Rainy Day Fun!


 Our Rainy Day Fun!

 We made Jell-o Play dough today! You can too!


Things You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • Three ounces of jello – any flavor you wish (we used grape, smelled wonderful)
  • Heat the mixture over medium heat until the gelatin dissolves  completely.


  • Stir 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 3 tablespoons cream of tartar and 2  tablespoons vegetable oil into the saucepan.

  • Cook while stirring the mixture until a soft ball forms.

  • Remove the play dough from the saucepan and cool to room temperature before  kneading and molding.

  • This is not an edible play dough.

Expecting Expectations….

A moment of self conversation

“Relax Mom! ….Really?….Was it such a big deal?”

I crunch through the dumped bowl of dry cereal on the floor and pick up most of it attempting to gather most of the mess up with my hands before I vacuum….Grrrrrrr…..tensing in my shoulders…I feel a headache coming on….They start to squeal and dance through the kitchen having a grand old-time…

Wait for it….Wait for it…..and now…”Do you boys have any idea how much work I have to do?”

“I picked up your toys after I asked  you to!” “I even made your bed to be nice” and look at this mess!” “Don’t you even care that I’m tired and would love a nap right now!”

Two Minutes later…after a moment to hide and catch my breath and my heart stop racing…

“Oh good grief…Did I just throw a massive Mommy temper tantrum?…..Why yes I did….what a horrible example…”

Well…can you relate to this? I have had these moment more than I like to admit.

I have had to apologize for my actions towards my children more than I can count…

I know the importance of setting an example…I also know it’s all in perspective…

I have learned very valuable lessons since being a mother.

It’s so easy to become irritable and bothered by all the things that seem to come crashing down around you …noise…dirty dishes ,messes made on the floor… on tables…cleaning up…trying to keep up while everyone else seems to be having a fabulous time around us.

Don’t ever allow your expectations to be stronger for your child than for yourself.

If you can’t control yourself…and in setting that example…how will they learn too?

God has given me this role as a Mother because he knows that I can handle it…..with His help of course.

Although my moments of feeling unappreciated come knocking at my door…

rather our visit should be from the Lord, He comes to spend time with us…and us with Him.

He gives us value and strengthens us in our weak moments.

I’ve learned that I should never rely on my children to fulfill me emotionally.

So many Mothers depend of their children’s love and appreciation…they want to be their friend so badly and gain their acceptance that they forgo the gift of Motherhood and all its beautiful life lessons and love that are planted and can bloom beautifully.

I have found…setting goals…honoring rules made in your home through good discipline and love help prevent a majority

of these feelings of overwhelmed hearts and minds, frustration and feelings of unappreciation.

Set a good example for your children…yes…

but build a strong foundation where they can grow…

where the boundaries create contentment…discipline grows children’s hearts…

and their actions and words reflect that contentment created in a Godly home.

In the end…food messes can be cleaned up….noise can be quieted…

but a true relationship with your children lasts as long as we breath…

let your breath be permeated with words of instruction…kindness…encouragment…and love.

Let your expectation for your children be the Lord’s, and not your own.

Deuteronomy 4:9

9 “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children

Proverbs 14:1

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Galatians 5:22

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

The Good Shepherd

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me–

John 10:11-14







Unexpected Friends…

Today we rounded out a week of sickness with in home fun and crafts. It was a refreshing day

of relaxing and so enjoyable being able to stay home as everyone recuperated.

I spent the afternoon (by request of 3 very sweet little boys) making some felt friends

for them to hold in their little hands.

I thankfully had a load of leftover felt from making Christmas ornaments, so I took on the challenge.


First, my 4-year-old loved the Wise Old Owl.

He took ownership immediately.

The brothers (as I like to call them) insisted that owl needed friends, and so did they!




So from that was born what my 7-year-old took….









He swiftly began playing together with the Wise Old Owl.

Of course our 2-year-old just had to enter the world

of little felt friends…

so along came..Mr Froggy!


I used felt I already had, and stuffed the little animals with felt scraps and

plastic grocery bags.

We had a lot of fun growing our family of animal friends today!


Healthy,Multi-Grain and Marvelous!

Here is a recipe that I’ve been working on trying to get correct measurements for the best flavor.

We love breakfast foods in our home and eat a hot breakfast for dinner time at least once a week.

I would say pancakes top this list! There are so many ways to make them, and you can put apples, bananas, chocolate chips…you name it you can put a large list of ingredients inside…don’t ever start me on what you can top them with !

I have numerous pancake recipes, but this is the first that I’ve played around with to really get the desired flavor and texture I wanted….without all the fat and calories…

These are my Multi-Grain Pancakes. There is no shortening of any kind in them which makes them that much more healthy for you…you can’t beat that!

Here is my recipe and I hope that you enjoy them as much as we have!

Multi-Grain Pancakes

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

3/4 cup all-purpose

 ( I use all fresh milled flour, but for most people you’ll want to use the above ingredients)

3/4 cup oatmeal

3/4 cup cornmeal

6 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

4 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/3 + 1 Tbsp plain or vanilla yogurt

Happy Eating!

Homespun…And Happy…

I am so excited to share with you something I accomplished this week.I have desperately wanted to learn how to quilt. Finally I did, and here it is! I wanted to show it to you. I am so happy with my new home made homespun rag quilt.

In the past few months there came about a opportunity in our homeschool co-op for mothers to also participate in an elective offered to the high school girls. Another homeschooling mother (a precious friend of mine, you know who you are), also took the class.

It was a fantastic chance to do something I’ve always wanted and I am so thankful for that the opportunity arose for me to be challenged in that way.

Here is a link to instructions on how to make a rag quilt.


I hope you take advantage

of any chance you get to may something with your hands.

It is so rewarding to stand back and see the outcome of your hard work.

Is there anything you’ve always wanted to learn to make?

What is it? I hope that you get the chance to learn something new.

It’s so exciting!


All is quiet…the house is still..the swings empty…no school here today… Today is a “Daddy Son Day”.

Off to pick up numerous pounds of butchered beef that were raised of the Livengood Family Farm.

A wonderful time to create memories and build relationship…and learn.

So for me today..only one remains home…the littlest…the quietest…

As a busy Mother, Homeschooling parent and Housewife…one begins to feel overwhelmed and look so forward to days such as this….quiet….time to catch up on laundry…time to rest…but yet this house that is void of the sounds

that daily fill it…the clanging…the joy…the conversations…

are missed.

Today will be a quiet day, but it will a wonderful day to focus primarily on the calmness, stillness, and rest the Lord brings to our lives.

 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; 
   I will be exalted among the nations, 
   I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:10