It truly is wonderful to have daughters growing up. They can do so many things now. Not that they always have a willing spirit =) or pure motives, but for most of the part I really enjoy the fact that I am not the only one who has to do most things around the house. We had a children’s conference in our church today. Yesterday was a very busy day and when we cam home at 9pm, I still had to bake two cakes and make a potato salad for the conference. While DH put the younger children to bed, my two oldest volunteered to stay up and help. While their motivation was mainly the “staying up” part, LOL, still they helped tremendously. I put the potatoes to boil and started to mix the first cake. My oldest made the salad dressing without any instructions, the younger one prepared the pans for the cakes. Then they cleaned and chopped all the onions and mixed up the second cake. They helped me with the dishes. So, after they went to bed (it was getting too late), all I had to do is peel the potatoes and eggs, cut them and mix with the dressing. The cakes were done, the dishes clean. It would have taken me so much longer on my own. I was so glad I also got to go to bed before midnight, since this morning I had to teach a lesson in church. I am truly blessed by growing girls.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Thursday, June 01, 2006
[img align=left]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/TalyQ/cherries.jpg[/img]The cherry tree in front of our house has ripe cherries very soon in the season. Actually this is a kind of sour cherries that only grow in our area here. We call them “Spanish cherries”. They are very dark and have lots of juice. They are good for eating, cakes, fruit fillings, Strudels. People usually can them, freeze them, make preserves and juices. It’s a messy job, because they have so much juice and it discolors everything that comes in touch with it. Clothing has to be soaked right away or it’s hard to get the stains out. But our children LOVE to pick them and pit them, especially because they are so messy, LOL. [img align=right]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v359/TalyQ/cherries-preserve.jpg[/img]Yesterday we finally got a day without rain, so we quickly borrowed a tall ladder and the girls did most of the picking. Unfortunately, most of the cherries are on top and especially over the road, so many of them we couldn’t pick. But we picked enough to free a few pounds. And I cooked some preserves. There were enough left over for two cakes and eating. Most people’s cherries are not ripe yet. The children had so much fun and posted some pictures on our family blog.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
I just realized that I never added a link to our family blog. There are many pictures of our family life, celebrations and our ministry. It is updated at least 2-3 times a month. So, if you would like to see them, check it out. I will also add a permanent link in the blogroll.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
I had this nice black shirt that I had gotten second-hand. I really loved it, but it was very impractical. Those long wide sleeves got dipped into soups and other food and I couldn’t do anything in that shirt. It was only for walking around and conversing, but what mother of 5 can every do that? It also had a too deep v-neck and I tried to cover up for it usually with some scarves, which I usually can’t stand on my neck anyway. And the facing on the neckline was falling apart. So, even though I loved it, I decided it needed a change in order to be wearable. It’s not the newest shirt either and so I decided that if I mess up, it won’t be such a waste. I cut off the sleeves, then took off all those ruffles. I sewed to of those ruffles together and sewed them in the neckline to make it smaller. I topstitched the original neckline edge and cut away the facing. The rest of the ruffles I sewed on the now three-quarter sleeves. I did have to do quite a bit of experimenting with the neckline, but in the end it’s a really comfortable wearable shirt =).
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
I have the rare privilege of having a scanner in my home (for ministry purposes), so I used the opportunity to scan in a few older pictures, among them two of our wedding pictures. Boy, this looks so long ago, LOL. And here is the happy couple and after 14 years we are just as happy to be together. Actually, I think we are even more in love than then =). Hopefully I can find time to scan a few more in the next few days, but I wanted to post these. These pictures were taken by a friend of ours in our living room. My dress was made by my husband's cousin. She is not a professional seamstress, so she worked very hard to fit this to my complicated figure and with the limited resources she had. This was the beginning of the war and there was hardly any white fabric to be found. I also couldn't find any lace. But I had some wonderful friends from America who sent some lace and even gloves. I bought the ugliest cheapest headpiece and then remade it completely including the veil, so that I got a completely new crown. =) We also took of the jewels from the gloves and put them on the dress.