A thousand square feet used to feel like a lot of space. A ton of space. Then the Lord added 5 kids in just under 6 years (2 boys then 3 girls) and the walls appear to be closing in fast! However, the Lord has blessed us immensely with the opportunity to build a new home, a larger home, a dream-come-true country home! Join us as we embark on this crazy DIY adventure as we literally build our next house and home, giving all glory to God our Father!
1. The patterns I won in a blog giveaway arrived and what fun it was to peruse the box full! 24 brand new women's clothing patterns all in my size! Some I will probably not use, like the hospital scrubs, but some I am really excited about - numerous skirt patterns, a cute Asian-inspired top (I love Asian tops!), some coats, lots of dresses, too many to mention! Now to figure out which one to pick first!
2. I paid $12.44 for a $199.99 light fixture! For the longest time, I have pictured a light in my head. Not sure if I saw one somewhere on-line or on TV but I had this vision of a light fixture in my head that would be perfect for the powder room in the new house. I wanted something rectangular, with a sheer black shade and lots of crystal drops. I have looked in many big box stores over and over but never found exactly what I wanted. I found others that would work okay but not the EXACT one. Then, the other week, I wandered through Canadian Tire when I saw it! The exact fixture I wanted. I was ecstatic! When I got close enough to see the price was $200, I said out loud, "No way! I refuse to pay $200 for a light fixture. I will wait for it to come on sale." So, wait I did. Then, yesterday, I looked in the flyer and my light was on sale. 40% off. That brought it to, with taxes, $134.39 (regular $223.99). Then, to sweeten the matter even more, I have been stocking up my Canadian Tire money for such a moment sometime in the future when I would find that perfect item for the new house. I didn't know what it was but I have been saving for quite a while. (For those of you unaware of what Canadian Tire money is, it is a reward system earning you money based on your purchases. Jay figured out that Canadian Tire has one of the better points systems out there.) Well, that moment had come. I had $121.95 in Canadian Tire money bringing the total price of the light fixture to $12.44! Woo hoo! That is patience and persistence paying off!
3. The 3 oldest kids have been attending a 5 day camp (well, they only found out about it on Wednesday so for them it is a 3 day camp) at a friend's house. They are singing songs, learning Bible verses, spending time in prayer and learning how to tell others about Jesus. I firmly believe that it is the parent's responsibility to teach their children about the Lord and about life, not leaving it up to the Sunday School teachers or DVBS leaders or whatever. And I do. I take that aspect of life seriously. But when they have the opportunity to spend 1 hour with others that are confirming what we are teaching, teaching in the same spirit and manner, then I encourage them to go and learn. And we talk all about it when they get home.
4. I made 19 half pint jars of Raspberry Red Pepper Jelly, thanks to the recipe from here. I picked the raspberries from the plants here on my yard and bought the remaining ingredients from the store. Maybe someday in the future I will grow all the peppers, too, but that didn't happen this year. I love the gorgeous red color and the taste is a wonderful sweet/spicy combination that would be perfect with crackers and cream cheese. Just a small reminder - don't walk away from your stove for any reason when you are trying to bring your fruit to a boil. It will most likely boil over the moment you step back into the room but just before you are actually able to stop it. Not that I have any experience with that! :)
5. Harvest has started. This is a wonderful time of the year full of busy schedules and running here and there. Every day involves numerous trips back and forth from one field or another dropping off a couple kids and picking up a couple more while delivering food to their hard-working dad. I know that MIL would gladly feed her son but I see it as my joy and my privilege to bring my husband supper, even if it means packing up all the kids and sitting and waiting at the end of the field for him to arrive. There is something to be said for being a part of the harvest. We truly see how the Lord is the only one who can give the increase - all we can do is plant. The rain and the sun come from the Lord, the plants grow only at his command, and we are honored to be able to reap a harvest of plenty.
6. I bought a few more crochet patterns and sewing patterns on Etsy. A certain little lady turns 4 next week so I best get busy making some gifts. I guess that is what sitting and waiting at the field is good for - crocheting! I will be sure to show you what I make next week. Anything fun happen for you this past week?