Thursday, June 3, 2010


The big jar of flowers are flowers that I picked, the daisies in the bud vase were picked by my 2 and 5 year olds.  The two doilies they're sitting on were crocheted by my grandmother who taught me to crochet and I crocheted the the white blanket.  The sewing table I painted white was given to me by my mother who, coincidentally taught me to sew on that very machine.  The skirt under the table is one of the simpler things I've sewn with those skills.

I've been teaching my children to garden and two of them especially love it and soon we'll be feasting on the fruits of our labor.  I'm amazed at how much I know because the women in my life took the time to teach me homemaking skills and now I'm passing those things on to my children.  It takes a lot of patience on my part because it's always easier to just do it myself, but it's been rewarding to see them taking on more and more responsibility and with a cheerful attitude.  Just this morning, I had the freedom to go take a shower and leave things in the capable hands of my children.  When I got out of the shower, Grace was rocking the baby, Isaiah was playing sweetly with Evelyn and Madison was cooking breakfast for everyone!  My children are only 11, 8, 5, 2 and 8 months yet they are learning already how to behave lovingly and responsibly towards one another.  I can't tell you how it makes my heart sing!

If you have a love for homemaking and learning or passing on those skills you might like to take some time to visit Raising Homemakers.  They're having a fun giveaway right now that you might like to participate in.

I've been taking some time to really enjoy my family and all the things that are going on with the warmer weather and longer days which has somehow all but eliminated time for blogging.  I still intend to share the projects we do to build our little cottage and when I have a few more minutes to spare, I have a confession of sorts for you all.
Right now it's late and time for bed, so I'll see you all later. 
Have a good weekend!


  1. This is a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing.

  2. love all of the history & details of the first photo! glad your kiddos are being good for you! always a constant evolution here!

  3. I love the history and newness to the things you have surrounded yourself with. I love hearing about your cottage, but spending time with your little ones is so much more important. Blogs will still be here when you're ready. Or maybe it'll be something else newer and more complicated. But we'll still read anytime. You go do what you're supposed to be doing. I'll cheer you on! Lisa~

  4. It's always good to hear from you! I so relate to what you said about the kids "holding down the fort" and taking care of each other. I have seen that too this summer already in my own kids and it does my heart good! Enjoy your family and all that summer brings!

  5. I love the way the sewing machine cabinet looks now. I also am thankful for your training those sweet "younin's"--so important!