Thursday, November 20, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

She's now Double-Digit and Zebra Print cake

This weekend we had a birthday party for mija. She turned TEN!!

I couldn't help be remember back to the evening we got the call to rush to the hospital. By the time we arrived, she was already snug and wrapped in the hospital bassinet. 

It hardly seems possible that this:
One Month Old

Has become this:

The zebra cake earned many positive comments. I simply frosted the cake with pink frosting. I had purchased a small box of black fondant and rolled it out a little at a time. I cut out pieces initially using a zebra pattern print I printed from the web. Once I got the hang of it, I was able to freehand it. 

It was my first time working with fondant. One thing I will remember for next time is rolling it out thinly and evenly. Some of my stripes were thicker than others.

Regardless, I thought I did a pretty swell job. I woke mija up with my personal adulation such as "Who's the mommy? I'm the mommy! That's right. I'm the mommy!"

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Depression: Sorrow without Hope

I'm keeping it real over at Home Educating Family Blog.
As I write this, Robin Williams has been dead for over a month. His suicide brought depression out in the open for a short time. It demonstrated that you can not always spot a depressed person by looking at them from the outside.
But depression and suicide has touched our family more directly. Just last year my husband and I attended the funeral of a young husband and father who committed suicide.
A few years before that, a family member had to deal with the suicide of her husband.
In both, not only did the suicide catch others by surprise, the depression did as well.
To be honest, depression has affected us even more intimately. You see, I have dealt with depression throughout my life and have considered suicide.
There. I am out. How about you? Are you willing to bring your depression to light?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Friday Funny--Pumpkin Pie and Pie Pumpkin

First on a serious note, how do you prepare a pie pumpkin? 
We purchased one and now need to figure out what to do with it. Please put all your pie pumpkin advice as a comment!

Now, on to pumpkin pie...

Monday, November 3, 2014

Meet the (Homeschool) Mother of Thanksgiving

As we head into the month of Thanksgiving, take a look at this great article about Sarah Hale.

The Pilgrims Didn’t Invent Thanksgiving

If you can squeeze in another guest at your Thanksgiving dinner, I know a 
vivacious little lady who deserves an invitation. She’s been left out of our all-
American feast for decades, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why. Allow 
me to introduce her in hopes that you’ll make her part of your celebration this 

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