birthday celebration

A few pics from O's birthday from over 2 months ago.

He was excited!! He had lots of help from his brothers and sister, but he didn't mind one bit.

around here....

Around here:
I seemed to have taken an unexpected break from blogging.
The break was good for my soul.
However, lots have been happening during that break, and
the blogger in me feels the need to document those happenings. {sigh}
I haven't been feeling the best physically/medically lately.
One day I feel fine, and then the next I'm not doing so hot.
That's kinda been my pattern lately.
I have another appointment in 2 weeks for a 2nd opinion.
Today, I ended up with a case of hives when I awoke.
I canned my 1st ever batch of pickles yesterday.
The flavor is good.
The texture, not-so-much.
I have a batch of pears to make into pear butter next.
Maybe tomorrow when I have more energy.
School started two weeks ago.
Rylan back to preschool for 3 days a week.
Joci and Byron at home.
At home!
It's a new adventure for all of us.
Everyone is comfortable and on board with the idea.
We're still not into a great routine yet.
It will come eventually.
I feel hopeful.
With that I'm signing off.
I have lists to make, and
lessons to plan.
P.S.~You can read my last post here. 

around here...

Around here:
Joe's been gone for the past week for a business trip.
The kids and I have ate out more times than I would have liked.
I tend to do that when he's gone.
It seems to be easier for me for some reason.
We have a visit from the social worker coming up.
Next Friday, to be exact.
Our homestudy needs updated since it's a year old.
Our house is a disaster from some remodeling projects going on right now.
Tearing up carpet in the craft room, tearing out drywall in the basement,
 patching holes from previous electrical work, 
 and the fireplace still needs some mortar taken off of it,
I have 2 birthday posts that I need to get on the blog,
and some adoption posts also.
The birds have been giving us 5 to 6 eggs daily.
They seem to be vocally louder.
That concerns me a little, I don't want it to bother the neighbors.
However, I'm not sure they can even hear them. 
Happy Friday friends!!


august goals

{source unknown}
Yes, it's the middle of August.
Yes, I am just now posting about my August goals.
Yes, it's okay. I set the goals; I determine when I work on them. :)
In July, I worked on one goal. 
I think we were having too much fun this summer. :)


*Continue to sell items to earn extra cash for the boys' plane tickets to China~I was able to sell several more items of extra junk that we no longer used or needed. We were notified that we would be traveling to China earlier than expected. so, we decided not to take the two younger boys. As much as I would like them to go, it's just not going to happen financial-wise.

The following July goals did not happen.
*Continue cleaning out the laundry room
*Start reading chapter books to the kids again
*Frame our maps of China & hang on the walls


*Frame our maps of China & hang on the walls~doing this next week
*Finish taking up the carpet in the craft room & organize for use ~ I started taking up the carpet this evening. I should finish by this weekend, but it may take longer to organize the items that need to go back in the room.
*Organize adoption paperwork ~ I am sad to say that all our adoption paperwork is just in a big pile on the counter. {hangs head in shame..} I need to get the paperwork organized because I'm having to dig through the pile to find papers needed for different forms we're having to file. This little task is going to take awhile to complete. I'm not kidding when I say our pile is at least 5" tall.

Since it's the middle of the month and I have some hefty goals to complete, I'm just setting 3 this month.

~linking up with The Tiny Twig

in the garden: august 8

As a reminder, this is what the garden looked like at the end of June.

We had to add a taller fence panel around the garden because the chickens kept getting in to eat the goods. I'm saving up scrap lumber to build a wooden fence around the garden. Next year's plans.

We are slowly, but surely getting some tomatoes out of the garden. Right now, we have more green ones than red, but that's okay. Joci and I are getting about 5 cherry tomatoes daily. I let her eat what she wants, then I'll eat the rest.  I planted one actual cherry tomato plant and one cherry plant called tommy's toes {or something like that}. I love the taste of the tommy's toes. The tomato is flavorful, and has a hint of sweetness to it. It's also just a little bigger than a regular cherry tomato. Our roma plants are still full of green tomatoes, except for one that I noticed while taking photos. Slowly waiting on at least one to turn red. 

We planted one carrot plant this year. We pulled up the carrots way too early, but I'm not sure they would have gotten much bigger. We ate them anyways.

The pepper plants are still alive after the chickens ate their leaves off before I protected them. I saw a few little peppers beginning to form so maybe we'll get a few this year.

We harvested our lettuce, and it's done for the year. I was hoping that I was getting the lettuce plants that grow back after a cutting, but that didn't happen. I'm going to find a different variety for next year.

The two basil plants are producing right along. I haven't cut anything from them, because I'm not exactly sure when I should be. This weekend is going to be used to find out when and how to cut basil. {I just read that I should have been cutting the basil much sooner. You don't want flowering blooms on the basil unless you're seeding it for next year. I'm going to try to salvage some anyways.}

It's a small garden this year, but it's learning garden. We've been blessed with friends and neighbors gifting us with fresh green beans, zucchini, and cucumbers. So, this weekend I will be canning and freezing our gifts.

p.s. more garden posts here

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