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Happy Homemaker Monday

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I am joining Sandra today over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday theme!
Life has been insane these last couple of weeks. With job searches going on, softball for Rebecca, soccer for Jacob, Easter, Benjamin's ear surgery and then on Saturday all 3 kids came down with symptoms of "Hand, foot, and Mouth disease." Bill took Rebecca to urgent care yesterday and had it confirmed. Seriously we just can't seem to catch a break. But that is why I do this type of post, to help me remember our lives at this moment....so without further ado here is what is going on in my side of the world....


As I look outside my window:::
It is rainy and grey outside. We are supposed to have showers and thunderstorms all day today; I am hoping that we don't have severe weather like they are getting out west of us.

Right now I am::: 
Typing out this post, thinking of the things I need to do this week. Trying not to be completely overwhelmed by life right now.

Thinking a…

Ear tubes

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On Friday, I had to get Benjamin up bright and early so that we could be at our local hospital by 6:30am for an 8:00 surgery time. He had to get ear tubes put in his ears.

2 1/2 weeks ago, I took him in for a hearing evaluation as requested by his pediatrician. He is 2 and not talking yet, so his doctor wants him to have a hearing and speech evaluation to see if therapy is needed. So I took him in for his hearing evaluation and she couldn't do it as there was fluid in Ben's ears and given his history of ear infections, she referred us to an ENT. So a week later, we were at the ENT and yes there was a lot of fluid in his ears. Given his history of ear infections and the fluid, the ENT highly suggested we get ear tubes in Ben's ears sooner rather than later. They were able to do the hearing evaluation that day as well, and while Ben's hearing is coming in at the high end of normal, they all felt that the fluid was blocking how he was hearing.

This all led up to this pas…

A Shining Light by Judith Miller

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FROM THE BACK COVER: 

The kind people of Amana have been her guiding light, but her greatest trial is yet to come...
West Amana, Iowa, 1890

After Andrea Wilson receives the devastating news that her husband has been lost at sea, she returns home to Iowa with her young son, Lukas. But what she finds there causes more heartache: The family farm has burned and her father has died, leaving Andrea with nothing.

Andrea must rely on the kindness of the people from the nearby Amana village who invite her to stay with them for a time. She discovers much generosity and contentment among the Amanans--especially from the tinsmith, Dirk Knefler, who takes her son under his wing. But is the simple, cloistered life in Amana what Andrea wants for Lukas's future? Is she willing to give up the comforts and freedom of the outside world? And when yet another round of shocking news comes her way, will Andrea ever be able to find the serenity and hope that have eluded her for so long?

MY THOUGHTS:

Can I be c…

The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages by Shaunti Feldhahn

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FROM THE BACK COVER:

Have you ever looked at a blissfully married couple and thought, I wish I could know their secret? Now you can. After years of investigative research, Shaunti reveals twelve powerful habits that the happiest marriages have in common. 

Best news of all?Anyone can learn the secrets of a highly happy marriage! 

In The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages, Shaunti Feldhahn shares her findings about little, very unexpected, often overlooked actions that make a huge difference. You’re about to discover that highly happy couples:
• Go to bed mad
• Keep score (just not in the way you think)
• Boss their feelings around
• Have factual fantasies 
• Get in over their heads
• Don’t tell it like it is
• Don’t look to marriage to make them happy… 

Packed with eye-opening research and practical helps, this book delivers relationship insights that will take your marriage from “just fine” to “just the marriage we’ve always wanted.”

MY THOUGHTS: 

Shaunti Feldhahn knows what she is talki…

Easter Weekend Recap

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I was off from work on Friday and Monday, so my Easter weekend was an extended 4 day weekend. 

Friday was spent running errands, coloring eggs and taking Rebecca to her softball scrimmage.

Saturday, Bill had to be at church at 10am for Easter vigil practice. After his practice, my dad bought everyone lunch and we spent a couple hours talking and laughing. Rebecca had softball practice in the afternoon. Then Saturday night, we all got dressed in our Easter finest and went to our church to watch Bill receive his Confirmation and First Communion and be welcomed in as a full-fledged member of the Catholic Church. 




The Easter Vigil mass was very special. Benjamin, who is usually very loud at church, fell asleep during the first reading and slept until seconds before Fr. Hammond confirmed Bill. He woke up with a start and looked toward the front just as Bill was getting anointed. He then remained quiet through out the rest of the mass--it was truly an Easter miracle. All 3 kids were very well …

Happy Homemaker Monday

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I am joining Sandra today over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday theme!


As I look outside my window:::
It has clouded up. Earlier it was bright and sunny. We were able to take the kids to the park for lunch and to play. But now it is cloudy, and it is supposed to rain tonight. 

Right now I am::: 
Typing out this post, thinking of the things I need to do this week.

Thinking and pondering:::
On I need to do this week. Hoping that Benjamin's surgery for ear tubes goes off without a problem on Friday. 

On my bedside table:::
Nothing right now....

On my tv tonight:::
I will be watching "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" and "19 Kids and Counting" and Indians baseball. 

Listening to:::
The cars going down the road. The sounds of outside as we have the windows open. Spongebob is on the TV for the kids. 

On the menu for this week:::

Monday - kids has corned dog, carrots, strawberries and pears.
Tuesday - Saturday: ??????

On my to do list:::
Laundry
Collect all recycling…

Happy Easter

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I hope everyone has a very Happy Easter today. I will be spending the day with Bill and the kids and my parents and siblings. I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy and Holy Easter filled with love and joy knowing that Jesus has risen from the dead to save us! May you all find the peace and love of Jesus on this Easter Sunday!

HAPPY EASTER FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOU AND YOURS!

Coloring Easter Eggs

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Yesterday, Rebecca and I had off from school for Good Friday, but the morning was busy with going to the store and the late afternoon was busy with Bill working, and Rebecca having a softball scrimmage from 4:15-6:30. So we decided to do a fun family activity in the afternoon....COLORING EASTER EGGS! 



Late Thursday night, I boiled 18 eggs for the kiddos to dye. I think they had fun. Rebecca loved coloring them, and Jacob was scared too especially after he plopped one in the pink dye and spilled the dye all over the newspaper, but after a bit he decided to have another go at it and he liked it. Benjamin was still to young to help, but he decided that he did not want to nap during the time and instead sat in his chair and ate graham crackers while we colored eggs. Overall it was a nice afternoon activity!

Do you color eggs for Easter?

Savory Custard and Shortbread Recipes from " A Beauty So Rare"

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Today I have something special for you. Tamera Alexander, author of A Beauty So Rare, which I reviewed for you on Wednesday, has offered to share a few of Eleanor Braddock's recipes with us today! These would be perfect for your Easter Gathering. I hope you enjoy! 
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Most people think quiche originated in France. Not so. It’s originally a German dish and people referred to them as "savory custards" in the 19th century. Which is accurate since the egg-based mixture forms a luscious-like custard as it bakes.

In my novel, A Beauty So Rare, the second standalone novel in the Belmont Mansion series, the heroine, Eleanor Braddock, is "a cook with a dream." But her dreams don’t quite turn out like she thinks they will. However, her savories always do!


I hope you enjoy this recipe (or "receipt" as recipes were called in the 1800s) from A Beauty So…

Special Hairstyle for Rebecca

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About a month ago, I saw a picture on my facebook wall that really intrigued me and I thought I could do that with Rebecca's hair. It was from a page called "Luv That Hair". It was a beautiful basket weave design for a girl's hair...

I decided to give it a try on Rebecca's hair. First I showed it to her and she was excited for me to do it....

Here are our results: 


I think it turned out really cute. Rebecca LOVED it! She wore it like that for Benjamin's birthday party and again to school on Monday. She got so many compliments on it! 

I love finding inspiration to make my kids' days with something as simple as doing her hair in a special way! I will definitely be trying more hairstyle from "Luv That Hair" facebook page.

A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander

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FROM THE BACK COVER: 
Pink is not what Eleanor Braddock ordered, but maybe it would soften the tempered steel of a woman who came through a war--and still had one to fight.

Eleanor Braddock--plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty--knows she will never marry. But with a dying soldier's last whisper, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. Impoverished and struggling to care for her ailing father, Eleanor arrives at Belmont Mansion, home of her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, the richest woman in America--and possibly the most demanding, as well. Adelicia insists on finding her niece a husband, but a simple act of kindness leads Eleanor down a far different path--building a home for destitute widows and fatherless children from the Civil War. While Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve of this endeavor.

Archduke Marcus Gottfried has come to Nashville from Austria in search of a life he determines, instead of one d…

Benjamin's 2nd Birthday Party

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Sunday we were finally able to have Benjamin's 2nd birthday party! This was the one that we had to postpone from last weekend. Thankfully, everyone was still able to come except for my husband's sister, her husband and their daughter as they were out of town. Nothing like having 17 people in your house above the normal 5 that live here all the time. 
Thankfully the weather was absolutely gorgeous! It was near 80 degrees and sunny. Perfect for an afternoon birthday party. 
There were so many people here to celebrate Benjamin's birthday. My parents, Bill's parents, my brother and his girlfriend, my sister, my brother and his wife and their 3 kids, and Benjamin's Godparents and their four children. It was a full house but wonderful to have. 
We had a light dinner (sandwiches, pasta salad, strawberries, chips and veggies) and cake and ice cream. I had to make another cake as the one I made last weekend got eaten and was too big to freeze. I made a smaller cake this time, …

Happy Homemaker Monday!

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I am joining Sandra today over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday theme!


As I look outside my window:::
It is raining and cloudy. It is just dreary looking outside. Yesterday it was warm and sunny, today not so much. Still warm but not sunny at all. 

Right now I am::: 
Typing out this post, thinking of the things I need to get done.

Thinking and pondering:::
On what my husband and I's next move should be. He is going to be applying for jobs out of state and I will be too. It is a stressful time, but time for us to take control for the future of our family.  

On my bedside table:::
A Shining Light by Judith Miller

On my tv tonight:::
I will be watching "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" and "19 Kids and Counting" and Indians baseball. 

Listening to:::
The rain, the cars going down the road and the TV is on the "Sunny Side Up" Show on Sprout for the boys. 

On the menu for this week:::

Monday - Cheeseburgers and French fries
Tuesday - Smoked sausage an…

104.3 F

That was Rebecca's temperature last night when I took it at home. I had let Rebecca stay home from school as she woke up yesterday morning with a stomach ache and said she did not want to go to school. Now if you know my daughter you know that she cries hard if she has to miss school when she is sick. To say she didn't want to go, I knew she did not feel well. So she stayed home, and laid around and napped on an off all day, not really eating much of anything. When I came home from work around 430 she was asleep on the couch and I felt her forehead and she was cool.

Last night, she wanted to watch "Cars 2." Halfway through she fell asleep. When she woke up she said she wanted to go to bed and she didn't look good. I had just put Benjamin to bed, and Jacob was cleaning up. I took her temperature and it read 104.3F on one thermometer, and 104.4 on the other one that I have. And she said her stomach still ached. I called Bill to see if he could come home and take he…