Thursday, September 14, 2017

Canning Apples

I'm trying to get back into canning again.  The ones in the first 2 bays are this years and the other bay is 2015 and 2016.

I found apples but unfortunately my KitchenAid mixer won't turn and my hand blender died.  Thus they are on my husbands desk for repair.

I'm trying to figure out the best way to deal with ugly apples. I was able to get some juice out to make jelly.  They are so lumpy it is useless to use my apple peeler corer.

I also end up with little bits of the outside because I grounded up and then I put it through my kitchen strainer.

My eldest so I thought would hate it the most gobbled it up and then the one who I thought would love it the most was like no thank you Mom try again.

Here is what I made in 2015-16.  Much of this has been eaten.  In 2016 we moved from Iowa to Michigan so I didn't can as much.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Little Grey

This is Little Grey

He allows us to live here under his watchful eyes.

They are some beautiful eyes.

We need to supply lots of sunny windows and available heat vents.

You may go on with your day now.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Birdhouses and Anna

Anna built a birdhouse at her class after school at the Fenton Library.  She is the crafty one and so I signed her up for a class that involved electronics to glitter, chemical reactions and glue.

She built a birdhouse.  Then she covered it in tape and paint.  She did a wonderful job, it is really cute.  She ran out of the van when we got home and put it on the porch to be some birds home.

Problem is it is covered in washi tape.  It is raining and snowy here.  That tape will fade and fall off soon.  I know that.  As mom I want to quick varnish it 3 times and protect it so she doesn't get disappointed if/when it falls apart.

I want to protect her.  I want to keep her safe and happy.  This move has been hard, she doesn't have any close friends, the girls behave catty and mean.  Her heart is grieving.  She really doesn't have any connection with her old friends.  I hurt for her.  When we moved her cat of 3 years died.  She is 12, all around bad time to be a kid.  I want to save her from pain but I don't know how.

I pray.

I pray a lot for her.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Welcome Winter to Linden Michigan

The snow came at 8 am.

 We got to walk to the bus stop.

 I came back to snow all over.

The birds were still eating.

The pond is still there.

Can't see the houses on the other side of the pond right now.

 It is so pretty, tranquil, peaceful, quiet and untouched.

 Unique, covering some but not all of this stump.

Soon we will get to have a fire again.  I love this balancing act.

 The back of our home with the huge windows.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Greetings from Michigan

We have landed.  The kids and I got here on a Wednesday and Thursday the kids went to school and I got a root canal.  Ryan was smart, when we were out a few weeks beforehand the kids took the time to check out their schools and meet their teachers.

Transition, how is it?

Well we left our freinds of 7 years.  I still don't have a go to grocery store, a doctor and transitioning to a new bank.

We are together as a family, we have all our "stuff" and we get to have story time together.

We have a land line again which works!  We have internet and we have sunshine.

God has taken care of us.  The kids are in a good school, we just need to learn what is expected.  Anna hasn't missed the bus yet.  I walk Lilly with Jonathan so that sometimes doesn't work out.

The kids are loving not having a dress code.  They have some friends in the subdivision here and working on getting to know those at school and church.

Me.... I miss my freinds and my weekly activities.  MOPS, bible studies, going to the Library and seeing my favorite librarian and also serving at church.  I need to remember that I will have new relationships and they won't be the same.  That is ok.

Saturday, October 8, 2016


We are moving to Michigan, I mean the rest of the family.  Tomorrow Ryan will have been up there 6 weeks.  We get to go at the end of the week I hope to close on our new home in Linden.  That is between Flint and Lansing.

First thing, we have a well and won't have to worry about the water.

We are packing up around here, books, toys, pictures on the walls.  The only box I had to open again was the DVDs.  The DVD player also streams Youtube so that will stay to the bitter end.

I wonder if I am hoarding boxes.  I wonder how many I will use.  I like the small and medium ones since they are the easy ones to deal with.  Uhaul has wonderful boxes with handles, but I seem to tape over them.  Home Depots have a check box on the side for the rooms they go in.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

LIfe goes on and it is ok

A lot has happened this month that Ryan has been gone.

Anna's kitty Shay had to be put to sleep due to Feline UTI Disease.  He was suffering.  The vet was so nice and sent us his paw print.  A few tears were shed for how nice it is to have a little something of Shay.

Floods hit the area from an hour north to an hour south.  Many people were evacuated from Cedar Rapids.  I took the kids Sunday to the walking bridge here in Waterloo so they could hear and feel the water's movement.  To understand the enormity of the water.  Thankfully since the 2008 flood people know better how to prepare and to stay safe.  So many people helped it was amazing from sand bags to moving furnaces.

Anna went to her first dance at the local church.  This is the thing you do and has been for 50 years.  So many parents I talked to did it when they were kids.  All the stories seemed to make them smile, even if they got in trouble.

Prairie Lakes Church, the Waterloo Iowa campus is merging with Hope City Church.  Once most people have gotten over the shock they see how wonderful this is.

Ryan and I moved to Waterloo the time when there was only one Prairie Lakes Campus 7 years ago.  Then a month later the announcement was made that they would have one near our home.  There was the option to go and meet more people and serve every 3 weeks.  We were up on stage, me and a bunch of other pregnant ladies to be sent out.  What wonderful freinds I have been blessed with since we moved to the Waterloo Campus.

We knew PLC was the place God wanted us to be due to the peace we felt.  The mission was to reach all of Iowa for Jesus.  That means Waterloo and all parts of it.  For years we have been helping, hosting, and loving on the area but not growing.  Hope City is already drawing in community members.  This is good, this was the goal from the beginning and at the perfect timing.  It is a mutual relationship and I pray will prosper.

I miss Ryan

Anna misses Daddy

Lilly misses Daddy

Jonathan misses Dad who he thinks is just at work

Monday, September 19, 2016


I think one of the hardest parts of now is that we don't or I don't know when I am moving to Michigan.  This is the start of week 3 of Ryan being in Michigan.

I never know when I say goodbye to someone if it is the last time I really am saying goodbye to them.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016