Yes, we finally went on a trip - a family vacation. This was our first in 7 years, so it was very special. We finally got all the passports and visas done and visited our relatives in Slovakia. We spent almost 10 days there and in the end attended a large family reunion. It was so beautiful. I will try to post some photos when I find the time. We came back on Sunday night and since then I washed, line-dried, folded and put away 12 loads of laundry - now I still have to iron about 50 things today, LOL. The children started school and we have a new 1st grader - this time our son. So far it's going great. My main task for today is clearing the laundry room so that I would gain some sewing space and probably washing all the floors. I'll try to get on back later and show some photos.
Friday, September 04, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
I know I promised to start posting more, but somehow I never get to it, LOL. The truth is I have been truly enjoying the summer vacation! This year, since Abigail is still pretty small, I have not had any responbilities in the camp ministry and that has given me lots of stress-free time. My children have been in and out of the home and there are NO schedules to keep, yeah. My oldest is spending the whole summer in N. Ireland with my sister, babysitting her litlte one year old cousin. We miss her a lot, but are glad she is getting such a great chance to see many things and be of service to her aunt. The younger children have all been to camps this summer. DH was a leader at two camps as well, so we spent two weeks without daddy. The children also spent some time with both set of grandparents, so I always have to check which ones are supposed to be home, before I panic that someone's missing, LOL. There were a few days that there were only three of us at home - something that rarely happens in this large family. The only little person who is always with me is little Abigail and she is such a cutie. But she is keeping me on my toes constantly, as she is very mobile and a climber! We even had to move her into a toddler bed two days ago, because she fell out of her crib! I never had to move a child from a crib at this early age! She is still very tiny, but smart and quick. She is such a joy to all of us, although we keeps us constantly busy.
Since I have had more time on my hand than usual, I have been enjoying digital scrapping more than in a very long time. I will not post all the layouts here, but you can check out my gallery . Here is just a sampling:
I haven't done almost any sewing though. I am working on a blouse muslin for myself, but somehow got stuck and lost my motivation. I really need to get myself into the sewing nook and make a few more summer tops for August. I am soooo thankful for the air-conditioner we have in the living room as it cools down most of the house. It's so hot outside. I am also very very happy that we finally have a wireless router and I can take my laptop anywhere in the house and still be connected to the internet! I am learning to slow down and enjoy little things and most of all enjoy the free time with my children before school starts again. I wish you all a wonderful reminder of this summer!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
How's that for a title? Let's take one at a time.
As most of you probably heard, we had a general natural gas crisis here in Europe. As a result of some Russian/Ukrainan disput, the gas supply to many states was cut off and for a few days our home was without heating. Praise God for a day we were able to keep it warm with an air-conditioning unit which can also generate a bit of heat. But then the outside temperatures dropped and that was not possible anymore. So we were able to get a small electric radiator and that kept the house from cooling down too much. We are so thankful that our home is so well insulated that even without the heating, it was still comfortable (many other houses in town got extremely cold because they are not as well insulated). But praise God some gas was borrowed from other countries and our gas supply returned. We have a warm home again and must seriously consider finishing the chimney to have an alternative way of heating (a wood stove) should another emergency like this arise in the future.
We are in our third and last week of winter school vacation. We are so enjoying the time without stress, schedules, schoolwork, music lessons, etc. I finally feel like I came up for a bit of fresh air. The children are happy to be home. They spent a few days at the grandparents home, but generally they are just happy to hang around the home, do crafts, draw, watch some movies and jus tbe together. It's been a very relaxing time and I am sorry it's almost done.
But I have been able to plan a bit more and make some new schedules for a smooth running of our home. I am very thankful that we were able to purchase a printer for Christmas. We have been without one for two years now and I really missed it. I love printing out tools that help me run my household. I am working on an update to my household notebook and will share as soon as I have a few more pages done. I have been able to sit and dream a bit and even organize a few things. So, even though I'd like the winter vacation to last a bit more, I think I am ready for the second semester of school.
It's very cold outside. We have a bit of snow, just enough to make the roads slippery, but not enough to go sledding =(. So we only take walks in the afternoons. And here is a parting shot of my 4th girl, who just turned 9 two days ago:
Monday, November 10, 2008
Actually more like two or three weeks! But God is good. I can't start this post otherwise. My heart is filled with thankfulness, even though the circumstances are not ideal. But the more we deal with, but more chance we have to experience His peace, His grace, His love and His care. That gives me hope and strength to deal with everything that comes my way and I am looking forward to all the challenges!
I wish I had time to chornicle some of the things daily on this blog, but unfortunately I have been too busy, so I am only going to catch up quickly before I run after my responsibilities. I have been challenged the last few weeks to learn not to depend a lot on my machines, LOL. One after one started breaking down. Some are being repaired, others work partially, some we are thinking about getting rid of. Praise God, our old dishwasher works again - the problem was just a tiny thing: a mouse made a nest inside it and ate up some insulation! Oh, the mouse - we caught it, but not before she created a mess everywhere and gave me double housework to clean up after her! I hope it was just one. The trap is still up and didn't catch another one. It seems we can't go one fall without mice. In the 8 years we are back from the US, we had mice every single fall - one fall I caught 13 of them!!!!!! Hopefully this is the only one this fall.
I am currently without a dryer and can't figure out how to dry my clothes, since it's cold and damp outside and inside the clothes are not drying fast enough on drying racks. With 8 members of the family, there is quite a bit of laundry. But hopefully this will be solved somehow soon. My oven door doesn't shut properly and it's kind of dangerous to bake in it, but we are working on a solution. But it's just things, right? I am much more concerned with the health of our children. The younger 3 have been coughing for almost two weeks now. I took them to the doctor several times, but no medication other then steroids for the nebulizer were given. I have been rubbing their chests with Vaporub and doing whathever I can, but things are not much better. They never had any fever or other signs of infection, so no antibiotics were given. The older two are a bit better, but the baby has a hard time. Last two nights were kind of hard on both of us (baby and mom) and yesterday she was given a steroid shot. On Monday we are supposed to do some bloodwork to see what's going on. She is also teething, but the worst part is that she has been hardly eating because of her respiratory problems and with her small weight it's showing right away. We are going on Wednesday for a regular checkup to the hospital, so I hope they are not going to give us a hard time because of her almost non-existent weight gain the last three weeks =(.
On a nice note, I was able to speak the whole day last Sunday on a Women's Conference on God's peace. Talk about putting theory into practice this month! At the moment all I am praying about the children's health and God's peace in my heart. I am so much behind on my duties, but somehow I am going to catch up.... one day!
Before I go, here is a shot of our children having fun with some bubbles we got in a package from the US. I have never heard of bubbles that you can catch! We also got some other treasures like Oreos, chocolate chips, crafts supplies and PJ's for our baby. We are so thankful for great friends.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Hubby's grandfather died last winter and he had been living with his son for the past couple years. His own house where he lived before on his own just stood there. Finally a few weeks ago the house was sold. Before that we went in there to get a few things and I took the opportunity to take a few pictures. I have only been to that house once or twice in my life, but my husband was born there =).
Here are a few snapshots from our last visit.
Grandpa liked to hang things up on this window
Entrance to the wine cellar
Grandpa didn't throw anything away =)
Old buckets and pots
Tools that were once used a lot (plus a dried egg =)
Old tools and parts in the attic
Homemade soap (now dried up)
This shelf is going to our home! I will refinish it and sure for books. I am not sure yet what color it will be, but I like it.