Welcome!

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, at the end of October, the garden about over for the year. It’s messy and used up. I’m trying to clean out anything usable from different areas and plan to put some steer manure on the empty places. I’m not sure if we will get everything done I want to this fall, 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, he has lost over 100 pounds. He is very serious about this weight loss, because he needs hip replacement surgery. As soon as he reaches the goal the doctor set, he will get that surgery.

Before….

So far……he’s lost over 4 of these rice bags full of weight. Insane!

We recently returned from a wonderful trip to Maui. One of our daughters has been living over there, and she sent us some plane tickets so we could come over and visit before she moves back here. It was amazing!

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.

18 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. 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.

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