Colorado/Wyoming will be a good time of visiting with friends and churches (it’s always such an encouragement to visit those who have been praying for us) and be beneficial in generating new support for our ministry so we can meet our support goals before returning to Alaska.

I am learning… to count it all joy which is a real struggle in my current state of exhaustion.

In the kitchen… dough for Cottage Cheese rolls is chilling in the fridge.

In the school room… it’s neat to see how God works things out.  We ended the last school year by studying caves in science and then last summer God provided us with the opportunity to visit Carlsbad Caverns.  Now we are studying the atmosphere.  The project for the current lesson was supposed to be making and observing a barometer; something we tried a couple years ago without success.  Well, being here at the farm means the kids can instead observe and record info from my Grandpa’s real barometer.

I am hearing… Elaina hiccupping (thankfully not crying at the moment; she’s been extra fussy today), Dad typing, water dripping (Grandpa must have not turned the faucet off all the way again)

Prayer Requests:

  • We’ve got some residual coughs from this latest round of colds.  It would be nice to have them gone before we start this trip.
  • That Elaina would be a good traveler.


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Matthew’s 15th Birthday!


He chose a red velvet cheesecake from Sam’s Club. Delicous! (and I didn’t have to make it)


Caleb made him a duct tape ship for his Enterprise collection.


Wood chisels for his budding interest in woodworking.

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Gabe’s 4th Birthday

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Looking out my window…  our mornings are starting out below freezing these days, but the sunshine today is warming things up nicely.

I am thinking… great-grandpa must have been needing some snuggles today.  He actually came out and got Thomas so they could watch football together.  Dad saw him showing Thomas how to conduct music to the beat of the music on the commercials.

I am Elaina is wearing… size 1 diapers.  She’s outgrown the newborn things. I need to remember to weigh her one of these days and see how much she’s grown.

I am hoping… I don’t get this cold and that Thomas and Elaina get over it quickly.  Thankfully it isn’t interfering with nursing too much.

I am hearing… 12:30pm – microwave warming up the green beans for lunch, football game on the TV in the East Room, Dad coughing (he’s got the cold too), kids coming in the back door as they arrive home from church;  7:45pm – kids doing more talking than cleaning up from dinner.

A peek into our week: Having fun at the Nebraska Farm Show

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Looking out my window…  a very grey, blustery day as winter blows in.  We’ve been enjoying a warm fall with highs in the 60s, but after this the forecast is for highs in the 30s and 40s.  No snow in the forecast, but one can always hope.

I am thinking… no more chocolate for me for a few months since it upset Elaina’s tummy (not as bad as the cabbage did though).  Hoping it doesn’t upset my tummy when I can eat it again like it did after avoiding it when nursing Caleb.

I am thankful… for an amazing church family here in Nebraska.  We have been overwhelmed by their generosity.

One of my favorite things… rubbing my cheek on soft baby hair.

I am wearing… still wearing my maternity pants and hoping to go jeans shopping soon.  Also, a new nursing top I got for my birthday.  Not crazy about how it looks on me, but it’s comfortable and easy to nurse in.

I am creating… almost done with the birth announcement cross-stitch for Thomas.  LOL, was hoping to have it done before Elaina was born.  I have one picked out to do for Elaina.

I am hoping… we can figure out the next step in this home service/support discovery journey.  It can be difficult to know how to go about the whole thing.

Around the house… Mom and the kids have the tree up and most of the Christmas decorations out.  Pretty!

I am hearing… 3pm – Dad rummaging in the kitchen for a late lunch, Kara rustling papers while working on school work, TV playing in the East Room, the wind blowing outside.


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