Isaiah 40:31 King James Version (KJV)
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Wake up Elizabeth...........

My dad used to say that when I was little. 
And now my Father God says it quite loudly. I guess even in the sun setting years of my life I'm not listening as well as I should!

If you knew anything about this blog, I'm glad you are still here, or found us. 
This blog was started for 4 of my teens who are now 15,16 in a few weeks, nearly 17 (july) and 18. They have moved on. And two want anonymity from their birth family. I respect that.

It was sad to close my Whatcha Makin Blog. But I wasn't able to connect with people well with it. I only blog for me anyhow, so no big deal. But it wasn't worth going into depth about what I was craftin/makin just in case I had a reader. 
Also the 2 teens who wanted anonymity wouldn't pose for their makes made by me for them, any more! ;o) I have to sew a lot for growing teens! Usually while wishing I was sewing for me and my creativity instead! 
But I gladly focus on them before they leap out of the nest!

I closed down my The Road "Down" Home blog because we became to busy to focus on the boys as a unit in a blog. They are so integrated into the family, life has quit being about precious boys adopted from Bulgaria/Sotos Syndrome/and our adult son with Down Syndrome; and changed to teenagers and one adult son who happen to have Down Syndrome, plus our beautiful 11 year old daughter with Sotos. 
Now life just happens! No order,
and with attacks from troubled adult children we raised, its never an easy road. That is why I changed my bible verse under the photo at the top of this blog! 

Isaiah 40:31 King James Version (KJV)

31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

God makes ALL things for His Good. We have Uncontainable JOY! 

So if you've read this far- Thank You! Bless your heart! Now your reward- pictures and less drivel from me! LOL!! (((HUG)))
I think this coffee mug was made for me. "A Cup of Courage"

 Inside it says- "She believed she could- So she did" 
THAT is the story of my teensy life! (If you click on the photos they enlarge) 

 LOVE-LOVE-LOVE all my at home girls!(and grown girls too!) Oldest above is Faith now 18, and youngest daughter Mercy age 11 watching the Cinderella movie that has Brandi and Whitney Houston in it. Its her favorite! They are in their brother's room.

 Jacob just turned 14. 
YES!!  I may be biased but he IS a very handsome young man!

 Sphynx cats are like potato chips. We now have 3. Above is Pippi, she is also a Dwelf/Bambino Sphynx. She is the baby- not yet one year old. Pippi is on Kitty's bed. (my 16 yr old granddaughter I've raised since birth) No Kitty is not a cat! :o)

 In the upstairs hallway the girls meet to argue it out. Yes they argue a lot....sigh! They totally ignore my 2 British Labs!

 Isaiah my surprise baby is now 15. He's trying on Faith's  homeschool Lab coat! Don't mind his hair it was just washed/wet. Lab coats are awarded to exemplary students. 

 Faith wants to be Count Arthur Strong when she grows up- kidding! But this is a re-enactment of Count Arthur in his "rocker" days!
We do love our Count Arthur! LOL!

 Somebody (Mercy) very beautiful needs a hair cut! :o) I cut it a week ago, this is a photo from before, she hasn't allowed an after shot yet!

 Kitty trying new hair styles. Kitty and Faith practice hair styles daily, while I try not having to comb my hair if I can avoid it- LOL!
That's my working at home perk- messy hair!  :o)

 Moses is the man!! He is 14 now along with Jacob. I know, we can't help it! My boys ARE really adorable. :o) 
What can I say! I'm blessed, my cup runneth over!

These were my shoes. 
Yup, I bought them for me. I just couldn't pass them up. 
Sadly I'm legally blind with a neuro-degenerative disease that makes feeling the ground/floor impossible, and legally blind vision means I can't see the ground/floor. So Kitty wears them for me! And I still get to enjoy seeing them. 
I don't enjoy that Kitty is 6" taller than me wearing them! LOL!! She's already 3" taller without these!

Thank You for stopping by! 
(Honestly I hope to post more often)
(((HUGS))) God Bless!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Years go by like months!

 In October 1999 we bought an old house, with and old garage, piles of trash (washing machines, car parts, snowmobile parts, you name it) on 19.25 acres of land. 
The first 5 years we cleaned it up, tore every building down and added our old trailer from the lake. The building and trailer were vandalized. The building was repairable, the trailer was not.

 Back then we had a 12 passenger van. It was our 2nd 12 passenger van. Later after Isaiah was born we bought our first 15 passenger van and now we own our 2nd 15 passenger van. By the time this van above calls it quits, we'll be back to a 12 passenger van. 

 After cleaning the land we built our super garage. :o) 

 The pines were big then. But we had no idea, how big they'd be now!

This side is now our Lodge. It took another 20 years before we built it.

 It sat here sad and lonely waiting. The weather wasn't kind to it. The vandals couldn't destroy it.

We brought a few things here. We visited a few times a summer, mostly to mow.
 And now it is complete. It is more than we ever hoped for. It is a gift from God! Next October we'll have owned the land 30 years!
Praise God! Our 4 teens at home will inherit it. Lord Willing.

Monday, August 6, 2018

A New Beginning

My 4 almost grown teens (14,15,16,17) and their big brother, my son now a man, Samson.(23). 
We were in the Woods in June and July, and now August. 
Oh the JOY these 5 bring!

My precious girl Sassy died July 19th. She was only 5. 
We had seen that a good sized bird had died and fell into the dog potty pen. 
Tom had seen the bird the night before just sitting, looking at him. That is very unusual here. We thought the bird could have had West Nile. Now I wish we'd given the bird to the DNR to be tested. We buried it because we have a lot of owls and predator birds who can get it from eating infected birds. 
We don't know what happened to Sassy. If it was West Nile or a tick bite? (we use tick repellant but have still had trouble with ticks) It re-plays over and over in my head. I've owned a lot of dogs, but never experienced a dog acting fine, and then misbehaving, but not complaining at all? 
By the time I realized she was not right, it was too late. We hugged her as she lay, told her we'd see her soon, and cried out to God to take her quickly. 
Our vet had not had any openings the morning we called, but even if we'd taken her to the vet, it was not going to help. It had affected her brain. In the woods she was acting like she wanted to go home, whining when Tom left. 
When we finally went home the 2 hour ride home was un-eventful. But once home she became agitated very fast. She died in less than 24 hours.
She was very special. She's buried in the woods by my arched gate
memorial. A memorial I put up in the woods for my daughters. Two of my daughters are buried 8 miles down the road.
So now the title of my post. A new beginning.

My 2 very sweet Granddaughter/daughters have decided they do not want to have photographs on the blog anymore. They now feel violated that family who grew up here, see them here, but have nothing to do with their lives. They want their privacy.
I respect their wishes.

I will still blog here about my incredible son Isaiah. 
But not my sweet Faithy. Because she too wants her privacy. For similar reasons. I bought her a Kindle last Bday and now she has little time for any other social media, until she can purchase her own phone! She wants to concentrate on school. She's unbelievably bright!

I'll mostly now write about the JOY that God puts in one small insignificant old woman's life. We serve such a Good God don't we!
We sang this song below this morning at church this morning. It touched my heart so!
Samson said prayer after Church like he always does with Isaiah. Samson was saying to God and Jesus how much he LOVED them and how they are in his heart. He must have said heart at least 10 times, because he really understands now. Tears started falling from my eyes from JOY as he prayed! Praise God!

850. God of Grace and God of Glory

1 God of grace and God of glory,
On Your people pour Your pow'r;
Crown Your ancient Church’s story;
Bring its bud to glorious flow'r.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the facing of this hour,
For the facing of this hour.
2 Lo! the hosts of evil round us
Scorn the Christ, assail His ways!
From the fears that long have bound us
Free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the living of these days,
For the living of these days.
3 Cure Your children’s warring madness;
Bend our pride to Your control;
Shame our wanton, selfish gladness,
Rich in things and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Lest we miss Your kingdom’s goal,
Lest we miss Your kingdom’s goal.
4 Save us from weak resignation
To the evils we deplore;
Let the gift of Your salvation
Be our glory evermore.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Serving You whom we adore,
Serving You whom we adore.
written by H.E. Fosdick

 Our preacher Eddie Parish fills our hearts with the JOY of his sermons online at Brown Trail COC.

I hope your Sunday was as blessed as ours!!!
Thank You for visiting! (((HUG)))

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Is it really February? My teens have grown very big now

Kitty wearing the new skirt I made her with some clothes from her dresser. The girls love re-creating their wardrobe, old with new. :o)
Kitty takes her photos with the Tripod if Isaiah isn't around.

 Lysa wanted a haircut.
Faith wants to be a Beautician.
All 3 of my Teen girls really LOVE each other. They get along so well. They are very best friends. And very close. Lysa said Faith could cut her hair.
These pictures were taken after Faith's first try.

 You can probably tell Faith is very animated! Full of energy and we think she's way too much fun! Lysa is like me..................excitement? Meh. But we try for Faith's sake! :o)

 I gave Faith my Grandma's scissors from when she was a Beautician in the late 1920s.
I didn't check to see how sharp they were. I didn't think to see how they worked. I gave them to her months before.

 Faith used them on Lysa. They were very dull! And Faith had no idea how they should be! :o)

 It wasn't until after the first try that I realized..........oops! They were so dull I was surprised she cut this well!

                                                       Lysa was fine about it.

Just as well, Faith was thrilled to start her career early! This is how we learn!
No worries. I loaned her one of my super sharp professional scissors for her next try.
We had Grandma's scissors sharpened (Dad took them somewhere) Sadly they came back still cutting badly. :o(

 We threw my sweet Zay in here. He keeps himself busy as the girls and I were running around with scissors!
The girls adore Isaiah and he adores them. They are such good Teenagers. Teens are actually my favorite stage for children. But it flies by way too quickly. Adult "children" frustrate me to no end.

 Hair cut number two! Very impressive with a better scissors.

 It has since grown out very long in the front since November. I'll be trimming it up next. Just because Lysa wants the front shaped differently, not because she doesn't want Faith to do it.

 This winter has been unbelievably COLD!! Day after day below zero temps. As low as -20 in the night. We don't buy Christmas gifts. But we enjoy seeing the variety of items advertised for gifts during the Season. We saw these fleece one piece jammies on sale and knew we needed them for the cold!
They wear them over their clothes instead of a robe.

                                         Sister and best friends for life!

Yes, they take their own photos! LOL! I never know what I'm getting when we download them! (much to their delight!)

Miss Mercy had to try on Lysa's. She was dragging it around the upstairs, sneaking it from Lysa!

Friday, November 10, 2017

The 4 teens October fun!

The teens help me so much. It's joy to see them have fun when they aren't also working hard on their studies. 
Our Princess Kitty above :o)

I hate having my picture taken. I contributed to a sewing blog, they  requested a photo. Kitty helped me not feel so awkward getting my picture taken! :o)

The Fall pumpkins took over the house! They were frightening!

                      There were even "killer" pumpkins! ;o)

                               And one on the loose outside!!

Isaiah hates wearing a pumpkin costume. But he obliged his sisters.

 Lysa hates the pumpkin costumes too. Here she's making fun. She's so darn cute! :o)

 Here she's bored, while two decide to wear their costume in a new way! LOL!

 Kitty made a cute pipe cleaner craft of woodsie creatures for us! The background was pre-cut, but she had to make the animals.

                                                   another deer?

                       The artist herself dressed as Bat girl.

                   Lysa says she's a scare crow with a lamb?
 Even Violet (aka Catty) dressed up!
Isaiah handed out candy as an Air Force pilot. His dream one day :o)
We've been so busy since we got home October 1rst.
This is how the woods looked the last week of October-
No going back to the woods till next year.  The little "lines" to the right of the trees is my clothes line!
Tonight it's getting down to 2 degrees. So cold for this time of year.
We are so blessed! We are warm and happy and filled with God's LOVE! Praise be to God!