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Monday, May 14, 2018

Cecily's First Holy Communion


My Sweet Cecily Rose received Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament on April 29th.  She wore my dress and veil from when I received, which made it all the more special.  Both my daughters, so far have been able to wear it.  :)  And the gloves were a gift from Uncle Ben and Aunt Jessi to Aine.  They have been well loved!

She was so happy and peaceful all day.  I wish the sun hadn't been quite so bright because she looks a little nervous in the picture, but there was none of that in reality.

Here's the whole family on the next Saturday after her class received at a special mass.  We are sl thankful to our priest, Fr. Beres for offering this special mass, just for these first communicants.  Joseph and Henry sang in the choir and it was wonderful.  Lucinda and Elizabeth followed Craig (http://www.spieringphotography.com/) when he went to take pictures from the loft during the mass.  I couldn't believe it when I saw them up there: the girls were constantly in motion, but there was no noise!  Praise the Lord for small miracles! 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

One year later--what we are doing


Seeing as I have not posted in over a year, I thought it was time to get something up here.  There are many happenings to share from the last year, but I will start with what is happening now.  Hopefully, I will do "catch-up posts" along the way to fill in the gaps.  (though I don't have a great tract record with posting here, do I?)

The kids and I have been working hard to get items ready to sell at the Redbud festival.

Here is what everyone is doing:

Joseph makes bird houses.  Craig cut down several poplar trees on our property to make room for our orchard.  We had Jack Donahue of TimberWorks out with his portable sawmill to mill them into dimensional lumber.  We used them to side our horse shelter (will post that beauty soon) and still had LOTS left over.  I had no idea that poplar was such a beautiful wood--and rot resistant, too!  Craig showed Joseph how to use the miter saw and he has been a birdhouse-making-fool for  a couple of months, now.  Craig told him if he made a dozen to go up around our property, he could then make them to sell.  Joseph not only made them for us, but he donated a set of three houses and a feeder to his school fundraiser auction.  Now, he is making them to sell at the Redbud festival on Saturday.

Aine and Cecily have been helping me make sourdough bread that we sell to a few people in our parish community.  We are making it for ourselves, so making extra and selling it has been fun.  It is really tasty, if I do say so myself, and is about as healthy as bread can get.  We are making multiple batches to sell at the festival--some made of white flour, some whole wheat flour, and some of home-ground hard white wheat flour.

Marshmallows: if you have never had a homemade marshmallow, you've never lived!  Okay, I am exaggerating, but I don't even LIKE store-bought marshmallows and I LOVE these.  They are made from water, gelatin, and honey.  That's it!  I am making several batches to sell at the festival.

Henry has been very intently (or maybe I should say "intensely" because everything Henry does is intense!) making wooden swords.  He's made at least a dozen with the intent of selling them this weekend.  Though, I don't know that he has been able to resist playing with them . . . if there are any left, he will sell them this weekend.  :)

I opened an Etsy shop and have been trying to make more clay figures, focusing on saints--especially St. Nicholas--and nativities.

The girls have also been making adorable little clay animals to sell along side mine.  I don't have any pictures of their work yet, but I will post some when I do.  I will have Spiering Photography get pictures of all the kids work to show you.  

I began drawing again.  Drawing is really where my heart lies!  My dear friend Mandy Hain of https://piccolebellezze.wordpress.com/fall-art-lessons/drawing-workshop-front-royal/ went on to become a professional artist and offers art classes for children.  She is an amazing teacher as well as being a talented artist!  She offered a portrait drawing class for adults and after that I was hooked on drawing again.  It is very hard to find the time, but when I do, I wish I could never stop.  So, I offer 8"x10" portraits at my Etsy store.


So, if you would like to take a scenic drive, enjoy some live music and visit quaint Browntown this weekend, stop by and see us!  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Some Kids and Their Horse (and Goat)

We've had a busy Winter and, thanks to Uncle Paul, we now have a horse for the kids (and me!).  This is Halcy.  We are all smitten!  She is a Haflinger.  I'm too tired tonight, but I'll post more about her and our goat soon.  Deo Gratias!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Autumn Hills in the Woods

This will not be a wordy post, but a picture post.  Eliza is 2 mo. old now and we are settling into our new home for the autumn.  Craig is busy taking out overgrown brush and selectively thinning the trees to make the property into what we want.  It's hard work, but I never hear him complain about using a chain saw or moving good, heavy wood.  the kids are helpful, most of the time.  The grass is long because the lawn mower isn't working, but there are plenty of places to play and plenty of other outdoor work that needs to be done.  The grass can wait.  
I love wood piles.  They are so beautiful.  

It looks pretty trashy, but the kids made this fort that they are really proud of.  

And a bridge across the gully.

Looking down from the start of the trail.

Some of the trees and branches Craig took down.

The grape vine that will have to get some attention next year.

As you turn in the driveway.

Small woodland creatures.

Craig tried his hand at splitting rails.  They look great!  

Friday, August 5, 2016

Front Porch sitting with Lil'Lizzy


We finally got Craig, the camera, the sunlight and Elizabeth all in the same place at the same time and awake, so we took some pictures.  It's been a pretty restful three weeks for this mama, though Craig has had three weddings and we both got a pretty nasty cold in week two.  And, of course, I mean restful as in we've had lots of help with meals and kids and housework so other people are making up for where I'm slacking off.  ;)

Lil'Eliza (we're still figuring out what name suits her) is pretty happy and falls all over herself smiling those big, open mouth, goofy baby grins.

Her siblings all adore her.  Lucinda especially wants to be holding her all the time.  When Lizzy was just a couple days old, we had put her in Lucinda's lap.  Lucinda puts her arms around her and says, "Baby. . .uh. . .baby--mine."   

She adores her little sister so much that she wants to possess her for her very own.  Lucky for her, Lizzy is going to be with us for a very long time.  Lucinda will always have a little sister; she will always be a big sister.  

For the first time, we have more girls that boys in our family!  

But the brothers are pretty devoted, too.  Look at these sweet older brothers:
"Brothers . . . Brothers . . . there were never such devoted brothers . . ." (I couldn't help myself!)