January 15, 2019


Video of Olivia dancing (she's on the left) with the dance team, during the basketball half-time. Space jam music, we need to watch the movie!
Aunt Sarah braided Olivia's hair for the basketball game.
After, Hannah taught Aunt Sarah to knit.
We are knitters project #2 with black 100% Peruvian yarn.  Just finished!
We got so much snow over the weekend!
Mountain climbing!

January 13, 2019

We are knitters

2 days total!
Thank you to our friend Sarah Pyle for this kit!  I just ordered more 100% Peruvian yarn from to "refill" & we can use the cool wooden knitting needles, made in Spain.

January 7, 2019

Celebrating Nativity

It's been a hard week. Rob spent much of his time with his parents.  My father-in-law has been sick & passed away Thurs. evening. The funeral will be this coming Thursday. My husband wore some very nice shoes he gave him to church.  
Today has been a good day!  We celebrated the Lord's Nativity!  It's Dec. 25th on the old (Julian) calendar.
After receiving the saffron linen napkins last week, I was eager to put the linen tablecloth on, and it's probably been about a year since I did.
My husband made these votive candle holders from cedar logs.
 Sushi with Sarah & her mom, Magdalena.
George is now 2 months old.  He's smiling more & more.

December 31, 2018

Reflection on 2018

One of my personal goals of 2018 was to have a baby. In 2017 I had a miscarriage. I felt like the gap between Hannah, Olivia & Paul was so big that we needed one more to complete our family.  Along came George!  He was born at home, as was Paul.
We are now a family of 6.  God is good!
New sweaters from Grammie for the boys!  She gave the girls $ they are harder to buy gifts for...
I ordered a set of four linen napkins from this family owned company in Lithuania:  not PERFECT LINEN. It took 3 weeks to arrive.  I love them, especially the vibrant saffron colour!  I'd like to get more eventually.  Or maybe splurge on a dress (with buttons for nursing) or skirt from them.

My dad passed away three and a half years ago.  It's nice to remember him.  He gave us a set of 12 navy and cream woven cotton cloth napkins.  We use them every single day, they have been washed a lot and are starting to fray.

I got a set of 4 cream-coloured napkins & a beautiful linen tablecloth, about ten years ago from William-Sonoma, it was actually made in Russia.  I haven't used it much lately though.

I want to put it on the table today.  The girls have invited some friends over and we plan to bake bread together.

Hope you have a happy 2019!

December 24, 2018


A friend gave George this wool Guatemalan cardinal sweater that she bought at Ten Thousand villages. I like to go for a walk everyday.  Fresh air is good.  We are all battling colds, though...runny noses, sore throats, coughs.  Making elderberry tea with honey!
A wee smile!
Hannah played Christmas songs on guitar at Kings Island with the school jazz band.
Olivia holding George on St. Nicholas day!
Paul decorating cookies.  He looks like such a big kid to me here.
 Solstice bonfire at Turner Farm.
 More smiles!
He also rolled from his tummy to his back several times, right and left!  Little milestones.
And one more photo from after George's baptism last week: