Thursday, July 20, 2017

Podcast Interview!

Okay, I was nervous about it at first, but indie author and podcast interviewer for In The Artist's Realm made me feel at ease and was absolutely lovely.  Here is a link to the recording:

In The Artist's Realm


Enjoy!

Blessings,
Lisa

Monday, July 17, 2017

Rubber Ducks, Sunglasses, and Bears... OH MY!




As I mentioned in a previous post, I had the opportunity to counsel at God's Adventure Camp.  Here is the article that was born from that experience.  Enjoy!

Rubber Ducks, Sunglasses, and Bears... Oh my!


Blessings,
Lisa

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fair Projects

With only a couple of weeks left until our county fair, the kids have kicked their creativity into high gear.  I love it when that momentary panic when the realization a deadline is quickly approaching creates a sudden spurt in craft making.  Not to mention the ultimatum:  "You can either do this and such chore, or work on fair projects" helps.





Jerusha is also doing some art, and baking.  I will be doing a succulent cake (I hope!) in an effort to practice my butter cream decorating skills.  The nice thing about the baking is that they are judged and then auctioned off and the proceeds go right to the Fair to help with expenses.    More updates to follow!

Also, keep tuned as Isaac and I are working on the next chapter of "How to Train Your Pet Rocks".

Blessings,
Lisa

Monday, July 10, 2017

Living the Life







I love being a wife and stay at home mom.  But sometimes the ignorance of others can tempt me to think that what I do is not enough.  My article below gives an example of some of the eye-rolling moments that I have encountered.

Living the Life

Laugh. Groan.  Roll eyes.  Enjoy.

Blessings,
Lisa

Cake, Campfire fun, and Kickin' Back

Don't you just love it when you week totally runs off with your schedule, calling over its shoulder, "Ha, ha! Catch me if you can!".

That's what I felt like last week.  It was Girls' Adventure week at camp, and yes, I made a cake.  My commitment for the week grew from bringing a cake and helping to lifeguard while at the lake on Thursday to being at the camp everyday for one thing or another.  Monday and Tuesday nights the twins sang and I played piano, then Wednesday I substituted while one of the counselors had to run for a doctor's appointment in the morning.  Thursday was lunch at beautiful Rim Rock, then swimming in Kinzua Lake.  Friday I was also called upon to help out while another counselor, who is also a pastor's wife, had to go help with a funeral they were having at their church.  I ended up staying all day and for the bonfire at night.  Saturday the girls and I helped clean the cabins, church, and kitchen. Whew.  Oh, I also had schoolwork all week and a paper due on Sunday.  I decided the Lord was teaching me to trust HIM with my schedule, and not rely on my own understanding of time management.  In the end, I got everything done, with a day to spare.



(Notice how shiny the fondant is.  That means that it was wicked humid.  The edible marker I used was quite unhappy performing on such a slippery and damp platform. ) 

Overlook at Rim Rock, PA








(I put little dots around the cake for fun.  I think it looks cute.)





                                            






In that spare day, Sunday, I took everyone who wanted to go to Lyman Lake between church services.  It was a lazy afternoon.  Absolutely wonderful.  

EPP project while chillaxin' a the lake.  Hey, sometimes you have to quilt when and where you can!



Chicken fight!



Practicing Japanese


Yummy!  Fresh, piping-hot fries.



Hi Mom!




We had a youth activity the first Saturday in July up at the pavilion.  The campfire was cozy, and we roasted marshmallows and the kids ate a lot of junk food.  Dale did devotions.  During the devotions the sky opened up and rain down, pelting the tin roof on the pavilion so vigorously that we could barely hear what Dale was saying.  The sky right before the rain hit was gorgeous.  My dinky little camera doesn't handle such shots well, but I did make an effort. 









Random pic of my hastas, finally blooming.


 There is much more to show and tell, but that will have to be another post.  I will say that I have a new quilting project I'm starting, so I'll be posting pics of that.

Have blessed day,
Lisa









Thursday, June 29, 2017

Block Party!

Since it has been a slow week for school work for me, I have taken the opportunity to finally finish out the last three blocks for a sampler I started back in... Ummm... possibly when Noah came over on the Ark.  It's been a long time in the making!  We've moved twice, and I had several graduation quilts to make in the meantime and other projects that were time sensitive to complete.  That's my story, and I'm sticking with it!  Anyway, here are the last 3 blocks;

Wonky Log Cabin
(I did this one twice... still don't like how it came out, but there it is)





I loved playing with hexies!  Here are two blocks I enjoyed experimenting with.




And this is why you should NEVER run a hot iron over your flat head pins. Ooops.



Have a great day!
~Lisa

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Let Them Eat Cake! And Horsing Around...

For the past few years, I have been making cakes to donate to God's Adventure Camp.  Our family has been involved with the camp for a while.  We've helped with about every aspect.   For Boys' Adventure Week and Girls' Adventure Weeks, I make novelty cakes.

This week is Boys' week, and I made a campfire cake.


Esther also helped last week with Horse Week.  This was her first year as a counselor.  But that didn't stop her from participating in the trick riding.  


Death Drag: (She can practically touch the ground!  Oh, those long limbs!  So jealous!)


This is a video (hopefully I have it set up to work)  of her doing a scissors kick.  Oiy.  It takes a lot of tooomph.  Note:  you will need to use Adobe Flash Player for the video to work.  

video


I am in full swing of "Senioritis" here.  I am projected to graduate next Spring and am very excited about that.  Thankfully this week is a very light week for my school work, so I have been working on some quilting, general cleaning, and yes... still working on Dale's office.   I haven't forgotten that!