Archive for September, 2009

Video Killed the Radio Star

And Facebook killed the blog. Or so it seems.

I’m not quitting. Just really distracted lately. I think blogging serves a more journal-type purpose than anything else, so it still has value for me. You can read along if it interests you. 😉

It’s been four days since Ella’s last blind spell. I’m starting to believe I made it all up, but I know that can’t be true. I just wonder what will come of all of it, and if it’s over now. It would be nice if it were over.

My garden produced ten big, red tomatoes, and a lot of sweet cherry tomatoes, as well as tons of lettuce, some provider beans, poppies, and basil. I’m still hoping a few of the pumpkins might make it, and the broccoli is still growing, so we’ll see. It’s going to be nippy from here on out, though.

This was the sky yesterday as the snow blew over:


This was the sky after dinner, when the storm was dissipating:


Smells like fall.

These were the cupckes for Anna and Sarah’s birthday:


Roxanne told me how to make the little decos out of almond bark, but whereas hers were planned and traced and pretty, mine were last-minute and scribbled and squiggly. Just keepin’ it real.

This was the crazy-messy craft table. The girls LOVED it. They’re such little artistas.



These pictures are making me realize how badly the dining room needs curtains. And wall hangings. I’ll get right on that. Sometime.

Anna and Sarah reading Roselie’s card (she writes the best birthday messages!):


Ella + Cupcake:


These are the most recent baby shower projects for friends and strangers in town:


I’ve had these flannels for four years now. They were supposed to be a kaleidescope quilt for my great-grandmother, but I didn’t finish in time. So now they’re a stripy baby quilt for a new friend and her baby girl. I love how cotton batting shrinks up in the wash and gets all wrinkle-happy and antique-y. It’s one of my favorite phenomena.


And now to retrieve the chicken from the pot. It needs eating. And children need feeding. Please pray with us that the doctors are helpful and insightful as to Ella’s trouble. And keep praying for Mr. Micah, who is only a few months older, and fighting SMA for his life. I’ll be running either a 10K or (run/walking) a half-marathon in October, and I’ll be looking for sponsors to raise money for SMA research in Micah’s name, since I wasn’t able to be with everyone in Ojai for Micah’s March. I’ll post more when I know which one I can run! In the meantime, you can check out www.fsma.org for more info!

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Me: Okay, honey. I’ll get it out.

Naiah: But. . .  what if the house catches on fire?!

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I heard it just doesn’t happen up here, so I didn’t hope for much. But this week, thanks to some unseasonably warm weather and a bucket full of fish guts, our tomatoes are RED. So far I’ve picked three from the Better Boy, and tonight, the first cherry tomato! Three cheers for late tomatoes!



Is it wrong to think cherry tomatoes are cute? Because I do. I really do.

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The Other Poppies

A few weeks after the California poppies opened up, we started to see blooms from our other poppies as well! Soon the frost will settle in, so I’m enjoying them while they last.


The buds look like something from Mars.

The buds look like Martians!



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Anna and Sarah haven’t played with dolls in a long time.




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Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,

just to take him at his word,

just to rest upon his promise,

just to know thus saith the Lord.

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!

How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!

Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus,

Oh, for grace to trust him more!

The song that’s in my head tonight. And the proverb, “Happy is the soul that trusts in God.”

If it weren’t for a deep conviction of the absolute sovereignty of God, I think I’d be half crazy with worry right now. But I’m not. 🙂

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This was lying on a table in somebody’s driveway with a big ‘FREE’ sign over it. Copyright 1947! And it’s written to girls like me who know next to nothing!


Ummm. . . Yeah. The awesomeness is a little too much at the moment.


Someday I’m going to make those girly drapes. 😀


And napkins and tablecloths and placemats. . .


And matchy aprons and pinafores. . .


Probably won’t try this.


And baby clothes!


It also teaches suiting and shirts and dresses and slipcovers and bedspreads and lots of other useful/fun projects! I don’t even know where to start!

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