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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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

Catching Up

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. 


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.

Peanut Butter Granola :: Recipe


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

Sweet Sixteen, Here We Come!

Edited 2014 (27 of 37)How is it possible that this girl is going to be 16 next month?  Seems like yesterday she was just a little toddler running around the house talking gibberish. Well, not too much has changed there.  I’m constantly asking her, what did you say? She talks faster than anyone I have ever met!

She is growing into such an amazing young woman. I am so proud of who she is becoming.

It’s not been a perfect ride by no means. Lots of changes over the past few years. Some good and some not-so-good. Seems like when you have a teenager in the house, you go back to being the parent of a newborn you just brought home from the hospital….. you absolutely have no idea what you’re doing.

I’ll be honest, a lot of the problems we have faced have pretty much been because of me and my attitude. Still wanting to have that control over her. Sometimes I forget, even though she is taller than I am, that she is not 5 years old. No longer can I make her wear what I want her to wear.  No longer can I make her take just two more bites. Or only watch PBS kids and listen to the Wheels on the Bus.

I remember my mom telling someone, you need to slowly start letting your children go when they are little.  At times it has been hard  but as I look back I can honestly say I am glad to have heard that advice and have tried to put it in practice.

I am so thankful that God allowed David and me to be her parents. That He blessed us with such a loving girl, who has a servants heart, and is not ashamed to share the gospel with others. 

A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.
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