Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Final Thought For 2009

"There is freedom in submission and
Bondage in rebellion"
Lisa Bevere

Last night I happily went to wednesday night service. I sat among the other handful of church members who come out during the week (and the very cold temperatures) to get a quick spiritual refill and bask in Gods word.
For the last couple of months we have been listening to a great dvd series by John Bevere called "Under Cover." I have done one of his studies before. 6 years ago, my home church studied "The Bait Of Satan." It was amazing and I often referenced back to the workbook years later.
Under cover is about being under the spiritual protection of proper authority. What the bible says about how we are to act towards authority and what the biblical pyramid of authority really was.
Last night he began speaking about the authority in the home. My ears perked up. I am a firm believer of the Man being the head and women falling under him!
He started listing bible verses and my hands went flipping. Those familiar, underlined verses were read again and I gladly listened.
He also explained the parental role and how children stop "obeying their parents" immediately after marriage. Once vows are said, a new line of authority takes place. Wives submit to their new husband (not the parents) the husband is the head of the home and he does not submit to his parents any longer, only to God! The parents role now move from obedience to just honoring. As stated in Genesis 2:24. I had never heard that verse explained in that way before. But it goes right alongside my 2 favorite books "Passionate Housewives Desperate for God." and "Created to Be His Help-Meet."
On the ride home, the children chattered and sang and I chatted GapBoys ear off. The message was amazing.
In our home, "roles" are clearly defined. Not because one is weaker or not as smart than the other, but because that is the way God ordained it. Because God ordained it, it WORKS!!! GapBoy and I have fallen into these rolls very early in our marriage and because of this we have had many many years of peace. Our marriage is not perfect, but love abounds, peace reigns and order is always established.
As I get older and I study the design God had for marriage, I can embrace and love the protection I am under from my husband. I find it wonderful and would never ever want to step out from under it. Im happy right where I am. Its the perfect umbrella to be under because he is protected by the Lord!
I don't want the responsibilities he has on his shoulders.
As I raise my daughters, I hope and pray that they see the example I am setting in my home. I pray they don't fall into any feminist mindsets and empty traps. Little do they know, the thinking of that false philosophy will lead to empty hearts, empty souls and an empty bed. I have never seen a happy fulfilling marriage come out of such horrible thinking.
I want to teach them that loving their husbands is the best thing they can do. I want then to love the safety they fall under and embrace the umbrella that will surround them.
As 2009 comes to a close, I reflect back on all that I have learned, how my own marriage has changed dramatically simply because I embrace the God given roles of biblical marriage. I wish I could give these 2 books to every wife out there. I wish I could sit them down for coffee and share with them the joy I have inside and why I have it. This is my passion. Instead, I will write and pray that women will read these words and take interest.
This coming New Year we will welcome our first ever teenager. Emma turns 13!!! My prayers for her will strengthen. I will begin to pray for her future, her husband and her home. I will ward off any empty thinking and pray she grows in the Lord.
Im excited for what the New Year will bring. Im excited to learn more,but more importantly, Im excited to continue to embrace my role as help-meet to my GapBoy!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Plan Plan Plan...

Thats exactly what I have been doing all day today. In true GapGirl style, I have 10 projects going at once.
I cannot believe that we have only 2 nights left of this first millennium decade...where did the last 10 years go??? Can anyone tell me cause I certainly don't remember. It seems like just yesterday I was watching the ball drop in our "new" rental home in NY. Emma and Hannah were fast asleep in the toddler bed and crib (yikes they were small) and I was about 2 pant size smaller. I counted the seconds and hid behind Jason just in case the world exploded due to Y2K. Remember that?
Fast-forward 10 years, Im a bit <> um filled out, Im in a different state and have 3 more kids calling me mom! WOW! Now I truly understand "in the blink of an eye..."
Im excited about NYE this year. Its been a good year and I have so much faith that this year will be the same... no matter what happens, God will be with us. I have a big box of NYE decorations, hats, blowers, streamers, tiaras and a bunch of sparklers. The sparkling white grape juice is chilling and I have 2 tweens who think that thursday night will be the biggest party in the world!
We have a party to attend early in the evening and hope to make it home a bit before the ball drops, tuck the littles under their covers and celebrate.
My neighbors will have to forgive me if we get a little loud, if my kids scream with their friends in the street and run across their lawn. Its New Years.... and what better way to spend it than with smiles on our faces!
What are your plans?

Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy 2nd Birthday To My Little Red House...

Today marks the 2nd anniversary of us living in our Little Red House. I can't believe it has been two years since we were handed the keys to our dream and amazing blessing. As I reflect back, I realized that already our home has a story. If my walls could talk, they would provide endless stories of laughter, visitors and meal times shared. My Little Red House might slowly be moving away from the "new home" status, but to us, its just the beginning of many family adventures. We look forward to welcoming 2010 in our "New" home. We look forward to everything God has in store for us this coming year. All the celebrations, all the visitors, all the laughter and even the tears. We know at the end of the day, our home will be here for us to walk into, be safe and to love

Read about our 1st year in our Little Red House HERE

How Were Your Holidays?

Our CHristmas Eve grab bag gift exchange
Reading about the Birth Of Jesus before bed
Ahhh, The gifts are out and ready. Shhhh
The mayhem is over, now they settle in to play with their favorites...
We end the night around a warm fire with the ...FIRE PIT I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS. AHHHHHH so exciting. I look forward to many many family nights gathered around this fire ring!

Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Friends...

Nothing says Christmas better than an afternoon shared with like minded friends. Today I linked up with Jen from LETTERS FROM LA-LA LAND along with some other homeschooling church families for some casual, no-pressure Christmas fun. Jen's house had a spread even Martha Stewart would be jealous of. Every Christmas cookie one could imagine, Hot cocoa, Chocolate coffee, candies, wraps, home-made cheese and chicken spread and TONS of holiday cheer. I tried not to make an utter pig out of myself but failed. Thats ok though. When your surrounded by friends (and delicious food) its all good!
We were blessed by the southern sun and enjoyed the kids running around outside. As I was driving home and reflecting on the day, I was thankful to have that bit of an oasis in the middle of the holiday rush week. I enjoyed seeing her home that she worked so hard on and feeling the love that abided their. (not to mention those delicious turkey wraps that kept appearing on my plate;)
The heart of her home, the kitchen, smelled like candyland! The kids piled in and snuck cookies and treats when they thought we weren't looking. Where were the Moms you ask??
Pretending not to notice a thing as we fully enjoyed adult conversation!
Now its back to the Christmas grindstone. Im way behind on wrapping and the next couple of days will consist of baking and prepping for our 2 day feast! By Christmas night we will all be exhausted. It will take days to have order back in the house again... but I will look back on our Christmas afternoon with friends and smile.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Today's To-Do's...

We are back to our 7th heaven. All of our house guests have packed their bags and are now safe at home with the ones they hold dear. After church (and my Sunday nap) I started putting my house back together and re-adjusting to our small family of 7.
Are you ready for this week??? 5 days till CHRISTmas! The excitement has reached a whole other level in our home. School has been officially flung out the window along with everyones attention span.
I have forgotten all that needs to be done, so out comes my cute clipboard and let the lists begin. Order needs to take place in my head before I can set the stage for my home.

So, today with prayer and love I hope to get some of this accomplished. Being Monday, this will be a mix of the holiday week list and daily list. But after a jam-packed December filled with visitors and vacations, I vow to keep the reason for this season on the forefront of this week.I rebuke busyness and stress. I pray to have peace reign in my home and use every opportunity I can to reflect on a great year and teach my children the true meaning of Christmas. With careful planning and lots of prayer, I hope it can be accomplished.

1) Put all Laundry away

2) Clean Master bedroom/Bathroom

3) Re-organize Master bath linen closet =)

4) Work on reading with Molly

5) Begin to construct Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day feast menu!

6)Make final Christmas shopping list

7) Review New Years Eve Party invitation ( and think of outfit;)

8) Go to craft store for more Christmas lights

9) Wrap Wrap Wrap

10)Finish Christmas cards

Is it wrong that my to-do list consists on making long lists?? Yikes.

What is on your agenda for this Christmas week?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wanna Know Something?

We are supposed to be getting tons of snow today but instead, just sleet has fallen. I ran out with the 3 littles and joined the rest of the world in a hustle and bustle race for Christmas shopping. Thankfully, Im back home. Im warm and cozy. Cookies are in the oven. Today will be the day I bake most of my holiday treats. My guests leave my Little Red House tomorrow. I want to send them off with something warm to remember their stay in our home. The kids and I were chatting and decided that our guests will be greatly missed. After a week and a half, we never got tired of talking,laughing or sharing our life with them.
Christmas is in one week. In 8 days, the craziness will be over. As Im in my kitchen mixing and shaping cookies, my New Years resolutions have been weighing on my heart. Im not a big resolution kinda gal, but for some reason, this new year approaching, I feel the need for fresh beginnings. Have you ever felt like that? I have been reflecting on who I am, Who I have become and who I want to be. Sounds heavy huh? Well, not all of it is heavy some of it is rather funny. Before I commit to climb Mt. Everest, write an award winning novel or build a skyscraper, I think I will use the last weeks of 2009 to gather my thoughts, pray and seek God for a great 2010. I know great things are in store for our family, our home and our life... starting from the depths of our cluttered closet, to the depths of our soul. Don't fret my friends, You will all be along for the ride... after all, I need accountability to keep going!
But I just thought I would give you a sneak peak of whats to come. What resolutions are you making for 2010?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Where In The World Was GapGirl?? Pt 3...

The highlight of our vacation were the pools. The heated, relaxing pools. For GapBoy and I, the highlight was the secluded hot tub. We sat and relaxed and floated away... until the cries of Miss Muffet were heard over the trees and quickly jogged us back into reality.
Our Hotel had 5 different heated pools and even though the weather was not super warm, we enjoyed them to the fullest!
So did many others that were vacationing their as well.
So, to all you parents out there that shared those moments by the pool with me:

Thank you for watching your children so carefully as they knocked my kids over
Thank you for telling your kids to STOP spraying me in the face with the shooting cannon.
Thank you for telling them it was not polite to laugh when I was choking on the water they sprayed in my face with the shooting cannon.
Thank you for not hogging up the one area where wee little kids felt safe.
Thank you for carefully monitoring your alcoholic intake so that you didn't look like a darn-right fool in the pool.
Thank you for not staring, gawking, counting and pointing.

And most of all, Thank you for understanding the need for me to want to knock your kids over...

Happy Vacation


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Where In The World Was GapGirl?? Pt 2

Our Bedroom balcony view
The bridge over the lake connecting the two sections
Our favorite spot on the bridge
Getting ready to go out for a divine steak dinner our last night on vacation =(

The best part of vacation is the change in your day. For me, this is an amazing feat. I hate change. But for some reason, when on vacation, I have no problem with the "go with the flow" way. I welcome the relaxing undertone. I say undertone because with kids, you can only relax to a point.
Our hotel was the Marriott Grand Vista. It was amazing! Amazing isn't even the word. Its secluded, away from the main strip, hidden by lush tropical evergreens and has a gated entry. We were blessed to get rooms next to our family. In our eyes... we owned the floor!
Our off days consisted of eating and awaiting our next meal. We walked the lush grounds and chased lizards. We fed the fish and turtles in the lake and never took one moment for granted.

Where In The World Was GapGirl?? Pt 1

In the happiest place on Earth of coarse! Last week we packed up our big black van and headed south to Orlando for a week of fun, indulgence and good ol fashioned family time. We surprised the kids and boy were they thrilled!!!
There is nothing like the Magic Kingdom at Christmas to really make the season bright!
The ride down was a bit different. Here is a quick synapse :
3:35 A.M- We pull away from our little Red House for the 8+ hour car ride...
4:00 A.M- Molly asks if we are there yet...
4:05 A.M- she asks again with a little less patience...
4:15 A.M- Daddy threatens to turn around if they don't stop asking...
5:30 A.M- Abigail wakes up screaming that she wants to go home...
7:30 A.M- Molly insists we are driving way too long ( we all agree)
and so on and so forth...
By noon we were all bonkers. Road rage was in full force, kids were on a permanent quiet time and if we had to hear one more kiddie movie my brain would of went permanently stupid! I silently prayed for our safety as GapBoy vowed to shove our van in certain Florida drivers rears... you get the picture don't you? Well if you don't then you obviously have not road tripped with 5 children... one of which suffers from a "mild" case of anxiety/ocd... ( can you guess which one?)
But thru it all God is Good. Just when we were all about to leap out of the moving vehicle, our beautiful resort appeared before our eyes. We checked in, kissed and hugged all of our family who awaited us and let the kids run and run. "be free..." we yelled and then went on our merry way.
Our suite was a 900 sq. ft. 2 bedroom villa and we made use of every square inch.
After a couple hours our road trip adventures were forgotten and we were ready to begin our vacation.... with the kids we loved =)!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Our Fairy Tale...

Their once was a Pretty Princess and a Handsome boy...
They were best friends....
One day he surprised the Pretty Princess with a beautiful ring...
She was so happy. They lived happily ever after.... for 5 minutes. Until they viciously fought over toys.

The End!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Back From The Chapel...

Sweet. That is the word that comes to mind when I think about the evening I shared with my Gapboy. Simply Sweet.
Today was a stressful day. We have out of town guests staying with us and had a lot to accomplish before attending a wedding for a church family. I needed to have dinner ready for my guests turned babysitters for the evening, clean my home, get all clothes ready for church the next day and figure out what outfit I could squeeze my post-vacation/holiday body into. I quickly remembered my "date" rule... You know the one Im talking about don't you? Well, if you forgot, I will refresh your memory....
Rule #1... when on a date with your hubby a new outfit is ALWAYS required. Now, the clause for this rule is as follows...:
*** When said Hubby starts turning blue from the accumulation of date outfits, always remind him that your reasoning for this so called "silly" rule is simple. Its not for yourself... no sir! It is strictly for HIM!!! To keep things new and fresh and exciting, just as you did before you were married. ( I will explain my new outfit rule for dating couples another time ;)
Anyway, off to the store I went and settled for a cute outfit and even splurged on a bunch of accessories to match. We were ready!... and LATE!! As I was running in heels thru the soggy parking lot, my mind began reflecting on the last wedding I attended. You can read about that HERE!!!
The church was breathtaking. Christmas weddings have a certain magic about them that is hard to capture all thru the rest of the year. The church was lit by candlelight and draped in poinsettias and toole.
As the music started, so did the tears. I glanced over at my handsome hubby and remembered our own wedding day. It was a beautiful moment... until he saw my tears and just rolled his eyes...sigh....
Something about the white dress and the look on the couples faces that just touch my heart in a way nothing else can.
We quickly headed over to the reception and had a grand ol southern time. We have not been to church in a while due to travel and company, so seeing everyones faces was a breath of fresh air. It was good to be home and good to be with people who we loved.
We caught up with local football team news, genders of babies to come and Christmas plans. Before long it was time to go home. We said our goodbyes and climbed into our big black van. I was so happy to pull up to our Little Red House. My Christmas Tree was lit, I smelled fresh coffee being brewed before the door was opened and familiar voices echoed in our foyer. I was home!
Before I could even remove my shoes and take off my coat, 2 very excited girls came barreling down the stairs waiting for every single detail.
The next five minutes were spent retelling every detail of the night. I loved seeing their big eyes get wider and wider with joy, they love wedding.
Right now Im sure the reception is still going. The new Man and Wife will be leaving for The Bahamas very early in the morning. Their life together is just beginning. Their future is unwritten. A new chapter ready to start. Tonight I end another page in my book. My novel is 13 chapters and still going. My book is filled with many ups and downs. Every page jammed with things I could never even dream of. No matter which way they turned, Im thankful for them all. Its what made us who we are today and why I can look back and say that I love my Gapboy more today than I did on our special night that we said "I do." I didn't think that could be possible. 13 years ago I would have argued something different but life teaches you otherwise.
Tonight, as I sit in my comfy jammies, with my pink girly mug filled with coffee (I will regret this later!) I am Thankful for where I am and I am Thankful for all the blessings the Lord has given me these past 13 years.
As I crawl into my comfy flannel bed, worn from years of sound slumber, I will say a prayer for Adam and Haley. Little do they know, the best is yet to come...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Not Forgotten

~To my beloved readers...

IM HOME!!! Im recovering from an amazing week long vacation. Pictures are being downloaded and blogs are dancing in my head. Stay tuned.
Thanks for being patient


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rainy Days

Today my little Red House just might float away. Over 3 inches of rain will be falling over a 24 hour period in my neck of the woods. We are trapped inside with the glow of our newly decorated Christmas Tree to keep us comfy and warm.
My kids are dancing to jingle bells (for the millionth time) and my older girls are busy working on their studies. Hot chocolate is close at hand for sugary sips in between geography correction and spelling definitions.
As Emma said just minutes ago... it definitely feels like Christmas now.
Tonight I might convince my hubby for some new clothes and since he is such a sweet, generous, giving man... Im SURE he will agree (right hun?xoxo) nothing cures being trapped indoors on a rainy day then the smell of new clothes. My closet is lonely.... now that I think of it, so is my shoe rack...
Time to start cooking GapBoys favorite dinner ;)
My camera never turned up and all my precious memories of Thanksgiving 2009 are lost for good. I hi-jacked Emmas camera (much to her dismay) but promised she could have it when needed...just until we replace ours.
On another note... I LOST 5 lbs!! I was thrilled until my hypochondriac self took over and began rattling off scary medical reasons as to why the weight just suddenly fell. I was miraculously cured this week when I stepped on the scale and all 5 lbs are back =p. Oh well, Gotta love the holidays. I will work hard again to lose those precious pounds... until Christmas of coarse!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

O Christmas Tree

Christmas is in full swing in my home. The tree is up, decorated and beaming with over 1500 sparkling white lights! My house is a mess and my kids are sticky...but will go to bed with happy hearts.
Forgive the quality of my pictures. Im relying on my cell phone for proper documentation. My camera is lost.Gone... forever sniff sniff. Thats ok. I have come to peace with it (sort of) and will now look forward to shopping for a new one.
My living room is re-arranged and Im surprisingly happy with the results. A trip to Kirklands will happen shortly to celebrate the ease of change. I HATE change and don't handle it well... so this comes as a huge surprise. Which MUST be celebrated in every way possible.;)
I have grown a love for ROSS. While my cousins were down visiting, I went on a very rare shopping trip with them. ( shopping isn't rare... bringing other women is) Dawn insisted and since I was the host, I agreed. Deep down I dreaded it. For some reason I never liked ROSS. Perhaps it was the big security guard who stood at the door the first (and last) time I went in. I have a weird rule with security guards... if they need one then things must be bad. So I stay away!! But I was wrong and quickly found my hands filled with goods and treasures that I bought. I can't wait to go back to browse the aisles and fill my closet with more goodies!
I will be on a small blog hiatus come the end of the week. For certain reasons that remain private, but I will return VERY quickly with great news, pictures and more wonderful stories to tell.
Until then, Drink, eat and be MERRY!!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Oh Boy...

I have so much to do. The last of the Thanksgiving company just drove down the block. They embarked on their 10 hour journey home.
As much as I want to sit here and just veg... a much needed veg, I can't. There is so much to do...
clean the house
wash all the bedding
dishes, dishes and more dishes
homeschool the kids which include:
Hannahs spelling
Math review
Math lesson for Emma
reading lesson for Molly
read about Abraham Lincoln
Civil War lesson
feed the kids
Take down all Thanksgiving decorations
Pull out tree
Pull down all Christmas decor
re-arrange the Living Room for decorating fiasco...
and then start prepping and packing for a vacation that is coming all too soon...

I need more coffee.....

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Moment Of Silence...

Today I lost my camera filled with over 100 pictures of our huge Thanksgiving vacation with my cousins and their families.... left Downtown somewhere...

I have nothing to say.

I NEED my camera back


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Our Menu

What will be on our table this Thanksgiving:

Stuffed Mushrooms
18 lb Turkey
5 lbs stuffing
10 lbs Potatoes
Green bean casserole
cranberry sauce


Apple Pie
Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pecan coffee cake
Apple pie
2 chocolate pudding pies

What's on your table?

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Patriot

Something To Chew On...

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

[Ronald Reagan]

He's NO King Xerxes...

I have been finding out that my bad school girl habits have somehow lingered and found me in my adult years. Back in my college days, I spent my classes half listening, waiting for the last minute to do my work (except for my art classes) and then spending one night cramming a semesters worth of learning during an all nighter.
Fastforward time about (gulp) 13 years and here I am, in a great bible Study in my church, behind on my work. Last night, after a very compelling dvd lesson in my sunday school class, I decided it was time to play catch up! I sat on the couch with book and bible in hand and dug in. The information was amazing, and I realized I was the one who was gypping myself for letting this study slip thru my fingers.
I studied The Book of Esther and the contest for queen. My thoughts came to the show The Bachelor and how similar it was!
Hundreds of girls competing for one man, sharing one man and being nothing more than a pretty face.
Once she was chosen Queen, she went months without being in the Kings presence. How horrible.
We ended our lesson yesterday chatting about how empty their relationship was. She had to be called to him and often went months without seeing him... knowing full well, he was with other women.
It made me so thankful for the relationships of today. For MY relationship. For my Gapboy who loves me and actually wants to spend his days with me. I can go to him whenever I want. I don't need an invitation.
Many years ago, I received an Emilie Barnes book called "more hours in my day..." as a Christmas gift. At first, I tossed it aside. I hate organization and cleaning books. But this one caught my attention. I picked it up and read it straight thru in 3 days. It was amazing. Emilie touched my heart in many of her stories.
In one chapter, she talks about how to welcome husbands home. She recommends dropping everything and giving him a welcome home hug, kiss and cheers from the kids... every day! Most women would scoff at this advice. But not me! As Emilie said, He comes home to YOU every day after working hard. He doesn't have to. There are many other places he can go and other women who would be happy to welcome him into their arms, but he chooses YOU! So welcome him and show him you love him.
That is something I have been doing since my Emma was little. When hubby pulls down the block, cheers erupt in our home. The pitter patter of little feet echo thru our foyer and our front yard is flooded with kids of all ages. Daddy waves and smiles and the babies pound on his work truck until the door opens. The whole house breathes a relaxing sigh... Daddy is home!
Yesterday, I spent my day reflecting on the fact that my husband was NO King Xerxes. I thank God, I am no Queen.
I am simply me, with my Gapboy and together we are Thankful for each other.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Week-end What Nots....

Next week is Thanksgiving!!! My Little Red House has been just buzzing with activity. Not only are we getting ready for our favorite holiday but we will be welcoming company that will be arriving sometime wednesday! The great news was just found out 2 days ago and there is so much to do, cleaning the dusty corners and washing all the bed linens. Next week will be busy busy busy! But as all you know, Im happiest when my Little Red House is busting at the seams.
I have also had a lot of time to reflect on this past year. It seems that as each year passes, the time speeds up just a bit more. We will end the year healthy, happy and with a job! Always a great thing. Not all goals were met, no all expectations were fulfilled and we even had a surprise or two along the way.
This weekend, as we prepare our home for the Holiday, I will give Thanks. I have so much to be Thankful for. I will pray that I will not let the Martha in me take over and pray that the Mary stays at the forefront. This coming week as I prepare our huge Turkey, I will give Thanks for the food that we are so blessed to have... and never take one bite for granted.
There is a lot to do this weekend, but most importantly, I will give Thanks!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Yesterday we packed up our big black van and headed far away to yesteryear. We visited an awesome southern plantation with some other homeschool friends. Before embarking on our journey we turned to the internet to supply all of our history needs.
Walnut Grove Plantation was the home of Charles and Mary Moore c.1765. They owned over 3000 acres and was a complete self sufficient farm. They raised their 10 children on the land and are buried on the property in the family cemetery.
What caught my interest the most was their eldest daughter Kate. At 15 years old she married a patriot soldier and lived very close to her childhood home. She worked as a spy! She was a heroine of the American Revolution. One famous story includes her tying her infant to the bed while she ran off into the night to warn her husband and his troops that the british were coming... saving them.
As we toured the upstairs of her childhood bedroom, we learned how the upstairs beds housed more patriot soldiers until a small battle took place right on the property. Bloody Bill Cunningham and his Tories came, hunted and killed those soldiers down. They were buried where they fell which later became the cemetery. It was Kate, who rode fearlessly, to warn the soldiers that the tories were coming. Greatly outnumbered, they succumbed to defeat.
As I strolled the property with my kids, I was amazed my the peace that surrounded us. It was a perfect fall day. A perfect mix of chill and sun with leaves coming down like snow. We walked the actual wagon trail and strolled thru the family herb garden. The afternoon was humbling. A place so filled with history and American pride, lost between subdivisions and shopping centers.
I chatted with another mom that was there. I was amazed that this family, Irish immigrants, held such fierce loyalty to their new country. If only we, as Americans, held that much pride and passion for freedom... How great our country could be. The South is full of history. Stories that you will never find in school books. Stories that would be lost unless you went and searched them out. Stories Like Kate Barry and her bravery. A love for God and Country is an amazing combination. Back during yesteryear, men and women risked everything they lived for, to protect what our ForeFathers started. Today, sadly, things are quite different.
I've always said, its a good thing our patriotic heros are dead, or they would see that what they dies for was in vain....
Our day in the 1700's was amazing. I think I enjoyed it a bit more than the kids. My camera died right away(thank God for cell phones) and many bathroom trips were needed but the day will go down in our history!!
This is only the beginning of many plantation visits. In the gift shop, we bought a map of every historical site and one by one we will go. We will visit, we will learn and we will remember.

Monday, November 16, 2009


I attempted to make buttermilk biscuits y'all. just like any other good southern mama. You would have been proud... until they came out of the oven...

"Mirror, Mirror on the wall, I am a Yankee after all....=)"


My Little Red Kitchen Pt 2

Ahhh, my kitchen table, which in the above picture is a bit messy. I purposely did not shine and polish my kitchen before my photo shoot. My kitchen is lived in. I try to keep it as clean as can be but it remains far from perfect... so why should the pictures be? We bought this table out of a magazine. It was perfect! Double the size of our former table (now outside in the back-porch) and held a couple of extra chairs for guests! Everything is done at this table!! Homeschooling, meals, planning... some of our most colorful and exciting moments as a family happened right here... with great food in the middle of coarse! Our wipe off board changes almost daily but we try to keep our prayer and praise list updated frequently. As a matter of fact, I will update it tonight as I have many new things to pray about ;)
This is a close -up view of our screen porch I wrote you about in PART 1. Did I mention how much we love it??? On nice days the kids are often found hanging out in the back and running in and out. This room is a wonderful extension to our home. This is another MUST HAVE!! Another feature I would have to have if and when we ever decided to move. If any one of you all are thinking about getting one... don't hesitate. On summer nights, we put the kids to bed and close the sliding door, light up the bbq and indulge in rib-eyes cooked by the best grill master in the state. We put our outdoor party lights on and listen to the crickets and bullfrogs.
To the right of my stove are my dishes. All shapes and sizes, colors and patterns can be found here. This comes from many years of buying and breaking dear dishes. I actually need some more. Sometimes when we have company, this one shelf gets empty!! I kid you not! The one red dish is our special dish. It comes out on special occasions. Its a very coveted item and has a long story behind it. We have been using it for many years and the kids are thrilled when the red plate is served to them!
My pantry! I love my pantry. I would love it even more if it were a walk in pantry as one of my friends have but thats ok, this will do for now! Its stocked to the brim with our pantry items, canned goods, mixes, pasta, cereal... you name it. By the end of a payday... its quite empty until I refill it. I know where everything is and even though it looks a bit organized... its not! The categories in my head make perfect sense and since its my kitchen, thats all that matters!
Last but not least, my utensil draw. I have been meaning to switch this draw with my larger cooking utensil draw so I have more space. I plan on doubling up the holders sideways so every spot has a home instead of the forks overflowing into the spoons and such. That drives me CRAZY! But each fork and knife is needed. Actually more is needed. So off to my favorite supply store I go where they have aisles and aisles of utensils and cookware and plates galore. Bins of serving spoons for .50 a piece. Pure heaven!! Once its done Im sure i'll post a proud picture.
But, thats about it my dear friends. The heart of my home in a nutshell. Where I spend most of my days, where Im the happiest, where I have the best conversations with my kids, where I smile and laugh the most... my kitchen!


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