Archive for January, 2011

Grandma’s Hats

My Mom has a new hobby:  loom knitting.  It’s ironic that she has been playing with this because it is something that I had recently been thinking about for the girls to try!  Mom told me that she had been playing around with some hats and had some that she’d like the kids to try on, so she brought them to our house today.  Needless to say, the hats were a huge hit!  Grandma also took time to show the girls her looms and how she has been using them.  She even had them give it a try.  Cosette and Kara both thought it was a lot of fun, so I guess I’ll have to look into this some more!

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A Yummy Experiment!

For several years, my signature dessert to take to special events has been a chocolate trifle made from devil’s food cake, chocolate pudding, whipped topping, and crushed Oreo cookies.  I decided that I wanted to experiment with a vanilla version for this month’s church dinner, and it turned out very yummy!  I used squares of French Vanilla cake for the bottom layer, vanilla pudding and whipped topping for the next layers, and I finished it off with crumbled Golden Oreos on top.  The only thing I’ll change when I make this again is maybe using a little more pudding.  Otherwise, it was good, and it must have been enjoyed at the dinner because there wasn’t any left to bring home!

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Scooping Snow

It has been very dry on the Prairie.  It is not unusual for us to have had several snows by this time of the winter season, but this year has been different.  We’ve had a few flurries here and there, but nothing much to speak of until December 31. The kids were soooo happy! They couldn’t wait to get out and play in the snow.  (Yes, they consider scooping the driveway playing in the snow!)  There were several very fun snowball wars in the backyard for the next couple of days.  It’s mostly melted now, but the kids are looking forward to the next snow!

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We have had a wonderful Christmas break. Because we did not finish school until Christmas Eve, we took a few extra days on this end of the break before going back to school tomorrow.  It has been a good, relaxing time.  Now to catch up this blog…..

Our Christmas was simple, but enjoyable.  We did all of the usual Prairie Family Christmas traditions of Christmas breakfast and opening gifts gradually throughout the day.  For dinner, we joined my brother’s family at my parents’ house for a very nice meal that we all helped to make.

The rest of our break was spent catching up on things that needed to get done, relaxing, and enjoying time off.  As usual, I had a mile-long to-do list, and I only finished about a yard of it!  😉  Now it’s time to get refocused on school.  John’s science project is due in the next week, and although we got a lot done on it during the break, we still have a ways to go on the display.  We’re also getting into our winter scouting routines.  Winter camping and the pinewood derby is just around the corner for the boys, and we are ready to begin new projects for American Heritage Girls.

My verse for this year is 1 Corinthians 15:58

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”



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Back on December 21, I posted an entry requesting prayer for Luke as we deal with a rash that has been identified as Guttate Psoriasis, but I haven’t posted any updates about that since then.  Well, we are still dealing with it, and I think we will be for a long time yet.  I would say that he is doing better in that the spots aren’t as red and oozy, so that is good.  In fact, we saw dramatic improvement within only a couple of days of using the prescribed steroid cream and were greatly encouraged by that.  As time has gone on, though, the improvement has really slowed down, and new patches of spots replace others that we get cleared up.  So, the moral of the story is that we are going to have to be patient and persistent with this, and that’s ok.  Luke’s attitude has been tremendous!  He is so good about remembering to put the cream on, and he is good about leaving the spots alone.  I’m also thankful that his hands are doing better–they were so cracked and open that they were the doctor’s biggest concern for infection.  Now his hands are doing the best of all of the affected spots, so that is a blessing!

I had requested prayer that God would help us as we deal with this day-by-day, and He, as always, has been faithful to do that.  We don’t know how long this will continue (I guess today marks the one month spot!), or if it might just be a chronic problem that we will always be working with.  Regardless, God is always good–every day, in every situation!  🙂

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