Welcome to my blog. I’m glad you’ve come to visit and get a glimpse of my crazy life. I live with my husband, Rob, and our youngest daughter, Patsy, in a small house right in the middle of a small city in Oregon. We love children, and have 8. We also spend a lot of time with our nieces and nephews, and any other kids or babies we can borrow. I love to garden, preserve food, sew and cook. Between those things, homeschool, and all the time spent with kids, I don’t have a lot of time on my hands. Through it all, I keep things frugal, so that I can have money to do the things I love.

We love camping and go whenever possible, often taking our nephew, Jake, along. He loves it, too!

We love to garden. We had a bumper crop of onions this year. Right now, nothing is growing, but we are sure eating like kings and queens and will continue to do so with what I’ve preserved.

I can and freeze everything I can.

After about 15 years off, I have recently taken up quilting again. I’m rusty, but I’m making progress.

We have a few challenges we are living through, as every other family does. Our biggest one right now is that my husband, Rob, is embarked on a serious weight-loss journey. In the past year and a half, he has lost over 150 pounds. He is very serious about this weight loss, because he needed, and received hip replacement surgery. It has been a miracle for us as he has gone from being barely able to creep around to being able to walk easily. He now has to continue building himself up from the years of inactivity, and keep that weight off, always a challenge.


So far……he’s lost over 6 of these rice bags full of weight. Insane!

This past summer, we welcomed the cutest little grandson into our lives. He’s such a cutie, and we are in love already:)

I’m glad you could join us as we navigate our wild life—all the while relying on the Lord to help us through each and every situation we face, because without Him, it would not just be a crazy life, it would be an impossible one.

29 thoughts on “Welcome!”

    1. Thank you, Cindy! I love writing it. The technical part is a real learning curve for me, but I’ve been prevailing! Give Malachi a hug for me:)

    1. Awesome! Glad to have you along on this crazy journey! I’m sure for someone who knows computer things, it’s easy. For me, it’s an adventure! I’m excited because the other blog was almost out of space, so now I’m good to go for a long time:)

  1. Good job on those pajamas! My grandson has atopic dermatitis and is very picky about pajamas too. I make him seven new pairs of bottoms every Christmas and my mom gifts him with matching long sleeve cotton tee shirts. It’s fun looking for interesting (and durable) cotton prints throughout the year, while trying to keep it affordable. We sometimes sit on the patio in our ‘jamies, but we never go out in public with them on. Though I frequently see adults and children wearing pajamas, especially at the grocery store.

      1. Cotton. Flannel gets too hot for him. When he was little it was pretty frugal, now that he’s eleven it takes a lot more fabric?. But I bought a multi size pattern years ago and it should take us through the teen years, so there’s that.
        BTW I really enjoy your blog. Your frugal ideas are helpful. And your dedication to the children and young people in your lives is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your life experiences with the rest of us.

        1. Thank you. I’m glad you enjoy the blog. I really enjoy writing it:)

          I’ll bet you already shop the sales and the bargain rack for fabric, but I know it’s sometimes hard to find anything for a boy on those. It’s the same for thrift stores and garage sales–it’s so hit and miss that it’s not worth the time unless you stumble on a bargain when you are out and about. I’m sure he loves the pj’s, though, and with sensory kids–comfort is the main consideration. It’s a labor of love for you to sew so many for him.

        2. Used to sew all our clothes and kinda got out of the habit…our 9 yo grandson lives with us and I never thought about making his jama bottoms! Great idea…will have to get some supplies and get back into my sewing…it will be quite a savings and fun to do!

          1. It’s a great Covid-19 project, too! I have stopped sewing right now, because I’m canning so much, but I’ll get back to it once the garden rush is over. He’ll love it if you make him p.j.’s.

  2. Great blog here! Also your site loads up very fast!

    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?

    I wish my web site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  3. It is amazing to see the before/after pictures of your husband. It is such an achievement! I know how hard it is. I have 10 pounds to loose that I gained last year (menopose?) and I can’t seem to be able to loose them!
    Congratulation and thank you fo ryour great spirit!

    1. You and me, both! It has taken me 6-8 months to lose between 8-10 pounds!!! But, I’m so happy that it came off better for him. He has been at it for way over a year and a half, almost 2. I have high hopes that the length of time it’s taken for him to lose the weight will cause him to not gain it back, as sometimes happens when it’s done in a big hurry.

  4. Becky,
    I haven’t looked at your website in quite a while (I “know” you from Brandy’s site) so I was amazed to see how much weight your husband has lost! He looks AMAZING and I’m so proud of him. My husband and I are working on weight loss also but we’ve stalled a bit. Congratulations to your Rob!!!

  5. Hi Becky,
    This is Bless. I haven’t been on your site for some time and thought of you, the other day, and how you and the family were keeping. I am off to catch up on the most recent posts, but, wanted to say Hi, first. Hope all is well with you.

  6. Hi,

    I don’t know about you, but after being cooped up inside for so long, I’ve decided it’s time for some redecorating.

    I suspect I’m not the only one feeling this way so I’m putting together an article with tips on how to revive and refresh your home after making it through the toughest part of the pandemic.

    If you think your website visitors would be interested in reading it, I’d be happy to send it over when I’m done. There’s no charge for you to post it on your site if you like it. Just let me know if you’re interested. Oh, and I’ll promote you in the article! 🙂


    1. Thank you for your kind offer. Right now, I haven’t chosen to do any guest posts of any kind. If I change my mind in the future, I’ll think of your offer.

      I think decorating and refreshing your home is a super good idea!

  7. I love your quilts Becky! I’d love to lose a lot of weight as well. If I could lose over 100 lbs in a year I’d be so happy!

  8. Love your blog Becky and your comments over at the prudent homemaker blog. Hoping everything is alright with you and your family.

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