My what hidden treasures I have found while going through almost nine years of blog posts.

Audrey has always had a heart for others and it has been amazing watching her faith in Christ grow. As I read this post I couldn’t help but think how much I have grown these past several years as well. Although it is still out of my comfort zone, I do find it easier to reach out to people than I once did.

Originally posted February 15, 2007

“Where do people who are not saved go, when they die?”  That is the question  Audrey asked me last night as I was cleaning up the kitchen. Audrey is very emotional when it comes to things like this, especially right before bed ~ so I really did not know how I should answer her. (She will not be able to sleep and will have bad dreams) After thinking on it a minute, I was very honest with her and explained to her that people who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior would go to h*ll. She thought on that a minute and looked at me with tears in those big eyes and said, “I’m glad I’m saved” I told her that we needed to pray for the lost, so that one day they might ask Jesus into their hearts. Later on she came back and was very concerned for Sarah, because she could not talk and ask Jesus to save her. We had a nice little chat last night; one I think will remain with me for a while. 


The more I think about our conversation, I can’t help but wonder how many Christians out there say “I’m glad I’m saved” but with a very selfish attitude. No, they may not say it out loud, instead by how they live their lives.  Not caring about who hears the gospel or not ~ only concerned for themselves and maybe their families. I will be the first to admit that I do not get out of my “comfort zone” much when it comes to this ~ I am very open about salvation when it comes to children, I do not have a hard time asking them if there was a time in their life when they asked Jesus to come into their heart. I can talk to them about living a life that pleases God. But you put me with another adult and for some reason I shut down, it’s almost like I have forgotten how to talk!  I often think to myself, oh I wish I had the boldness of such and such. Do I really? Have I prayed and asked God to help me be bolder? Do I really believe that I can do all things through him?  Starting today that will be my prayer! It amazes me how God can take a 10-15 minute conversation with my daughter and show me many things in my life that I need to change. The first being that I need to have that same love & concern for this lost and dying world that she has for Sarah!


Much love, 



Graphic credit to Lise’s Garden Gallery




On Homeschooling

I get asked a lot about homeschooling. How we go about our day, what curriculum we use, what outside activities the girls participate in & if I think I will homeschool until the girls graduate. Those are just a few of the ones that stick out in my mind. 

So, quick post here on our homeschool, Trio Academy 🙂 

We are very, very relaxed. Like really relaxed. I do not have set hours for the girls to do school. They do not have reports to turn in or science projects to complete. Heck, sometimes I can’t even get these girls to read a book! I imagine some of you are cringing right now. 

We had an episode a couple months ago where one of the big girls had a breakdown over civics. The “teacher” part of me was like, well, sorry you are just going to have to tough it out and try harder. But thankfully, the momma part of me took over and was like, oh well, we can always try again next year. So, civics was taken out of her daily work.  I was so tired of her crying and getting upset over schoolwork. Life it too short! I remember in that moment thinking I’d rather see her smile, be her happy self, laughing and playing, just being a big kid than for her to struggle everyday over something that, come next year, she will have forgotten anyway.  




Photography, Pictures, Raising Girls, The Everyday

Winter Wonderland


I am so over winter. I hate being cold. And this has been a COLD winter. I mean, I get cold when it gets below 70 degrees so I’ve been freezing since summer ended. 

The girls did enjoy getting out in the snow yesterday. Unlike our last snow day, this was good snowman, snowball making snow. Audrey even made her a bowl of snow cream. She wanted to make it last time but there was too much ice mixed in. 

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With the trees covered in snow it truly did look like a winter wonderland. It was so peaceful outside too. Not a sound. 

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Pictures, Recipes

Chicken Pot Pie



Chicken Pot Pie
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  1. 4 cooked & shredded chicken breast
  2. 1/3 cup butter
  3. 1/3 cup flour
  4. 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
  5. 2/3 cup milk
  1. Melt butter; stir in flour
  2. Cook string constantly until bubbly
  3. Remove from heat, stir in broth and milk (mix until smooth)
  4. Return to heat, boil 1 minute
  5. Stir in shredded chicken
  6. Pour into pie crust
  7. Bake 30-40 mins @350
Photography, Raising Girls, The Everyday

It is freezing here!! My goodness can we just hurry up and get to warmer weather!! This past week has been full of snow, ice and really cold weather.


So, the big girl received her driver’s license. Just about everyone has asked if I’m nervous about her driving, just a little, but mainly excited because now I can stay at home! She can do all the running back and forth to all the places the kiddos need to go! Until she gets tired of it but right now I’m sure it will be fun 🙂 

Snow day

 Audrey has been playing around with the sewing machine for the past month or so trying to get the hang of things. She made the cutest little owls! Sarah now wants to learn to sew! I printed her out a couple of sewing patterns to practice on. She did really well. Both of the girls girls are much better at sewing than I am lol 

The girls doubled up on their schoolwork Monday so they could take a “snow day” on Tuesday. David took the girls out sledding while I stayed inside watching Netflix!! Here is a video that Emily made with her GoPro

Looks like they had lots of fun playing out in the freezing cold!  

ColorI downloaded the Project Life App for the iPhone and I’m loving it! Now I can just plug in a few pictures from our day and save it to my phone and flickr. Another great thing, you can have 12 x 12 pictures printed from the app! This will make it much easier for me to document what we’ve been up to. 


Recipes, The Everyday

Crock-Pot Potato Soup

Potato Soup
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  1. 8 - 10 potatoes, peeled and diced
  2. 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  3. 1 onion diced
  4. 3 to 5 cups of water
  5. 4 chicken bouillon cubes
  6. 1 tsp dried parsley
  7. 1/2 tsp. garlic, diced
  8. 1/3 cup butter
  9. 12 oz can evaporated milk
  1. Place potatoes, carrot and onion in slow cooker with remaining ingredients [except can milk]
  2. Cover and cook on low setting for 10 - 12 hours or high setting for 4 to 5 hours. During last hour of cooking stir in evaporated milk.
  1. I leave out the carrot, parsley and garlic.

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Peanut Butter Granola
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  1. 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  2. 1/4 cup honey
  3. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1/2 tsp vanilla
  5. 1 cup old fashioned oats (not quick oats)
  6. 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Lightly spray cookie sheet with Pam
  3. Combine peanut butter & honey
  4. Microwave for 20 seconds or until peanut butter is melted
  5. Stir in cinnamon & vanilla
  6. Add oats and pecans stirring well to cover oats completely
  7. Spread on cookie sheet
  8. Bake 10-15 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and cool completely
 Originally posted 2013