Super quick entry.

My friend Stacy is going to send me a picture of the altered book pages I did. Just waiting to get it. When it arrives I will share….I promise.

Heading out to meet some other unschooling families today. I am looking forward to meeting other families where my girls will actually have a chance to meet other kids that get to live the way they do.

I finished the wool soaker!! It went fast. I have a couple of places where I messed up but it won’t keep it from working.


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 Yesterday I got to go to a new friends house where I learned about altered books. What a totally cool artistic expression that I might even be able to do. It may be taboo for some since you alter a book but there are so many at good will and library sales that just wind up getting tossed. I  think this is a great way to reinvent them and even have a cool way of giving a unique gift.

I was thinking that I could find one to alter and include pictures of the kids and poetry etc and gift it to family members. Then it is something they can look through and enjoy anytime they want to. Positive memories in artistic form.

For the pages I altered yesterday I used pieces of scrapbook paper and pictures of myself and all my girls. I framed up a quote that was already in the book and then decorated the page with cut out flowers from the scrapbook paper. Sorry no picture to show you but I think it turned out pretty cool considering it was the first time I had done something like this.

The girls had fun while they were there. Ace wound up with a busted lip from trying to climb on a chair but she was fine after a couple of minutes. Then she proceeded to come home and hit her mouth on the floor and added a goose egg to her forehead for good measure. I was glad I picked up the bottle of arnica from the health food store Monday.

The bigs had sleepovers away from home.

I worked on my wool soaker and have the waist band done but I am stuck now. I’m supposed to increase by 4 and I don’t know if that is 4 stitches created at one time or a stitch added for 4rounds. I looked online but can’t find the help I need. Plenty of videos on how to actually make the stitch which is only part of what I need.

I appreciate any help from seasoned knitters.


Have a great day!!!

I got to attend a mama blessing last night. First let me say how incredibly lucky I feel to be a part of the Attachement Parenting community in this area. It is something that I have wanted to be a part of for a long time and never thought I would find it here. It was cool to contribute and be an active member. God works in mysterious ways.

Each mama brought a bead for the pregnant mama’s labor necklace. A length of wire was cut for the necklace and then we all added our beads explaining why we chose it and the blessings we wanted it to represent.

There was a time of meditation and the we all took a length of yarn to add a bead to for ourselves We tied them on our wrists to remind us to think of and pray for the mama. A mom there read a poem.

Then we ate. Always a good thing!

Then we took out the henna and a few different people painted the mama’s belly. We each added a word to our wrists in henna that we wanted for the mom during labor. I wrote peace, others had strength, love, joy etc. We also signed up for meals afterwards and offers of child care etc. Ahhhh community!!!

My friend Pam and I had to scoot before all of the henna painting was done. We had estimated being home by 10pm… was 11pm by the time I drove into the drive way. Jorry was awesome and kept all of the kids for me so I could have some mom time.

It was really cool to talk about birth and experiences and to just smile and laugh and be. I met some moms that I had only known online and that was great. Most I already knew.

It was very nourishing to my soul.

My blessing will be in a couple of weeks and I am so excited to just get together with these friends again.




Yesterday was an absolutely awesome mail day!!!

Sisi went out to grab it while I was on the phone and when she brought it in I could see two envelopes and they were addressed to me. Sisi wanted to open them but I LOVE to get mail that isn’t bills so when it’s addressed to me I don’t share, kind of like I don’t share my chocolate well.

I had to wait until I was finished on the phone. I was talking to another mom about henna art and we were working to get things in place to do some henna on a mama’s belly tonight at her blessingway. That should be a lot of fun tonight. I am glad to be a part of it.

Ok back to the packages. The first one I opened was from a fellow paperback swapper. I had requested a new book for our library. All About Turtles by Jim Arnosky. If you haven’t discovered this author he is worth checking out. He is a naturalist and an artist and combines his passions into some great books. I am slowly working on owning all that he has done.

The second package had me guessing because I didn’t recognize the last name on the address. At first I thought it might be a bead for my labor necklace from one of the moms on a message board I am part of. Then as I opened it I new exactly who had been sneaky and sent it to me!! Inside I found the circular knitting needles that I need in order to knit a soaker for this new baby!! You ROCK Deb and please tell Amanda thank you as well!! That so made my day. I hope to be able to bless you just as much one day!!

I didn’t get a chane to work on my pattern until after my husband was home for the day. I have the stiches cast on but that was all I was able to do. I had to look up what it meant to join the stitches. I have never knitted in the round so this will be a great learning experience.



While Jorry’s grandmother was here we hit the Children’s Museum for a couple of hours. Then on the way home we stopped and had a great meal courtesy of Grandma Marty! The visit was great. The littles warmed up to her right away and Emi even wanted to sleep out in the living room with her the first night.





A visit, a random thought and a tag

Jorry’s grandmother comes for a visit today. She is such an awesome lady. Not only does she call me her granddaughter but we are also friends. She loves family history and loves to share it with me. She knits, quilts,sews and hunts. Yes hunts. I know that is taboo for some but her family has never been without food at their table ever. She decided early in her marriage that if she was going to be with her husband she was going to have to learn how to hunt. Now in her 70s she is still as good a shot as ever and can still cook the most awesome pheasant. Her visit will be way too short.

A random thought I had last night while in the bathroom. My youngest was knocking on the door the entire time and calling my name. I assured her that I would be out in a minute and that I would be coming out that door. Then it occured to me. If a mom had invented the bathroom and proceeded with the design each and every bathroom would have a secret escape hatch.


I was tagged a looooong time ago by momma2her and missed it. So I am now catching up and adding it here.

7 weird things about me:

1. I collect sticky notes. All colors,shapes and sizes. I have them in my van and located at various other spots around the house.

2. I am from the south but I do not have an accent. Although I can turn it on if need be.

3. If I am having a bout of insomnia I can usually get back to sleep if I lay down at the opposite end of the bed.

4. When I brush my teeth I wet the toothbrush, apply toothpaste and then wet it again.

5. I most often sneeze three times in a row and it is always very loud.

6.My pinky toes are so small they are almost non-existent.

7. I didn’t have a cell phone until I was 32 years old.


I tag anyone that wants to participate!!

Have a great weekend

Life feels slow right now which is probably not a bad thing.

I am supposed to be helping in the garden out at the farm but I have no one to watch the littles. I am very bummed about this. If they come I get nothing done that is productive. I spend most of my time keeping them from stepping on the plants.

We did get a few veggie plants and put them in pots. Our tomatos are growing well and so are the cucumbers and the chile peppers. Our bell peppers however aren’t fairing very well. I need to feed them all.

I can’t think of anything else to write and all of sudden I really want to go lay down.