Monday, February 25, 2013

A Sure Sign of Spring Amongst The Winter Beauty!

The morning after the 14 inch heavy wet snow storm we were given incredible beauty....and no power!
We praise the Lord for our generator! It was such a blessing as we were about 8 hours without any power today.

 I just LOVED the contrast of the snow laden tree branches and the bright blue sky! It was truly a beautiful day today!

So what is this sure sign of Spring you ask???'s something we LOVE to do, and we didn't get to do it last year due to a trip to Florida and a new baby in our family.........

care to guess...????????

It's something we like to do every year about this time.....

We are in a deficit of supply because we didn't get to do it last year with everything going on.....

It's truly a labor of love, but the end result is ohhhhh soooooo sweet!!

The kids absolutely enjoy it, and so do Glenn and I!!


 And let me tell you....if this is any indication of the's going to be great! The sap was literally running out of the trees! It was such a blessing!

We strapped on our snowshoes---(which was a wonderful thing!)...Glenn, Edward, Jonathan, Nicole, and I---and we trekked through the woods carrying our supplies! It was a wonderful excursion! I'm so glad I decided to take part in it! I almost stayed inside with the others, and then just had to get out there to capture photos, and be a part of our tradition! This is our 8th year tapping our trees here, (minus last year). We use a metal barrel stove made by my great uncle Earl. I'll have more posts about that coming up! Let the sap run! We are pretty "sappy" that way! Hooray!

 Little Miss Rosie watched from inside!

24 taps later, and we are soooo excited! What a lovely day we had today! Glenn is off this week with us. It's such a blessing to have him here! We were able to do a 3 hour family Bible time and wisdom search and prayer time this morning, followed by a wonderful time of fellowship outdoors in God's beautiful creation, lunch, and then an afternoon finishing up our Advanced Life Principles Seminar!! Whoo--Hoo! That's been a long time coming!! 

Back to our regular school schedule tomorrow, with Daddy here as our principal! Yeah!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

You Shall Be As White As Snow!

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18

We had a lovely stay at home snow day today as our church was canceled due to the storm and so was our nursing home ministry, too.  In actual fact...we've gotten 13 inches of snow so far today and it's still snowing. According to WMUR this morning, we were slated to get 4-8 inches in our neck of the woods! So we are thinking that maybe Rosie would be better able to predict the weather than our local meteorologist!!!

Don't you think she looks really smart??? Hmmmm...Enjoy this Lord's day everyone!

Another Marvelous Meal ala Madelyn!

Last night was Madelyn's turn for meal planning and prep. I had pulled this recipe off from one of my favorite blogs:  One More Lady Bug. She is preparing in a couple of weeks to go and get their newest "ladybug" from China...precious Khloie. She had asked for freezer meal ideas to help her plan ahead for while she is gone and once she gets back. She made this meal as a test, and her family ate 2 whole pans! It's definitely a keeper! Everyone here loved it, too!

Pizza Casserole:

Madelyn made 2 batches of it, one for supper last night, and one for church today. But today was canceled because of the weather, and so we enjoyed it as a late lunch, too! Yum!

She also made a lovely triple berry cobbler for dessert! Thank you Madelyn! We love you!