1,000th Post Giveaway Winner!



I’m so excited to announce the winner of my 1,000th post giveaway!  I gave everyone a number based on the order in which they entered and how many entries they earned. I then punched in the numbers on Random.org and got our winner!


Drum roll please…

The winner is…

Elsa T.!

Elsa, please email me with your email address to claim your prize!


Thank you all for entering! Don’t forget, there are more giveaways in your future, so stay tuned. :)



Easter Photos {For My Mom}

These photos are for my mom…and any other friends and family who would like to see them! :D My mom had specifically asked if I would show her the kids’ Easter outfits, so here they are!




I also took a few closeups. I’d prefer to take photos outdoors in natural light, but due to the inclement weather, we kept it indoors.





Laci Matt

To my family: I hope you enjoyed the photos!

To my friends: Thanks for indulging me! :)


Some Easter Fun

I’m always looking for ways to make memories with my children. While we do not host elaborate Easter egg or candy hunts to attract crowds to our church (because, isn’t the Gospel of Christ enough?), we do enjoy spending time as a family. I try to use the Resurrection Eggs with my kids each year, and we’ve made empty tomb cookies, too. Here are some photos of our first Easter memory in Oklahoma.



This activity was for my two little girls. The older two were not interested in dying eggs. Matthew wasn’t either, but they were all invited. :)


The girls were good little dippers.



I just love the bright colors!


Terry and I hid the eggs in our back yard. This is the time of year when a “shaggy” yard is a good thing…easier to hide the eggs!


Laci really got into it!


Oh, why look! Even Mitch wanted to hunt eggs!

so close

Terry hid one on the lowest branch on this tree. Can you see it?


See it yet? Laci doesn’t either! It’s right under her nose, in this picture, anyway.


Lauren found it!


Yep. Lauren wanted in on the fun, too.

Matthew didn’t feel like hunting eggs, even though we tried to show him how fun it was. He didn’t understand this year. Maybe next year.


Everyone had a good time, and we didn’t even have any prizes! ;)

Rejoicing that HE lives!


1,000th Post Giveaway! {Closed}


Thank you for reading my one thousandth post! I know I have a few faithful readers…mostly those with whom I share DNA…who have been here for every one. Thank you so much! I have been blogging for over seven years about my family, my faith, my favorites and my fiascoes. I’d like to take this opportunity to say thanks by giving you a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! I’ll be celebrating later in the year by giving away three of my favorite books and a special gift for homeschooling moms, so please check back often!

To enter, do one or more of the following:

Follow my blog by email or any reader.

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This final step is REQUIRED: please leave me a comment telling me which one(s) of the above you have done, since each item gains you one entry in the contest. You can list them all in one comment or each separately. Be sure to include your name. :)

Contest closes at 10 PM this Sunday, April 20, 2014. Winner will be announced bright and early on Monday, April 21, 2014! 

That’s it!

Thanks for reading any of my 1,000 posts. Blogging isn’t much fun without readers. :)




Wisteria Hysteria

I suppose the title of this post sorta gives it all away: I have purple wisteria growing in my back yard! We are nearing our one year anniversary of living in southwest Oklahoma; one year of seasonal changes, one year of extreme weather experiences, one year of memory making. I don’t know if we had just missed seeing the wisteria bloom when we moved in on April 25, 2013, or if, perhaps, it didn’t bloom at all last year? Either way, it was a delightful surprise and it’s made me fall in love with my home and Oklahoma all over again. I’ve been a little crazy about taking photos of it. I’ve been experimenting with different settings on my Nikon, because I’m still very much a novice at photography. These are completely unedited, so some of them look a little washed out. Despite that, I just *have* to share them with someone. Care to take a peek?

Oh good! Thanks! :)


These are along the fence in our back yard.




This was mid-morning. I tried to get a good bokeh, or blur, in the background.



 This was late afternoon, and it’s my favorite! I love the rich color contrast.



Direct sunlight.


Lauren, in the wind.

The photos of the girls were taken late afternoon. The sun was so bright that I had trouble seeing my digital photo to see if it came out okay. I should have used a smaller aperture because these are a tad washed out. If I’d had time, it would have been an easy fix with Photoshop. (I’m lucky to have time to write this post as it is! :) )






Mitchell wasn’t too happy to be photographed with the purple flowers! Haha!


Matthew showed me his “punching stance”.  He’s all boy!


Spring is here, and it’s been lovely! I’m looking forward to seeing trees and bushes in full bloom and green grass! I got this sign at Ross Dress for Less! :) I love how the glitter sparkles when the sun shines on it…and we have plenty of sun! ;)

Thanks for reading!


Foggy Morning

I have enjoyed waking to the mild weather we’ve had the last few days. It reminds me of how the weather would be during the final days of school when I was growing up. The muggy, warm start to the day is a sign that spring has definitely “sprung”. We may still re-laps into some chilly temperatures, but it won’t last for long. I love the winter weather, but I love spring weather, too! I enjoy each season of the year. When one has exhausted itself, I’m ready for the new one to step in.

This morning as I pulled back the drapes, I was surprised to see fog lying peacefully in a huge heap across the street. Of course, I had to get my camera!





I was only outside for about five minutes snapping photos. By the end of that time, the sun’s first rays began melting the fog.


You can practically see it lifting in this photo.


Here, only a tiny ribbon remains near the ground.


Here’s another one of it as it thins out. (Please excuse my neighbor’s truck.)



It was a lovely, pinkish sunrise.

I hope your day is filled with warm breezes and blue skies.

With love,


Frozen {A Science Experiment}

If you thought this post would be about the Disney movie released last winter, sorry to disappoint you. I just couldn’t resist using that title. ;) As I’ve shared before, Leslie is doing the Apologia Astronomy course. We just finished chapter 13 – only one more to go! When I bought the book in 2009, started it, stopped it and shelved it, I really never thought I would pick it up again. But this year, with the help of the Junior Notebooking Journal, we are almost finished! Yippee!

The project for chapter 12 was making ice cream. This project demonstrated the change in temperature due to the effects of different chemicals (in this case, it was the effect of the rock salt on the ice) is similar to the atmosphere on Uranus and Pluto, which has various chemicals in it. (I really hope I said that right!)


She measured the heavy cream, vanilla and sugar and put it into a small zipper bag. We sealed it up and placed it in a larger zipper bag with ice and…


…rock salt! I’d never used rock salt before! It really fascinated me. But then, I’m a simple person so it doesn’t take much to get my attention. :)


Next, she had to vigorously shake the bag for eight minutes. We took turns because it was harder than it sounded.


Here she is shaking! :)


 Finally, the timer beeped and we had our very rich ice cream! Very, very rich!


I liked it, but Leslie wasn’t that impressed. It was just too sweet for her. I’m thinking it was just that her own sweetness and the ice cream’s sweetness were just too much. :) <3

Thanks for reading,