Saturday, November 02, 2013


“Mommy, I don't feel good!” It was Johann speaking. We were in the car on the way to a seminar about two hours from here. Oh, no. Not again! It seems that every time we go out to do a seminar, we are attacked in one way or another.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Museum Day

 Today we took some time out of our busy life to do something special with the kids - visit a museum! There were actually two, right across the street from each other, and both in old houses, so nothing like the monster museums in Chicago. We still had a wonderful time together enjoying all the fascinating displays.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Refinishing a Rustic Cabinet Project - Photo Tutorial

Well, just so you know, I am a complete amateur at refinishing furniture and until last year, I had never even considered it. Then my sister-in-law Luciana inspired me and I started looking at our old furniture with new eyes.

Friday, July 12, 2013

A Tribute to My Firstborn, Joshua Sebastian

Today our firstborn, Joshua Sebastian, turns eleven years old. It is hard to believe eleven years have passed, and at the same time, it almost seems like Joshua has always been a part of our lives. God has used Joshua in so many ways to teach us so many things and to keep us always seeking Him!  These eleven years of parenting Joshua have been the most challenging, the most rewarding, the most joyful and the most intense years of our lives. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Beginning a New School Year

Well, we did it! We started a new school year! Prior to this, we had only had a break at emergency times, like during a move, the birth of Olivia, or for travel, for over two years. So when we finished the last school year around the end of April, I felt we needed a break just for the sake of a break. I was thinking of two weeks, but that quickly became a month. My plan was just to take enough time to regroup and reorganize our curriculum, but I was getting really frustrated with myself for not even feeling motivated to DO the organizing and planning of our next school year like I always had before, in order to start with a BANG! 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

March-April 2013 Newsletter

If you click on the square icon on the lower right hand corner of this post, it will enlarge for easier reading. Or you can print it if you prefer. :) Blessings

Friday, February 08, 2013

We Need to Get ORGANIZED!!

I could not stand to even look into the children's bedroom. There was just SO much clutter everywhere!  I would sometimes try to tackle it, but we didn't have anywhere to put everything. No closet, no under the bed space, nothing. I wanted to tell the kids to put their stuff away, but they truly had no where to put it!  Something had to be done before I lost my sanity with one more glance in the direction of this room...  The two older kids sleep on a bunk bed, and the two beneath them sleep beneath them - on a mattress that goes under the bunk beds during the day. This eliminates potential storage space under the beds. Only Dominique had a dresser, and it was overflowing with junk. We had a shelf for the boys' clothes, but it was not working well and they basically just ended up shoving everything on - which was very visible since there were no doors to shut and hide all the mess. And books and toys just got dumped "wherever".