Apr 142012

Well, they say you make a grander entrance if you’re late…

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

I’m just being fashionably late. Yeah, that’s it! Really, life has been super busy the last few weeks and I have had no time getting this post ready at all! Two weeks ago, we got an unexpected blessing of a trip to the Women of Faith One Day in Wichita. That was a huge blessing in and of itself, and was totally a God orchestrated event for the weekend.

Here at Created for Home, I talk about homeschooling our two daughters, the Bugs (5) and the Beans (4). They are a lot of fun and it is such a blessing to be able to customize their education to how they learn. Last week, they decided they wanted some extra time off for Sabbath week next week so they did all of their school work for the week in two days. We then spent yesterday watching new communication lines be run on the electric poles. It was great.

I’m married to the most amazing man ever. HubbaHubba is my tech support, reacher of tall items and the absolute love of my life. We will have been married for seven years this July and a day doesn’t go by that I am not thanking God for the gift HubbaHubba is to me.

Occasionally I post a recipe for something that I’ve come up with that we all liked. I’ve made Smile Soup for the girls for lunch, and I worked out an incredible Chicken Italiano recipe. My husband begs for the Chicken Italiano on a regular basis. And the best part is, it is so simple and easy to make!

Our word for the year this year is Discipline. I started a 52 Fridays to a More Disciplined life series. And well, laugh at the irony, but I haven’t been that disciplined in writing every Friday with it. We spent most of the month of February sick and barely functioning which just got us all off kilter. Feel free to join in with us though! My friend Annette is writing for it on her blog too. Go check her out.

I live in Joplin and I’ve written some of what we went through last year with the tornado. I’ve been shying away from the topic, because well, after you live it for so long you are just sick of it. I mean, we live with destruction on a daily basis, had to revamp our lives totally because our normal was ripped from us, and I’m tired of thinking about it so I haven’t been talking about it much. I will say this sure has been quite the learning experience for us all. And God doesn’t leave you somewhere without a reason.

For fun, and to supplement the family I do quite a few book and product reviews. We have no extra money in our budget for fun things like my reading addiction, so I do book reviews to feed it. I haven’t been taking on as many book reviews recently with spring upon us though.

I also write about whatever topic I feel like needs to be addressed or if I just have to share something. A lot of times it is about how God has been working in our life and I just have to share it. We have been blessed beyond measure. While life hasn’t been easy for us, and according to the world’s standards, we are in poverty, we are rich. We’ve never gone hungry, we have what we need and a lot of extras have been provided by our loving God. We are also rich in faith and love. I wouldn’t trade it for any amount of money.

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Oct 142011

I wonder how I got such funny children at times.

Today has been one of those days when I was groggy waking up and was dealing with sinus issues. I wasn’t expecting it to be a great day at all.

After I was able to pull myself together, I got the girls started on school. That took some convincing. Bugs wanted me to hand over all her work so she could do it later and have homework. I explained to her that homework is done after supper when she is normally playing with Daddy. She decided that wasn’t such a fun idea after all and did it all right then. She begged me to read aloud extra history even. I then gave her her handwriting sheets and she looked at them and exclaimed that they were out of order. Technically she was correct. They grouped the letters by the strokes used to make them. So they weren’t in alphabetical order. I convinced her to do them in the order they were. She then did them, but insisted on covering up her work and said I couldn’t see any of it until she was completely finished.

After she finished her work, she asked me if I played games on my mom’s phone when I was little. I told her we didn’t have cell phones with games on them when I was little, and in fact, we didn’t have cell phones at all. Bugs got this confused lok on her face and then asked how we talked on the phone if we didn’t have cells. I told her that we had house phones that were connected to the wall that we talked on. “Oh, that’s interesting, Mom,” was her reply. 

She then asked me about playing games on the computer and I had to explain to her that we didn’t have those either growing up (we got our first when I was in high school). She then asked what we typed on and I had to explain what a type writter/word processor was.

I’m feeling really really old today…

A little bit later I said something and called her my little girl. She said she wasn’t little. I said she would be my little girl until she was taller than me (which won’t take long, she’s already over half my height. I’m 5’2” ish). She looked at me and said quite seriously, “Mom, I’m not little, I’m medium sized.”

It has been quite the morning around here. How’s it been at your house?


Happy 5th Birthday to the Bugs!

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Sep 292011

On this day five years ago (already? How in the world is it five years ago already) we were blessed with our Bugs.

Bugs is such a sweet girl. She is very curious, full of zest and is so much fun. We are so thankful to have been given such a wonderful daughter.

The poor girl is a bit upset today though. All of our fun plans for her birthday are on hold for a few days. We have all been struck with a nasty virus (I’ll spare you the disgusting details) one right after another since Monday. HubbaHubba woke up with it Monday morning at 4. Bugs got sick Tuesdsay night at 10 and Beans got sick last night at 8. I’m not feeling all that great right now. Beans is still sick, Bugs is bouncing back and HubbaHubba is finally completely over it. So we’ll make the cupcakes and play outside and celebrate this weekend hopefully.

I hope you treasure your blessings daily. Time goes by way too fast and you never know what is around the corner. This past year has proven that to us in so many ways.


Aug 172011


This was the Bugs yesterday after she had gotten herself ready to do school for the day. She kept saying she was so pretty and that she was a star. That was outfit one of like five for the day too.

Please ignore the messy desk in the background and HubbaHubba’s CAT5 cable on the chair.


Apr 292011

I didn’t know that one either….Until yesterday.

Yesterday, the Beans and the Bugs and I were snuggling on my bed.  They had had a whiny morning and sometimes, when they get snuggle time it resets their attitudes, so that is what I had decided to do (yes, it worked).  So, we were snuggling and giggling and talking under our big down comforter when the Bugs and Beans all of a sudden decided that we were sailing on a boat in the middle of the ocean.  Which isn’t anything new with them.

So, we were out in the ocean, and a storm was coming up.  So they had to go and rescue the baby mermaids. Bugs would dive off the side of the ship, and come up with a baby mermaid, pass it off to Beans and then go back down for another.  After rescuing about five mermaids, she was done and the storm hit.

Apparently that storm was fairly bad….there was lightening and thunder.  We had to dive for shelter numerous times.  And then it happened.

The Mermaids caught on fire.  No idea why, it was rather spontaneous.  Then, horror of horrors, we had no firemen on the ship to put them out.  So, Captain Mom dropped some hoses into the sea and taught her little sailors how to spray water out of them to put out the flaming mermaids.

After the threat of our ship burning, the Bugs jumps up and yells that she needs her gun.  I ask her why in the world she would need a gun on a ship in the middle of the ocean.  I was half expecting her to exclaim about some pirates boarding the ship when she informs me in her most no-nonsense voice that the bear was coming towards us and we needed the meat. No one had any idea how in the world a bear was able to get to our ship, out in the middle of the ocean and land no where in sight.

I must say, the girls do have very vivid imaginations.  I love watching them (and participating) at their play.  They stories they come up with and act out with such passion gives me hope.  It gives me hope that not all imagination is dead in our society. I pray they keep their sense of wonder, fun and imagination with them for a very long time, even well into adulthood.  I wish I had been able to keep mine..