Monday, April 28, 2008


Sorry for my absence ladies! This month has been so crazy, and I am afraid this craziness is going to have to last a little bit longer! Between my great-grandmother's death, finishing our basement, rearranging our ENTIRE house to move into our basement, my son's birthday and my birthday (tomorrow), things have been a little nuts!! However, I didn't want to leave you all hanging on the homekeeper challenge! I hope you are all continuing to work towards being the best keepers of your home that you possibly can be and I would love to here about your progress. If you could leave your link in a comment that would be awesome- I hope to have the Mr. Linky back up and running for next week's post! I also hope to post more this week about the progress on our house and all the birthday festivities! I also will be filling you all in soon on the amazing Homeschooling & Home Discipleship Conference my husband and I attended last weekend- it was inspiring!

So hang in there with me and please post your links!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Homekeeper Challenge Weekly Post #2!

Alright, first of all I need to apologize for my absence this past week. As many of you know form reading my last post, my Great-grandmother died last Tuesday evening which has been difficult on my family all around. On top of that, we are finishing our basement and my husband painted sealer on the tile in our new shower, in turn producing noxious fumes that drove us out of the house for three days. So between the funeral and staying at a variety of houses (my grandmother's and my in-laws) I have simply not been able to blog as I would like.

The events of last week also put a bit of a hitch in my efforts to be an honorable homekeeper- much to my dismay. It was just one of those weeks that you feel like a failure. It was pointed out to me, by someone who shall remain nameless, that perhaps I am making myself sound on my blog like I have this homekeeper thing down and I am schooling all of you in it. I would like to make it abundantly clear right not that that is not the case! I am a work in progress and have sooo much to learn! I just thought this little challenge would be a great way to meet other women with the same goals I do so that we can spur each other on the good works and learn how to better bless our families in the process. So, forgive me if I have made myself sound otherwise.

With all of that said, I come to my personal challenge for the week- blessing and helping my husband. In general, I don't think I am very good at this. Whether it be lack of will or lack of knowledge, I don't always bless him in the ways I am sure he would appreciate. For instance, he is currently working on finishing our basement (it should be done in just a few weeks- yay!!) and most of the time I just let him do it all- he is the carpenter after all! I reason in my head many times that I would just be in the way or simply have better things to do, but in reality I know that if nothing else he would enjoy my company while he worked.
So, for me this week I am taking on the challenge (a little reluctantly, I must admit) of blessing my husband in whatever way I can, be it holding up a board while he screws it in or simply watching my tone of voice to make sure that I don't sound snappy- I just need to do it and quit making excuses for myself! This couldn't come at a better time since it is baby making week and nobody wants to TTC with someone they aren't particularly fond of at the moment! So, wish us luck (or God's hand of blessing, rather) and blessings to you in the challenges you choose for your upcoming week!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

In Honor of Granny- Oct. 6, 1916- April 1, 2008

Last night my 91 year old great grandmother, Granny- as we all affectionately called her, left us to be with the Lord. For the last year she has been in an Alzheimers care facility but my grandmother was still chiefly responsible for her care- visiting her nearly everyday, making doctors appointments, handling finances, ordering prescriptions and seeing to it that she received the best care possible. Her loss is deeply felt by the whole family. My brother and I were cared for by her many times during our upbringing and knew her very well.She was a very active part of our lives growing up. For a number of years she picked me up from school everyday so that I didn't have to attend my school's after-school childcare program- I much preferred spending that time at home with my Gran. She would listen to me practice my Violin while offering constant praise- even though I was terrible! She sewed me countless costumes and adored attending my performances. Whenever we got sick on a school day, off to Granny's house we went while my parents were at work. She always made us grilled cheese sandwiches and I will never forget exactly what kind of bread she used and how the cheese melted in our mouths. She helped care for my brother while he was in a body cast after an intense surgery many years ago and would do anything to cheer him up- including standing on the couch and clucking like a chicken or howling like a wolf, just to see him laugh!
I am so joyful in knowing that she was alive to meet her great-great grandson, Roman. When he was born two years ago she actually stayed at the hospital until he was born at 1:00 am- at 89 years old! Although she was never of sound enough mind to remember his name, she would always ask about the little blue-eyed boy and when he would be back to see her. Just two weeks ago I took him to visit her and she was so happy to play with him. He even gave her a kiss goodbye and she gave me a hug, even though she no longer recognized me (especially with my short hair).
She loved us. She cared for us. She was the matriarch of our family. And now she is with Jesus. Her body is youthful and she is touring heaven with so many loved ones that have passed on before her- including my sweet little Micah. It is strange but comforting to know that just yesterday she was here but now she is with him and knows him- more than I even had the chance to know him. In many ways I feel like I can say my goodbyes more now than when she was alive because I know she can understand now and I truly believe that she can look down and see the good and the love.And so, Granny, I love you. You have done so much for me in my life I can't even begin to express my gratitude. You are lovely and ever so kind at heart. We will miss you dearly but I am so glad you are now in heaven free from all the bonds and pains of earth. Take care of Micah for me- kiss him and hug him the way I never could. And could you tell him a little bit about me and his big brother- the little blue-eyed boy who showered you with hugs and kisses? Thank you for your sweet life. You will not be forgotten. I look forward to meeting you in heaven someday with Micah in your arms. Until then- farewell...