Archive for January, 2011

Tom’s Flood

January 3, 2011

I’m posting these pictures for my brother whose house was flooded by a pipe that had burst while he was on the road.  (Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

The day after…



A few days after this, workers were in the house ripping out ceiling, insulation, floors, and everything that could not be salvaged.  They also had a lot of dryers in the house.




These next few were taken today.  The crew had just left with all their equipment…









There you have it!

Christmas and Thank You!

January 1, 2011

I really wanted to thank all those people who sent Christmas gifts to us this year.   We really appreciate your help and thoughtfulness.  Thank you to Mom, Mary Lou & Al, Ann & Nick, Sue, Laura, Marilyn, Sr. Mary, Brendan, Ellen, Homer & Marie, and Jeff.  Also a huge thank you to our “secret Santa” who made a return visit for the second year in a row.  I’m sure Santa was quite surprised that Sunday to find that people were home here.  (A few of the children were sick that day.) The next day John found a big box of gifts. 

Here are just a few pictures from the day…

This year one of the highlights was Veronica!  She has just come to the age where she appreciates what is happening a little.  When we decorated, every box we opened, she just gasped!  We really do thank God for our house full of little ones.  What a blessing and a great gift God has given us!  We hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.

My Carpenter

January 1, 2011

As you have already noticed, blogging has been slow.   I’ll try to do better, but can’t promise anything. 

This year for Christmas, I did not want to get a bunch of cheap junk that would be swept up and thrown away or anything that I would have to argue with the children to pick up.  Practical things, for the most part, was what we went for.  John received Leather working supplies.  Kevin received painting and drawing supplies.  The girls received sewing supplies and James received tools and two books on building.  That’s where this post comes in.  One of the conditions for the children using their new items was that they had to read about proper care and use.  They wasted no time hitting the books.

A few days ago my husband was able to track down some scraps of wood and items like that.  Yesterday he and James set out to make on of the projects in the book Carpentry for Children by Lester Walker.  James also received the book Housebuilding for Children” also by Lester Walker.  (He loves those books, by the way!)


The project was a workbench.  They did a fabulous job!  Here are some pictures from last night…



This morning they put the finishing touches on the bench.  There is now a vice on there and the screwdriver holder that James made.  James and Kevin were in there working for a while…


An exclamation heard from the work bench:

Kevin:  Holy Cow!!!  You got a really nice saw!

Happy New Year Happy Feast of Mary, the Mother of God!

January 1, 2011

We hope you have a wonderful and blessed 2011!!!

Dr. Seuss Fabric Giveaway!

January 1, 2011

Being since it is the first day of the New Year, I am inspired once again to quilt.  Last night was spent piecing together two blue and yellow basket blocks.  This morning one 6 inch farmers wife block is complete with another started.   When the quilt inspiration hits me, (and even when it doesn’t), I like to look around some quilt blogs when I have the chance.  Today I came across this giveaway and thought I should mention it here.  Hurry!  It is only open until 6:pm Pacific time this evening.

Here is the link to the post at Dawn’s Quilting Corner.