Saturday, October 30, 2010

Giveaway Winners

Once again I'm turning to to help me select the winners for the book "Amish Peace"

Winner #1 is.......
Peg said .....
I've just discovered your blog - fascinating and intriguing. I'll be taking the time to go back and read from the beginning. Would love to read this give-away book, and will look for it in the library if I don't win LOL! Blessings, Peg

Winner # 2 is......
 Mim17044 said .......
I love the crisp, cool air and the trees leaves turning bright colors. I love fresh made applesauce & apple butter as well.

Winner # 3 is .......

Melissa said .......
I, too, posted a link to your blog from my blog. :)

Winner # 4 is ......

Cheryl said ........
This book sounds so good, would love to read it. I love the clear crisp days, harvesting the last of the garden, and the smell of the leaves. Fall is my favorite season.

Winner # 5 is .......

Jo-Ann said ......
Oh, I would enjoy reading that book. I like the clear, crisp air in the fall, pumpkin bread and homemade soup!

Congratulations ladies! If you email me with your address by Nov 3rd  and we will get your book mailed to you. Unfortunately if I don't hear from you by then a new winner will be chosen.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Our Afternoon

We had a different kind of day than planned when I got up this morning. Everything was going according to plan and for a pleasant change, even ahead of schedule, when my husband called saying that he had a breakdown and needed to go get parts and if we wanted to he would swing by to pick us up and we could go with him to his job site while he makes repairs.

As a rule I don't like seeing where he is working until the job is done. It makes what he does seem a little less dangerous that way. But today, being such a gorgeous fall day I couldn't say no.

The narrow trail with extreme drop offs had me gasping and squeezing my eyes shut and I was actually glad once we came to the point where we had to park the truck and walk the remaining half mile.

This old house hidden deep in the woods and abandoned years ago fascinated me and I was glad I had remembered to grab the camera.  
Once we got to the breakdown and my husband started the repairs the girls and I decided to start walking back since he wanted to finish his skid of logs. The skid trail is dusty and the girls loved walking through it with their bare feet.

Once we got to the truck we waited for a few minutes until my husband came with the next turn of logs. He came over and asked me to drive the truck to the landing. Normally I jump at the chance to get to drive the truck but not on this scary trail. He was kind enough to drive it over the worst part while I once again cowered shamelessly as we crept across a narrow bridge with only inches to spare and a good twelve foot drop. After we crossed the bridge I managed to manuver the truck all the way to the landing while he brought the logs.

I think we all enjoyed the afternoon but now I have to think of something to do tomorrow to erase all those images from my mind when he goes back to work.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Time for a Giveaway

It's that time of year when the air holds the definite chill of fall. With it getting dark earlier, what could be more perfect than to curl up some place cozy with a good book. One of my favorite places over the years has been in front of our fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate.

I can't supply you with a cozy corner, and I'm pretty sure if I tried to send you a mug filled with hot chocolate it would spill before it got to you. But I can make that you have a good book to read.

'Amish Peace' by Suzanne Woods Fisher is filled with short stories from the Amish about memories, experiences, and faith. each chapter is followed by several thought provoking questions.

If you would like to have a copy of this book leave a comment telling me what is your favorite thing about fall. Be sure to make that I have someway of contacting you if are chosen as the winner.

For a second entry post a link to this giveaway on your blog or Facebook and then come back and leave another comment to let me know.

I will be using Random Generator to choose a winner on Saturday Oct 30th

Disclaimer: I am not being compensated for doing this giveaway for Suzanne Woods Fisher in any way except the warm happy feeling I get from being part of making that others get to enjoy this book too.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Asking a Favor

Shortly after I started my blog I introduced my Aunt Vernie to you. She was and is my most special aunt. She has the sweetest spirit of anyone I have ever met.

Shortly after she was born the doctors told my Grandparents that she has Downs Syndrome. As a child one of the highlights of going to Grandpas was that we would get to play with Vernie. She loved playing with her nieces and nephews and was very protective of us. From the time I was a toddler to about 8 years old, she was my best friend, we would play with our dolls, and spend hours coloring, she would read her story books to us and give us rides on her wagon or swing, we would talk and sing and play any game we knew. She was keenly aware of other peoples emotions, crying and laughing with us what ever the situation required.

But then the day came when I could read by myself, and discovered the books had a story completely different from what Vernie had always read to me, and tables turned a bit as I would read the books to her. She didn't seem to mind, but somehow the books got laid aside, and we focused on our dolls and coloring books.

Time went on, and I no longer played with my dolls. I can still see her so plainly, eagerly coming with her dolls when ever I came, and I would tell her I'd rather help her color.

She would look disappointed, but was still happy to spend time coloring together, and so it kept on. I was growing up and gradually leaving my childhood behind. And she could only stand there and watch me go where she could never join me, for she would always live in childhood.

She loved singing and she loved helping me sing around the house when ever we worked together. Her voice was joyfully off key but I didn't mind. Her obvious pleasure in helping us sing is still one of my fondest memories.
I'm sharing all of this because her birthday is coming up soon. She loves getting mail and I would really like to have her mailbox filled with cards.

If anyone would like to send her a birthday card send me an email and I will give her address to you.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Beautiful Autumn Days

This year autumn has been one beautiful day after the next. I really like springtime but there is something about autumn that makes it my favorite season.

This afternoon after school Sailor was wanting to practise batting. I joined them outside and we had a great time. Rosebud and Sailor took turns batting while Sunbeam decided her role in the game will be catcher for both of them.
 Rosebud ready to swing and Sunbeam cracking me up with her catchers pose.
A wild swing which actually connected with the ball. But notice Sunbeam.... eyes squeezed shut but her hands closer together in hopes the ball lands gently in her hands.

 Sailor up to bat with Sunbeam looking on quite unconcerned. He almost never misses the ball.

 Sailor swings and Sunbeam folds her arms knowing the ball will land somewhere far away from her.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Random Funny Moments

As a mother there are so many things that you do without really thinking. Multitasking seems to be the order of the day. With Sunbeam being six already I can tell a big difference in meal times, since we no longer have to spend half of the time helping the children with their food.

I was reminded of how absent minded we mothers can become when we were at a gathering of friends and family. A nice meal had been prepared and the one dish was a big casserole made with potatoes with a delicious sauce and then tiny biscuits covering the top. We all filled our plates and sat at makeshift tables to eat. Sitting next to me was a busy mother. Everyone was talking and we were all having a good time when all of a sudden she surprised me by reaching over into my plate with her spoon and got my single little biscuit and ate it.

After the initial what?!  I had to restrain myself from bursting out and laughing. She never realized what she had done and I knew with years of having little ones hanging on her skirts and sitting next to her she was probably used to helping her children out when ever their plate was too full and it was purely habit.

I have been laughing at this all week when ever I happened to relive the moment.
Rosebud loves to read and with her own library card she can check out ten books each week. Having read several different series she asked me what I used to read when I was her age.

She had already read most of the books that I was familiar with but was excited to find the Five Little Peppers series which I used to love. She brought the first book home and curled up on the recliner to read it. An hour later she came and gave the book to me saying wearily. "Mom, I just can't read this book. It's like trying to eat a big bowl full of mashed potatoes all by myself."
Sunbeam: Mom is my voice as big as my hair?"

Me: "Sometimes. Why?'

Sunbeam dejectedly: "Sailor said so."
Short pause then brightly: I just have to practise being a little lady!
Sailor talking about how steam engines work and life in frontier towns to Rosy while she was trying to write a poem. Frustrated about having to listen to something she has no interest in she asked him if he could please let her think.
Sailor: It's hard not to talk about it when my head is so full of ideas.
Rosebud matter of factly: If you would keep your mouth closed your ideas wouldn't fall out.
Me: Giggle