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antique comfort

Posted by in Christmas, family, homekeeping, seasons

Kenny and I have always loved antiques.  When we were dating, one of our favorite things to do was drive out of the city into a country setting and find antique stores and browse for hours.  The first thing we ever bought was a sterling silver candelabra in Bedford, Pa. When we were looking at engagement rings, we looked strictly at antique diamonds and settings, and we both wear antique rings as our wedding bands.  On our honeymoon in Deep Creek, Maryland, we bought our antique china closet, and our fifth christmas…read more

get your Hygge on

Posted by in Christmas, family, homekeeping, seasons

  January and February are my least favorite months of the year.  After months of cozy evenings snuggled up with tea, hot chocolate, blankets, books, Christmas music, and movies…the cold air has turned bitter and there is nothing to look forward to but the warm sun that won’t return for at least another four months. At least in our neck of the woods. This is the time of year that Kenny and I start talking about our garden.  What veggies and flowers we’ll be planting in what location of the…read more

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best books of 2016

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Reading is still one of my favorite ways to spend my time.  It’s the introvert’s dream…to be a spectator in a world you don’t have to physically participate in. My reading challenge on Goodreads was to read 50 books in the year 2016.  I read about 56 books.  I lowered my book reading challenge to 40 for 2017 because I want to read more substantial books this year.  The thick ones that I won’t be able to finish in a few evenings. 2016 was the third year in a row that…read more

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Vanilla Chia Flax Oats

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This is really for me to remember this recipe as I made it up on a whim this morning, and it turned out great!  I was at Sams Club yesterday and passed by this delicious-looking breakfast treat:   The main ingredient (rye flakes) has gluten, so I couldn’t purchase it.  Sigh. And of course, I woke up this morning still thinking about how delicious it would be – all those nutty, wholesome, delicious flavors bursting with protein. So I gathered my ingredients and came up with my own. And it…read more

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books of 2015

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Since January of 2015, I have kept a photographic journal of the books I read, in order, through the year.  I will continue this through this next year since i really enjoyed keeping up with a list.  I think it also helped me not to get in a reading rut…not knowing what to read next.  I follow podcasts and read book lists and look at others’ recommendations to line up my next books.  I don’t have a specific theme in the books I read…I only read what looks interesting to…read more

a kitchen renovation, a long time in the making…

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this is a story of a kitchen that just wasn’t working for us.  now, the kitchen is what sold me on the house in the first place when we bought it 9 1/2 years ago, but we knew right away that we would be re-doing it eventually. our kitchen does a lot.  we cook, eat, socialize, and school in it.  it’s the warmest room in the house during the winter months.  but it was just so….ugly. go ahead and take a look at these before photos (pardon the dark first…read more

bookworm

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for the past eight months, i’ve immersed myself in reading.  fiction, theatrical plays, non-fiction, even cookbooks. sometimes what goes on in our outside world gets too big and checking out, into a story imagined by a writer, is a pretty simple and easy way to drown out all the noise. i’ve been keeping a photographic journal of the books i’m reading on Facebook. i am the “model reader” in this household.  my family sees me with my nose in a book a lot.  that hasn’t mysteriously turned any of them into readers…read more

a day in the (still) life

Posted by in books, family, family fun, homeschooling

I am not a visual artist. I can’t sketch or draw, my water colors blend into a big blob of brown….but oh how i love watching the boys, unhindered, paint whatever is in their heart. so i choose to join them this year.  instead of setting them up with paints and then leaving the room to start on lunch or dinner, i’m sitting down and getting my paint on, too. i may not share my masterpieces with you…but sharing them with the boys is enough joy. what are you digging…read more

last momma in the woods

Posted by in faith, family, homeschooling, seasons

Disclaimer:  I do not pretend to know everything about raising a family and educating at home.  I will never say that our way is better than your way.  I will only ever write about what is working for us, hoping it will inspire just one person out there who is reading.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Never be within doors when you can rightly be without. ~Charlotte Mason We played in our woods last night. They’ve been there since we moved here nine years ago (and long before that!), and occasionally the boys go into them….read more

reentry

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i’ve been blogging for 11 years.  i started this blog when i was a few weeks away from having our second baby (sawyer). he turns 11 this september 11th. when kenny was designing this blog (i still rememeber the custom-design he made, with green and pink the blog colors i chose), he came up with a few choices for the domain name, which would also be the name of the blog.  he preferred “yizzy.com” which was the name our niece Sadie called me.  since i was hoping it would be…read more