Sunday, August 31, 2014

Learning Room




 
After a year of not using our basement I finally got it all ready to start school this week.
I am really looking forward to this year. Austin is in grade 10 enrolled in the grad program, is working part time. He just makes me smile, I am so proud of him. I am LOVING these years of teens. I love babies but gosh if I knew teens were so awesome!
Zac is in grade 9 and our goal this year is to overcome some medical issues he's dealing with and be ready for next year. He is a fantastic young man.
Natalie is in grade 6, Presley grade 4, Rachael, 2, and Jude Kindergarten. How is my Jude in Kindy already?! Hannah will be busy being 3 and Henry will have full time nursing during school hours and Seamus with be with us.
Did I mention I am so excited about this year?!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hat Creek Ranch



                                                                        Gold panning.



              A stage coach ride. The children adored this family day trip as they all are Little house on the Prairie fanatics.  We have visited the Ranch many times before but we have never done a guided tour, that was a great way to learn different tid bits we didn't know.
 Hat Creek Ranch is a historical park that happens to be apart of our family's history. This house the children are sitting outside of is the home of their Gr. X 3 Grandmother Sophia. Her children  are famous for being some of the most dangerous outlaws of the gold rush. Brothers Allan, Charles and Archie McLean: The McLean Gang terrorized Kamloops, B.C., in the late 1870s, stealing everything from horses and liquor to ammunition. When the law came after them, the McLeans shot their way through, eventually killing two men, including a police constable. Eventually caught and convicted—the jury took 20 minutes to reach a verdict—they were hanged together in New Westminster in 1881.

Friday, August 15, 2014

this moment

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This Girl

     This girl is so full of life. She is beautiful and confident that she was born a real life princess. She prefers to wear dress-up costume dresses rather than real clothes.
She recently fell in love with a dog named Simon, after the children's encounter with a cougar we had been discussing the idea of adding one to our little farm but it needed to be the perfect fit. Last week we took a road trip up north to visit a very dear friend of mine and Hannah told her Auntie Katie  "I really love your dog".  I was surprised when she responded with "you can take him home if your mommy says it's OK." The rest is history :) Meet Simon.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

August Hobbies



                     Waldorf Gardening has been our thing this summer.  Every little piece is hand crafted. Zachary made this tiny chair and mail box. When I saw how much fun he was having I jumped in and hand painted the rock mushrooms.  It's enjoyable to sit and craft as babies nap and work our imaginations together. Natalie's creative juices got flowing when we were invited to my cousins baby shower. We had a couple packages of diapers that didn't fit the twins anymore so she got busy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July




 


Summer on our mini homestead has been busy. Henry has kept us on our toes in and out of the hospital but between all our medical concerns life keeps trucking along and unfolding before us. The children have been crafting in their free time. Zach has been building a Waldorf village and Austin has been making and selling survival bracelets.  We have had friends up for farm campouts, bon fires, smores, and day trips.   Our days at home are slow and perfectly-paced. Not knowing what is happening from day to day with our wee little man stretches us all and we hold plans loosely in our hands. But here we are - growing alongside each other, trying new things, and falling back into the arms of each other to rejoice in the glory, the mistakes, and mostly, the adventure of it all. A lot of adventure. We continue to dream and plan and do things that are "crazy" in the eyes of the world.  Choosing to stand naked before our sovereign God, stripping off any and all fear and distrust. God's love is bigger than any earthly crisis. His ways are higher than mine so what do I have to fear. I rest knowing he holds every detail of our life in his gigantic loving hand, even though the enemy comes and tries to whisper his lies I breath deep and find my rest in his never-slipping grip. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rhythm







 We are loving these longer days, soaking up as many daylight hours as we can. Our barn project is getting closer and closer to completion. I love the way the boys have worked along side Chris reminds me of how the Amish do it with their children. I am sure lots of precious memories are being built in their minds.  I am enjoying the gentle rhythm of the last couple weeks. After every hospital stay it solidifies how precious time with our children really is.

There is so much negativity all around us lately in the news, so we have decided to have a media free summer. My little guys 9 and under will have no screens at all, while I will allow my older 3 sometime as needed. It's amazing the different rhythm this brings. I'd really like my children to see more of the beauty that is around them and the beauty in people. Protecting little ears from negative talk or coarse joking.

The babies continue to melt us all, I have waited a long time for them to be able to play together. I can't express the joy this bring to us. Our children all reach a place in our hearts but having a child like Henry reaches places you didn't know exist.  I am so in awe that I was chosen to be his Mama.