Baby boo-boos

IMG_4829I don’t know why, but my kids always have these weird skin reactions. Many of them are highly allergic to poison ivy, so most of the summer we battle that. But I don’t know what Charlotte got into lately. She has had a swollen face, itchy patches on her arms and legs for a couple days. She doesn’t have a fever or sore throat, so I can rule out scarlet fever, praise the Lord. We have been applying colloidal silver topically and internally, Noni cream and a salve I made out of goldenseal, frankincense, myrrh and beeswax.  I finally resorted to giving her Benadryl today. She just couldn’t get any rest because of the itching. After two doses the swelling has gone down and the itching has subsided. Not totally gone, but much better. We always avoid Benadryl because we were told years ago, that if we used it for an allergic reaction, the next time it was triggered, the reaction would be much worse. So even though I had reservations about giving it to her, I’m glad she has been able to rest a bit today. IMG_4803And I came home one day to this!  Boys + bikes + tow ropes + gravel driveway = sad Roo. She was quite traumatized by the ordeal, but is healing nicely.

Crafty kids

IMG_4723A friend requested that I share some of the crafts that my kids have done. This is a little house done out of make and bake it clay. Susie loves to create tiny detailed things out of clay. Notice the leaded glass front door window.IMG_4724 She has put a tea light in the house making it an adorable night light. We aren’t big “fairy” people, but if I was a fairy, I’d definitely want to live here! IMG_4728This is a knife that Tommy made out of a file that he found laying around. He had to grind it down. The method includes heating the cutting edge to a different temp than the back of the blade. IMG_4722After heating it in a ground forge he set up,  he quenched it in motor oil. I’m sure he can tell you all the details, much better than I can. I love the handle. He cut squares of leather and stacked them together. Then he ground them down to the shape he wanted for his hand. I am in awe of his craftsmanship and skill. IMG_4720

Bits and Pieces

Katie was honored to perform her speech at the regional contest for 4H down in Lexington, Tn. Only 3 kids were asked to go from our county. The competition was fierce, but the experience was so valuable. Public speaking is always scary, but it gets easier every time and is such a great skill to possess. We hope our kids grow up to be bold speakers, able to communicate clearly. Through them, the world can be changed, people can be reached with the gospel, lives can be transformed.IMG_2114Ruthie has been growing by leaps and bounds it seems. She loves to clean and help around the farm. Recently she has insisted on washing the table after meals. Her short little arms don’t reach very far but she doesn’t let that stop her. She just climbs right up and wipes all the mess away 😉IMG_2106A couple of the girls received shrinky dink paper for Christmas. Far from the lame my little pony/colored pencil craft I remember from my childhood, there are all sorts of cool jewelry and stuff one can make with it. Recently they’ve been churning out everything monogrammed. I like the Southern quote, “if it’s not moving, monogram it”! IMG_20160213_160214913

Slides and Forts

IMG_20160125_112646794So what do my children do when they’ve been snowbound for a couple weeks? Makes slides out of my furniture and forts out of blankets. I’m pretty relaxed about their rowdiness. This coffee table was rescued from the dump back in Jeremie’s college days. It has proven it’s sturdiness. IMG_2080The kids tap dance on it, jump from it, flip it to make a “boat”. And today, they were sliding down it, and jumping onto the couch. This rowdiness is not really a result of being “snowbound”. They have been outside a lot, sledding and such.IMG_2085 They regularly play like this in the house, I must admit. We used to keep a “Little Tykes” slide in the house, but there is not enough room in this house for that, so we must improvise. I’m pretty relaxed about it normally. As long as nothing gets broken and everything is put to rights by dinner :)IMG_2093