DSC_0004Thanksgiving dinner. We were turkey-ed out from slaughtering our turkeys recently so we decided to have a pork roast for dinner. DSC_0021      I came out from doing the dinner dishes one evening and saw all the kids reading. I love seeing the kids read books. DSC_0012     A beautiful site. A very cold day, but beautiful nonetheless.

DSC_0033Very cold. Minus 6 or so during the night and up to 8 degrees during the day. The wind was so horribly cold. Look at the coldness swirling around on top of the water.

DSC_0041 The two little look a likes getting a ride from Hannah their big sister. Anna is on the left. Mommy can tell who is who.  : )

DSC_0045  My first Malabrigo merino wool yarn. I am going to buy a skein or two a month and make a baby blanket. This is washable. Aren’t the colors so pretty?

DSC_0009Homemade toothpaste. If you are prone to canker sores, don’t buy toothpaste with Sodium Laurel Sulfate. It “causes” canker sores. And most toothpastes contain SLS. Sensodyne Pro Enamel doesn’t have SLS, nor does some of the Toms of Maine. Toms of Maine carries a strawberry toothpaste for kids that is clean.

My recipe for my own toothpaste that the kids love? Coconut oil, dolomite powder (calcium carbonate), baking soda, touch of vanilla and a couple of drops of stevia. Make sure they don’t EAT the toothpaste.  : ) It’s yummy!

4 thoughts on “Winter

  1. Oh my! Keep warm!! :o) How do you heat your house? We have an oil furnace and electric heaters in the addition to the house. Very $$ in this weather! Yesterday the wind her was awful and it was bone chilling!
    The kids are adorable! ((((((HUGS)))))))

    • Hi Elizabeth, it’s so nice to hear from you! I’m glad to hear you are able to warm your house. Yes, it can be a bit pricey! We were blessed with some free wood! We ran out of wood already and didn’t know what to do. I bought some more of those oil filled radiator heaters and they were barely keeping it comfortable. We’d turn on our big electric furnace (which makes the house cold before it makes it warm and burns all of our money away), just to get things warm enough. Matthew was driving to a doctor’s appointment the other day and saw some Hispanic men working with some wood from all the apple trees we have up here. He asked them where he could get some cheap wood and they shared that he could have all of it. They were going to burn it all up in a couple of days. There are probably over 8 cords of wood there! So, he goes out each day to saw it up and load the truck (brings a couple of kids), and we keep our house warm with the fireplace upstairs and downstairs. Then it gets better… the men who offered the free wood, their boss showed up to ask if he wanted more wood. He has tons of it. So, I guess we’ll be paying for gas to get the wood and maybe be able to get enough for this year and next year. This man is so happy to not have to have his men stand around and watch a fire burn all day. He will probably give us wood for free as long as we live here! There’s a lot more to this wood story from a couple of weeks ago so we know that the Lord provided. We are so grateful for it! I’m sorry to hear it’s been so cold over there. But, I wouldn’t expect anything else, where you live. : ) Brrrr….. stay warm! : )

  2. Beautiful landscape. I am originally from upstate New York with all the lake effect snow. It is stunningly beautiful. I miss seeing it but not living in the cold for a good portion of the year. I guess I have gotten spoiled and wimpy living in the south now. I bet the children love it when they can get out in it. I love seeing children read as well. It warms my heart. Love the yarn. It will make a very sweet and special blanket. Praying for you and your family. Blessings!

    • Thank you Susan. I didn’t know you were from New York. My aunt and uncle travel around the states and I just asked my aunt the other day if she had been in New York. I have always seen the most beautiful farm houses for sale there… and the landscape does look beautiful!!! Too bad the home school laws are so strict. Anyways, it is easy to get spoiled by warm weather. I am missing summer already and can’t wait to move to Kansas so we have longer summers. We want a long season to grow food on the farm! Thank you so much for writing me! It is always so nice to hear from you. I hope all is going well with you. : ) Thank you for your prayers.

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