Friday, December 30, 2011

Doesn't Everyone Dream of Being a Hero?

Playing Army
Big brother helps younger brother. In all of this pretending they are learning the principles of loyalty, leadership, determination, planning, etc.

Yet I can't help but think in the words of Robert E. Lee, " It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it."

Monday, December 26, 2011

May All Our Christmases Be Bright

My Man

Uncle Eric & Thomas

Mild Christmas Day -- Grace & Claire

All I want for Christmas is gum!


The Embrace -- Father & Son


She made him a scarf for Christmas.  He loved it.  Their faces tell all.
He bought her a camera.  She really liked it.

 She liked it so much; he earned a kiss.  You can tell he really liked it.  Priceless!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


We wish all our followers a wonderful Christmas as you celebrate the Savior's birth, and may God give you much good in the new year.  ~ The Mawson Family

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Delicious Holiday Ginger Cookies

For years this cookie has been a favorite.  This cookie is consumed every time it is placed out for company.  Creating these cutouts is absolutely enjoyable.  It is a family affair.  Enjoy!

Delicious Holiday Ginger Cookies
Cookie ingredients:
1 1/4 c sugar
1 c unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3 Tbsp molasses
3 c flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Frosting ingredients:
3 c powdered sugar
1/3 c unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
6-8 Tbsp half & half

Combine sugar, butter, egg, molasses & vanilla.  Beat at medium speed until creamy.  Reduce speed to low and add all remaining cookie ingredients.  Beat until well mixed.  Divide dough in half and wrap in plastic wrap.   Refrigerate for about 1 or 2 hours.  Heat over to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness.   Use cookie cutters and place cut outs on an ungreased cookie sheet 1-inch apart.  Bake for 6-9 minutes.  Let stand 1 minute and remove from cookie sheet.  Cool completely.  Mix frosting ingredients to desired spreading consistency.  Decorate cooled cookies with frosting.

Yields approximately 2 dozen cookies depending on the size of your cut outs.  Have fun with it. 

Rolling out the dough.

Decorative juices are flowing.

Finished cookie
Finger licking frosting when all the cookies have been decorated.
Oh, what fun it is!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Day 2011

Powell Family - Host FamilyWe were able to spend Thanksgiving Day with all these people.  I am thankful for each one of them.

Carolyn & Eric

Matthew, Elizabeth, Shelley, Rebecca & Keith

Rob, Rebekah, Jack & Heather

Love Birds

Sam & Sam

Fuji & Miriam

Thomas & Thomas - Look they match!

Sam & Ann


Friday, November 18, 2011


Endure when there is every external reason not to endure.  
Found in the book Praying Hyde A Challenge to Prayer.  Revival Literature.  Asheville, NC, 2004.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing:  for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Meet Monty

Monty is our favorite dog. He makes us laugh so much. Here he is relaxing from a noisy bunch of children. Thanks for the memories, Uncle Eric and Aunt Cassie.
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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Do you ever read your Bible and wonder how Moses, Samuel, David, Paul and many others knew what God wanted them to do?  Do you ever think that you could know just like them what God wants you to do?  I certainly have wondered.  I know God does the same thing today. I have two stories to share with you regarding these things.  Story #1 follows:

One day this summer I had to go shopping for an appliance.  My assignment was to price the appliance at four different stores: Home Depot, Best Buy, hhgregg, and Lowe's.    I knew I was not going to buy anything.  On my way out of the first store, I asked a gentleman for directions on how to get to Best Buy.  The gentleman politely gave me directions.  As I turned to get in my car, I thought to give him a tract.  The only problem was I didn't have one on me.   I rummaged through the glove compartment and found one too late to give it to the man who gave me directions.  Disappointed I drove to Best Buy.

At Best Buy I was able to talk to a sales person.  She was most helpful.  I left her a tract with the good news.  Then it was off to hhgregg.  I took my notes in that store and left.   As I was getting in the car, I saw the same gentleman that gave me directions at Home Depot.  I said to myself, "Lord, I know you want me to give that man a tract."  I drove up to his car to catch him and hand him a tract.  Unfortunately, he drove off before I could catch up to him.  I was certain that was the man I was supposed to give a tract to but he turned left in the parking lot, and I had to go right.  My children were encouraging me to hand the man a tract, too.  I didn't want to deviate from my route because I wasn't really sure where I was going.  I went to Lowe's.  We walked in the door and stopped to figure out which direction the appliance department was located.  We turned around, and who do you think was walking in the door behind us?  It was the kind gentleman who gave us directions.  With confidence we walked up to him, smiled, and said, "I think the Lord wants me to give this to you."  He thanked me, opened the tract, starting reading it, turned around, and walk out of the store reading the tract.   We were astonished at his response.  He didn't even turn around to come back in the store and look for what he wanted.  I don't know what happened to the man, but one thing is certain: he definitely was interested in what was in the tract.  Praise God He used me. 

God is very clearly talking to His people today.  We just have to listen.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Great Quotation

"God works as long as His people live daringly:  He ceases when they no longer need His aid." 
~A. W. Tozer in 52 Favorite Chapters The Best of A.W. Tozer Compiled by Warren W. Wiersbe

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Helpful On-line Resource for Elementary Apologia Science

It is always fun to add helpful, colorful, and unusual pictures to your homeschooling experience.  In the past I have used Apologia's elementary science series.  Last year we enjoyed  using Exploring Creation with Zoology I:  Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.  My children extremely loved it.  We did many of the experiments and even looked up some of the suggested on-line tools.  One of the sites that we particularly enjoyed was this site:  There are photos of insects and other adorable creatures.  I especially found it helpful when we wanted to talk about a creepy crawly creature I was not fond of finding on my own.  Check it out.  I'm sure you and yours will have a blast.  You may find yourself learning more than you thought was possible.