Sunday, March 08, 2015


I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Hutchinson and back with my Dad and all four kiddos.  We did Regional 4H days and then had Streit Christmas, which was fun, but is never enough time to visit with everyone-especially with four little ones.  Matthew's putting everyone to bed tonight while I tried to hide out in my office for a little snippet of quiet.  Katie already found me, but after she showed me the "letter" she wrote for her teacher complete with a picture of the two of them playing dress up, she happily went back upstairs.  Having an hour in here feels so foreign, I'm not sure what to do!  There's the filing, and all of the baby gifts, and that stack of boxes to go through-so I'm starting here.  I miss all of you!

But I spent all of my time catching up on filing.  :(

Before I close the computer down, I'm taking five more minutes to share a couple of links.  Poor, I know.

***Turn your handwriting into a font for free!  Wouldn't this be fun?

***I'm printing out this prayer from St. Thomas Aquinas.  I think it's lovely.  I want to pick a part to quote here but I can't choose!  I'm going to make myself pick out one little bit.

O Lord my God, make me submissive without protest, poor without discouragement, chaste without regret, patient without complaint, humble without posturing, cheerful without frivolity, mature without gloom, and quick-witted without flippancy.

  I'm thinking for mornings?  So far nothing has been successful for me in that part of the day.

*** I love this list of good art supplies!  I put those trays on my wish list.  There's so much art to do with children, and so little time.  :)  I do want to spend (always) more time creatively and less time tidying-but I feel so crazy when it's messy!  How do I get over that?  It's not even cleaning-the house isn't a bit clean-I just want it to be tidy, and that's madness at this time in my life.

***Oh-this story about the school that sent home a letter because a child was "approached" by a man in a van (gasp!) while walking to school.  So it's 9:00 am and a child is walking alone to school.  Is it not LIKELY that the man driving a van is a nice man-who maybe has enough children of his own that he needs a van-who sees a child walking alone well after the school day has begun and pulls to the curb to ask him if he needs anything?  This society!  We lament the state of it-and bemoan the future of fat, lazy, dependent kids-but we allow them no autonomy, no chance to be outside without our rules, without our control, and we teach them to distrust everyone.  How is that going to help anyone ever?  We teach them all sorts of things about "tolerance" while simultaneously saying "every stranger wants to hurt you".

***And back to something nice.  Once again from Pat Gohn, whose podcast I enjoy but never have time to listen to anymore.  (Once she spoke to a woman with 8 children and a PhD in something, who had a lovely family and was a professor and writing interesting books and I thought "See, you can do it all!  You just have to dive in."  Her very existence encourages me) Anyhoo-I've been thinking about humility lately (a year or so?) and I liked this very much.

To be wanting in confidence in God’s mercy, even after a grave fall, is never a sign of true humility but of insidious pride and diabolical temptation. If Judas had been humble he would have asked pardon and wept for his sins like Peter, instead of despairing. Humility is the virtue which keeps us in our place; and our place in God’s sight is that of children who are weak and miserable, yes, but confident children.

Best go upstairs and survey the damage!  Hope to "see" you again soon with something more fun.  :)   

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Bossy Betsy: Yummiest Pizza Ever

I have so many things I want to talk about!  No time yet.  But here is the tastiest pizza we've ever made at home and it's easy!

Use Your Cast Iron Pan and a Tortilla to Make World Class Bar-Style Pizza in Under 12 Minutes

I found out about it via  A Cup of Jo which is one of my favorite stranger blogs.  She's a mom in New York and she posts about all sorts of things.  

See you soon!  I hope.  Make that pizza.  

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Winter List 2015!

I know you want a post with picture of cute babies, but I don't have time yet.  But my winter list keeps showing up on scraps of paper that I then try to keep track of and it's driving me crazy.  So I'm stealing 5 minutes to get it all in one place.

Fall 2014

1.  Make big batch meatballs to freeze. MJL thought both of these were sketchy ideas, and he's the only reason to cook, so there you go!  Easily knocked off the list.  :)
2.  Make breaded chicken cutlets to freeze.
3.  Kids art binders.
4.  Have a baby!
5.  Get out stuff for baby.
6.  Make Christmas Gift list and organize/make as much as possible.
7.  Halloween Costumes
8.  Put in the Miss Honey stuff in the weekly email book.
9.  Baby announcements!
10.  Thank you gifts to neighbors.
11.  Mending basket
12.  Cut squares for Kathryn's Quilt.  35 sets of 4 5" squares.  Different pinks.
13.  Keep working on Bible Project.  Christmas??  It just said "keep working" which we did.  Not done yet though.  
14.  Go to Manhattan!
15.  Sub Plans for Maternity Leave.
16.  Make Grazie Stocking.
17.  Clean out the toy bucket on the front porch.
18.  Fix the spice drawer.  It was only kind of fixed, and is unfixed again.  

Lots of things undone on the fall list, but #4 is a biggie so I'll try to give myself a break.  :)

Winter 2015

1.  Clean out and organize:

  • Junk Drawer
  • Basket
  • Round Tin
  • CD's
  • Pantry
  • Charging Station
  • Linen Closet
  • ENTIRE BASEMENT More trash for the dumpster and a few more loads to Salvation Army, but mostly done.  
  • Pocket Jar
  • Craft Room
  • MJL Drum Stuff
2.  Put up new towel hooks
3.  Fix Chair Thank you to my Daddy!
4.  Make Mixer Cover
5.  Filing
7.  Make something for Kitchen window sill.
8.  Go back to work
9.  Spring Break Fun Trip
10.  Hall Photos 2014
11.  8x10's 2014
12.  Katie Birthday
13.  Relax, Breathe, Enjoy.

There.  That eliminates 4 slips of paper and helps me a lot with #10.  :)  Happy Winter!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ready Teddy (repost from MJL)

Matthew wrote a bit about Teddy's arrival--to tide you over in case you didn't see this yet.

Ready Teddy

Friday, November 14, 2014

Another Katie Video

More pre-recorded posting...

No school on Halloween, which meant we had time for life as it should be lived.  Katie made Baby a Halloween costume.  Here she is to tell you about it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ingleside 10/28/14

I took these pictures a while ago but haven't had a chance to put together a post.  Here's what life was like last month.  

Katie really wanted to wear this shirt as pants.  

I did the Pinterest thing and got a big drip pan from Amazon to use as a magnet board.  Then I was grouchy about magnets on the floor.   We started with letter magnets, but they were all over the floor and in a frustrated fit I took them all away.  Then they took all the magnets off the fridge and left them on the floor.  The past few weeks have been better, and I think I'll be less grouchy about it (everything) when it's a bit easier to bend over.  :)

Baby diapers are so impossibly tiny!

We got out the baby stuff.  

I took the girls shopping for some dress shoes for Anna and found glitter shoes for both girls on clearance.  I haven't done something spontaneous like that with Anna and Katie for a long time and it made me really happy.  

One night at bath time I kept picking up books around the house that I was in the middle of, and the three of them together made me laugh-Siblings Without Rivalry, Introduction to the Devout Life, and Donna Parker at Cherrydale.  I enjoyed all three!

I'm glad these days are behind us.  This is what time I gave up on waiting for MJL to get home and went to bed one night.  

Surely some day we'll have a baby post, right?  :)