Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Next, you will tie the hose at the bottom of your head. To make the ears and nose, just grab some dirt in the hose, pull it out and then place a small scrunchie there to keep it in place. Glue on your eyes and that is all! Make sure to water your head everyday so that the hair will grow. This is about two weeks worth of growth. The hose holds water pretty well. In the beginning, I just watered the heads twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. You can keep it in a small plastic bowl to avoid getting dirt, or water in unwanted places. There is no need to place them in a sunny place, our seeds did fine just by keeping them on the counter with only the lights from inside the house.
The children enjoyed making these and seeing the hair grow. It is a great way to make science fun and let them get their first taste of growing something on their own.
Monday, April 26, 2010
For those of you that don't already know this, we rent the home where we are currently living. When we moved in to this house, there were many things that caused us to choose this home for the family. It has a beautiful fenced backyard. It is in a safe and established neighborhood in the city. It is convenient to most everything. The neighborhood is very quiet and peaceful, and it is just a little under 2 miles from my mother's house. However, there were some issues about the home that were not so pleasant. This picture above is one of them. The house is older, so it desperately needs some work and updating in many areas. The bathrooms are a prime example.
I had tried and tried to scrub this grout when cleaning the floor before. We try to stay clear of toxic cleaners, but I even brought out the big guns...BLEACH! I poured it on, left it to get squeaky clean, came back and scrubbed and still this is what I was left to see. I since have found a miraculous solution for cleaning grout. Would you believe...baking soda, water and a good hard toothbrush? The next picture shows the difference with a small section that I cleaned this way. So, if you have some problems with grout looking dingy...try the baking soda solution. Make yourself a paste, put in on the area you wish to clean and scrub away. If you still have some problems, try mixing the baking soda with vinegar as well as the water. This should also help get rid of the mildew that tends to build-up. But watch out...vinegar and baking soda really bubble up. In fact, we used that same combination to simulate a volcano for science!! So, go sparingly on the vinegar until you get the right combination.Ah, it looks like a new floor doesn't it? And what a relief to know it can be done beautifully with a natural, non-toxic cleaner. So, in a way, I am getting my new bathroom after all! God bless, until next time!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
It is amazing the sounds, sights, smells that cause you to remember a loved one that is gone. I was going through our collection of music the other day. I like to change the music in our CD player periodically so that the children gain an appreciation for a variety of music. I mainly have inspirational, hymns, instrumental, classical, celtic and big band type songs. I brought out my Glenn Miller while I was working in the guest room. "Moonlight Serenade" came on. Instantly, I could see my father sitting in his favorite chair, closing his eyes and moving his hands to the rhythms of the music. He would say, "Jackie, now that was when music was real music!" I cannot hear that song without thinking of my Dad. I accredit my strong interest in big band music to my Dad. He gave me my appreciation for old movies and good music. I guess sometimes those things are taken for granted while our loved ones are with us. And then, when they are gone, something like a song brings all those memories home again. Tears came to my eyes as I thought how nice it would be to sit beside my Dad again and enjoy a good song... to hear him tell my how he used to play those on his saxophone as a young man. I cannot have that again, but I do have my memories. It is just a reminder that although he is not here in body, I will be forever touched by the things we held dear together. And it makes the time I have with those around me much more intentional. What will others remember about me when I am gone? I hope I will bring a smile and a warm feeling to their hearts. The video below is of the song my Dad cherished so much. If you decide to listen, you can pause the playlist at the bottom of the page. And remember today...make your life intentional. Live for Christ, pass on a heritage worth remembering, and may your memory leave smiles for those left behind.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Things here are so beautiful this time of year. We have had an unusual amount of pollen that has affected those of us with allergies pretty badly, but with the beauty all around us, we cannot complain. These pictures were taken in various parts of the yard. We are renting the house we are in and we have enjoyed so much the lovely plants that grow here.
All this beauty just once again points me to my wonderful Creator God. Truly man is totally without excuse when he gazes on the splendor of God's creation. Few things lift my spirits like the beauty of flowers.
We have been incredibly busy here at home lately...thus my lack of posting. I have tried to corral a few spare moments here and there to finally finish the huge job of changing out the children's clothing for spring and summer. I was already behind one season due to my husband's deployment...so you could say I had double the work this time. But, all closets and drawers have been reorganized and bins are labeled and stored in the attic waiting for the next season of use. Now that the clothes are finished, I am putting my extra moment efforts into changing our guest room into a sewing/craft room. Joy and I are really looking forward to having all our supplies in one place and those safely out of the reach of little hands. It always makes me a little nervous when pins and scissors are easily reached by little fingers.
The final picture is of my precious children. They are under the fig tree out in our front yard. It is amazing how quickly they grow. Life truly is short and oh so fragile. Love on those blessings while you may...and have a good and godly day today! Until next time!
Sunday, April 4, 2010
We ended the day with aching feet, but happy hearts. I have a feeling this is going to be one of the nicest alternatives to a vacation that we have ever had! She thanked me many times for taking her and told me how much she enjoyed spending time with me alone. But you know, I believe I was the one that was blessed the most! I encourage you, if you do not already, make time to take your children out one on one. It doesn't have to be for a long time and you don't even have to spend any money. Just a time to let them know they have your undivided attention. Just remember, you are investing for an eternity. Shalom!
Thursday, April 1, 2010
At just about every possibly check out counter, there is a plethora of magazines telling us how to have lovely homes. I believe it appeals to the nature of women, the nature that God has given us, to wish for our homes to be beautiful and welcoming. However, when they fall short of "ideal," it is easy to feel like a failure as a homemaker. I appreciate looking at lovely ways to beautify my home, but am learning to let go of the "ideals" and replace them with what works best for our family and the way God has designed our family to work best. Having a beautiful home is not marked by how many untouchables or knick knacks that adorn a room, but if there is love there. Do our families feel warm and safe? Do they look forward to being surrounded by the things that make their home special? They may not mean anything significant to anyone else...and that is okay. Do they speak love and peace to those with whom God has blessed us? Thinking of home in a totally different way has caused me to make some changes...and more that are on the way. We do not own this home, so the changes must be non-permanent and I must work within the confines of the space that is available to me.