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Stan Hywet, Birthday celebration/home education field trip…

19 Nov

On Thursday the 15th of this month, my youngest/aka the baby of the family turned 10 years old.  One of his gift requests was to go somewhere cool on his birthday and to have the whole family there.  Well, with 6 of our family working outside the home that was no small feat.  But the “glue” sister asked all and all made a way to get off work! Yay!  We chose Stan Hywet Hall. Near enough to get home in time for the birthday dinner! Beware..lots of pictures to follow! View from the back we were down in the japanese garden.

This day was special in many ways. As a mom of many and a home educating mom, I am always on the job. I have visited Stan Hywet on a couple of occaisions but realized that this was the first occaision I could really see things, because there weren’t little ones to keep me busy with crowd control, and to keep their hands off of the museum’s property! I show you the next picture cause the guys were just thinking this wood elevator was so cool, and “mom this would be so fun to ride on!” 🙂
The music/ball room was also a hit. We sing together and some of the older children play various instruments.  I thought the chandeliers in the music room were unbelievable! I am a chandelier fan!


Home educating mom/teacher asked if we could sing a tune, just to let the children hear the acoustics and they were not disappointed! Moms can be so embarrassing :-).  You will see that the mansion was decked out for Christmas which was an unexpected bonus!

All the family has had their chance working with Dad in his carpentry business, so the architectural details, the different species of wood, the craftmanship, the attention to details, none of this escaped the children. It was a warming of my heart to see how much they have learned and retained and taken as their own over the years. Below is a picture of the secret bookshelf door passage.

the telephone booth

See the hand carved linen-fold wall paneling? The hand carved detailed border?

This picture is priceless to me, we are all looking up in awe at one thing or another. Learning, exploring, BEING together, a mom’s bliss!

The dining room was glam and glitz the silver plated everything was shining it was inspiring!


These chairs each had a different animal tapestry, we (the seamstresses of the house thought they were cool)

I have always had a love for butlers pantries, it was fun to see a lot of my children, not just the girls ooh and aah over this and the kitchen and pantry!  Cooking for 13 people on a consistent basis gives you an appreciation for these kinds of things!!

O.K. so time for confession, I know I should be content and not covet someone else’s kitchen, but, I’m telling you this was an extreme test!…I really can’t imagine what it would take to clean this place (energy) but to work without running into people???? 🙂 Then there are bedrooms and showers and guest rooms…You gotta go see this place.

A pool in the lower level, as long as our house!!


Did I mention it was sleeting and cold?? Did I mention we had to see the grounds and the garden, and the conservatory???

The birthday boy!

We ended up in the horse stalls turned cafe for a family picture!



Some things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Family, time spent together. Museums and field trips to help us learn from the past and grow from what we have learned. Thankful for beauty and craftmanship. Thankful for a change of scenery to gain perspective… Thankful for God’s grace to walk and continue on life’s journey…

Thankful for Olivia, who took all these pictures to help us remember the day! Happy Thanksgiving!


Travels and lessons

2 Feb

The Lord has been good to us.  He is always good, but through my human eyes sometimes I perceive Him as good when a desire is filled, or a trial has been put behind me..

Oh how faithless I am, but He is always faithful.

2015 was a huge year, so huge I hardly had time to chronicle it.  2016 started off with a trip to Florida and a much needed surgery for my husband… A trial and a gift..sometimes the trial shadowed the gift..

While we were gone my adopted mother fell, had emergency surgery, and is now in a nursing home, the very last place she ever wanted to be.  A trial, a sore trial, my heart breaks for her, but rejoices in her sweet spirit and her resignation to the Lord of her life..She continues to teach me as she goes through her trials..

Airboat ride with very generous friends..a desire of a life time..any one remember Flipper???  Time discovering with family..home education at it’s best…and time reconnecting with

The richness in life is contained in the relationships, in the giving of oneself to others..sharing your hearts, joys, sorrows, fears, victories..

Reminds me of a favorite hymn:

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word

what a glory He sheds on our way.

When we do His good will, He abides with us still and with ALL who will trust and obey..

The light of His word..

Love the Lord your God with all your heart soul mind and strength, and Love your neighbor as yourself..

I have always wanted to be accepted, to be loved no matter what..God loves me..and in giving love to others, I have received much much more than I have given..

The Love of the Father is manifested in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us..Such love..such love

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

first was from my heart, where His Spirit has graciously taken up residence, and the second is the actual, word for word, from the King James version of the Holy Bible.

I ramble..but that happens when I am filled with wonder..




Musings on Machine Embroidery…

14 Jul

I have just been so thankful for my Esante embroidery machine.

A couple of years ago when I got this machine from Linda at Domestic Sewing Center in Warren, Ohio I was wanting an embroidery machine but wasn’t really able to afford it.

We have worked hard to pay this machine off and are still paying, but the things we can do on it bless us and others so much.

Here are some things we have been able to do…

A gift at a recent baby shower…Olivia actually copied the embroidery machine flowers and hand stitched them herself on the shoes!

Personalized baby bloomers…a custom order for a grandma…

These big sister/little sister tee’s ( I know the girls are much sweeter than the shirts! 🙂

And this detailed quilt, all done ” in the hoop” on our machine..  We are not sure whether to use it as a quilt or take the blocks apart for pillows, table runners, bed scarfs, etc.  I actually have it apart again now waiting for the final decision.

The children all helped with this they like to run the machine and see the patterns being stitched out.  We used this as an art lesson in our home education program for this summer.  I am very pleased with how it turned out for them.

Thank you Linda and all at Domestic Sewing Center for our Esante!

Good Morning…

5 Mar

Good Morning can be taken many ways!

Today I woke up semi refreshed after many days of waking up not rested!  For whatever reason my sleep has not been enough to rest me.

So, on the tired mornings, Good Morning can be almost obnoxious, when I am tempted to answer grouchily, “what is good about this morning?”

But if I look at it from the view of the speaker, they are just greeting me with gladness, so I should be upset that they are happy to see me?

Yesterday, at church, the Sunday school lesson was on the book of James in the New Testament.  That was an encouraging study.  Reminding me of how much God cares how I use my tongue.  And that how I use my tongue is an indicator of my walk with Jesus.  Ouch!  (a good ouch!)

So many times Jesus says, to not fear, to be at peace, to rest.  I need to rest in His love for me and as He has loved me when I am unlovable, I need to extend that to others, my husband and children first!   It’s easy to be nice to people in public!  It’s too easy to not be nice to our family!

So, because He loves me.  Because He gave His life to save me from my sinful self. Because He is preparing a place for me and all His bride, it is a good morning!

Thank you for your free gift to us.  Help us to walk worthy of that gift! Amen!


21 Feb

This morning there was a gorgeous sunrise!  The birds were singing this morning.

Spring is coming, hope renewed, longer days, more light, these are happy thoughts!

We, Olivia, Victoria, and I are gearing up for a spring give-away.  We just can’t decide what it is going to be!  Stay tuned, our goal is to get it announced by the end of this week!

We have been making hair things, Victoria is the queen of hair bows and accessories, and Olivia and I and our little K are trying to glean from her wisdom.

We will never have her gifted fingers.  But, we can all benefit from her talent.

My morning thoughts of God this morning keep coming back to perseverance, waiting, patience.

I must rely on Him.  Wait for Him in everything…even for strength to accomplish the next thing.  Or for understanding.  Or direction.  Fill in the blank.

I learned from the devotional passage I read that patience is an active positive waiting.  Knowing that the result will be God’s best!  Wow, that is backwards from what I’ve got patience defined as in my mind.   I’ve always rendered it enduring.  Melancholy tendencies showing up here!

God’s Best.  All knowing, all loving, all powerful, all wise, my creator.  He knows what is best.

Baby steps.  This child of God is learning to walk.  Thankful, Oh so Thankful for His patience with me!

Blue, Vitamin D??…

9 Feb

I am feeling the need to be honest this morning.  Not that I’m not honest usually.

But normally in the name of encouragement, I prefer my posts to be encouraging!

I struggle severely with depression.  I am sure it is a chemical thing.  My mother had very similar problems, although we were never told much about it.

The Lord is my strength and my song He also has become my salvation.

I have to, some times moment by moment ask for strength or help.  I feel like a failure a LOT because I am not Mrs. Happy and Cheerful!  This past Sunday some one told me ” don’t be an Eyore”  Wow! that hit me between the eyes!

I am not able to go to the Doctor for various reasons, one being finances, the other being a deep seated abhorrance of drugs.  Another being, I believe my Lord, knows all about this and He is allowing this for my good and growth.

He truly is faithful to me and has brought me through many terrible days.  He loves me and all His children, and His grace IS sufficient.  My desire to be bubbly and cheerful is not what He has for me right now.

This morning I was lead to read in Colossians 4.  Verse 4 says Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say Rejoice.

Verse 6 , Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Verse 8, Finally, bretheren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Verse 4 tells me to rejoice. And I endeavor to do so when I can and in obedience. For example the sun is shining today, Thank you Lord!

Also, my world isn’t THE world, even though it is the world I happen to live in.  So, I can rejoice in what God is doing for and in others.

I am thankful for verse 6, I can go to God with each problem big or small. I can go to Him with my feelings of failure and inability.  And verse 7 comes to pass.  He keeps my mind through Christ Jesus.  The fact that my children are happy and stable is a testimony to God’s awesome power.  In spite of me and my weakness He is faithful to my husband and I and our children.

He walks through our trials with us.  He carries us.  He is truly my all in all.

He must increase, I must decrease.

My homework is verse 8. Think on these things…  I must take time and make an effort to think on the things He directs me to think on.

My almost 10 year old.  Why should I be discouraged with people like this around?

Children are a heritage from the Lord..

8 Feb

My son came down to the office with this hat and these sunglasses on.  What a gift!

What a blessing! To be in the office at our home operated business, checking morning e-mails and have this little bundle of blessing come in and say “look mommy!”

Children are a gift from God, and I’m so thankful for my husband who works so hard to allow me the privilege to be home raising and training them, and to be on hand when they come up with these funny costumes!!! 🙂