Meet Maizy

Meet Maizy!


She’s our one year old Puggle that brings a whole new distraction to our every-day homeschooling!  Puggles are super friendly small size dogs with big hearts and an ever present need to sniff!  We adopted her as a puppy after her first owner decided they could not keep another dog and were planning to drop her off at an animal shelter.  She gives an opportunity for all of us to learn lessons in patience, responsibility, and self denial.



Pasta with broccoli & parmesan (one pot!)

Pasta with broccoli and parmesan


1/2 lb. of elbow macaroni (or pasta of your choice), uncooked

2 cups broccoli florets and top part of stem, chopped small

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1 TBL. butter


1.  Boil pasta according to package directions,  3 minutes before its done, add broccoli to the pot.

2.  Drain pasta and broccoli but reserve 1/3 cup pasta cooking water!

3.  Place pasta and broccoli back into pot and add in butter, parmesan, and reserved water.

4.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  (I often add in some garlic power to taste here too)



You can easily double this recipe and you can substitute the broccoli for your favorite finely chopped vegetable (spinach, peas, mushrooms, etc…), adjusting the time when you add it to the boiling pot of pasta in order for it to cook to your liking.



Looking forward to Free Time this Summer!

I’m having difficulty finding time to blog along with all the other things we homeschooling mommies have to do! Homekeeping along with Homeschooling is quite the balancing act!

 I’m really excited about finishing up our school year in about a month or so (Jordan and Jesse have finished some subjects already) and having a bit more free time to tackle all my house projects on the back burner as well as return to blogging.  With the HSB upgrade right around the corner,  I’m thinking our wonderful community here will be a buzz and it sure will be fun linking up with many new like minded moms.  =)

A First Corinthians Christmas

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child. Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband. Love is kind, though harried and tired. Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way. Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

Richly Blessed

We are celebrating this Thanksgiving with grateful hearts for God’s gift of salvation,  matchless grace, and provision to us way beyond our needs.

Thanking our Lord

Truly,  we are richly blessed.

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