Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I have been in a slump. No energy. No desire to accomplish anything. Maybe I am enjoying the vacation with my kids. Maybe I am being lazy. Maybe I am supposed to be still. Kiersten did my dishes yesterday while I took Jaima to see Bedtime Stories at the theatre. Today, I will tackle the Christmas mess. But only one thing at a time.
Friday, December 26, 2008
We are having a lazy day after Christmas. Kiersten is on her way out. We are going to watch movies all day! Jaiden and Jaima are playing with toys. Cody and Khyle are on their way to Readlyn to get show steer feed. I am going to bake bread. Maybe some brownies. I wish I had bought a turkey to roast. My mom prepared an amazing feast yesterday - and I am wanting some more LOL
By the way, Cody got his drivers license this week. I can't believe I am old enough to have a kid that's old enough to drive.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
John went this morning and got the part. So, I am finishing dishes and laundry.
I can't wait or church tonight - I love singing carols. I love telling people, "Merry Christmas!" and really meaning it.
John and Cody are going on their annual shopping spree soon. But first, there is more snow to be moved from last night. Emma just asked me if she could go outside and swing...oh, I wish you could little girl, but it is too cold! and the swings are buried in the snow.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The guys are makng great progress on the building. We rented a machine today that will thaw the ground so they can set posts. This was supposed to be done way back in August, of course, but the guy who was supposed to do it never came. He just dropped off the pieces and made excuses about why he was not here. So now, we have hires someone else to come and do it - along with John - I fed them all chili or lunch today - they were so cold!
I will post more later - Cael and Emma are here to spend the night!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Who's this? Me! The cows got out in the blizzard - I saw Cody kept looking towards the house and I knew he needed me - so I bundled up - the snow is so high by the feed bunks that the cows can climb right over. We will have to keep a constant watch on them. John and Cody are putting down more corn stalk bedding and feeding them to try and keep them happy and safe. It is so cold outside - I have no words to describe that feeling - when I was trying to walk back to the house it was like my life was being sucked out of me. I could hardly walk or breathe. There are beautiul sundogs around the sun - that's how cold it is. And the two men I love the most are out working in it - that's dedication.
Happy Birthday to my baby brother, Chad - who turns 34 today!
No - I am not outside recording the video - I am safe and warm in the front hallway. That's Cody's car buried in the snow.
Our power was out for a couple of minutes this morning - but Gerben and Julie lost theirs for quite awhile - we are all in our jammies, enjoying a day of rest. Sometimes God not so gently reminds us that He is in control and to slow down and observe His Sabbath.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Right now, I have meatballs in the oven. We are going to Groths for a Christmas Party tonight. I also have some wine chilling for me, Julie and Danielle to sample tonight. I will also make chili/creme cheese dip. My favorite! The whole neighborhood will be there - kids too! - we are going to have so much fun.
John and Jaiden are napping - Jaima is watching the Cheetah Girls movie. Cody is playing guitar. It is a great day!
Did I mention the cows were out again today? I am an expert at keeping them out back until John gets home. Maybe someday I will shoot a video of me calling the cows in - the first time I heard John call cows, I thought he was crazy! Now, I take pride in my cattle call!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Cody and John have been moving snow – John has been talking to Spencer about the cattle building – and he is getting excited – they have the trusses put together and are making plans for the rest – I am ready to get this project over with! I am ready to have my cows safe and warm!
I tried to finish my Christmas cards – you’ll be lucky if you get them before Christmas! LOL We have sugar cookie dough chilling in the fridge – we’ll roll it out tomorrow – it is my Mom’s recipe- uses almond flavoring and cream of tartar – I call those the secret ingredients – Jaima and I loved licking the spoons! Jaiden’s newest thing is turning the TV on and off – and running through the house grabbing everything she is not supposed to and throwing it on the floor – like the DVDs Cody is picking up right now – she has also learned to throw real temper tantrums.
We have been watching Christmas movies all day – Little Drummer boy, Veggie Tales Christmas, A Christmas Story and Sleepless in Seattle. The trees are lit up – the furnace is starting to heat up the house (we ran out of LP AGAIN!) and I am trying to be a patient wife and mother – 18 days to go until they go back to school!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Otis is a TEMPORARY resident at the White House. He is an 8-week-old mini Australian Shepherd - a real COW dog! He belongs to Khyle - he stays here while Khyle is at school or when he travels for wrestling. He is a good Patches-substitute since she ran away over a month ago!
Things are progressing with the cattle buildings - that is all I will share for now - I eagerly await the day when I can post photos.
Christmas vacation starts next week. Jaima and I have plans to bake cookies for Santa. We will also plan a special celebration or Christmas Eve. We will make soup and bread and something sweet and have a birthday party for Jesus.
It is so cold today - below zero - I don't even want to look at the thermometer. The wind is blowing right through every crack in the house - the furnace just can't keep up today - we don't have our electric warm air heat hooked up yet - so we are dressed in layers today - Jaiden is taking a loooong nap right now.
John is home today - keeping an eye on the cows and working on finances - hard to believe another year is almost to an end. I made a pot of taco soup - my favorite. I am also enjoying some raisin bread that Danielle sent home with me after church yesterday. We had a potluck to mark the 48 hours of prayer that we have once a month. People volunteer to come to the prayer room for an hour over the 48 hour period. It is an awesome way to lift up our church family, our community and our world. The food was amazing yesterday - all sorts of warm and yummy things - and Oreo fluff!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
and all through the house
not a creature was stirring
except for the mouse of my laptop computer
As I sit in my comfy chair
the stockings are swaying in the blast of cold air
(I forgot to close the flue the night before)
The kids are all snuggled in each of their beds
Except Jaiden with Daddy
And Khyle on the coach,he's snuggled up with his new puppy
"Oscar the Grouch"?
We've got to come up with an "O" name today for this gorgeous new puppy
Who's eager to play.
As you're waiting for Christmas
and Santa and fun
Remember our Savior,
Remember the One.
The best gift of all, no waiting in line, no returns, no wrong size
just the amazing love of God, come to Life.
Merry Christmas to All, from your friends, the White's.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: December 10, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Today, Jaima stayed home "sick" from school. I think she has a case of the crankies and not the stomach flu! I don't feel so well myself - and Jaiden, well she must have caught the grumpy bug from her sister! We all had bubble baths today and are being lazy...except for running around after Jaiden picking up everything she gets out! That kid can run!
John is outside moving more snow. We had a nice talk over coffee this morning - that helped improve my mood. Sometimes we get so busy we forget to take time for each other. Cody will be home at 4 or so and then they will start chores and I will start supper - I have no idea what I am cooking but I am sure it will involve beef! LOL
All in all, it has been a great day. Even if I never left the house...sometimes those are the best days.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Today, we were awakened with a moo moo here and a moo moo there...cows out! They didn't get past the front yard - some hay bales had fallen on the fence and they went running - you'd think they would have stayed and eaten the hay! - They all went in without any problems - the only thing is, I forgot to grab a hat and it was COLD! Invigorating though to wake up at 6 am go for a run in the snow - maybe I should do that more often!
Church was awesome today - the Advent message of Hope - Hope in a Savior who has come to bring us Peace that passes all understanding!
Naps this afternoon - and beef stew simmering on the stove all day - what an end to a perfect weekend!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The roads are getting icky - starting to drift - that wind sure is cold! Think I will snuggle up with a cup of tea and read The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder - my favorite winter ritual since I was 8 or 9!
By Lynn Cowell
“Owe no one anything except to love one another for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8 (NKJV)
The TV blared the news: the economy is tightening and a credit crunch will definitely affect Christmas spending this year.
Credit card companies are lowering credit limits and raising interest rates. Gone are the days of zero percent interest for your first few months on a newly opened card. As I watched the news, I imagined many families would share similar concerns of mine. Will we have enough money to celebrate and give Christmas gifts? Can we be content with less than usual? Is there any possibility this could be a good thing?
Overspending during the holiday season winds up being a joy-robber. Many of us spend our December evenings and weekends searching frantically for that perfect gift or worrying over keeping everything “equal” (this is my personal worry with my three kids). The more I shop, the more I spend, and the less joyful I become. Sometimes, I find myself wishing the holidays would hurry up, get here and get over! There has got to be a better way to celebrate the birthday of Christ. Isn’t there?
Yes, there is! Romans 13:8 encourages us to owe no one anything except love. This verse brought to mind my sister’s special Christmas last year. Her family practiced the very gifts of love this verse speaks about. They all chose one family member to buy a gift for. In addition to this gift, they wrote a letter of love to the receiver. Their letters included words of encouragement and appreciation. They asked for forgiveness of past wounds and sought renewed relationship with one another.
My sister told me that reading these letters outloud before they opened gifts brought tears of love, healing, and restoration. She never gave the gifts a second thought after this wonderful experience. As the tears flowed from her family, in her heart she celebrated their best Christmas. The boxes may have been the fewest ever, but the love was the most! She was content.
My sister inspired me. How can I encourage my family to focus on spreading God’s love to each other and those we come in contact with this holiday? How can I encourage others not to “keep up with the Joneses,” but instead to “keep up” with Jesus’ idea of extravagantly given love?
How about your family as this Christmas season approaches? Is the tight economy exactly what your family needs to prompt you to rein in your traditional spending and refocus this year? I know it is for me and my family.
Dear Lord, may the tough times so many of us are experiencing financially, point us back to You. Help me hear Your voice this season and truly demonstrate what this precious holiday is all about. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Do You Know Him?
Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas by Sharon Jaynes
Pampering Gifts: Crafting a Ministry of Treating People Well for Less by Lara Krupicka
See Dave Ramsey’s website for sound financial advice.
Sit down with your spouse and make a strategy for staying within a budget this Christmas. Check out financial expert Dave Ramsey’s website. Follow this link and scroll down to find special savings on his “Budgeting Bundle.”
Can you plan one gift for each of your children that costs very little, but says so much about how you love them?
Sit down with your kids and set the expectation for this Christmas if it is different than what your family has experienced in the past.
What motivates me to give at Christmas more than I can afford?What is one thing I would like to receive this year that money can’t buy? Is this something I can give to another?Power Verses:
1 Timothy 6:6, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (NIV)
Proverbs 19:23, “The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.” (NIV)
Job 36:11, “If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.” (NIV)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
1 can Mrs. Grimes chili beans - use whatever size you prefer, depends on how many beans you want in your chili
1 large can tomato juice
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1 pkg. chili seasoning - use a brand name not store brand - they just don't taste the same
Combine all and bring to a boil - simmer for 30-45 minutes. It's best when left in the crock pot all day.
Julie and Danielle, you better get me some recipes, QUICK!
Ok - I admit I hate the snow now! The first day was great - but now, I am wishing it would melt...I do not like winter! When my kids are grown, I am headed to Arizona.
Cows are out this morning - newsflash? Nah! There are certain members of our herd that act more like family pets than cows. They stick around the east door of the barn and when John starts the skid loader or ranger they go running for the gate because they know they are getting fed. The meter reader came to the door yesterday and asked, "Ma'am, do you know you have cows out?" and I was thinking, "Do I look old enough to be called ma'am by a 20yr old?!!!!!?" and , "No kidding? I didn't know those were cows!"
Jaiden and I got to spend time with Ian yesterday while his mama and papa went to a Swiss Valley meeting. He is so sweet and funny. Jaiden was feeding him cheerios.
The kids have an early out today. I am picking Cody up and taking him to get his license. I also have to renew mine - I better not have to take the test!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Last night Khyle called to tell us that we would be able to see the moon, Jupiter and Mars. Khyle told me by the time it happened again I would be dead - HAHA very funny, Khyle Daniel!
So, Cody, jaima and I hopped in the Denali and drove down the gravel road and there it was in all it's glory! (too bad I forgot my camera) I was totally amazed - it was so bright and...well, it was cool. Then, I let Cody drive around the mile on on the highway since he had never driven in snow before. My knuckles were white! My chest was pounding - and I had a smile plastered on my face telling him what a GREAT job he was doing - which he was - and I remember the first time I drove in snow...sigh, why can't he stay my baby forever?
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Thank you, my friends, for your continued prayers for us.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
The girls and I went to the library today. We got DVDs and books. Jaima got her first chapter book and has read 8 pages so far! Then, we went to Trinkets and Togs and I found a cardholder for Christmas cards - and then for chocolate shakes!
John's parents left for Arkansas - we will see them again next spring. I must say, Austa sure kept my kitchen clean!
We decorated for Christmas yesterday - my Mom and I always have a race on the Friday after Thanksgiving to see who can put the tree up the quickest - then my parents came for dinner last night and surprised me by bringing my nieces and nephew - who I haven't seen in almost a year!!!! I screamed when they came running in the door!
Have another loaf baking...we'll see how that turns out!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
The glorious bird! We cheered when this came out of the oven!
julie called me - i better give her LOTS of credit - she's making mashed potatoes (which I am not good at!) and she is bringing the apple pie I begged for awhile ago! We are so thankful for friends like the tenHoeves - even if they have two last names! HAHA
more later...i have a bubble bath waiting for me!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
The corn dryer caught on fire this morning - Lord God, we know this is all part of the Plan for us! But - MAN - we have been through a lot lately! God says He will never give us more than we can handle and I believe that with all my heart.
Don and Austa are here thru Thanksgiving - I think I mentioned that last post - Jaiden has been spending time with Grammy.
I missed Girls Night Out last night in Waverly - I was ready to spend some money for Christmas!
Enough for now - more Nyquil and hot tea for me...Cancun anyone?
Thursday, November 20, 2008
John's parents are here until Thanksgiving. Right now, they are staying with us. In a few days they'll go to the other White House for a visit. Austa has been keeping the dishes done - a first in this house!
I was supposed to go to Girls Night Out in Waverly tonight with Julie but I am not feeling well. Fever, sore throat and cough. If only I could go to bed for a whole day and watch movies, drink tea and nap - in my dreams!
Cody gets his license next week - I am not ready for that! He has grown up so much this year - my little boy is gone and a handsome young man has taken his place! Jaima is doing great in school - and is really learning to wait her turn and raise her hand - she is so much like me - so I know the struggles she is gong through - it is hard to be patient! Jaiden is running, running, running! I have lost weight from chasing her LOL
I went and bought all of the food for Thanksgiving dinner - can't wait to eat turkey and stuffing - I got everything but the cranberries - and since I am the only one that eats them I may just forget about it -
Conner and Wyatt will be coming here after school until next week - their Dad hasn't found another sitter but I gave him a month to find one - the ball is in his court now. I definitely need a break from having 5+ kids running around!
It snowed a little today - just flurries, I guess - but it sure was pretty - I don't mind winter when I don't have to drive!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
John's parents will be heading up here tomorrow - staying til Thanksgiving. Mom Austa will stay here for a few days and then head down to the other White House. Dad will stay in his basement bedroom here. His sons are getting restless because they can't get the crops out of the field - I think they need Dad here to reassure them that they are doing it right. I'm glad for the excuse to eat pie for breakfast with Dad. Wonder if I can get Julie to make me one of her AWESOME apple pies - hint hint
Asked my brother to help me take down the ceiling fan in the kitchen and replace it with a light fixture - which I still have to buy - it's nice having an electrician in the family.
I am thinking of going to Blains farm fleet tomorrow - they have an awesome ad - and I need a new crockpot - and I wouldn't mind getting my Christmas shopping done early for once. Jenni and I plan on going to our favorite craft store in Clarksville as soon as it opens! Anybody else have a favorite craft sale/store to go to? You know me, I love antiques and country!
I need to order Jaiden's pics from her first bday and then I will post them - they turned out so cute!!!! I haven't been taking a lot of pics lately because I spend most of my days chasing Jaiden Ilo around the house! She sure can RUN...
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
jaiden has been walking since the day after her birthday - i should say running! i chase her all day - which is great because i am losing weight - cody went to a metallica concert in moline this weekend and brought mama back a tshirt - i love metallica and used to play it to him via headphones when i was pregnant - hey, i was 18! lol
jaima is doing great in school - she is a super speller - right now she is telling me it would be cool if we could go get massages - sounds great to me
john is having trouble with calves dying - it is so sad - and costing us quite a lot (timewise and monetarily) we are doing everything we can - but this has been a terrible year for calves - we need to get the new buildings up - which were supposed to be up by september!
i am really enjoying life - that much i can say! - every day is a new adventure - opportunities i never had before - i love being a mommy! we go to the library for story time - to MOPS for mommy time - to church and bible studies - i get to have tea with julie! and best of all - i really know my kids! what a blessing - i will never regret my decision to stay home with them...
i will continue to watch conner and wyatt until the end of the month - but then i need a break - i need to learn to tell people "no" in the first place and not feel guilty about it - another life lesson i have learned these past few months - when i say "yes" too often, my life gets out of control! the reason for taking a break is that the boys need so much - more than i can give them and my own kids each night - and i need to make sure my own family gets all of me - i'm sure many of you can understand the being stretched too thin!
hey! i just remembered - aunt kay - can we have massages? Bring your table to Thanksgiving at our house!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Fast forward to this morning...I call the vet - yep he's missing - belongs to Mr. Uhlenhopp at the high school - his name is...Bonehead. It fits him. Turns out that at harvest time he gets confused and can't find his way back home...so he sits and faces north and waits for someone to rescue him...THE END
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This class is really changing my life - helping to let go of my past and face the future. I'd recommend it to anyone.
I only went to Sunday School today. I had a migraine and knew I needed to get home and get to bed and sleep it off. I'm glad Jaiden was willing to sleep, too! I am feeling much better and am going to stop and get a Coke on the way to class. Someone found my secret stash and there is none left at the house!
I have a prayer request for you all, a good friend, Garry, had a stroke. He is one of those guys that looks and acts 40 and he is in his late 60s - he is really depressed because he can't go to work in his tire shop - and is struggling with why it happened to him. Please lift him up in your prayers. We all know what God can do when we pray!
Cael is doing great - he returned to school last week. He is up to his old tricks - yesterday, while carving pumpkins I discovered he carved my kitchen chair! Oh, Cael! Thank God for you and your mischief!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
I am the perfect mother. No, my dishes aren't done. My floors are not always swept. Four dogs will greet you when you visit. Piles of laundry lurk in my hallway. You can't see the tops of our desks. Sometimes the bills are late. Sometimes the kids go to school without the papers that were supposed to be signed and sent back. Sometimes we miss the bus. The milk expires. The bread gets moldy. And always, kids that aren't ours are running through the house and staying with us.
But there are always lollipops and hugs and kisses and laughter. Balloons to hit around the house. Leaves to be played in. Races to be run and footballs to be caught. These are the things that will matter twenty years from now when my children are grown. They won't mention the dust or the muddy hallway. They will remember the wonderful meals full of laughter and love. Special treats after school and a mom that was there to greet them when they got off the bus. The special kisses before bed and reading four or five stories because Mom wants just five more minutes with them.
I am the perfect Mom.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
After we sang happy Birthday, Jaiden grabbed it!
"I'm one!" Eating cake with Kiersten. (Ian and Julie in the background.)
Walking with the vacuum that Nana and Papa got her.
Jaima writing a story.